15 days in North Island Itinerary

15 days in North Island Itinerary

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15 days in North Island Itinerary

Start: Singapore
Fly + Drive:  20​h 30​min
1
Palmerston North
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
2
Taupo
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Rotorua
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
4
Auckland
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
5
Piha
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h
6
Auckland
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
7
Coromandel
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h 30​min
8
Hot Water Beach
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
9
Hamilton
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
10
Waitomo Caves
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h
11
Wellington
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
12
Palmerston North
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  20​h 30​min
End: Singapore

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Palmerston North

Palmerston North ©
Palmerston North is a city in the North Island of New Zealand and the seat of the Manawatu-Wanganui region. Start off your visit on the 20th (Wed): take in nature's colorful creations at Victoria Esplanade Gardens, then examine the collection at New Zealand Rugby Museum, and then make a trip to The Square.

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Singapore, Singapore to Palmerston North is an approximately 20.5-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone changes from Singapore Time (SGT) to New Zealand Standard Time (NZST), which is usually a 4 hour difference. In November, Palmerston North is cooler than Singapore - with highs of 17°C and lows of 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) early enough to travel to Taupo.

Things to do in Palmerston North

Parks Museums
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New Zealand Rugby Museum ©
New Zealand Rugby Museum

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Taupo

Taupo ©
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 21st (Thu): find something for the whole family at Huka Prawn Park, look for gifts at Huka Honey Hive, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Great Lake Taupo. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri): witness a stunning natural landmark at Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland and then admire the sheer force of Huka Falls Walkway.

To see traveler tips, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Taupo online tour planner .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Palmerston North to Taupo takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) to allow enough time to take a bus to Rotorua.

Things to do in Taupo

Parks Nature Fun & Games

Side Trip

Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland
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Huka Prawn Park ©
Huka Prawn Park
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland ©
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland
Huka Falls Walkway ©
Huka Falls Walkway

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Rotorua

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.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Sat): contemplate the waterfront views at Blue Spring.

For where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Rotorua vacation tool .

You can take a bus from Taupo to Rotorua in an hour. Another option is to drive. In November, daily temperatures in Rotorua can reach 23°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) so you can go by car to Auckland.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks Nature

Side Trip

Blue Spring
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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.
To see more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Auckland trip planner .

You can drive from Rotorua to Auckland in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Traveling from Rotorua in November, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Auckland, with lows around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Piha.

Things to do in Auckland

Outdoors Tours Parks
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Piha

Piha ©
On the 25th (Mon), enjoy the sand and surf at Piha Beach.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Piha online itinerary builder .

Traveling by car from Auckland to Piha takes an hour. In November, daytime highs in Piha are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Auckland.

Things to do in Piha

Outdoors Beaches Parks
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Piha Beach ©
Piha Beach

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Auckland

Auckland ©
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Mon): contemplate the waterfront views at Devonport.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Auckland trip itinerary planner .

Getting from Piha to Auckland by car takes about an hour. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Coromandel.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks Nature
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Devonport ©
Devonport

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Coromandel

Coromandel
Coromandel is a town on the Coromandel Harbour, on the western side of the Coromandel Peninsula, which is on the east coast of the North Island of New Zealand. To see ratings, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Coromandel travel app .

Ride a ferry from Auckland to Coromandel in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. Expect slightly colder evenings in Coromandel when traveling from Auckland in November, with lows around 15°C. You'll set off for Hot Water Beach on the 26th (Tue).

Things to do in Coromandel

Parks Outdoors Wildlife
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Hot Water Beach

Hot Water Beach ©
Named after the geothermal springs that supply the coast with pleasantly warm water ideal for swimming and soaking, Hot Water Beach attracts hundreds of thousands of tourists every year.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Tue): hike along Cathedral Cove Walk.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read Hot Water Beach trip planning site .

You can drive from Coromandel to Hot Water Beach in 1.5 hours. In November in Hot Water Beach, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 15°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) so you can go by car to Hamilton.

Things to do in Hot Water Beach

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trip

Cathedral Cove Walk
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Cathedral Cove Walk ©
Cathedral Cove Walk

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Hamilton

Hamilton ©
On the banks of the Waikato River lies Hamilton, a pretty, active city on North Island.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Wed): don't miss a visit to Hobbiton Movie Set and then take in nature's colorful creations at Hamilton Gardens.

To find reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Hamilton trip itinerary builder website .

Traveling by car from Hot Water Beach to Hamilton takes 2.5 hours. In November, plan for daily highs up to 23°C, and evening lows to 15°C. On the 28th (Thu), you'll travel to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Hamilton

Parks

Side Trip

Hobbiton Movie Set
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Hobbiton Movie Set ©
Hobbiton Movie Set
Hamilton Gardens ©
Hamilton Gardens

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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 28th (Thu): hike along Ruakuri Walk.

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

Take a bus from Hamilton to Waitomo Caves in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Fri) to allow time for travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Outdoors Parks Trails
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Ruakuri Walk ©
Ruakuri Walk

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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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Mount Victoria as well as Old St Paul's. Kick off your visit on the 29th (Fri): take some stellar pictures from Mount Victoria and then take a memorable ride with Wellington Cable Car.

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You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Waitomo Caves to Wellington in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In November, daytime highs in Wellington are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) early enough to travel to Palmerston North.

Things to do in Wellington

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Wellington Botanic Garden
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The Great War Exhibition ©
The Great War Exhibition
Wellington Botanic Garden ©
Wellington Botanic Garden
Wellington Cable Car ©
Wellington Cable Car

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Palmerston North

Palmerston North ©
On the 1st (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the striking features of Palmerston North Clock Tower and then join the crowd at Robertson Holden International Speedway.

To see maps, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read Palmerston North road trip site .

You can drive from Wellington to Palmerston North in 2 hours. While traveling from Wellington, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Palmerston North, ranging from highs of 17°C to lows of 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Palmerston North

Parks Shopping
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Dugald MacKenzie rose breeding centre ©
Waireka Honey Centre ©
Waireka Honey Centre

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