17 days in North Island Itinerary

17 days in North Island Itinerary

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17 days in North Island Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  7​h
1
Auckland
— 1 night
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:  1​h 30​min
5
Whangarei
— Few hours
Drive:  3​h
6
Takapuna
— Few hours
Drive:  2​h
7
Thames
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
8
Coromandel
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
9
Whitianga
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
10
Rotorua
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h
11
Taupo
— 2 nights
bus + Fly:  3​h 30​min
12
Gisborne
— 1 day
Drive:  3​h 30​min
13
Napier
— Few hours
Drive:  4​h
14
Wellington
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
15
Whanganui
— Few hours
Drive:  2​h 30​min
16
New Plymouth
— 1 day
Drive:  3​h
17
Hamilton
— Few hours
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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sat): explore the activities along Devonport, then get engrossed in the history at Auckland War Memorial Museum, and then enjoy breathtaking views from Sky Tower.

To find traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Auckland tour itinerary maker app .

Sydney, Australia to Auckland is an approximately 7-hour flight. Traveling from Sydney to Auckland, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Sydney in April, plan for little chillier days and somewhat warmer nights in Auckland: temperatures range from 22°C by day to 22°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Kaitaia.

Things to do in Auckland

Museums Nature Parks
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SkyTower ©
SkyTower
Auckland War Memorial Museum ©
Auckland War Memorial Museum
Devonport ©
Devonport

1
day
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. Start off your visit on the 5th (Sun): kick back and relax at Ninety Mile Beach, then walk around Gumdiggers Park, and then stop by Ka-uri Unearthed.

For where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Kaitaia driving holiday planner .

Explore your travel options from Auckland to Kaitaia with the Route module. 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

Awanui
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Ninety Mile Beach ©
Ninety Mile Beach
Ka-uri Unearthed ©
Ka-uri Unearthed
Gumdiggers Park ©
Gumdiggers Park

1
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Cape Reinga

Cape Reinga ©
Start off your visit on the 6th (Mon): explore the striking landscape at Te Paki Sand Dunes and then take in the pleasant sights at Cape Reinga.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read Cape Reinga road trip site .

You can drive from Kaitaia to Cape Reinga in 2 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to travel to Kerikeri.

Things to do in Cape Reinga

Nature Parks

Side Trip

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

1
night
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), identify plant and animal life at The Parrot Place, admire the sheer force of Rainbow Falls, then admire the striking features of The Stone Store & Kemp House - Kerikeri Mission Station, then hike along Kororipo Pa Historic Walk, and finally make a trip to Kawakawa Public Toilets by Hundertwasser.

To see more things to do, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Kerikeri online travel planner .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Cape Reinga to Kerikeri. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Whangarei.

Things to do in Kerikeri

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trip

Kawakawa Public Toilets by Hundertwasser
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Rainbow Falls ©
Rainbow Falls
The Parrot Place ©
The Parrot Place

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Whangarei

Whangarei ©
Whangarei is the northernmost city in New Zealand and the regional capital of Northland Region. Start off your visit on the 8th (Wed): get to know the fascinating history of Waro Limestone Scenic Reserve Walk and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Bream Head Coast Walks.

To find photos, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read Whangarei travel planner.

Traveling by car from Kerikeri to Whangarei takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Takapuna.

Things to do in Whangarei

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Waro Limestone Scenic Reserve Walk
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Bream Head Coast Walks ©
Bream Head Coast Walks

few
hours
Takapuna

Takapuna
To find ratings, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Takapuna trip planner .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Whangarei to Takapuna. In April, daily temperatures in Takapuna can reach 23°C, while at night they dip to 23°C. You will leave for Thames on the 8th (Wed).

Things to do in Takapuna

Outdoors Parks Tours
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1
night
Thames

Thames
Thames is a town at the southwestern end of the Coromandel Peninsula in New Zealand's North Island. For photos, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Thames day trip planner.

You can drive from Takapuna to Thames in 2 hours. Traveling from Takapuna in April, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Thames, with lows of 15°C. On the 9th (Thu), you'll travel to Coromandel.

Things to do in Thames

Parks Outdoors Trails
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1
night
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. Start off your visit on the 9th (Thu): have some family-friendly fun at The Waterworks, then make a trip to The 309 Road, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Mercury Bay. Keep things going the next day: look for gifts at The Coromandel Smoking Co. and then kick back and relax at New Chums Beach.

