15 days in North Island Itinerary

15 days in North Island Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Waitomo Caves
— 2 nights
2
Rotorua
— 4 nights
3
Wellington
— 2 nights
4
Paihia
— 3 nights
5
Cape Reinga
— 1 night
6
Auckland
— Few hours

2
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.
Visiting Canyoning & Rappelling Tours and Caveworld will get you outdoors. Explore hidden gems such as Marakopa Falls and Roselands Farm Park. Next up on the itinerary: Head underground at Waitomo Glowworm Caves, tour the pleasant surroundings at Ruakuri Walk, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and identify plant and animal life at Otorohanga Kiwi House & Native Bird Park.

Plan a trip to Waitomo Caves easily and quickly by telling Inspirock to suggest an itinerary.

Montreal, Canada to Waitomo Caves is an approximately 25-hour combination of flight and bus. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to New Zealand Standard Time (NZST), which is usually a 17 hour difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Rotorua.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Parks · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

Otorohanga Kiwi House & Native Bird Park
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Caveworld ©
Caveworld
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
Ruakuri Walk ©
Ruakuri Walk

4
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Waimangu Volcanic Valley and Paradise Valley Springs Wildlife Park. Get in touch with nature at Huka Falls Walkway and Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland. There's lots more to do: witness a stunning natural landmark at Hell's Gate, stroll through Blue Lake Track, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and identify plant and animal life at Wingspan National Bird of Prey Centre.

For ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Rotorua online trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Waitomo Caves to Rotorua takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. January in Rotorua sees daily highs of 27°C and lows of 19°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) early enough to travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trips

Huka Falls Walkway, Hell's Gate, River Rafting & Tubing
Highlights from your plan
Waimangu Volcanic Valley ©
Waimangu Volcanic Valley
Huka Falls Walkway
Huka Falls Walkway
Hell's Gate ©
Hell's Gate

2
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.
On the 8th (Mon), see the interesting displays at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa and then explore the activities along Oriental Bay. On the 9th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Wellington Zoo, brush up on your military savvy at National War Memorial, admire the striking features of Old St Paul's, then take an in-depth tour of Wellington Museum, and finally catch a ride on Wellington Cable Car.

To see photos, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, use the Wellington road trip app.

Traveling by flight from Rotorua to Wellington takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) so you can travel to Paihia.

Things to do in Wellington

Parks · Museums · Nature
Highlights from your plan
Oriental Bay ©
Oriental Bay
Old St Paul's ©
Old St Paul's
Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa

3
nights
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Paihia Harbour and Dolphin & Whale Watching. Get a sense of the local culture at Christ Church and Waitangi Treaty Grounds. When in Paihia, make a side trip to see Pompallier Mission and Printery in Russell, approximately Russell away. And it doesn't end there: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, pause for some serene contemplation at St James Anglican Church, take in the dramatic scenery at Rainbow Falls, and fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read Paihia trip itinerary website.

Traveling by flight from Wellington to Paihia takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can travel to Cape Reinga.

Things to do in Paihia

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Russell, Kerikeri
Highlights from your plan
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Paihia Harbour ©
Paihia Harbour
Dolphin & Whale Watching

1
night
Cape Reinga

Cape Reinga ©
Cape Reinga or Te Rerenga Wairua is the northwesternmost tip of the Aupouri Peninsula, at the northern end of the North Island of New Zealand. On the 13th (Sat), take in the pleasant sights at Cape Reinga Lighthouse.

To find traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Cape Reinga trip planning app.

You can drive from Paihia to Cape Reinga in 3 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) so you can travel to Auckland.
Highlights from your plan
Cape Reinga Lighthouse ©
Cape Reinga Lighthouse

few
hours
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.
On the 14th (Sun), learn about all things military at Auckland Museum.

For photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Auckland day trip tool.

Explore your travel options from Cape Reinga to Auckland with the Route module. In January, daytime highs in Auckland are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Auckland

Museums
Highlights from your plan
Auckland Museum ©
Auckland Museum

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