Getting Around The Volcanic Loop Highway

At just 3 hours from Australia's east coast, you can arrive in Auckland, jump in a car and discover the Volcanic Loop Highway. Read our practical travel advice before you depart for your North Island holiday.

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North Island offers many adventures...

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

Lake Taupo
Lake Taupō Boat Cruise, Lake Taupo

By Alistair Guthrie

Lake Taupo
Tandem skydiving , Lake Taupo

By Destination Great Lake Taupo

New Zealand
Tongariro Alpine Crossing, New Zealand

By Graeme Murray

Whanganui
Whanganui River Jet Boating, Whanganui

By Tourism New Zealand

Auckland
Kayak or ferry to Rangitoto, Auckland's iconic island volcano, Auckland

By Tourism New Zealand

Ruapehu
Taranaki Falls, Ruapehu

By Tourism NZ

Hamilton - Waikato
Sanctuary Mountain, Hamilton - Waikato

By Sanctuary Mountain

Tongariro

Lake Taupo

Lake Taupo

TAUPO A fresh lakeland resort with energy to burn.

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Highlights

  • Cruise or sail to Mine Bay rock carvings
  • Face off against the mighty Huka falls
  • Soak in natural geothermal hot pools
Lake Taupo

Lake Taupo

Tongariro & Whanganui – two unique national parks.

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Highlights

  • Hike the Tongariro Alpine Crossing
  • Jetboat or kayak the Whanganui River
  • Walk or bike Ohakune's Old Coach Road
Lake Taupo


Tongariro & Whanganui
– two unique national parks

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Highlights

  • Hike the Tongariro Alpine Crossing
  • Jetboat or kayak the Whanganui River
  • Walk or bike Ohakune's Old Coach Road
Whanganui

Whanganui

Tongariro & Whanganui – two unique national parks.

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Highlights

  • Jet boat to the Bridge to Nowhere
  • Hike the Tongariro Alpine Crossing
  • Ride the Forgotten World rail trail
Auckland

Auckland

AUCKLAND Blending big city excitement & outdoor adventure.

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Highlights

  • Visit the island volcano of Rangitoto
  • Swim, surf or hike the wild West Coast
  • Tour Waiheke, Matakana & Kumeu wineries
Ruapehu

Ruapehu

RUAPEHU a landscape of desert, rivers,

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Highlights

  • Hike the Tongariro Alpine Crossing
  • Ride or walk the Timber Trail
  • Forgotten World Adventures
Hamilton - Waikato

Hamilton - Waikato

HAMILTON - WAIKATO A rural heartland with unreal secrets.

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Highlights

  • Experience magical Hobbiton Movie Set
  • Explore Waitomo's underground wonders
  • Hit laidback Raglan for sun, sand & surf

Where to Next

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Top 10 Experiences on the Volcanic Loop Highway →

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New Zealand climate and weather →