15 days in North Island Itinerary

15 days in North Island Itinerary

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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.
Auckland is known for nature, museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: enjoy breathtaking views from SkyTower, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Stephen's Chapel, head off the coast to Waiheke Island, and learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Auckland Zoo.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, use the Auckland journey maker tool.

Hyderabad, India to Auckland is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. Traveling from Hyderabad to Auckland, you'll lose 6.5 hours due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Hyderabad in January, plan for colder days in Auckland, with highs around 22°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) to allow time to fly to Rotorua.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks · Nature · Zoos & Aquariums · Shopping

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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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Taupo (Huka Honey Hive, Huka Falls Walkway, &more). There's still lots to do: witness a stunning natural landmark at Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, steep yourself in history at Te Puia, take a peaceful walk through Redwoods, Whakarewarewa Forest, and whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

For where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Rotorua travel itinerary planner.

You can fly from Auckland to Rotorua in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Auckland, expect a bit warmer days and a bit cooler nights in Rotorua, ranging from highs of 27°C to lows of 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) early enough to go by car to Napier.

Things to do in Rotorua

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Nature

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Enjoy the atmosphere and architecture of 1930s design in Napier, one of the best-preserved Art Deco cities in the world.
Take a break from Napier with a short trip to Te Mata Peak in Hastings, about 32 minutes away. There's still lots to do: get a dose of the wild on Gannet Beach Adventures, awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area, take some stellar pictures from Bluff Hill Lookout, and don't miss a visit to Marine Parade.

To see more things to do, reviews, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Napier trip planner.

You can drive from Rotorua to Napier in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can catch the flight to Wellington.

Things to do in Napier

Tours · Wineries · Parks · Wildlife

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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.
Change things up with a short trip to Marlborough Sounds in Picton (about 1h 50 min away). And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Wellington Zoo, take an in-depth tour of Wellington Museum, and take in nature's colorful creations at Wellington Botanic Garden.

For other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Wellington day trip planner.

Getting from Napier to Wellington by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Wellington are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Wellington

Parks · Museums · Wildlife · Neighborhoods

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North Island travel guide

Hot Springs · Specialty Museums · Landmarks
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.