60 days in North Island Itinerary

60 days in North Island Itinerary

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1
Wellington
— 5 nights
2
Napier
— 4 nights
3
Tongariro National Park
— 6 nights
4
Rotorua
— 8 nights
5
Whitianga
— 3 nights
6
Auckland
— 6 nights
7
Waiheke Island
— 4 nights
8
Paihia
— 6 nights
9
Whangarei
— 4 nights
10
Hamilton
— 5 nights
11
Waitomo Caves
— 4 nights
12
New Plymouth
— 4 nights

5
nights
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.
Get some historical perspective at Bolton Street Cemetery and Wellington Cable Car. Space Place at Carter Observatory and Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Go for a jaunt from Wellington to Masterton to see Pukaha National Wildlife Centre about 1h 55 min away. Next up on the itinerary: take a peaceful walk through Otari-Wilton's Bush Native Botanic Garden, ponder the world of politics at New Zealand Parliament, identify plant and animal life at Staglands Wildlife Reserve, and take an exotic tour of a safari tour.

To see ratings, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Wellington trip itinerary maker site.

Queenstown to Wellington is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus, train, and ferry. Expect a daytime high around °C in May, and nighttime lows around °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) early enough to travel to Napier.

Things to do in Wellington

Parks Wildlife Museums

Side Trips

Pukaha National Wildlife Centre, Catchpool Loop Walk, Wellington Botanic Garden
Find places to stay May 9 — 14:
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Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
Safaris
Staglands Wildlife Reserve ©
Staglands Wildlife Reserve

4
nights
Napier

Enjoy the atmosphere and architecture of 1930s design in Napier, one of the best-preserved Art Deco cities in the world.
Visit Otatara Pa Historic Reserve Walk and Waiapu Anglican Cathedral, Napier, New Zealand for their historical value. Do some cultural sightseeing at Wine Tours & Tastings and Moana Park Winery. Go for a jaunt from Napier to Hastings to see Te Mata Peak about 32 minutes away. There's lots more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Cape Kidnappers, learn about winemaking at Church Road Winery Cellar Door & Restaurant, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and take some stellar pictures from Bluff Hill Lookout.

To see traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Napier trip itinerary site.

Fly from Wellington to Napier in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Tongariro National Park.

Things to do in Napier

Wineries Tours Parks

Side Trips

Birdwoods Gallery, Cape Kidnappers, Elephant Hill, Otatara Pa Historic Reserve Walk, Te Mata Peak
Find places to stay May 14 — 18:
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Wine Tours & Tastings
Cape Kidnappers ©
Cape Kidnappers
Te Mata Peak ©
Te Mata Peak

6
nights
Tongariro National Park

Tongariro National Park ©
Tongariro National Park has a long history of preserving New Zealand's pristine alpine landscape.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Mount Ruapehu and Mounds Walk. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Taranaki Falls and Te Porere Redoubt. Step out of Tongariro National Park with an excursion to Tongariro National Trout Centre in Turangi--about 54 minutes away. There's still lots to do: get to know the fascinating history of Ohakune Old Coach Road, trek along Silica Rapids Track, tour the pleasant surroundings at Mead's Wall, and take in the dramatic scenery at Tawhai Falls.

You can plan Tongariro National Park trip in no time by asking Inspirock to help create your itinerary.

Traveling by car from Napier to Tongariro National Park takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and shuttle; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) so you can go by car to Rotorua.

Things to do in Tongariro National Park

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trip

Tongariro National Trout Centre
Find places to stay May 18 — 24:
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Mount Ruapehu ©
Mount Ruapehu
Taranaki Falls ©
Taranaki Falls
Tongariro Alpine Crossing ©
Tongariro Alpine Crossing

8
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Redwoods Treewalk and Wingspan National Bird of Prey Centre. Government Gardens and Te Puia will appeal to history buffs. Change things up with these side-trips from Rotorua: Mount Maunganui (Mt Maunganui Main Beach, Mount Maunganui Base Track, &more) and Taupo (Fishing Charters & Tours, Great Lake Taupo, &more). There's lots more to do: explore the activities along Lake Rotorua, trek along Blue Lake Track, get impressive views of Waimangu Volcanic Valley, and look for all kinds of wild species at Orakei Korako Geothermal Park & Cave.

