10 days in North Island Itinerary

10 days in North Island Itinerary

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10 days in North Island Itinerary

Start: Jinan
Fly:  22​h 45​min
1
Napier
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Rotorua
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
Waitomo Caves
— 1 night
+2
Taxi + Fly + Taxi:  3​h
4
Paihia
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
5
Auckland
— 2 nights
Fly:  21​h 45​min
End: Jinan

1
night
Napier

Napier ©
Enjoy the atmosphere and architecture of 1930s design in Napier, one of the best-preserved Art Deco cities in the world.
On the 21st (Fri), don't miss a visit to Marine Parade. On the 22nd (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the long history of Otatara Pa Historic Reserve Walk, get great views at Te Mata Peak, then do a tasting at Mission Estate Winery, and finally take some stellar pictures from Bluff Hill Lookout.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Napier trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Jinan, China to Napier is an approximately 23-hour flight. The time zone changes from China Standard Time to New Zealand Standard Time, which is usually a 4 hour difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can drive to Rotorua.

Things to do in Napier

Parks Nature Wineries

Side Trips

Te Mata Peak, Otatara Pa Historic Reserve Walk
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Te Mata Peak ©
Te Mata Peak
Bluff Hill Lookout ©
Bluff Hill Lookout
Marine Parade ©
Marine Parade

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to River Rafting & Tubing and Orakei Korako Geothermal Park & Cave. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Rotorua: Hobbiton Movie Set (in Hinuera), Mt Maunganui Main Beach (in Mount Maunganui) and Huka Falls Walkway (in Taupo). There's much more to do: take in the natural beauty of Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, walk around Centennial Park, identify plant and animal life at Redwoods Treewalk, and learn about winemaking at Volcanic Hills Winery.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Rotorua trip simple and quick.

You can drive from Napier to Rotorua in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. February in Rotorua sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to drive to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Huka Falls Walkway, River Rafting & Tubing, Hobbiton Movie Set, Orakei Korako Geothermal Park & Cave, Mt Maunganui Main Beach
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River Rafting & Tubing
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland ©
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland
Huka Falls Walkway ©
Huka Falls Walkway

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 26th (Wed): Head underground at Waitomo Glowworm Caves, Head underground at Ruakuri Cave, then identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Ruakuri Walk.

For other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Waitomo Caves vacation planner .

You can drive from Rotorua to Waitomo Caves in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can travel to Paihia.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

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

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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Thu): look for all kinds of wild species at Paihia Harbour, take a memorable tour with Tours, then take in nature's colorful creations at Waitangi Treaty Grounds, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Rainbow Falls.

To see photos, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Paihia visit planning website .

Getting from Waitomo Caves to Paihia by combination of taxi and flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) so you can drive to Auckland.

Things to do in Paihia

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trip

Rainbow Falls
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Waitangi Treaty Grounds ©
Waitangi Treaty Grounds
Paihia Harbour ©
Paihia Harbour
Rainbow Falls ©
Rainbow Falls

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.
On the 28th (Fri), step off the mainland to explore Tiritiri Matangi Visitor Centre, then enjoy the sand and surf at Cheltenham Beach, and then enjoy breathtaking views from SkyTower.

To find where to stay, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, use the Auckland trip itinerary site .

Drive from Paihia to Auckland in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. In February, daytime highs in Auckland are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Cheltenham Beach
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SkyTower ©
SkyTower
Tiritiri Matangi Visitor Centre ©
Tiritiri Matangi Visitor Centre
Cheltenham Beach ©
Cheltenham Beach

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