North Island Explorer

19 days

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Day 1
Depart the UK.
Day 2
In flight. A stopover can be added if preferred.
Day 3
Arrive in Auckland and enjoy the rest of the day at leisure.
Day 4
Join a half day tour that takes you around many of Auckland’s highlights, enjoy the rest of the day with free time.
Day 5
Collect a hire car and make your north to the Bay of Islands.
Day 6
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.
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.
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.
Day 9
Make your way to the lakeside town of Rotorua.
Day 10
A 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
Day 11
First head to Lake Taupo for a coffee and walk along the shoreline before continuing on to Napier, on the coast of Hawkes Bay.
Day 12
Today you join a guided wine tour, sampling some of the region’s finest produce.
Day 13
Make your way through the pretty Wairarapa region to Wellington.
Day 14
Explore a little of Wellington’s waterfront, visit Te Papa Museum or take the cable car up to the botanical gardens.
Day 15
Start your journey northwards, heading in to the unique Tongariro National Park.
Day 16
Wind your way along the remote and pretty Forgotten World Highway to New Plymouth.
Day 17
A free day in New Plymouth. Take a walk along the waterfront and visit the interesting Govett-Brewster art gallery.
Day 18
Head north to Waitomo. Take a glow-worm cave tour this afternoon. Stay in nearby Hamilton.
Day 19
Continue 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 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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