8 days in North Island Itinerary

8 days in North Island Itinerary

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Start: Amsterdam
Train + Fly:  27 h
1
Auckland
— 1 day
Fly:  3 h 30 min
2
Wellington
— 1 night
Fly + Taxi:  4 h
3
Tongariro National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 45 min
4
Taupo
— 1 night
+2
Taxi + Fly + Taxi:  3 h 30 min
5
Paihia
— 1 night
+2
Taxi + Fly + Train:  29 h
End: Amsterdam

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day
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.
On the 28th (Sat), enjoy the thrill of live dance at SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium, then brush up on your military savvy at Auckland Museum, then stop by Pauanesia, and finally make a trip to SkyTower.

For ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Auckland online trip maker.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Auckland is an approximately 27- hour combination of train and flight. You can also do a combination of train, flight, shuttle, and bus; or do a combination of train, flight, and bus. You'll lose 11 hours traveling from Amsterdam to Auckland due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Amsterdam in March, you will find days in Auckland are a bit warmer (22°C), and nights are warmer (22°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Auckland

Museums Zoos & Aquariums Parks
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SkyTower ©
SkyTower
Auckland Museum ©
Auckland Museum
SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium ©
SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sun): examine the collection at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, then steep yourself in history at Wellington Cable Car, then get a sense of history and politics at New Zealand Parliament, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Wellington Botanic Garden.

To see ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Wellington travel app.

You can fly from Auckland to Wellington in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus, taxi, and flight; or drive. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Auckland in March since evenings lows in Wellington dip to 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Tongariro National Park.

Things to do in Wellington

Parks Museums Transportation

Side Trip

Wellington Botanic Garden
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Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
Wellington Cable Car ©
Wellington Cable Car
Wellington Botanic Garden ©
Wellington Botanic Garden

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night
Tongariro National Park

Tongariro National Park ©
Tongariro National Park has a long history of preserving New Zealand's pristine alpine landscape.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Mon): admire the sheer force of Tawhai Falls, trek along Tongariro Alpine Crossing, and then admire the sheer force of Taranaki Falls.

To see maps, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Tongariro National Park attractions planner.

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. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Taupo.

Things to do in Tongariro National Park

Parks Trails Outdoors
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Tongariro Alpine Crossing ©
Tongariro Alpine Crossing
Tawhai Falls ©
Tawhai Falls
Taranaki Falls ©
Taranaki Falls

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night
Taupo

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 31st (Tue): take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, trek along Huka Falls Walkway, and then push the limits with an extreme tour.

For maps, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read Taupo trip itinerary maker tool.

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. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) early enough to travel to Paihia.

Things to do in Taupo

Outdoors Tours Trails
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Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Huka Falls Walkway
Huka Falls Walkway
Boat Tours & Water Sports

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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 1st (Wed): stop by Paihia Bookshop, then steep yourself in history at Waitangi Treaty Grounds, and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

For photos, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Paihia online tour itinerary maker.

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Taupo to Paihia in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Paihia

Outdoors Tours Parks
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Boat Tours & Water Sports
Waitangi Treaty Grounds ©
Waitangi Treaty Grounds
Paihia Bookshop ©
Paihia Bookshop

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