4 days in North Island Itinerary

4 days in North Island Itinerary

Created using Inspirock North Island holiday planner

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Katikati
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Tauranga
— 1 night
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Napier
— 2 nights
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Hamilton
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Katikati

Katikati is a town in New Zealand located on the Uretara Stream near a tidal inlet towards the northern end of Tauranga Harbour, 28 kilometres south of Waihi and 40 kilometres northwest of Tauranga. Katikati Murals has been added to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 30th (Fri): view the masterpieces at Katikati Murals.

To find where to stay, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Katikati trip planner.

Auckland to Katikati is an approximately 2.5-hour car ride. When traveling from Auckland in October, plan for a bit warmer days in Katikati, with highs around 21°C, while nights are a bit cooler with lows around 13°C. You will have some time to spend on the 30th (Fri) before leaving for Tauranga.

Things to do in Katikati

Shopping · Museums

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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes The Historic Village, Mount Maunganui Base Track, Te Puna Quarry Park, and other attractions. Start off your visit on the 30th (Fri): step off the mainland to explore Moturiki Island, kick back and relax at Mt Maunganui Main Beach, trek along Mount Maunganui Base Track, then browse the exhibits of The Historic Village, and finally walk around Te Puna Quarry Park.

For reviews, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Tauranga tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Katikati to Tauranga in an hour. Another option is to drive. In October, plan for daily highs up to 21°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Napier.

Things to do in Tauranga

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Beaches

Napier

— 2 nights
Enjoy the atmosphere and architecture of 1930s design in Napier, one of the best-preserved Art Deco cities in the world.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Lake Taupo, Hawkes Bay Farmers Market, Napier i-SITE Visitor Information Centre, and other attractions. Kick off your visit on the 31st (Sat): contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Taupo and then get all the information you need at Napier i-SITE Visitor Information Centre. Here are some ideas for day two: hunt for treasures at Hawkes Bay Farmers Market, awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area, then go sightseeing with Art Deco Trust, and finally take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Te Mata Peak.

For ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Napier trip planner.

Getting from Tauranga to Napier by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: fly; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Mon) to allow time for the car ride to Hamilton.

Things to do in Napier

Parks · Nature · Shopping · Tours

Side Trips

Hamilton

Tron

On the banks of the Waikato River lies Hamilton, a pretty, active city on North Island.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): stroll around Hamilton Lake Domain.

For photos, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Hamilton visit planner.

You can drive from Napier to Hamilton in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly; or take a bus. In November, plan for daily highs up to 23°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) to allow enough time to drive back home.

Things to do in Hamilton

Parks
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.