17 days in North Island Itinerary

17 days in North Island Itinerary

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Auckland
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Kaitaia
— 1 day
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Cape Reinga
— 1 night
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Kerikeri
— 1 night
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Whangarei
— Few hours
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Takapuna
— Few hours
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Thames
— 1 night
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Coromandel
— 1 night
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Whitianga
— 1 night
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Rotorua
— 2 nights
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Taupo
— 2 nights
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Gisborne
— 1 day
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Napier
— Few hours
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Wellington
— 1 night
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Whanganui
— Few hours
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New Plymouth
— 1 day
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Hamilton
— Few hours

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Auckland

Auckland ©

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 4th (Sat), take a stroll through Devonport, see the interesting displays at Auckland Museum, and then take in panoramic vistas at SkyTower.

To see where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Auckland online holiday planner.

Sydney, Australia to Auckland is an approximately 7-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Sydney to Auckland. When traveling from Sydney in April, plan for slightly colder days in Auckland, with highs around 22°C, while nights are somewhat warmer with lows around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Kaitaia.

Things to do in Auckland

Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods · Shopping
Find places to stay Apr 3 — 4:
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SkyTower ©
SkyTower
Auckland Museum ©
Auckland Museum
Devonport ©
Devonport

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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. Start off your visit on the 5th (Sun): enjoy the sand and surf at Ninety Mile Beach, stroll around Gumdiggers Park, and then look for gifts at Ka-uri Unearthed.

To plan Kaitaia vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.

Drive from Auckland to Kaitaia in 4.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Cape Reinga.

Things to do in Kaitaia

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 4 — 5:
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Ninety Mile Beach ©
Ninety Mile Beach
Ka-uri Unearthed ©
Ka-uri Unearthed
Gumdiggers Park ©
Gumdiggers Park

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Cape Reinga

Cape Reinga ©
Cape Reinga or Te Rerenga Wairua is the northwesternmost tip of the Aupouri Peninsula, at the northern end of the North Island of New Zealand. 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 Lighthouse.

To find other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Cape Reinga road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Kaitaia to Cape Reinga takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can drive to Kerikeri.

Things to do in Cape Reinga

Parks · Nature

Side Trip

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

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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. Start off your visit on the 7th (Tue): identify plant and animal life at The Parrot Place, admire the sheer force of Rainbow Falls, 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, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Kerikeri trip itinerary maker tool.

Traveling by car from Cape Reinga to Kerikeri takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can go by car to Whangarei.

Things to do in Kerikeri

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 7 — 8:
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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. Kick off your visit on the 8th (Wed): trek along Bream Head Coast Walks.

For traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Whangarei road trip website.

Drive from Kerikeri to Whangarei in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can travel to Takapuna.

Things to do in Whangarei

Parks · Outdoors · Trails
Find places to stay Apr 8 — 9:
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Bream Head Coast Walks ©
Bream Head Coast Walks

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Takapuna

Takapuna
For where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Takapuna trip planner.

Traveling by car from Whangarei to Takapuna takes 2.5 hours. In April, plan for daily highs up to 23°C, and evening lows to 23°C. You'll set off for Thames on the 8th (Wed).

Things to do in Takapuna

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Wildlife
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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 see reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Thames trip planner.

Traveling by car from Takapuna to Thames takes 2 hours. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Thames when traveling from Takapuna in April, with lows around 15°C. You'll set off for Coromandel on the 9th (Thu).

Things to do in Thames

Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Trails
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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. On the 9th (Thu), have some family-friendly fun at The Waterworks, don't miss a visit to The 309 Road, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Mercury Bay. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Fri): look for gifts at The Coromandel Smoking Co. and then kick back and relax at New Chums Beach.

For other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read Coromandel trip maker site.

You can drive from Thames to Coromandel in an hour. In April in Coromandel, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 15°C at night. 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 · Outdoors · Beaches · Fun & Games

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 9 — 10:
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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 go for a walk through Shakespeare Cliff Scenic and Historic Reserve.

