5 days in North Island Itinerary

5 days in North Island Itinerary

Created using Inspirock North Island planner

Make it your trip
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Auckland
— 1 night
Drive
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Matamata
Drive
3
Rotorua
— 1 night
Drive
4
Turangi
— 1 night
Drive
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Wellington
— 1 night

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Auckland

— 1 night

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.
On the 23rd (Mon), get to know the resident critters at Auckland Zoo, then brush up on your military savvy at Auckland Museum, and then make a trip to SkyTower.

For maps, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Auckland day trip planning tool.

If you are flying in from Australia, the closest major aiports are Auckland International Airport and Hamilton International Airport. In August, plan for daily highs up to 14°C, and evening lows to 14°C. On the 24th (Tue), you'll travel to Matamata.

Things to do in Auckland

Zoos & Aquariums · Parks · Museums
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Matamata

Matamata is a town in the Waikato Region of New Zealand's North Island. To see ratings, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Matamata trip itinerary app.

You can drive from Auckland to Matamata in 2 hours. Another option is to drive. Traveling from Auckland in August, expect a bit cooler with lows of 7°C in Matamata. You'll set off for Rotorua on the 24th (Tue).

Things to do in Matamata

Tours · Outdoors · Adventure · Nightlife
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Rotorua

— 1 night

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.
On the 24th (Tue), get outside with Outdoor Activities. On the 25th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: witness a stunning natural landmark at Te Puia, then take in the natural beauty of Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, then take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, and finally learn about winemaking at Volcanic Hills Winery.

For where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Rotorua online sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Matamata to Rotorua in an hour. August in Rotorua sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 7°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to drive to Turangi.

Things to do in Rotorua

Tours · Outdoors · Parks · Nature
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Turangi

— 1 night
Turangi is a small town on the west bank of the Tongariro River, 50 kilometres south-west of Taupo on the North Island Volcanic Plateau of New Zealand. For more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Turangi trip planner.

You can drive from Rotorua to Turangi in 2 hours. You'll set off for Wellington on the 26th (Thu).

Things to do in Turangi

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Trails
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Wellington

— 1 night

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.
On the 26th (Thu), examine the collection at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, take an in-depth tour of The Great War Exhibition, then pause for some serene contemplation at Old St Paul's, and finally take a memorable ride with Wellington Cable Car. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Fri): admire the natural beauty at Wellington Botanic Garden and then get a sense of history and politics at New Zealand Parliament.

For ratings, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Wellington trip planner.

You can drive from Turangi to Wellington in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In August, daytime highs in Wellington are 15°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C.

Things to do in Wellington

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Transportation

Side Trip

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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.