7 days in North Island Itinerary

7 days in North Island Itinerary

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Route & dates

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Paihia
— 2 nights
2
Waitomo Caves
— 1 night
3
Taupo
— 1 night
4
Tauranga
— 1 night

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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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Paihia Harbour and Pompallier Mission and Printery. Visiting Dolphin & Whale Watching and Puketi Nature Trail will get you outdoors. Go for a jaunt from Paihia to Waimate North to see Te Waimate Mission about 32 minutes away. There's much more to do: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, steep yourself in history at Waitangi Treaty Grounds, and admire all the interesting features of Waitangi National Trust & Treaty House.

For photos, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Paihia vacation builder website.

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

Things to do in Paihia

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Puketi Nature Trail, Waitangi National Trust & Treaty House, Te Waimate Mission, Pompallier Mission and Printery
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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.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Wed): explore the fascinating underground world of Waitomo Glowworm Caves, thenHead underground at Ruakuri Cave, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Ruakuri Walk.

To find reviews, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Waitomo Caves trip itinerary builder website.

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Paihia to Waitomo Caves in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or fly. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Taupo.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Ruakuri Walk ©
Ruakuri Walk
Ruakuri Cave
Ruakuri Cave
Waitomo Glowworm Caves ©
Waitomo Glowworm Caves

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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), look for all kinds of wild species at Orakei Korako Geothermal Park & Cave, stop by Souvenir Outlet & Mountain Bike Hire, thenadmire the sheer force of Huka Falls Walkway, and finally add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

For traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Taupo online road trip planner.

You can drive from Waitomo Caves to Taupo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) so you can go by car to Tauranga.

Things to do in Taupo

Outdoors Nature Tours

Side Trip

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

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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), tour the pleasant surroundings at Mount Maunganui Summit Track, hike along Mount Maunganui Base Track, thentour the pleasant surroundings at Mt Maunganui Main Beach, and finally stroll through Papamoa Beach.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Tauranga road trip website.

Traveling by car from Taupo to Tauranga takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Tauranga can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) to allow enough 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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