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.
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.
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.
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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