62 days in North Island Itinerary

62 days in North Island Itinerary

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Auckland
— 4 nights
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Whitianga
— 4 nights
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Waitomo Caves
— 6 nights
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Tongariro National Park
— 3 nights
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Rotorua
— 12 nights
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Whakatane
— 4 nights
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Gisborne
— 3 nights
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Napier
— 4 nights
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Wellington
— 7 nights
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New Plymouth
— 3 nights
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Paihia
— 7 nights
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Kaitaia
— 2 nights

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Auckland

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Tiritiri Matangi Visitor Centre and St. Patrick's Cathedral. New Zealand Maritime Museum and Foxes Island are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Go for a jaunt from Auckland to Piha to see Arataki Visitor Centre about 32 minutes away. There's much more to do: admire the masterpieces at Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki, take in the waterfront activity at Viaduct Harbour, look for gifts at Pauanesia, and get impressive views of Mount Eden.

For reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Auckland online itinerary planner.

Singapore, Singapore to Auckland is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Singapore to Auckland is 4 hours. Traveling from Singapore in January, you will find days in Auckland are much colder (22°C), and nights are little chillier (22°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) early enough to drive to Whitianga.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks · Nature · Zoos & Aquariums · Museums

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4
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Whitianga

Whitianga ©
Whitianga is a town on the Coromandel Peninsula, in the Waikato Region of New Zealand's North Island. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Hahei Beach Walk and The Little Gallery. Get in touch with nature at Mount Paku and Mill Creek Bird & Animal Encounters. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Whitianga: Hot Water Beach (in Hot Water Beach), Cathedral Cove Walk (in Hahei) and Driving Creek Railway and Potteries (in Coromandel). Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to The Lost Spring.

To see ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Whitianga online trip itinerary builder.

You can drive from Auckland to Whitianga in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. When traveling from Auckland in January, plan for a bit warmer days and slightly colder nights in Whitianga: temperatures range from 26°C by day to 19°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Whitianga

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches

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Must see
Hahei Beach Walk
4.8
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Must see
Mount Paku
5.0
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Hot Spring
Hot Water Beach
3.8

6
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Canyoning & Rappelling Tours and Mangapohue Natural Bridge Walk. Get in touch with nature at Marakopa Falls and Ruakuri Cave. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Waitomo Caves: Hamilton Gardens (in Hamilton), Raglan (Raglan Wharf & Ngarunui Beach) and Cape Reinga Lighthouse (in Cape Reinga). And it doesn't end there: stroll through Ruakuri Walk, Head underground at Aranui Cave, step off the mainland to explore Kapiti Island, and take a memorable tour with Tours.

To find photos, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read Waitomo Caves online trip maker.

Traveling by car from Whitianga to Waitomo Caves takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, train, and taxi; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Tongariro National Park.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Tours

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Hiking Trail
Ruakuri Walk
4.8
Cave
Ruakuri Cave
4.6

3
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Tongariro National Park

Tongariro National Park ©
Tongariro National Park has a long history of preserving New Zealand's pristine alpine landscape.
Take a break from the city and head to Mount Ruapehu and River Rafting & Tubing. Get some cultural insight at Tawhai Falls and Tongariro Alpine Crossing. Go for a jaunt from Tongariro National Park to Tokaanu to see Tokaanu Thermal Pools about 54 minutes away.

To find out how to plan a trip to Tongariro National Park, use our trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Waitomo Caves to Tongariro National Park in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to drive to Rotorua.

Things to do in Tongariro National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

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Must see
Mount Ruapehu
4.5
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Waterfall
Tawhai Falls
4.6
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River Rafting / Tubing
River Rafting & Tubing
5.0

12
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Rotorua

Rotorua ©

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Waimangu Volcanic Valley and Government Gardens. Take a break from the city and head to Mt Maunganui Main Beach and Kuirau Park. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Rotorua: the Zeus Gallery (in Tauranga), Papamoa Beach (in Papamoa) and Mount Maunganui Summit Track (in Mount Maunganui). There's lots more to do: identify plant and animal life at Orakei Korako Geothermal Park & Cave, take a memorable tour with Tours, trek along Blue Lake Track, and admire the masterpieces at Rotorua Museum.

To find where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Rotorua online trip itinerary maker.

Drive from Tongariro National Park to Rotorua in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. January in Rotorua sees daily highs of 27°C and lows of 19°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Whakatane.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Wildlife

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4
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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 in touch with nature at Ohope Beach and Waiotahe Beach. Discover out-of-the-way places like Christ Church Raukokore and Hukutaia Domain. Take a break from Whakatane with a short trip to Waioeka Gorge Scenic Reserve in Opotiki, about 36 minutes away. It doesn't end there: identify plant and animal life at KG Kayaks - Guided Tours and see the interesting displays at Mataatua: The House That Came Home.

