6 days in North Island Itinerary

6 days in North Island Itinerary

Created using Inspirock North Island tour itinerary builder

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Waihi
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Katikati
— 1 night
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Tauranga
— 2 nights
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Whakatane
— 1 night
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Rotorua
— 1 night
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Waihi

Waihi is a town in Hauraki District in the North Island of New Zealand, especially notable for its history as a gold mine town. Waihi Martha Mine Pit Rim Walkway has been added to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 18th (Mon): hike along Karangahake Gorge Historic Walkway, see the interesting displays at Gold Discovery Centre, and then trek along Waihi Martha Mine Pit Rim Walkway.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Waihi trip planner.

Auckland to Waihi is an approximately 2-hour car ride. While traveling from Auckland, expect a bit warmer days and little chillier nights in Waihi, ranging from highs of 27°C to lows of 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) early enough to drive to Katikati.

Things to do in Waihi

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Museums
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Katikati

— 1 night
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. For traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, use the Katikati road trip tool.

Katikati is just a stone's throw from Waihi. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in January, and nighttime lows around 19°C. You will have some time to spend on the 19th (Tue) before leaving for Tauranga.

Things to do in Katikati

Shopping · Museums

Tauranga

— 2 nights
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 McLaren Falls Park, Marshalls Animal Park, Kiwifruit Country, and other attractions. On the 19th (Tue), walk around Te Puna Quarry Park, enjoy the sand and surf at Mt Maunganui Main Beach, and then stroll through Mount Maunganui Summit Track. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the sheer force of McLaren Falls Park, then identify plant and animal life at Marshalls Animal Park, and then experience rural life at Kiwifruit Country.

To find more things to do and tourist information, read our Tauranga attractions tool.

Traveling by car from Katikati to Tauranga takes an hour. In January, plan for daily highs up to 27°C, and evening lows to 19°C. You will have some time to spend on the 21st (Thu) before leaving for Whakatane.

Things to do in Tauranga

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trip

Whakatane

— 1 night
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. Your day by day itinerary now includes Otarawairere Bay, Kawerau hot pools and Whakatane i-SITE Visitor Information Centre. Kick off your visit on the 21st (Thu): explore the activities along Otarawairere Bay, get answers to all your questions at Whakatane i-SITE Visitor Information Centre, and then have fun at Kawerau hot pools.

To see photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read Whakatane online trip builder.

Traveling by car from Tauranga to Whakatane takes 1.5 hours. In January in Whakatane, expect temperatures between 27°C during the day and 19°C at night. On the 22nd (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Rotorua.

Things to do in Whakatane

Nature · Parks · Fun & Games

Side Trips

Rotorua

— 1 night

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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Kuirau Park, Blue Spring and Hamurana Springs Nature Reserve. Start off your visit on the 22nd (Fri): delve into the lush surroundings at Redwoods, Whakarewarewa Forest, whizz through the canopy at Redwoods Treewalk, and then take in the natural beauty of Kuirau Park.

To find traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Rotorua trip builder.

You can drive from Whakatane to Rotorua in 1.5 hours. In January in Rotorua, expect temperatures between 27°C during the day and 19°C at night. On the 23rd (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Rotorua

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Adventure

Side Trips

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.