14 days in North Island Itinerary

14 days in North Island Itinerary

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14 days in North Island Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  7​h
1
Auckland
— Few hours
Drive:  4​h 30​min
2
Kaitaia
— 1 day
Drive:  2​h
3
Cape Reinga
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
4
Kerikeri
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
5
Takapuna
— Few hours
Drive:  2​h
6
Thames
— 1 day
Drive:  1​h
7
Coromandel
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
8
Whitianga
— Few hours
Fly:  30​min
9
Tauranga
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h
10
Rotorua
— 2 nights
Drive:  30​min
11
Wai-O-Tapu
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h
12
Taupo
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
13
Napier
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 30​min
14
Wellington
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
15
Whanganui
— Few hours
Drive:  2​h 30​min
16
New Plymouth
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
17
Hamilton
— 1 night
Fly:  6​h 30​min
End: Sydney

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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.
For traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Auckland trip builder site .

Sydney, Australia to Auckland is an approximately 7-hour flight. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) (AEST) to New Zealand Standard Time (NZST), which is usually a 2 hour difference. Traveling from Sydney in April, expect nights in Auckland to be a bit warmer, around 22°C, while days are slightly colder, around 22°C. You will leave for Kaitaia on the 5th (Sun).

Things to do in Auckland

Outdoors Tours Parks
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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. Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sun): walk around Gumdiggers Park, then stroll through Ninety Mile Beach, and then trek along Lake Ngatu Track.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Kaitaia trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Auckland to Kaitaia by car takes about 4.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can drive to Cape Reinga.

Things to do in Kaitaia

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Gumdiggers Park
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Ninety Mile Beach ©
Ninety Mile Beach
Gumdiggers Park ©
Gumdiggers Park
Lake Ngatu Track ©
Lake Ngatu Track

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Cape Reinga

Cape Reinga ©
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Mon): take in the dramatic natural features at Te Paki Sand Dunes and then get great views at Cape Reinga.

For where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Cape Reinga visit planning website .

Traveling by car from Kaitaia to Cape Reinga takes 2 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to travel to Kerikeri.

Things to do in Cape Reinga

Parks Nature

Side Trip

Te Paki Sand Dunes
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Te Paki Sand Dunes ©
Te Paki Sand Dunes
Cape Reinga ©
Cape Reinga

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Kerikeri

Kerikeri ©
Kerikeri, the largest town in Northland New Zealand, is a popular tourist destination about three hours drive north of Auckland, and 80 km north of the northern region's largest city, Whangarei. On the 7th (Tue), take in nature's colorful creations at Waitangi Treaty Grounds, look for gifts at Bay of Islands Honey Shop, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Kororipo Pa Historic Walk, then steep yourself in history at The Stone Store & Kemp House - Kerikeri Mission Station, and finally admire the sheer force of Rainbow Falls. On the 8th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: identify plant and animal life at Paihia Harbour and then identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas.

For reviews, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, use the Kerikeri holiday website .

You can drive from Cape Reinga to Kerikeri in 3 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to travel to Takapuna.

Things to do in Kerikeri

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trip

Paihia
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Waitangi Treaty Grounds ©
Waitangi Treaty Grounds
Paihia Harbour ©
Paihia Harbour
Nature & Wildlife Tours

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Takapuna

Takapuna
For other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read Takapuna journey maker app .

Traveling by car from Kerikeri to Takapuna takes 3.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 23°C in April, and nighttime lows around 23°C. On the 8th (Wed), you'll travel to Thames.

Things to do in Takapuna

Outdoors Parks Tours
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Thames

Thames
Thames is a town at the southwestern end of the Coromandel Peninsula in New Zealand's North Island. To find other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Thames day trip app .

You can drive from Takapuna to Thames in 2 hours. Traveling from Takapuna in April, expect slightly colder with lows of 15°C in Thames. You will leave for Coromandel on the 9th (Thu).

Things to do in Thames

Outdoors Parks Tours
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Coromandel

Coromandel ©
Coromandel is a town on the Coromandel Harbour, on the western side of the Coromandel Peninsula, which is on the east coast of the North Island of New Zealand. Kick off your visit on the 9th (Thu): enjoy the sand and surf at New Chums Beach, make a trip to The 309 Road, and then have some family-friendly fun at The Waterworks. On the 10th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stop by The Coromandel Smoking Co. and then contemplate the waterfront views at Mercury Bay.

To see reviews, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Coromandel road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Thames to Coromandel takes an hour. In April, daily temperatures in Coromandel can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Fri) to allow time for the car ride to Whitianga.

Things to do in Coromandel

Parks Beaches Fun & Games

Side Trip

New Chums Beach
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New Chums Beach ©
New Chums Beach
The Waterworks ©
The Waterworks
The Coromandel Smoking Co. ©
The Coromandel Smoking Co.

