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 + Drive:  7​h 45​min
1
Piha
— 1 day
Drive:  4​h 30​min
2
Rotorua
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
Tongariro National Park
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  8​h
4
Kaitaia
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Paihia
— 4 nights
Fly:  8​h 30​min
End: Brisbane

1
day
Piha

Piha ©
Start off your visit on the 6th (Mon): tour the pleasant surroundings at Piha Beach, then stroll through Karekare Beach, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Kitekite Falls.

To see ratings, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Piha tour builder .

Brisbane, Australia to Piha is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Brisbane to Piha. When traveling from Brisbane in May, plan for little chillier days in Piha, with highs around 17°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to travel to Rotorua.

Things to do in Piha

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Karekare Beach
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Piha Beach ©
Piha Beach
Kitekite Falls ©
Kitekite Falls

4
nights
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at River Rafting & Tubing and Orakei Korako Cave & Thermal Park. Popular historic sites such as Buried Village of Te Wairoa and Government Gardens are in your itinerary. Change things up with a short trip to Huka Falls tracks in Taupo (about 1h 20 min away). There's lots more to do: identify plant and animal life at Paradise Valley Springs Wildlife Park, witness a stunning natural landmark at Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, contemplate the geological forces at Waimangu Volcanic Valley, and explore the activities along Lake Rotokakahi.

For reviews, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Rotorua sightseeing website .

You can drive from Piha to Rotorua in 3.5 hours. Traveling from Piha in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Rotorua, with lows of 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Tongariro National Park.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Huka Falls Walkway, Orakei Korako Geothermal Park & Cave
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Redwoods Treewalk ©
Redwoods Treewalk
Waimangu Volcanic Valley ©
Waimangu Volcanic Valley
Orakei Korako Geothermal Park & Cave ©

3
nights
Tongariro National Park

Tongariro National Park ©
Tongariro National Park has a long history of preserving New Zealand's pristine alpine landscape.
Get a sense of the local culture at Tongariro Alpine Crossing and Taranaki Falls. Escape the urban bustle at Mount Ruapehu and Ohakune Old Coach Road. Step out of Tongariro National Park to go to Ohakune and see Waitonga Falls Walk Trailhead, which is approximately 1h 20 min away. And it doesn't end there: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Te Porere Redoubt, take in the dramatic scenery at Tawhai Falls, hike along Whakapapa Nature Walk, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Ridge Track.

To see maps, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read Tongariro National Park online trip maker .

Traveling by car from Rotorua to Tongariro National Park takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and car. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can travel to Kaitaia.

Things to do in Tongariro National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Waitonga Falls Walk Trailhead
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Tongariro Alpine Crossing ©
Tongariro Alpine Crossing
Mount Ruapehu ©
Mount Ruapehu
Ohakune Old Coach Road ©
Ohakune Old Coach Road

1
night
Kaitaia

Kaitaia ©
Kaitaia is a town in the Far North District of New Zealand, at the base of the Aupouri Peninsula, about 160 km northwest of Whangarei. On the 14th (Tue), tour the pleasant surroundings at Rarawa Beach, then kick back and relax at Ninety Mile Beach, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Tapotupotu Beach. Keep things going the next day: kick back and relax at Taipa Beach, hike along Taumarumaru Scenic Reserve Walk, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Matai Bay.

To find more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read Kaitaia online itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Tongariro National Park to Kaitaia takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to travel to Paihia.

Things to do in Kaitaia

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Taipa Beach, Taumarumaru Scenic Reserve Walk, Tapotupotu Beach, Matai Bay
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Ninety Mile Beach ©
Ninety Mile Beach
Matai Bay
Matai Bay
Rarawa Beach ©
Rarawa Beach

4
nights
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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Pompallier Mission and Printery and Flagstaff Hill Historic Reserve. Step off the beaten path and head to Nature & Wildlife Tours and Paihia Harbour. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Paihia: Russell (Dolphin & Whale Watching & Christ Church). There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Waitangi Treaty Grounds, admire the landmark architecture of The Stone Store & Kemp House - Kerikeri Mission Station, pause for some serene contemplation at St James Anglican Church, and hike along Kororipo Pa Historic Walk.

To see maps, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Paihia trip planner.

Traveling by car from Kaitaia to Paihia takes 1.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Paihia

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Russell, Kerikeri, Kawakawa
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Scuba & Snorkeling
Paihia Harbour ©
Paihia Harbour

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