6 days in North Island Itinerary

6 days in North Island Itinerary

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6 days in North Island Itinerary

Start: Toronto
Fly:  24​h
1
Wellington
— 1 day
Fly:  3​h
2
Rotorua
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
3
Waitomo Caves
— 1 night
+2
taxi + Fly + taxi:  3​h
4
Paihia
— 1 night
Fly:  25​h
End: Toronto

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Wellington

Wellington ©
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 20th (Mon), get a sense of history and politics at New Zealand Parliament and then contemplate the waterfront views at Oriental Bay.

To find reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Wellington day trip planner.

Toronto, Canada to Wellington is an approximately 24-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight, taxi, and train; or do a combination of flight and ferry. The time zone difference when traveling from Toronto to Wellington is 17 hours. Prepare for much warmer weather when traveling from Toronto in January: high temperatures in Wellington hover around 24°C and lows are around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to travel to Rotorua.

Things to do in Wellington

Outdoors Nature Parks
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Oriental Bay ©
Oriental Bay
New Zealand Parliament ©
New Zealand Parliament

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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.
On the 21st (Tue), contemplate the geological forces at Waimangu Volcanic Valley, trot along with a tour on horseback, then identify plant and animal life at Redwoods Treewalk, and finally take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see where to stay, photos, maps, and other tourist information, use the Rotorua day trip planning tool .

Traveling by flight from Wellington to Rotorua takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In January in Rotorua, expect temperatures between 27°C during the day and 19°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can drive to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Rotorua

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trip

Waimangu Volcanic Valley
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Waimangu Volcanic Valley ©
Waimangu Volcanic Valley
River Rafting & Tubing
Redwoods Treewalk ©
Redwoods Treewalk

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Waitomo Caves

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.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): take in the dramatic scenery at Marakopa Falls, then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, and then explore the fascinating underground world of Ruakuri Cave.

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You can drive from Rotorua to Waitomo Caves in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can travel to Paihia.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Marakopa Falls ©
Marakopa Falls
Ruakuri Cave
Ruakuri Cave

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Paihia

Paihia ©
The main tourist town in the Bay of Islands area, Paihia gives visitors a good range of accommodations, a convenient town center, long sandy beaches, and interesting architecture.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): identify plant and animal life at Paihia Harbour, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas.

For where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Paihia trip itinerary builder .

Getting from Waitomo Caves to Paihia by combination of taxi and flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Paihia

Wildlife Outdoors Tours
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Paihia Harbour ©
Paihia Harbour
Scuba & Snorkeling
Parasailing & Paragliding

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