12 days in North Island Itinerary

12 days in North Island Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Wellington
— 2 nights
2
Rotorua
— 4 nights
3
Auckland
— 3 nights
4
Paihia
— 2 nights

2
nights
Wellington

Wellington
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.
On the 9th (Mon), catch a ride on Wellington Cable Car. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at Weta Workshop, thentake an in-depth tour of The Great War Exhibition, and then see the interesting displays at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa.

To see traveler tips, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Wellington online vacation maker.

Sydney, Australia to Wellington is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. Traveling from Sydney to Wellington, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. In October, Wellington is slightly colder than Sydney - with highs of °C and lows of °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can travel to Rotorua.

Things to do in Wellington

Museums Historic Sites Classes
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Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
The Great War Exhibition ©
The Great War Exhibition
Wellington Cable Car ©
Wellington Cable Car

4
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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Te Puia and Rotorua Museum. Get some historical perspective at Tamaki Maori Village and Ohinemutu. When in Rotorua, make a side trip to see Hobbiton Movie Set in Hinuera, approximately Hinuera away. There's lots more to do: witness a stunning natural landmark at Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Faith's Anglican Church, get interesting insight from Tours, and test the waters at a local thermal spa.

To see where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Rotorua journey planner.

Getting from Wellington to Rotorua by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to drive to Auckland.

Things to do in Rotorua

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trip

Hobbiton Movie Set
Highlights from your plan
Hobbiton Movie Set ©
Hobbiton Movie Set
Te Puia ©
Te Puia
Rotorua Museum ©
Rotorua Museum

3
nights
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 16th (Mon), learn about all things military at Auckland Museum, see the interesting displays at New Zealand Maritime Museum, and then take in panoramic vistas at SkyTower. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the world behind art at Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Auckland Zoo, and then test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms.

To find reviews, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Auckland road trip planner.

Getting from Rotorua to Auckland by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: fly; or take a bus. When traveling from Rotorua in October, plan for slightly colder days in Auckland, with highs around °C, while nights are about the same with lows around °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can go by car to Paihia.

Things to do in Auckland

Museums Parks Zoos & Aquariums
Highlights from your plan
SkyTower ©
SkyTower
Auckland Museum ©
Auckland Museum
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki ©
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki

2
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.
Get some historical perspective at Waitangi Treaty Grounds and Akeake Historic Reserve Track. Get a sense of the local culture at Pompallier Mission and Printery and Christ Church. Change things up with a short trip to Flagstaff Hill Historic Reserve in Russell (about 42 minutes away). There's much more to do: admire the landmark architecture of The Stone Store & Kemp House - Kerikeri Mission Station, fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, look for all kinds of wild species at Paihia Harbour, and take in the dramatic scenery at Rainbow Falls.

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

Getting from Auckland to Paihia by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: fly; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Paihia

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Russell, Kerikeri
Highlights from your plan
Waitangi Treaty Grounds ©
Waitangi Treaty Grounds
Pompallier Mission and Printery ©
Pompallier Mission and Printery
Flagstaff Hill Historic Reserve ©
Flagstaff Hill Historic Reserve

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