Planning Whakatane trip won't be overwheling when you use's Insprock itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Rotorua to Whakatane takes 1.5 hours. In January, plan for daily highs up to 27°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) to allow time to travel to Gisborne.

Things to do in Whakatane

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Beaches

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Must see
Ohope Beach
4.7
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Wildlife Area
Hukutaia Domain
4.8

3
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Gisborne

Gisborne ©

City of Rivers

A holiday in Gisborne incorporates both leisure and culture.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Rere Rockslide and Morere Hot Springs. Get a sense of the local culture at Saint Mary's Church and Wrights Vineyard & Winery. Go for a jaunt from Gisborne to Tolaga Bay to see Tolaga Bay Historic Wharf about 46 minutes away. There's more to do: stop by Muirs Bookshop and delve into the lush surroundings at Eastwoodhill Arboretum.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read Gisborne day trip tool.

Getting from Whakatane to Gisborne by car takes about 3 hours. On the 6th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Napier.

Things to do in Gisborne

Parks · Nature · Wineries · Historic Sites

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Must see
Rere Rockslide
4.6
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Hot Spring
Morere Hot Springs
4.4

4
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Napier

Napier ©
Enjoy the atmosphere and architecture of 1930s design in Napier, one of the best-preserved Art Deco cities in the world.
Step out of the city life by going to Te Mata Peak and Shine Falls. Get some cultural insight at Wine Tours & Tastings and Craggy Range. There's still lots to do: do a tasting at Mission Estate Winery, observe the fascinating underwater world at National Aquarium of New Zealand, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Waiapu Anglican Cathedral, Napier, New Zealand, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Hawkes Bay Farmers Market.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Napier visit planner.

You can drive from Gisborne to Napier in 3 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Napier

Wineries · Parks · Nature · Shopping

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Winery / Vineyard
Mission Estate Winery
4.1
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Mountain
Te Mata Peak
4.9
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Wine Tour / Tasting
Wine Tours & Tastings
4.9

7
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Wellington

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.
Get in touch with nature at Oriental Bay and Days Bay. Visit Old St Paul's and Government House for their historical value. Change things up with these side-trips from Wellington: Poppies Martinborough (in Martinborough) and C'est Cheese (in Featherston). Next up on the itinerary: take an in-depth tour of Wellington Museum, explore the galleries of New Zealand Academy of Fine Arts Academy Galleries, don't miss a visit to Cape Palliser Lighthouse, and learn about all things military at National War Memorial.

To find photos, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read Wellington trip planning app.

You can fly from Napier to Wellington in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In February, daytime highs in Wellington are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to travel to New Plymouth.

Things to do in Wellington

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Museums

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Must see
Oriental Bay
4.6
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Architectural Building
Old St Paul's
4.7
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History Museum
Wellington Museum
4.6

3
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New Plymouth

New Plymouth
Where other cities run, New Plymouth prefers to stroll.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Port Taranaki Walkway and Taranaki Cathedral, Church of St Mary. Escape the urban bustle at Mount Taranaki and Oakura Beach. The adventure continues: get to know the resident critters at Pukekura Park, view the masterpieces at Real Tart Gallery, take in the pleasant sights at New Plymouth Coastal Walkway, and get curious at Taranaki Aviation Transport and Technology Museum.

For more things to do, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read our New Plymouth online road trip planner.

Fly from Wellington to New Plymouth in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Paihia.

Things to do in New Plymouth

Parks · Nature · Zoos & Aquariums · Museums

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Must see
Mount Taranaki
4.8
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Historic Walking Area
Port Taranaki Walkway
4.8

7
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Paihia

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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Flagstaff Hill Historic Reserve and St James Anglican Church. Visit Christ Church and Pompallier Mission and Printery for their historical value. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Paihia: Whangarei (Piggery Bookshop & Whangarei Falls), Manginangina Kauri Walk (in Kerikeri) and Adventure Puketi (in Okaihau). There's much more to do: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, take in the dramatic natural features at Wairere Boulders, stop by Makana Chocolate Boutique, and steep yourself in history at The Stone Store & Kemp House - Kerikeri Mission Station.

Plan a Paihia trip in moments using our itinerary builder.

You can fly from New Plymouth to Paihia in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Kaitaia.

Things to do in Paihia

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Historic Sites

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Must see
Whangarei Falls
4.6
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Must see
Christ Church
4.7

2
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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. Start off your visit on the 28th (Tue): kick back and relax at Tapotupotu Beach, get into the urban bustle at Te Ahu Center, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Ninety Mile Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the dramatic natural features at Te Paki Sand Dunes.

To find other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Kaitaia route planner.

Traveling by car from Paihia to Kaitaia takes 1.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Kaitaia

Parks · Nature · Beaches · Outdoors

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Must see
Ninety Mile Beach
4.6
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Geologic Formation
Te Paki Sand Dunes
4.8
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Civic Center
Te Ahu Center
4.5

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