8 days in Northland Region & Auckland Itinerary

8 days in Northland Region & Auckland Itinerary

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8 days in Northland Region & Auckland Itinerary

Start: Tirau
Drive:  5​h 45​min
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Opononi
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Kaitaia
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Kaikohe
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Whangarei
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
5
Auckland
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
End: Tirau

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Opononi

Opononi ©
Opononi and Omapere are dual settlements on the south shore of the Hokianga harbour in Northland Region, New Zealand. Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): appreciate the history behind Opo the Dolphin Statue, go for a walk through Arai Te Uru Heritage Walk, then take in the pleasant sights at Waimamaku Coastal Track, then hike along Four Sisters Walk, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Tane Mahuta Walk.

To find where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read our Opononi trip builder site .

Tirau to Opononi is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive. You'll have a few hours on the 24th (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling to Kaitaia.

Things to do in Opononi

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trips

Four Sisters Walk, Signal Station Track, Arai Te Uru Heritage Walk
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Tane Mahuta Walk ©
Tane Mahuta Walk
Opo the Dolphin Statue ©
Opo the Dolphin Statue

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nights
Kaitaia

Kaitaia ©
Kaitaia is a town in the Far North District of New Zealand, at the base of the Aupouri Peninsula, about 160 km northwest of Whangarei. Start off your visit on the 24th (Tue): get engrossed in the history at Te Ahu Heritage and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Taupo Bay. Keep things going the next day: stop by Ka-uri Unearthed, then walk around Gumdiggers Park, and then kick back and relax at Ninety Mile Beach.

For traveler tips and tourist information, refer to the Kaitaia trip planner .

Traveling by car from Opononi to Kaitaia takes 2 hours. On the 26th (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Kaikohe.

Things to do in Kaitaia

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Awanui, Taupo Bay Beach
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Ninety Mile Beach ©
Ninety Mile Beach
Ka-uri Unearthed ©
Ka-uri Unearthed
Gumdiggers Park ©
Gumdiggers Park

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Kaikohe

Kaikohe ©
Start off your visit on the 26th (Thu): walk around Hone Heke Memorial Park and then explore the striking landscape at Wairere Boulders. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: Head underground at Kawiti Caves, then take in the exciting artwork at Kings Theatre Creative, then make a trip to Kawakawa Public Toilets by Hundertwasser, and finally take in the natural beauty of Ngawha Spa.

For traveler tips, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read Kaikohe tour itinerary builder app .

Traveling by car from Kaitaia to Kaikohe takes 1.5 hours. You'll set off for Whangarei on the 28th (Sat).

Things to do in Kaikohe

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Kawakawa, Wairere Boulders
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Wairere Boulders ©
Wairere Boulders
Te Waiariki  Ngawha Springs ©
Te Waiariki Ngawha Springs

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Whangarei

Whangarei ©
Whangarei is the northernmost city in New Zealand and the regional capital of Northland Region. Kick off your visit on the 28th (Sat): look for gifts at The Bach and then trek along Bream Head Coast Walks.

For traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Whangarei trip planner .

You can drive from Kaikohe to Whangarei in 1.5 hours. On the 29th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Auckland.

Things to do in Whangarei

Parks Trails Outdoors
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Bream Head Coast Walks ©
Bream Head Coast Walks

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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 29th (Sun): go for a stroll along the water at Viaduct Harbour and then take in panoramic vistas at Sky Tower.

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Traveling by car from Whangarei to Auckland takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in December, and nighttime lows around 20°C. On the 30th (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks Shopping
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SkyTower ©
SkyTower
Viaduct Harbour ©
Viaduct Harbour
Pauanesia ©
Pauanesia