19 days in North Island Itinerary

19 days in North Island Itinerary

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1
Auckland
— 1 night
2
Waitomo Caves
— 1 night
3
Rotorua
— 4 nights
4
Taupo
— 4 nights
5
Tongariro National Park
— 3 nights
6
Wellington
— 2 nights
7
Kerikeri
— 3 nights

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Fri): relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium, thengo for a stroll along the water at Viaduct Harbour, and finally take in panoramic vistas at SkyTower. Here are some ideas for day two: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Auckland Zoo, thensee the interesting displays at Auckland Museum, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Cheltenham Beach.

To see photos, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Auckland trip app.

Use the Route module to find travel options from your starting location to Auckland. Expect a daytime high around °C in July, and nighttime lows around °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Museums

Side Trip

Cheltenham Beach
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SkyTower ©
SkyTower
Auckland Museum ©
Auckland Museum
Auckland Zoo ©
Auckland Zoo

1
night
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 26th (Sun): explore the fascinating underground world of Waitomo Glowworm Caves, hike along Ruakuri Walk, thenlet the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, thenexplore the fascinating underground world of Aranui Cave, and finally appreciate the history behind Statue of shearer.

For maps, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Waitomo Caves travel site.

Drive from Auckland to Waitomo Caves in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Rotorua.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Aranui Cave, Statue of shearer
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Waitomo Glowworm Caves ©
Waitomo Glowworm Caves
River Rafting & Tubing
Ruakuri Walk ©
Ruakuri Walk

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Rotorua: McLaren Falls Park (in Tauranga), Cambridge Museum (in Cambridge) and Hobbiton Movie Set (in Hinuera). There's much more to do: get interesting insight from Tours, delve into the lush surroundings at Redwoods, Whakarewarewa Forest, trot along with a tour on horseback, and take in the natural beauty of Waikite Valley Thermal Pools.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Rotorua vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Waitomo Caves to Rotorua by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. July in Rotorua sees daily highs of °C and lows of °C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to drive to Taupo.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

McLaren Falls Park, Cambridge Museum, Hobbiton Movie Set
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Hobbiton Movie Set ©
Hobbiton Movie Set
Zipline
Horseback Riding Tours

4
nights
Taupo

The resort town of Taupo lies on the banks of Lake Taupo, the largest body of water in the whole of Australasia.
Taupo is known for nature, adventure, and theme parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the dramatic scenery at Huka Falls Walkway, push the limits with an extreme tour, get interesting insight from Tours, and take in the natural beauty of Wairakei Natural Thermal Valley.

For traveler tips, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read Taupo online trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Rotorua to Taupo takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) so you can drive to Tongariro National Park.

Things to do in Taupo

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Huka Falls Walkway
Huka Falls Walkway
Clay Break Taupo ©
Clay Break Taupo

3
nights
Tongariro National Park

Tongariro National Park ©
Tongariro National Park has a long history of preserving New Zealand's pristine alpine landscape.
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Take the guesswork out of planning a Tongariro National Park vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Taupo to Tongariro National Park takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a shuttle. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Tongariro National Park

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports
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Mount Ruapehu ©
Mount Ruapehu
Whakapapa - Mt Ruapehu ©
Whakapapa - Mt Ruapehu
Tawhai Falls ©
Tawhai Falls

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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 (Fri): admire nature's wide array of creatures at Wellington Zoo, thentake an in-depth tour of The Great War Exhibition, and then examine the collection at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take a memorable ride with Wellington Cable Car, ponder the world of politics at New Zealand Parliament, and then examine the collection at Southward Car Museum.

To find ratings, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Wellington trip itinerary builder website.

You can fly from Tongariro National Park to Wellington in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. In August in Wellington, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can travel to Kerikeri.

Things to do in Wellington

Museums Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Southward Car Museum
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Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
Southward Car Museum ©
Southward Car Museum
The Great War Exhibition ©
The Great War Exhibition

3
nights
Kerikeri

Kerikeri ©
Kerikeri, the largest town in Northland New Zealand, is a popular tourist destination about three hours drive north of Auckland, and 80 km north of the northern region's largest city, Whangarei. Kerikeri is known for nature, shopping, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire all the interesting features of Waitangi Treaty Grounds, admire the landmark architecture of The Stone Store & Kemp House - Kerikeri Mission Station, play a few rounds at Waitangi Golf Club, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Paul's Anglican Church.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Kerikeri road trip planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Wellington to Kerikeri takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Kerikeri

Outdoors Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Paihia
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Waitangi Golf Club ©
Waitangi Golf Club
Waitangi Treaty Grounds ©
Waitangi Treaty Grounds
Spas

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