2 days in North Island Itinerary

2 days in North Island Itinerary

Created using Inspirock North Island trip planner

Make it your trip
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Auckland
— 1 day
Drive
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Rotorua
— 1 night
Drive

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Auckland

— 1 day

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 10th (Sat): enjoy breathtaking views from SkyTower, step off the mainland to explore Hauraki Gulf, and then see the interesting displays at Auckland Museum.

For ratings, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, use the Auckland trip planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from your home destination to Auckland. In July, plan for daily highs up to 13°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to drive to Rotorua.

Things to do in Auckland

Museums · Nature · Parks
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Rotorua

— 1 night

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 (Sun): whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, and then take a peaceful walk through Redwoods, Whakarewarewa Forest.

To find ratings, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Rotorua day trip tool.

You can drive from Auckland to Rotorua in 3 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Rotorua when traveling from Auckland in July, with lows around 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can drive back home.

Things to do in Rotorua

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North Island travel guide

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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.