At just 3 hours from Australia's east coast, you can arrive in Auckland, jump in a car and discover the Thermal Explorer Highway. 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 Todd Eyre
By Destination Lake Taupo
By Sara Orme
By Fraser Clements
By Camilla Rutherford
ROTORUA Where nature's power meets Maori traditions.
LAKE TAUPO A fresh lakeland resort with energy to burn.
AUCKLAND blending big city excitement & outdoor adventure.
HAMILTON - WAIKATO A rural heartland with unreal secrets.