15 days in North Island Itinerary

15 days in North Island Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Auckland
— 2 nights
2
Paihia
— 2 nights
3
Waitomo Caves
— 1 night
4
Rotorua
— 4 nights
5
Tongariro National Park
— 3 nights
6
Wellington
— 2 nights

2
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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like SkyTower and Auckland Zoo. There's much more to do: brush up on your military savvy at Auckland Museum, have some family-friendly fun at Virtual Reality Studio, explore the world behind art at Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki, and find something for the whole family at Rainbow's End Theme Park.

For photos, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Auckland trip itinerary builder app.

Christchurch to Auckland is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of train and ferry. Traveling from Christchurch in June, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Auckland, with lows around °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) early enough to drive to Paihia.

Things to do in Auckland

Theme Parks Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Rainbow's End Theme Park, Cheltenham Beach
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SkyTower ©
SkyTower
Auckland Museum ©
Auckland Museum
Auckland Zoo ©
Auckland Zoo

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Mon): get great views at Opua Forest Lookout Track, thenadmire the landmark architecture of St Paul's Anglican Church, thenlook for gifts at Paihia Bookshop, and finally get in on the family fun at Action World. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Tue): contemplate the long history of Waitangi Treaty Grounds, play a few rounds at Waitangi Golf Club, and then contemplate the long history of KeriKeri New Zealand.

For more things to do, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read our Paihia travel route planning website.

Traveling by car from Auckland to Paihia takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Paihia

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

KeriKeri New Zealand
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Waitangi Treaty Grounds ©
Waitangi Treaty Grounds
Waitangi Golf Club ©
Waitangi Golf Club
Opua Forest Lookout Track ©
Opua Forest Lookout Track

1
night
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.
On the 1st (Wed), explore and take pictures at Mangapohue Natural Bridge Walk, head outdoors with Waitomo Clay Birds, thenhike along Ruakuri Walk, thenHead underground at Caveworld, and finally explore the fascinating underground world of Waitomo Glowworm Caves.

To see traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Waitomo Caves road trip tool.

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Paihia to Waitomo Caves in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to drive to Rotorua.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Waitomo Glowworm Caves ©
Waitomo Glowworm Caves
Caveworld ©
Caveworld
Ruakuri Walk ©
Ruakuri Walk

4
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.
Kids will enjoy Huka Prawn Park and Huka Falls Walkway. Change things up with these side-trips from Rotorua: Hobbiton Movie Set (in Hinuera) and Taupo (Mind Junction, Taupo DeBretts Spa Resort, &more). Next up on the itinerary: take in the natural beauty of Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, look for all kinds of wild species at Paradise Valley Springs Wildlife Park, learn about winemaking at Volcanic Hills Winery, and experience rural life at Agrodome.

For where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, use the Rotorua online route planner.

Drive from Waitomo Caves to Rotorua in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Rotorua are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Tongariro National Park.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks Nature Theme Parks

Side Trips

Taupo, Hobbiton Movie Set
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Hobbiton Movie Set ©
Hobbiton Movie Set
Huka Prawn Park ©
Huka Prawn Park
Mind Junction ©
Mind Junction

3
nights
Tongariro National Park

Tongariro National Park ©
Tongariro National Park has a long history of preserving New Zealand's pristine alpine landscape.
Family-friendly places like Mead's Wall and Horsemtrails will thrill your kids. There's lots more to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Tawhai Falls, tour the pleasant surroundings at Mead's Wall, and trek along Tongariro Northern Circuit.

To find traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Tongariro National Park driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Rotorua to Tongariro National Park takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Tongariro National Park

Parks Trails Outdoors
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Horsemtrails ©
Horsemtrails
Ridge Track ©
Ridge Track
Tongariro Northern Circuit ©
Tongariro Northern Circuit

2
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.
On the 9th (Thu), get to know the resident critters at Wellington Zoo, thentake some stellar pictures from Mount Victoria, thentake a memorable ride with Wellington Cable Car, and finally examine the collection at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa. On the next day, look for all kinds of wild species at ZEALANDIA Sanctuary, thenexamine the collection at The One Room Fan Museum, and then get engrossed in the history at The Great War Exhibition.

For other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read Wellington day trip planning website.

Getting from Tongariro National Park to Wellington by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. In July, daily temperatures in Wellington can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Wellington

Museums Parks Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
Wellington Zoo ©
Wellington Zoo
The Great War Exhibition ©
The Great War Exhibition

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