18 days in North Island Itinerary

18 days in North Island Itinerary

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1
Paihia
— 3 nights
2
Auckland
— 3 nights
3
Hamilton
— 1 night
4
Waitomo Caves
— 2 nights
5
Tongariro National Park
— 1 night
6
Rotorua
— 5 nights
7
Wellington
— 2 nights

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, admire the landmark architecture of The Stone Store & Kemp House - Kerikeri Mission Station, take a memorable tour with Tours, and look for all kinds of wild species at Paihia Harbour.

For reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Paihia online route planner.

Sydney, Australia to Paihia is an approximately 8-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time to New Zealand Standard Time is 2 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Auckland.

Things to do in Paihia

Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trips

The Stone Store & Kemp House - Kerikeri Mission Station, Haruru Falls
Highlights from your plan
Paihia Harbour ©
Paihia Harbour
Waitangi Treaty Grounds ©
Waitangi Treaty Grounds

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, get to know the resident critters at Auckland Zoo, step off the mainland to explore Tiritiri Matangi Visitor Centre, and brush up on your military savvy at Auckland Museum.

For traveler tips, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Auckland trip itinerary planning app.

You can drive from Paihia to Auckland in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In November, daytime highs in Auckland are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can drive to Hamilton.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks · Nature · Zoos & Aquariums
Highlights from your plan
SkyTower ©
SkyTower
Auckland Museum ©
Auckland Museum
Tiritiri Matangi Visitor Centre ©
Tiritiri Matangi Visitor Centre

1
night
Hamilton

Hamilton ©
On the banks of the Waikato River lies Hamilton, a pretty, active city on North Island.
On the 16th (Thu), get to know the resident critters at Hamilton Zoo, then take in nature's colorful creations at Hamilton Gardens, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral Church of St Peter.

To find reviews, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Hamilton day trip site.

Drive from Auckland to Hamilton in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Auckland in November, Hamilton is little chillier at night with lows of 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Hamilton

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Hamilton Gardens ©
Hamilton Gardens
Hamilton Zoo ©
Hamilton Zoo
Cathedral Church of St Peter ©
Cathedral Church of St Peter

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 17th (Fri), explore the fascinating underground world of Waitomo Glowworm Caves.

For other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Waitomo Caves online itinerary planner.

Getting from Hamilton to Waitomo Caves by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. On the 18th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Tongariro National Park.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

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

1
night
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 18th (Sat): hike along Tongariro Alpine Crossing. On the 19th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the dramatic scenery at Tawhai Falls and then get impressive views of Mount Ruapehu.

To see reviews, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Tongariro National Park road trip tool.

Drive from Waitomo Caves to Tongariro National Park in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Rotorua.

Things to do in Tongariro National Park

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

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.
When in Rotorua, make a side trip to see Huka Falls Walkway in Taupo, approximately Taupo away. And it doesn't end there: take a memorable tour with Tours, take a peaceful walk through Redwoods, Whakarewarewa Forest, admire the masterpieces at Rotorua Museum, and witness a stunning natural landmark at Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland.

For maps, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Rotorua trip maker.

Drive from Tongariro National Park to Rotorua in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. November in Rotorua sees daily highs of 23°C and lows of 15°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks · Spas · Nature

Side Trip

Huka Falls Walkway
Highlights from your plan
Horseback Riding Tours
Zipline
Huka Falls Walkway
Huka Falls Walkway

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, look for all kinds of wild species at ZEALANDIA Ecosanctuary, and take some stellar pictures from Mount Victoria.

For other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Wellington trip maker app.

Traveling by flight from Rotorua to Wellington takes 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 slightly colder, around 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Wellington

Parks · Museums · Wildlife

Side Trip

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

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