11 days in North Island Itinerary

11 days in North Island Itinerary

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11 days in North Island Itinerary

Start: Auckland
1
Auckland
— Few hours
Drive:  3​h 15​min
2
Kerikeri
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
3
Mangonui
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Kaikohe
— 1 night
Drive:  30​min
5
Waitangi
— 1 night
Drive:  15​min
6
Paihia
— 1 night
Drive:  45​min
7
Russell
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
8
Cape Reinga
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
9
Dargaville
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
10
Waipu
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
11
Piha
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
End: Auckland

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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.
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If you are flying in from Switzerland, the closest major airports are Auckland International Airport and Hamilton International Airport. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in January, and nighttime lows around 22°C. You'll set off for Kerikeri on the 3rd (Fri).

Things to do in Auckland

Outdoors Tours Parks
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Kerikeri

Kerikeri ©
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 8th (Wed): look for all kinds of wild species at The Parrot Place and then take in the dramatic scenery at Rainbow Falls.

To see photos, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Kerikeri trip planner.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Auckland to Kerikeri in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Thu) to allow time for the car ride to Mangonui.

Things to do in Kerikeri

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Rainbow Falls ©
Rainbow Falls
The Parrot Place ©
The Parrot Place

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Mangonui

Mangonui
Taipa-Mangonui is one name given to a string of small resort settlements in the far north of New Zealand's North Auckland Peninsula, close to the base of the Aupouri Peninsula. Start off your visit on the 9th (Thu): trek along Taumarumaru Scenic Reserve Walk and then enjoy the sand and surf at Taupo Bay.

For photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Mangonui route planner .

Traveling by car from Kerikeri to Mangonui takes an hour. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Kaikohe.

Things to do in Mangonui

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Taupo Bay Beach
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Kaikohe

Kaikohe ©
Start off your visit on the 10th (Fri): witness a stunning natural landmark at Te Waiariki Ngawha Springs.

For where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Kaikohe road trip planning website .

Traveling by car from Mangonui to Kaikohe takes 1.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can go by car to Waitangi.

Things to do in Kaikohe

Nature Parks
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Te Waiariki  Ngawha Springs ©
Te Waiariki Ngawha Springs

1
night
Waitangi

Waitangi
Start off your visit on the 11th (Sat): explore the fascinating underground world of Kawiti Caves.

To find photos, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Waitangi online holiday planner .

Waitangi is just a short distance from Kaikohe. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can go by car to Paihia.

Things to do in Waitangi

Nature Parks

Side Trip

Kawiti Caves
Find places to stay Jan 6 — 7:

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Paihia

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 12th (Sun): take in the dramatic scenery at Haruru Falls, then steep yourself in history at Waitangi Treaty Grounds, and then identify plant and animal life at Paihia Harbour.

To see where to stay, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Paihia trip app .

Paihia is just a short distance from Waitangi. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can go by car to Russell.

Things to do in Paihia

Parks Historic Sites Nature
Find places to stay Jan 7 — 8:
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Waitangi Treaty Grounds ©
Waitangi Treaty Grounds
Haruru Falls ©
Haruru Falls
Paihia Harbour ©
Paihia Harbour

1
night
Russell

Russell, formerly known as Kororāreka, was the first permanent European settlement and sea port in New Zealand. On the 13th (Mon), relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then learn about winemaking at Omata Estate.

To see photos, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read Russell trip planner.

Getting from Paihia to Russell by car takes about an hour. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Cape Reinga.

Things to do in Russell

Tours Wildlife Outdoors
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Dolphin & Whale Watching

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night
Cape Reinga

Cape Reinga ©
Start off your visit on the 9th (Thu): don't miss a visit to Cape Reinga Lighthouse Walk and then take in the pleasant sights at Cape Reinga.

For reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Cape Reinga trip itinerary builder .

You can drive from Russell to Cape Reinga in 4 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to travel to Dargaville.

Things to do in Cape Reinga

Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jan 9 — 10:
Highlights from your plan
Cape Reinga Lighthouse Walk ©
Cape Reinga Lighthouse Walk
Cape Reinga ©
Cape Reinga

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night
Dargaville

Dargaville ©
Dargaville is a town in the North Island of New Zealand. Kick off your visit on the 10th (Fri): see the interesting displays at Dargaville Museum and then contemplate the waterfront views at Kai Iwi Sand Lake.

To find maps, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read Dargaville travel planner.

Traveling by car from Cape Reinga to Dargaville takes 4 hours. You'll set off for Waipu on the 11th (Sat).

Things to do in Dargaville

Museums Nature Parks
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Dargaville Museum ©
Dargaville Museum

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night
Waipu

Waipu ©
Waipu is a small town in Bream Bay, in the Northland Region of New Zealand, with a Scottish heritage. Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sat): explore the galleries of Empire Art & Espresso and then enjoy the sand and surf at Ocean Beach.

For other places to visit, photos, ratings, and tourist information, use the Waipu trip itinerary planning tool .

Traveling by car from Dargaville to Waipu takes 1.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Piha.

Things to do in Waipu

Outdoors Museums Parks

Side Trips

Fishing Charters & Tours, Empire Art & Espresso, Ocean Beach
Find places to stay Jan 11 — 12:
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Ocean Beach ©
Ocean Beach
Waipu Museum ©
Waipu Museum
Waipu Cave ©
Waipu Cave

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Piha

Piha ©
Start off your visit on the 13th (Mon): admire the sheer force of Karekare Falls, then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Arataki Visitor Centre, then take in the dramatic scenery at Kitekite Falls, and finally kick back and relax at Piha Beach.

To see ratings, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Piha trip itinerary planning app .

You can drive from Waipu to Piha in 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in January, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to go by car back home.

Things to do in Piha

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Karekare Falls
Find places to stay Jan 12 — 13:
Highlights from your plan
Piha Beach ©
Piha Beach
Arataki Visitor Centre ©
Arataki Visitor Centre
Kitekite Falls ©
Kitekite Falls

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