11 days in New Zealand Itinerary

11 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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11 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Start: Curitiba
Fly:  24​h
1
Wellington
— 1 day
Fly:  2​h 30​min
2
New Plymouth
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Whanganui
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
4
Napier
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
5
Gisborne
— 1 night
Fly:  1​h
6
Tauranga
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
7
Raglan
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
8
Auckland
— 2 nights
Fly:  21​h 30​min
End: Curitiba

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Wellington

Wellington ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Mon): take a memorable ride with Wellington Cable Car, then steep yourself in history at Kotuku School Memorial, then contemplate the waterfront views at Oriental Bay, and finally examine the collection at Museum of New Zealand (Te Papa Tongarewa).

For maps, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Wellington online day trip planner .

Curitiba, Brazil to Wellington is an approximately 24-hour flight. You can also do a combination of shuttle and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone changes from Brasilia Time to New Zealand Standard Time, which is usually a 15 hour difference. When traveling from Curitiba in May, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Wellington: temperatures range from 18°C by day to 12°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to travel to New Plymouth.

Things to do in Wellington

Parks Nature Beaches

Side Trip

Kotuku School Memorial
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Wellington Cable Car ©
Wellington Cable Car
Oriental Bay ©
Oriental Bay

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New Plymouth

New Plymouth ©
Where other cities run, New Plymouth prefers to stroll.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Tue): kick back and relax at Back Beach, stroll through Oakura Beach, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Taranaki Cathedral, Church of St Mary.

Plan trip to New Plymouth with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Getting from Wellington to New Plymouth by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can travel to Whanganui.

Things to do in New Plymouth

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Oakura Beach
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Taranaki Cathedral, Church of St Mary ©

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Whanganui

Whanganui ©
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): enjoy the sand and surf at Kai Iwi Beach, pause for some serene contemplation at St Mary's Catholic Church, then examine the collection at Whanganui Regional Museum, then don't miss a visit to Cameron Blockhouse, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Durie Hill Memorial Tower.

To find where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Whanganui trip itinerary builder website .

Getting from New Plymouth to Whanganui by car takes about 2.5 hours. In May, daytime highs in Whanganui are 16°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) to allow time to travel to Napier.

Things to do in Whanganui

Parks Museums Beaches

Side Trip

Cameron Blockhouse
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Whanganui Regional Museum ©
Whanganui Regional Museum
Cameron Blockhouse ©
Cameron Blockhouse

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night
Napier

Napier ©
Enjoy the atmosphere and architecture of 1930s design in Napier, one of the best-preserved Art Deco cities in the world.
On the 23rd (Thu), learn about winemaking at Elephant Hill Estate Winery, kick back and relax at Waimarama Beach, then steep yourself in history at Otatara Pa Historic Reserve Walk, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Waiapu Anglican Cathedral, Napier, New Zealand.

To see other places to visit, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Napier trip itinerary maker app .

You can drive from Whanganui to Napier in 3.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can travel to Gisborne.

Things to do in Napier

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Waimarama Beach, Elephant Hill, Otatara Pa Historic Reserve Walk
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Elephant Hill ©
Elephant Hill

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Gisborne

Gisborne ©
A holiday in Gisborne incorporates both leisure and culture.
On the 24th (Fri), tour the pleasant surroundings at Makorori Beach and then learn about winemaking at Millton Vineyards & Winery.

For more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Gisborne trip planning website .

Drive from Napier to Gisborne in 3.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can catch the flight to Tauranga.

Things to do in Gisborne

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Millton Vineyards & Winery
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Millton Vineyards & Winery ©
Millton Vineyards & Winery

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Tauranga

Tauranga ©
The largest city in the Bay of Plenty, Tauranga features extensive sandy beaches, well-maintained hiking paths, and a good range of accommodations.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Sat): enjoy the sand and surf at Pilot Bay, stroll through Mount Maunganui Base Track, and then kick back and relax at Mt Maunganui Main Beach.

For reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Tauranga trip itinerary app .

Getting from Gisborne to Tauranga by flight takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or take a bus. May in Tauranga sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to travel to Raglan.

Things to do in Tauranga

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Mt Maunganui Main Beach ©
Mt Maunganui Main Beach

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Raglan

Raglan ©
Raglan is a small beachside town located 48 km west of Hamilton, New Zealand on State Highway 23. Kick off your visit on the 26th (Sun): take in the dramatic natural features at Te Toto Gorge Lookout, then enjoy the sand and surf at Ngarunui Beach, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

For maps, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Raglan trip planner .

Traveling by car from Tauranga to Raglan takes 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in May, and nighttime lows around 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can go by car to Auckland.

Things to do in Raglan

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Ngarunui Beach ©
Ngarunui Beach
Spas & Wellness

2
nights
Auckland

Auckland ©
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.
On the 27th (Mon), enjoy breathtaking views from Sky Tower, then enjoy the sand and surf at Cheltenham Beach, and then kick back and relax at Piha Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral Church of St. Mary and then learn about all things military at Auckland Museum.

To find ratings, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Auckland day trip website .

Getting from Raglan to Auckland by car takes about 2.5 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Raglan in May since evenings lows in Auckland dip to 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Auckland

Museums Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Piha Beach, Cheltenham Beach
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Auckland War Memorial Museum ©
Auckland War Memorial Museum
Piha Beach ©
Piha Beach
Cheltenham Beach ©
Cheltenham Beach

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