60 days in North Island Itinerary

60 days in North Island Itinerary

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60 days in North Island Itinerary

Start: Auckland
1
Auckland
— 6 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Hamilton
— 5 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
3
Waitomo Caves
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Whakapapa
— 6 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Taupo
— 8 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
6
Wellington
— 6 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
7
New Plymouth
— 5 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
8
Kerikeri
— 7 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
9
Russell
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
10
Whangarei
— 6 nights
Drive:  2​h
End: Auckland

6
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Butterfly Creek as well as One Tree Hill (Maungakiekie). Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Auckland: Orewa Lookout (in Orewa), Tawharanui Regional Park (in Warkworth) and Kerr Farm Wine (in Kumeu). There's much more to do: make a trip to SkyTower, learn about all things military at Auckland War Memorial Museum, head off the coast to Tiritiri Matangi Visitor Centre, and get impressive views of Mount Eden.

For more things to do, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Auckland online trip builder .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from your home destination to Auckland. In November, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) early enough to drive to Hamilton.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Orewa Lookout, Tawharanui Regional Park, Connells Bay Sculpture Park, Kerr Farm Wine, Cheltenham Beach
Find places to stay Nov 4 — 10:
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SkyTower ©
SkyTower
Auckland War Memorial Museum ©
Auckland War Memorial Museum
Auckland Zoo ©
Auckland Zoo

5
nights
Hamilton

Hamilton ©
On the banks of the Waikato River lies Hamilton, a pretty, active city on North Island.
Venture out of the city with trips to Mount Maunganui Summit Track (in Mount Maunganui), Raglan (Raglan Rock & Bridal Veil Falls) and Rotorua (Mountain Jade, River Rafting & Tubing, & more). There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to Hobbiton Movie Set, take in nature's colorful creations at Hamilton Gardens, and experience rural life at Ruakura Berry Farm.

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

Getting from Auckland to Hamilton by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Expect little chillier evenings in Hamilton when traveling from Auckland in November, with lows around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) so you can take a bus to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Hamilton

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Rotorua, Raglan, Hobbiton Movie Set, Mount Maunganui Summit Track
Find places to stay Nov 10 — 15:
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Hobbiton Movie Set ©
Hobbiton Movie Set
Hamilton Gardens ©
Hamilton Gardens
Raglan Rock ©
Raglan Rock

5
nights
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.
Change things up with a short trip to Kakepuku Historic Reserve in Te Awamutu (about 34 minutes away). The adventure continues: Head underground at Waitomo Glowworm Caves, tour the pleasant surroundings at Ruakuri Walk, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, and head outdoors with Waitomo Clay Birds.

To find maps, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Waitomo Caves trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by bus from Hamilton to Waitomo Caves takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Whakapapa.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Otorohanga, Te Kuiti, Kakepuku Historic Reserve, Kapiti Island
Find places to stay Nov 15 — 20:
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Waitomo Glowworm Caves ©
Waitomo Glowworm Caves
River Rafting & Tubing
Ruakuri Walk ©
Ruakuri Walk

6
nights
Whakapapa

When in Whakapapa, make a side trip to see River Rafting & Tubing in Turangi, approximately 34 minutes away.

For more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Whakapapa road trip planning tool .

Getting from Waitomo Caves to Whakapapa by car takes about 2.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) so you can go by car to Taupo.

Things to do in Whakapapa

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Tongariro National Park, River Rafting & Tubing
Find places to stay Nov 20 — 26:
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River Rafting & Tubing
Tongariro Alpine Crossing ©
Tongariro Alpine Crossing
Horsemtrails ©
Horsemtrails

8
nights
Taupo

The resort town of Taupo lies on the banks of Lake Taupo, the largest body of water in the whole of Australasia.
Explore Taupo's surroundings by going to Rotorua (Lady Knox Geyser, Te Puia, & more). And it doesn't end there: get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, witness a stunning natural landmark at Wairakei Natural Thermal Valley, laugh and play at Huka Prawn Park, and make a trip to Maori Rock Carvings.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Taupo trip simple and quick.

