11 days in North Island Itinerary

11 days in North Island Itinerary

Created using Inspirock North Island trip planner

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Napier
— 2 nights
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Dannevirke
— 1 night
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Masterton
— 1 night
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Upper Hutt
— 1 night
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Wellington
— 2 nights
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Palmerston North
— 1 night
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Taupo
— 2 nights
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Napier

— 2 nights
Enjoy the atmosphere and architecture of 1930s design in Napier, one of the best-preserved Art Deco cities in the world.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Maraetotara Falls, Te Mata Peak and Mohaka Rafting. The adventure continues: make a trip to Marine Parade, get great views at Bluff Hill Lookout, and take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Gardens.

For traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Napier trip planner.

Gisborne to Napier is an approximately 3-hour car ride. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) so you can travel to Dannevirke.

Things to do in Napier

Adventure · Tours · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 18 — 20:

Dannevirke

— 1 night
Dannevirke , is a rural service town in the Manawatu-Wanganui Region of the North Island, New Zealand. Find out how to plan Dannevirke trip without stress by asking Inspirock to help create an itinerary.

You can drive from Napier to Dannevirke in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 67°F in January, and nighttime lows around 67°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Thu) to allow time for travel to Masterton.

Things to do in Dannevirke

Parks · Wildlife
Find places to stay Jan 20 — 21:
Highlights from your trip

Masterton

— 1 night
Masterton is a large town in the Wellington Region of New Zealand and the seat of the Masterton District . Your day by day itinerary now includes C'est Cheese. Kick off your visit on the 21st (Thu): look for all kinds of wild species at Pukaha National Wildlife Centre.

For photos and more tourist information, use the Masterton trip planner.

You can drive from Dannevirke to Masterton in 1.5 hours. Traveling from Dannevirke in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Masterton, with lows of 57°F. On the 22nd (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Upper Hutt.

Things to do in Masterton

Parks · Childrens Museums · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 21 — 22:

Upper Hutt

— 1 night
Upper Hutt is a city in the Wellington Region of the North Island of New Zealand, and one of the four cities that constitute the Wellington metropolitan area.GeographyUpper Hutt is approximately 30 km north-east of Wellington. To find more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Upper Hutt trip itinerary maker website.

You can drive from Masterton to Upper Hutt in 1.5 hours. In January, daily temperatures in Upper Hutt can reach 68°F, while at night they dip to 57°F. You will have some time to spend on the 23rd (Sat) before leaving for Wellington.

Things to do in Upper Hutt

Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Fun & Games
Find places to stay Jan 22 — 23:

Wellington

— 2 nights

Harbour Capital

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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Cuba Street as well as Butlers Chocolate Cafe, Lambton Quay. On the 24th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: catch a ride on Wellington Cable Car, rejuvenate with a delicious beverage at Butlers Chocolate Cafe, Lambton Quay, then wander the streets of Cuba Street, then see the interesting displays at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, and finally take some stellar pictures from Mount Victoria.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Wellington trip planner.

Wellington is very close to Upper Hutt. Expect a daytime high around 70°F in January, and nighttime lows around 59°F. On the 25th (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Palmerston North.

Things to do in Wellington

Shopping · Nightlife · Neighborhoods · Museums
Find places to stay Jan 23 — 25:

Palmerston North

— 1 night
Palmerston North is a city in the North Island of New Zealand and the seat of the Manawatu-Wanganui region. Plan a trip to Palmerston North easily and quickly by telling Inspirock to suggest an itinerary.

Drive from Wellington to Palmerston North in 2 hours. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Wellington in January since evenings lows in Palmerston North dip to 67°F. You'll have a few hours on the 26th (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling to Taupo.

Things to do in Palmerston North

Parks · Outdoors · Museums · Tours
Find places to stay Jan 25 — 26:

Taupo

— 2 nights

Great Cloak of Tia

The resort town of Taupo lies on the banks of Lake Taupo, the largest body of water in the whole of Australasia.
Here are some ideas for day two: take in the dramatic scenery at Huka Falls Walkway and then take in the dramatic natural features at Craters of the Moon.

For where to stay, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Taupo trip planner.

Traveling by car from Palmerston North to Taupo takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. You'll have a few hours on the 28th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Taupo

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Trails
Find places to stay Jan 26 — 28:

North Island travel guide

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Hot Springs · Specialty Museums · Landmarks
The Fish of Māui
Home to both New Zealand's capital city and its most populous one, North Island remains the more urbane and modern of the country's two main islands. With a wealth of museums and places of historical importance, the island tells the story of New Zealand's inhabitants, from the native Maoris and European settlers to the cosmopolitan and inclusive population of the modern era. Away from the industrial and cultural centers, a tour of North Island can take you through the impressive and world-renowned landscape of deep gorges, rolling rivers, enormous lakes, and areas of volcanic activity--home to an amazing biodiversity of terrestrial and marine animal and plant life. Active vacationers on North Island may appreciate the extreme sports, and don't miss a chance to relax in its hot water springs.