16 days in North Island Itinerary

16 days in North Island Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Auckland
— 3 nights
2
Paihia
— 3 nights
3
New Plymouth
— 1 night
4
Waitomo Caves
— 2 nights
5
Rotorua
— 4 nights
6
Wellington
— 2 nights

3
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.
Auckland is known for nature, museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: enjoy breathtaking views from SkyTower, take a stroll through Devonport, enjoy a live performance at SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium, and indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink.

To find traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Auckland online tour itinerary builder.

Brisbane, Australia to Auckland is an approximately 7-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time to New Zealand Standard Time is 2 hours. Traveling from Brisbane in October, expect nights in Auckland to be about the same, around 16°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Paihia.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Wineries
Highlights from your plan
SkyTower ©
SkyTower
Auckland Museum ©
Auckland Museum
Auckland Zoo ©
Auckland Zoo

3
nights
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.
Paihia is known for wildlife, historic sites, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of Waitangi Treaty Grounds, stop by Bay of Islands Honey Shop, admire the striking features of The Stone Store & Kemp House - Kerikeri Mission Station, and surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

For ratings, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Paihia trip builder website.

You can drive from Auckland to Paihia in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. On the 28th (Sat), you're off to New Plymouth.

Things to do in Paihia

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

Kerikeri, Haruru Falls
Highlights from your plan
Waitangi Treaty Grounds ©
Waitangi Treaty Grounds
Nature & Wildlife Tours

1
night
New Plymouth

New Plymouth ©
Where other cities run, New Plymouth prefers to stroll.
On the 29th (Sun), take in the pleasant sights at New Plymouth Coastal Walkway, meet the residents at Brooklands Zoo, and then admire the natural beauty at Pukekura Park.

To see other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the New Plymouth trip planner.

You can fly from Paihia to New Plymouth in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to drive to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in New Plymouth

Zoos & Aquariums · Parks
Highlights from your plan
Pukekura Park ©
Pukekura Park
New Plymouth Coastal Walkway ©
New Plymouth Coastal Walkway
Brooklands Zoo ©
Brooklands Zoo

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.
On the 30th (Mon), Head underground at Waitomo Glowworm Caves.

To find more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Waitomo Caves trip itinerary website.

Traveling by car from New Plymouth to Waitomo Caves takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of flight and bus. On the 31st (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Rotorua.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Nature · Parks
Highlights from your plan
Waitomo Glowworm Caves ©
Waitomo Glowworm Caves

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Huka Falls Walkway (in Taupo) and Hobbiton Movie Set (in Hinuera). Next up on the itinerary: whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, explore and take pictures at Te Puia, join in the after-dark buzz at Tamaki Maori Village, and delve into the lush surroundings at Redwoods, Whakarewarewa Forest.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Rotorua holiday planning website.

You can drive from Waitomo Caves to Rotorua in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. October in Rotorua sees daily highs of 21°C and lows of 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks · Spas · Nature

Side Trips

Huka Falls Walkway, Hobbiton Movie Set
Highlights from your plan
Huka Falls Walkway
Huka Falls Walkway
Hobbiton Movie Set ©
Hobbiton Movie Set
Zipline

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.
Wellington is known for museums, wildlife, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: examine the collection at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, ponder the world of politics at New Zealand Parliament, get engrossed in the history at Wellington Museum, and catch a ride on Wellington Cable Car.

To see where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Wellington day trip site.

Traveling by flight from Rotorua to Wellington takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Rotorua in November, you will find days in Wellington are little chillier (20°C), and nights are about the same (13°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Wellington

Parks · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Wellington Botanic Garden
Highlights from your plan
Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
The Great War Exhibition ©
The Great War Exhibition
Wellington Cable Car ©
Wellington Cable Car

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