14 days in North Island Itinerary

14 days in North Island Itinerary

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Rotorua
— 2 nights
Drive
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Taupo
— 2 nights
Drive
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Hastings
— 1 night
Drive
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Palmerston North
— 1 night
Drive
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Wellington
— 3 nights
Fly
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New Plymouth
— 2 nights
Drive
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Waitomo Caves
— 2 nights
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Rotorua

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.
Family-friendly places like Redwoods Treewalk and Lake Rotorua will thrill your kids. Escape the urban bustle at Horseback Riding Tours and Blue Lake Track. Next up on the itinerary: relax in the rural setting at aMAZEme, identify plant and animal life at Paradise Valley Springs Wildlife Park, catch some excitement at 3D Trick Art Gallery, and whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

To see ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Rotorua driving holiday planner.

Auckland to Rotorua is an approximately 3-hour car ride. You can also fly; or take a bus. When traveling from Auckland in January, plan for somewhat warmer days in Rotorua, with highs around 27°C, while nights are little chillier with lows around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Taupo.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Tours

2
nights
Taupo

Great Cloak of Tia

The resort town of Taupo lies on the banks of Lake Taupo, the largest body of water in the whole of Australasia.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Thu): look for gifts at Huka Honey Hive, push the limits with an extreme tour, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Taupo. On your second day here, take in the natural beauty of Orakei Korako Geothermal Park & Cave, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then admire the sheer force of Huka Falls Walkway.

To see other places to visit and tourist information, you can read our Taupo trip planner.

Traveling by car from Rotorua to Taupo takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) so you can go by car to Hastings.

Things to do in Taupo

Outdoors · Parks · Nature · Tours

Side Trip

1
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Hastings

Hastings is a New Zealand city and is one of the two major urban areas in Hawke's Bay, on the east coast of the North Island of New Zealand. Kick off your visit on the 9th (Sat): cool off at Splash Planet, see exotic creatures in open habitats at Gannet Safaris Overland, and then make a trip to Marine Parade.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, use the Hastings online travel route planner.

Getting from Taupo to Hastings by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) so you can travel to Palmerston North.

Things to do in Hastings

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Theme Parks

Side Trips

1
night
Palmerston North

Palmerston North is a city in the North Island of New Zealand and the seat of the Manawatu-Wanganui region. On the 10th (Sun), see the interesting displays at Te Manawa, then look for gifts at The Shearing Shed, then take in nature's colorful creations at Victoria Esplanade Gardens, and finally admire all the interesting features of Saddle Road.

To see maps, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read Palmerston North trip planner.

Traveling by car from Hastings to Palmerston North takes 2.5 hours. In January, daily temperatures in Palmerston North can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Palmerston North

Parks · Museums · Shopping · Outdoors

3
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Wellington

Harbour Capital

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'll explore and learn at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa and National War Memorial. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Wellington Museum and Mount Kaukau. The adventure continues: explore the activities along Oriental Bay, identify plant and animal life at Otari-Wilton's Bush Native Botanic Garden, admire the natural beauty at Lady Norwood Rose Garden, and look and learn at Space Place at Carter Observatory.

To see more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Wellington trip maker site.

You can drive from Palmerston North to Wellington in 2 hours. Traveling from Palmerston North in January, plan for little chillier nights in Wellington, with lows around 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) so you can travel to New Plymouth.

Things to do in Wellington

Parks · Museums · Nature · Outdoors

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New Plymouth

Where other cities run, New Plymouth prefers to stroll.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Thu): examine the collection at Richmond Cottage, then get to know the resident critters at Pukekura Park, and then get to know the resident critters at Brooklands Zoo. On the 15th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the exciting artwork at Real Tart Gallery, then engage your brain at Puke Ariki, and then go for a walk through New Plymouth Coastal Walkway.

To find reviews, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, go to the New Plymouth trip builder site.

Traveling by flight from Wellington to New Plymouth takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) so you can drive to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in New Plymouth

Museums · Zoos & Aquariums · Parks · Childrens Museums

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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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Sat): explore the fascinating underground world of Ruakuri Cave, explore the fascinating underground world of Caveworld, and then explore the fascinating underground world of Waitomo Glowworm Caves. On the 17th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: trek along Piripiri Cave Walk, take in the dramatic scenery at Marakopa Falls, then take in the views from Mangapohue Natural Bridge Walk, then skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour, and finally hike along Ruakuri Walk.

For more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Waitomo Caves holiday planner.

You can drive from New Plymouth to Waitomo Caves in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of flight and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) so you can go by car back home.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

North Island travel guide

4.5
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.

Taupo District travel guide

4.2
Waterfalls · River Rafting & Tubing · Geologic Formations
Just because Taupo District is landlocked doesn't mean you'll miss the water: Lake Taupo is the largest lake in New Zealand, occupying about the same surface area as Singapore. Hugging this expansive body of water, the surrounding territory offers great opportunities to fish, swim, and enjoy a range of water sports. Be sure to venture back from the water's edge to take advantage of other outdoor attractions in Taupo District, including skiing trails, geothermal parks, native forests, and impressive waterfalls.