To find maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Whitianga trip itinerary planner.

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

Things to do in Whitianga

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 10 — 11:
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Hot Water Beach ©
Hot Water Beach
The Lost Spring ©
The Lost Spring
Shakespeare Cliff Scenic and Historic Reserve ©

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Rotorua

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.
On the 12th (Sun), don't miss a visit to Amokura Glass, then kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, then take in the natural beauty of Te Puia, and finally take in the natural beauty of Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland.

Before you visit Rotorua, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Traveling by car from Whitianga to Rotorua takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of shuttle and flight. In April, daytime highs in Rotorua are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Taupo.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Adventure
Find places to stay Apr 11 — 13:
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Zipline
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland ©
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland
Te Puia ©
Te Puia

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Taupo

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.
On the 13th (Mon), take in the dramatic scenery at Huka Falls Walkway, get interesting insight from Tours, then explore the striking landscape at Craters of the Moon, and finally don't miss a visit to Maori Rock Carvings. On the 14th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for gifts at Souvenir Outlet, laugh and play at Huka Prawn Park, and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To find traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Taupo trip planner.

You can drive from Rotorua to Taupo in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Gisborne.

Things to do in Taupo

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Adventure

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 13 — 15:
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Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Huka Falls Walkway
Huka Falls Walkway
River Rafting & Tubing

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Gisborne

Gisborne ©

City of Rivers

A holiday in Gisborne incorporates both leisure and culture.
On the 15th (Wed), explore the striking landscape at Rere Rockslide and then admire the masterpieces at Tairawhiti Museum.

For ratings, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read Gisborne trip planner.

You can drive from Taupo to Gisborne in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to travel to Napier.

Things to do in Gisborne

Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 14 — 15:
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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, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Napier journey planning app.

You can drive from Gisborne to Napier in 3 hours. You'll set off for Wellington on the 15th (Wed).

Things to do in Napier

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Wineries
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Wellington

Wellington

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 16th (Thu): get engrossed in the history at The Great War Exhibition, take in nature's colorful creations at Wellington Botanic Garden, then catch a ride on Wellington Cable Car, and finally examine the collection at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at ZEALANDIA Ecosanctuary.

To find ratings, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Wellington trip planner.

You can drive from Napier to Wellington in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or 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 · Transportation

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 15 — 17:
Highlights from your plan
Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
The Great War Exhibition ©
The Great War Exhibition
Wellington Cable Car ©
Wellington Cable Car

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Whanganui

Whanganui
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Fri): take in panoramic vistas at War Memorial Tower.

Plan a trip to Whanganui easily and quickly by telling Inspirock to suggest an itinerary.

Traveling by car from Wellington to Whanganui takes 3 hours. In April, daily temperatures in Whanganui can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can travel to New Plymouth.

Things to do in Whanganui

Historic Sites
Find places to stay Apr 17 — 18:

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New Plymouth

New Plymouth ©
Where other cities run, New Plymouth prefers to stroll.
On the 18th (Sat), get to know the resident critters at Pukekura Park, look for gifts at Giles Chocolatier, and then take in the pleasant sights at New Plymouth Coastal Walkway.

For where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the New Plymouth trip itinerary website.

Traveling by car from Whanganui to New Plymouth takes 2.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can go by car to Hamilton.

Things to do in New Plymouth

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Shopping
Find places to stay Apr 17 — 18:
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Pukekura Park ©
Pukekura Park
New Plymouth Coastal Walkway ©
New Plymouth Coastal Walkway
Giles Chocolatier ©
Giles Chocolatier

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Hamilton

Hamilton

Tron

On the banks of the Waikato River lies Hamilton, a pretty, active city on North Island.
For ratings and tourist information, refer to the Hamilton trip itinerary maker website.

Traveling by car from New Plymouth to Hamilton takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. You will leave for home on the 18th (Sat).

Things to do in Hamilton

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Wildlife
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