For reviews, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Rotorua trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Tongariro National Park to Rotorua by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Whitianga.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Taupo, Tauranga, Orakei Korako Geothermal Park & Cave, Waiotapu Boardwalk/ Mud Pool
Find places to stay May 24 — Jun 1:
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Redwoods Treewalk ©
Redwoods Treewalk
Waimangu Volcanic Valley ©
Waimangu Volcanic Valley
Mt Maunganui Main Beach ©
Mt Maunganui Main Beach

3
nights
Whitianga

Whitianga is a town on the Coromandel Peninsula, in the Waikato Region of New Zealand's North Island. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Hahei Beach Walk and Waiau Falls Walk. Step out of the city life by going to Mount Paku and Cathedral Cove Walk. Explore Whitianga's surroundings by going to The Little Gallery (in Tairua) and Hot Water Beach (in Hot Water Beach). There's much more to do: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, take in the pleasant sights at Shakespeare Cliff Scenic and Historic Reserve, and make a trip to The Lost Spring.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Whitianga trip planner.

You can drive from Rotorua to Whitianga in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or fly. Expect a daytime high around °C in June, and nighttime lows around °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) so you can drive to Auckland.

Things to do in Whitianga

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Tairua, Hahei, Hot Water Beach, Waiau Falls Walk
Find places to stay Jun 1 — 4:
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Boat Tours & Water Sports
Mount Paku ©
Mount Paku

6
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.
Whatipu Caves Track has been added to your itinerary. Take a break from the city and head to Walking tours and Tiritiri Matangi Visitor Centre. Discover out-of-the-way places like One Tree Hill (Maungakiekie) and Muriwai Gannet Colony. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Auckland: Piha (Arataki Visitor Centre & Piha Beach), Stockade Hill (in Howick) and Warkworth (Tawharanui Regional Park & Goat Island Marine Reserve). And it doesn't end there: see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, stop by Pauanesia, do a tasting at Foxes Island, and admire the masterpieces at Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki.

For ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Auckland trip builder app.

Traveling by car from Whitianga to Auckland takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Auckland when traveling from Whitianga in June, with lows around °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) early enough to travel to Waiheke Island.

Things to do in Auckland

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Piha, Warkworth, Muriwai Gannet Colony, Stockade Hill, Cheltenham Beach
Find places to stay Jun 4 — 10:
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Whatipu Caves Track ©
Whatipu Caves Track
Muriwai Gannet Colony ©
Muriwai Gannet Colony
Tawharanui Regional Park ©
Tawharanui Regional Park

4
nights
Waiheke Island

Head to Waiheke Island, a place of white sandy beaches, palm trees, great wine, and relaxation, just 35 minutes off the coast of Auckland.
Tantalus Estate Vineyard & Winery and Man O' War Vineyards are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore hidden gems such as Wild on Waiheke and Waiheke Community Art Gallery. There's much more to do: indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area, do a tasting at Stonyridge Vineyard, stop by Waiheke Wine Centre, and admire the masterpieces at Connells Bay Sculpture Park.

For where to stay, reviews, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Waiheke Island trip itinerary maker tool.

You can ride a ferry from Auckland to Waiheke Island in 2 hours. Expect little chillier evenings in Waiheke Island when traveling from Auckland in June, with lows around °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) early enough to travel to Paihia.

Things to do in Waiheke Island

Wineries Tours Wildlife
Find places to stay Jun 10 — 14:
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Wine Tours & Tastings
Tantalus Estate Vineyard & Winery ©
Tantalus Estate Vineyard & Winery
Man O' War Vineyards ©
Man O' War Vineyards

6
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.
Escape the urban bustle at The Parrot Place and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Get some historical perspective at Christ Church and The Stone Store & Kemp House - Kerikeri Mission Station. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Paihia: Waipoua Forest (in Waipoua Forest), Kerikeri (Puketi Nature Trail & Manginangina Kauri Walk) and Russell (Pompallier Mission and Printery & Flagstaff Hill Historic Reserve). The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at Paihia Harbour, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, do a tasting at Byrne Northland Wines, and steep yourself in history at Waitangi Treaty Grounds.

For more things to do, maps, and tourist information, go to the Paihia route planner.

Getting from Waiheke Island to Paihia by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) early enough to drive to Whangarei.

