Get ready for a winter holiday full of amazing places and new experiences in Central North Island – with easy, scenic journeys along the way. There’s something special around every corner.

North Island winter holiday highlights

Tongariro

Rotorua

Rotorua

A rich Maori culture & geothermal await in Rotorua.

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Lake Taupo

Discover our natural heritage in our national parks.

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Highlights

  • Tongariro National Park
  • Taranaki Falls - North Island's highest
  • Pristine rainforest
Lake Taupo

Lake Taupo

Unlimited fun on and around the lake in Taupo.

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Highlights

  • Mine Bay Maori Rock Carvings
  • Listen to tales of the land & its people
  • Beautiful sailing on the lake
Ruapehu

Ruapehu

Ruapehu - a winter playground like no other.

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Highlights

  • Whakapapa - NZ's largest ski field
  • Happy Valley Snow Farm for learners
  • Buzzing après-ski scene
Hamilton - Waikato

Hamilton - Waikato

A subterranean wonderland awaits in Waitomo.

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Highlights

  • Boat cruise to explore glowworm caves
  • Stunning limestone cave formations
  • Rafting on underground rivers
Rotorua

Relax & unqind in Rotorua's spas.

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Highlights

  • Award-winning Polynesian Spa
  • Soak in thermally heated waters
  • Relaxing mud baths & family pools

Start planning your trip to New Zealand

Get closer to New Zealand with this treasured winter holiday in North Island's magical Central North Island. You'll discover a geothermal wonderland, a warm culture, cool slopes and amazing food.

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