7 days in North Island Itinerary

7 days in North Island Itinerary

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7 days in North Island Itinerary

Start: Auckland
Drive:  3​h
1
Paihia
— 2 nights
+2
Taxi + Fly + Taxi:  3​h
2
Waitomo Caves
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
3
Taupo
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Tauranga
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
End: Auckland

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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Waitangi Treaty Grounds and Waitangi National Trust & Treaty House. Step out of the city life by going to Paihia Harbour and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Venture out of the city with trips to Puketi Nature Trail (in Kerikeri), Te Waimate Mission (in Waimate North) and Pompallier Mission and Printery (in Russell). Next up on the itinerary: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports and see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Paihia road trip planner.

Auckland to Paihia is an approximately 3-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) so you can travel to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Paihia

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Pompallier Mission and Printery, Puketi Nature Trail, Waitangi National Trust & Treaty House, Te Waimate Mission
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Waitangi Treaty Grounds ©
Waitangi Treaty Grounds
Scuba & Snorkeling
Paihia Harbour ©
Paihia Harbour

1
night
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 29th (Wed), Head underground at Waitomo Glowworm Caves, Head underground at Ruakuri Cave, then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, and finally hike along Ruakuri Walk.

To find ratings, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, go to the Waitomo Caves trip itinerary builder .

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Paihia to Waitomo Caves in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Taupo.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Ruakuri Cave
Ruakuri Cave
Ruakuri Walk ©
Ruakuri Walk
Waitomo Glowworm Caves ©
Waitomo Glowworm Caves

1
night
Taupo

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 30th (Thu), witness a stunning natural landmark at Orakei Korako Geothermal Park & Cave, then look for gifts at Souvenir Outlet & Mountain Bike Hire, then admire the sheer force of Huka Falls Walkway, and finally add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

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Drive from Waitomo Caves to Taupo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Tauranga.

Things to do in Taupo

Outdoors Adventure Nature

Side Trip

Orakei Korako Geothermal Park & Cave
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Orakei Korako Geothermal Park & Cave ©
Kayaking & Canoeing
Huka Falls Walkway ©
Huka Falls Walkway

1
night
Tauranga

Tauranga ©
The largest city in the Bay of Plenty, Tauranga features extensive sandy beaches, well-maintained hiking paths, and a good range of accommodations.
On the 31st (Fri), trek along Mount Maunganui Summit Track, then trek along Mount Maunganui Base Track, then kick back and relax at Mt Maunganui Main Beach, and finally stroll through Papamoa Beach.

To see reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Tauranga trip itinerary site .

You can drive from Taupo to Tauranga in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Tauranga are 27°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) to allow time to drive back home.

Things to do in Tauranga

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Papamoa Beach
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Mt Maunganui Main Beach ©
Mt Maunganui Main Beach
Papamoa Beach ©
Papamoa Beach

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