23 days in North Island Itinerary

23 days in North Island Itinerary

Created using Inspirock North Island Trip Planner

Make it your trip
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Wellington
— 6 nights
Drive
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Papamoa
— 5 nights
Drive
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Matakana
— 2 nights
Drive
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Paihia
— 6 nights
Drive
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Auckland
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Wellington

— 6 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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Island Bay, Breaker Bay and Red Rocks Reserve. Discover out-of-the-way places like Cobblestones Museum and Days Bay. Do some cultural sightseeing at Poppies Martinborough and Wellington Cable Car. Go for a jaunt from Wellington to Seddon to see Yealands Estate about 4h 15 min away. There's lots more to do: learn about all things military at National War Memorial, take in the pleasant sights at East Harbour Regional Park, and get engrossed in the history at The Great War Exhibition.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, use the Wellington trip itinerary maker website.

Manchester, UK to Wellington is an approximately 33-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or fly. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time to New Zealand Standard Time is 12 hours. Traveling from Manchester in December, things will get a bit warmer in Wellington: highs are around 22°C and lows about 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Papamoa.

Things to do in Wellington

Parks · Nature · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trips

Papamoa

— 5 nights
Papamoa Beach is a suburb of Tauranga, located about 11 kilometres from the city centre. Your day by day itinerary now includes Whakaari White Island Volcano. Step off the beaten path and head to Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari and Katikati Murals. Escape the urban bustle at Orakei Korako Geothermal Park & Cave and Mt Maunganui Main Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Papamoa: Gold Discovery Centre (in Waihi), Historical Athenree Homestead (in Katikati) and Tirau (Tirau Shell & Jade Factory & Dog and Sheep Shaped Corrugated Metal Buildings).

For photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Papamoa trip planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Wellington to Papamoa. In January in Papamoa, expect temperatures between 27°C during the day and 19°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) so you can travel to Matakana.

Things to do in Papamoa

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Beaches

Side Trips

Matakana

— 2 nights
Matakana is a small town in the Rodney District of New Zealand. On the 8th (Mon), take in the dramatic scenery at Piroa Falls Track and then take an in-depth tour of The Kauri Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Tue): explore the fascinating underground world of Waipu Cave and then hike along Brick Bay Sculpture Trail.

To see reviews, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Matakana planning tool.

Traveling by car from Papamoa to Matakana takes 4 hours. When traveling from Papamoa in January, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Matakana: temperatures range from 22°C by day to 22°C at night. On the 10th (Wed), you'll travel to Paihia.

Things to do in Matakana

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Side Trips

Paihia

— 6 nights
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.
Let the collections at Kiwi North - Kiwi House, Museum & Heritage Park and Claphams Clocks - The National Clock Museum capture your imagination. Step out of the city life by going to Nature & Wildlife Tours and Poor Knights Island Marine Reserve. Change things up with these side-trips from Paihia: Te Waimate Mission (in Waimate North), Whale Bay (in Matapouri) and Pompallier Mission and Printery (in Russell). There's much more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Paihia Harbour, pause for some photo ops at Waka 'n' Wave Sculpture, and don't miss a visit to Kawakawa Public Toilets by Hundertwasser.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Paihia trip planner.

You can drive from Matakana to Paihia in 3 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Auckland.

Things to do in Paihia

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

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 16th (Tue): brush up on your military savvy at Auckland Museum.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Auckland trip planning website.

Drive from Paihia to Auckland in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in January, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Auckland

Museums
Highlights from your 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.