13 days in North Island Itinerary

13 days in North Island Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Rotorua
— 5 nights
2
Waitomo Caves
— 3 nights
3
Auckland
— 1 night

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.
Get outdoors at Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland and Waikite Valley Thermal Pools. Step off the beaten path and head to Waimangu Volcanic Valley and Lake Rotorua. When in Rotorua, make a side trip to see Huka Falls Walkway in Taupo, approximately Taupo away. The adventure continues: take in the natural beauty of Kuirau Park, look for all kinds of wild species at Wingspan National Bird of Prey Centre, trek along Blue Lake Track, and let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To find photos, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Rotorua vacation planning website.

Tel Aviv, Israel to Rotorua is an approximately 28-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Israel Standard Time (IST) to New Zealand Standard Time (NZST) is 10 hours. Expect a daytime high around °C in December, and nighttime lows around °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can go by car to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

River Rafting & Tubing, Huka Falls Walkway, Hell's Gate
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Waikite Valley Thermal Pools ©
Waikite Valley Thermal Pools
Waimangu Volcanic Valley ©
Waimangu Volcanic Valley
Huka Falls Walkway
Huka Falls Walkway

3
nights
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Stand-Up Paddleboarding and Ruakuri Walk. Escape the urban bustle at Waitomo Glowworm Caves and Raglan Rock. There's more to do: let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour and explore the fascinating underground world of Aranui Cave.

To find where to stay and more tourist information, read our Waitomo Caves road trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Rotorua to Waitomo Caves takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Auckland.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Outdoors Adventure Tours

Side Trips

Raglan, Aranui Cave
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Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Ruakuri Walk ©
Ruakuri Walk
Waitomo Glowworm Caves ©
Waitomo Glowworm Caves

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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Tue): brush up on your military savvy at Auckland Museum and then take in panoramic vistas at SkyTower.

For more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Auckland itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Waitomo Caves to Auckland takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. December in Auckland sees daily highs of °C and lows of °C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks Wildlife Museums
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SkyTower ©
SkyTower
Auckland Museum ©
Auckland Museum
Parnell ©
Parnell

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