8 days in North Island Itinerary

8 days in North Island Itinerary

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8 days in North Island Itinerary

Start: Kuala Lumpur
Fly:  16​h 45​min
1
Paihia
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  4​h 15​min
2
Rotorua
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Auckland
— 2 nights
Fly:  14​h 45​min
End: Kuala Lumpur

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Wed): fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour and then look for all kinds of wild species at Paihia Harbour. Keep things going the next day: take in the dramatic scenery at Haruru Falls, then admire all the interesting features of Waitangi Treaty Grounds, and then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Paihia driving holiday site .

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Paihia is an approximately 17-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Kuala Lumpur to Paihia is 4 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) to allow time to travel to Rotorua.

Things to do in Paihia

Parks Wildlife Tours
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Waitangi Treaty Grounds ©
Waitangi Treaty Grounds
Paihia Harbour ©
Paihia Harbour
Nature & Wildlife Tours

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Rotorua: Taupo (Adrenaline & Extreme Tours, Huka Falls Walkway, & more) and Hobbiton Movie Set (in Hinuera). There's lots more to do: take in the natural beauty of Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, make a trip to Amokura Glass, explore and take pictures at Te Puia, and get interesting insight from Tours.

To see photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Rotorua trip planner .

Getting from Paihia to Rotorua by combination of taxi and flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. In November in Rotorua, expect temperatures between 23°C during the day and 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) early enough to drive to Auckland.

Things to do in Rotorua

Outdoors Tours Nature

Side Trips

Taupo, Hobbiton Movie Set
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Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland ©
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland
Huka Falls Walkway ©
Huka Falls Walkway

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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Mon): brush up on your military savvy at Auckland War Memorial Museum, observe the fascinating underwater world at SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Devonport.

For other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Auckland trip itinerary maker website .

Traveling by car from Rotorua to Auckland takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Traveling from Rotorua in November, expect a bit warmer with lows of 20°C in Auckland. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Auckland

Museums Parks Nature
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SkyTower ©
SkyTower
Auckland War Memorial Museum ©
Auckland War Memorial Museum
Devonport ©
Devonport

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