11 days in North Island Itinerary

11 days in North Island Itinerary

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1
Waitomo Caves
— 1 day
2
Tongariro National Park
— 3 nights
3
Rotorua
— 2 nights
4
Paihia
— 3 nights
5
Auckland
— 1 night

1
day
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.
On the 4th (Thu), trek along Ruakuri Walk and then Head underground at Waitomo Glowworm Caves.

To see ratings, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Waitomo Caves trip itinerary planner.

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Waitomo Caves is an approximately 18-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Malaysia Time to New Zealand Standard Time is 4 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) so you can drive to Tongariro National Park.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Parks Nature Trails
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Waitomo Glowworm Caves ©
Waitomo Glowworm Caves
Ruakuri Walk ©
Ruakuri Walk

3
nights
Tongariro National Park

Tongariro National Park ©
Tongariro National Park has a long history of preserving New Zealand's pristine alpine landscape.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Fri): trek along Tongariro Alpine Crossing. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Sat): contemplate the geological forces at Mount Ruapehu, admire the sheer force of Tawhai Falls, and then hike along Horsemtrails.

To see more things to do, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read our Tongariro National Park trip builder tool.

Drive from Waitomo Caves to Tongariro National Park in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Rotorua.

Things to do in Tongariro National Park

Parks Trails Outdoors
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Tongariro Alpine Crossing ©
Tongariro Alpine Crossing
Horsemtrails ©
Horsemtrails
Mount Ruapehu ©
Mount Ruapehu

2
nights
Rotorua

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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Sun): take in the natural beauty of Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, take in the dramatic scenery at Huka Falls Walkway, and then get interesting insight from Tours. Here are some ideas for day two: look for all kinds of wild species at Wingspan National Bird of Prey Centre, thenlook for all kinds of wild species at Rainbow Springs Nature Park, and then join in the after-dark buzz at Tamaki Maori Village.

For where to stay, photos, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Rotorua tour planner.

You can drive from Tongariro National Park to Rotorua in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. On the 9th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Paihia.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Huka Falls Walkway
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Huka Falls Walkway
Huka Falls Walkway
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland ©
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland
Waimangu Volcanic Valley ©
Waimangu Volcanic Valley

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.
On the 10th (Wed), take in nature's colorful creations at Waitangi Treaty Grounds. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: steep yourself in history at The Stone Store & Kemp House - Kerikeri Mission Station, take a memorable excursion with Day Trips, and then identify plant and animal life at Paihia Harbour.

To find more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, use the Paihia day trip website.

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Rotorua to Paihia takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Auckland.

Things to do in Paihia

Wildlife Parks Tours

Side Trip

The Stone Store & Kemp House - Kerikeri Mission Station
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Waitangi Treaty Grounds ©
Waitangi Treaty Grounds
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Paihia Harbour ©
Paihia Harbour

1
night
Auckland

Auckland ©
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 12th (Fri), examine the collection at Auckland Museum and then identify plant and animal life at Muriwai Gannet Colony.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Auckland using our trip planner.

You can drive from Paihia to Auckland in 3 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. On the 13th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Auckland

Museums Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Muriwai Gannet Colony
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SkyTower ©
SkyTower
Auckland Museum ©
Auckland Museum
Muriwai Gannet Colony ©
Muriwai Gannet Colony

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