To see other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Coromandel online trip maker .

Traveling by car from Thames to Coromandel takes an hour. In April, daytime highs in Coromandel are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Whitianga.

Things to do in Coromandel

Parks Outdoors 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.

1
night
Whitianga

Whitianga ©
Whitianga is a town on the Coromandel Peninsula, in the Waikato Region of New Zealand's North Island. On the 10th (Fri), enjoy the sand and surf at Hahei Beach Walk and then go for a walk through Shakespeare Cliff Scenic and Historic Reserve.

For ratings, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read Whitianga trip itinerary planning tool .

You can drive from Coromandel to Whitianga in an hour. In April, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Rotorua.

Things to do in Whitianga

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Hot Water Beach, Hahei Beach Walk
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Hot Water Beach ©
Hot Water Beach
The Lost Spring ©
The Lost Spring
Hahei Beach Walk ©
Hahei Beach Walk

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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.
On the 12th (Sun), make a trip to Amokura Glass, then take a memorable tour with Tours, then explore and take pictures at Te Puia, and finally witness a stunning natural landmark at Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland.

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

Drive from Whitianga to Rotorua in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of shuttle and flight. April in Rotorua sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 15°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to catcht the bus to Taupo.

Things to do in Rotorua

Nature Parks Outdoors
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Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland ©
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland
Zipline
Te Puia ©
Te Puia

2
nights
Taupo

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 13th (Mon): take in the dramatic scenery at Huka Falls Walkway, push the limits with an extreme tour, then explore the striking landscape at Craters of the Moon, and finally make a trip to Maori Rock Carvings. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Tue): stop by Souvenir Outlet, then get in on the family fun at Huka Prawn Park, and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

To find where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Taupo journey planning website .

Traveling by bus from Rotorua to Taupo takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to travel to Gisborne.

Things to do in Taupo

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trip

River Rafting & Tubing
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Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Huka Falls Walkway ©
Huka Falls Walkway
Maori Rock Carvings ©
Maori Rock Carvings

1
day
Gisborne

Gisborne ©
A holiday in Gisborne incorporates both leisure and culture.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Wed): take in the dramatic natural features at Rere Rockslide and then admire the masterpieces at Tairawhiti Museum.

To find other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Gisborne vacation planner.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Taupo to Gisborne in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Napier.

Things to do in Gisborne

Nature Parks Museums
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Rere Rockslide ©
Rere Rockslide
Tairawhiti Museum ©
Tairawhiti Museum

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Napier

Napier
Enjoy the atmosphere and architecture of 1930s design in Napier, one of the best-preserved Art Deco cities in the world.
To see traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Napier sightseeing planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Gisborne to Napier. You will leave for Wellington on the 15th (Wed).

Things to do in Napier

Tours Outdoors Parks
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Thu): take an in-depth tour of The Great War Exhibition, then admire the natural beauty at Wellington Botanic Garden, then take a memorable ride with Wellington Cable Car, and finally examine the collection at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa. Here are some ideas for day two: look for all kinds of wild species at ZEALANDIA Sanctuary.

For photos, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read Wellington trip planning site .

You can fly from Napier to Wellington in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. April in Wellington sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 14°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Whanganui.

Things to do in Wellington

Parks Museums Wildlife

Side Trip

Wellington Botanic Garden
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Wellington Cable Car ©
Wellington Cable Car
Wellington Botanic Garden ©
Wellington Botanic Garden

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Whanganui

Whanganui
Start off your visit on the 17th (Fri): contemplate the long history of Durie Hill Memorial Tower.

For more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Whanganui trip planner .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Wellington to Whanganui. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in April, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to travel to New Plymouth.

Things to do in Whanganui

Historic Sites
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New Plymouth

New Plymouth ©
Where other cities run, New Plymouth prefers to stroll.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sat): stroll around Pukekura Park, look for gifts at Giles Chocolatier, and then take in the pleasant sights at New Plymouth Coastal Walkway.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our New Plymouth day trip planning site .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Whanganui to New Plymouth. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Hamilton.

Things to do in New Plymouth

Parks Zoos & Aquariums 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.
Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Hamilton trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Drive from New Plymouth to Hamilton in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. You'll set off for home on the 18th (Sat).

Things to do in Hamilton

Outdoors Tours Parks
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