9 days in North Island Itinerary

9 days in North Island Itinerary

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9 days in North Island Itinerary

Start: Adelaide
Fly:  9​h 45​min
1
Wellington
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 15​min
2
Whakapapa
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Taupo
— 1 night
bus:  1​h
4
Rotorua
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
5
Tauranga
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Hamilton
— 1 night
7
Auckland
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
8
Paihia
— 1 night
Fly:  8​h 45​min
End: Adelaide

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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Sat): admire nature's wide array of creatures at Wellington Zoo, then admire the natural beauty at Wellington Botanic Garden, then steep yourself in history at Wellington Cable Car, and finally examine the collection at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa.

To see reviews, maps, photos, and tourist information, read Wellington online trip itinerary planner .

Adelaide, Australia to Wellington is an approximately 10-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight, taxi, and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Adelaide to Wellington is 2 hours. While traveling from Adelaide, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Wellington, ranging from highs of 24°C to lows of 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) so you can travel to Whakapapa.

Things to do in Wellington

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Museums

Side Trip

Wellington Botanic Garden
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Wellington Botanic Garden ©
Wellington Botanic Garden
Wellington Cable Car ©
Wellington Cable Car

1
night
Whakapapa

Whakapapa ©
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Sun): admire the sheer force of Taranaki Falls, then take in the dramatic scenery at Tawhai Falls, and then trek along Tongariro Alpine Crossing.

To find more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Whakapapa trip planner .

Drive from Wellington to Whakapapa in 4.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) early enough to drive to Taupo.

Things to do in Whakapapa

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trip

Tongariro National Park
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Tongariro Alpine Crossing ©
Tongariro Alpine Crossing
Taranaki Falls ©
Taranaki Falls
Tawhai Falls ©
Tawhai Falls

1
night
Taupo

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): stop by Huka Honey Hive, add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, then take in the dramatic scenery at Huka Falls Walkway, and finally take a memorable tour with Tours.

For reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Taupo road trip planner .

Traveling by car from Whakapapa to Taupo takes 1.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) so you can take a bus to Rotorua.

Things to do in Taupo

Outdoors Tours Adventure
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Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Huka Falls Walkway ©
Huka Falls Walkway
Kayaking & Canoeing

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night
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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Tue): witness a stunning natural landmark at Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, take in the natural beauty of Te Puia, then kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and finally learn about winemaking at Volcanic Hills Winery.

To find out how to plan a trip to Rotorua, use our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by bus from Taupo to Rotorua takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. February in Rotorua sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Tauranga.

Things to do in Rotorua

Nature Parks Adventure
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Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland ©
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland
Zipline
Te Puia ©
Te Puia

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Tauranga

Tauranga ©
The largest city in the Bay of Plenty, Tauranga features extensive sandy beaches, well-maintained hiking paths, and a good range of accommodations.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Wed): take in the dramatic scenery at McLaren Falls Park, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Mt Maunganui Main Beach, then trek along Mount Maunganui Summit Track, and finally hike along Mount Maunganui Base Track.

Start your trip to Tauranga by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

You can drive from Rotorua to Tauranga in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In February, daytime highs in Tauranga are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough to drive to Hamilton.

Things to do in Tauranga

Parks Outdoors Trails
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McLaren Falls Park ©
McLaren Falls Park
Mt Maunganui Main Beach ©
Mt Maunganui Main Beach

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night
Hamilton

Hamilton ©
On the banks of the Waikato River lies Hamilton, a pretty, active city on North Island.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Thu): learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Hamilton Zoo, then see the interesting displays at Waikato Museum, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Hamilton Gardens.

For maps, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Hamilton online tour itinerary planner .

Getting from Tauranga to Hamilton by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to drive to Auckland.

Things to do in Hamilton

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Museums
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Hamilton Gardens ©
Hamilton Gardens
Waikato Museum ©
Waikato Museum
Hamilton Zoo ©
Hamilton Zoo

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night
Auckland

Auckland ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Fri): explore the activities along Devonport, then see the interesting displays at Auckland War Memorial Museum, and then take in panoramic vistas at Sky Tower.

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Drive from Hamilton to Auckland in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In February, daily temperatures in Auckland can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) so you can go by car to Paihia.

Things to do in Auckland

Museums Nature Parks
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SkyTower ©
SkyTower
Auckland War Memorial Museum ©
Auckland War Memorial Museum
Devonport ©
Devonport

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night
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.
On the 8th (Sat), fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, then steep yourself in history at Waitangi Treaty Grounds, and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

Plan a Paihia trip in moments using our itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Auckland to Paihia takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Paihia

Tours Outdoors Historic Sites
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Waitangi Treaty Grounds ©
Waitangi Treaty Grounds
Parasailing & Paragliding

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