14 days in North Island Itinerary

14 days in North Island Itinerary

Created using Inspirock North Island trip planner

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Paihia
— 2 nights
Fly
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Wellington
— 1 night
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Taupo
— 2 nights
Drive
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Rotorua
— 6 nights
Drive
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Waitomo Caves
— 2 nights
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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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Paihia Harbour and Parasailing & Paragliding. Explore hidden gems such as Rainbow Falls and Action World. Take a break from Paihia with a short trip to Kawiti Caves in Kawakawa, about 36 minutes away. There's much more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at The Parrot Place, look for gifts at Paihia Bookshop, steep yourself in history at Waitangi Treaty Grounds, and admire the landmark architecture of The Stone Store & Kemp House - Kerikeri Mission Station.

To find ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Paihia holiday maker site.

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 6th (Wed) so you can travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Paihia

Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trips

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Wellington

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.
On the 7th (Thu), take an in-depth tour of Wellington Museum, then contemplate the waterfront views at Oriental Bay, and then see the interesting displays at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa.

For photos, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, go to the Wellington online trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by flight from Paihia to Wellington takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Wellington can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) so you can travel to Taupo.

Things to do in Wellington

Museums · Nature · Outdoors · Parks
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Taupo

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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Fri): stop by Huka Honey Hive, get interesting insight from Tours, and then explore the activities along Lake Taupo. On your second day here, witness a stunning natural landmark at Orakei Korako Geothermal Park & Cave, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then stroll through Huka Falls Walkway.

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

Fly from Wellington to Taupo in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Rotorua.

Things to do in Taupo

Outdoors · Nature · Parks · Tours

Side Trip

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6
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Rotorua

Sulphur City

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Waimangu Volcanic Valley and Mt Maunganui Main Beach. Kids will enjoy Redwoods Treewalk and Horseback Riding Tours. Step out of Rotorua to go to Mount Maunganui and see Mount Maunganui Base Track, which is approximately 1h 10 min away. There's lots more to do: take in the natural beauty of Kuirau Park, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and look for all kinds of wild species at Paradise Valley Springs Wildlife Park.

For more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Rotorua road trip app.

Traveling by car from Taupo to Rotorua takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January in Rotorua, expect temperatures between 27°C during the day and 19°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 9 — 15:

2
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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 16th (Sat): identify plant and animal life at Spellbound Glowworm & Cave Tours, then trek along Ruakuri Walk, and then Head underground at Waitomo Glowworm Caves. Keep things going the next day: explore the fascinating underground world of Ruakuri Cave, then Head underground at Caveworld, then take in the dramatic scenery at Marakopa Falls, and finally snap pictures at Mangapohue Natural Bridge Walk.

For where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, use the Waitomo Caves day trip planning website.

Drive from Rotorua to Waitomo Caves in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) early enough to go by car back home.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife
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North Island travel guide

4.5
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.