Featuring shooting geysers and hot pools to idyllic islands, local Maori culture and urban adventures, this trip features the best of North Island.
Enjoy an urban paradise with buzzing nightlife & islands.
A popular spot for its pristine beaches & laid-back vibe.
Vast cave systems & adventures await in the Waitomo Caves.
A dream destination for movie buffs & Hobbit lovers.
Home of adrenalin-pumping activities & geothermal wonders.
Discover culture & natural wonders in this beautiful region.
Arts, culture & native beauty make Wellington a cool spot.
Explore the best of North Island on this trip, a favourite route with backpackers. Your journey begins in Auckland, New Zealand’s largest city. Here natural delights extend beyond the city’s buzzing city centre to idyllic islands, rainforests, surf beaches, sprawling reserves and volcanic cones.
Next on the journey is The Coromandel region, the epitome of a relaxed lifestyle by the beach. Hit Hot Water Beach to dig your own hot spa while gazing at the Pacific Ocean. Kayak to Cathedral Cove, a stunning limestone formation before chilling out on one of the region’s many white sandy beaches. Thrill seekers will enjoy canyoning in The Coromandel’s misty forests or hiking The Pinnacles.
Next, visit the subterranean labyrinth of Waitomo Caves, home to twinkling glowworms and numerous underground adventures. The rolling hills of this region are also the home to The Shire from The Hobbit Trilogy. The Hobbiton Movie Set in Matamata is must-visit for Hobbit fans.
From Waitomo, continue your journey into the heart of North Island to Rotorua and Lake Taupo, where evidence of volcanic and geothermal activity can be seen everywhere you look. Visit Te Puia in Rotorua to see the famous Pohutu Geyser, which shoots up to 30m in the air. Enjoy the boiling mud pools and authentic Maori cultural performance while you're here. If adventure pushes your buttons, Rotorua doesn’t disappoint – the white water rafting here is exceptional.
Continue your adventures in the resort town of Taupo, sitting on the edge of New Zealand’s largest lake. A visit to the impressive Mine Bay Maori Rock Carvings, accessible only by boat or kayak, is a must. Another regional highlight is the Tongariro Alpine Crossing, one of the best day walks in the world.
This epic trip ends in New Zealand’s capital Wellington. Featuring an intimate and creative vibe, Wellington’s compact central city is simply bursting with amazing cafés, unique bars, museums and a thriving arts scene.