47 days in North Island Itinerary

47 days in North Island Itinerary

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1
Auckland
— 5 nights
2
Whangarei
— 5 nights
3
Kerikeri
— 5 nights
4
Kaitaia
— 4 nights
5
Whakatane
— 6 nights
6
Rotorua
— 7 nights
7
Waitomo Caves
— 4 nights
8
Tongariro National Park
— 4 nights
9
Wellington
— 6 nights

5
nights
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.
Visit St. Patrick's Cathedral and Holy Trinity Cathedral for their historical value. Wine Tours & Tastings and Auckland Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Auckland: Hahei Beach Walk (in Hahei), Orewa Beach (in Orewa) and Muriwai Gannet Colony (in Muriwai Beach). The adventure continues: get interesting insight from Tours, get to know the resident critters at Auckland Zoo, and take a stroll through Parnell.

For maps, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read our Auckland day trip planning tool.

Dunedin to Auckland is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus, ferry, and car; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and car. In November, daily temperatures in Auckland can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can go by car to Whangarei.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks · Tours · Wineries

Side Trips

Hahei Beach Walk, Orewa Beach, Muriwai Gannet Colony
Highlights from your plan
Wine Tours & Tastings
Muriwai Gannet Colony ©
Muriwai Gannet Colony
Orewa Beach ©
Orewa Beach

5
nights
Whangarei

Whangarei ©
Whangarei is the northernmost city in New Zealand and the regional capital of Northland Region. Step out of the city life by going to Fishing Charters & Tours and Tutukaka Headland. Get a sense of the local culture at Town Basin and Waipu Museum. Venture out of the city with trips to Waipu (Waipu Cave & Piroa Falls Track), Whale Bay (in Matapouri) and Tutukaka (Tane Moana & Matapouri Bay). There's much more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Paroa Bay Winery- Villa Accommodation., take in the exciting artwork at Quarry Arts Centre, tour the pleasant surroundings at Ruakaka Beach, and contemplate the long history of Ruapekapeka Pa Track.

For more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Whangarei trip maker site.

You can drive from Auckland to Whangarei in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) so you can drive to Kerikeri.

Things to do in Whangarei

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Waipu, Tutukaka, Paroa Bay Winery- Villa Accommodation., Whale Bay, Ruapekapeka Pa Track
Highlights from your plan
Ruakaka Beach ©
Ruakaka Beach
Town Basin ©
Town Basin
Paroa Bay Winery- Villa Accommodation. ©
Paroa Bay Winery- Villa Accommodation.

5
nights
Kerikeri

Kerikeri ©
Kerikeri, the largest town in Northland New Zealand, is a popular tourist destination about three hours drive north of Auckland, and 80 km north of the northern region's largest city, Whangarei. Get some historical perspective at Waitangi Treaty Grounds and Pompallier Mission and Printery. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like The Stone Store & Kemp House - Kerikeri Mission Station and St James Anglican Church. Get out of town with these interesting Kerikeri side-trips: Whangaroa (St Paul's Rock & Whangaroa Harbour). The adventure continues: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, look for all kinds of wild species at Aroha Island Ecological Centre, admire the sheer force of Haruru Falls, and surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Kerikeri online day trip planner.

You can drive from Whangarei to Kerikeri in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) early enough to drive to Kaitaia.

Things to do in Kerikeri

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

Paihia, Whangaroa, Haruru Falls, Pompallier Mission and Printery
Highlights from your plan
Waitangi Treaty Grounds ©
Waitangi Treaty Grounds
Scuba & Snorkeling
Paihia Harbour ©
Paihia Harbour

4
nights
Kaitaia

Kaitaia ©
Kaitaia is a town in the Far North District of New Zealand, at the base of the Aupouri Peninsula, about 160 km northwest of Whangarei. Get outdoors at Ninety Mile Beach and Rarawa Beach. Discover out-of-the-way places like Te Paki Sand Dunes and Mathew's Vintage Museum. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kaitaia: Tapotupotu Beach (in Cape Reinga) and Mangonui (Mangonui Heritage Trail & Butler Point Whaling Museum). There's more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Doubtless bay and get into the urban bustle at Te Ahu Center.

To see reviews, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Kaitaia trip builder.

You can drive from Kerikeri to Kaitaia in 1.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) so you can travel to Whakatane.

