11 days in North Island Itinerary

11 days in North Island Itinerary

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Route & dates

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.
To see traveler tips, reviews, maps, and tourist information, go to the Auckland tour planning app.

If you are flying in from Switzerland, the closest major aiports are Auckland International Airport and Hamilton International Airport. In January, daytime highs in Auckland are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. You will leave for Kerikeri on the 3rd (Fri).

Things to do in Auckland

Tours Outdoors Parks
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1
night
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. Start off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): identify plant and animal life at The Parrot Place and then take in the dramatic scenery at Rainbow Falls.

To find more things to do, photos, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Kerikeri road trip site.

Traveling by flight from Auckland to Kerikeri takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Mangonui.

Things to do in Kerikeri

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

1
night
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 4th (Sat): stroll through Taumarumaru Scenic Reserve Walk and then kick back and relax at Taupo Bay Beach.

For maps, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read Mangonui vacation planning app.

Drive from Kerikeri to Mangonui in an hour. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Kaikohe.

Things to do in Mangonui

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Taupo Bay Beach
Find places to stay Jan 4 — 5:

1
night
Kaikohe

Kaikohe ©
Kaikohe is a town in the Far North District of New Zealand, situated on State Highway 12 about 260 km from Auckland. On the 5th (Sun), witness a stunning natural landmark at Te Waiariki Ngawha Springs.

To find where to stay, photos, maps, and more tourist information, use the Kaikohe trip tool.

You can drive from Mangonui to Kaikohe in 1.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Waitangi.

Things to do in Kaikohe

Parks Nature
Find places to stay Jan 5 — 6:
Highlights from your plan
Te Waiariki  Ngawha Springs ©
Te Waiariki Ngawha Springs

1
night
Waitangi

Waitangi
Start off your visit on the 6th (Mon): Head underground at Kawiti Caves.

To find maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Waitangi trip planning site.

Waitangi is just a short distance from Kaikohe. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can drive to Paihia.

Things to do in Waitangi

Parks Nature

Side Trip

Kawiti Caves
Find places to stay Jan 6 — 7:

1
night
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 7th (Tue): take in the dramatic scenery at Haruru Falls, thentake in nature's colorful creations at Waitangi Treaty Grounds, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Paihia Harbour.

To find where to stay, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Paihia trip planning app.

Paihia is just a short distance from Waitangi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can drive to Russell.

Things to do in Paihia

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trip

Haruru Falls
Find places to stay Jan 7 — 8:
Highlights from your plan
Waitangi Treaty Grounds ©
Waitangi Treaty Grounds
Paihia Harbour ©
Paihia Harbour
Haruru Falls ©
Haruru Falls

1
night
Russell

Russell, formerly known as Kororāreka, was the first permanent European settlement and sea port in New Zealand. On the 8th (Wed), relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, catch all the local highlights with Sightseeing Tours, and then do a tasting at Omata Estate.

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

Traveling by car from Paihia to Russell takes an hour. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to travel to Cape Reinga.

Things to do in Russell

Wildlife Tours Outdoors
Find places to stay Jan 8 — 9:
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Spas

1
night
Cape Reinga

Cape Reinga ©
Cape Reinga or Te Rerenga Wairua is the northwesternmost tip of the Aupouri Peninsula, at the northern end of the North Island of New Zealand. On the 9th (Thu), go for a walk through Cape Reinga Lighthouse.

To see photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Cape Reinga holiday app.

Getting from Russell to Cape Reinga by car takes about 4 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Dargaville.
Find places to stay Jan 9 — 10:
Highlights from your plan
Cape Reinga Lighthouse ©
Cape Reinga Lighthouse

1
night
Dargaville

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

Plan my day in Dargaville using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Traveling by car from Cape Reinga to Dargaville takes 4 hours. On the 11th (Sat), you're off to Waipu.

Things to do in Dargaville

Parks Nature Museums
Find places to stay Jan 10 — 11:
Highlights from your plan
Dargaville Museum ©
Dargaville Museum

1
night
Waipu

Waipu ©
Waipu is a small town in Bream Bay, in the Northland Region of New Zealand, with a Scottish heritage. On the 11th (Sat), stop by Empire Art & Espresso and then stroll through Ocean Beach.

To find other places to visit, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Waipu trip maker app.

Getting from Dargaville to Waipu by car takes about 1.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Piha.

Things to do in Waipu

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

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

1
night
Piha

Piha ©
Start off your visit on the 13th (Mon): take in the dramatic scenery at Karekare Falls, thenget answers to all your questions at Arataki Visitor Centre, thentake in the dramatic scenery at Kitekite Falls, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Piha Beach.

For where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Piha trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Waipu to Piha takes 2.5 hours. January in Piha sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 22°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to go by car back home.

Things to do in Piha

Parks Beaches Nature

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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