32 days in North Island Itinerary

32 days in North Island Itinerary

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Whangarei
— 1 night
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Paihia
— 4 nights
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Wellington
— 5 nights
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Napier
— 4 nights
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Taupo
— 2 nights
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Rotorua
— 6 nights
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Waitomo Caves
— 2 nights
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Auckland
— 5 nights
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Waiheke Island
— 2 nights

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Whangarei

Whangarei ©
Whangarei is the northernmost city in New Zealand and the regional capital of Northland Region. On the 20th (Wed), take a stroll through Town Basin, admire the sheer force of Whangarei Falls, and then get interesting insight from Tours. On the 21st (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the vivid underwater world at Poor Knights Island Marine Reserve and then take an in-depth tour of The Kauri Museum.

To find other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Whangarei online trip maker.

Auckland to Whangarei is an approximately 2-hour car ride. You can also fly; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) to allow time to drive to Paihia.

Things to do in Whangarei

Parks · Adventure · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 20 — 21:
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Town Basin ©
Town Basin
The Kauri Museum ©
The Kauri Museum
Poor Knights Island Marine Reserve ©
Poor Knights Island Marine Reserve

4
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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.
Get in touch with nature at Swim with Dolphins and Kawiti Caves. Get some cultural insight at The Stone Store & Kemp House - Kerikeri Mission Station and Pompallier Mission and Printery. Get out of town with these interesting Paihia side-trips: Russell (Christ Church & Flagstaff Hill Historic Reserve). The adventure continues: look for all kinds of wild species at The Parrot Place, take the plunge with Skydive Bay of Islands, walk around Hundertwasser Park, and admire the sheer force of Rainbow Falls.

To see photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Paihia online vacation maker.

You can drive from Whangarei to Paihia in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) so you can travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Paihia

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 21 — 25:
Highlights from your plan
Rainbow Falls ©
Rainbow Falls
Swim with Dolphins
Paihia Harbour ©
Paihia Harbour

5
nights
Wellington

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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Old St Paul's and Cable Car Museum. Take a break from the city and head to Oriental Bay and Staglands Wildlife Reserve. Venture out of the city with trips to Kapiti Island Nature Tours (in Paraparaumu), Square Edge Community Arts Centre (in Palmerston North) and Masterton (Mount Bruce Pioneer Museum & Pukaha National Wildlife Centre). There's much more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Otari-Wilton's Bush Native Botanic Garden, take an in-depth tour of Wellington Museum, see the world from above with a helicopter tour, and ponder the world of politics at New Zealand Parliament.

For photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Wellington route builder app.

Traveling by flight from Paihia to Wellington takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in January, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) early enough to travel to Napier.

Things to do in Wellington

Wildlife · Parks · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 25 — 30:
Highlights from your plan
Staglands Wildlife Reserve ©
Staglands Wildlife Reserve
Kapiti Island Nature Tours ©
Kapiti Island Nature Tours
Oriental Bay ©
Oriental Bay

4
nights
Napier

Napier ©
Enjoy the atmosphere and architecture of 1930s design in Napier, one of the best-preserved Art Deco cities in the world.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Te Mata Peak and Bluff Hill Lookout. Take a break from the city and head to Gannet Safaris Overland and Cape Kidnappers. The adventure continues: do a tasting at Church Road Winery Cellar Door, admire the natural beauty at Clive Square, explore the galleries of Creative Arts Napier, and relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

For maps, photos, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Napier holiday builder tool.

Getting from Wellington to Napier by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) so you can go by car to Taupo.

Things to do in Napier

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Wineries

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 30 — Feb 3:
Highlights from your plan
Te Mata Peak ©
Te Mata Peak
Gannet Safaris Overland ©
Gannet Safaris Overland
Wine Tours & Tastings

2
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Taupo

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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Thu): don't miss a visit to Aratiatia Rapids, look for all kinds of wild species at Orakei Korako Geothermal Park & Cave, and then admire all the interesting features of Spa Thermal Park and Riverbank Recreational and Scenic Reserve. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the exciting artwork at Tukairangi Gallery, paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, and then explore the activities along Lake Taupo.