Things to do in Kaitaia

Parks · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

Mangonui, Doubtless bay, Tapotupotu Beach, Te Paki Sand Dunes
Highlights from your plan
Ninety Mile Beach ©
Ninety Mile Beach
Te Paki Sand Dunes ©
Te Paki Sand Dunes
Butler Point Whaling Museum ©
Butler Point Whaling Museum

6
nights
Whakatane

Whakatane ©
Whakatāne is a town in the eastern Bay of Plenty Region in the North Island of New Zealand, 90 km east of Tauranga and 89 km north-east of Rotorua, at the mouth of the Whakatāne River. Get a sense of the local culture at Christ Church Raukokore and Te Koputu A Te Whanga A Toi - Whakatane Library and Exhibition Centre. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Ohope Beach and Waioeka Gorge Scenic Reserve. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Whakatane: Opotiki (Motu Trails - Day Adventures, Motu Trails, &more). Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Whakatane River Walk, take in the natural beauty of Awakeri Hot Springs, examine the collection at Mataatua: The House That Came Home, and identify plant and animal life at Whakaari White Island Volcano.

For traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Whakatane trip planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Kaitaia to Whakatane. Expect a daytime high around 25°C in December, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Rotorua.

Things to do in Whakatane

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Opotiki, Whakaari White Island Volcano
Highlights from your plan
Whakaari White Island Volcano ©
Whakaari White Island Volcano
Ohope Beach ©
Ohope Beach
Whakatane River Walk ©
Whakatane River Walk

7
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Government Gardens and Buried Village of Te Wairoa. We've included these beaches for you: Mt Maunganui Main Beach and Papamoa Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Rotorua: Mount Maunganui (Pilot Bay & Mount Maunganui Base Track) and Taupo (Huka Falls Walkway & Kayaking & Canoeing). The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at Waimangu Volcanic Valley, witness a stunning natural landmark at Kuirau Park, relax and rejuvenate at Hell's Gate, and take a memorable tour with Tours.

To see traveler tips, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Rotorua visit planning tool.

Traveling by car from Whakatane to Rotorua takes 1.5 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 25°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Fri) to allow time for the car ride to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

Tauranga, Okere Falls, Taupo, Papamoa Beach, Hell's Gate
Highlights from your plan
Papamoa Beach ©
Papamoa Beach
Mt Maunganui Main Beach ©
Mt Maunganui Main Beach
Pilot Bay ©
Pilot Bay

4
nights
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.
Visiting Canyoning & Rappelling Tours and Ruakuri Walk will get you outdoors. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Stand-Up Paddleboarding and Timber Trail NZ. Venture out of the city with trips to Te Awamutu Space Centre (in Kihikihi), Nikau Cave (in Waikaretu) and Ngarunui Beach (in Raglan). And it doesn't end there: explore the fascinating underground world of Waitomo Glowworm Caves, head outdoors with Waitomo Clay Birds, and relax in the rural setting at Roselands Farm Park.

To find more things to do, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Waitomo Caves road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Rotorua to Waitomo Caves takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Tongariro National Park.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Outdoors · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Raglan, Timber Trail NZ, Aranui Cave, Te Awamutu Space Centre, Nikau Cave
Highlights from your plan
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
Ngarunui Beach ©
Ngarunui Beach
Ruakuri Walk ©
Ruakuri Walk

4
nights
Tongariro National Park

Tongariro National Park ©
Tongariro National Park has a long history of preserving New Zealand's pristine alpine landscape.
Tongariro Alpine Crossing and Horsemtrails are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Discover out-of-the-way places like Mount Ruapehu and Waitonga Falls Walk Trailhead. Change things up with these side-trips from Tongariro National Park: Turangi (Southern Lake Taupo Adventure Mini Golf & Tongariro National Trout Centre) and St Joseph's Church (in Jerusalem). It doesn't end there: take in the dramatic scenery at Tawhai Falls.

To see ratings, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Tongariro National Park tour itinerary maker app.

Getting from Waitomo Caves to Tongariro National Park by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) early enough to travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Tongariro National Park

Parks · Trails · Outdoors

Side Trips

Turangi, Waitonga Falls Walk Trailhead, St Joseph's Church
Highlights from your plan
Tongariro Alpine Crossing ©
Tongariro Alpine Crossing
Mount Ruapehu ©
Mount Ruapehu
Horsemtrails ©
Horsemtrails

6
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Safaris and Queen Charlotte Sound. Do some cultural sightseeing at Edwin Fox Maritime Museum and Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa. Change things up with these side-trips from Wellington: Cloudy Bay (in Rapaura), Nga Manu Nature Reserve (in Waikanae) and Yealands Estate Winery (in Seddon). The adventure continues: delve into the lush surroundings at Otari-Wilton's Bush Native Botanic Garden, learn about winemaking at Framingham Wines, see the interesting displays at National War Memorial, and steep yourself in history at Old St Paul's.

To find maps, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Wellington trip planner.

Getting from Tongariro National Park to Wellington by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in December, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Wellington

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Picton, Framingham Wines, Cloudy Bay, Nga Manu Nature Reserve, Yealands Estate Winery
Highlights from your plan
Edwin Fox Maritime Museum ©
Edwin Fox Maritime Museum
Safaris
Old St Paul's ©
Old St Paul's

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