Things to do in Paihia

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trips

Kerikeri, Russell, Opononi, Kawiti Caves, Waipoua Forest
Find places to stay Jun 14 — 20:
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The Parrot Place ©
The Parrot Place
Paihia Harbour ©
Paihia Harbour
Scuba & Snorkeling

4
nights
Whangarei

Whangarei ©
Whangarei is the northernmost city in New Zealand and the regional capital of Northland Region. Escape the urban bustle at Stand-Up Paddleboarding and Bream Head Coast Walks. Explore hidden gems such as Poor Knights Island Marine Reserve and Whangarei Falls. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Whangarei: The Kauri Museum (in Matakohe), Waipu Cave (in Waipu) and Empire Art & Espresso (in Paparoa). There's much more to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Manaia Track, take a stroll through Town Basin, take an in-depth tour of Kiwi North - Kiwi House, Museum & Heritage Park, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Waro Limestone Scenic Reserve Walk.

To find more things to do, maps, photos, and more tourist information, use the Whangarei trip itinerary builder.

Getting from Paihia to Whangarei by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) early enough to travel to Hamilton.

Things to do in Whangarei

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Whangarei Heads, Stand-Up Paddleboarding, Waro Limestone Scenic Reserve Walk, The Kauri Museum, Waipu Cave
Find places to stay Jun 20 — 24:
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Bream Head Coast Walks ©
Bream Head Coast Walks
The Kauri Museum ©
The Kauri Museum
Poor Knights Island Marine Reserve ©
Poor Knights Island Marine Reserve

5
nights
Hamilton

Hamilton ©
On the banks of the Waikato River lies Hamilton, a pretty, active city on North Island.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Classics Museum and Waikato Museum. Get in touch with nature at Wairere Falls and Ngarunui Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Hamilton side-trips: Karangahake Gorge Historic Walkway (in Waihi), Hobbiton Movie Set (in Hinuera) and Waiorongomai Valley Tramping Tracks (in Te Aroha). And it doesn't end there: take in the dramatic scenery at Bridal Veil Falls, stroll through Hauraki Rail Trail, take in nature's colorful creations at Hamilton Gardens, and take a peaceful walk through Yarndley's Bush.

To see where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, use the Hamilton trip itinerary website.

Traveling by flight from Whangarei to Hamilton takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) early enough to drive to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Hamilton

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Raglan, Karangahake Gorge Historic Walkway, Hauraki Rail Trail, Hobbiton Movie Set, Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari
Find places to stay Jun 24 — 29:
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Wairere Falls ©
Wairere Falls
Hauraki Rail Trail ©
Hauraki Rail Trail
Ngarunui Beach ©
Ngarunui Beach

4
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Ruakuri Cave and Caveworld. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Marakopa Falls and Timber Trail NZ. The adventure continues: Head underground at Waitomo Glowworm Caves, get outside with Waitomo Clay Birds, tour the pleasant surroundings at Piripiri Cave Walk, and hike along Ruakuri Walk.

To see photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Waitomo Caves tour planner.

Traveling by car from Hamilton to Waitomo Caves takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to New Plymouth.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Otorohanga, Timber Trail NZ, The Gallagher Meads Brothers Exhibition
Find places to stay Jun 29 — Jul 3:
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Ruakuri Cave
Ruakuri Cave
Ruakuri Walk ©
Ruakuri Walk
Caveworld ©
Caveworld

4
nights
New Plymouth

New Plymouth ©
Where other cities run, New Plymouth prefers to stroll.
Step out of the city life by going to Forgotten World Highway and Ratapihipihi Scenic Reserve Walk. Do some cultural sightseeing at Tawhiti Museum and Te Henui Cemetery. Get out of town with these interesting New Plymouth side-trips: Manganui Ski Area (in Stratford) and Egmont National Park (Mount Taranaki & Dawson Falls). The adventure continues: take in the pleasant sights at New Plymouth Coastal Walkway, engage your brain at Puke Ariki, don't miss a visit to Clock Tower, and learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Pukekura Park.

Ask Inspirock to suggest an itinerary and make planning a trip to New Plymouth fast, fun, and easy.

Getting from Waitomo Caves to New Plymouth by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or fly. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in New Plymouth

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Stratford, Egmont National Park, Tawhiti Museum
Find places to stay Jul 3 — 7:
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Mount Taranaki ©
Mount Taranaki
Forgotten World Highway ©
Forgotten World Highway
Tawhiti Museum ©
Tawhiti Museum

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