15 days in North Island Itinerary

15 days in North Island Itinerary

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15 days in North Island Itinerary

Start: Auckland
1
Auckland
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h
2
Whangarei
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 30 min
3
Hot Water Beach
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 30 min
4
Waitomo Caves
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h
5
Rotorua
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h
6
Turangi
— 5 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
7
Palmerston North
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 30 min
8
Lower Hutt
— 2 nights
Drive:  30 min
End: Wellington

2
nights
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.
You've added Stardome Observatory & Planetarium, SkyTower, Auckland Zoo, and other attractions to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sun): contemplate the geological forces at Mount Eden. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Mon): learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Auckland Zoo, make a trip to SkyTower, and then see the sky in a new way at Stardome Observatory & Planetarium.

To find traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Auckland online travel route planner .

If you are flying in from Australia, the closest major aiports are Auckland International Airport and Hamilton International Airport. In March, daily temperatures in Auckland can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) early enough to drive to Whangarei.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Nature
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SkyTower ©
SkyTower
Stardome Observatory & Planetarium ©
Stardome Observatory & Planetarium
Auckland Zoo ©
Auckland Zoo

1
night
Whangarei

Whangarei ©
Whangarei is the northernmost city in New Zealand and the regional capital of Northland Region. Whangarei Falls has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 31st (Tue): experience rural life at Sheepworld, admire the sheer force of Whangarei Falls, then pause for some photo ops at Te Kakano, and finally head outdoors with Hatea Loop.

To see reviews and tourist information, refer to the Whangarei trip itinerary planning app .

Drive from Auckland to Whangarei in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Hot Water Beach.

Things to do in Whangarei

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Sheepworld
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Whangarei Falls ©
Whangarei Falls
Sheepworld ©
Sheepworld
Te Kakano ©
Te Kakano

1
night
Hot Water Beach

Hot Water Beach ©
Named after the geothermal springs that supply the coast with pleasantly warm water ideal for swimming and soaking, Hot Water Beach attracts hundreds of thousands of tourists every year.
You've now added Glass Bottom Boat Whitianga to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 1st (Wed): get a new perspective on things with Glass Bottom Boat Whitianga, stop by Moko Artspace, then take in the natural beauty of Hot Water Beach, and finally don't miss a visit to Mahara, The Unique Sculpture Park and Pottery.

For photos, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Hot Water Beach travel planner.

You can drive from Whangarei to Hot Water Beach in 4.5 hours. In April, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can travel to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Hot Water Beach

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trips

Glass Bottom Boat Whitianga, Mahara, The Unique Sculpture Park and Pottery
Highlights from your plan
Hot Water Beach ©
Hot Water Beach
Moko Artspace ©
Moko Artspace

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.
On the 2nd (Thu), hike along Ruakuri Walk, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, and then relax in the rural setting at Waitomo Big Bird & Miniature Animal Petting Farm. On the 3rd (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: relax in the rural setting at Roselands Farm Park, explore the fascinating underground world of Footwhistle Glowworm Cave, Head underground at Ruakuri Cave, snap pictures at Mangapohue Natural Bridge Walk, then explore the fascinating underground world of Piripiri Cave Walk, and finally admire the sheer force of Marakopa Falls.

To find maps, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Waitomo Caves sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Hot Water Beach to Waitomo Caves takes 3.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to drive to Rotorua.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Waitomo Big Bird & Miniature Animal Petting Farm
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Ruakuri Walk ©
Ruakuri Walk
Ruakuri Cave
Ruakuri Cave
Marakopa Falls ©
Marakopa Falls

1
night
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Hobbiton Movie Set. On the 4th (Sat), make a trip to Hobbiton Movie Set and then look for all kinds of wild species at Redwoods Treewalk.

For topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Rotorua online visit planner .

Traveling by car from Waitomo Caves to Rotorua takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In April, daytime highs in Rotorua are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can drive to Turangi.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Hobbiton Movie Set
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Redwoods Treewalk ©
Redwoods Treewalk
Hobbiton Movie Set ©
Hobbiton Movie Set

5
nights
Turangi

Turangi ©
Turangi is a small town on the west bank of the Tongariro River, 50 kilometres south-west of Taupo on the North Island Volcanic Plateau of New Zealand. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Mt Ngauruhoe. Escape the urban bustle at Taranaki Falls and Whakapapa Nature Walk. You'll explore and learn at National Army Museum and Volcanic Activity Centre. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Turangi: Silica Rapids Track (in Whakapapa) and Ohakune (Tangiwai Rail Disaster Memorial & Waitonga Falls Walk Trailhead). Next up on the itinerary: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Tongariro Crossing Shuttles, admire the sheer force of Tawhai Falls, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and stroll through Tree Trunk Gorge tracks.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Turangi trip simple and quick.

You can drive from Rotorua to Turangi in 2 hours. On the 9th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Palmerston North.

Things to do in Turangi

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Tongariro National Park, Ohakune, National Army Museum
Highlights from your plan
National Army Museum ©
National Army Museum
Te Porere Redoubt ©
Te Porere Redoubt
Taranaki Falls ©
Taranaki Falls

1
night
Palmerston North

Palmerston North ©
Palmerston North is a city in the North Island of New Zealand and the seat of the Manawatu-Wanganui region. On the 9th (Thu), see the interesting displays at New Zealand Rugby Museum.

To find photos, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read our Palmerston North holiday builder website .

Traveling by car from Turangi to Palmerston North takes 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in April, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can travel to Lower Hutt.

Things to do in Palmerston North

Museums
Highlights from your plan
New Zealand Rugby Museum ©
New Zealand Rugby Museum

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Lower Hutt

Lower Hutt ©
Lower Hutt is a city in the Wellington Region of the North Island of New Zealand. Kick off your visit on the 10th (Fri): sample the tasty concoctions at Kereru Brewing Company, witness the site of a historic battle at Battle Hill Farm Forest Park, then see the interesting displays at Kapiti Coast Electric Tramway, then trek along Whitireia Park, and finally take some stellar pictures from Wainui Lookout. Keep things going the next day: admire the sheer force of Percy Waterfall, look for gifts at NZique, and then let little ones run wild at Avalon Park.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Lower Hutt trip builder website .

You can drive from Palmerston North to Lower Hutt in 2 hours. In April in Lower Hutt, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 14°C at night. You'll have a few hours on the 12th (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Lower Hutt

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Porirua, Kereru Brewing Company, Kapiti Coast Electric Tramway
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Battle Hill Farm Forest Park ©
Battle Hill Farm Forest Park
Whitireia Park ©
Whitireia Park
Catchpool Loop Walk ©
Catchpool Loop Walk

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