10 days in North Island Itinerary

10 days in North Island Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Auckland
— 1 day
2
Waitomo Caves
— 1 night
3
Rotorua
— 2 nights
4
Taupo
— 3 nights
5
Tongariro National Park
— 2 nights
6
Wellington
— 1 night

1
day
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 17th (Fri), observe the fascinating underwater world at SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium, thenlearn about all things military at Auckland Museum, thenstop by Pauanesia, and finally don't miss a visit to SkyTower.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Auckland online trip planner.

Use the Route module to find travel options from your starting location to Auckland. In July, daily temperatures in Auckland can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Auckland

Museums Zoos & Aquariums Nightlife
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SkyTower ©
SkyTower
Auckland Museum ©
Auckland Museum
SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium ©
SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium

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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sat): explore the fascinating underground world of Aranui Cave, take a memorable tour with Tours, thenhike along Ruakuri Walk, and finally Head underground at Waitomo Glowworm Caves.

To see where to stay, photos, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Waitomo Caves trip itinerary builder site.

Traveling by car from Auckland to Waitomo Caves takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to drive to Rotorua.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Aranui Cave
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Waitomo Glowworm Caves ©
Waitomo Glowworm Caves
River Rafting & Tubing
Ruakuri Walk ©
Ruakuri Walk

2
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.
On the 19th (Sun), kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, thentake a memorable tour with Tours, thendelve into the lush surroundings at Redwoods, Whakarewarewa Forest, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Redwoods Treewalk. On your second day here, take in the natural beauty of Te Puia, witness a stunning natural landmark at Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, and then take in the natural beauty of Waikite Valley Thermal Pools.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Rotorua day trip app.

You can drive from Waitomo Caves to Rotorua in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Rotorua can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can go by car to Taupo.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Horseback Riding Tours
Zipline
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland ©
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland

3
nights
Taupo

The resort town of Taupo lies on the banks of Lake Taupo, the largest body of water in the whole of Australasia.
Taupo is known for nature, adventure, and theme parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the sheer force of Huka Falls Walkway, get in on the family fun at Mind Junction, take in the natural beauty of Wairakei Natural Thermal Valley, and get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour.

To see more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Taupo journey planner.

You can drive from Rotorua to Taupo in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can drive to Tongariro National Park.

Things to do in Taupo

Parks Outdoors Nature
Find places to stay Jul 20 — 23:
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Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Huka Falls Walkway
Huka Falls Walkway
Clay Break Taupo ©
Clay Break Taupo

2
nights
Tongariro National Park

Tongariro National Park ©
Tongariro National Park has a long history of preserving New Zealand's pristine alpine landscape.
On the 24th (Fri), tour the pleasant surroundings at Turoa Ski Area. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Whakapapa Nature Walk, take in the dramatic scenery at Tawhai Falls, explore the striking landscape of Te Porere Redoubt, thencontemplate the geological forces at Mount Ruapehu, and finally hike along Ridge Track.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Tongariro National Park road trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Taupo to Tongariro National Park takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a shuttle. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Tongariro National Park

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports
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Mount Ruapehu ©
Mount Ruapehu
Tawhai Falls ©
Tawhai Falls
Te Porere Redoubt ©
Te Porere Redoubt

1
night
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.
On the 26th (Sun), admire nature's wide array of creatures at Wellington Zoo, thentake an in-depth tour of The Great War Exhibition, and then see the interesting displays at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa.

To see other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Wellington trip maker site.

Getting from Tongariro National Park to Wellington by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. In July, daily temperatures in Wellington can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Wellington

Museums Zoos & Aquariums Parks
Find places to stay Jul 25 — 26:
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Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
The Great War Exhibition ©
The Great War Exhibition
Wellington Zoo ©
Wellington Zoo

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