11 days in North Island Itinerary

11 days in North Island Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Paihia
— 3 nights
2
Rotorua
— 2 nights
3
Waitomo Caves
— 2 nights
4
Auckland
— 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.
On the 18th (Sun), admire the striking features of The Stone Store & Kemp House - Kerikeri Mission Station and then take in the dramatic scenery at Rainbow Falls. On the 19th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for all kinds of wild species at Paihia Harbour.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, go to the Paihia trip planner.

Bengaluru, India to Paihia is an approximately 22.5-hour flight. You'll lose 6.5 hours traveling from Bengaluru to Paihia due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Rotorua.

Things to do in Paihia

Wildlife Parks Tours

Side Trips

Kerikeri, Haruru Falls
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Paihia Harbour ©
Paihia Harbour
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Rainbow Falls ©
Rainbow Falls

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 21st (Wed): identify plant and animal life at Rainbow Springs Nature Park, thentrot along with a tour on horseback, and then take in the natural beauty of Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu): test the waters at a local thermal spa.

To find reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Rotorua trip itinerary website.

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Paihia to Rotorua in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In February, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. On the 23rd (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Rotorua

Spas Parks 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

2
nights
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 (Fri): trek along Ruakuri Walk.

For ratings, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Waitomo Caves trip planner.

You can drive from Rotorua to Waitomo Caves in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Auckland.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

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

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.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Sun): tour the pleasant surroundings at Piha Beach and then identify plant and animal life at Tiritiri Matangi Visitor Centre.

To find other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read our Auckland road trip planning tool.

Getting from Waitomo Caves to Auckland by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around °C in February, and nighttime lows around °C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Mon) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks Nature Shopping

Side Trip

Piha Beach
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Piha Beach ©
Piha Beach
Tiritiri Matangi Visitor Centre ©
Tiritiri Matangi Visitor Centre
Devonport ©
Devonport

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