19 days in North Island Itinerary

19 days in North Island Itinerary

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19 days in North Island Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly:  4 h
1
Wellington
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
2
Napier
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
3
Turangi
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h
4
Rotorua
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h
5
Whitianga
— 2 nights
Shuttle + Fly:  5 h
6
Paihia
— Few hours
Drive:  1 h
7
Russell
— 3 nights
Drive:  4 h
8
Auckland
— 3 nights
Fly:  4 h 30 min
End: Melbourne

3
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.
You've added Weta Workshop, Wellington Night Market, Cuba Street, and other attractions to your itinerary. And it doesn't end there: take a memorable ride with Wellington Cable Car, appreciate the history behind Solace In The Wind, get great views at Mount Victoria, and identify plant and animal life at ZEALANDIA Sanctuary.

To see where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Wellington trip website .

Melbourne, Australia to Wellington is an approximately 7.5-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 Melbourne to Wellington. Traveling from Melbourne in November, you will find days in Wellington are a bit cooler (20°C), and nights are about the same (13°C). On the 19th (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Napier.

Things to do in Wellington

Shopping Wildlife Parks
Find places to stay Nov 16 — 19:
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Harbourside Market Wellington ©
Harbourside Market Wellington
Wellington Cable Car ©
Wellington Cable Car
Weta Workshop ©
Weta Workshop

2
nights
Napier

Napier ©
Enjoy the atmosphere and architecture of 1930s design in Napier, one of the best-preserved Art Deco cities in the world.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Cape Kidnappers as well as Mission Estate Winery. On the 19th (Tue), do a tasting at Mission Estate Winery and then look for all kinds of wild species at Cape Kidnappers. On the 20th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Te Mata Peak, do a tasting at Craggy Range, then learn about winemaking at Trinity Hill Winery, and finally make a trip to Marine Parade.

For maps, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Napier visit planner.

You can fly from Wellington to Napier in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. You will have some time to spend on the 21st (Thu) before leaving for Turangi.

Things to do in Napier

Wineries Parks Nature

Side Trips

Hastings, Cape Kidnappers
Find places to stay Nov 19 — 21:
Highlights from your plan
Craggy Range ©
Craggy Range
Te Mata Peak ©
Te Mata Peak
Cape Kidnappers ©
Cape Kidnappers

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. Start off your visit on the 21st (Thu): admire the sheer force of Tawhai Falls, take in the dramatic scenery at Taranaki Falls, and then stroll around Mt Ngauruhoe. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get curious at Volcanic Activity Centre, then trek along Tongariro River Trail, and then get a new perspective on things with Tongariro River Rafting.

To see other places to visit, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Turangi itinerary maker website .

You can drive from Napier to Turangi in 2.5 hours. On the 23rd (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Rotorua.

Things to do in Turangi

Outdoors Parks Adventure

Side Trip

Tongariro National Park
Find places to stay Nov 21 — 23:
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Tongariro River Rafting ©
Tongariro River Rafting
Taranaki Falls ©
Taranaki Falls
Tawhai Falls ©
Tawhai Falls

3
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Hobbiton Movie Set as well as The Legendary Black Water Rafting Co.. The adventure continues: witness a stunning natural landmark at Te Puia, delve into the lush surroundings at Redwoods, Whakarewarewa Forest, look for all kinds of wild species at Redwoods Treewalk, and learn about winemaking at Volcanic Hills Winery.

To find more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Rotorua day trip app .

Traveling by car from Turangi to Rotorua takes 2 hours. In November in Rotorua, expect temperatures between 23°C during the day and 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Whitianga.

Things to do in Rotorua

Adventure Tours Outdoors

Side Trips

The Legendary Black Water Rafting Co., Hobbiton Movie Set
Find places to stay Nov 23 — 26:
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Hobbiton Movie Set ©
Hobbiton Movie Set
Te Puia ©
Te Puia
Redwoods, Whakarewarewa Forest ©
Redwoods, Whakarewarewa Forest

2
nights
Whitianga

Whitianga ©
Whitianga is a town on the Coromandel Peninsula, in the Waikato Region of New Zealand's North Island. Start off your visit on the 26th (Tue): look for all kinds of wild species at Stu's Wild Pig Farm. Here are some ideas for day two: get your game on at Fun Zone Adventure & Family Park, then examine the collection at Mercury Bay Museum Whitianga, and then make a trip to The Lost Spring.

To see maps and more tourist information, read Whitianga trip planner .

Getting from Rotorua to Whitianga by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of flight and shuttle. In November, daily temperatures in Whitianga can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. On the 28th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Paihia.

Things to do in Whitianga

Fun & Games Museums Wineries

Side Trip

Hahei Beach Walk
Find places to stay Nov 26 — 28:
Highlights from your plan
Fun Zone Adventure & Family Park ©
Fun Zone Adventure & Family Park
The Lost Spring ©
The Lost Spring
Hahei Beach Walk ©
Hahei Beach Walk

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hours
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.
To find ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Paihia sightseeing planner.

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from Whitianga to Paihia in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. On the 28th (Thu), you're off toRussell.

Things to do in Paihia

Outdoors Tours Parks
Find places to stay Nov 28 — 29:

3
nights
Russell

Russell ©
Russell, formerly known as Kororāreka, was the first permanent European settlement and sea port in New Zealand. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Russell Healing Massage. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Fri): steep yourself in history at Pompallier Mission and Printery, hike along Tapeka Point Track, then hike along Nancy Fladgate Track, then steep yourself in history at Flagstaff Hill Historic Reserve, and finally see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To find more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Russell trip planner .

Getting from Paihia to Russell by car takes about an hour. You will have some time to spend on the 1st (Sun) before leaving for Auckland.

Things to do in Russell

Historic Sites Outdoors Wildlife
Find places to stay Nov 28 — Dec 1:
Highlights from your plan
Pompallier Mission and Printery ©
Pompallier Mission and Printery
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Christ Church ©
Christ Church

3
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 is known for nature, museums, nightlife, parks, and zoos & aquariums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: enjoy breathtaking views from SkyTower, learn about winemaking at Foxes Island, take in the waterfront activity at Viaduct Harbour, and step off the mainland to explore Rangitoto Island.

For other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read our Auckland vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Russell to Auckland takes 4 hours. December in Auckland sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 20°C at night. You'll set off for home on the 4th (Wed).

Things to do in Auckland

Parks Nature Shopping
Find places to stay Dec 1 — 4:
Highlights from your plan
SkyTower ©
SkyTower
Mount Eden ©
Mount Eden
Rangitoto Island ©
Rangitoto Island

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