10 days in North Island Itinerary

10 days in North Island Itinerary

Created using Inspirock North Island visit planner

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Wellington
— 1 night
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Taupo
— 2 nights
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Rotorua
— 3 nights
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Auckland
— 1 night
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Paihia
— 2 nights
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Wellington

— 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Fri): steep yourself in history at Old St Paul's and then take an in-depth tour of The Great War Exhibition. On your second day here, get engrossed in the history at Wellington Museum, then steep yourself in history at Wellington Cable Car, and then examine the collection at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa.

To see maps, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Wellington trip maker tool.

Melbourne, Australia to Wellington is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Melbourne to Wellington is 2 hours. When traveling from Melbourne in March, plan for little chillier days in Wellington, with highs around 22°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight to Taupo.

Things to do in Wellington

Museums · Historic Sites · Transportation
Find places to stay Mar 18 — 19:

Taupo

— 2 nights

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 20th (Sun): push the limits with an extreme tour and then trek along Huka Falls Walkway. On the next day, get in on the family fun at Huka Prawn Park, then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then take in the natural beauty of Wairakei Natural Thermal Valley.

To see more things to do, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Taupo online road trip planner.

You can fly from Wellington to Taupo in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) to allow time to drive to Rotorua.

Things to do in Taupo

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Nature
Find places to stay Mar 19 — 21:

Rotorua

— 3 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.
Popular historic sites such as Te Puia and Whakarewarewa - The Living Maori Village are in your itinerary. Get outdoors at Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland and Horseback Riding Tours. There's still lots to do: head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, tour the pleasant surroundings at Waimangu Volcanic Valley, and delve into the lush surroundings at Redwoods, Whakarewarewa Forest.

To see photos, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Rotorua road trip app.

Traveling by car from Taupo to Rotorua takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In March, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) early enough to fly to Auckland.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Outdoors
Find places to stay Mar 21 — 24:

Auckland

— 1 night

City of Sails

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.
On the 25th (Fri), don't miss a visit to SkyTower and then brush up on your military savvy at Auckland Museum.

For photos, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Auckland trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Rotorua to Auckland by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Rotorua in March, plan for little chillier days in Auckland, with highs around 22°C, while nights are a bit warmer with lows around 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) early enough to catch the flight to Paihia.

Things to do in Auckland

Museums
Find places to stay Mar 24 — 25:

Paihia

— 2 nights
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 26th (Sat): take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Paul's Anglican Church and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports. On the 27th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the pleasant surroundings at Paihia Harbour and then contemplate the long history of Waitangi Treaty Grounds.

To find more things to do, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read Paihia tour itinerary planning website.

You can fly from Auckland to Paihia in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Paihia

Wildlife · Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors
Find places to stay Mar 25 — 27:

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.