5 days in North Island Itinerary

5 days in North Island Itinerary

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5 days in North Island Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly:  8 h 30 min
1
Paihia
— 1 night
Fly:  3 h 30 min
2
Taupo
— 2 nights
Fly + Bus:  2 h 45 min
3
Auckland
— 1 night
Fly:  6 h 45 min
End: Melbourne

1
night
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.
On the 25th (Tue), stop by Paihia Bookshop, admire the natural beauty at Waitangi Treaty Grounds, and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see ratings, photos, maps, and tourist information, read our Paihia day trip planning app.

Melbourne, Australia to Paihia is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Melbourne to Paihia due to the time zone difference. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to travel to Taupo.

Things to do in Paihia

Outdoors Tours Parks
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Boat Tours & Water Sports
Waitangi Treaty Grounds ©
Waitangi Treaty Grounds
Paihia Bookshop ©
Paihia Bookshop

2
nights
Taupo

The resort town of Taupo lies on the banks of Lake Taupo, the largest body of water in the whole of Australasia.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Wed): take in the natural beauty of Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, then get in on the family fun at Huka Prawn Park, and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports. On your second day here, look for gifts at Huka Honey Hive, stroll through Huka Falls Walkway, then don't miss a visit to Maori Rock Carvings, and finally push the limits with an extreme tour.

To find photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Taupo travel route planning app.

Getting from Paihia to Taupo by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) so you can travel to Auckland.

Things to do in Taupo

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trip

Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland
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Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Huka Falls Walkway ©
Huka Falls Walkway
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland ©
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Fri): awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area, then examine the collection at Auckland Museum, and then don't miss a visit to SkyTower.

To find where to stay, photos, and tourist information, use the Auckland travel planning app.

Getting from Taupo to Auckland by combination of flight and bus takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in February, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Auckland

Tours Museums
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SkyTower ©
SkyTower
Auckland Museum ©
Auckland Museum
Wine Tours & Tastings

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