21 days in North Island Itinerary

21 days in North Island Itinerary

Created using Inspirock North Island trip planner

Make it your trip
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Wellington
— 2 nights
Fly
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Napier
— 2 nights
Drive
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Tongariro National Park
— 3 nights
Drive
4
Kawhia
— 1 night
Drive
5
Hamilton
— 3 nights
Drive
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Matamata
— 1 night
Drive
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Rotorua
— 3 nights
Drive
8
Tauranga
— 1 night
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Whitianga
— 1 night
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Auckland
— 3 nights
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Wellington

— 2 nights

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.
On the 28th (Tue), get engrossed in the history at The Great War Exhibition, get engrossed in the history at Wellington Museum, then take a memorable ride with Wellington Cable Car, and finally see the interesting displays at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa. On your second day here, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Wellington Zoo, identify plant and animal life at ZEALANDIA Ecosanctuary, and then admire the natural beauty at Wellington Botanic Garden.

For where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Wellington online trip itinerary planner.

Hobart, Australia to Wellington is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) to New Zealand Standard Time (NZST), which is usually a 2 hour difference. Traveling from Hobart in July, plan for a bit warmer nights in Wellington, with lows around 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) so you can travel to Napier.

Things to do in Wellington

Parks · Museums · Wildlife · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Napier

— 2 nights
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 30th (Thu): get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at National Aquarium of New Zealand, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Te Mata Peak, then view the masterpieces at Creative Arts Napier, and finally look for gifts at New Zealand Wine Centre. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: do a tasting at Church Road Winery Cellar Door, then learn about winemaking at Trinity Hill Winery, and then savor the flavors at Food & Drink.

To find where to stay and tourist information, refer to the Napier attractions planning site.

Getting from Wellington to Napier by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) early enough to go by car to Tongariro National Park.

Things to do in Napier

Wineries · Tours · Parks · Shopping

Side Trip

Tongariro National Park

— 3 nights
Tongariro National Park has a long history of preserving New Zealand's pristine alpine landscape.
Tongariro National Park is known for trails, nature, and winter sports. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get impressive views of Mount Ruapehu, take in the dramatic scenery at Taranaki Falls, hike along Mounds Walk, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Tongariro Alpine Crossing.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Tongariro National Park travel planner.

Getting from Napier to Tongariro National Park by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and shuttle; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) early enough to travel to Kawhia.

Things to do in Tongariro National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Kawhia

— 1 night
Start off your visit on the 4th (Tue): kick back and relax at Kawhia Hot Water Beach.

To see maps, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Kawhia trip planning app.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Tongariro National Park to Kawhia. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Hamilton.

Things to do in Kawhia

Beaches · Outdoors · Parks
Highlights from your trip

Hamilton

— 3 nights

Tron

On the banks of the Waikato River lies Hamilton, a pretty, active city on North Island.
Explore Hamilton's surroundings by going to Waitomo Caves (Waitomo Clay Birds, Ruakuri Walk, &more). There's still lots to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Hamilton Gardens, step off the mainland to explore Kapiti Island, and explore the landscape on two wheels at Hamilton Cycleways.

For photos, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Hamilton day trip app.

You can drive from Kawhia to Hamilton in 1.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) so you can drive to Matamata.

Things to do in Hamilton

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Side Trips

Matamata

— 1 night
Matamata is a town in the Waikato Region of New Zealand's North Island. On the 8th (Sat), examine the collection at Firth Tower Estate and Museum, then don't miss a visit to Hobbiton Movie Set, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Wairere Falls.

To find where to stay, photos, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Matamata travel planning website.

You can drive from Hamilton to Matamata in an hour. In August, daily temperatures in Matamata can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Rotorua.

Things to do in Matamata

Nature · Museums · Parks

Side Trips

Rotorua

— 3 nights

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.
Explore Rotorua's surroundings by going to Taupo (Souvenir Outlet & Mountain Bike Hire, Huka Falls Walkway, &more). There's still lots to do: whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, experience rural life at Agrodome, take in the natural beauty of Te Puia, and take a memorable tour with Redwoods Treewalk.

