5 days in North Island Itinerary

5 days in North Island Itinerary

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5 days in North Island Itinerary

Start: Auckland
Drive:  2​h 45​min
1
Rotorua
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Auckland
— 2 nights
End: Auckland

2
nights
Rotorua

Rotorua ©
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.
You'll explore and learn at Taupo Museum and Lava Glass. Visiting Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland and Kinloch Beach will get you outdoors. Venture out of the city with trips to Tukairangi Gallery (in Acacia Bay) and Huka Falls Walkway (in Taupo). The adventure continues: whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, test the waters at a local thermal spa, tee off at FootGolf New Zealand, and take in the natural beauty of Te Puia.

For photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Rotorua tour itinerary planner.

Auckland to Rotorua is an approximately 3-hour car ride. You can also take a bus; or fly. Traveling from Auckland in February, plan for slightly colder nights in Rotorua, with lows around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) so you can drive to Auckland.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Taupo
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Huka Falls Walkway ©
Huka Falls Walkway
Zipline
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland ©
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland

2
nights
Auckland

Auckland ©
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 8th (Sat), get impressive views of Mount Eden, then learn about all things military at Auckland War Memorial Museum, then enjoy the thrill of live dance at SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Cheltenham Beach. Keep things going the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Piha Beach, take in panoramic vistas at SkyTower, and then kick back and relax at Browns Bay Beach.

For photos, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, use the Auckland holiday planner.

Drive from Rotorua to Auckland in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Auckland when traveling from Rotorua in February, with lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Cheltenham Beach, Browns Bay Beach, Piha Beach
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Auckland War Memorial Museum ©
Auckland War Memorial Museum
Piha Beach ©
Piha Beach
Mount Eden ©
Mount Eden

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