13 days in North Island Itinerary

13 days in North Island Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Paihia
— 2 nights
2
Waitomo Caves
— 2 nights
3
Whakapapa
— 2 nights
4
Taupo
— 2 nights
5
Rotorua
— 3 nights
6
Auckland
— 1 night

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): take a memorable tour with Tours, steep yourself in history at Waitangi Treaty Grounds, and then identify plant and animal life at Paihia Harbour. On your second day here, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports and then take a memorable tour with Tours.

To see where to stay, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Paihia tour itinerary planning site.

Sydney, Australia to Paihia is an approximately 8-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Sydney to Paihia. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can travel to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Paihia

Wildlife Outdoors Tours
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Waitangi Treaty Grounds ©
Waitangi Treaty Grounds
Paihia Harbour ©
Paihia Harbour

2
nights
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.
On the 24th (Fri), explore the fascinating underground world of Ruakuri Cave, thenHead underground at Waitomo Glowworm Caves, and then trek along Ruakuri Walk. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the striking landscape at Mangapohue Natural Bridge Walk, thenadmire the sheer force of Marakopa Falls, thenHead underground at Caveworld, and finally let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To see photos, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read our Waitomo Caves trip planner.

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Paihia to Waitomo Caves in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Whakapapa.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Waitomo Glowworm Caves ©
Waitomo Glowworm Caves
River Rafting & Tubing
Ruakuri Walk ©
Ruakuri Walk

2
nights
Whakapapa

Whakapapa ©
The country's largest ski resort brings winter sports enthusiasts from all over New Zealand, while a series of short volcano walks as well as numerous alpine crossings make it easy to hike on your Whakapapa trip throughout the year.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Sun): take in the dramatic scenery at Tawhai Falls, tour the pleasant surroundings at Tongariro Alpine Crossing, and then admire the sheer force of Taranaki Falls. Keep things going the next day: appreciate the extensive heritage of Ohakune Old Coach Road and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

For photos, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, use the Whakapapa holiday planning site.

You can drive from Waitomo Caves to Whakapapa in 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Taupo.

Things to do in Whakapapa

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trips

Tongariro National Park, River Rafting & Tubing
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Tongariro Alpine Crossing ©
Tongariro Alpine Crossing
Ohakune Old Coach Road ©
Ohakune Old Coach Road
Taranaki Falls ©
Taranaki Falls

2
nights
Taupo

The resort town of Taupo lies on the banks of Lake Taupo, the largest body of water in the whole of Australasia.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Tue): take in the dramatic natural features at Craters of the Moon, thenfind something for the whole family at Huka Prawn Park, thentake in the dramatic scenery at Huka Falls Walkway, and finally push the limits with an extreme tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Wed): don't miss a visit to Aratiatia Rapids, add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, and then make a trip to Maori Rock Carvings.

To find photos, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Taupo itinerary maker site.

You can drive from Whakapapa to Taupo in 1.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Rotorua.

Things to do in Taupo

Outdoors Tours Parks
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Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Huka Falls Walkway
Huka Falls Walkway
Huka Prawn Park ©
Huka Prawn Park

3
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.
Step out of Rotorua with an excursion to Hobbiton Movie Set in Hinuera--about 1h 20 min away. There's much more to do: witness a stunning natural landmark at Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, identify plant and animal life at Rainbow Springs Nature Park, learn about winemaking at Volcanic Hills Winery, and delve into the lush surroundings at Redwoods, Whakarewarewa Forest.

To see where to stay, photos, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Rotorua visit planning app.

Traveling by car from Taupo to Rotorua takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January in Rotorua, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) early enough to drive to Auckland.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Hobbiton Movie Set
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Hobbiton Movie Set ©
Hobbiton Movie Set
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland ©
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland
Zipline

1
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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Sun): brush up on your military savvy at Auckland Museum, wander the streets of Devonport, thenstop by Pauanesia, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from SkyTower.

For traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Auckland trip itinerary website.

Traveling by car from Rotorua to Auckland takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Auckland when traveling from Rotorua in February, with lows around °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Auckland

Museums Shopping Nature
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SkyTower ©
SkyTower
Auckland Museum ©
Auckland Museum
Devonport ©
Devonport

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