13 days in North Island Itinerary

13 days in North Island Itinerary

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13 days in North Island Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  6​h 15​min
1
Wellington
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Napier
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Taupo
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Whakapapa
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Waitomo Caves
— 1 night
bus:  1​h 15​min
6
Hamilton
— 1 night
7
Auckland
— 1 night
bus + Fly:  2​h 45​min
8
Kerikeri
— 2 nights
9
New Plymouth
— 1 night
Fly:  6​h
End: Sydney

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.
On the 9th (Sun), get engrossed in the history at The Great War Exhibition, admire the natural beauty at Wellington Botanic Garden, then contemplate the long history of Wellington Cable Car, and finally examine the collection at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa.

To see photos, maps, and more tourist information, use the Wellington online trip itinerary builder .

Sydney, Australia to Wellington is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Sydney to Wellington due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Sydney in February, with highs in Wellington at 24°C and lows at 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) so you can travel to Napier.

Things to do in Wellington

Museums Parks Transportation

Side Trip

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

1
night
Napier

Enjoy the atmosphere and architecture of 1930s design in Napier, one of the best-preserved Art Deco cities in the world.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Mon): get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at National Aquarium of New Zealand, then savor the flavors at Food & Drink, and then don't miss a visit to Marine Parade.

To see photos, maps, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Napier trip planner .

Getting from Wellington to Napier by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can drive to Taupo.

Things to do in Napier

Tours Parks Zoos & Aquariums
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Wine Tours & Tastings
National Aquarium of New Zealand ©
National Aquarium of New Zealand
Marine Parade ©
Marine Parade

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.
On the 11th (Tue), take in the exciting artwork at L'Arte, then add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, then get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, and finally see the world from above with a helicopter tour. Keep things going the next day: try out the rides at Huka Prawn Park, then take in the natural beauty of Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, then make a trip to Maori Rock Carvings, and finally stroll through Huka Falls Walkway.

For other places to visit, ratings, maps, and tourist information, go to the Taupo driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Napier to Taupo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can drive to Whakapapa.

Things to do in Taupo

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trip

Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland
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Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland ©
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland
Huka Falls Walkway ©
Huka Falls Walkway

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Whakapapa

Whakapapa ©
Start off your visit on the 13th (Thu): stroll through Silica Rapids Track and then hike along Tongariro Alpine Crossing. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Tongariro Crossing Shuttles, then pause for some photo ops at Tangiwai Rail Disaster Memorial, then stroll through Ohakune Old Coach Road, and finally take in the pleasant sights at Mead's Wall.

To see photos, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Whakapapa day trip planner .

Drive from Taupo to Whakapapa in 1.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can travel to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Whakapapa

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Tongariro National Park, Tangiwai Rail Disaster Memorial
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Tongariro Alpine Crossing ©
Tongariro Alpine Crossing
Ohakune Old Coach Road ©
Ohakune Old Coach Road
Tongariro Crossing Shuttles ©
Tongariro Crossing Shuttles

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Sat): explore the fascinating underground world of Waitomo Glowworm Caves, then explore the fascinating underground world of Ruakuri Cave, then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and finally trek along Ruakuri Walk.

To find photos, maps, and other tourist information, read our Waitomo Caves road trip app .

Drive from Whakapapa to Waitomo Caves in 2.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to catcht the bus to Hamilton.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Outdoors Tours Adventure
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River Rafting & Tubing
Waitomo Glowworm Caves ©
Waitomo Glowworm Caves
Ruakuri Walk ©
Ruakuri Walk

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Hamilton

Hamilton ©
On the banks of the Waikato River lies Hamilton, a pretty, active city on North Island.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Sun): admire nature's wide array of creatures at Hamilton Zoo, examine the collection at Waikato Museum, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Hamilton Gardens.

For other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Hamilton travel route planner.

Traveling by bus from Waitomo Caves to Hamilton takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can 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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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.
On the 17th (Mon), contemplate the waterfront views at Devonport, then take an in-depth tour of Auckland War Memorial Museum, and then don't miss a visit to Sky Tower.

To see reviews, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read Auckland trip planner .

Traveling by car from Hamilton to Auckland takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in February, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Kerikeri.

Things to do in Auckland

Museums Parks Nature
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Sky Tower ©
Sky Tower
Auckland War Memorial Museum ©
Auckland War Memorial Museum
Devonport ©
Devonport

2
nights
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 18th (Tue): stop by Paihia Bookshop, then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, then admire all the interesting features of Waitangi Treaty Grounds, and finally surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour. On the 19th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, and then identify plant and animal life at Paihia Harbour.

To see photos, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Kerikeri holiday site .

Getting from Auckland to Kerikeri by combination of bus and flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to travel to New Plymouth.

Things to do in Kerikeri

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Paihia
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Waitangi Treaty Grounds ©
Waitangi Treaty Grounds
Paihia Harbour ©
Paihia Harbour

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New Plymouth

New Plymouth ©
Where other cities run, New Plymouth prefers to stroll.
On the 20th (Thu), get curious at Puke Ariki, go for a walk through New Plymouth Coastal Walkway, then make a trip to Clock Tower, then take in the exciting artwork at Govett-Brewster Art Gallery / Len Lye Centre, and finally learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Pukekura Park.

For where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the New Plymouth route maker .

You can fly from Kerikeri to New Plymouth in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in New Plymouth

Museums Parks Zoos & Aquariums
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Puke Ariki ©
Puke Ariki
Pukekura Park ©
Pukekura Park
New Plymouth Coastal Walkway ©
New Plymouth Coastal Walkway

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