10 days in New Zealand Itinerary

10 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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Auckland
— 1 night
Drive
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Rotorua
— 1 night
Drive
3
Taupo
— 2 nights
Drive
4
Paraparaumu
— 1 night
Drive
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Wellington
— 2 nights
Drive
6
Featherston
— Few hours
Drive
7
Palmerston North
— Few hours
Drive
8
Napier
— 1 night
Drive
9
Taupo
— 1 night
Fly

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Auckland

City of Sails

The largest and most populous city in New Zealand, Auckland combines a rich history and thriving contemporary culture in an abundance of museums, art galleries, and performance venues.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sat): stroll around Auckland Domain, then don't miss a visit to Viaduct Harbour, then enjoy breathtaking views from SkyTower, and finally look for gifts at Pauanesia. Keep things going the next day: admire the masterpieces at Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki, then get impressive views of Mount Eden, then brush up on your military savvy at Auckland Museum, and finally buy something for everyone on your list at The Strand Arcade.

To see reviews, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Auckland holiday planning app.

If you are flying in from Australia, the closest major aiports are Auckland International Airport and Hamilton International Airport. In September in Auckland, expect temperatures between 15°C during the day and 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) early enough to drive to Rotorua.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks · Museums · Nature · Shopping
Highlights from your trip
SkyTower ©
Must see
SkyTower
4.4
Auckland Museum ©
Military Museum
Auckland Museum
4.6

1
night
Rotorua

Sulphur City

Surrounded by lakes and featuring impressive areas of geothermal landscape, the city of Rotorua offers an otherwordly landscape and a welcoming, peaceful environment, with the culture of the native Maori people very much in the foreground.
On the 14th (Mon), take in the natural beauty of Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, take in the natural beauty of Waimangu Volcanic Valley, and then whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

To see photos, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Rotorua vacation maker site.

Getting from Auckland to Rotorua by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: fly; or take a bus. When traveling from Auckland in September, plan for a bit warmer days in Rotorua, with highs around 19°C, while nights are a bit cooler with lows around 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Taupo.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks · Nature · Adventure · Outdoors
Highlights from your trip
©
Must see
Zipline
4.7

2
nights
Taupo

Great Cloak of Tia

The resort town of Taupo lies on the banks of Lake Taupo, the largest body of water in the whole of Australasia.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Tue): bet on your favorite at Formula Challenge Racing, then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and then explore the activities along Whakaipo Bay. Here are some ideas for day two: look for gifts at Souvenir Outlet, test your team's savvy at The Locked Room, then view the masterpieces at Lava Glass, then explore the striking landscape at Craters of the Moon, and finally admire the sheer force of Huka Falls.

To find photos, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Taupo sightseeing planning app.

Drive from Rotorua to Taupo in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Paraparaumu.

Things to do in Taupo

Parks · Nature · Adventure · Outdoors

Side Trips

Highlights from your trip
Formula Challenge Racing ©
Auto Race Track
Formula Challenge Racing
4.8
Huka Falls ©
Waterfall
Huka Falls
4.6

1
night
Paraparaumu

Paraparaumu is a town in the south-western North Island of New Zealand. On the 17th (Thu), look for all kinds of wild species at Nga Manu Nature Reserve, then identify plant and animal life at Kapiti Island Nature Tours, and then see the interesting displays at Kapiti Coast Electric Tramway.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Paraparaumu trip planner.

Getting from Taupo to Paraparaumu by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive. Expect a daytime high around 16°C in September, and nighttime lows around 10°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Wellington.

Things to do in Paraparaumu

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Museums

Side Trips

Highlights from your trip
Nga Manu Nature Reserve ©
Wildlife Area
Nga Manu Nature Reserve
4.5
Kapiti Island Nature Tours ©
Nature / Wildlife Tour
Kapiti Island Nature Tours
4.7

2
nights
Wellington

Harbour Capital

Wellington, the world's southernmost capital city and New Zealand's second most populous urban area, combines the nation's rugged history and nature with its modern and cosmopolitan present.
On the 18th (Fri), take an in-depth tour of The Great War Exhibition, take some stellar pictures from Mount Victoria, and then see the interesting displays at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa.

For maps, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Wellington road trip website.

Drive from Paraparaumu to Wellington in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In September, daytime highs in Wellington are 16°C, while nighttime lows are 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) early enough to drive to Featherston.

Things to do in Wellington

Highlights from your trip

few
hours
Featherston

Featherston is a town in the South Wairarapa District, in the Wellington Region of New Zealand's North Island. To find other places to visit, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read our Featherston trip itinerary planning site.

You can drive from Wellington to Featherston in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In September, daily temperatures in Featherston can reach 16°C, while at night they dip to 10°C. On the 19th (Sat), you'll travel to Palmerston North.

Things to do in Featherston

Wineries · Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife

few
hours
Palmerston North

Palmerston North is a city in the North Island of New Zealand and the seat of the Manawatu-Wanganui region. For traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, use the Palmerston North sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Featherston to Palmerston North takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In September, daytime highs in Palmerston North are 13°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. On the 19th (Sat), you'll travel to Napier.

Things to do in Palmerston North

Parks · Outdoors · Museums · Tours

1
night
Napier

Enjoy the atmosphere and architecture of 1930s design in Napier, one of the best-preserved Art Deco cities in the world.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Sat): get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at National Aquarium of New Zealand and then learn about winemaking at Mission Estate Winery. On the 20th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: learn about winemaking at Craggy Range, then awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area, and then make a trip to Marine Parade.

To see where to stay, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Napier trip tool.

Traveling by car from Palmerston North to Napier takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) so you can drive to Taupo.

Things to do in Napier

Wineries · Tours · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Highlights from your trip
©
Wine Tour / Tasting
Wine Tours & Tastings
4.9
Craggy Range ©
Winery / Vineyard
Craggy Range
3.8
National Aquarium of New Zealand ©
Aquarium
National Aquarium of New Zealand
3.9

1
night
Taupo

Great Cloak of Tia

Kick off your visit on the 21st (Mon): admire the sheer force of Huka Falls Walkway, then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then stop by Huka Honey Hive.

To see reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Taupo road trip planner.

You can drive from Napier to Taupo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Taupo

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Nature
Highlights from your trip
Huka Falls Walkway
Waterfall
Huka Falls Walkway
4.7
Huka Honey Hive ©
Gift & Specialty Shop
Huka Honey Hive
4.0

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