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Whitianga

Whitianga ©
Whitianga is a town on the Coromandel Peninsula, in the Waikato Region of New Zealand's North Island. Start off your visit on the 10th (Fri): kick back and relax at Hahei Beach Walk and then take in the pleasant sights at Shakespeare Cliff Scenic and Historic Reserve.

To see maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Whitianga visit planning website .

You can drive from Coromandel to Whitianga in an hour. April in Whitianga sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 15°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to catch the flight to Tauranga.

Things to do in Whitianga

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Hahei Beach Walk
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Hahei Beach Walk ©
Hahei Beach Walk

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Tauranga

Tauranga
The largest city in the Bay of Plenty, Tauranga features extensive sandy beaches, well-maintained hiking paths, and a good range of accommodations.
To find other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read Tauranga online sightseeing planner .

Tauranga is just a short distance from Whitianga. In April, daily temperatures in Tauranga can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. You will leave for Rotorua on the 10th (Fri).

Things to do in Tauranga

Outdoors Tours Parks
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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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Sat): witness a stunning natural landmark at Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland and then look for all kinds of wild species at Redwoods Treewalk.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Rotorua using our trip planner.

Traveling by car from Tauranga to Rotorua takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in April, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can go by car to Wai-O-Tapu.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland ©
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland
Redwoods Treewalk ©
Redwoods Treewalk

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Wai-O-Tapu

Wai-O-Tapu ©
On the 12th (Sun), witness a stunning natural landmark at Waiotapu Boardwalk/ Mud Pool and then get impressive views of Waimangu Volcanic Valley.

For photos, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Wai-O-Tapu trip site .

Wai-O-Tapu is just a stone's throw from Rotorua. In April, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 15°C. On the 12th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Taupo.

Things to do in Wai-O-Tapu

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Waimangu Volcanic Valley
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Waimangu Volcanic Valley ©
Waimangu Volcanic Valley
Waiotapu Boardwalk/ Mud Pool ©
Waiotapu Boardwalk/ Mud Pool

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Taupo

The resort town of Taupo lies on the banks of Lake Taupo, the largest body of water in the whole of Australasia.
On the 12th (Sun), view the masterpieces at L'Arte.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read our Taupo trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Wai-O-Tapu to Taupo in an hour. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can drive to Napier.

Things to do in Taupo

Parks Outdoors Theme Parks
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Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Huka Falls Walkway ©
Huka Falls Walkway
Huka Prawn Park ©
Huka Prawn Park

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Napier

Enjoy the atmosphere and architecture of 1930s design in Napier, one of the best-preserved Art Deco cities in the world.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Tue): admire nature's wide array of creatures at National Aquarium of New Zealand, indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area, and then get great views at Bluff Hill Lookout.

For maps, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Napier road trip planning site .

Traveling by car from Taupo to Napier takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Napier

Tours Zoos & Aquariums Parks
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Wine Tours & Tastings
National Aquarium of New Zealand ©
National Aquarium of New Zealand
Bluff Hill Lookout ©
Bluff Hill Lookout

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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 15th (Wed), identify plant and animal life at ZEALANDIA Sanctuary and then see the interesting displays at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa.

For more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Wellington trip planner .

You can fly from Napier to Wellington in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in April, and nighttime lows around 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Whanganui.

Things to do in Wellington

Parks Wildlife Museums
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ZEALANDIA Sanctuary ©
ZEALANDIA Sanctuary

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Whanganui

Whanganui
For reviews, maps, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Whanganui trip itinerary planner .

Drive from Wellington to Whanganui in 3 hours. In April, daily temperatures in Whanganui can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. On the 15th (Wed), you'll travel to New Plymouth.

Things to do in Whanganui

Parks Outdoors Tours
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New Plymouth

New Plymouth ©
Where other cities run, New Plymouth prefers to stroll.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Thu): walk around Pukekura Park, look for gifts at Giles Chocolatier, and then take in the pleasant sights at New Plymouth Coastal Walkway.

To find ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read New Plymouth trip planner .

You can drive from Whanganui to New Plymouth in 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Hamilton.

Things to do in New Plymouth

Zoos & Aquariums Parks Shopping
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Pukekura Park ©
Pukekura Park
New Plymouth Coastal Walkway ©
New Plymouth Coastal Walkway

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Hamilton

Hamilton ©
On the banks of the Waikato River lies Hamilton, a pretty, active city on North Island.
Hobbiton Movie Set has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 17th (Fri): don't miss a visit to Hobbiton Movie Set.

To see where to stay, ratings, photos, and tourist information, go to the Hamilton route builder site .

You can drive from New Plymouth to Hamilton in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. You'll have a few hours on the 17th (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling to Waitomo Caves.
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Hobbiton Movie Set ©
Hobbiton Movie Set

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