19 days in North Island Itinerary

19 days in North Island Itinerary

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Whangarei
— 1 day
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Paihia
— 3 nights
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Wellington
— 2 nights
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Tongariro National Park
— 2 nights
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Taupo
— 3 nights
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Rotorua
— 4 nights
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Waitomo Caves
— 2 nights
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Hamilton
— 1 night
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Auckland
— 1 night

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Whangarei

Whangarei ©
Whangarei is the northernmost city in New Zealand and the regional capital of Northland Region. Start off your visit on the 24th (Sat): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Manaia Track, then trek along Bream Head Coast Walks, and then don't miss a visit to Mount Parihaka War Memorial.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read Whangarei vacation site.

Auckland to Whangarei is an approximately 2-hour car ride. You can also fly; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) so you can go by car to Paihia.

Things to do in Whangarei

Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 24 — 25:
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3
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.
Paihia is known for wildlife, historic sites, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of Waitangi Treaty Grounds, take the plunge with Skydive Bay of Islands, take an unforgettable tour with Salt Air, and make a trip to KeriKeri New Zealand.

For other places to visit, photos, maps, and other tourist information, use the Paihia trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Whangarei to Paihia by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) so you can travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Paihia

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 24 — 27:
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Helicopter Tour
Salt Air
5.0
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Historic Site
Waitangi Treaty Grounds
4.6

2
nights
Wellington

Wellington

Harbour Capital

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 28th (Wed), get engrossed in the history at The Great War Exhibition, get great views at Mount Victoria, and then examine the collection at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa. Keep things going the next day: pause for some photo ops at John Plimmer Statue, take a memorable ride with Wellington Cable Car, then take an in-depth tour of Wellington Museum, then ponder the world of politics at New Zealand Parliament, and finally admire the natural beauty at Wellington Botanic Garden.

For where to stay, maps, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Wellington tour itinerary planning site.

Getting from Paihia to Wellington by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In October, daily temperatures in Wellington can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) so you can travel to Tongariro National Park.

Things to do in Wellington

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Transportation

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 27 — 29:
Highlights from your trip

2
nights
Tongariro National Park

Tongariro National Park ©
Tongariro National Park has a long history of preserving New Zealand's pristine alpine landscape.
On the 30th (Fri), contemplate the waterfront views at Tama Lakes, admire the sheer force of Tawhai Falls, then capture your vacation like a pro with Mountain Air Scenic Flights Day Tour, and finally explore the striking landscape of Te Porere Redoubt. On the 31st (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the pleasant sights at Mead's Wall, then hike along Taranaki Falls, and then contemplate the geological forces at Mount Ruapehu.

To find reviews, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Tongariro National Park journey planner.

Traveling by flight from Wellington to Tongariro National Park takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sat) so you can drive to Taupo.

Things to do in Tongariro National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails
Find places to stay Oct 29 — 31:
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Water Body
Tama Lakes
4.9
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Volcano
Mount Ruapehu
4.5

3
nights
Taupo

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.
Taupo is known for nature, adventure, and theme parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the sheer force of Huka Falls Walkway, push the limits with an extreme tour, take in the natural beauty of Spa Thermal Park and Riverbank Recreational and Scenic Reserve, and take a memorable tour with Tours.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Taupo sightseeing site.

Getting from Tongariro National Park to Taupo by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Rotorua.

Things to do in Taupo

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Tours
Find places to stay Oct 31 — Nov 3:
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Waterfall
Huka Falls Walkway
4.7

4
nights
Rotorua

Rotorua ©

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.
Change things up with a short trip to Hobbiton Movie Set in Hinuera (about 1h 20 min away). And it doesn't end there: kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, don't miss a visit to Te Puia, trot along with a tour on horseback, and witness a stunning natural landmark at Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland.

For more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Rotorua travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Taupo to Rotorua takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In November, daily temperatures in Rotorua can reach 23°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks · Nature · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 3 — 7:
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Must see
Zipline
4.7

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Sun): explore the fascinating underground world of Waitomo Glowworm Caves, then look for all kinds of wild species at Spellbound Glowworm & Cave Tours, then Head underground at Caveworld, and finally hike along Ruakuri Walk. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Mon): let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, then Head underground at Ruakuri Cave, then get outside with Waitomo Clay Birds, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Marakopa Falls.

To find reviews, maps, and tourist information, go to the Waitomo Caves online route maker.

You can drive from Rotorua to Waitomo Caves in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can drive to Hamilton.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Nature
Find places to stay Nov 7 — 9:
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River Rafting / Tubing
River Rafting & Tubing
4.6
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Hiking Trail
Ruakuri Walk
4.8

1
night
Hamilton

Hamilton ©

Tron

On the banks of the Waikato River lies Hamilton, a pretty, active city on North Island.
On the 10th (Tue), admire nature's wide array of creatures at Hamilton Zoo, then examine the collection at Waikato Museum, and then walk around Hamilton Gardens.

For photos, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Hamilton trip itinerary maker.

Drive from Waitomo Caves to Hamilton in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 23°C in November, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Auckland.

Things to do in Hamilton

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Museums
Find places to stay Nov 9 — 10:
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Specialty Museum
Waikato Museum
4.2

1
night
Auckland

Auckland ©

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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Wed): learn about all things military at Auckland Museum, then look for gifts at Pauanesia, then enjoy breathtaking views from SkyTower, and finally make a trip to Viaduct Harbour.

To find reviews, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Auckland day trip planner.

Drive from Hamilton to Auckland in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Hamilton in November, plan for a bit warmer nights in Auckland, with lows around 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Auckland

Museums · Parks · Shopping
Find places to stay Nov 10 — 11:
Highlights from your trip
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Must see
SkyTower
4.4
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Military Museum
Auckland Museum
4.6

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