15 days in North Island Itinerary

15 days in North Island Itinerary

Created using Inspirock North Island tour planner

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Gisborne
— 1 night
Fly
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Wellington
— 1 night
Fly
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Tongariro National Park
— 3 nights
Shuttle
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Taupo
— 1 night
Drive
5
Rotorua
— 3 nights
Drive
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Hahei
— 1 night
Drive
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Paihia
— 3 nights
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Auckland
— 1 night
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Gisborne

— 1 night

City of Rivers

A holiday in Gisborne incorporates both leisure and culture.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Station Life In Rural New Zealand. Start off your visit on the 9th (Wed): delve into the lush surroundings at Eastwoodhill Arboretum, learn about winemaking at Millton Vineyards & Winery, and then experience rural life at Station Life In Rural New Zealand.

For ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Gisborne attractions planner.

Perth, Australia to Gisborne is an approximately 12-hour flight. You can also drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 4 hours traveling from Perth to Gisborne. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Gisborne

Wineries · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 8 — 9:

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 10th (Thu): admire the natural beauty at Wellington Botanic Garden, then get great views at Wellington Cable Car, then see the world from above with a helicopter tour, and finally see the interesting displays at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa.

To find photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Wellington tour itinerary website.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Gisborne to Wellington. March in Wellington sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 16°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can fly to Tongariro National Park.

Things to do in Wellington

Parks · Museums · Tours · Transportation

Side Trip

Find places to stay Mar 9 — 10:

Tongariro National Park

— 3 nights
Tongariro National Park has a long history of preserving New Zealand's pristine alpine landscape.
On the 13th (Sun), hike the day away at Tongariro Alpine Crossing. There's still lots to do: trek along Tongariro Northern Circuit, contemplate the waterfront views at Tama Lakes, and stroll through Rotopounamu Track.

For maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Tongariro National Park visit site.

You can fly from Wellington to Tongariro National Park in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a shuttle to Taupo.

Things to do in Tongariro National Park

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Nature
Find places to stay Mar 10 — 13:

Taupo

— 1 night

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 14th (Mon), get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then take in the dramatic scenery at Huka Falls Walkway, and then head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

To find more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Taupo online tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by shuttle from Tongariro National Park to Taupo takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) so you can drive to Rotorua.

Things to do in Taupo

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Nature
Find places to stay Mar 13 — 14:

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.
Explore Rotorua's surroundings by going to Hamilton Gardens (in Hamilton) and Hobbiton Movie Set (in Hinuera). There's lots more to do: witness a stunning natural landmark at Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, make a trip to Te Puia, whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and delve into the lush surroundings at Redwoods, Whakarewarewa Forest.

To find reviews, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Rotorua travel planner.

Getting from Taupo to Rotorua by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in March, and nighttime lows around 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) early enough to travel to Hahei.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks · Nature · Adventure · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 14 — 17:

Hahei

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Fri): trek along Cathedral Cove Walk and then witness a stunning natural landmark at Hot Water Beach.

To see maps, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Hahei road trip planning website.

You can drive from Rotorua to Hahei in 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in March, and nighttime lows around 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) so you can travel to Paihia.

Things to do in Hahei

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Beaches

Side Trip

Find places to stay Mar 17 — 18:

Paihia

— 3 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.
Spend a day of island exploring on the 21st (Mon) at Urupukapuka Island. There's still lots to do: admire the natural beauty at Waitangi Treaty Grounds, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Paihia Harbour.

For photos, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Paihia online itinerary planner.

Getting from Hahei to Paihia by car takes about 5.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough to catch the flight to Auckland.

Things to do in Paihia

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Nature
Find places to stay Mar 18 — 21:

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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Tue): indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, then brush up on your military savvy at Auckland Museum, and then don't miss a visit to SkyTower.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, go to the Auckland road trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Paihia to Auckland takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In March, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Auckland

Tours · Wineries · Museums
Find places to stay Mar 21 — 22:

North Island travel guide

4.5
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.