Getting around the North Island

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At just 3 hours from Australia's east coast, you can arrive in Auckland, jump in a car and discover New Zealand's North Island. Read our practical travel advice before you depart.

At just 3 hours from Australia's east coast, you can arrive in Auckland, jump in a car and discover New Zealand's North Island. Read our practical travel advice before you depart.

Discover your North Island adventure

Choose one of the four touring routes below and discover a huge range of experiences, from swimming with dolphins to hiking an active volcano.

New Zealand
Twin Coast Highway, New Zealand

By TNZ

Northland & Bay of Islands
Dolphin spotting, Northland & Bay of Islands

By Fraser Clements

New Zealand
Pacific Coast Highway, New Zealand

By TNZ

The Coromandel
Hot Water Beach, The Coromandel

By Destination Coromandel

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Thermal Explorer Highway, New Zealand

By TNZ

Rotorua
Geothermal phenomena, Rotorua

By Fraser Clements

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Volcanic Loop Highway, New Zealand

By TNZ

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Tongariro National Park, New Zealand

By Legend Photography

Twin Coast Discovery Highway

Encounter Maori culture just down the road from spectacular sea life.

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Highlights

  • Bay of Islands Beaches
  • Giant Kauri Trees
  • Dolphin Spotting

Twin Coast Discovery Highway

Explore the Twin Coast Discovery Highway with this 7-day itinerary

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Highlights

  • Bay of Islands Beaches
  • Giant Kauri Trees
  • Dolphin Spotting

Pacific Coast Highway

Discover wineries a stone's throw from the waters of the Pacific.

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Highlights

  • Whales and Dolphin watching
  • Cathedral Cove
  • White Island

Pacific Coast Highway

Discover the Pacific Coast Highway with this 6-day itinerary

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Highlights

  • Whales and Dolphins
  • Cathedral Cove
  • White Island

Thermal Explorer Highway

Find pillars of steam around the corner from natural hot springs.

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Highlights

  • Hobbiton Movie Set
  • Geothermal Attractions
  • Glowworms Caves

Thermal Explorer Highway

Discover the Thermal Explorer Highway with this 6-day itinerary.

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Highlights

  • Hobbiton Movie Set
  • Geothermal Attractions
  • Glowworm Caves

Volcanic Loop Highway

Discover a world of fantasy next door to lakes forged by magma.

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Highlights

  • Tongariro Alpine Crossing
  • Forgotten World Adventures
  • Bridge to Nowhere

Volcanic Loop Highway

Discover the Volcanic Loop Highway with this 7-day itinerary

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Highlights

  • Tongariro Alpine Crossing
  • Forgotten World Adventures
  • Bridge to Nowhere

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