12 days in North Island Itinerary

12 days in North Island Itinerary

Created using Inspirock North Island Trip Planner

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Auckland
— 2 nights
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Rotorua
— 4 nights
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Tongariro National Park
— 2 nights
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Waitomo Caves
— 1 day

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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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Mon): take in the waterfront activity at Viaduct Harbour, then learn about all things military at Auckland Museum, and then enjoy breathtaking views from SkyTower. On your second day here, get to know the resident critters at Auckland Zoo and then contemplate the geological forces at Mount Eden.

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

Tel Aviv, Israel to Auckland is an approximately 30-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 10 hours traveling from Tel Aviv to Auckland. Traveling from Tel Aviv in November, you will find days in Auckland are slightly colder (20°C), and nights are about the same (20°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can go by car to Rotorua.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Nature · Museums
Highlights from your plan
SkyTower ©
SkyTower
Auckland Museum ©
Auckland Museum
Mount Eden ©
Mount Eden

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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). Next up on the itinerary: whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, trot along with a tour on horseback, get engrossed in the history at Rotorua Museum, and witness a stunning natural landmark at Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland.

For ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read Rotorua tour itinerary maker app.

Traveling by car from Auckland to Rotorua takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Auckland in November since evenings lows in Rotorua dip to 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can go by car to Tongariro National Park.

Things to do in Rotorua

Spas · Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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

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Tongariro National Park

Tongariro National Park ©
Tongariro National Park has a long history of preserving New Zealand's pristine alpine landscape.
On the 19th (Sun), stroll through Tongariro Alpine Crossing. Keep things going the next day: get outside with Edge to Edge, then get impressive views of Mount Ruapehu, and then admire the sheer force of Tawhai Falls.

You can plan Tongariro National Park trip in no time by asking Inspirock to help create your itinerary.

Getting from Rotorua to Tongariro National Park by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can go by car to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Tongariro National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature
Highlights from your plan
Tongariro Alpine Crossing ©
Tongariro Alpine Crossing
Tawhai Falls ©
Tawhai Falls
Edge to Edge ©
Edge to Edge

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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 21st (Tue): Head underground at Waitomo Glowworm Caves and then explore the fascinating underground world of Caveworld.

To see other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Waitomo Caves attractions planner.

Getting from Tongariro National Park to Waitomo Caves by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of train and taxi. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Parks · Nature
Highlights from your plan
Waitomo Glowworm Caves ©
Waitomo Glowworm Caves
Caveworld ©
Caveworld

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