North Island Explorer

19 days

Indicative cost incl. flights:



A typical 4* holiday costs from

£4,825 per person


(Based on two people travelling. Low season can be a lot cheaper, and peak season or 5* hotels can be substantially more expensive.)

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Day 1
Today you will begin your travels to New Zealand.
Day 2
Today you will be in flight. If you prefer to break the journey a stopover can be arranged.
Day 3
You will arrive in Auckland today and will have time to enjoy the rest of the day at leisure exploring the city.
Day 4
Today you will join a half day tour that takes you around many of Auckland’s highlights. This is a great tour to get under the skin of the city. Enjoy the rest of the day with free time, take a trip up the Sky Tower for excellent views of the city.
Day 5
Collect a hire car this morning and make your way North to the Bay of Islands. You may like to stop for lunch on the way up at one of the many beautiful coastal towns.
Day 6
Today you will take a fantastic scenic flight along the Northland peninsula to Cape Reinga. Here you enjoy a guided tour of the tip of New Zealand before returning to Paihia by plane. You will fly along the famous 90 mile beach on this tour.
Day 7
It’s a longer drive today, back through Auckland and on to the Coromandel Peninsula. If you’re a Lord of the Rings fan you may like to stop at Hobbiton en route to see the filmset before continuing on to the stunning coastal Coromandel Peninsula.
Day 8
Enjoy a relaxing day on the Coromandel. Explore some of the beaches, take a walk to Cathedral Cove and dig your own spa pool at Hot Water Beach this evening. If you are feeling more adventurous a sea kayaking excursion can be arranged.
Day 9
Make your way to the lakeside town of Rotorua today. You will have the afternoon at leisure so why not head up the gondola for excellent views of the city.
Day 10
Today is a free day to visit some of the interesting and impressive geothermal attractions of this region. This is also a great place to learn about the Maori culture and traditions. A Maori cultural evening can be arranged with a traditional Hangi meal and a cultural show including the famous Haka.
Day 11
First head to Lake Taupo for a coffee and walk along the shoreline before continuing on to Napier, on the coast of Hawke's Bay. Make sure you visit the impressive Huka falls in Taupo before continuing to the art deco capital of New Zealand, Napier.
Day 12
Today you will join a guided wine tour, sampling some of the region’s finest produce. Hawke's Bay is famous for it's Pinot Noir and this tour will give you the opportunity to taste this along with other wines of the region.
Day 13
Today you will make your way through the pretty Wairarapa region to Wellington. You might like to stop in Martinborough to visit some of their vineyards before continuing on to the capital.
Day 14
Explore a little of Wellington’s waterfront, visit Te Papa Museum or take the cable car up to the botanical gardens. If you are a film fan we can arrange a tour of the Weta workshop, a special effects and prop company used in the famous Lord of the Rings films.
Day 15
Today you will begin your journey northwards, heading in to the unique Tongariro National Park. There are many walks in the national park to suit all abilities with fantastic scenery along route for you to enjoy this afternoon.
Day 16
Wind your way along the remote and pretty Forgotten World Highway to New Plymouth. This is a road that is rarely taken by tourists so enjoy your time on these quiet and beautiful roads.
Day 17
Today you have a free day in New Plymouth. Take a walk along the waterfront and visit the interesting Govett-Brewster art gallery. If you enjoy being in nature, a visit to Pukekura park is a must with 59 hectares of gardens, trails, streams and waterfalls to explore.
Day 18
Today you will head north to Waitomo, famous for it's caves. Take a glow-worm cave tour this afternoon. If you are feeling a bit more adventurous there are a variety of cave excursions to choose from. Stay in nearby Hamilton for the evening.
Day 19
Today is the end of your adventure, drive directly to Auckland where you join your overnight flight back to the UK.

Everything we do is tailor-made; our itineraries are just suggestions to give you an idea of what is possible. Please contact us so we can tailor the perfect holiday exclusively for you.

The North Island of New Zealand is a largely gentle landscape of rolling farmland and forest, punctuated by the imposing volcanic peaks of Tongariro and Egmont National Parks. The coastline varies from the wild and remote beaches on the west coast to glorious stretches of golden sand on the east. The coastal islands north of Auckland provide a beautiful marine playground whilst the geothermal centre couldn’t be more different – quite literally a hotbed of activity, with steam pouring out of the ground and, in places, an atmospherically bleak landscape. The North Island also has a much higher Maori population than the South and the best places to learn about their culture are here. This self-drive itinerary takes you on a full circuit of the island giving you a chance to experience the best of this half of the country.

2 nights Auckland – 2 nights Bay of Islands – 2 nights Coromandel – 2 nights Rotorua – 2 nights Napier – 2 nights Wellington – 1 night Tongariro – 2 nights New Plymouth – 1 night Waitomo

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