13 days in North Island Itinerary

13 days in North Island Itinerary

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13 days in North Island Itinerary

Start: Halifax
Fly:  28​h
1
Auckland
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
2
Paihia
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  4​h 15​min
3
Rotorua
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Whakapapa
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
5
Wellington
— 2 nights
Fly:  27​h
End: Halifax

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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Wed): indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the activities along Devonport, see the interesting displays at Auckland War Memorial Museum, and then enjoy breathtaking views from Sky Tower.

To see photos, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Auckland trip itinerary maker website .

Halifax, Canada to Auckland is an approximately 28-hour flight. The time zone changes from Atlantic Standard Time to New Zealand Standard Time, which is usually a 16 hour difference. Plan for much warmer temperatures traveling from Halifax in February, with highs in Auckland at 26°C and lows at 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Paihia.

Things to do in Auckland

Tours Museums Parks
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SkyTower ©
SkyTower
Auckland War Memorial Museum ©
Auckland War Memorial Museum
Wine Tours & Tastings

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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Fri): stop by Paihia Bookshop, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, then take in nature's colorful creations at Waitangi Treaty Grounds, and finally fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour. Keep things going the next day: identify plant and animal life at Paihia Harbour, then pause for some serene contemplation at St Paul's Anglican Church, and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Paihia itinerary planner .

Getting from Auckland to Paihia by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Rotorua.

Things to do in Paihia

Wildlife Tours Outdoors
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Paihia Harbour ©
Paihia Harbour
Waitangi Treaty Grounds ©
Waitangi Treaty Grounds
Scuba & Snorkeling

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Rotorua side-trips: Hobbiton Movie Set (in Hinuera) and Taupo (Maori Rock Carvings, Adrenaline & Extreme Tours, & more). Next up on the itinerary: take in the natural beauty of Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, delve into the lush surroundings at Redwoods, Whakarewarewa Forest, and do a tasting at Volcanic Hills Winery.

For reviews, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Rotorua sightseeing planning website .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Paihia to Rotorua in 4.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. In February, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can travel to Whakapapa.

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

2
nights
Whakapapa

Whakapapa ©
On the 12th (Wed), admire the sheer force of Taranaki Falls, take in the dramatic scenery at Tawhai Falls, and then trek along Tongariro Alpine Crossing. On your second day here, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Tongariro Crossing Shuttles, steep yourself in history at Tangiwai Rail Disaster Memorial, then grab your bike and head to Ohakune Old Coach Road, and finally go for a walk through Mead's Wall.

For photos, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Whakapapa trip planner .

You can drive from Rotorua to Whakapapa in 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Whakapapa

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trips

Tongariro National Park, Tangiwai Rail Disaster Memorial
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Tongariro Alpine Crossing ©
Tongariro Alpine Crossing
Ohakune Old Coach Road ©
Ohakune Old Coach Road
Taranaki Falls ©
Taranaki Falls

2
nights
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 14th (Fri), get engrossed in the history at The Great War Exhibition, then 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.

To find maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Wellington sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Whakapapa to Wellington takes 4.5 hours. In February in Wellington, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 17°C at night. On the 15th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Wellington

Parks Museums Wildlife

Side Trip

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

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