To see photos, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Taupo trip itinerary maker website.

Traveling by car from Napier to Taupo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) so you can go by car to Rotorua.

Things to do in Taupo

Nature · Parks · Adventure · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Feb 3 — 5:
Highlights from your plan
Orakei Korako Geothermal Park & Cave ©
Orakei Korako Geothermal Park & Cave
Kayaking & Canoeing
Lake Taupo ©
Lake Taupo

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Rotorua

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.
Eat Street and Government Gardens are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Mt Maunganui Main Beach and Papamoa Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Mount Maunganui Base Track (in Mount Maunganui) and Monmouth Redoubt (in Tauranga). And it doesn't end there: identify plant and animal life at Wingspan National Bird of Prey Centre, get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, contemplate the geological forces at Waimangu Volcanic Valley, and hike along Blue Lake Track.

To see more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Rotorua road trip planner.

You can drive from Taupo to Rotorua in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in February, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 5 — 11:
Highlights from your plan
Waimangu Volcanic Valley ©
Waimangu Volcanic Valley
Mt Maunganui Main Beach ©
Mt Maunganui Main Beach
Papamoa Beach ©
Papamoa Beach

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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.
On the 12th (Fri), explore the fascinating underground world of Ruakuri Cave, then explore the fascinating underground world of Caveworld, and then get interesting insight from Spellbound Glowworm & Cave Tours. Here are some ideas for day two: trek along Ruakuri Walk, take in the views from Mangapohue Natural Bridge Walk, then take in the dramatic scenery at Marakopa Falls, then appreciate the history behind Statue of shearer, and finally step off the mainland to explore Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari.

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

Getting from Rotorua to Waitomo Caves by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can drive to Auckland.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 11 — 13:
Highlights from your plan
Ruakuri Cave
Ruakuri Cave
Ruakuri Walk ©
Ruakuri Walk
Caveworld ©
Caveworld

5
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Auckland

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Tiritiri Matangi Visitor Centre and Dolphin & Whale Watching. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Piha Beach and Orewa Beach. Explore Auckland's surroundings by going to Muriwai Gannet Colony (in Muriwai Beach), Karekare Falls (in Karekare) and Tree Adventures (in Woodhill). The adventure continues: browse the exhibits of Sculptureum, awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area, admire the sheer force of Pohuehue Waterfalls, and explore the world behind art at Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki.

To see maps, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Auckland holiday planning tool.

Traveling by car from Waitomo Caves to Auckland takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in February, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) early enough to travel to Waiheke Island.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 13 — 18:
Highlights from your plan
Tiritiri Matangi Visitor Centre ©
Tiritiri Matangi Visitor Centre
Muriwai Gannet Colony ©
Muriwai Gannet Colony
Orewa Beach ©
Orewa Beach

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Waiheke Island

Waiheke Island ©

Island of Wine

Head to Waiheke Island, a place of white sandy beaches, palm trees, great wine, and relaxation, just 35 minutes off the coast of Auckland.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Fri): identify plant and animal life at Stony Batter, learn about winemaking at Man O' War Vineyards, and then whizz through the canopy at EcoZip Adventures. On the next day, take an in-depth tour of Waiheke Museum and Historic Village, then sample the tasty concoctions at Wild on Waiheke, and then learn about winemaking at Tantalus Estate Vineyard & Winery.

To see reviews, photos, maps, and tourist information, read our Waiheke Island tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by ferry from Auckland to Waiheke Island takes 2 hours. Traveling from Auckland in February, expect slightly colder with lows of 19°C in Waiheke Island. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Waiheke Island

Wineries · Wildlife · Fun & Games · Adventure
Find places to stay Feb 18 — 20:
Highlights from your plan
Man O' War Vineyards ©
Man O' War Vineyards
EcoZip Adventures ©
EcoZip Adventures
Tantalus Estate Vineyard & Winery ©
Tantalus Estate Vineyard & Winery

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