3 days in North Island Itinerary

3 days in North Island Itinerary

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3 days in North Island Itinerary

Start: Auckland
Drive:  3​h
1
Matamata
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Rotorua
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
3
Waitomo Caves
— Few hours
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Taupo
— 1 night
Fly + bus:  3​h
End: Auckland

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Matamata

Matamata ©
Matamata is a town in the Waikato Region of New Zealand's North Island. To see more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Matamata day trip planning app .

Auckland Central to Matamata is an approximately 2-hour car ride. When traveling from Auckland Central in July, plan for a bit warmer days and slightly colder nights in Matamata: temperatures range from 58°F by day to 43°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Sat) to allow time for travel to Rotorua.
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Hobbiton Movie Set

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Rotorua

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Happy Ewe Cycle Tours as well as Te Puia. On the 21st (Sat), take a memorable tour with Happy Ewe Cycle Tours.

For photos, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Rotorua trip planning site .

Traveling by car from Matamata to Rotorua takes an hour. July in Rotorua sees daily highs of 58°F and lows of 43°F at night. You'll have a few hours on the 22nd (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Rotorua

Outdoors Tours Nature
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Happy Ewe Cycle Tours ©
Happy Ewe Cycle Tours
Te Puia ©
Te Puia

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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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes The Legendary Black Water Rafting Co. as well as Marokopa Falls Walk. On the 22nd (Sun), take in the dramatic scenery at Marokopa Falls Walk and then scramble along the landscape with The Legendary Black Water Rafting Co..

To see other places to visit, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read our Waitomo Caves trip planner .

Traveling by car from Rotorua to Waitomo Caves takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can go by car to Taupo.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Outdoors Adventure Tours
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The Legendary Black Water Rafting Co. ©
Marokopa Falls Walk ©
Marokopa Falls Walk

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Taupo

Taupo ©
The resort town of Taupo lies on the banks of Lake Taupo, the largest body of water in the whole of Australasia.
You've now added Orakei Korako Cave & Thermal Park to your itinerary. On the 23rd (Mon), take in the natural beauty of Orakei Korako Cave & Thermal Park, then take in the dramatic scenery at Huka Falls tracks, then enjoy the sand and surf at Kinloch Beach, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Opepe Scenic and Historic Reserve.

For maps, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Taupo sightseeing planning app .

Traveling by car from Waitomo Caves to Taupo takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Taupo

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Orakei Korako Cave & Thermal Park
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Huka Falls Walkway ©
Huka Falls Walkway
Kinloch Beach ©
Kinloch Beach
Orakei Korako Cave & Thermal Park ©
Orakei Korako Cave & Thermal Park

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