17 days in North Island Itinerary

17 days in North Island Itinerary

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Auckland
— 1 night
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Whangarei
— 2 nights
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Kerikeri
— 3 nights
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Wellington
— 3 nights
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Napier
— 2 nights
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Tongariro National Park
— 2 nights
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Rotorua
— 3 nights

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Auckland

Auckland ©

City of Sails

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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Tue): kick back and relax at Orewa Beach, look for all kinds of wild species at Muriwai Gannet Colony, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Patrick's Cathedral. On the next day, steep yourself in history at Parnell and then brush up on your military savvy at Auckland Museum.

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Brisbane, Australia to Auckland is an approximately 7-hour flight. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Brisbane to Auckland due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Brisbane in September, plan for cooler days in Auckland, with highs around 15°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) so you can drive to Whangarei.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Orewa Beach ©
Orewa Beach
Muriwai Gannet Colony ©
Muriwai Gannet Colony
Auckland Museum ©
Auckland Museum

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Whangarei

Whangarei ©
Whangarei is the northernmost city in New Zealand and the regional capital of Northland Region. Kick off your visit on the 7th (Thu): explore the activities along Matapouri Bay and then identify plant and animal life at Tutukaka Headland. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll through Ruakaka Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Uretiti Beach, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Waipu Cave.

To find more things to do, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Whangarei holiday site.

Getting from Auckland to Whangarei by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: fly; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Kerikeri.

Things to do in Whangarei

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Matapouri Bay ©
Matapouri Bay
Ruakaka Beach ©
Ruakaka Beach
Waipu Cave ©
Waipu Cave

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Kerikeri

Kerikeri ©
Kerikeri, the largest town in Northland New Zealand, is a popular tourist destination about three hours drive north of Auckland, and 80 km north of the northern region's largest city, Whangarei. Do some cultural sightseeing at Waitangi Treaty Grounds and Pompallier Mission and Printery. Discover out-of-the-way places like Paihia Harbour and Parasailing & Paragliding. Take a break from Kerikeri with a short trip to Oneroa Bay in Russell, about 1h 10 min away. There's lots more to do: admire the sheer force of Rainbow Falls, stroll through Manginangina Kauri Walk, and admire the landmark architecture of The Stone Store & Kemp House - Kerikeri Mission Station.

To find maps, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Kerikeri trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Whangarei to Kerikeri takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Kerikeri

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Paihia Harbour ©
Paihia Harbour
Waitangi Treaty Grounds ©
Waitangi Treaty Grounds
Pompallier Mission and Printery ©
Pompallier Mission and Printery

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Wellington

Wellington ©

Harbour Capital

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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Edwin Fox Maritime Museum and Wellington Cable Car. Get some cultural insight at National War Memorial and The Great War Exhibition. Explore Wellington's surroundings by going to Nga Manu Nature Reserve (in Waikanae), Picton Sound (in Picton) and Yealands Estate Winery (in Seddon). There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, identify plant and animal life at Otari-Wilton's Bush Native Botanic Garden, and enjoy the sand and surf at Scorching Bay.

To see more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Wellington online itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Kerikeri to Wellington takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In September in Wellington, expect temperatures between 16°C during the day and 10°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) early enough to travel to Napier.

Things to do in Wellington

Parks · Museums · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
National War Memorial ©
National War Memorial
Edwin Fox Maritime Museum ©
Edwin Fox Maritime Museum
Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa

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Napier

Napier ©
Enjoy the atmosphere and architecture of 1930s design in Napier, one of the best-preserved Art Deco cities in the world.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Fri): look for all kinds of wild species at Gannet Colony and then pause for some serene contemplation at Waiapu Anglican Cathedral, Napier, New Zealand. On your second day here, see the interesting displays at Faraday Centre, tour the pleasant surroundings at Ahuriri Estuary Walk, and then do a tasting at Elephant Hill.

To see photos, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Napier trip planner.

Fly from Wellington to Napier in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Tongariro National Park.

Things to do in Napier

Parks · Wildlife · Wineries · Museums

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Gannet Colony ©
Gannet Colony
Elephant Hill ©
Elephant Hill

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Tongariro National Park

Tongariro National Park ©
Tongariro National Park has a long history of preserving New Zealand's pristine alpine landscape.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Sun): trek along Tongariro Alpine Crossing. On the 18th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the dramatic scenery at Tawhai Falls and then contemplate the geological forces at Mount Ruapehu.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Tongariro National Park trip planner.

You can drive from Napier to Tongariro National Park in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and shuttle; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Mon) to allow time for the car ride to Rotorua.

Things to do in Tongariro National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature
Highlights from your plan
Mount Ruapehu ©
Mount Ruapehu
Tongariro Alpine Crossing ©
Tongariro Alpine Crossing
Tawhai Falls ©
Tawhai Falls

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Tue): look for all kinds of wild species at Wingspan National Bird of Prey Centre, contemplate the geological forces at Waimangu Volcanic Valley, and then admire the masterpieces at Rotorua Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: steep yourself in history at Buried Village of Te Wairoa, witness a stunning natural landmark at Hell's Gate, and then identify plant and animal life at Paradise Valley Springs Wildlife Park.

To see photos, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Rotorua online trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Tongariro National Park to Rotorua takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. In September, daily temperatures in Rotorua can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Spas

Side Trip

Highlights from your plan
Waimangu Volcanic Valley ©
Waimangu Volcanic Valley
Hell's Gate ©
Hell's Gate
Wingspan National Bird of Prey Centre ©
Wingspan National Bird of Prey Centre

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