34 days in North Island Itinerary

34 days in North Island Itinerary

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Hamilton
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Tauranga
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Rotorua
— 10 nights
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Taupo
— 2 nights
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Tongariro National Park
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Taumarunui
— 2 nights
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Urenui
— 1 night
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New Plymouth
— 3 nights
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Stratford
— 1 night
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Opunake
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Hawera
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Whanganui
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Wellington
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Hamilton

Tron

On the banks of the Waikato River lies Hamilton, a pretty, active city on North Island.
Hobbiton Movie Set has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 1st (Sun): make a trip to Hobbiton Movie Set and then take a peaceful walk through Yarndley's Bush.

To find photos, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Hamilton trip planning website.

Auckland to Hamilton is an approximately 1.5-hour car ride. You can also take a bus; or take a train. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Auckland in November since evenings lows in Hamilton dip to 15°C. On the 2nd (Mon), you're off to Tauranga.

Things to do in Hamilton

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 1 — 2:

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Tauranga

The largest city in the Bay of Plenty, Tauranga features extensive sandy beaches, well-maintained hiking paths, and a good range of accommodations.
On the 3rd (Tue), hike along Katikati Bird Walk - Uretara Estuary & Yeoman Walkway, stroll through Haiku Pathway, and then stroll through Anzac Bay. On the next day, trek along Rimu Walk and then stroll around Johnson Reserve.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, go to the Tauranga route app.

Getting from Hamilton to Tauranga by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In November in Tauranga, expect temperatures between 23°C during the day and 15°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can go by car to Rotorua.

Things to do in Tauranga

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 2 — 4:
Highlights from your trip

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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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Lake Rotoiti. Get a sense of the local culture at Government Gardens and Ohinemutu. Take a break from the city and head to Redwoods Treewalk and Waikite Valley Thermal Pools. Change things up with a short trip to Waiotahe Beach in Opotiki (about 1h 40 min away). There's still lots to do: get impressive views of Waimangu Volcanic Valley, take in the natural beauty of Kuirau Park, indulge in some personalized pampering at Hell's Gate, and hike along Blue Lake Track.

For other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Rotorua visit planner.

Traveling by car from Tauranga to Rotorua takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In November, plan for daily highs up to 23°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can drive to Taupo.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 4 — 14:

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sun): admire the sheer force of Huka Falls and then witness a stunning natural landmark at Spa Thermal Park and Riverbank Recreational and Scenic Reserve. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy the sand and surf at Kinloch Beach, grab your bike and head to Great Lake Trail, and then take in the exciting artwork at L'Arte.

Before you visit Taupo, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Drive from Rotorua to Taupo in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to drive to Tongariro National Park.

Things to do in Taupo

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Beaches

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 14 — 16:

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Tongariro National Park

Tongariro National Park has a long history of preserving New Zealand's pristine alpine landscape.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Tongariro Alpine Crossing. Kick off your visit on the 17th (Tue): hike along Mounds Walk, hike along Rotopounamu Track, then hike along Ridge Track, then hike along Whakapapa Nature Walk, and finally hike along Silica Rapids Track. On the next day, stroll through Tongariro Alpine Crossing.

To find traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read Tongariro National Park day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Taupo to Tongariro National Park takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can drive to Taumarunui.

Things to do in Tongariro National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails
Find places to stay Nov 16 — 18:

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Taumarunui

Taumarunui is a small town in the King Country of the central North Island of New Zealand. On the 19th (Thu), stroll around Ohinetonga Reserve. On the 20th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the sheer force of Omaru Falls and then get engrossed in the history at PioPio and districts museum,.

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Traveling by car from Tongariro National Park to Taumarunui takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Urenui.

Things to do in Taumarunui

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 18 — 20:
Highlights from your trip

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Urenui

Urenui is a settlement in northern Taranaki, in the North Island of New Zealand. Start off your visit on the 21st (Sat): indulge your thirst for a good beer at Mike's Brewery and then trot along with Adventure Horse Trekking.

For maps, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, use the Urenui day trip planner.

You can drive from Taumarunui to Urenui in 2.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can travel to New Plymouth.

Things to do in Urenui

Outdoors · Tours · Breweries & Distilleries · Wildlife
Find places to stay Nov 20 — 21:

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New Plymouth

Where other cities run, New Plymouth prefers to stroll.
On the 22nd (Sun), stroll through Te Henui Walkway, explore the different monuments and memorials at Te Henui Cemetery, then hike along Huatoki Walkway, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Taranaki Cathedral, Church of St Mary. On the 23rd (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: find your balance on the water with Chaddy's Charters, step off the mainland to explore Paritutu Rock, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Back Beach, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Ratapihipihi Scenic Reserve Walk.

