North Island Beaches and Geothermal Itinerary

10 Days


Auckland Central to Wellington Central


  • Bay of Islands beaches
  • Geothermal Rotorua
  • Coolest little capital

Best time of year

September - April

This grand tour of the North Island takes you from New Zealand’s first capital to our current capital. In the Bay of Islands you can enjoy historical sites and water-based activities before you browse the beautiful east coast beaches en route to the urban pleasures of Auckland city.

Coromandel and the Bay of Plenty provide an interesting mix of relaxed beach lifestyle and creative culture, while Rotorua and Taupo will feed your fascination for the unusual with geothermal and Maori attractions. Napier and Martinborough provide gourmet food and wine experiences on your way to the unique cultural attractions of the world's coolest little capital, Wellington.

Day 1 / 10

Auckland - Paihia

22 mins

25 km

15 mi

45 mins


Your journey begins with a short flight from Auckland to Kerikeri in the Bay of Islands, where you should pick up a hire car or motorhome.

The resort town of Paihia makes an excellent base for exploring the Bay of Islands.

Skyline view from Devonport

Start in Auckland Central

This is the heart of Auckland, with a relaxed coastal living vibe by day and a night-time energy shared by the inner-city suburbs that surrounds it.

Enjoy the local harvest in Paihia.

End in Paihia

If you want to discover the coves and beaches of the Bay of Islands, Paihia is the perfect place to start. Cruises of all types leave from the wharf daily.

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