16 days in North Island Itinerary

16 days in North Island Itinerary

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16 days in North Island Itinerary

Start: Kuala Lumpur
Fly:  17​h 30​min
1
Wellington
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 15​min
2
Tongariro National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
Rotorua
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
4
Waitomo Caves
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + taxi + bus:  4​h 15​min
5
Paihia
— 5 nights
Fly:  16​h 45​min
End: Kuala Lumpur

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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Wed): look for all kinds of wild species at ZEALANDIA Sanctuary, get engrossed in the history at The Great War Exhibition, and then examine the collection at Museum of New Zealand (Te Papa Tongarewa). On the 11th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for all kinds of wild species at Whitireia Park, examine the collection at Pataka Art + Museum, then admire the striking features of Old St Paul's, and finally take a memorable ride with Wellington Cable Car.

For more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Wellington trip planner .

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Wellington is an approximately 17.5-hour combination of train and flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of bus and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 4 hours traveling from Kuala Lumpur to Wellington. Plan for cooler temperatures traveling from Kuala Lumpur in July, with highs in Wellington at 14°C and lows at 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) early enough to drive to Tongariro National Park.

Things to do in Wellington

Wildlife Parks Museums

Side Trip

Porirua
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The Great War Exhibition ©
The Great War Exhibition
Wellington Cable Car ©
Wellington Cable Car

3
nights
Tongariro National Park

Tongariro National Park ©
Tongariro National Park has a long history of preserving New Zealand's pristine alpine landscape.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Tongariro Alpine Crossing and Tongariro Northern Circuit. Escape the urban bustle at Horsemtrails and Whakapapa Nature Walk. There's more to do: explore the striking landscape of Te Porere Redoubt and admire the sheer force of Tawhai Falls.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Tongariro National Park vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Wellington to Tongariro National Park in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of train and taxi. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Rotorua.

Things to do in Tongariro National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
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Tongariro Alpine Crossing ©
Tongariro Alpine Crossing
Horsemtrails ©
Horsemtrails
Tongariro Northern Circuit ©
Tongariro Northern Circuit

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Volcanic Hills Winery and Helium Gallery. Take a break from the city and head to Rainbow Springs Nature Park and Paradise Valley Springs Wildlife Park. Explore Rotorua's surroundings by going to Taupo (Kinloch Beach & Huka Falls tracks). Next up on the itinerary: boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa, contemplate the long history of Ohinemutu, contemplate the geological forces at Waimangu Volcanic Valley, and identify plant and animal life at Redwoods Treewalk.

To find ratings, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read Rotorua day trip tool .

Getting from Tongariro National Park to Rotorua by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of car and bus. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in July, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) early enough to drive to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Taupo, Waimangu Volcanic Valley
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Huka Falls Walkway ©
Huka Falls Walkway
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland ©
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland
Rainbow Springs Nature Park ©
Rainbow Springs Nature Park

2
nights
Waitomo Caves

Head deep beneath the surface of the earth at Waitomo Caves, a village and cave system that draws both extreme sports enthusiasts and those wanting something a little more relaxed.
On the 18th (Thu), explore the fascinating underground world of Waitomo Glowworm Caves, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, and then Head underground at Footwhistle Glowworm Cave. Keep things going the next day: hike along Ruakuri Walk, then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, then get outside with Waitomo Clay Birds, and finally step off the mainland to explore Kapiti Island.

To see where to stay and other tourist information, go to the Waitomo Caves trip site .

Getting from Rotorua to Waitomo Caves by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) so you can travel to Paihia.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Outdoors Adventure Tours

Side Trip

Kapiti Island
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River Rafting & Tubing
Waitomo Glowworm Caves ©
Waitomo Glowworm Caves
Ruakuri Walk ©
Ruakuri Walk

5
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.
Appreciate the collections at Just Imagine Gallery and Masterpieces Art Gallery. Step out of the city life by going to Taupo Bay and Waitangi Golf Club. Next up on the itinerary: take in nature's colorful creations at Waitangi Treaty Grounds, take a memorable excursion with Day Trips, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Paul's Anglican Church, and soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

To find photos, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Paihia vacation builder .

You can do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus from Waitomo Caves to Paihia in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi. You will leave for home on the 24th (Wed).

Things to do in Paihia

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Kerikeri, Just Imagine Gallery, Taupo Bay
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Waitangi Treaty Grounds ©
Waitangi Treaty Grounds
Scuba & Snorkeling
Paihia Harbour ©
Paihia Harbour

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