25 days in North Island Itinerary

25 days in North Island Itinerary

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25 days in North Island Itinerary

Start: Perth
Fly:  10 h
1
Auckland
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h 45 min
2
Russell
— 2 nights
Drive:  6 h 15 min
3
Tauranga
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
4
Taupo
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
5
Whakapapa
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
6
Napier
— 2 nights
Bus + Fly:  3 h 30 min
7
Wellington
— 3 nights
Fly:  2 h 30 min
8
New Plymouth
— 4 nights
Fly:  11 h 45 min
End: Perth

3
nights
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at The Kauri Museum and Sculptureum. Your inner history buff will appreciate Howick Historical Village and St. Patrick's Cathedral. Venture out of the city with trips to Matakana War Memorial (in Matakana) and Empire Art & Espresso (in Paparoa). There's much more to do: explore the world behind art at Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki, enjoy the sea views from Manukau Heads Lighthouse, brush up on your military savvy at Auckland War Memorial Museum, and test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms.

For ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Auckland itinerary maker app .

Perth, Australia to Auckland is an approximately 10-hour flight. The time zone changes from Australian Western Standard Time to New Zealand Standard Time, which is usually a 4 hour difference. Traveling from Perth in December, expect nights in Auckland to be about the same, around 20°C, while days are much colder, around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to travel to Russell.

Things to do in Auckland

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Matakana, Empire Art & Espresso, The Kauri Museum
Find places to stay Dec 16 — 20:
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The Kauri Museum ©
The Kauri Museum
Sculptureum ©
Sculptureum
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki ©
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki

2
nights
Russell

Russell ©
Russell, formerly known as Kororāreka, was the first permanent European settlement and sea port in New Zealand. Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sat): steep yourself in history at Pompallier Mission and Printery, then pause for some serene contemplation at Christ Church, then stop by Paihia Bookshop, and finally identify plant and animal life at Paihia Harbour. On the 22nd (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: pause for some serene contemplation at St Paul's Anglican Church, take in nature's colorful creations at Waitangi Treaty Grounds, then contemplate the long history of KeriKeri New Zealand, and finally contemplate the long history of Flagstaff Hill Historic Reserve.

For maps, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Russell online vacation planner .

Traveling by car from Auckland to Russell takes 4 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to travel to Tauranga.

Things to do in Russell

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Paihia, KeriKeri New Zealand
Find places to stay Dec 20 — 22:
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Christ Church ©
Christ Church
Flagstaff Hill Historic Reserve ©
Flagstaff Hill Historic Reserve
Waitangi Treaty Grounds ©
Waitangi Treaty Grounds

3
nights
Tauranga

Tauranga ©
The largest city in the Bay of Plenty, Tauranga features extensive sandy beaches, well-maintained hiking paths, and a good range of accommodations.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Mt Maunganui Main Beach and Ohope Beach. Popular historic sites such as Government Gardens and St. Faith's Anglican Church are in your itinerary. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tauranga: Experience Comvita (in Paengaroa), Hobbiton Movie Set (in Hinuera) and Whangamata Beach (in Whangamata). There's more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Papamoa Beach and explore the galleries of the Zeus Gallery.

To find where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Tauranga trip planner.

You can drive from Russell to Tauranga in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. In December, daytime highs in Tauranga are 25°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can go by car to Taupo.

Things to do in Tauranga

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Rotorua, Whangamata Beach, Papamoa Beach, Hobbiton Movie Set, Ohope Beach
Find places to stay Dec 22 — 25:
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Mt Maunganui Main Beach ©
Mt Maunganui Main Beach
Papamoa Beach ©
Papamoa Beach
Whangamata Beach ©
Whangamata Beach

3
nights
Taupo

Taupo ©
The resort town of Taupo lies on the banks of Lake Taupo, the largest body of water in the whole of Australasia.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Taupo Museum and Aratiatia Rapids. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Buried Village of Te Wairoa and Tukairangi Gallery. Explore Taupo's surroundings by going to Waimangu Volcanic Valley (in Waimangu), Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland (in Rotorua) and Waiotapu Boardwalk/ Mud Pool (in Wai-O-Tapu). And it doesn't end there: take in the exciting artwork at L'Arte, get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, get to know the fascinating history of Opepe Scenic and Historic Reserve, and admire the sheer force of Huka Falls Walkway.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Taupo trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Tauranga to Taupo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can drive to Whakapapa.

