12 days in North Island Itinerary

12 days in North Island Itinerary

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Paihia
— 3 nights
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Rotorua
— 3 nights
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Waitomo Caves
— 2 nights

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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.
Step out of the city life by going to Nature & Wildlife Tours and Rainbow Falls. Flagstaff Hill Historic Reserve and The Stone Store & Kemp House - Kerikeri Mission Station will appeal to history buffs. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Paihia: Russell (South Sea Art, Pompallier Mission and Printery, &more). Next up on the itinerary: look for all kinds of wild species at Paihia Harbour, steep yourself in history at Akeake Historic Reserve Track, get interesting insight from Tours, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at St James Anglican Church.

For reviews, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read our Paihia road trip tool.

Dubrovnik, Croatia to Paihia is an approximately 34-hour combination of flight and car. You'll lose 11 hours traveling from Dubrovnik to Paihia due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can travel to Rotorua.

Things to do in Paihia

Wildlife · Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

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Paihia Harbour ©
Paihia Harbour
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Parasailing & Paragliding

3
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Rotorua

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Government Gardens and Paradise Valley Springs Wildlife Park. Get outdoors at Wingspan National Bird of Prey Centre and Kuirau Park. The adventure continues: get impressive views of Waimangu Volcanic Valley, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Faith's Anglican Church, stroll through Okere Falls Track, and contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Rotorua.

To see maps, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Rotorua online holiday planner.

Getting from Paihia to Rotorua by combination of taxi and flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 21°C in October, and nighttime lows around 13°C. On the 31st (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Historic Sites

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Government Gardens ©
Government Gardens
Waimangu Volcanic Valley ©
Waimangu Volcanic Valley
Wingspan National Bird of Prey Centre ©
Wingspan National Bird of Prey Centre

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Wed): skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour and then Head underground at Caveworld. On the next day, identify plant and animal life at Otorohanga Kiwi House & Native Bird Park, then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Ruakuri Walk.

For more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Waitomo Caves attractions planner.

Drive from Rotorua to Waitomo Caves in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trip

Highlights from your plan
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
Ruakuri Walk ©
Ruakuri Walk
Caveworld ©
Caveworld

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