11 days in North Island Itinerary

11 days in North Island Itinerary

Created using Inspirock North Island vacation planner

Make it your trip
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Taupo
Drive
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Rotorua
— 2 nights
Drive
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Matamata
— 1 night
Drive
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Waitomo Caves
— 1 night
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Auckland
— 6 nights

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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.
You've now added Huka Falls Walkway to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 29th (Fri): admire the sheer force of Huka Falls Walkway.

To find traveler tips, maps, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Taupo trip planning app.

Auckland to Taupo is an approximately 3.5-hour car ride. You can also fly; or drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Fri) to allow time for the car ride to Rotorua.

Things to do in Taupo

Nature · Outdoors · Trails · Parks
Highlights from your trip

Rotorua

— 2 nights

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.
You've added Polynesian Spa, Wingspan National Bird of Prey Centre, OGO Rotorua, and other attractions to your itinerary. On the 29th (Fri), identify plant and animal life at Wingspan National Bird of Prey Centre, contemplate the long history of Tamaki Maori Village, then test the waters at Polynesian Spa, and finally take in the natural beauty of Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Sat): get your game on at OGO Rotorua, surround yourself with nature on Rotorua Canopy Tours, then admire all the interesting features of Te Puia, and finally whizz through the canopy at Redwoods Treewalk.

To see photos, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Rotorua visit planner.

Drive from Taupo to Rotorua in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. November in Rotorua sees daily highs of 23°C and lows of 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) so you can drive to Matamata.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Historic Sites

Matamata

— 1 night
Matamata is a town in the Waikato Region of New Zealand's North Island. Your day by day itinerary now includes Hobbiton Movie Set as well as Firth Tower Estate and Museum. Start off your visit on the 1st (Sun): examine the collection at Firth Tower Estate and Museum and then make a trip to Hobbiton Movie Set.

To see maps, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Matamata day trip planning website.

You can drive from Rotorua to Matamata in an hour. December in Matamata sees daily highs of 25°C and lows of 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) early enough to drive to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Matamata

Museums

Side Trip

Waitomo Caves

— 1 night
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.
On the 2nd (Mon), Head underground at Waitomo Glowworm Caves.

For traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Waitomo Caves trip planner.

Traveling by car from Matamata to Waitomo Caves takes 1.5 hours. You will have some time to spend on the 3rd (Tue) before leaving for Auckland.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Nature · Parks
Highlights from your trip

Auckland

— 6 nights

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.
Explore Auckland's surroundings by going to Wine Tours & Tastings (in Waiheke Island), Orewa Lookout (in Orewa) and Tawharanui Regional Park (in Warkworth). And it doesn't end there: take in panoramic vistas at SkyTower, wander the streets of Devonport, step off the mainland to explore Waiheke Island, and learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Auckland Zoo.

To find photos, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Auckland day trip planning site.

You can drive from Waitomo Caves to Auckland in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in December, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks · Nature · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trips

North Island travel guide

4.5
Hot Springs · Specialty Museums · Landmarks
The Fish of Māui
Home to both New Zealand's capital city and its most populous one, North Island remains the more urbane and modern of the country's two main islands. With a wealth of museums and places of historical importance, the island tells the story of New Zealand's inhabitants, from the native Maoris and European settlers to the cosmopolitan and inclusive population of the modern era. Away from the industrial and cultural centers, a tour of North Island can take you through the impressive and world-renowned landscape of deep gorges, rolling rivers, enormous lakes, and areas of volcanic activity--home to an amazing biodiversity of terrestrial and marine animal and plant life. Active vacationers on North Island may appreciate the extreme sports, and don't miss a chance to relax in its hot water springs.