8 days in North Island Itinerary

8 days in North Island Itinerary

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Start: Wellington
1
Wellington
— 1 day
Fly:  2 h 30 min
2
New Plymouth
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 15 min
3
Waitomo Caves
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h
4
Rotorua
— 3 nights
Fly + Taxi:  4 h 15 min
5
Paihia
— 2 nights
Fly:  4 h 45 min
End: Wellington

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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.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Fri): get to know the resident critters at Wellington Zoo, contemplate the waterfront views at Oriental Bay, and then get engrossed in the history at Wellington Museum.

For maps, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Wellington trip itinerary planner.

Use the Route module to find travel options from your starting location to Wellington. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in April, and nighttime lows around 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) to allow time to travel to New Plymouth.

Things to do in Wellington

Parks Beaches Nature
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Oriental Bay ©
Oriental Bay
Wellington Zoo ©
Wellington Zoo
Wellington Museum ©
Wellington Museum

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New Plymouth

New Plymouth ©
Where other cities run, New Plymouth prefers to stroll.
On the 20th (Sat), take in the pleasant sights at New Plymouth Coastal Walkway, thenkick back and relax at Oakura Beach, thenhike along Ratapihipihi Scenic Reserve Walk, and finally learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Pukekura Park.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read New Plymouth trip planner.

Getting from Wellington to New Plymouth by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in New Plymouth

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Oakura Beach
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Pukekura Park ©
Pukekura Park
New Plymouth Coastal Walkway ©
New Plymouth Coastal Walkway

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night
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.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Sun): hike along Ruakuri Walk, Head underground at Caveworld, explore the fascinating underground world of Ruakuri Cave, thensnap pictures at Mangapohue Natural Bridge Walk, and finally admire the sheer force of Marakopa Falls.

Before you visit Waitomo Caves, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Drive from New Plymouth to Waitomo Caves in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to go by car to Rotorua.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Ruakuri Walk ©
Ruakuri Walk
Ruakuri Cave
Ruakuri Cave
Caveworld ©
Caveworld

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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.
Explore hidden gems such as Happy Ewe Cycle Tours and Volcanic Hills Winery. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Waikite Valley Thermal Pools and Lake Rotorua. Next up on the itinerary: witness a stunning natural landmark at Kuirau Park, relax in the rural setting at Agrodome, get impressive views of Waimangu Volcanic Valley, and identify plant and animal life at Redwoods Treewalk.

To see reviews, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, go to the Rotorua holiday builder website.

Traveling by car from Waitomo Caves to Rotorua takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can 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 24th (Wed) so you can travel to Paihia.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks Nature Tours

Side Trip

River Rafting & Tubing
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Happy Ewe Cycle Tours ©
Happy Ewe Cycle Tours
Redwoods Treewalk ©
Redwoods Treewalk
Waikite Valley Thermal Pools ©
Waikite Valley Thermal Pools

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Thu): see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, thenhike along Kororipo Pa Historic Walk, and then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, thenidentify plant and animal life at Paihia Harbour, and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see maps, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Paihia trip builder website.

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Rotorua to Paihia takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Paihia

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Dolphin & Whale Watching, Kororipo Pa Historic Walk
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Scuba & Snorkeling
Nature & Wildlife Tours

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