16 days in North Island Itinerary

16 days in North Island Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Wellington
— 1 night
2
Tongariro National Park
— 3 nights
3
Rotorua
— 4 nights
4
Waitomo Caves
— 2 nights
5
Hot Water Beach
— 1 night
6
Paihia
— 4 nights

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.
To find maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Wellington trip builder.

Sydney, Australia to Wellington is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Sydney to Wellington. Traveling from Sydney in October, expect Wellington to be little chillier, temps between °C and °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) so you can travel to Tongariro National Park.

Things to do in Wellington

Parks Wildlife Museums
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Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
ZEALANDIA Sanctuary ©
ZEALANDIA Sanctuary
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Te Porere Redoubt and Tongariro Northern Circuit. Take a break from the city and head to Taranaki Falls and Tongariro Alpine Crossing. On the 3rd (Sun), hike the day away at Horsemtrails. It doesn't end there: trek along Whakapapa Nature Walk.

To find where to stay, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read Tongariro National Park day trip website.

Traveling by flight from Wellington to Tongariro National Park takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Rotorua.

Things to do in Tongariro National Park

Trails Outdoors Parks
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Tongariro Alpine Crossing ©
Tongariro Alpine Crossing
Horsemtrails ©
Horsemtrails
Tongariro Northern Circuit ©
Tongariro Northern Circuit

4
nights
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.
Get outdoors at Huka Falls Walkway and Waimangu Volcanic Valley. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Te Puia and Ohinemutu. Explore Rotorua's surroundings by going to Taupo (Fishing Charters & Tours & Kinloch Beach) and Tukairangi Gallery (in Acacia Bay). The adventure continues: take in the natural beauty of Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, identify plant and animal life at Rainbow Springs Nature Park, do a tasting at Volcanic Hills Winery, and delve into the lush surroundings at Redwoods, Whakarewarewa Forest.

To see more things to do, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Rotorua driving holiday planner.

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 November, and nighttime lows around °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Taupo
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Huka Falls Walkway
Huka Falls Walkway
Te Puia ©
Te Puia
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland ©
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland

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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.
On the 9th (Sat), trek along Ruakuri Walk, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, thenHead underground at Ruakuri Cave, and finally explore the fascinating underground world of Waitomo Glowworm Caves. On the 10th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: Head underground at Footwhistle Glowworm Cave, Head underground at Caveworld, thenget outside with Waitomo Clay Birds, thentake in the dramatic scenery at Marakopa Falls, and finally take in the views from Mangapohue Natural Bridge Walk.

For other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Waitomo Caves trip itinerary maker website.

Getting from Rotorua to Waitomo Caves by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) so you can travel to Hot Water Beach.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Waitomo Glowworm Caves ©
Waitomo Glowworm Caves
River Rafting & Tubing
Ruakuri Walk ©
Ruakuri Walk

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night
Hot Water Beach

Hot Water Beach ©
Named after the geothermal springs that supply the coast with pleasantly warm water ideal for swimming and soaking, Hot Water Beach attracts hundreds of thousands of tourists every year.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Mon): take in the natural beauty of Hot Water Beach.

To find traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Hot Water Beach online day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Waitomo Caves to Hot Water Beach takes 3.5 hours. In November in Hot Water Beach, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Mon) to allow time for travel to Paihia.

Things to do in Hot Water Beach

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Hot Water Beach ©
Hot Water Beach

4
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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.
Get outdoors at Nature & Wildlife Tours and Poor Knights Island Marine Reserve. Venture out of the city with trips to Puketi Nature Trail (in Kerikeri) and Taupo Bay Beach (in Taupo Bay). There's much more to do: admire the natural beauty at Waitangi Treaty Grounds, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and take some stellar pictures from Opua Forest Lookout Track.

For other places to visit, photos, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Paihia day trip website.

Traveling by car from Hot Water Beach to Paihia takes 5.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Paihia

Wildlife Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Puketi Nature Trail, Taupo Bay Beach, Poor Knights Island Marine Reserve
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Waitangi Treaty Grounds ©
Waitangi Treaty Grounds
Poor Knights Island Marine Reserve ©
Poor Knights Island Marine Reserve
Scuba & Snorkeling

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