15 days in North Island Itinerary

15 days in North Island Itinerary

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15 days in North Island Itinerary

Start: Brisbane
Fly:  7 h 45 min
1
New Plymouth
— 1 night
Fly:  2 h 30 min
2
Wellington
— 2 nights
Fly:  3 h 30 min
3
Napier
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
4
Rotorua
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h
5
Waitomo Caves
— 1 night
+2
Taxi + Fly + Taxi:  3 h
6
Paihia
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
7
Whangarei
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h
8
Auckland
— 2 nights
Fly:  6 h 45 min
End: Brisbane

1
night
New Plymouth

New Plymouth ©
Where other cities run, New Plymouth prefers to stroll.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Tue): head off the coast to Paritutu Rock, go for a walk through New Plymouth Coastal Walkway, get curious at Puke Ariki, then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Pukekura Park, and finally get to know the resident critters at Brooklands Zoo.

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Brisbane, Australia to New Plymouth is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Brisbane to New Plymouth due to the time zone difference. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) so you can travel to Wellington.

Things to do in New Plymouth

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Pukekura Park ©
Pukekura Park
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New Plymouth Coastal Walkway
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Paritutu Rock

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.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Wed): ponder the world of politics at New Zealand Parliament, admire the striking features of Old St Paul's, explore the activities along Oriental Bay, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Wellington Zoo, then pause for some photo ops at Paddy the Wanderer Monument, and finally get engrossed in the history at Wellington Museum. On your second day here, see the interesting displays at Cable Car Museum, examine the collection at Southward Car Museum, and then identify plant and animal life at Staglands Wildlife Reserve.

To find photos, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Wellington trip planner.

Traveling by flight from New Plymouth to Wellington takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In February, daily temperatures in Wellington can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to travel to Napier.

Things to do in Wellington

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Southward Car Museum
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Oriental Bay ©
Oriental Bay
New Zealand Parliament ©
New Zealand Parliament
Staglands Wildlife Reserve ©
Staglands Wildlife Reserve

2
nights
Napier

Enjoy the atmosphere and architecture of 1930s design in Napier, one of the best-preserved Art Deco cities in the world.
On the 21st (Fri), learn about winemaking at Mission Estate Winery, stroll around Clive Square, take in the exciting artwork at Birdwoods Gallery, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Te Mata Peak, then indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area, and finally don't miss a visit to Marine Parade. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat): get great views at Bluff Hill Lookout, then cool off at Splash Planet, and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To see reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Napier trip planner.

You can fly from Wellington to Napier in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can go by car to Rotorua.

Things to do in Napier

Tours Adventure Outdoors

Side Trips

Hastings, Birdwoods Gallery
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Wine Tours & Tastings
River Rafting & Tubing
Te Mata Peak ©
Te Mata Peak

3
nights
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 discover tucked-away gems like River Rafting & Tubing and Mount Maunganui Base Track. Explore Rotorua's surroundings by going to Mt Maunganui Main Beach (in Mount Maunganui) and Taupo (Aratiatia Rapids & Clay Break Taupo). There's still lots to do: take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, relax in the rural setting at Agrodome, contemplate the long history of Government Gardens, and look for all kinds of wild species at Redwoods Treewalk.

To see maps, traveler tips, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Rotorua trip planner.

You can drive from Napier to Rotorua in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in February, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Tauranga, Taupo, River Rafting & Tubing, Orakei Korako Geothermal Park & Cave
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River Rafting & Tubing
Horseback Riding Tours
Mt Maunganui Main Beach ©
Mt Maunganui Main Beach

1
night
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 26th (Wed): get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, then explore the fascinating underground world of Ruakuri Cave, then Head underground at Caveworld, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Ruakuri Walk.

For reviews, more things to do, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Waitomo Caves trip planning app .

Traveling by car from Rotorua to Waitomo Caves takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Paihia.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

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Ruakuri Walk ©
Ruakuri Walk
Ruakuri Cave
Ruakuri Cave
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Caveworld

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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.
On the 27th (Thu), identify plant and animal life at Paihia Harbour, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, stop by Bay of Islands Honey Shop, then admire the sheer force of Rainbow Falls, then steep yourself in history at The Stone Store & Kemp House - Kerikeri Mission Station, and finally get interesting insight from Tours. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, Head underground at Kawiti Caves, take an in-depth tour of Kawakawa Memorial Library Centre, explore and take pictures at Hundertwasser Park, then contemplate the long history of Pompallier Mission and Printery, and finally steep yourself in history at Flagstaff Hill Historic Reserve.

To find topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, photos, and other tourist information, use the Paihia trip site .

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Waitomo Caves to Paihia in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Whangarei.

Things to do in Paihia

Wildlife Tours Outdoors

Side Trips

Kerikeri, Kawakawa, Russell
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Paihia Harbour ©
Paihia Harbour
Scuba & Snorkeling
Rainbow Falls ©
Rainbow Falls

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Whangarei

Whangarei is the northernmost city in New Zealand and the regional capital of Northland Region. On the 29th (Sat), find your balance on the water with categoryPhrases.alias.some_of_the_best_stand_up_paddleboarding_in_the_area, pause for some photo ops at Te Kakano, admire the natural beauty at Whangarei Quarry Gardens, then take in the dramatic scenery at Whangarei Falls, and finally stop by Town Basin.

For reviews, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Whangarei visit planner.

You can drive from Paihia to Whangarei in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Auckland.

Things to do in Whangarei

Adventure Tours Outdoors

Side Trip

Stand-Up Paddleboarding
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Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Whangarei Falls ©
Whangarei Falls
Town Basin ©
Town Basin

2
nights
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 1st (Sun): pause for some photo ops at Statue of Sir Dove-Myer Robinson, step off the mainland to explore Tiritiri Matangi Visitor Centre, then admire the masterpieces at Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki, and finally indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll around Cornwall Park, make a trip to One Tree Hill (Maungakiekie), and then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To find maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Auckland trip itinerary builder app .

Getting from Whangarei to Auckland by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in February, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Auckland

Wildlife Tours Parks
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Wine Tours & Tastings
Tiritiri Matangi Visitor Centre ©
Tiritiri Matangi Visitor Centre
Cornwall Park ©
Cornwall Park

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