56 days in North Island Itinerary

56 days in North Island Itinerary

Created using Inspirock North Island travel planner
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Train to London Heathrow, Fly to Auckland
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Auckland
— 6 nights
Drive
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Russell
— 6 nights
Drive
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Kerikeri
— 6 nights
Fly
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Rotorua
— 6 nights
Drive
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Taupo
— 7 nights
Shuttle
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Tongariro National Park
— 6 nights
Fly
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Wellington
— 5 nights
Fly
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New Plymouth
— 4 nights
Drive
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Waitomo Caves
— 4 nights
Drive
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Hamilton
— 4 nights
Drive to Auckland International Airport, Fly to Exeter

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Auckland — 6 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Auckland: Waiheke Island (Wine Tours & Tastings & Rangihoua Estate). The adventure continues: take in panoramic vistas at SkyTower, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, admire the striking features of Alberton, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium.

To see reviews, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Auckland trip 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. September in Auckland sees daily highs of 15°C and lows of 15°C at night. On the 12th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Russell.
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Find places to stay Sep 6 — 12:

Russell — 6 nights

Russell, formerly known as Kororāreka, was the first permanent European settlement and sea port in New Zealand. Explore Russell's surroundings by going to Paihia (Waitangi Golf Club, Food Tours, &more). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Flagstaff Hill Historic Reserve, tour the pleasant surroundings at Paroa Bay Winery- Villa Accommodation., go for a walk through Opua Kauri Walk, and examine the collection at Russell Museum.

For maps, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read our Russell itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Auckland to Russell takes 4 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Kerikeri.
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Find places to stay Sep 12 — 18:

Kerikeri — 6 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. Step out of Kerikeri to go to Kaikohe and see The Northland Firehouse Museum Trust, which is approximately 32 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: admire all the interesting features of Waitangi Treaty Grounds, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, identify plant and animal life at Paihia Harbour, and get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To find ratings, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Kerikeri trip app.

Traveling by car from Russell to Kerikeri takes 1.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) to allow time to fly to Rotorua.
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Find places to stay Sep 18 — 24:

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.
Rotorua is known for nature, adventure, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, stroll through Lake Okareka Walkway, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and delve into the lush surroundings at Redwoods, Whakarewarewa Forest.

For photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Rotorua day trip tool.

You can fly from Kerikeri to Rotorua in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September in Rotorua, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and 10°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Taupo.
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Find places to stay Sep 24 — 30:

Taupo — 7 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.
Step out of Taupo with an excursion to Pihanga Art Gallery in Turangi--about 44 minutes away. There's lots more to do: admire the sheer force of Huka Falls Walkway, stop by Huka Honey Hive, join the crowd at Formula Challenge Racing, and make a trip to Aratiatia Rapids.

To see where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Taupo trip itinerary maker site.

You can drive from Rotorua to Taupo in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a shuttle to Tongariro National Park.
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Find places to stay Sep 30 — Oct 7:

Tongariro National Park — 6 nights

Tongariro National Park has a long history of preserving New Zealand's pristine alpine landscape.
categoryPhrases.sentence.On_the_day_spend_an_exhilarating_day_on_the_slopes_at. On the 10th (Mon), hike the day away at Horsemtrails. There's much more to do: get impressive views of Mount Ruapehu, contemplate the waterfront views at Tama Lakes, hit the slopes at Turoa Ski Area, and explore the wealth of natural beauty at Te Porere Redoubt.

For traveler tips, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Tongariro National Park tour itinerary builder site.

Traveling by shuttle from Taupo to Tongariro National Park takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) to allow time to fly to Wellington.
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Find places to stay Oct 7 — 13:

Wellington — 5 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.
Get out of town with these interesting Wellington side-trips: Paraparaumu (Southward Car Museum & Kapiti Island Nature Tours). There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, look for all kinds of wild species at ZEALANDIA Ecosanctuary, ponder the world of politics at New Zealand Parliament, and take some stellar pictures from Mount Victoria.

To find ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read Wellington vacation maker.

You can fly from Tongariro National Park to Wellington in 2.5 hours. Other options are to 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. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) so you can catch the flight to New Plymouth.
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Find places to stay Oct 13 — 18:

New Plymouth — 4 nights

Where other cities run, New Plymouth prefers to stroll.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near New Plymouth: Hawera (Tawhiti Museum & Elvis Presley Memorial Room). And it doesn't end there: take in the pleasant sights at New Plymouth Coastal Walkway, explore the different monuments and memorials at Te Henui Cemetery, admire the natural beauty at Pukeiti, and test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms.

For other places to visit, maps, photos, and other tourist information, use the New Plymouth trip maker website.

Fly from Wellington to New Plymouth in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) to allow time to drive to Waitomo Caves.
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Find places to stay Oct 18 — 22:

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.
Step out of Waitomo Caves with an excursion to Timber Trail NZ in Pureora Forest Park--about 1h 20 min away. There's much more to do: explore the fascinating underground world of Waitomo Glowworm Caves, admire the sheer force of Marakopa Falls, admire all the interesting features of Mangapohue Natural Bridge Walk, and relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

For photos, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Waitomo Caves online holiday planner.

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. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to drive to Hamilton.
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Find places to stay Oct 22 — 26:

Hamilton — 4 nights

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On the banks of the Waikato River lies Hamilton, a pretty, active city on North Island.
Venture out of the city with trips to Raglan (Raglan Rock & Bridal Veil Falls), Hobbiton Movie Set (in Hinuera) and Te Aroha Mineral Spa (in Te Aroha). There's still lots to do: stroll around Hamilton Gardens, examine the collection at Waikato Museum, join the crowd at Rally Drive NZ, and learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Hamilton Zoo.

To see ratings, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Hamilton trip itinerary tool.

Traveling by car from Waitomo Caves to Hamilton takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.
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Find places to stay Oct 26 — 30:

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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