8 days in Whitianga & Great Barrier Island Itinerary

8 days in Whitianga & Great Barrier Island Itinerary

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8 days in Whitianga & Great Barrier Island Itinerary

Start: Auckland
Drive:  2​h 30​min
— 5 nights
Travel:  3​h 45​min
Great Barrier Island
— 2 nights
Travel:  4​h 30​min
End: Auckland


Whitianga ©
Whitianga is a town on the Coromandel Peninsula, in the Waikato Region of New Zealand's North Island. Venture out of the city with trips to Mount Paku (in Tairua), Coromandel (The 309 Road, The Waterworks, & more) and Whangamata Beach (in Whangamata). Next up on the itinerary: take in the natural beauty of Hot Water Beach, examine the collection at Mercury Bay Museum Whitianga, learn about winemaking at Mercury Bay Estate, and enjoy the sand and surf at Hahei Beach Walk.

To find traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Whitianga online tour planner .

Auckland to Whitianga is an approximately 2.5-hour car ride. You can also take a shuttle; or take a bus. Traveling from Auckland in May, plan for a bit cooler nights in Whitianga, with lows around 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) to allow time to travel to Great Barrier Island.

Things to do in Whitianga

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Coromandel, Hahei, Hot Water Beach, Whangamata Beach, Mount Paku
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The Lost Spring ©
The Lost Spring
Hot Water Beach ©
Hot Water Beach
Cathedral Cove Walk ©
Cathedral Cove Walk

Great Barrier Island

Great Barrier Island ©
Start off your visit on the 24th (Fri): identify plant and animal life at Glenfern Sanctuary. On your second day here, make a trip to Station Rock Lookout and then hike along Aotea Track.

To see photos, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Great Barrier Island holiday builder website .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Whitianga to Great Barrier Island. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Great Barrier Island

Parks Trails Outdoors
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Glenfern Sanctuary ©
Glenfern Sanctuary