15 days in North Island Itinerary

15 days in North Island Itinerary

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Auckland
— 2 nights
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Paihia
— 3 nights
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Rotorua
— 3 nights
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Tongariro National Park
— 3 nights
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Waitomo Caves
— 1 day

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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.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Thu): enjoy the thrill of live dance at SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium, then learn about all things military at Auckland Museum, and then shop like a local with Devonport. Keep things going the next day: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Auckland Zoo, don't miss a visit to SkyTower, and then look for gifts at Pauanesia.

To see photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Auckland trip itinerary maker website.

Zurich, Switzerland to Auckland is an approximately 30-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time (CET) to New Zealand Standard Time (NZST) is 11 hours. Traveling from Zurich in December, expect Auckland to be much hotter, temps between 20°C and 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) early enough to drive to Paihia.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Shopping · Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
SkyTower ©
SkyTower
Auckland Museum ©
Auckland Museum
Auckland Zoo ©
Auckland Zoo

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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.
Paihia is known for wildlife, historic sites, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Waitangi Treaty Grounds, see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, admire the sheer force of Haruru Falls, and identify plant and animal life at Paihia Harbour.

To see more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read our Paihia itinerary builder tool.

You can drive from Auckland to Paihia in 3 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) to allow time to travel to Rotorua.

Things to do in Paihia

Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trips

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Paihia Harbour ©
Paihia Harbour
Waitangi Treaty Grounds ©
Waitangi Treaty Grounds
Dolphin & Whale Watching

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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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Hobbiton Movie Set (in Hinuera) and Taupo (Huka Falls Walkway & Huka Honey Hive). There's much more to do: kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, take in the natural beauty of Te Puia, contemplate the long history of Tamaki Maori Village, and boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa.

To find traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Rotorua day trip tool.

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Paihia to Rotorua takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in January, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) so you can go by car to Tongariro National Park.

Things to do in Rotorua

Spas · Parks · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Zipline
Hobbiton Movie Set ©
Hobbiton Movie Set
Huka Falls Walkway
Huka Falls Walkway

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Tongariro National Park

Tongariro National Park ©
Tongariro National Park has a long history of preserving New Zealand's pristine alpine landscape.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Sat): hike along Tongariro Alpine Crossing. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Sun): contemplate the geological forces at Mount Ruapehu, admire the sheer force of Tawhai Falls, and then get to know the fascinating history of Ohakune Old Coach Road.

To see photos, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Tongariro National Park road trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Rotorua to Tongariro National Park takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Tongariro National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature
Highlights from your plan
Tongariro Alpine Crossing ©
Tongariro Alpine Crossing
Ohakune Old Coach Road ©
Ohakune Old Coach Road
Tawhai Falls ©
Tawhai Falls

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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 8th (Mon): Head underground at Waitomo Glowworm Caves and then Head underground at Caveworld.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Waitomo Caves trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Tongariro National Park to Waitomo Caves takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and taxi. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Parks · Nature
Highlights from your plan
Waitomo Glowworm Caves ©
Waitomo Glowworm Caves
Caveworld ©
Caveworld

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