A 6-day Itinerary of New Zealand’s North Island


Views of Mt Ngauruhoe and Mt Tongariro from chairlift at Whakapapa Ski Field

Views of Mt Ngauruhoe and Mt Tongariro from chairlift at Whakapapa Ski Field

I have been asked to provide a sample itinerary for a short vacation in New Zealand. So here it is. The fact that you are reading this shows you are looking into 6-day holiday in New Zealand. If I can have it my way, I’ll tell you to please extend your NZ holiday. Seven days in New Zealand can be summed up by a Chinese proverb, transliterated : “riding horse see flowers” (走马看花). What this means is that everything will be blurry and a whirl, much like what flowers appear to the rider on a horse: you simply will not be able to enjoy them as much.

For whatever reasons you might have, I am going to provide you with some suggestions on how you can enjoy a 6-day vacation in New Zealand. This first post will provide a sample itinerary for the North Island. In a future post, I will write about how you can travel the South Island in 7 days. I am making some assumptions here: you intend to pick up  your car from Auckland Airport and returning it to the same. There are a number of variations to a 6-day north island tour, which will be covered in future posts.

As this was originally a fairly long post, I have divided it up into several smaller posts, so that it is easier to read. Eventually I will be posting a few North Island itineraries, so I am giving each itinerary a code. This first itinerary of New Zealand is coded as N6A.

Summary 6-Day Itinerary of North Island: N6A (click on each day for details)

Day 1:
Arrival in Auckland and tour of the city

Day 2:
Auckland to Rotorua

Day 3:
Rotorua to Mt Ruapehu

Day 4:
Mt Ruapehu to Mt Egmont National Park

Day 5:
Mt Egmont National Park via Waitomo to Te Aroha

Day 6:
Te Aroha via the Coromandel to Auckland


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