A 9-day Auckland to Wellington Itinerary, New Zealand

New Zealand is one of our favourite destinations – a place of thrilling experiences in raw nature.  This self-drive itinerary gives you time to explore the multicultural hub of Auckland before taking you south to the Bay of Plenty with its exceptional wines, the mud pools of Rotorua, and Huka Falls with their jetboard rides.

Auckland | Tauranga & Bay of Plenty | Rotorua (2 days) | Taupo to Napier | Napier | Napier to Wellington | Wellington | Depart Wellington

A 9-day Auckland to Wellington Itinerary, New Zealand

Day 1: Arrive Auckland

Collect your rental car to drive to your accommodation before exploring this gateway city to North Island under your own steam.

Day 2: Tauranga & Bay of Plenty

Head south through Waikato farmlands to this area of exceptional wineries, kiwi orchards and kilometres of white sandy beaches.

Day 3: Rotorua

Venture inland to the geothermal home of geysers and mud pools alongside the sparkling lakes and dormant volcano of Mount Tawawera.

Day 4: Rotorua

Continue to explore Rotorua, discovering its rich layers of Maori culture and taking an optional gondola ride or canopy treewalk.

Day 5: Taupo to Napier

Visit the mighty Huka Falls for a pulse-racing jetboat ride, then explore the popular lakeside town of Taupo.

Day 6: Napier

Enjoy a guided walk of the fascinating Art Deco city then get to know Hawke’s Bay, with optional winery visits.

Day 7: Napier to Wellington

Travel through the rural Wairarapa region and stop at Zealandia wildlife refuge to see some of the most endangered native animals.

Day 8: Wellington

Spend the day discovering this harbourside city including Te Papa National Museum, Space Place Observatory and the botanic gardens. 

Day 9: Depart Wellington

Sneak in some last-minute sightseeing or shopping before returning your rental car to the airport ahead of your flight.

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