North Island

Auckland, for many the first point of arrival, is a vibrant city on the shores of the Hauraki Gulf. Explore the islands of Waiheke and Rangitoto and the wild west coast beaches, just 30 minutes from the city.

North from Auckland will bring you to Northland and the Bay of Islands. The west coast is rugged and dramatic, punctuated with vast kauri forests and wild beaches, the east is home to the Bay of Islands, a sailing paradise of stunning, natural beauty. This is also where you’ll find the Waitangi Treaty Grounds, telling the history of the Treaty of Waitangi, the founding document of New Zealand.

On the Coromandel Peninsula, tucked away on the east coast, and a favoured haunt of New Zealanders discover a beautiful region of lush rainforest, stunning beaches and gold rush history. In Rotorua, New Zealand’s geothermal and cultural heartland, you can bathe in hot pools, enjoy a Maori Hangi feast and wander through an ever-shifting thermal landscape. For volcanic encounters head for the UNESCO World Heritage Tongariro National Park or visit White Island, New Zealand only active marine volcano.

Hawkes Bay is filled with art deco architecture and some of the county’s best vineyards and last but by no means least, at the foot of North Island you’ll come to Wellington, the nation’s very cool, capital city.

North Island Tours

  • Classic New Zealand

                      

    Fly-Drive Tours

    15 Days

    Our introduction to New Zealand ticks all the boxes when it comes to Maori culture, natural wilderness and epic, cinema-worthy scenery.

  • North Island Highlights

                      

    Fly-Drive Tours

    11 Days

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

  • Volcanoes and Vines

                      

    Fly-Drive Tours

    8 Days

    New Zealand’s North Island is a wonderland of volcanic cones. From Rangitoto, lying in the Hauraki Gulf to Mount Ruapehu, Mount Ngauruhoe and Mount Tongariro which comprise the Tongariro National Park and last but not least, the perfectly formed peak of Mt Taranaki. 

  • New Zealand Showcase

                      

    Escorted Signature Tour

    19 Days

    New Zealand might be small in stature but it has a multitude of experiences packed within its shores.

  • Ultimate Explorer

                      

    Escorted Small Group Tour

    16 Days

    Escorted touring is an easy and stress-free way to cover a lot of ground in comfort and one of our preferred touring partners in New Zealand, Grand Pacific Tours.

     

  • Great Walks of New Zealand

                      

    Great Walks

    1-5 Days

    New Zealand is well-known for its incredible hiking or ‘tramping’ trails and there are thousands of kilometres of tracks to explore.