14 days in North Island Itinerary

14 days in North Island Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Paihia
— 2 nights
2
Waitomo Caves
— 3 nights
3
Lake Tarawera
— 1 night
4
Taupo
— 3 nights
5
Wellington
— 3 nights

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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sun): contemplate the long history of The Stone Store & Kemp House - Kerikeri Mission Station, thenadmire the sheer force of Rainbow Falls, thencontemplate the long history of Waitangi Treaty Grounds, and finally identify plant and animal life at Paihia Harbour. Keep things going the next day: steep yourself in history at Pompallier Mission and Printery, look for gifts at South Sea Art, and then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

For reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Paihia day trip website.

Singapore, Singapore to Paihia is an approximately 15-hour flight. You'll lose 4 hours traveling from Singapore to Paihia due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to travel to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Paihia

Wildlife Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Russell, Kerikeri
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Pompallier Mission and Printery ©
Pompallier Mission and Printery
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Paihia Harbour ©
Paihia Harbour

3
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.
On the 10th (Tue), take in the views from Mangapohue Natural Bridge Walk and then take in the dramatic scenery at Marakopa Falls. Here are some ideas for day two: Head underground at Waitomo Glowworm Caves and then hike along Ruakuri Walk.

For more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Waitomo Caves day trip planning tool.

Getting from Paihia to Waitomo Caves by combination of taxi and flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or fly. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Lake Tarawera.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Ruakuri Walk ©
Ruakuri Walk
Caveworld ©
Caveworld
Marakopa Falls ©
Marakopa Falls

1
night
Lake Tarawera

Lake Tarawera ©
Start off your visit on the 13th (Fri): admire the sheer force of Tarawera Falls. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Sat): witness a stunning natural landmark at Waimangu Volcanic Valley and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To see more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Lake Tarawera trip itinerary maker app.

You can drive from Waitomo Caves to Lake Tarawera in 2.5 hours. In April in Lake Tarawera, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to travel to Taupo.

Things to do in Lake Tarawera

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trips

Waimangu Volcanic Valley, Tarawera Falls, River Rafting & Tubing
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Tarawera Falls ©
Tarawera Falls
Waimangu Volcanic Valley ©
Waimangu Volcanic Valley
River Rafting & Tubing

3
nights
Taupo

Taupo
The resort town of Taupo lies on the banks of Lake Taupo, the largest body of water in the whole of Australasia.
On the 15th (Sun), shop like a local with Lava Glass, thenstop by Wairakei Golf and Sanctuary, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Huka Falls Walkway. On the next day, add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, thenlook for gifts at Huka Honey Hive, thentake an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Taupo.

To see other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Taupo vacation website.

You can drive from Lake Tarawera to Taupo in 1.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Taupo

Outdoors Shopping Golf

Side Trip

Lake Taupo
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Huka Falls Walkway
Huka Falls Walkway
Kayaking & Canoeing
Lake Taupo ©
Lake Taupo

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.
Head to Kura Art Gallery and New Zealand Academy of Fine Arts Academy Galleriesfor plenty of shopping. Get some cultural insight at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa and Old St Paul's. There's lots more to do: explore the activities along Oriental Bay, brush up on your military savvy at National War Memorial, learn something new at Holocaust Centre of New Zealand, and examine the collection at Cable Car Museum.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Wellington trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Taupo to Wellington takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In April in Wellington, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Fri) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Wellington

Museums Shopping Classes

Side Trip

Lower Hutt
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Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
Wellington Museum ©
Wellington Museum
National War Memorial ©
National War Memorial

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