You can plan Rotorua trip in no time by asking Inspirock to help create your itinerary.

Getting from Matamata to Rotorua by car takes about an hour. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in August, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Tauranga.

Things to do in Rotorua

Outdoors · Tours · Nature · Parks

Side Trip

Tauranga

— 1 night
The largest city in the Bay of Plenty, Tauranga features extensive sandy beaches, well-maintained hiking paths, and a good range of accommodations.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Wed): hike along Mount Maunganui Summit Track, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Mount Maunganui Base Track, then stroll through Mt Maunganui Main Beach, and finally walk around McLaren Falls Park.

To see traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Tauranga route planner.

You can drive from Rotorua to Tauranga in an hour. Another option is to take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to fly to Whitianga.

Things to do in Tauranga

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Beaches

Whitianga

— 1 night
Whitianga is a town on the Coromandel Peninsula, in the Waikato Region of New Zealand's North Island. Kick off your visit on the 13th (Thu): take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports and then boost your wellbeing at The Lost Spring.

To see maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Whitianga trip itinerary builder tool.

You can fly from Tauranga to Whitianga in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in August, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Auckland.

Things to do in Whitianga

Spas · Nature · Parks · Tours

Auckland

— 3 nights

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.
Change things up with a short trip to Connells Bay Sculpture Park in Waiheke Island (about 1h 30 min away). Next up on the itinerary: take in panoramic vistas at SkyTower, stop by Pauanesia, contemplate the geological forces at Mount Eden, and get to know the resident critters at Auckland Zoo.

Planning Auckland trip won't be overwhelming when you use Inspirock's itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Whitianga to Auckland takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. While traveling from Whitianga, expect little chillier days and somewhat warmer nights in Auckland, ranging from highs of 14°C to lows of 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums · Tours

Side Trip

North Island travel guide

4.5
Hot Springs · Specialty Museums · Landmarks
The Fish of Māui
Home to both New Zealand's capital city and its most populous one, North Island remains the more urbane and modern of the country's two main islands. With a wealth of museums and places of historical importance, the island tells the story of New Zealand's inhabitants, from the native Maoris and European settlers to the cosmopolitan and inclusive population of the modern era. Away from the industrial and cultural centers, a tour of North Island can take you through the impressive and world-renowned landscape of deep gorges, rolling rivers, enormous lakes, and areas of volcanic activity--home to an amazing biodiversity of terrestrial and marine animal and plant life. Active vacationers on North Island may appreciate the extreme sports, and don't miss a chance to relax in its hot water springs.

Manawatu-Wanganui Region travel guide

4.2
Hiking Trails · Gardens · Bodies of Water
Step out into heartland of New Zealand and enjoy an authentic Kiwi holiday in Manawatu-Wanganui Region. Containing areas of ecological significance, including the World Heritage-listed Tongariro National Park, and stunning ravines, coastline, hills, and rivers, the region inspires a great love for conservation, wildlife, and the outdoors in its inhabitants. Soak it all in on foot or wheels, and then sit down to enjoy the fruits of this agricultural powerhouse in one of the many towns.

Coromandel Peninsula travel guide

4.3
Hiking Trails · Thermal Spas · Hot Springs
Jutting out into the ocean just north of Auckland, Coromandel Peninsula remains a largely uninhabited land of native rainforest and unspoiled sandy beaches. Thanks to the area's preserved wilderness and natural abundance, ecotourism in Coromandel Peninsula has gained in popularity, attracting adventurous vacationers and outdoors enthusiasts. The coastline offers many coves, diving sites, and expeditions out into the ocean for the chance to spot whales and dolphins. Hike, cycle, or kayak inland for scenic landscape largely untouched by human development and industry.