At just 3 hours from Australia's east coast, you can arrive in Auckland, jump in a car and discover the Pacific Coast. Read our practical travel advice before you depart for your North Island holiday.
Discovering the North Island is easy when you rent a car.
Hire a campervan and sort your transport and accommodation in one go.
Flights are easy to catch from city to city, and no flight is longer than two hours.
Discover one of the four touring routes below and discover a huge range of experiences, from swimming with dolphins to hiking an active volcano.
By Graeme Murray
By Alistair Guthrie
By Chris Sisarich
By Adam Bryce
By Tourism New Zealand
By Kirsten Simcox Photography
ROTORUA Where nature's power meets Māori traditions.
COROMANDEL Beautiful beaches are just the beginning.
BAY OF PLENTY Natural wonders abound from east to west.
AUCKLAND Blending big city excitement & outdoor adventure
HAWKES BAY Breath-taking wines and stunning landscapes