11 days in North Island Itinerary

11 days in North Island Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Auckland
— 2 nights
2
Dargaville
— Few hours
3
Paihia
— 2 nights
4
Rotorua
— 3 nights
5
Taupo
— Few hours
6
Wellington
— 1 night

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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sun): walk around Auckland Domain, learn about all things military at Auckland Museum, thenstop by Pauanesia, and finally take in panoramic vistas at SkyTower.

For other places to visit, ratings, maps, and tourist information, go to the Auckland trip itinerary maker.

If you are flying in from United Kingdom, the closest major aiports are Auckland International Airport and Hamilton International Airport. In October, daily temperatures in Auckland can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. You will leave for Dargaville on the 13th (Tue).

Things to do in Auckland

Museums Parks Shopping
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SkyTower ©
SkyTower
Auckland Museum ©
Auckland Museum
Auckland Domain ©
Auckland Domain

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hours
Dargaville

Dargaville ©
Dargaville is a town in the North Island of New Zealand. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Trounson Kauri Park as well as The Kumara Box. Start off your visit on the 13th (Tue): relax in the rural setting at The Kumara Box and then take a peaceful walk through Trounson Kauri Park.

To find traveler tips, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Dargaville vacation planning site.

Traveling by car from Auckland to Dargaville takes 2.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) so you can drive to Paihia.

Things to do in Dargaville

Nature Wildlife Parks
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Trounson Kauri Park ©
Trounson Kauri Park
The Kumara Box ©
The Kumara Box

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nights
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 14th (Wed): look for all kinds of wild species at Paihia Harbour, thensteep yourself in history at Waitangi Treaty Grounds, and then take a memorable tour with Tours. Keep things going the next day: get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Paihia itinerary maker app.

Getting from Dargaville to Paihia by car takes about 2 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Rotorua.

Things to do in Paihia

Wildlife Outdoors Tours
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Waitangi Treaty Grounds ©
Waitangi Treaty Grounds
Nature & Wildlife Tours

3
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Rotorua: Waitomo Caves (Ruakuri Cave, Waitomo Glowworm Caves, &more), Ed Hillary Walkway (in Otorohanga) and Hobbiton Movie Set (in Hinuera). There's still lots to do: whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, trot along with a tour on horseback, take in the natural beauty of Te Puia, and explore the wealth of natural beauty at Waiotapu Boardwalk/ Mud Pool.

To find where to stay, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read Rotorua online holiday maker.

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Paihia to Rotorua in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Taupo.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Waitomo Caves, Ed Hillary Walkway, Waiotapu Boardwalk/ Mud Pool, Hobbiton Movie Set, River Rafting & Tubing
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Hobbiton Movie Set ©
Hobbiton Movie Set
Zipline
Waitomo Glowworm Caves ©
Waitomo Glowworm Caves

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hours
Taupo

Taupo
The resort town of Taupo lies on the banks of Lake Taupo, the largest body of water in the whole of Australasia.
To find maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Taupo trip itinerary site.

Getting from Rotorua to Taupo by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. You will leave for Wellington on the 19th (Mon).

Things to do in Taupo

Outdoors Tours Parks
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night
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 20th (Tue), get engrossed in the history at The Great War Exhibition, thencatch a ride on Wellington Cable Car, thenget a sense of history and politics at New Zealand Parliament, and finally admire the natural beauty at Wellington Botanic Garden.

To see maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Wellington day trip planning website.

Fly from Taupo to Wellington in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Wellington can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. On the 21st (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Wellington

Museums Parks Transportation

Side Trip

Wellington Botanic Garden
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The Great War Exhibition ©
The Great War Exhibition
Wellington Botanic Garden ©
Wellington Botanic Garden
Wellington Cable Car ©
Wellington Cable Car

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