We visited the North Island of New Zealand in 2018 for 4 days (full days). It was a short amount of time to see this vast country. We jam packed as many activities as we can to maximize our time and had tons of fun. Of course we picked what we think is the best that the North Island has to offer. The 4 of us were able to enjoy fully every single activity on the list.
You will find our itineraries heavily skewed to family-friendly activities because we need to make sure the 2 kids are enjoying it. Happy kids, happy parents.
I tried my best to update the information such as hours and prices for each place at the time of writing in 2019. But please make sure to double check for changes subsequent to the post.
This took quite a bit of time to compile so I really hope this will be useful to everyone including families who’s looking for ideas for their itinerary to the North Island.
Driving distance indicated below is only indicative. It will depend current traffic conditions so do build in extra time if you have to arrive at the next destination by a certain time.
- Length: 4 days (full days)
- Flew in and out of Auckland Airport (AKL)
- Auckland -> Waitomo Caves -> Rotorua -> Matamata (Hinuera) -> Auckland
- Highlights: do not miss the Ruakuri Cave!
Day 1 - Auckland (1 Night)
Day 2 - Waitomo (onto Rotorua)
Day 3 - Rotorua (2 Nights)
Day 4 - Rotorua (continued)
Mother of 2 who disguises as a 9 to 5 accountant on most days. She likes to travel, is an amateur website builder and cook.