4 days in North Island Itinerary

4 days in North Island Itinerary

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Rotorua
— 2 nights
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Napier
— 1 night
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Rotorua

— 2 nights

Sulphur City

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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Fri): take a stroll through Eat Street, then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, then do a tasting at Volcanic Hills Winery, and finally stop by Jelly Belly Store & Gallery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Sat): make a trip to Fancy Meow Cat Cafe, then witness a stunning natural landmark at Te Puia, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Papamoa Beach, and finally kick your exploration up a notch at Redwoods Treewalk.

To see reviews, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read Rotorua vacation website.

Wellington to Rotorua is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 18°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Napier.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Historic Sites

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Napier

— 1 night
Enjoy the atmosphere and architecture of 1930s design in Napier, one of the best-preserved Art Deco cities in the world.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Sun): do a tasting at Brookfields Vineyards, learn about winemaking at Askerne Vineyards, and then indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Mon): relax and rejuvenate at Mantra Beauty & Body Spa, then learn about winemaking at Te Awanga Estate Vineyard, and then admire the natural beauty at Botanical Gardens.

To find reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Napier journey maker tool.

Getting from Rotorua to Napier by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Napier

Wineries · Tours · Spas · Parks

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North Island travel guide

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Hot Springs · Specialty Museums · Landmarks
The Fish of Māui
Home to both New Zealand's capital city and its most populous one, North Island remains the more urbane and modern of the country's two main islands. With a wealth of museums and places of historical importance, the island tells the story of New Zealand's inhabitants, from the native Maoris and European settlers to the cosmopolitan and inclusive population of the modern era. Away from the industrial and cultural centers, a tour of North Island can take you through the impressive and world-renowned landscape of deep gorges, rolling rivers, enormous lakes, and areas of volcanic activity--home to an amazing biodiversity of terrestrial and marine animal and plant life. Active vacationers on North Island may appreciate the extreme sports, and don't miss a chance to relax in its hot water springs.