7 days in North Island Itinerary

7 days in North Island Itinerary

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7 days in North Island Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly:  8​h 30​min
1
Paihia
— 3 nights
taxi + Fly:  4​h 15​min
2
Rotorua
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h
3
Wellington
— 1 night
Fly:  7​h 15​min
End: Melbourne

3
nights
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Waitangi Treaty Grounds and St Paul's Anglican Church. We've included these beaches for you: Taupo Bay and Oneroa Bay. Change things up with a short trip to Omata Estate in Russell (about 34 minutes away). There's much more to do: tee off at Waitangi Golf Club, trek along Kororipo Pa Historic Walk, look for gifts at Paihia Bookshop, and don't miss a visit to KeriKeri New Zealand.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Paihia travel tool .

Melbourne, Australia to Paihia is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Melbourne to Paihia due to the time zone difference. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can travel to Rotorua.

Things to do in Paihia

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Kerikeri, Russell, Taupo Bay
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Waitangi Treaty Grounds ©
Waitangi Treaty Grounds
Waitangi Golf Club ©
Waitangi Golf Club
Oneroa Bay ©
Oneroa Bay

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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Thu): enjoy the sand and surf at Kinloch Beach, then kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and then learn about winemaking at Volcanic Hills Winery. Here are some ideas for day two: take a stroll through Whakarewarewa - The Living Maori Village, then take in the natural beauty of Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, then take in the natural beauty of Te Puia, and finally grab your bike and head to The Spa at Millennium Hotel.

For where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read our Rotorua planner .

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Paihia to Rotorua in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 21°C in October, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) so you can travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Kinloch Beach
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Kinloch Beach ©
Kinloch Beach
Zipline
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland ©
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland

1
night
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 12th (Sat), take an in-depth tour of The Great War Exhibition, steep yourself in history at Katherine Mansfield House and Garden (Te Puakitanga), then catch a ride on Wellington Cable Car, and finally see the interesting displays at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read Wellington travel route builder app .

Traveling by flight from Rotorua to Wellington takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In October, plan for daily highs up to 19°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Wellington

Museums Historic Sites Transportation
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Wellington Cable Car ©
Wellington Cable Car
The Great War Exhibition ©
The Great War Exhibition

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