15 days in North Island Itinerary

15 days in North Island Itinerary

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Paihia
— 3 nights
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Hahei
— 2 nights
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Rotorua
— 5 nights
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Waitomo Caves
— 2 nights

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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.
Explore hidden gems such as Paihia Harbour and Ninety Mile Beach. Take a break from the city and head to Nature & Wildlife Tours and Rainbow Falls. Take a break from Paihia with a short trip to Tane Mahuta Walk in Opononi, about 1h 25 min away. There's much more to do: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, contemplate the long history of The Stone Store & Kemp House - Kerikeri Mission Station, and identify plant and animal life at The Parrot Place.

For reviews, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Paihia trip planner.

Toronto, Canada to Paihia is an approximately 25-hour flight. Traveling from Toronto to Paihia, you'll lose 17 hours due to the time zone difference. On the 9th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Hahei.

Things to do in Paihia

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Paihia Harbour ©
Paihia Harbour
The Parrot Place ©
The Parrot Place

2
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Hahei

Hahei ©
Start off your visit on the 10th (Sat): enjoy the sand and surf at Hahei Beach Walk and then stroll through Hot Water Beach.

To see reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Hahei trip maker website.

You can drive from Paihia to Hahei in 5.5 hours. In March, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can travel to Rotorua.

Things to do in Hahei

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Nature

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Hahei Beach Walk ©
Hahei Beach Walk
Hot Water Beach ©
Hot Water Beach

5
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Rotorua

Rotorua ©

Sulphur City

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Waimangu Volcanic Valley and Orakei Korako Geothermal Park & Cave. Take a break from the city and head to Huka Falls Walkway and Wingspan National Bird of Prey Centre. Step out of Rotorua to go to Whakatane and see Ohope Beach, which is approximately 1h 25 min away. The adventure continues: take in the natural beauty of Waikite Valley Thermal Pools, trot along with a tour on horseback, push the limits with an extreme tour, and look for all kinds of wild species at Paradise Valley Springs Wildlife Park.

To find where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Rotorua travel route site.

Getting from Hahei to Rotorua by car takes about 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in March, and nighttime lows around 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

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Waimangu Volcanic Valley ©
Waimangu Volcanic Valley
Orakei Korako Geothermal Park & Cave ©
Orakei Korako Geothermal Park & Cave
Huka Falls Walkway
Huka Falls Walkway

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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 16th (Fri): skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour. On the next day, Head underground at Waitomo Glowworm Caves, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and then admire the sheer force of Marakopa Falls.

For maps, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Waitomo Caves tour site.

Getting from Rotorua to Waitomo Caves by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. On the 18th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

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Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
Ruakuri Walk ©
Ruakuri Walk
Marakopa Falls ©
Marakopa Falls

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