19 days in North Island Itinerary

19 days in North Island Itinerary

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Paihia
— 4 nights
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Tauranga
— 2 nights
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Waitomo Caves
— 3 nights
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Rotorua
— 5 nights
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Taupo
— 2 nights
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Wellington
— 2 nights

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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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Paihia Harbour and Dolphin & Whale Watching. Waitangi National Trust & Treaty House and The Stone Store & Kemp House - Kerikeri Mission Station will appeal to history buffs. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Paihia: Whangaroa Harbour (in Whangaroa), Manginangina Kauri Walk (in Kerikeri) and Wairere Boulders (in Horeke). There's more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Ruakaka Beach and look for all kinds of wild species at Waipu Cave.

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

Sydney, Australia to Paihia is an approximately 8-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Sydney to Paihia is 2 hours. On the 23rd (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Tauranga.

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Paihia Harbour ©
Paihia Harbour
Dolphin & Whale Watching

2
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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 23rd (Sat), stroll through Mount Maunganui Summit Track. Keep things going the next day: take in the exciting artwork at Pohutukawa Gallery, hike along Mount Maunganui Base Track, then steep yourself in history at Historical Athenree Homestead, and finally take in the natural beauty of Omokoroa Thermal Holiday Park.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Tauranga trip builder website.

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Paihia to Tauranga in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. September in Tauranga sees daily highs of 19°C and lows of 10°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Tauranga

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Mt Maunganui Main Beach ©
Mt Maunganui Main Beach
Omokoroa Thermal Holiday Park ©
Omokoroa Thermal Holiday Park
Moturiki Island ©
Moturiki Island

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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.
Get outdoors at Canyoning & Rappelling Tours and Aranui Cave. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Ruakuri Walk and Roselands Farm Park. Change things up with a short trip to Ngarunui Beach in Raglan (about 1h 10 min away). Next up on the itinerary: explore the fascinating underground world of Waitomo Glowworm Caves and have some family-friendly fun at Kiwiana Leisure Park.

To see where to stay, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read our Waitomo Caves road trip planning site.

You can drive from Tauranga to Waitomo Caves in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of flight and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Rotorua.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

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Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
Ngarunui Beach ©
Ngarunui Beach
Ruakuri Walk ©
Ruakuri Walk

5
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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.
Visit St. Faith's Anglican Church and Tamaki Maori Village for their historical value. Discover out-of-the-way places like Blue Lake Track and Wingspan National Bird of Prey Centre. Next up on the itinerary: get interesting insight from Tours, kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, contemplate the waterfront views at Hamurana Springs Nature Reserve, and take in the natural beauty of Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, use the Rotorua trip itinerary builder.

You can drive from Waitomo Caves to Rotorua in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Rotorua are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) early enough to drive to Taupo.

Things to do in Rotorua

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Horseback Riding Tours
Wingspan National Bird of Prey Centre ©
Wingspan National Bird of Prey Centre
Blue Lake Track ©
Blue Lake Track

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Taupo

Taupo ©

Great Cloak of Tia

The resort town of Taupo lies on the banks of Lake Taupo, the largest body of water in the whole of Australasia.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Tue): examine the collection at Taupo Museum, enjoy the sand and surf at Kinloch Beach, and then witness a stunning natural landmark at Spa Thermal Park and Riverbank Recreational and Scenic Reserve. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: identify plant and animal life at Tongariro National Trout Centre, get to know the fascinating history of Opepe Scenic and Historic Reserve, and then see the world from above with a helicopter tour.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Taupo route site.

You can drive from Rotorua to Taupo in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Taupo

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Tongariro National Trout Centre ©
Tongariro National Trout Centre
Kinloch Beach ©
Kinloch Beach
Taupo Museum ©
Taupo Museum

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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.
Get outdoors at Otari-Wilton's Bush Native Botanic Garden and ZEALANDIA Ecosanctuary. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Queen Charlotte Sound and Nga Manu Nature Reserve. Next up on the itinerary: explore the different monuments and memorials at Bolton Street Cemetery, take a memorable ride with Wellington Cable Car, examine the collection at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, and kick back and relax at Scorching Bay.

To find where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, use the Wellington trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Taupo to Wellington by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 19°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Wellington

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Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
Queen Charlotte Sound ©
Queen Charlotte Sound
Scorching Bay ©
Scorching Bay

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