11 days in North Island Itinerary

11 days in North Island Itinerary

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Auckland
— 2 nights
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Waitomo Caves
— 1 night
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Rotorua
— 5 nights
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Wellington
— 2 nights

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Auckland

Auckland ©

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.
On the 21st (Thu), enjoy a live performance at SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium and then don't miss a visit to SkyTower. On the 22nd (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get to know the resident critters at Auckland Zoo, then brush up on your military savvy at Auckland Museum, and then stop by Pauanesia.

Before you visit Auckland, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Gisborne to Auckland is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also drive. In September in Auckland, expect temperatures between 15°C during the day and 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) to allow time to drive to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Museums · Nightlife
Highlights from your plan
SkyTower ©
SkyTower
Auckland Museum ©
Auckland Museum
Auckland Zoo ©
Auckland Zoo

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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.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Sat): Head underground at Waitomo Glowworm Caves and then trek along Ruakuri Walk.

To find other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Waitomo Caves road trip planning website.

You can drive from Auckland to Waitomo Caves in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) so you can go by car to Rotorua.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails
Highlights from your plan
Waitomo Glowworm Caves ©
Waitomo Glowworm Caves
Ruakuri Walk ©
Ruakuri Walk
Waitomo Clay Birds ©
Waitomo Clay Birds

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Rotorua

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Hobbiton Movie Set (in Hinuera) and Huka Falls Walkway (in Taupo). There's much more to do: kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, contemplate the long history of Te Puia, explore the world behind art at Rotorua Museum, and test the waters at a local thermal spa.

To find ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Rotorua online trip planner.

You can drive from Waitomo Caves to Rotorua in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. September in Rotorua sees daily highs of 19°C and lows of 10°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Rotorua

Spas · Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Zipline
Huka Falls Walkway
Huka Falls Walkway
Hobbiton Movie Set ©
Hobbiton Movie Set

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Wellington

Wellington

Harbour Capital

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.
Wellington is known for museums, wildlife, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see the interesting displays at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, ponder the world of politics at New Zealand Parliament, get great views at Mount Victoria, and take a memorable ride with Wellington Cable Car.

For maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Wellington driving holiday app.

Traveling by flight from Rotorua to Wellington takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 16°C in September, and nighttime lows around 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Wellington

Parks · Museums · Wildlife · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Highlights from your plan
Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
The Great War Exhibition ©
The Great War Exhibition
Wellington Botanic Garden ©
Wellington Botanic Garden

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