Central North Island Hiking Adventure

10 Days


Auckland Central to Auckland Central


  • Lake Waikaremoana
  • Mountainous terrain
  • Volcanic splendours

Best time of year

All year

Experience the best of hiking in the Central North Island on this 10 day itinerary. Travel to Gisborne from Auckland to hike the Lake Waikaremoana Great Walk, famous for its pristine rainforests, lake views and untouched greenery.

Continue on to Taupo and prepare to walk the Tongariro Alpine Crossing in one day. Travel through alpine scenery, traverse mountains and uncover spectacular emerald green lakes.

The Central North Island is easily accessible and this walking and hiking itinerary is a must-do for those who love the outdoors.



Watch the new day dawn before anybody else in New Zealand.

Photo by Tourism New Zealand

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Auckland to Gisborne


Launch into this itinerary with a domestic flight from Auckland to Gisborne, approximately 1 hour. If transferring from an international flight, ensure there is at least 90 minutes between connecting flights.

Another option - collect a rental vehicle at Auckland airport or Auckland city and drive to Gisborne, a journey that will take approximately 6 hours. Break up the trip with a visit to the famous Hobbiton Movie Set. Join a fascinating 2 hour guided tour and experience stunning views across the Kaimai Ranges.



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.

Gisborne is known for its spectacular sunrises.

End in Gisborne

If you have a strong interest in Maori culture - and you love food, wine and surf beaches - Gisborne is a city you won't want to miss.

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