19 days in North Island Itinerary

19 days in North Island Itinerary

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Paihia
— 2 nights
Drive
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Auckland
— 2 nights
Drive
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Waitomo Caves
— 2 nights
Drive
4
Rotorua
— 4 nights
Drive
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Taupo
— 3 nights
Drive
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Tongariro National Park
— 4 nights
Fly
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Wellington
— 1 night
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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.
Spend a day of island exploring on the 16th (Tue) at Urupukapuka Island. Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Waitangi Treaty Grounds, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, admire the landmark architecture of St Paul's Anglican Church, and take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find maps, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Paihia trip builder app.

Queenstown to Paihia is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and ferry. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) so you can drive to Auckland.

Things to do in Paihia

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Outdoors
Find places to stay Feb 15 — 17:

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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.
On the 18th (Thu), learn about all things military at Auckland Museum, indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area, then enjoy a live performance at SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium, and finally stroll through Cheltenham Beach. On the next day, get impressive views of Mount Eden, examine the collection at New Zealand Maritime Museum, then stop by Pauanesia, and finally don't miss a visit to SkyTower.

To see more things to do, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Auckland tour planner.

Traveling by car from Paihia to Auckland takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In February, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) so you can drive to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Auckland

Museums · Parks · Wineries · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Feb 17 — 19:

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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.
On the 20th (Sat), Head underground at Waitomo Glowworm Caves, get a dose of the wild on Spellbound Glowworm & Cave Tours, then Head underground at Footwhistle Glowworm Cave, and finally hike along Ruakuri Walk. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Sun): relax in the rural setting at Roselands Farm Park, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, then explore the fascinating underground world of Ruakuri Cave, then snap pictures at Mangapohue Natural Bridge Walk, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Marakopa Falls.

For ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Waitomo Caves trip planning website.

You can drive from Auckland to Waitomo Caves in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to drive to Rotorua.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Nature
Find places to stay Feb 19 — 21:

4
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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). Next up on the itinerary: witness a stunning natural landmark at Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, don't miss a visit to Te Puia, explore the activities along Lake Rotorua, and take a peaceful walk through Redwoods, Whakarewarewa Forest.

Discover how to plan a Rotorua trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

You can drive from Waitomo Caves to Rotorua in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In February, daily temperatures in Rotorua can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Taupo.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 21 — 25:

3
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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: take in the dramatic scenery at Huka Falls Walkway, get interesting insight from Tours, push the limits with an extreme tour, and stroll around Huka Prawn Park.

For traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Taupo road trip planning site.

You can drive from Rotorua to Taupo in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) so you can drive to Tongariro National Park.

Things to do in Taupo

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours
Find places to stay Feb 25 — 28:

4
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Tongariro National Park

Tongariro National Park has a long history of preserving New Zealand's pristine alpine landscape.
On the 1st (Mon), hike the day away at Tongariro Alpine Crossing. On the 2nd (Tue), hike the day away at Horsemtrails. The adventure continues: trek along Tongariro Northern Circuit, stroll through Ridge Track, admire the sheer force of Tawhai Falls, and don't miss a visit to Mead's Wall.

To find reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Tongariro National Park trip app.

You can drive from Taupo to Tongariro National Park in 2 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Tongariro National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature
Find places to stay Feb 28 — Mar 4:

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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 5th (Fri), examine the collection at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, catch a ride on Wellington Cable Car, then ponder the world of politics at New Zealand Parliament, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Wellington Botanic Garden.

For maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Wellington travel itinerary planner.

You can fly from Tongariro National Park to Wellington in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. In March, daytime highs in Wellington are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Wellington

Parks · Museums · Transportation · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Mar 4 — 5:

North Island travel guide

4.5
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.