33 days in North Island Itinerary

33 days in North Island Itinerary

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Wellington
— 2 nights
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Tongariro National Park
— 5 nights
Drive
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Taupo
— 4 nights
Drive
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Rotorua
— 4 nights
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Whitianga
— 2 nights
Drive
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Paihia
— 5 nights
Drive
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Auckland
— 4 nights
Drive
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Hamilton
— 2 nights
Drive
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Waitomo Caves
— 3 nights
Drive
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New Plymouth
— 1 night
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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.
Wellington is known for museums, wildlife, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see the interesting displays at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, identify plant and animal life at ZEALANDIA Ecosanctuary, take some stellar pictures from Mount Victoria, and take a memorable ride with Wellington Cable Car.

To see photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Wellington tour itinerary builder tool.

Christchurch to Wellington is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Traveling from Christchurch in February, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Wellington, with lows of 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) early enough to travel to Tongariro National Park.

Things to do in Wellington

Parks · Museums · Wildlife · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

5
nights
Tongariro National Park

Tongariro National Park has a long history of preserving New Zealand's pristine alpine landscape.
On the 23rd (Tue), hike the day away at Tongariro Alpine Crossing. On the 24th (Wed), hike the day away at Horsemtrails. And it doesn't end there: hike along Tongariro Northern Circuit, stroll through Mounds Walk, take in the pleasant sights at Mead's Wall, and admire the sheer force of Tawhai Falls.

To find maps, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read Tongariro National Park trip itinerary builder site.

Fly from Wellington to Tongariro National Park in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Taupo.

Things to do in Tongariro National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

4
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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.
Taupo is known for nature, adventure, and theme parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the dramatic scenery at Huka Falls Walkway, explore the activities along Lake Taupo, don't miss a visit to Aratiatia Rapids, and get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Taupo road trip planner.

Getting from Tongariro National Park to Taupo by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) early enough to drive to Rotorua.

Things to do in Taupo

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

4
nights
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.
Rotorua is known for nature, adventure, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the natural beauty of Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, hike along Lake Okareka Walkway, take a memorable tour with Tours, and contemplate the long history of Whakarewarewa - The Living Maori Village.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Rotorua using our trip planner.

You can drive from Taupo to Rotorua in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. March in Rotorua sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 18°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Whitianga.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Historic Sites

2
nights
Whitianga

Whitianga is a town on the Coromandel Peninsula, in the Waikato Region of New Zealand's North Island. Start off your visit on the 8th (Mon): admire the natural beauty at RAPAURA Watergardens, then go for a walk through Shakespeare Cliff Scenic and Historic Reserve, then trek along Whitianga Rock Walk, and finally take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the activities along Stingray Bay, trek along Cathedral Cove Walk, then enjoy the sand and surf at Hot Water Beach, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Hahei Beach Walk.

For ratings, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Whitianga trip planner.

Traveling by car from Rotorua to Whitianga takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. In March in Whitianga, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 18°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Paihia.

Things to do in Whitianga

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Tours

Side Trips

5
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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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Paihia: Tapeka Point Track (in Russell), Ruapekapeka Pa Track (in Kawakawa) and Whangarei (Poor Knights Island Marine Reserve & Bream Head Coast Walks). Spend the 12th (Fri) observing fascinating marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour. And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Waitangi Treaty Grounds, identify plant and animal life at Paihia Harbour, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, and stop by Paihia Bookshop.

To find more things to do, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Paihia visit planner.

Getting from Whitianga to Paihia by car takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle and flight; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) so you can go by car to Auckland.

Things to do in Paihia

Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

4
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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.
When in Auckland, make a side trip to see Rangihoua Estate in Waiheke Island, approximately Waiheke Island away. Next up on the itinerary: take in panoramic vistas at SkyTower, learn about all things military at Auckland Museum, indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, and contemplate the geological forces at Mount Eden.

For photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Auckland day trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Paihia to Auckland takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In March, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Hamilton.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks · Nature · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

2
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Hamilton

Tron

On the banks of the Waikato River lies Hamilton, a pretty, active city on North Island.
On the 19th (Fri), head off the coast to Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari, don't miss a visit to Hobbiton Movie Set, and then let the kids burn off some steam at Memorial Park. Keep things going the next day: stroll around Hamilton Gardens, see the interesting displays at Waikato Museum, then take a peaceful walk through Yarndley's Bush, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Bridal Veil Falls.

To see where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Hamilton road trip planning app.

Getting from Auckland to Hamilton by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) so you can drive to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Hamilton

Parks · Nature · Museums · Fun & Games

Side Trips

3
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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.
Waitomo Caves is known for nature, adventure, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the fascinating underground world of Waitomo Glowworm Caves, surround yourself with nature on Spellbound Glowworm & Cave Tours, take in the views from Mangapohue Natural Bridge Walk, and get outside with Waitomo Clay Birds.

For reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Waitomo Caves tour planner.

You can drive from Hamilton to Waitomo Caves in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) so you can go by car to New Plymouth.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

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New Plymouth

Where other cities run, New Plymouth prefers to stroll.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Wed): get curious at Puke Ariki, take in the pleasant sights at New Plymouth Coastal Walkway, then stop by Giles Chocolatier, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Pukekura Park.

For reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our New Plymouth journey tool.

Getting from Waitomo Caves to New Plymouth by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in New Plymouth

Parks · Childrens Museums · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums

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.