10 days in North Island Itinerary

10 days in North Island Itinerary

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10 days in North Island Itinerary

Start: Adelaide
Fly:  9​h 45​min
1
Wellington
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 15​min
2
Whakapapa
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Rotorua
— 3 nights
4
Auckland
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
5
Paihia
— 2 nights
Fly:  8​h 45​min
End: Adelaide

1
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.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Sun): 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 see the interesting displays at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa.

To find reviews, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, go to the Wellington trip itinerary builder .

Adelaide, Australia to Wellington is an approximately 10-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight, taxi, and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Adelaide to Wellington is 2 hours. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Adelaide in October: highs in Wellington hover around 19°C, while lows dip to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Whakapapa.

Things to do in Wellington

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

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

2
nights
Whakapapa

Whakapapa ©
On the 7th (Mon), hike along Silica Rapids Track and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Tongariro Alpine Crossing. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Tue): don't miss a visit to Mead's Wall and then stroll through Horsemtrails.

To find where to stay and more tourist information, you can read our Whakapapa trip planner .

Getting from Wellington to Whakapapa by car takes about 4.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Rotorua.

Things to do in Whakapapa

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trip

Tongariro National Park
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Tongariro Alpine Crossing ©
Tongariro Alpine Crossing
Horsemtrails ©
Horsemtrails
Silica Rapids Track ©
Silica Rapids Track

3
nights
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Rotorua: Hobbiton Movie Set (in Hinuera) and Taupo (Maori Rock Carvings, Adrenaline & Extreme Tours, & more). There's much more to do: take in the natural beauty of Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, take a peaceful walk through Redwoods, Whakarewarewa Forest, take a memorable tour with Tours, and make a trip to Te Puia.

To find ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Rotorua online travel planner .

Getting from Whakapapa to Rotorua by car takes about 2.5 hours. In October, daily temperatures in Rotorua can reach 21°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) so you can go by car to Auckland.

Things to do in Rotorua

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Taupo, Hobbiton Movie Set
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Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland ©
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland
Huka Falls Walkway ©
Huka Falls Walkway

1
night
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.
On the 12th (Sat), explore the activities along Devonport, learn about all things military at Auckland War Memorial Museum, and then take in panoramic vistas at Sky Tower.

To see ratings, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Auckland trip planner.

Traveling by car from Rotorua to Auckland takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Rotorua in October: highs in Auckland hover around 17°C, while lows dip to 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Paihia.

Things to do in Auckland

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

2
nights
Paihia

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.
On the 13th (Sun), look for all kinds of wild species at Paihia Harbour, then admire the natural beauty at Waitangi Treaty Grounds, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas. On your second day here, take in the dramatic scenery at Haruru Falls and then tee off at Waitangi Golf Club.

To see more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Paihia road trip website .

Traveling by car from Auckland to Paihia takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Paihia

Parks Golf Outdoors
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Waitangi Treaty Grounds ©
Waitangi Treaty Grounds
Paihia Harbour ©
Paihia Harbour
Waitangi Golf Club ©
Waitangi Golf Club

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