34 days in North Island Itinerary

34 days in North Island Itinerary

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Wellington
— 6 nights
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Hastings
— 2 nights
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Napier
— 5 nights
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Gisborne
— 2 nights
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Whakatane
— 2 nights
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Tauranga
— 2 nights
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Whangamata
— 2 nights
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Whitianga
— 2 nights
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Auckland
— 10 nights

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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.
Relax by the water at Scorching Bay and Makara Beach. Wellington Railway Station and Wright's Hill are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Matiu / Somes Island, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, trek along Catchpool Loop Walk, and ponder the world of politics at Old Government Buildings.

To find where to stay, ratings, maps, and tourist information, go to the Wellington route planner.

The Route module shows you travel options from your home to Wellington. In January, daily temperatures in Wellington can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) so you can go by car to Hastings.

Things to do in Wellington

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 1 — 7:
Highlights from your plan
Lyall Bay ©
Lyall Bay
Scorching Bay ©
Scorching Bay
Matiu / Somes Island ©
Matiu / Somes Island

2
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Hastings

Hastings ©
Hastings is a New Zealand city and is one of the two major urban areas in Hawke's Bay, on the east coast of the North Island of New Zealand. On the 8th (Fri), admire all the interesting features of Karituwhenua Stream Walkway. Keep things going the next day: kick back and relax at Waimarama Beach.

For other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Hastings online trip maker.

Traveling by car from Wellington to Hastings takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) so you can go by car to Napier.

Things to do in Hastings

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 7 — 9:
Highlights from your plan
Karituwhenua Stream Walkway ©
Karituwhenua Stream Walkway

5
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Napier

Napier ©
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 the city and head to Kinloch Beach and Te Ana and Tangoio Falls tracks. Discover out-of-the-way places like Otatara Pa Historic Reserve Walk and Pania of the Reef Statue. When in Napier, make a side trip to see Great Lake Trail in Taupo, approximately Taupo away. There's still lots to do: explore the landscape on two wheels at Puketapu Loop - Hawke's Bay Trails, take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Gardens, tour the pleasant surroundings at Ahuriri Estuary Walk, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

For photos, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Napier trip builder site.

Napier is very close to Hastings. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Gisborne.

Things to do in Napier

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 9 — 14:
Highlights from your plan
Puketapu Loop - Hawke's Bay Trails ©
Puketapu Loop - Hawke's Bay Trails
Kinloch Beach ©
Kinloch Beach
Ahuriri Estuary Walk ©
Ahuriri Estuary Walk

2
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Gisborne

Gisborne ©

City of Rivers

A holiday in Gisborne incorporates both leisure and culture.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Fri): stroll through Te Kuri Farm Walkway and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Gray's Bush Scenic Reserve Walks. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Makorori Beach.

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

You can drive from Napier to Gisborne in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can travel to Whakatane.

Things to do in Gisborne

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Beaches
Find places to stay Jan 14 — 16:
Highlights from your plan
Te Kuri Farm Walkway ©
Te Kuri Farm Walkway

2
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Whakatane

Whakatane ©
Whakatāne is a town in the eastern Bay of Plenty Region in the North Island of New Zealand, 90 km east of Tauranga and 89 km north-east of Rotorua, at the mouth of the Whakatāne River. Start off your visit on the 17th (Sun): tour the pleasant surroundings at Motu Trails. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: walk around Onepu Mountain Bike Park, then relax and rejuvenate at Massage Me & Beautify You, then enjoy the sand and surf at Thornton Beach, and finally explore the world behind art at Whakatane Museum and Arts.

For more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Whakatane trip builder.

Traveling by car from Gisborne to Whakatane takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In January in Whakatane, expect temperatures between 27°C during the day and 19°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Tauranga.

Things to do in Whakatane

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 16 — 18:
Highlights from your plan
Motu Trails ©
Motu Trails
Onepu Mountain Bike Park ©
Onepu Mountain Bike Park
Massage Me & Beautify You ©
Massage Me & Beautify You

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Tauranga

Tauranga ©
The largest city in the Bay of Plenty, Tauranga features extensive sandy beaches, well-maintained hiking paths, and a good range of accommodations.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Tue): enjoy the sand and surf at Papamoa Beach, then stroll through Mt Maunganui Main Beach, and then trek along Mount Maunganui Base Track. On the next day, identify plant and animal life at Paradise Valley Springs Wildlife Park, explore the activities along Lake Rotorua, then identify plant and animal life at Katoa Lake Rotorua, and finally learn about winemaking at Volcanic Hills Winery.

To see where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Tauranga road trip planning tool.

You can drive from Whakatane to Tauranga in 1.5 hours. In January, daily temperatures in Tauranga can reach 27°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Whangamata.

Things to do in Tauranga

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 18 — 20:
Highlights from your plan
Papamoa Beach ©
Papamoa Beach
Mt Maunganui Main Beach ©
Mt Maunganui Main Beach
Katoa Lake Rotorua ©
Katoa Lake Rotorua

2
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Whangamata

Whangamata ©
The town of Whangamatā is sited on the southeast coast of the Coromandel Peninsula in the North Island of New Zealand. On the 21st (Thu), step off the mainland to explore Whenuakura Island, view the masterpieces at The Little Gallery Whangamata, then view the masterpieces at Topadahil Art Studios, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Opoutere Surf Beach.

To see ratings, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Whangamata trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Tauranga to Whangamata takes 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in January, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Whitianga.

Things to do in Whangamata

Parks · Museums · Shopping · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 20 — 22:
Highlights from your plan
Whenuakura Island ©
Whenuakura Island
Opoutere Surf Beach ©
Opoutere Surf Beach
Topadahil Art Studios ©
Topadahil Art Studios

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Whitianga

Whitianga ©
Whitianga is a town on the Coromandel Peninsula, in the Waikato Region of New Zealand's North Island. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Shakespeare Cliff Scenic and Historic Reserve and Whangapoua Beach. Relax by the water at Matarangi Beach and Otama Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Whitianga: New Chums Beach (in Whangapoua) and Opito Bay Beach (in Kuaotunu). There's much more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Mill Creek Bird & Animal Encounters, take a pleasant ride with Rangihau Ranch, make a trip to Stu's Wild Pig Farm, and trek along Whitianga Rock Walk.

For more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Whitianga trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Whangamata to Whitianga in 1.5 hours. In January in Whitianga, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 19°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Auckland.

Things to do in Whitianga

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 21 — 24:
Highlights from your plan
Shakespeare Cliff Scenic and Historic Reserve ©
Matarangi Beach ©
Matarangi Beach
Whangapoua Beach ©
Whangapoua Beach

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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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Muriwai Gannet Colony and Bethells Beach. We've included these beaches for you: Takapuna Beach and Orewa Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Woodhill Mountain Bike Park (in Woodhill), Orewa (Orewa – Te Ara Tahuna Estuary Cycleway & Orewa Lookout) and Muriwai Beach Horse Treks (in Muriwai Beach). The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Mission Bay Beach, step off the mainland to explore Hauraki Gulf, identify plant and animal life at Goat Island Marine Reserve, and learn about all things military at Torpedo Bay Navy Museum.

Plan my trip to Auckland with suggested itineraries provided by Inspirock.

Getting from Whitianga to Auckland by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a shuttle. While traveling from Whitianga, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Auckland, ranging from highs of 22°C to lows of 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Trails

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 24 — Feb 3:
Highlights from your plan
Muriwai Gannet Colony ©
Muriwai Gannet Colony
Orewa Beach ©
Orewa Beach
Goat Island Marine Reserve ©
Goat Island Marine Reserve

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