15 days in North Island Itinerary

15 days in North Island Itinerary

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15 days in North Island Itinerary

Start: Brisbane
Fly:  6​h 30​min
1
Wellington
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Napier
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Turangi
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
4
Taupo
— Few hours
bus:  1​h
5
Rotorua
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
6
Otorohanga
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
7
Hahei
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
8
Thames
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
9
Auckland
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h 45​min
End: Brisbane

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Mon): contemplate the long history of Wellington Cable Car, then admire the natural beauty at Wellington Botanic Garden, then examine the collection at Museum of New Zealand (Te Papa Tongarewa), and finally identify plant and animal life at ZEALANDIA Sanctuary.

To find photos, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Wellington road trip planner .

Brisbane, Australia to Wellington is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland) to New Zealand Standard Time, which is usually a 2 hour difference. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Brisbane in January; daily highs in Wellington reach 24°C and lows reach 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Napier.

Things to do in Wellington

Parks Museums Wildlife

Side Trip

Wellington Botanic Garden
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Wellington Botanic Garden ©
Wellington Botanic Garden
Wellington Cable Car ©
Wellington Cable Car

1
night
Napier

Enjoy the atmosphere and architecture of 1930s design in Napier, one of the best-preserved Art Deco cities in the world.
On the 8th (Tue), awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area.

For traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Napier trip planner.

Fly from Wellington to Napier in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Tongariro National Park.

Things to do in Napier

Tours
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Wine Tours & Tastings
Marine Parade ©
Marine Parade

2
nights
Turangi

Turangi ©
Turangi is a small town on the west bank of the Tongariro River, 50 kilometres south-west of Taupo on the North Island Volcanic Plateau of New Zealand. You've now added Tree Trunk Gorge tracks to your itinerary.

For more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Turangi trip itinerary planner .

You can drive from Napier to Turangi in 2.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough to travel to Taupo.

Things to do in Turangi

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trip

Tongariro National Park
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Tongariro Alpine Crossing ©
Tongariro Alpine Crossing
Tongariro National Trout Centre ©
Tongariro National Trout Centre
Tawhai Falls ©
Tawhai Falls

few
hours
Taupo

Taupo ©
The resort town of Taupo lies on the banks of Lake Taupo, the largest body of water in the whole of Australasia.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Aratiatia Rapids as well as Lava Glass. On the 11th (Fri), take in nature's colorful creations at Lava Glass, make a trip to Aratiatia Rapids, then take in the dramatic scenery at Huka Falls tracks, and finally witness a stunning natural landmark at Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland.

For where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Taupo tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Turangi to Taupo takes an hour. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) so you can drive to Rotorua.

Things to do in Taupo

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trip

Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland
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Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland ©
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland
Huka Falls Walkway ©
Huka Falls Walkway
Aratiatia Rapids ©
Aratiatia Rapids

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes River Rafting & Tubing, Redwoods, Whakarewarewa Forest and OGO Rotorua.

To find traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Rotorua road trip planning tool .

Getting from Taupo to Rotorua by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in January, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) early enough to travel to Otorohanga.

Things to do in Rotorua

Adventure Tours Outdoors
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River Rafting & Tubing
OGO Rotorua ©
OGO Rotorua
Redwoods, Whakarewarewa Forest ©
Redwoods, Whakarewarewa Forest

2
nights
Otorohanga

Otorohanga ©
Otorohanga is a north King Country town at the southern end of the Waikato region in the North Island of New Zealand. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Kiwi Cave Rafting as well as Hobbiton Movie Set. On the 13th (Sun), see some familiar sights at Hobbiton Movie Set, then explore the fascinating underground world of Waitomo Glowworm Caves, then trek along Ruakuri Walk, and finally admire all the interesting features of Mangapohue Natural Bridge Walk. Keep things going the next day: relax and float downstream with Kiwi Cave Rafting.

To see reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Otorohanga journey maker tool .

Drive from Rotorua to Otorohanga in 2 hours. On the 15th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Hahei.

Things to do in Otorohanga

Outdoors Adventure Tours

Side Trips

Waitomo Caves, Hobbiton Movie Set
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Hobbiton Movie Set ©
Hobbiton Movie Set
Waitomo Glowworm Caves ©
Waitomo Glowworm Caves
Kiwi Cave Rafting ©
Kiwi Cave Rafting

1
night
Hahei

Hahei ©
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Moko Artspace as well as Cathedral Cove Walk. Kick off your visit on the 14th (Mon): trek along Cathedral Cove Walk, kick back and relax at Hahei Beach Walk, and then take in the exciting artwork at Moko Artspace.

For photos, ratings, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Hahei journey maker tool .

Getting from Otorohanga to Hahei by car takes about 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in January, and nighttime lows around 19°C. On the 15th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Thames.

Things to do in Hahei

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Moko Artspace, Whangapoua Beach
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Cathedral Cove Walk ©
Cathedral Cove Walk
Hahei Beach Walk ©
Hahei Beach Walk
Whangapoua Beach ©
Whangapoua Beach

1
night
Thames

Thames ©
Thames is a town at the southwestern end of the Coromandel Peninsula in New Zealand's North Island. Kick off your visit on the 16th (Wed): stop by Watercolor Studio Gallery, then take in the exciting artwork at Thames Society of Arts, and then steep yourself in history at Burke Street Wharf.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, use the Thames trip planner.

You can drive from Hahei to Thames in 1.5 hours. In January, daytime highs in Thames are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) so you can travel to Auckland Central.

Things to do in Thames

Historic Sites Shopping Museums
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Thames Society of Arts ©
Thames Society of Arts

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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.
Auckland Museum has been added to your itinerary. On the 17th (Thu), wander the streets of Parnell and then take a stroll through Ponsonby. Keep things going the next day: learn about all things military at Auckland Museum.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Auckland Central using our trip planner.

You can drive from Thames to Auckland Central in 1.5 hours. Traveling from Thames in January, expect nights in Auckland Central to be about the same, around 22°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) so you can travel to Waiheke Island.

Things to do in Auckland

Neighborhoods Museums Historic Sites
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Ponsonby ©
Ponsonby
Auckland War Memorial Museum ©
Auckland War Memorial Museum
Parnell ©
Parnell

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