13 days in North Island Itinerary

13 days in North Island Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Auckland
— 2 nights
2
Rotorua
— 5 nights
3
Waitomo Caves
— 1 night
4
New Plymouth
— 1 night
5
Wellington
— 3 nights

2
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.
Auckland is known for nature, museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to SkyTower, enjoy the thrill of live dance at SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium, take an in-depth tour of Auckland Museum, and explore the activities along Devonport.

To find traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Auckland road trip site.

The Route module can give you travel options from your home to Auckland. October in Auckland sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 16°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can drive to Rotorua.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Wineries
Highlights from your plan
SkyTower ©
SkyTower
Auckland Museum ©
Auckland Museum
Auckland Zoo ©
Auckland Zoo

5
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.
Explore Rotorua's surroundings by going to Huka Falls Walkway (in Taupo) and Hobbiton Movie Set (in Hinuera). And it doesn't end there: whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, take in the natural beauty of Te Puia, take a memorable tour with Tours, and test the waters at a local thermal spa.

To find reviews, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read our Rotorua online trip itinerary maker.

Drive from Auckland to Rotorua in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. When traveling from Auckland in October, plan for a bit warmer days and slightly colder nights in Rotorua: temperatures range from 21°C by day to 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Rotorua

Spas · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

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

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Mon): Head underground at Waitomo Glowworm Caves and then Head underground at Caveworld. On your second day here, hike along Ruakuri Walk and then experience rural life at Roselands Farm Park.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Waitomo Caves travel planning tool.

You can drive from Rotorua to Waitomo Caves in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Tue) to allow time for the car ride to New Plymouth.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

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

1
night
New Plymouth

New Plymouth ©
Where other cities run, New Plymouth prefers to stroll.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Wed): take in the pleasant sights at New Plymouth Coastal Walkway and then admire the natural beauty at Pukekura Park.

For reviews, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read our New Plymouth visit planner.

Getting from Waitomo Caves to New Plymouth by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to travel to Wellington.

Things to do in New Plymouth

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums
Highlights from your plan
Pukekura Park ©
Pukekura Park
New Plymouth Coastal Walkway ©
New Plymouth Coastal Walkway

3
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.
Wellington is known for museums, wildlife, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see the interesting displays at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, meet the residents at Wellington Zoo, take a memorable ride with Wellington Cable Car, and take an in-depth tour of The Great War Exhibition.

For reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Wellington journey builder site.

You can fly from New Plymouth to Wellington in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In October in Wellington, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Wellington

Parks · Museums · Wildlife

Side Trip

Wellington Botanic Garden
Highlights from your plan
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

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