60 days in North Island Itinerary

60 days in North Island Itinerary

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Auckland
— 6 nights
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Hamilton
— 5 nights
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Waitomo Caves
— 5 nights
Drive
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Whakapapa
— 6 nights
Drive
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Taupo
— 8 nights
Fly
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Wellington
— 6 nights
Fly
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New Plymouth
— 5 nights
Fly
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Kerikeri
— 7 nights
Drive
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Russell
— 5 nights
Drive
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Whangarei
— 6 nights
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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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Butterfly Creek as well as One Tree Hill (Maungakiekie). Explore Auckland's surroundings by going to Tawharanui Regional Park (in Warkworth), Orewa Lookout (in Orewa) and Kerr Farm Wine (in Kumeu). There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to SkyTower, head off the coast to Waiheke Island, look for all kinds of wild species at Tiritiri Matangi Visitor Centre, and admire the masterpieces at Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki.

To find ratings, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Auckland route planner.

The Route module can give you travel options from your home to Auckland. In November, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Hamilton.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trips

5
nights
Hamilton

Tron

On the banks of the Waikato River lies Hamilton, a pretty, active city on North Island.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Hamilton: Mount Maunganui Summit Track (in Mount Maunganui), Rotorua (Mountain Jade, River Rafting & Tubing, &more) and Raglan (Raglan Rock & Bridal Veil Falls). There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to Hobbiton Movie Set, experience rural life at Ruakura Berry Farm, and take in nature's colorful creations at Hamilton Gardens.

Find out how to plan Hamilton trip without stress by asking Inspirock to help create an itinerary.

You can drive from Auckland to Hamilton in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Auckland in November, Hamilton is little chillier at night with lows of 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Hamilton

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

5
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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.
Change things up with a short trip to Kakepuku Historic Reserve in Te Awamutu (about 34 minutes away). And it doesn't end there: Head underground at Waitomo Glowworm Caves, get outside with Waitomo Clay Birds, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and trek along Ruakuri Walk.

To see ratings, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Waitomo Caves tour itinerary maker site.

You can drive from Hamilton to Waitomo Caves in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) early enough to travel to Whakapapa.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

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Whakapapa

The country's largest ski resort brings winter sports enthusiasts from all over New Zealand, while a series of short volcano walks as well as numerous alpine crossings make it easy to hike on your Whakapapa trip throughout the year.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Whakapapa: Tongariro National Park (Mangawhero Falls, Horsemtrails, &more) and River Rafting & Tubing (in Turangi). And it doesn't end there: stroll through Tongariro Alpine Crossing, trek along Tongariro Northern Circuit, admire the sheer force of Taranaki Falls, and explore the activities along Tama Lakes.

To see photos, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Whakapapa trip maker.

You can drive from Waitomo Caves to Whakapapa in 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Taupo.

Things to do in Whakapapa

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Side Trips

8
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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.
Explore Taupo's surroundings by going to Rotorua (Lady Knox Geyser, Te Puia, &more). There's lots more to do: get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, make a trip to Maori Rock Carvings, add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, and let the kids burn off some steam at Huka Prawn Park.

To find ratings, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Taupo day trip website.

Drive from Whakapapa to Taupo in 1.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Taupo

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

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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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Poppies Martinborough (in Martinborough), C'est Cheese (in Featherston) and Southward Car Museum (in Paraparaumu). There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Wellington Zoo, admire the natural beauty at Wellington Botanic Garden, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Pinnacles Track.

To find maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Wellington trip itinerary builder website.

Traveling by flight from Taupo to Wellington takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Wellington can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to travel to New Plymouth.

Things to do in Wellington

Museums · Parks · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

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New Plymouth

Where other cities run, New Plymouth prefers to stroll.
Change things up with these side-trips from New Plymouth: Hawera (Elvis Presley Memorial Room, Tawhiti Museum, &more) and Mount Taranaki (in Egmont National Park). There's much more to do: take in the pleasant sights at New Plymouth Coastal Walkway, take a stroll through West End Precinct, tour the pleasant surroundings at Pouakai Crossing, and stroll around Kawaroa Park.

For ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our New Plymouth tour itinerary tool.

Fly from Wellington to New Plymouth in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to travel to Kerikeri.

Things to do in New Plymouth

Parks · Museums · Trails · Outdoors

Side Trips

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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. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kerikeri: Tane Mahuta Walk (in Opononi) and The Northland Firehouse Museum Trust (in Kaikohe). There's lots more to do: admire all the interesting features of Waitangi Treaty Grounds, admire the landmark architecture of The Stone Store & Kemp House - Kerikeri Mission Station, fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To find photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Kerikeri trip maker app.

Getting from New Plymouth to Kerikeri by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can drive to Russell.

Things to do in Kerikeri

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trips

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Russell

Russell, formerly known as Kororāreka, was the first permanent European settlement and sea port in New Zealand. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Russell: Paihia (Dolphin & Whale Watching, Urupukapuka Island, &more). And it doesn't end there: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Christ Church, do a tasting at Omata Estate, trek along Nancy Fladgate Track, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Oneroa Bay.

Find out how to plan Russell trip without stress by asking Inspirock to help create an itinerary.

Drive from Kerikeri to Russell in 1.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can go by car to Whangarei.

Things to do in Russell

Outdoors · Parks · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trip

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Whangarei

Whangarei is the northernmost city in New Zealand and the regional capital of Northland Region. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Whangarei: Mangawhai Walkway (in Mangawhai), Whale Bay (in Matapouri) and Ocean Beach (in Whangarei Heads). Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Bream Head Coast Walks, take in nature's colorful creations at Whangarei Quarry Gardens, see the vivid underwater world at Poor Knights Island Marine Reserve, and hike along Waipu Coastal Trail.

To see photos, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Whangarei driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Russell to Whangarei in 1.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to drive back home.

Things to do in Whangarei

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Trails

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.