8 days in North Island Itinerary

8 days in North Island Itinerary

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Auckland
— 2 nights
2
Waitomo Caves
— 1 night
3
Rotorua
— 3 nights
4
Wellington
— 1 night

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 19th (Sun): test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms.

To see where to stay, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read our Auckland trip itinerary builder site.

Sydney, Australia to Auckland is an approximately 7-hour flight. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) to New Zealand Standard Time (NZST), which is usually a 2 hour difference. When traveling from Sydney in November, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Auckland: temperatures range from 20°C by day to 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) to allow time to drive to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Auckland

Museums · Fun & Games · Nightlife
Highlights from your plan
SkyTower ©
SkyTower
Auckland Museum ©
Auckland Museum
Room Escape Games

1
night
Waitomo Caves

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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Tue): explore the fascinating underground world of Waitomo Glowworm Caves and then trek along Ruakuri Walk.

For ratings, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read our Waitomo Caves trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Auckland to Waitomo Caves takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Rotorua.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Parks · Nature · Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Waitomo Glowworm Caves ©
Waitomo Glowworm Caves
Ruakuri Walk ©
Ruakuri Walk

3
nights
Rotorua

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Rotorua: Taupo (Huka Honey Hive & Huka Falls Walkway). Next up on the itinerary: kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, get interesting insight from Tours, delve into the lush surroundings at Redwoods, Whakarewarewa Forest, and identify plant and animal life at Wingspan National Bird of Prey Centre.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Rotorua tour itinerary planning site.

Traveling by car from Waitomo Caves to Rotorua takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In November, daytime highs in Rotorua are 23°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trip

Taupo
Highlights from your plan
Horseback Riding Tours
Huka Falls Walkway
Huka Falls Walkway
Zipline

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.
On the 25th (Sat), identify plant and animal life at ZEALANDIA Ecosanctuary and then examine the collection at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa.

To find reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Wellington holiday builder website.

Getting from Rotorua to Wellington by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Rotorua in November, plan for slightly colder days in Wellington, with highs around 20°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) to allow time to travel back 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
ZEALANDIA Ecosanctuary ©
ZEALANDIA Ecosanctuary
The Great War Exhibition ©
The Great War Exhibition

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