15 days in North Island Itinerary

15 days in North Island Itinerary

Created using Inspirock North Island travel route planner

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Fly
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Auckland
— Few hours
Drive
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Tauranga
— 2 nights
Drive
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Coromandel
— 3 nights
Drive
4
Whangarei
— 4 nights
Fly to Auckland International Airport, Drive to Great Barrier Island
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Great Barrier Island
— 5 nights
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Drive to Auckland International Airport, Fly to Wellington International Airport, Drive to Nelson

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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.
To find ratings, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Auckland travel planning website.

Nelson to Auckland is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and train. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in January, and nighttime lows around 22°C. On the 14th (Thu), you'll travel to Tauranga.

Things to do in Auckland

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Wildlife

2
nights
Tauranga

The largest city in the Bay of Plenty, Tauranga features extensive sandy beaches, well-maintained hiking paths, and a good range of accommodations.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Thu): don't miss a visit to Hobbiton Movie Set and then admire the sheer force of McLaren Falls Park. On the 15th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see majestic marine mammals with Bay Explorer Island & Wildlife Cruise.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Tauranga online travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Auckland to Tauranga takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Auckland in January: highs in Tauranga hover around 27°C, while lows dip to 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can go by car to Coromandel.

Things to do in Tauranga

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trip

3
nights
Coromandel

Coromandel is a town on the Coromandel Harbour, on the western side of the Coromandel Peninsula, which is on the east coast of the North Island of New Zealand. Change things up with these side-trips from Coromandel: Mount Paku (in Tairua), Hahei (Hahei Beach Walk & Cathedral Cove Walk) and Whitianga (Mercury Bay Museum & Boat Tours & Water Sports). Next up on the itinerary: get outside with Mussel Barge Snapper Safaris, explore the activities along Mercury Bay, don't miss a visit to The 309 Road, and stop by The Coromandel Smoking Co..

For more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, use the Coromandel trip builder tool.

Drive from Tauranga to Coromandel in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. In January, daytime highs in Coromandel are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Whangarei.

Things to do in Coromandel

Outdoors · Parks · Nature · Tours

Side Trips

4
nights
Whangarei

Whangarei is the northernmost city in New Zealand and the regional capital of Northland Region. Take a break from Whangarei with a short trip to Ocean Beach in Whangarei Heads, about 42 minutes away. There's lots more to do: see the vivid underwater world at Poor Knights Island Marine Reserve, explore the galleries of Creative Kiwi Arts And Crafts, admire the sheer force of Whangarei Falls, and kick back and relax at Ruakaka Beach.

To find traveler tips, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Whangarei trip builder tool.

Traveling by car from Coromandel to Whangarei takes 4.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) so you can travel to Great Barrier Island.

Things to do in Whangarei

Parks · Museums · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trip

5
nights
Great Barrier Island

Great Barrier Island is known for nightlife, wildlife, and trails. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: identify plant and animal life at Glenfern Sanctuary, stroll through Aotea Track, take in the natural beauty of Kaitoke Hot Springs, and catch all the local highlights with Hooked on Barrier.

For photos, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Great Barrier Island tour itinerary maker.

Explore your travel options from Whangarei to Great Barrier Island with the Route module. You will have some time to spend on the 28th (Thu) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Great Barrier Island

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Wildlife

North Island travel guide

4.5
Hot Springs · Specialty Museums · Landmarks
The Fish of Māui
Home to both New Zealand's capital city and its most populous one, North Island remains the more urbane and modern of the country's two main islands. With a wealth of museums and places of historical importance, the island tells the story of New Zealand's inhabitants, from the native Maoris and European settlers to the cosmopolitan and inclusive population of the modern era. Away from the industrial and cultural centers, a tour of North Island can take you through the impressive and world-renowned landscape of deep gorges, rolling rivers, enormous lakes, and areas of volcanic activity--home to an amazing biodiversity of terrestrial and marine animal and plant life. Active vacationers on North Island may appreciate the extreme sports, and don't miss a chance to relax in its hot water springs.