5 days in North Island Itinerary

5 days in North Island Itinerary

Created using Inspirock North Island trip planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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Wellington
— 1 night
Drive
2
Taupo
Drive
3
Rotorua
— 2 nights
Drive
4
Matamata
Drive
5
Waitomo Caves
Drive
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Auckland
— 1 night
Fly

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Wed): get engrossed in the history at The Great War Exhibition, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Old St Paul's, and then get a taste of the local shopping with Cuba Street.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, use the Wellington online travel planner.

Queenstown to Wellington is an approximately 3-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In August, daytime highs in Wellington are 15°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can fly to Taupo.

Things to do in Wellington

Shopping · Neighborhoods · Museums · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Aug 18 — 19:

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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Craters of the Moon. Kick off your visit on the 19th (Thu): take in the dramatic natural features at Craters of the Moon and then get a taste of the local shopping with Lava Glass.

To find ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Taupo trip itinerary maker tool.

Fly from Wellington to Taupo in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can go by car to Rotorua.

Things to do in Taupo

Parks · Nature · Shopping · Museums
Find places to stay Aug 19 — 20:

Rotorua

— 2 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.
On the 20th (Fri), pause for some serene contemplation at St Michael's Catholic Church, tour the pleasant surroundings at Rainbow Springs Nature Park, stroll through Paradise Valley Springs Wildlife Park, then take in the natural beauty of Te Puia, and finally boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa.

To find more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Rotorua day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Taupo to Rotorua takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Rotorua can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. You'll have a few hours on the 21st (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling to Matamata.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 19 — 21:

Matamata

Matamata is a town in the Waikato Region of New Zealand's North Island. Start off your visit on the 21st (Sat): don't miss a visit to Adrian Worsley Historic Creations.

For ratings, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Matamata trip itinerary maker app.

Drive from Rotorua to Matamata in an hour. In August, daytime highs in Matamata are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Waitomo Caves.
Find places to stay Aug 21 — 22:

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.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Sat): get outside with Spellbound Glowworm & Cave Tours.

For reviews, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Waitomo Caves attractions planner.

You can drive from Matamata to Waitomo Caves in 1.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can drive to Auckland.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife
Find places to stay Aug 21 — 22:
Highlights from your trip

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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): get a taste of the local shopping with Devonport, get impressive views of Mount Eden, then brush up on your military savvy at Auckland Museum, then enjoy the thrill of live dance at SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Stephen's Chapel.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Auckland trip planner.

Traveling by car from Waitomo Caves to Auckland takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 14°C, and evening lows to 14°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks · Nature · Museums · Shopping
Find places to stay Aug 21 — 22:

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.