​North Island Highlights

​​11 Days

​​​​​New Zealand’s North Island is a rich landscape of active volcanoes, magnificent beaches, island sanctuaries and geothermal wonders.

New Zealand’s North Island is a rich landscape of active volcanoes, magnificent beaches, island sanctuaries and geothermal wonders.

Starting in Auckland you’ll explore beautiful Northland and the Bay of Islands before winding your way south via the Coromandel and Lake Taupo to Wellington. 

Day 1 Auckland

You’ll be met on arrival at Auckland airport and transferred to your hotel.

Auckland boasts a wonderful waterfront where you’ll find a superb choice of bars and restaurants. In this urban environment you can be walking on stunning beaches, exploring dormant volcanoes and enjoying the boutique vineyards of a beautiful island all within 30 minutes of the city.

              

Day 2 Hokianga 

(237 kms)

Head north along the west coast to Waipouia, home to Tane Mahuta; ‘Lord of the Forest’, which is over 2,000 years old and still growing! Carry on to your overnight stop in Hokianga.

              

Days 3-4  Bay of Islands

(75 kms)

Crossing to the east coast you’ll find yourself amongst the beautiful beaches and calm waters of the Bay of Islands. Swim with dolphins and take to the water under sail then explore New Zealand’s history with a visit to the Waitangi Treaty House.

              

Day 5  Auckland

(228 kms)

Drive south to Auckland, spending the night in the lively, beachside suburb of Takapuna.

              

Days 6-7  Coromandel

(168 kms)

Leave Auckland crossing the harbour bridge and head for the Coromandel Peninsula. Long regarded as one New Zealand’s hidden wonders, the Coromandel is a natural wonderland with a rich gold mining heritage and acres of wilderness to explore. Wander along stunning beaches, dig your own spa pool on Hot Water Beach and enjoy a hike along one of the many walking trails.

              

Day 8 Lake Taupo

(265 kms)

Lake Taupo was created by a volcanic eruption more than 2000 years ago and is roughly the same size as Singapore! You can kayak or sail on the lake and admire the Maori rock carvings at Mine Bay, which can only be seen from the water. The Hidden Valley of Orakei Korako is a little off the beaten track, but worth the detour. Reached by a short ferry trip across Lake Ohakuri you’ll find yourself in one of the best thermal areas in New Zealand.

              

Day 9  Martinborough

(373 kms)

The Wairarapa is a beautiful, rural region that’s home to some magnificent vineyards (over 20), many of which can be explored on foot, and the wild beaches of Cape Palliser.

              

Day 10  Wellington

(81 kms)

 The final stop on your North Island journey is Wellington, New Zealand’s very cool little capital city.

Day 11 Departure

  • What's Included?

    Hotels on a room only basis unless otherwise stated

    Private arrival transfer in Auckland

    Car Rental

  • These fly-drives tours can be tailor-made to your own requirements.

This tour features the North Island