10 days in North Island Itinerary

10 days in North Island Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Paihia
— 3 nights
2
Rotorua
— 3 nights
3
Tongariro National Park
— 1 night
4
Pureora Forest Park
— 1 night
5
Waitomo Caves
— 1 night

3
nights
Paihia

Paihia ©
The main tourist town in the Bay of Islands area, Paihia gives visitors a good range of accommodations, a convenient town center, long sandy beaches, and interesting architecture.
Visit Waitangi Treaty Grounds and Pompallier Mission and Printery for their historical value. Escape the urban bustle at Dolphin & Whale Watching and Scuba & Snorkeling. Take a break from Paihia with a short trip to Christ Church in Russell, about 42 minutes away. The adventure continues: admire the striking features of The Stone Store & Kemp House - Kerikeri Mission Station, take a memorable tour with Tours, and identify plant and animal life at Paihia Harbour.

For maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Paihia online road trip planner.

Newcastle, Australia to Paihia is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. Traveling from Newcastle to Paihia, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Rotorua.

Things to do in Paihia

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Russell, The Stone Store & Kemp House - Kerikeri Mission Station
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Waitangi Treaty Grounds ©
Waitangi Treaty Grounds
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Pompallier Mission and Printery ©
Pompallier Mission and Printery

3
nights
Rotorua

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Huka Falls Walkway and Horseback Riding Tours. Tamaki Maori Village and St. Faith's Anglican Church will appeal to history buffs. And it doesn't end there: whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, steep yourself in history at Buried Village of Te Wairoa, witness a stunning natural landmark at Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, and identify plant and animal life at Rainbow Springs Nature Park.

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

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Paihia to Rotorua in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around °C in November, and nighttime lows around °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can drive to Tongariro National Park.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Huka Falls Walkway
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Zipline
Huka Falls Walkway
Huka Falls Walkway
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland ©
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland

1
night
Tongariro National Park

Tongariro National Park ©
Tongariro National Park has a long history of preserving New Zealand's pristine alpine landscape.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): tour the pleasant surroundings at Tongariro Alpine Crossing.

To find maps, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Tongariro National Park trip planner.

You can drive from Rotorua to Tongariro National Park in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to go by car to Pureora Forest Park.

Things to do in Tongariro National Park

Outdoors Trails Parks
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Tongariro Alpine Crossing ©
Tongariro Alpine Crossing

1
night
Pureora Forest Park

Pureora Forest Park ©
Pureora Forest Park has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 24th (Fri): stroll around Pureora Forest Park and then stroll through Timber Trail NZ.

For reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Pureora Forest Park trip planner.

Getting from Tongariro National Park to Pureora Forest Park by car takes about 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Fri) to allow time for the car ride to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Pureora Forest Park

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Pureora Forest Park
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Timber Trail NZ ©
Timber Trail NZ

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night
Waitomo Caves

Waitomo Caves ©
Head deep beneath the surface of the earth at Waitomo Caves, a village and cave system that draws both extreme sports enthusiasts and those wanting something a little more relaxed.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Sat): explore the fascinating underground world of Waitomo Glowworm Caves.

To see photos, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read Waitomo Caves trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Pureora Forest Park to Waitomo Caves in 1.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Nature Parks
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Waitomo Glowworm Caves ©
Waitomo Glowworm Caves

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