Things to do in Taupo

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Rotorua, Orakei Korako Geothermal Park & Cave, Waiotapu Boardwalk/ Mud Pool
Find places to stay Dec 25 — 28:
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Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland ©
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland
Taupo Museum ©
Taupo Museum
Buried Village of Te Wairoa ©
Buried Village of Te Wairoa

3
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.
Get a sense of the local culture at National Army Museum and Horsemtrails.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Whakapapa route planner.

Getting from Taupo to Whakapapa by car takes about 1.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can travel to Napier.

Things to do in Whakapapa

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trips

Tongariro National Park, National Army Museum
Find places to stay Dec 28 — 31:
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National Army Museum ©
National Army Museum
Mount Ruapehu ©
Mount Ruapehu
Tongariro Alpine Crossing ©
Tongariro Alpine Crossing

2
nights
Napier

Enjoy the atmosphere and architecture of 1930s design in Napier, one of the best-preserved Art Deco cities in the world.
On the 1st (Wed), take in the exciting artwork at Birdwoods Gallery, take in the awesome beauty at Te Mata Peak, admire the landmark architecture of Daily Telegraph Builing, pause for some serene contemplation at Waiapu Anglican Cathedral, Napier, New Zealand, then take some stellar pictures from Bluff Hill Lookout, and finally make a trip to Marine Parade. On the 2nd (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area, then do a tasting at Mission Estate Winery, and then do a tasting at Church Road Winery Cellar Door & Restaurant.

To find ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read Napier trip planning tool .

You can drive from Whakapapa to Napier in 3 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Napier

Tours Wineries Parks

Side Trips

Te Mata Peak, Birdwoods Gallery
Find places to stay Dec 31 — Jan 2:
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Wine Tours & Tastings
Birdwoods Gallery ©
Birdwoods Gallery
Mission Estate Winery ©
Mission Estate Winery

3
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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa and Southward Car Museum. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Wellington Museum and Old St Paul's. And it doesn't end there: brush up on your military savvy at National War Memorial, see the interesting displays at Cable Car Museum, take a memorable ride with Wellington Cable Car, and appreciate the history behind Paddy the Wanderer Monument.

Make your Wellington itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Traveling by flight from Napier to Wellington takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in January, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to travel to New Plymouth.

Things to do in Wellington

Museums Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Southward Car Museum
Find places to stay Jan 2 — 5:
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Wellington Museum ©
Wellington Museum
National War Memorial ©
National War Memorial

4
nights
New Plymouth

New Plymouth ©
Where other cities run, New Plymouth prefers to stroll.
Tawhiti Museum and Fenton Street Art Collective will appeal to museum buffs. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Puke Ariki and Pukekura Park. Explore New Plymouth's surroundings by going to Mount Taranaki (in Egmont National Park) and Opunake Beach (in Opunake). The adventure continues: take in the pleasant sights at New Plymouth Coastal Walkway, see the interesting displays at Hurworth Cottage, take in the exciting artwork at Govett-Brewster Art Gallery / Len Lye Centre, and step off the mainland to explore Paritutu Rock.

To see traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our New Plymouth road trip planning tool .

You can fly from Wellington to New Plymouth in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in New Plymouth

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Oakura Beach Holiday Park, Fenton Street Art Collective, Mount Taranaki, Tawhiti Museum, Opunake Beach
Find places to stay Jan 5 — 9:
Highlights from your plan
Tawhiti Museum ©
Tawhiti Museum
Puke Ariki ©
Puke Ariki
Oakura Beach Holiday Park ©
Oakura Beach Holiday Park

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