16 days in North Island Itinerary

16 days in North Island Itinerary

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

1
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Fri): enjoy the sand and surf at Orewa Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Sat): take a stroll through Parnell and then brush up on your military savvy at Auckland Museum.

For where to stay, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Auckland trip maker tool.

The Route module shows you travel options from your home to Auckland. In November, daily temperatures in Auckland can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can drive to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Auckland

Beaches · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trip

Orewa Beach
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Orewa Beach ©
Orewa Beach
Auckland Museum ©
Auckland Museum
Parnell ©
Parnell

3
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Ruakuri Walk and Waitomo Clay Birds. Step out of the city life by going to Waitomo Glowworm Caves and Raglan Rock. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Waitomo Caves: Te Awamutu Space Centre (in Kihikihi) and Ngarunui Beach (in Raglan). There's more to do: Head underground at Aranui Cave.

To find reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Waitomo Caves tour itinerary planner.

Drive from Auckland to Waitomo Caves in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to drive to Tauranga.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Parks · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

Raglan, Te Awamutu Space Centre, Aranui Cave
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Raglan Rock ©
Raglan Rock
Ngarunui Beach ©
Ngarunui Beach
Ruakuri Walk ©
Ruakuri Walk

2
nights
Tauranga

Tauranga ©
The largest city in the Bay of Plenty, Tauranga features extensive sandy beaches, well-maintained hiking paths, and a good range of accommodations.
On the 22nd (Wed), view the masterpieces at Pohutukawa Gallery, enjoy the sand and surf at Mt Maunganui Main Beach, then head off the coast to Moturiki Island, and finally view the masterpieces at the Zeus Gallery. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at Classic Flyers Aviation Museum, witness a stunning natural landmark at Omokoroa Thermal Holiday Park, and then identify plant and animal life at Marshalls Animal Park.

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You can drive from Waitomo Caves to Tauranga in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. In November, daily temperatures in Tauranga can reach 23°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to drive to Rotorua.

Things to do in Tauranga

Parks · Nature · Beaches

Side Trip

Classic Flyers Aviation Museum
Highlights from your plan
Mt Maunganui Main Beach ©
Mt Maunganui Main Beach
Marshalls Animal Park ©
Marshalls Animal Park
Classic Flyers Aviation Museum ©
Classic Flyers Aviation Museum

5
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.
Get a sense of the local culture at St. Faith's Anglican Church and Volcanic Hills Winery. Museum-lovers will get to explore Rotorua Museum and Taupo Museum. Change things up with these side-trips from Rotorua: Taupo (Huka Falls Walkway & L'Arte). Next up on the itinerary: take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, contemplate the long history of Tamaki Maori Village, and look for all kinds of wild species at Wingspan National Bird of Prey Centre.

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Getting from Tauranga to Rotorua by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus. In November, plan for daily highs up to 23°C, and evening lows to 15°C. On the 28th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Rotorua

Outdoors · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

Taupo, River Rafting & Tubing
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Horseback Riding Tours
Huka Falls Walkway
Huka Falls Walkway
Wingspan National Bird of Prey Centre ©
Wingspan National Bird of Prey Centre

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Tue): go from sight to sight with Wellington Cable Car. On the 29th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, take an in-depth tour of The Great War Exhibition, learn about all things military at National War Memorial, then steep yourself in history at Old St Paul's, and finally stroll the grounds of Bolton Street Cemetery.

To see photos, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Wellington trip planner.

Fly from Rotorua to Wellington in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Rotorua in November, expect nights in Wellington to be about the same, around 13°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) so you can travel to Paihia.

Things to do in Wellington

Museums · Historic Sites · Nature
Highlights from your plan
Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
Wellington Museum ©
Wellington Museum
National War Memorial ©
National War Memorial

2
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.
On the 1st (Fri), surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour and then take in the dramatic scenery at Rainbow Falls. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat): admire the natural beauty at Waitangi Treaty Grounds, look for all kinds of wild species at Waitangi National Trust & Treaty House, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Paihia Harbour.

To find reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Paihia trip planner.

You can fly from Wellington to Paihia in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) to allow time to drive back home.

Things to do in Paihia

Wildlife · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Rainbow Falls, Waitangi National Trust & Treaty House
Highlights from your plan
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Paihia Harbour ©
Paihia Harbour
Rainbow Falls ©
Rainbow Falls

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