15 days in North Island Itinerary

15 days in North Island Itinerary

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15 days in North Island Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  6​h 15​min
1
Wellington
— 1 night
Fly + Taxi:  4​h 15​min
2
Tongariro National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
Rotorua
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
4
Waitomo Caves
— 2 nights
Bus:  1​h 15​min
5
Hamilton
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Auckland
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
7
Paihia
— 2 nights
Fly:  7​h 45​min
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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Tue): examine the collection at Museum of New Zealand (Te Papa Tongarewa), take an in-depth tour of The Great War Exhibition, then take in nature's colorful creations at Wellington Botanic Garden, and finally get great views at Wellington Cable Car.

For ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Wellington trip itinerary builder website .

Sydney, Australia to Wellington is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) (AEST) to New Zealand Standard Time (NZST) is 2 hours. When traveling from Sydney in August, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Wellington: temperatures range from 15°C by day to 9°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) so you can drive to Tongariro National Park.

Things to do in Wellington

Museums Parks Transportation

Side Trip

Wellington Botanic Garden
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The Great War Exhibition ©
The Great War Exhibition
Wellington Cable Car ©
Wellington Cable Car

3
nights
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 much more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Tama Lakes, trek along Whakapapa Nature Walk, and stroll through Ridge Track.

For ratings, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Tongariro National Park travel itinerary planner.

You can drive from Wellington to Tongariro National Park in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) so you can drive to Rotorua.

Things to do in Tongariro National Park

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

3
nights
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: Hobbiton Movie Set (in Hinuera) and Taupo (Adrenaline & Extreme Tours, Huka Falls Walkway, & more). The adventure continues: take in the natural beauty of Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, admire all the interesting features of Te Puia, and hike along Lake Okareka Walkway.

To find out how to plan a trip to Rotorua, use our trip itinerary maker.

Drive from Tongariro National Park to Rotorua in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of car and bus. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in August, and nighttime lows around 7°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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Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland ©
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland
Hobbiton Movie Set ©
Hobbiton Movie Set

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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Tue): stroll through Ruakuri Walk, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then Head underground at Ruakuri Cave, and finally Head underground at Waitomo Glowworm Caves. On the 14th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: step off the mainland to explore Kapiti Island, head outdoors with Waitomo Clay Birds, Head underground at Caveworld, then Head underground at Footwhistle Glowworm Cave, and finally admire all the interesting features of Roselands Farm Park.

To see where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Waitomo Caves travel website .

Drive from Rotorua to Waitomo Caves in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) to allow time to drive 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
Waitomo Clay Birds ©
Waitomo Clay Birds

1
night
Hamilton

Hamilton ©
On the banks of the Waikato River lies Hamilton, a pretty, active city on North Island.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Thu): meet the residents at Hamilton Zoo, then examine the collection at Waikato Museum, and then admire the natural beauty at Hamilton Gardens.

To see photos, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read our Hamilton online itinerary planner .

You can drive from Waitomo Caves to Hamilton in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) to allow enough 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

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Fri): contemplate the waterfront views at Devonport, get engrossed in the history at Auckland Museum, and then enjoy breathtaking views from Sky Tower. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Sat): get to know the resident critters at Auckland Zoo and then savor the flavors at Food & Drink.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Auckland trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

You can drive from Hamilton to Auckland in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In August, plan for daily highs up to 14°C, and evening lows to 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) so you can 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

2
nights
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.
On the 18th (Sun), take in the pleasant sights at Opua Forest Lookout Track, admire the landmark architecture of St Paul's Anglican Church, then take in nature's colorful creations at Waitangi Treaty Grounds, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at St James Anglican Church. On the 19th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tee off at Waitangi Golf Club, then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and then look for gifts at Paihia Bookshop.

For more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Paihia tour itinerary site .

Getting from Auckland to Paihia by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Paihia

Parks Outdoors Golf

Side Trip

St James Anglican Church
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Waitangi Treaty Grounds ©
Waitangi Treaty Grounds
Spas
Waitangi Golf Club ©
Waitangi Golf Club

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