To find photos, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the New Plymouth road trip planning app.

New Plymouth is very close to Urenui. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can go by car to Stratford.

Things to do in New Plymouth

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Tours
Find places to stay Nov 21 — 24:

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Stratford

Stratford is the only town in Stratford District, and the seat of the Taranaki Region, in New Zealand's North Island. Start off your visit on the 24th (Tue): identify plant and animal life at Rotokare Scenic Reserve, play a few rounds at Stratford Golf Course, then hike along Wilkies Pools Loop Track, and finally admire the sheer force of Dawson Falls. On the 25th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at Fun ho! National Toy Museum, explore the galleries of Percy Thomson Gallery, then explore the galleries of Fenton Street Art Collective, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at The Goblin Forest.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read our Stratford online route builder.

You can drive from New Plymouth to Stratford in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Opunake.

Things to do in Stratford

Parks · Wildlife · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 24 — 25:

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Opunake

Opunake is a small town on the southwest coast of Taranaki in New Zealand's North Island. Kick off your visit on the 26th (Thu): enjoy the sea views from Cape Egmont Lighthouse and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Opunake Beach.

For more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Opunake trip maker website.

Traveling by car from Stratford to Opunake takes an hour. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Hawera.

Things to do in Opunake

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 25 — 26:

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Hawera

Hawera is the second-largest town in the Taranaki region of New Zealand's North Island, with a population of. On the 27th (Fri), see the interesting displays at Aotea Utanganui - Museum of South Taranaki, add some adventure to your tour with Turi's Canoe/Aotea Waka, and then stroll through Ohawe Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Sat): admire the masterpieces at Lysaght Watt Gallery, get engrossed in the history at Elvis Presley Memorial Room, and then kick back and relax at Waihi Beach.

For other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Hawera route planner.

Drive from Opunake to Hawera in an hour. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Whanganui.

Things to do in Hawera

Museums · Outdoors · Parks · Beaches

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 26 — 29:

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Whanganui

On the 29th (Sun), explore the activities along Dudding Lake, then examine the collection at Coach House Museum, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of the Holy Spirit. Keep things going the next day: get engrossed in the history at Whanganui Regional Museum, enjoy breathtaking views from War Memorial Tower, then view the masterpieces at New Zealand Glassworks, then take in nature's colorful creations at Wanganui Winter Garden, and finally kick back and relax at Kai Iwi Beach.

To find traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, go to the Whanganui online holiday planner.

Drive from Hawera to Whanganui in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In November, daily temperatures in Whanganui can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Whanganui

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 29 — Dec 1:

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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.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Scorching Bay and Lyall Bay. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Otari-Wilton's Bush Native Botanic Garden and Bolton Street Cemetery. Change things up with these side-trips from Wellington: Paraparaumu Beach (in Paraparaumu) and Waikanae (Nga Manu Nature Reserve & Peka Peka Beach). Next up on the itinerary: explore the galleries of National War Memorial, see Off-Road Tours, see Fragrifert Parfumeur, the Victorian Perfumery, and go for a walk through Wellington Waterfront.

To see where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Wellington day trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Whanganui to Wellington takes 3 hours. When traveling from Whanganui in December, plan for somewhat warmer days in Wellington, with highs around 22°C, while nights are a bit cooler with lows around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Wellington

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 30 — Dec 4:

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.

Manawatu-Wanganui Region travel guide

4.2
Hiking Trails · Gardens · Bodies of Water
Step out into heartland of New Zealand and enjoy an authentic Kiwi holiday in Manawatu-Wanganui Region. Containing areas of ecological significance, including the World Heritage-listed Tongariro National Park, and stunning ravines, coastline, hills, and rivers, the region inspires a great love for conservation, wildlife, and the outdoors in its inhabitants. Soak it all in on foot or wheels, and then sit down to enjoy the fruits of this agricultural powerhouse in one of the many towns.

Taranaki Region travel guide

4.2
Zoos · Scenic Walking Areas · Art Galleries
Under the watchful eye of Mount Taranaki, wild Taranaki Region welcomes visitors seeking an adventure holiday. The rugged coast boasts great surfing opportunities, while the quaint alpine towns offer slower-paced Taranaki vacation ideas. Head down one of the region's many rivers for a day of rafting or kayaking, or enjoy a gentle stroll along the coast. Then, of course, there's the small matter of the mountain, encouraging you to climb it (or at least venture up a little bit of the way).