8 days in North Island Itinerary

8 days in North Island Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Auckland
— 2 nights
2
Paihia
— 2 nights
3
Taupo
— Few hours
4
Wellington
— 2 nights

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Tue): admire nature's wide array of creatures at Auckland Zoo, then make a trip to SkyTower, and then look for gifts at Pauanesia. On the next day, enjoy a live performance at SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium, then brush up on your military savvy at Auckland Museum, and then explore the activities along Devonport.

For traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Auckland trip itinerary maker site.

Manila, Philippines to Auckland is an approximately 15-hour flight. The time zone changes from Philippine Standard Time to New Zealand Standard Time, which is usually a 4 hour difference. Expect much colder temperatures when traveling from Manila in October; daily highs in Auckland reach 17°C and lows reach 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) to allow time to drive to Paihia.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Shopping
Highlights from your plan
SkyTower ©
SkyTower
Auckland Museum ©
Auckland Museum
Auckland Zoo ©
Auckland Zoo

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): steep yourself in history at Waitangi Treaty Grounds and then identify plant and animal life at Paihia Harbour. On the next day, fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, then admire the sheer force of Haruru Falls, and then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

To find more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Paihia trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Auckland to Paihia takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Taupo.

Things to do in Paihia

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trip

Haruru Falls
Highlights from your plan
Paihia Harbour ©
Paihia Harbour
Waitangi Treaty Grounds ©
Waitangi Treaty Grounds
Nature & Wildlife Tours

few
hours
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 4th (Sat): laugh and play at Huka Prawn Park and then hike along Huka Falls Walkway.

For more things to do, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Taupo trip website.

Traveling by flight from Paihia to Taupo takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Taupo

Parks · Theme Parks · Fun & Games
Highlights from your plan
Huka Prawn Park ©
Huka Prawn Park
Huka Falls Walkway
Huka Falls Walkway

2
nights
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 5th (Sun): identify plant and animal life at ZEALANDIA Ecosanctuary, get engrossed in the history at The Great War Exhibition, and then examine the collection at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa.

For ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Wellington trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Taupo to Wellington in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In November, daily temperatures in Wellington can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. You'll have a few hours on the 6th (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Wellington

Museums · Wildlife · Parks
Highlights from your plan
Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
The Great War Exhibition ©
The Great War Exhibition
Wellington Cable Car ©
Wellington Cable Car

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