13 days in North Island Itinerary

13 days in North Island Itinerary

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1
Whangarei
— 3 nights
2
Kerikeri
— 3 nights
3
Rotorua
— 4 nights
4
Waitomo Caves
— 2 nights

3
nights
Whangarei

Whangarei ©
Whangarei is the northernmost city in New Zealand and the regional capital of Northland Region. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Whangarei Falls and Waipu Cave. Get in touch with nature at Ocean Beach and Bream Head Coast Walks. Step out of Whangarei to go to Matakohe and see The Kauri Museum, which is approximately 1 hour away. The adventure continues: take a stroll through Town Basin.

To find ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Whangarei travel itinerary planner.

Auckland to Whangarei is an approximately 2-hour car ride. You can also fly; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Kerikeri.

Things to do in Whangarei

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

The Kauri Museum, Ocean Beach, Waipu Cave
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The Kauri Museum ©
The Kauri Museum
Whangarei Falls ©
Whangarei Falls
Bream Head Coast Walks ©
Bream Head Coast Walks

3
nights
Kerikeri

Kerikeri, the largest town in Northland New Zealand, is a popular tourist destination about three hours drive north of Auckland, and 80 km north of the northern region's largest city, Whangarei. Get some historical perspective at Waitangi Treaty Grounds and The Stone Store & Kemp House - Kerikeri Mission Station. Explore hidden gems such as Paihia Harbour and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Explore Kerikeri's surroundings by going to Russell (Dolphin & Whale Watching & Pompallier Mission and Printery). It doesn't end there: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports and admire the sheer force of Rainbow Falls.

To see other places to visit, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Kerikeri trip itinerary app.

You can drive from Whangarei to Kerikeri in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) early enough to travel to Rotorua.

Things to do in Kerikeri

Wildlife Tours Outdoors

Side Trips

Paihia, Russell
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Parasailing & Paragliding
Paihia Harbour ©
Paihia Harbour
Dolphin & Whale Watching

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.
Get outdoors at Huka Falls Walkway and Waimangu Volcanic Valley. Discover out-of-the-way places like Orakei Korako Geothermal Park & Cave and Paradise Valley Springs Wildlife Park. There's lots more to do: identify plant and animal life at Wingspan National Bird of Prey Centre, do a tasting at Volcanic Hills Winery, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and hike along Blue Lake Track.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Rotorua online travel route planner.

You can fly from Kerikeri to Rotorua in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. January in Rotorua sees daily highs of °C and lows of °C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) so you can go by car to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Hell's Gate, Orakei Korako Geothermal Park & Cave, Huka Falls Walkway, River Rafting & Tubing
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Waimangu Volcanic Valley ©
Waimangu Volcanic Valley
Orakei Korako Geothermal Park & Cave ©
Orakei Korako Geothermal Park & Cave
Huka Falls Walkway
Huka Falls Walkway

2
nights
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Marakopa Falls and Waitomo Glowworm Caves. Discover out-of-the-way places like Caveworld and Mangapohue Natural Bridge Walk. There's still lots to do: trek along Ruakuri Walk, relax in the rural setting at Roselands Farm Park, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and look for all kinds of wild species at Otorohanga Kiwi House & Native Bird Park.

To see traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Waitomo Caves trip itinerary builder.

Drive from Rotorua to Waitomo Caves in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to drive back home.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Otorohanga Kiwi House & Native Bird Park
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Marakopa Falls ©
Marakopa Falls
Ruakuri Walk ©
Ruakuri Walk
Caveworld ©
Caveworld

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