11 days in North Island Itinerary

11 days in North Island Itinerary

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11 days in North Island Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  8​h
1
Paihia
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
2
Auckland
— 2 nights
3
Waitomo Caves
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
4
Rotorua
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h
5
Wellington
— 1 night
Fly:  7​h
End: Sydney

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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Sun): look for all kinds of wild species at Paihia Harbour, then contemplate the long history of Waitangi Treaty Grounds, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas. Keep things going the next day: stop by Paihia Bookshop, step off the mainland to explore Urupukapuka Island, and then trek along Tapeka Point Track.

For traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Paihia trip maker .

Sydney, Australia to Paihia is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Sydney to Paihia is 2 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) early enough to drive to Auckland.

Things to do in Paihia

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Tapeka Point Track
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Waitangi Treaty Grounds ©
Waitangi Treaty Grounds
Urupukapuka Island ©
Urupukapuka Island
Paihia Harbour ©
Paihia Harbour

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.
On the 15th (Tue), explore the activities along Devonport, brush up on your military savvy at Auckland War Memorial Museum, and then take in panoramic vistas at Sky Tower. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the geological forces at Mount Eden, indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area, and then stop by Pauanesia.

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Traveling by car from Paihia to Auckland takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Auckland are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) so you can go by car to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks Nature Tours
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Sky Tower ©
Sky Tower
Auckland War Memorial Museum ©
Auckland War Memorial Museum
Wine Tours & Tastings

2
nights
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 17th (Thu): explore the fascinating underground world of Waitomo Glowworm Caves, then Head underground at Ruakuri Cave, then take a memorable tour with Tours, and finally stroll through Ruakuri Walk. On your second day here, explore and take pictures at Mangapohue Natural Bridge Walk, take in the dramatic scenery at Marokopa Falls Walk, then Head underground at Caveworld, then explore the fascinating underground world of Footwhistle Glowworm Cave, and finally head outdoors with Waitomo Clay Birds.

For more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Waitomo Caves journey planner .

You can drive from Auckland to Waitomo Caves in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Rotorua.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Waitomo Glowworm Caves ©
Waitomo Glowworm Caves
River Rafting & Tubing
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 (Maori Rock Carvings, Huka Falls Walkway, & more) and Hobbiton Movie Set (in Hinuera). The adventure continues: take in the natural beauty of Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, trot along with a tour on horseback, make a trip to Amokura Glass, and do a tasting at Volcanic Hills Winery.

To see where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Rotorua visit planner.

You can drive from Waitomo Caves to Rotorua in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 21°C in October, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) to allow time to travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Rotorua

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Taupo, Hobbiton Movie Set
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Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland ©
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland
Huka Falls Walkway ©
Huka Falls Walkway

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 22nd (Tue): take an in-depth tour of The Great War Exhibition, then admire the natural beauty at Wellington Botanic Garden, then catch a ride on Wellington Cable Car, and finally see the interesting displays at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa.

To see ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Wellington online trip itinerary maker .

You can fly from Rotorua to Wellington in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In October, plan for daily highs up to 19°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Wellington

Museums Parks Transportation

Side Trip

Wellington Botanic Garden
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The Great War Exhibition ©
The Great War Exhibition
Wellington Botanic Garden ©
Wellington Botanic Garden

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