22 days in North Island Itinerary

22 days in North Island Itinerary

Created using Inspirock North Island Trip Planner

Plan created by another user. Make it yours

Route & dates

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

5
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.
Get in touch with nature at Dolphin & Whale Watching and Parasailing & Paragliding. Head to Makana Chocolate Boutique and Newport Chocolatesfor some retail therapy. Explore Paihia's surroundings by going to Ocean Beach (in Whangarei Heads) and South Sea Art (in Russell). There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Waitangi Treaty Grounds, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, identify plant and animal life at Paihia Harbour, and stop by The Cabbage Tree Shop.

To find photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Paihia visit planner.

Adelaide, Australia to Paihia is an approximately 9-hour flight. Traveling from Adelaide to Paihia, you'll lose 2.5 hours due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) early enough to drive to Auckland.

Things to do in Paihia

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Russell, Ocean Beach, Makana Chocolate Boutique
Highlights from your plan
Waitangi Treaty Grounds ©
Waitangi Treaty Grounds
Ocean Beach ©
Ocean Beach
Dolphin & Whale Watching

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.
Relax by the water at Piha Beach and Orewa Beach. For shopping fun, head to Pauanesia or Oratia Farmers Market. Step out of Auckland to go to Muriwai Beach and see Muriwai Gannet Colony, which is approximately 48 minutes away. There's much more to do: brush up on your military savvy at Auckland Museum, listen to music at SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium, step off the mainland to explore Tiritiri Matangi Visitor Centre, and don't miss a visit to SkyTower.

To see ratings, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Auckland travel site.

Traveling by car from Paihia to Auckland takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In October in Auckland, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) early enough to drive to Rotorua.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

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

6
nights
Rotorua

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.
Head to Wairakei Golf and Sanctuary and Huka Honey Hivefor plenty of shopping. Do some cultural sightseeing at Lava Glass and Tamaki Maori Village. Step out of Rotorua to go to Taupo and see Huka Falls Walkway, which is approximately 1h 5 min away. There's much more to do: whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, take in the natural beauty of Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, identify plant and animal life at Waimangu Volcanic Valley, and get interesting insight from Tours.

For reviews, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read our Rotorua trip itinerary builder.

Getting from Auckland to Rotorua by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: fly; or take a bus. When traveling from Auckland in October, plan for a bit warmer days and a bit cooler nights in Rotorua: temperatures range from °C by day to °C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) early enough to drive to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

Taupo
Highlights from your plan
Huka Falls Walkway
Huka Falls Walkway
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland ©
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland
Zipline

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Mon): Head underground at Waitomo Glowworm Caves and then explore the fascinating underground world of Caveworld. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Tue): experience rural life at Roselands Farm Park and then trek along Ruakuri Walk.

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

Drive from Rotorua to Waitomo Caves in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Tongariro National Park.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Waitomo Glowworm Caves ©
Waitomo Glowworm Caves
Ruakuri Walk ©
Ruakuri Walk
Caveworld ©
Caveworld

3
nights
Tongariro National Park

Tongariro National Park ©
Tongariro National Park has a long history of preserving New Zealand's pristine alpine landscape.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Wed): trek along Tongariro Alpine Crossing. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Thu): contemplate the geological forces at Mount Ruapehu, take in the dramatic scenery at Tawhai Falls, and then hike along Horsemtrails.

For more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Tongariro National Park trip builder 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 on the 2nd (Fri) to allow time to travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Tongariro National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Tongariro Alpine Crossing ©
Tongariro Alpine Crossing
Horsemtrails ©
Horsemtrails
Mount Ruapehu ©
Mount Ruapehu

3
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.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Oriental Bay and Scorching Bay. You'll explore and learn at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa and The Great War Exhibition. There's much more to do: identify plant and animal life at ZEALANDIA Sanctuary, get a taste of the local shopping with Cuba Street, steep yourself in history at Wellington Cable Car, and have fun at Fragrifert Parfumeur, the Victorian Perfumery.

Plan my trip to Wellington with suggested itineraries provided by Inspirock.

Traveling by flight from Tongariro National Park to Wellington takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. In November in Wellington, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Wellington

Parks Museums Beaches

Side Trips

Wellington Botanic Garden, The Chocolate Story
Highlights from your plan
Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
The Great War Exhibition ©
The Great War Exhibition
ZEALANDIA Sanctuary ©
ZEALANDIA Sanctuary

Similar Plans

24 days in North Island BY A USER FROM NEW ZEALAND December, popular sights Preferences: December Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 27 days in North Island BY A USER FROM CANADA September, slow & easy, popular & hidden gems Preferences: September Attraction style: Popular & hidden gems Pace: Slow & easy 15 days in North Island BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA March, teens, kids, popular & hidden gems Preferences: March, teens, kids Attraction style: Popular & hidden gems Pace: Medium 47 days in North Island BY A USER FROM NEW ZEALAND November, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, wildlife, fast-paced, popular & hidden gems Preferences: November, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, wildlife Attraction style: Popular & hidden gems Pace: Fast-paced 14 days in New Zealand BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA March, teens, kids, popular & hidden gems Preferences: March, teens, kids Attraction style: Popular & hidden gems Pace: Medium 15 days in North Island BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA December, slow & easy, popular sights Preferences: December Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Slow & easy 5 days in North Island BY A USER FROM MALAYSIA September, slow & easy, popular sights Preferences: September Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Slow & easy 4 days in North Island BY A USER FROM INDONESIA November, teens, popular sights Preferences: November, teens Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 9 days in North Island BY A USER FROM GERMANY December, teens, popular sights Preferences: December, teens Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 14 days in North Island BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA October, historic sites, hidden gems Preferences: October, historic sites Attraction style: Hidden gems Pace: Medium 30 days in North Island BY A USER FROM GHANA February, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, wildlife, popular & hidden gems Preferences: February, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, wildlife Attraction style: Popular & hidden gems Pace: Medium 5 days in North Island BY A USER FROM MALAYSIA September, popular sights Preferences: September Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium
See more plans