8 days in Auckland & Northland Region Itinerary

8 days in Auckland & Northland Region Itinerary

Created using Inspirock North Island travel planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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Auckland
— 2 nights
Fly
2
Paihia
— 3 nights
Drive
3
Cape Reinga
— 1 night
Drive
4
Kerikeri
— 1 night
Fly

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Auckland

— 2 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.
Auckland is known for nature, museums, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: enjoy breathtaking views from SkyTower, observe the fascinating underwater world at SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium, step off the mainland to explore Rangitoto Island, and get impressive views of Mount Eden.

To see where to stay, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Auckland trip itinerary app.

Wellington to Auckland is an approximately 3-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Auckland when traveling from Wellington in January, with lows around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can fly to Paihia.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks · Nature · Zoos & Aquariums · Museums
Find places to stay Jan 9 — 11:

Paihia

— 3 nights
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.
Spend a day of island exploring on the 12th (Wed) at Urupukapuka Island. There's much more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Waitangi Treaty Grounds, tour the pleasant surroundings at Paihia Harbour, get close to the beloved marine mammals with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience, and get in on the family fun at Action World.

To find reviews, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Paihia itinerary planner.

Fly from Auckland to Paihia in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Cape Reinga.

Things to do in Paihia

Parks · Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors
Find places to stay Jan 11 — 14:

Cape Reinga

— 1 night
Cape Reinga or Te Rerenga Wairua is the northwesternmost tip of the Aupouri Peninsula, at the northern end of the North Island of New Zealand. Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sat): take in the pleasant sights at Cape Reinga Lighthouse.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read Cape Reinga trip itinerary maker site.

Drive from Paihia to Cape Reinga in 3 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Kerikeri.
Find places to stay Jan 14 — 15:
Highlights from your trip

Kerikeri

— 1 night
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. Kick off your visit on the 16th (Sun): steep yourself in history at The Stone Store & Kemp House - Kerikeri Mission Station, tour the pleasant surroundings at The Parrot Place, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Rainbow Falls.

For reviews, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Kerikeri holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Cape Reinga to Kerikeri takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Kerikeri

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Wildlife
Find places to stay Jan 15 — 16:

Northland Region travel guide

4.4
Gardens · Waterfalls · Scuba & Snorkeling
Tail of the Fish
Boasting a sub-tropical climate and two extensive coastlines, Northland Region makes a great destination for those who love water sports, marine life, and relaxing on the beach. A holiday in Northland Region can include dolphin-watching boat cruises, snorkeling and diving opportunities, and sandy beaches that stretch as far as the eye can see. However, venture farther inland and you'll find still more to enjoy. As a hub of Maori culture and communities, historical sites important to the story of the nation, and staggering biodiversity in native forests, the interior of Northland Region offers a wealth of experiences to complement its two coasts.