Traveling by car from Whakapapa to Taupo takes 1.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Taupo

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Rotorua
Find places to stay Nov 26 — Dec 4:
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Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland ©
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland
Huka Falls Walkway ©
Huka Falls Walkway

6
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.
Explore Wellington's surroundings by going to C'est Cheese (in Featherston), Poppies Martinborough (in Martinborough) and Southward Car Museum (in Paraparaumu). And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, take an in-depth tour of The Great War Exhibition, ponder the world of politics at New Zealand Parliament, and get to know the resident critters at Wellington Zoo.

For maps, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Wellington trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Taupo to Wellington takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. In December, daytime highs in Wellington are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to travel to New Plymouth.

Things to do in Wellington

Museums Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Lower Hutt, Poppies Martinborough, Pataka Art + Museum, Southward Car Museum, C'est Cheese
Find places to stay Dec 4 — 10:
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The Great War Exhibition ©
The Great War Exhibition
Wellington Botanic Garden ©
Wellington Botanic Garden

5
nights
New Plymouth

New Plymouth ©
Where other cities run, New Plymouth prefers to stroll.
Get out of town with these interesting New Plymouth side-trips: Hawera (Elvis Presley Memorial Room, Tawhiti Museum, & more) and Mount Taranaki (in Egmont National Park). There's still lots to do: get to know the resident critters at Pukekura Park, walk around Kawaroa Park, browse the exhibits of Govett-Brewster Art Gallery / Len Lye Centre, and engage your brain at Puke Ariki.

For reviews, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the New Plymouth attractions planner.

You can fly from Wellington to New Plymouth in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to travel to Kerikeri.

Things to do in New Plymouth

Parks Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Hawera, Egmont National Park
Find places to stay Dec 10 — 15:
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Pukekura Park ©
Pukekura Park
New Plymouth Coastal Walkway ©
New Plymouth Coastal Walkway
Tawhiti Museum ©
Tawhiti Museum

7
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. Take a break from Kerikeri with a short trip to Tane Mahuta Walk in Opononi, about 1h 20 min away. And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Waitangi Treaty Grounds, admire the sheer force of Haruru Falls, explore and take pictures at Opua Forest Lookout Track, and admire the landmark architecture of The Stone Store & Kemp House - Kerikeri Mission Station.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Kerikeri tour itinerary maker website .

You can fly from New Plymouth to Kerikeri in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Russell.

Things to do in Kerikeri

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Paihia, Kaikohe, Tane Mahuta Walk, Kings Theatre Creative, Kauri Cliffs
Find places to stay Dec 15 — 22:
Highlights from your plan
Waitangi Treaty Grounds ©
Waitangi Treaty Grounds
Paihia Harbour ©
Paihia Harbour
Nature & Wildlife Tours

5
nights
Russell

Russell, formerly known as Kororāreka, was the first permanent European settlement and sea port in New Zealand. Explore Russell's surroundings by going to Paihia (Urupukapuka Island, Waitangi Golf Club, & more). And it doesn't end there: see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Christ Church, tour the pleasant surroundings at Oneroa Bay, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Bay of Islands Coastal Walkway - Okiato to Russell.

For maps, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Russell route maker tool .

Traveling by car from Kerikeri to Russell takes 1.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can drive to Whangarei.

Things to do in Russell

Outdoors Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Paihia
Find places to stay Dec 22 — 27:
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Urupukapuka Island ©
Urupukapuka Island
Waitangi Golf Club ©
Waitangi Golf Club

6
nights
Whangarei

Whangarei ©
Whangarei is the northernmost city in New Zealand and the regional capital of Northland Region. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Whangarei: Ocean Beach (in Whangarei Heads), Mangawhai Walkway (in Mangawhai) and Whale Bay (in Matapouri). And it doesn't end there: hike along Bream Head Coast Walks, take in the awesome beauty at Mount Manaia Track, see the vivid underwater world at Poor Knights Island Marine Reserve, and take in nature's colorful creations at Whangarei Quarry Gardens.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Whangarei road trip planning website .

Drive from Russell to Whangarei in 1.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can go by car back home.

Things to do in Whangarei

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Whangarei Heads, Tutukaka, Waipu, Mangawhai Walkway, Baylys Beach
Find places to stay Dec 27 — Jan 2:
Highlights from your plan
Bream Head Coast Walks ©
Bream Head Coast Walks
Poor Knights Island Marine Reserve ©
Poor Knights Island Marine Reserve
Adventure Forest ©
Adventure Forest

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