Discover the upper North Island

12 Days


Auckland Central to Auckland Central


  • Cosmopolitan Auckland
  • Geothermal attractions
  • Beaches and dolphins

Best time of year

September - April

This exciting route gives a taste of the upper North Island's beauty and culture.

Auckland offers the chance to enjoy city sophistication and idyllic islands, before you set a course for the Coromandel Peninsula.

Enjoy the upmarket harbour city of Tauranga, then travel inland to the geysers, boiling mud pools and craters of Rotorua. Make your way across to Taupo, New Zealand's largest lake.

Waitomo turns on underground surprises before you head on to explore Hamilton - Waikato.

Cap off your journey with a visit to the Bay of Islands and Northland; watch dolphins play, see giant kauri trees, and visit the birthplace of New Zealand. 


Te Whau Vineyard, Waiheke Island

Photo by ATEED

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Spend the day in Auckland


Auckland, New Zealand’s largest city, is set between 3 beautiful harbours and dotted with 48 extinct volcanic cones. Whether you want relaxation, retail therapy, art and culture, or an escape into nature, Auckland will not disappoint.

Head out on a ferry to hike the island volcano of Rangitoto; or explore the wineries and art galleries of Waiheke Island. Try harbour activities like sailing an America’s Cup yacht, kayaking or jet boating.

Nature lovers should head west to the Waitakere Ranges and rugged black-sand beaches. Visit natural wonders like the Karekare Falls, and Lion Rock at Piha Beach.

Alternatively, you may like to indulge in a little inner-city culture. Enjoy the designer shops and delectable cafes of downtown Auckland, and visit the Auckland Museum and Auckland Art Gallery.

In the evening stay out and experience Auckland's buzzing nightlife at Britomart, the Viaduct and Wynyard Quarter downtown, edgy and risqué K-Road, or the nearby trend-setting suburbs of Ponsonby and Parnell.

Skyline view from Devonport

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.

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