15 days in North Island Itinerary

15 days in North Island Itinerary

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Waitomo Caves
— 1 day
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Tongariro National Park
— 2 nights
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Rotorua
— 5 nights
4
Wellington
— 1 night
5
Paihia
— 4 nights
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Auckland
— 1 night

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Fri): relax in the rural setting at Roselands Farm Park, then explore the fascinating underground world of Waitomo Glowworm Caves, and then stroll through Ruakuri Walk.

To see traveler tips, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Waitomo Caves trip itinerary builder.

Brisbane, Australia to Waitomo Caves is an approximately 10-hour flight. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Brisbane to Waitomo Caves due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Tongariro National Park.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

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

2
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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.
On the 30th (Sat), trek along Tongariro Alpine Crossing. On your second day here, take in the dramatic scenery at Tawhai Falls and then get interesting insight from Tours.

For more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Tongariro National Park travel route planning website.

Traveling by car from Waitomo Caves to Tongariro National Park takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sun) so you can drive to Rotorua.

Things to do in Tongariro National Park

Outdoors · Parks · Trails

Side Trip

River Rafting & Tubing
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Tongariro Alpine Crossing ©
Tongariro Alpine Crossing
River Rafting & Tubing
Tawhai Falls ©
Tawhai Falls

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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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Rotorua: Huka Falls Walkway (in Taupo) and Hobbiton Movie Set (in Hinuera). There's lots 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 Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, do a tasting at Volcanic Hills Winery, and contemplate the long history of Te Puia.

To find maps, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Rotorua trip builder app.

You can drive from Tongariro National Park to Rotorua in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. Expect a daytime high around 25°C in December, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Rotorua

Nature · Parks · Spas

Side Trips

Huka Falls Walkway, Hobbiton Movie Set
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Hobbiton Movie Set ©
Hobbiton Movie Set
Huka Falls Walkway
Huka Falls Walkway
Zipline

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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 5th (Fri): take in nature's colorful creations at Wellington Botanic Garden and then examine the collection at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa.

For reviews, photos, maps, and tourist information, use the Wellington day trip planning tool.

Getting from Rotorua to Wellington by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. January in Wellington sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 17°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can travel to Paihia.

Things to do in Wellington

Parks · Museums

Side Trip

Wellington Botanic Garden
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Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
Wellington Botanic Garden ©
Wellington Botanic Garden

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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 out of town with these interesting Paihia side-trips: Russell (Pompallier Mission and Printery & South Sea Art). There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Waitangi Treaty Grounds, see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, admire the landmark architecture of The Stone Store & Kemp House - Kerikeri Mission Station, and fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour.

Discover how to plan a Paihia trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Getting from Wellington to Paihia by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Auckland.

Things to do in Paihia

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Kerikeri, Russell, Haruru Falls
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Paihia Harbour ©
Paihia Harbour
Waitangi Treaty Grounds ©
Waitangi Treaty Grounds
Dolphin & Whale Watching

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night
Auckland

Auckland ©
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 10th (Wed): admire the masterpieces at Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki and then don't miss a visit to SkyTower.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Auckland trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Paihia to Auckland takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In January in Auckland, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 22°C at night. On the 11th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Auckland

Museums · Shopping
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SkyTower ©
SkyTower
Auckland Museum ©
Auckland Museum
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki ©
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki

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