15 days in North Island Itinerary

15 days in North Island Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Wellington
— 1 night
2
Tongariro National Park
— 3 nights
3
Rotorua
— 3 nights
4
Waitomo Caves
— 2 nights
5
Hamilton
— 1 night
6
Auckland
— 2 nights
7
Paihia
— 2 nights

1
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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 6th (Tue), examine the collection at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, thentake an in-depth tour of The Great War Exhibition, thenadmire the natural beauty at Wellington Botanic Garden, and finally take a memorable ride with Wellington Cable Car.

For traveler tips, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Wellington road trip site.

Sydney, Australia to Wellington is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time to New Zealand Standard Time is 2 hours. When traveling from Sydney in August, plan for a bit cooler days in Wellington, with highs around °C, while nights are about the same with lows around °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Tongariro National Park.

Things to do in Wellington

Museums Parks Transportation

Side Trip

Wellington Botanic Garden
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Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
The Great War Exhibition ©
The Great War Exhibition
Wellington Cable Car ©
Wellington Cable Car

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Tongariro National Park

Tongariro National Park ©
Tongariro National Park has a long history of preserving New Zealand's pristine alpine landscape.
On the 7th (Wed), hike the day away at Tongariro Alpine Crossing. On the 8th (Thu), hike the day away at Horsemtrails. There's lots more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Tama Lakes, hike along Ridge Track, and stroll through Silica Rapids Track.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, use the Tongariro National Park online attractions planner.

You can fly from Wellington to Tongariro National Park in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Rotorua.

Things to do in Tongariro National Park

Parks Trails Outdoors
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Tongariro Alpine Crossing ©
Tongariro Alpine Crossing
Horsemtrails ©
Horsemtrails
Tama Lakes ©
Tama Lakes

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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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Rotorua: Taupo (Adrenaline & Extreme Tours, Huka Falls Walkway, &more) and Hobbiton Movie Set (in Hinuera). And it doesn't end there: take in the natural beauty of Te Puia, have some family-friendly fun at OGO Rotorua, delve into the lush surroundings at Redwoods, Whakarewarewa Forest, and learn about winemaking at Volcanic Hills Winery.

To see ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Rotorua holiday planning tool.

Traveling by car from Tongariro National Park to Rotorua takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. Expect a daytime high around °C in August, and nighttime lows around °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Rotorua

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Taupo, Hobbiton Movie Set
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Hobbiton Movie Set ©
Hobbiton Movie Set
Huka Falls Walkway
Huka Falls Walkway
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Tue): trek along Ruakuri Walk, thenlet the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, thenHead underground at Ruakuri Cave, and finally explore the fascinating underground world of Waitomo Glowworm Caves. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Wed): head off the coast to Kapiti Island, get outside with Waitomo Clay Birds, Head underground at Caveworld, thenexplore the fascinating underground world of Footwhistle Glowworm Cave, and finally relax in the rural setting at Roselands Farm Park.

To find maps, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Waitomo Caves online holiday builder.

You can drive from Rotorua to Waitomo Caves in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Hamilton.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Kapiti Island
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Waitomo Glowworm Caves ©
Waitomo Glowworm Caves
River Rafting & Tubing
Ruakuri Cave
Ruakuri Cave

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Hamilton

Hamilton ©
On the banks of the Waikato River lies Hamilton, a pretty, active city on North Island.
On the 15th (Thu), get to know the resident critters at Hamilton Zoo, thensee the interesting displays at Waikato Museum, and then admire the natural beauty at Hamilton Gardens.

To see where to stay, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Hamilton trip maker app.

You can drive from Waitomo Caves to Hamilton in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) to allow time to 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 16th (Fri), shop like a local with Devonport, thenbrush up on your military savvy at Auckland Museum, and then take in panoramic vistas at SkyTower. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Auckland Zoo and then indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area.

To see other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Auckland trip itinerary planning website.

Drive from Hamilton to Auckland in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around °C in August, and nighttime lows around °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Paihia.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Museums
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SkyTower ©
SkyTower
Auckland Museum ©
Auckland Museum
Auckland Zoo ©
Auckland Zoo

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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 18th (Sun): take some stellar pictures from Opua Forest Lookout Track, admire the landmark architecture of St Paul's Anglican Church, thensteep yourself in history at Waitangi Treaty Grounds, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at St James Anglican Church. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Mon): tee off at Waitangi Golf Club, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and then look for gifts at Paihia Bookshop.

To find maps, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Paihia trip planner.

Getting from Auckland to Paihia by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: fly; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Paihia

Parks Golf Historic Sites

Side Trip

St James Anglican Church
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Waitangi Treaty Grounds ©
Waitangi Treaty Grounds
St Paul's Anglican Church ©
St Paul's Anglican Church
Spas

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