7 days in North Island Itinerary

7 days in North Island Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Christchurch
Fly:  3 h
1
Wellington
— Few hours
Fly + Taxi:  4 h
2
Tongariro National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
3
Taupo
— 2 nights
+2
Taxi + Fly + Taxi:  3 h 30 min
4
Paihia
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h
5
Auckland
— 1 night
Fly:  4 h
End: Christchurch

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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.
On the 10th (Sun), pause for some serene contemplation at Old St Paul's, take a memorable ride with Wellington Cable Car, and then examine the collection at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa.

To see more things to do, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Wellington trip planner.

Christchurch to Wellington is an approximately 3- hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train and ferry. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Wellington when traveling from Christchurch in May, with lows around 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) early enough to travel to Tongariro National Park.

Things to do in Wellington

Museums Historic Sites Transportation
Highlights from your plan
Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
Wellington Cable Car ©
Wellington Cable Car
Old St Paul's ©
Old St Paul's

2
nights
Tongariro National Park

Tongariro National Park ©
Tongariro National Park has a long history of preserving New Zealand's pristine alpine landscape.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Mon): hike along Mounds Walk, then trek along Tongariro Alpine Crossing, and then trek along Taranaki Falls. On the 12th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll through Silica Rapids Track, hike along Whakapapa Nature Walk, then admire the sheer force of Tawhai Falls, then trek along Ridge Track, and finally go for a walk through Mead's Wall.

To find reviews, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Tongariro National Park tour planner.

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Wellington to Tongariro National Park in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) so you can go by car to Taupo.

Things to do in Tongariro National Park

Parks Trails Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Tongariro Alpine Crossing ©
Tongariro Alpine Crossing
Silica Rapids Track ©
Silica Rapids Track
Whakapapa Nature Walk ©
Whakapapa Nature Walk

2
nights
Taupo

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 13th (Wed): push the limits with an extreme tour, then make a trip to Maori Rock Carvings, and then stroll through Huka Falls Walkway. On the 14th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for gifts at Souvenir Outlet, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then take in the natural beauty of Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, and finally take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour.

For reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Taupo online trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Tongariro National Park to Taupo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a shuttle. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Paihia.

Things to do in Taupo

Outdoors Tours Nature

Side Trip

Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland
Highlights from your plan
Huka Falls Walkway
Huka Falls Walkway
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland ©
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland

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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Fri): contemplate the long history of Waitangi Treaty Grounds, then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then make a trip to KeriKeri New Zealand.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Paihia trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Taupo to Paihia takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Auckland.

Things to do in Paihia

Outdoors Tours Historic Sites

Side Trip

KeriKeri New Zealand
Highlights from your plan
Boat Tours & Water Sports
Waitangi Treaty Grounds ©
Waitangi Treaty Grounds
KeriKeri New Zealand ©
KeriKeri New Zealand

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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Sat): explore the world behind art at Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki, learn about all things military at Auckland Museum, then stop by Pauanesia, and finally take in panoramic vistas at SkyTower.

For photos, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Auckland vacation planner.

You can drive from Paihia to Auckland in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and flight; or take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 18°C, and evening lows to 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Auckland

Museums Shopping
Highlights from your plan
SkyTower ©
SkyTower
Auckland Museum ©
Auckland Museum
Pauanesia ©
Pauanesia

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