15 days in North Island Itinerary

15 days in North Island Itinerary

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15 days in North Island Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  5​h
1
Wellington
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h
2
Rotorua
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
Waitomo Caves
— Few hours
Drive:  4​h
4
Napier
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
5
Paihia
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
6
Auckland
— 2 nights
Fly:  7​h
End: Sydney

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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Tue): look for gifts at Arty Bees Books.

To see other places to visit, reviews, maps, and tourist information, go to the Wellington online day trip planner .

Sydney, Australia to Wellington is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight, taxi, and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Sydney to Wellington. Traveling from Sydney in October, things will get a bit cooler in Wellington: highs are around 19°C and lows about 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) to allow time to travel to Rotorua.

Things to do in Wellington

Outdoors Nature Beaches
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Oriental Bay ©
Oriental Bay
Old St Paul's ©
Old St Paul's
Wellington Museum ©
Wellington Museum

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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Eat Street and St. Lukes Anglican Church. Escape the urban bustle at Waimangu Volcanic Valley and Redwoods Treewalk. The adventure continues: relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, relax in the rural setting at Agrodome, look for all kinds of wild species at Paradise Valley Springs Wildlife Park, and witness a stunning natural landmark at Waikite Valley Thermal Pools.

For ratings, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read our Rotorua trip itinerary planning site .

You can fly from Wellington to Rotorua in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. October in Rotorua sees daily highs of 21°C and lows of 13°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

River Rafting & Tubing, Orakei Korako Geothermal Park & Cave
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Redwoods Treewalk ©
Redwoods Treewalk
River Rafting & Tubing
Waimangu Volcanic Valley ©
Waimangu Volcanic Valley

few
hours
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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Mon): trek along Ruakuri Walk and then explore the fascinating underground world of Ruakuri Cave.

For more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Waitomo Caves tour itinerary planner .

Drive from Rotorua to Waitomo Caves in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Napier.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Ruakuri Walk ©
Ruakuri Walk
Ruakuri Cave
Ruakuri Cave

3
nights
Napier

Enjoy the atmosphere and architecture of 1930s design in Napier, one of the best-preserved Art Deco cities in the world.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Wine Tours & Tastings and Mission Estate Winery. For shopping fun, head to Birdwoods Gallery or The Silky Oak Chocolate Company. The adventure continues: take some stellar pictures from Bluff Hill Lookout, stop by Telegraph Hill Olivery, don't miss a visit to Marine Parade, and do a tasting at Church Road Winery Cellar Door & Restaurant.

For more things to do, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Napier trip maker site .

Traveling by car from Waitomo Caves to Napier takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Thu) to allow time for travel to Paihia.

Things to do in Napier

Tours Shopping Wineries

Side Trips

Birdwoods Gallery, Telegraph Hill Olivery
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Wine Tours & Tastings
Mission Estate Winery ©
Mission Estate Winery
Birdwoods Gallery ©
Birdwoods Gallery

3
nights
Paihia

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Paihia Harbour and Tapeka Point Track. Flagstaff Hill Historic Reserve and Pompallier Mission and Printery are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Paihia: Russell (Christ Church & South Sea Art). Next up on the itinerary: get interesting insight from Tours, admire the sheer force of Rainbow Falls, and steep yourself in history at The Stone Store & Kemp House - Kerikeri Mission Station.

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Getting from Napier to Paihia by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Auckland.

Things to do in Paihia

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Russell, Kerikeri
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Paihia Harbour ©
Paihia Harbour
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Christ Church ©
Christ Church

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Mon): enjoy the sand and surf at Piha Beach, then explore and take pictures at Arataki Visitor Centre, and then stop by Pauanesia. Keep things going the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Red Beach, kick back and relax at Orewa Beach, and then take a stroll through Ponsonby.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Auckland trip builder site .

Getting from Paihia to Auckland by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Auckland

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Piha, Orewa Beach, Red Beach
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Piha Beach ©
Piha Beach
Orewa Beach ©
Orewa Beach
Arataki Visitor Centre ©
Arataki Visitor Centre

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