14 days in North Island Itinerary

14 days in North Island Itinerary

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Wellington
— 2 nights
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Rotorua
— 4 nights
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Waitomo Caves
— 1 night
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Hot Water Beach
— 1 night
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Auckland
— 3 nights
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Paihia
— 2 nights

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Wellington

Wellington

Harbour Capital

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.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Fri): catch a ride on Wellington Cable Car. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, contemplate the waterfront views at Oriental Bay, then admire the landmark architecture of Old St Paul's, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at ZEALANDIA Ecosanctuary.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Wellington trip planner.

Sydney, Australia to Wellington is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Sydney to Wellington. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Sydney in December: high temperatures in Wellington hover around 22°C and lows are around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) early enough to travel to Rotorua.

Things to do in Wellington

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Museums
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Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
ZEALANDIA Ecosanctuary ©
ZEALANDIA Ecosanctuary
The Great War Exhibition ©
The Great War Exhibition

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Rotorua

Sulphur City

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Zipline and Huka Falls Walkway. There's lots more to do: take in the natural beauty of Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, take a peaceful walk through Redwoods, Whakarewarewa Forest, identify plant and animal life at Waimangu Volcanic Valley, and hike along Lake Okareka Walkway.

For maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Rotorua travel route planner.

Traveling by flight from Wellington to Rotorua takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Rotorua are 25°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

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Zipline
Huka Falls Walkway
Huka Falls Walkway
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland ©
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland

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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.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Thu): explore the fascinating underground world of Caveworld and then Head underground at Waitomo Glowworm Caves.

To find maps, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Waitomo Caves tour website.

You can drive from Rotorua to Waitomo Caves in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) so you can travel to Hot Water Beach.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails
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Waitomo Glowworm Caves ©
Waitomo Glowworm Caves
Ruakuri Walk ©
Ruakuri Walk
Caveworld ©
Caveworld

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Hot Water Beach

Hot Water Beach ©
Named after the geothermal springs that supply the coast with pleasantly warm water ideal for swimming and soaking, Hot Water Beach attracts hundreds of thousands of tourists every year.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Sat): hike along Cathedral Cove Walk and then take in the natural beauty of Hot Water Beach.

For ratings, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read Hot Water Beach trip planner.

Getting from Waitomo Caves to Hot Water Beach by car takes about 3.5 hours. In December, daytime highs in Hot Water Beach are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Auckland.

Things to do in Hot Water Beach

Outdoors · Parks · Nature · Beaches

Side Trip

Highlights from your plan
Hot Water Beach ©
Hot Water Beach
Cathedral Cove Walk ©
Cathedral Cove Walk

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Auckland

Auckland ©

City of Sails

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 31st (Sun): enjoy a live performance at SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium, head off the coast to Tiritiri Matangi Visitor Centre, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Muriwai Gannet Colony. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at Auckland Museum, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Auckland Zoo, and then take in panoramic vistas at SkyTower.

For more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Auckland day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Hot Water Beach to Auckland takes 2.5 hours. Traveling from Hot Water Beach in December, you will find days in Auckland are a bit cooler (20°C), and nights are about the same (20°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Paihia.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trip

Highlights from your plan
SkyTower ©
SkyTower
Auckland Museum ©
Auckland Museum
Muriwai Gannet Colony ©
Muriwai Gannet Colony

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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.
Get in touch with nature at Scuba & Snorkeling and Paihia Harbour. There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Waitangi Treaty Grounds, identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, look for gifts at The Cabbage Tree Shop, and admire the sheer force of Haruru Falls.

To see reviews, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Paihia attractions planning tool.

Traveling by car from Auckland to Paihia takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Paihia

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Parks

Side Trip

Highlights from your plan
Paihia Harbour ©
Paihia Harbour
Waitangi Treaty Grounds ©
Waitangi Treaty Grounds
Scuba & Snorkeling

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