49 days in North Island Itinerary

49 days in North Island Itinerary

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Train to London Heathrow, Fly to Auckland
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Auckland
— 5 nights
Fly
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New Plymouth
— 3 nights
Drive
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Waitomo Caves
— 4 nights
Drive
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Rotorua
— 6 nights
Drive
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Taupo
— 6 nights
Shuttle
6
Tongariro National Park
— 6 nights
Fly
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Wellington
— 4 nights
Fly
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Kerikeri
— 5 nights
Drive
9
Russell
— 5 nights
Drive
10
Whitianga
— 3 nights
Drive to Auckland International Airport, Fly to Exeter

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Auckland — 5 nights

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.
Step out of Auckland to go to Waiheke Island and see Wine Tours & Tastings, which is approximately 1h 40 min away. Next up on the itinerary: take in panoramic vistas at SkyTower, get engrossed in the history at Auckland Museum, get impressive views of Mount Eden, and get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium.

To see photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Auckland itinerary maker site.

Exeter, UK to Auckland is an approximately 29.5-hour combination of train and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 12 hours traveling from Exeter to Auckland. In September, plan for daily highs up to 15°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can fly to New Plymouth.
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New Plymouth — 3 nights

Where other cities run, New Plymouth prefers to stroll.
Explore New Plymouth's surroundings by going to Tawhiti Museum (in Hawera) and Stratford (The Victoria Park Memorial Gates & king edward park stratford new zealand). There's still lots to do: go for a walk through New Plymouth Coastal Walkway, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Taranaki Cathedral, Church of St Mary, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Brooklands Zoo, and walk around Kawaroa Park.

To find ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our New Plymouth online itinerary maker.

Traveling by flight from Auckland to New Plymouth takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can drive to Waitomo Caves.
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Waitomo Caves — 4 nights

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.
Waitomo Caves is known for nature, adventure, and trails. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: Head underground at Waitomo Glowworm Caves, take in the views from Mangapohue Natural Bridge Walk, get interesting insight from Tours, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Ruakuri Walk.

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Traveling by car from New Plymouth to Waitomo Caves takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of flight and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Rotorua.
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Rotorua — 6 nights

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.
Take a break from Rotorua with a short trip to Hobbiton Movie Set in Hinuera, about 1h 15 min away. The adventure continues: whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, look for all kinds of wild species at Paradise Valley Springs Wildlife Park, take in the natural beauty of Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, and take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

For more things to do, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, go to the Rotorua vacation app.

Getting from Waitomo Caves to Rotorua by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Rotorua are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 10°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Taupo.
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Taupo — 6 nights

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.
When in Taupo, make a side trip to see Pihanga Art Gallery in Turangi, approximately Turangi away. Next up on the itinerary: trek along Huka Falls Walkway, get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, explore the activities along Whakaipo Bay, and explore the landscape on two wheels at Great Lake Trail.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Taupo trip planner.

Traveling by car from Rotorua to Taupo takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) so you can take a shuttle to Tongariro National Park.
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Tongariro National Park — 6 nights

Tongariro National Park has a long history of preserving New Zealand's pristine alpine landscape.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Tongariro National Park: Ohakune (Mangawhero Forest Walk and Rimu Walk & Lake Rotokura). The adventure continues: contemplate the geological forces at Mount Ruapehu, fly down the slopes at Turoa Ski Area, take in the pleasant sights at Mead's Wall, and explore the activities along Tama Lakes.

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Getting from Taupo to Tongariro National Park by shuttle takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to Wellington.
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Wellington — 4 nights

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.
When in Wellington, make a side trip to see Kapiti Island Nature Tours in Paraparaumu, approximately Paraparaumu away. There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, get to know the resident critters at Wellington Zoo, get great views at Mount Victoria, and steep yourself in history at Wellington Cable Car.

To find traveler tips, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read Wellington tour itinerary planning website.

Getting from Tongariro National Park to Wellington by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. In October in Wellington, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and 11°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to catch the flight to Kerikeri.
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Kerikeri — 5 nights

Kerikeri, the largest town in Northland New Zealand, is a popular tourist destination about three hours drive north of Auckland, and 80 km north of the northern region's largest city, Whangarei. Change things up with a short trip to The Northland Firehouse Museum Trust in Kaikohe (about 32 minutes away). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Waitangi Treaty Grounds, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, don't miss a visit to KeriKeri New Zealand, and stop by The Old Packhouse Market.

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Getting from Wellington to Kerikeri by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Russell.
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Russell — 5 nights

Russell, formerly known as Kororāreka, was the first permanent European settlement and sea port in New Zealand. Get out of town with these interesting Russell side-trips: Paihia (Waitangi Golf Club, Food Tours, &more). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Flagstaff Hill Historic Reserve, enjoy the sand and surf at Oneroa Bay, go for a walk through Opua Kauri Walk, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

For ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Russell online day trip planner.

You can drive from Kerikeri to Russell in 1.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Whitianga.
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Whitianga — 3 nights

Whitianga is a town on the Coromandel Peninsula, in the Waikato Region of New Zealand's North Island. On the 21st (Fri), look for all kinds of wild species at Waiau Kauri Grove, then enjoy the sand and surf at Hahei Beach Walk, then take in the natural beauty of Hot Water Beach, and finally stop by Heaven & Earth. Here are some ideas for day two: take a memorable tour with Tours, boost your wellbeing at The Lost Spring, and then stroll through Lonely Bay.

To see reviews, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read our Whitianga trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Russell to Whitianga by car takes about 6.5 hours. In October, daily temperatures in Whitianga can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.
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North Island travel guide

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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.
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