8 days in North Island Itinerary

8 days in North Island Itinerary

Created using Inspirock North Island itinerary planner

Make it your trip
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Auckland
— 1 day
Drive
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Rotorua
— 2 nights
Drive
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Taupo
— 2 nights
Drive
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Waitomo Caves
— 1 night
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Taxi to Hamilton Airport, Fly to Whangarei Airport, Taxi to Paihia
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Paihia
— 1 night
Drive
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Cape Reinga
— 1 night
Drive to Kaitaia Airport, Fly to Auckland International Airport

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Auckland

— 1 day

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.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Sat): kick back and relax at Cheltenham Beach, enjoy a live performance at SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium, then brush up on your military savvy at Auckland Museum, and finally make a trip to SkyTower.

For more things to do, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read Auckland trip itinerary tool.

The Route module can give you travel options from your home to Auckland. In April, daytime highs in Auckland are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) so you can drive to Rotorua.

Things to do in Auckland

Museums · Parks · Nightlife · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Rotorua

— 2 nights

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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Sun): witness a stunning natural landmark at Te Puia, then witness a stunning natural landmark at Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, and then take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Mon): identify plant and animal life at Rainbow Springs Nature Park and then kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

For ratings, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Rotorua trip builder.

Getting from Auckland to Rotorua by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: fly; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Rotorua when traveling from Auckland in April, with lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) early enough to drive to Taupo.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Tours

Taupo

— 2 nights

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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Tue): take a memorable tour with Tours, witness a stunning natural landmark at Wairakei Natural Thermal Valley, and then admire the sheer force of Huka Falls Walkway. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Wed): don't miss a visit to Aratiatia Rapids, then take a memorable tour with Tours, then explore the striking landscape at Craters of the Moon, and finally look for gifts at Souvenir Outlet & Mountain Bike Hire.

For traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Taupo road trip tool.

You can drive from Rotorua to Taupo in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) early enough to drive to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Taupo

Outdoors · Nature · Parks · Tours

Waitomo Caves

— 1 night
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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Thu): explore the fascinating underground world of Waitomo Glowworm Caves, explore the fascinating underground world of Footwhistle Glowworm Cave, then stroll through Ruakuri Walk, and finally surround yourself with nature on Spellbound Glowworm & Cave Tours.

For reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Waitomo Caves road trip website.

Drive from Taupo to Waitomo Caves in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) so you can travel to Paihia.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Parks

Paihia

— 1 night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Fri): fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, then steep yourself in history at Waitangi Treaty Grounds, then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, and finally don't miss a visit to KeriKeri New Zealand.

For traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Paihia day trip planning app.

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Waitomo Caves to Paihia in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Cape Reinga.

Things to do in Paihia

Outdoors · Tours · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Side Trip

Cape Reinga

— 1 night
Cape Reinga or Te Rerenga Wairua is the northwesternmost tip of the Aupouri Peninsula, at the northern end of the North Island of New Zealand. On the 10th (Sat), stroll through Tapotupotu Beach, then trek along Te Paki Coastal Track, and then take some stellar pictures from Cape Reinga Lighthouse.

Planning Cape Reinga trip won't be overwhelming when you use Inspirock's itinerary maker.

Drive from Paihia to Cape Reinga in 3 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cape Reinga

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Beaches

Side Trip

North Island travel guide

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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.