10 days in North Island Itinerary

10 days in North Island Itinerary

Created using Inspirock North Island journey builder
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Fly
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Auckland
— 1 night
Drive
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Matamata
— 1 night
Drive
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Rotorua
— 2 nights
Drive
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Tongariro National Park
— 1 night
Fly
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Wellington
— 2 nights
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Auckland — 1 night

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 8th (Wed): take in the dramatic scenery at Kitekite Falls and then see the sights as you ascend with a climbing tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy breathtaking views from SkyTower, get engrossed in the history at Auckland Museum, and then identify plant and animal life at Muriwai Gannet Colony.

To see photos, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Auckland day trip app.

Doha, Qatar to Auckland is an approximately 20-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Arabian Standard Time (AST) to New Zealand Standard Time (NZST) is 9 hours. When traveling from Doha in February, plan for a bit cooler days in Auckland, with highs around 26°C, while nights are somewhat warmer with lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to drive to Matamata.
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Matamata — 1 night

Matamata is a town in the Waikato Region of New Zealand's North Island. Start off your visit on the 10th (Fri): don't miss a visit to Hobbiton Movie Set, examine the collection at Firth Tower Estate and Museum, and then admire the sheer force of Wairere Falls.

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Getting from Auckland to Matamata by car takes about 2 hours. Expect little chillier evenings in Matamata when traveling from Auckland in February, with lows around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to drive to Rotorua.
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sat): take in the natural beauty of Waiotapu Boardwalk/ Mud Pool, then witness a stunning natural landmark at Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, then witness a stunning natural landmark at Te Puia, and finally do a tasting at Volcanic Hills Winery.

For maps, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Rotorua online trip builder.

Drive from Matamata to Rotorua in an hour. In February, daytime highs in Rotorua are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Tongariro National Park.
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Tongariro National Park — 1 night

Tongariro National Park has a long history of preserving New Zealand's pristine alpine landscape.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Sun): hike along Tongariro Northern Circuit, trek along Whakapapa Nature Walk, and then trek along Silica Rapids Track.

To see traveler tips, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read Tongariro National Park vacation planning tool.

Traveling by car from Rotorua to Tongariro National Park takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to fly to Wellington.
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Wellington — 2 nights

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to ZEALANDIA Ecosanctuary and Walking tours. Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, catch a ride on Wellington Cable Car, learn about all things military at National War Memorial, and take some stellar pictures from Mount Victoria.

To find photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Wellington trip itinerary maker app.

You can fly from Tongariro National Park to Wellington in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. In February in Wellington, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) to allow time to fly back home.
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North Island travel guide

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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.
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