13 days in North Island Itinerary

13 days in North Island Itinerary

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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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Wed): indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink. Keep things going the next day: wander the streets of Devonport, then brush up on your military savvy at Auckland Museum, and then make a trip to SkyTower.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, use the Auckland travel route builder app.

Halifax, Canada to Auckland is an approximately 28- hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of bus, car, ferry, and flight. Traveling from Halifax to Auckland, you'll lose 16 hours due to the time zone difference. In February, Auckland is much warmer than Halifax - with highs of 26°C and lows of 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can go by car to Paihia.

Things to do in Auckland

Tours Museums Nature
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SkyTower ©
SkyTower
Auckland Museum ©
Auckland 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.
On the 7th (Fri), stop by Paihia Bookshop, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, then steep yourself in history at Waitangi Treaty Grounds, and finally fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour. Here are some ideas for day two: identify plant and animal life at Paihia Harbour, then pause for some serene contemplation at St Paul's Anglican Church, and then get interesting insight from Tours.

To see maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Paihia day trip website.

You can drive from Auckland to Paihia in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can travel to Rotorua.

Things to do in Paihia

Wildlife Outdoors Tours
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Paihia Harbour ©
Paihia Harbour
Waitangi Treaty Grounds ©
Waitangi Treaty Grounds
Nature & Wildlife Tours

3
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Rotorua: Taupo (Maori Rock Carvings, Adrenaline & Extreme Tours, &more) and Hobbiton Movie Set (in Hinuera). And it doesn't end there: take in the natural beauty of Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, learn about winemaking at Volcanic Hills Winery, trot along with a tour on horseback, and delve into the lush surroundings at Redwoods, Whakarewarewa Forest.

To find traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Rotorua day trip planning website.

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Paihia to Rotorua takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus; or drive. In February, daily temperatures in Rotorua can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Whakapapa.

Things to do in Rotorua

Outdoors Tours Nature

Side Trips

Taupo, Hobbiton Movie Set
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Hobbiton Movie Set ©
Hobbiton Movie Set
Huka Falls Walkway
Huka Falls Walkway
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland ©
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland

2
nights
Whakapapa

Whakapapa ©
The country's largest ski resort brings winter sports enthusiasts from all over New Zealand, while a series of short volcano walks as well as numerous alpine crossings make it easy to hike on your Whakapapa trip throughout the year.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Wed): admire the sheer force of Taranaki Falls, take in the dramatic scenery at Tawhai Falls, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Tongariro Alpine Crossing. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the striking landscape of Tongariro Crossing Shuttles, then pause for some photo ops at Tangiwai Rail Disaster Memorial, then go for a walk through Ohakune Old Coach Road, and finally don't miss a visit to Mead's Wall.

To see where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Whakapapa trip planner.

Traveling by car from Rotorua to Whakapapa takes 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough 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.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Fri): get engrossed in the history at The Great War Exhibition, admire the natural beauty 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.

For more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Wellington trip maker app.

Drive from Whakapapa to Wellington in 4.5 hours. In February, daily temperatures in Wellington can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. 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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Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
Wellington Cable Car ©
Wellington Cable Car
ZEALANDIA Sanctuary ©
ZEALANDIA Sanctuary

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