7 days in North Island Itinerary

7 days in North Island Itinerary

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

— 1 day

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.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Thu): get engrossed in the history at Auckland Museum and then don't miss a visit to SkyTower.

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Melbourne, Australia to Auckland is an approximately 7-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time to New Zealand Standard Time is 2 hours. Traveling from Melbourne in April, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 22°C in Auckland. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Auckland

Find places to stay Apr 29 — 30:

Waitomo Caves

— 1 night
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.
On the 30th (Fri), Head underground at Waitomo Glowworm Caves, then trek along Ruakuri Walk, then get a dose of the wild on Spellbound Glowworm & Cave Tours, and finally get outside with Waitomo Clay Birds.

To see where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, use the Waitomo Caves sightseeing site.

Traveling by car from Auckland to Waitomo Caves takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) early enough to drive to Rotorua.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Parks
Find places to stay Apr 29 — 30:

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.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Sat): witness a stunning natural landmark at Te Puia, witness a stunning natural landmark at Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, and then get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour. Keep things going the next day: kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, and then delve into the lush surroundings at Redwoods, Whakarewarewa Forest.

For reviews, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Rotorua trip site.

You can drive from Waitomo Caves to Rotorua in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In April, daily temperatures in Rotorua can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) so you can go by car to Taupo.

Things to do in Rotorua

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Tours
Find places to stay Apr 30 — May 2:

Taupo

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Mon): push the limits with an extreme tour, then witness a stunning natural landmark at Wairakei Natural Thermal Valley, and then admire the sheer force of Huka Falls Walkway. On the next day, make a trip to Aratiatia Rapids, then get interesting insight from Tours, then explore the striking landscape at Craters of the Moon, and finally get all the equipment you need at Souvenir Outlet & Mountain Bike Hire.

To find photos, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Taupo road trip planning website.

Drive from Rotorua to Taupo in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Taupo

Outdoors · Nature · Parks · Tours
Find places to stay May 2 — 4:

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 5th (Wed): get engrossed in the history at The Great War Exhibition, appreciate the history behind John Plimmer Statue, then catch a ride on Wellington Cable Car, and finally see the interesting displays at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa.

To see traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Wellington attractions planning website.

You can fly from Taupo to Wellington in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 18°C, and evening lows to 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Wellington

Museums · Historic Sites · Transportation
Find places to stay May 4 — 5:

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.