14 days in North Island Itinerary

14 days in North Island Itinerary

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1
Wellington
— 3 nights
2
Rotorua
— 3 nights
3
Waitomo Caves
— 3 nights
4
Napier
— 2 nights
5
Kerikeri
— 2 nights

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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Mon): take a memorable ride with Wellington Cable Car. Here are some ideas for day two: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Kaukau, take a peaceful walk through Otari-Wilton's Bush Native Botanic Garden, and then get the lay of the land with Walking tours.

For traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Wellington online itinerary planner.

Sydney, Australia to Wellington is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Sydney to Wellington is 2 hours. Traveling from Sydney in October, expect Wellington to be little chillier, temps between 19°C and 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Rotorua.

Things to do in Wellington

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Picton
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Queen Charlotte Sound ©
Queen Charlotte Sound
Edwin Fox Maritime Museum ©
Edwin Fox Maritime Museum
Old St Paul's ©
Old St Paul's

3
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 some historical perspective at Government Gardens and Buried Village of Te Wairoa. Discover out-of-the-way places like Waikite Valley Thermal Pools and OGO Rotorua. Next up on the itinerary: take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Faith's Anglican Church, contemplate the geological forces at Waimangu Volcanic Valley, do a tasting at Volcanic Hills Winery, and take a memorable tour with Tours.

To see more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read Rotorua road trip planning site.

You can fly from Wellington to Rotorua in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In October in Rotorua, expect temperatures between 21°C during the day and 13°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can go by car to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trip

River Rafting & Tubing
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Government Gardens ©
Government Gardens
St. Faith's Anglican Church ©
St. Faith's Anglican Church
Buried Village of Te Wairoa ©
Buried Village of Te Wairoa

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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Mon): get curious at Te Awamutu Space Centre, then Head underground at Aranui Cave, then take in the views from Mangapohue Natural Bridge Walk, and finally admire the sheer force of Marakopa Falls. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the fascinating underground world of Caveworld and then scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour.

To find photos, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Waitomo Caves tour planner.

You can drive from Rotorua to Waitomo Caves in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can go by car to Napier.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Nature · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

Te Awamutu Space Centre, Aranui Cave
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Marakopa Falls ©
Marakopa Falls
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
Caveworld ©
Caveworld

2
nights
Napier

Napier ©
Enjoy the atmosphere and architecture of 1930s design in Napier, one of the best-preserved Art Deco cities in the world.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Wed): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Waiapu Anglican Cathedral, Napier, New Zealand and then identify plant and animal life at Gannet Colony. On your second day here, learn about winemaking at Elephant Hill, then learn about winemaking at Trinity Hill Winery, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Ahuriri Estuary Walk.

To see maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Napier planning app.

Getting from Waitomo Caves to Napier by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight, taxi, and bus; or take a bus. You'll set off for Kerikeri on the 20th (Fri).

Things to do in Napier

Parks · Wildlife · Wineries

Side Trips

Elephant Hill, Gannet Colony, Trinity Hill Winery
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Gannet Colony ©
Gannet Colony
Ahuriri Estuary Walk ©
Ahuriri Estuary Walk

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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. Start off your visit on the 20th (Fri): explore and take pictures at Akeake Historic Reserve Track. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Te Waimate Mission, then contemplate the long history of Clendon House, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Wairere Boulders.

To see ratings, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Kerikeri trip planning website.

Fly from Napier to Kerikeri in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Kerikeri

Wildlife · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trips

Wairere Boulders, Dolphin & Whale Watching, Clendon House, Te Waimate Mission
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Te Waimate Mission ©
Te Waimate Mission

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