North Island Road Trip Itinerary

The below itinerary provides a breakdown of our North Island Road Trip over Christmas. It includes the drive time between each location as well as some of the key things to do and see in each area.

Wellington

  • Cable car
  • Te Papa
  • National War Memorial and Museum
  • Climb Mt Victoria (40 mins)
  • Waterfront
  • Weta Caves
  • Wellington Zoo
  • Zealandia
  • Botanic Gardens
  • Carter Observatory
  • Cuba Street

3 hours

Whanganui

  • River walk
  • Durie Hill Elevator

2 hours

Taumarunui along Forgotten Highway

  • Strathmore Saddle (viewing point)
  • Pohokura Saddle (viewing point)
  • Whangamomona Saddle (viewing point)
  • Tahora (viewing point)
  • Makahu Tunnel
  • Republic of Whangamomona
  • Mt Damper Falls (20 min walk)

2.5 hours

Tauranga

  • Putaruru Blue Spring (3 hour return)
  • Mt Maunganui (50 min to summit)
  • Wai-O-Tapu Geothermal Park
  • Tauranga Harbour
  • McLaren Falls Park
  • Kaiate Falls
  • Waimarino Adventure Park

2 hours

Raglan

  • Pancake Rocks
  • Mt Karioi (5 hour hike)
  • Bridal Veil Falls (10 min walk)
  • Te Toto Gorge Lookout
  • Te Uku Wind Farm
  • Black sand beach

40 mins

Hamilton

  • Riverside Walkway
  • Hamilton Gardens
  • Hobbiton
  • Waitomo Caves
  • Hamilton Zoo

1.5 hours

Rotorua

  • Thermal Springs/Thermal Park
  • Whakarewarewa Redwood Forest
  • Kuirau Park
  • Te Puia Geothermal Park
  • Tamaki Maori Village
  • Blue and Green Lakes
  • Rainbow Mountain

2 hours

Tongariro National Park

  • Tongariro Alpine Crossing (7 hour hike)
  • Mt Ruapehu Crater Climb (7 hour return)
  • Mounds Walk (20 min return)
  • Ridge Track (40 min return)
  • Ohinetonga Track (2 hours)
  • Taranaki Falls (2 hour return)
  • Tawhai Falls (20 min return)
  • Whakapapa Nature Walk (15 min return)
  • Tupapakurua Falls (4-5 hour return)
  • Bridge to nowhere
  • Lake Rotopounamu

4.5 hours

Wellington

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