9 days in North Island Itinerary

9 days in North Island Itinerary

Created using Inspirock North Island route builder

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Havelock North
— 1 night
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Taupo
— 1 night
Drive
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Whangamata
— 2 nights
Drive
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Auckland
— 3 nights
Drive
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Tutukaka
— 1 night
Drive to Auckland International Airport, Fly to Napier

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Havelock North

— 1 night
Havelock North is a suburb of Hastings, New Zealand, in the North Island's Hawke's Bay district. Kick off your visit on the 6th (Thu): surround yourself with nature on Gannet Beach Adventures, then take in the awesome beauty at Te Mata Peak, and then stroll around Palmbrook Reserve. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Fri): admire the sheer force of Maraetotara Falls, relax and rejuvenate at Mantra Beauty & Body Spa, then shop like a local with Birdwoods Gallery, and finally find something for the whole family at Keirunga Park Railway.

To see more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Havelock North road trip planner.

Napier to Havelock North is an approximately half hour car ride. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to travel to Taupo.

Things to do in Havelock North

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trips

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Taupo

— 1 night

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.
On the 8th (Sat), get all the equipment you need at Souvenir Outlet & Mountain Bike Hire, laugh and play at Huka Prawn Park, then get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, and finally admire the sheer force of Huka Falls Walkway.

For more things to do, photos, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Taupo trip itinerary maker app.

Drive from Havelock North to Taupo in 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to travel to Whangamata.

Things to do in Taupo

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Trails
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Whangamata

— 2 nights
The town of Whangamatā is sited on the southeast coast of the Coromandel Peninsula in the North Island of New Zealand. On the 9th (Sun), take in the exciting artwork at The Little Gallery Whangamata, then admire the verdant scenery at Wentworth Valley, then enjoy the sand and surf at Whangamata Beach, and finally glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: kick back and relax at Hot Water Beach, then trek along Cathedral Cove Walk, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Hahei Beach Walk.

For more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Whangamata online trip planner.

You can drive from Taupo to Whangamata in 3.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in January, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Auckland.

Things to do in Whangamata

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Nature

Side Trips

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Auckland

— 3 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.
Kids will enjoy SkyTower and Auckland Zoo. There's much more to do: brush up on your military savvy at Auckland Museum, admire the masterpieces at Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki, let little ones run wild at Takapuna Beach Playground, and look for gifts at Pauanesia.

To see photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read Auckland trip builder.

Traveling by car from Whangamata to Auckland takes 2.5 hours. When traveling from Whangamata in January, plan for slightly colder days in Auckland, with highs around 22°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to travel to Tutukaka.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks · Nature · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

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Tutukaka

— 1 night
On the 14th (Fri), tour the pleasant surroundings at Tutukaka Headland and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see reviews, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Tutukaka holiday maker tool.

You can drive from Auckland to Tutukaka in 3 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tutukaka

Outdoors · Adventure · Tours · Parks
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North Island travel guide

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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.