Getting Around The Pacific Coast Highway

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

Some useful tools to help you get started

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.

Rotorua
Wero - the challenge, Rotorua

By Graeme Murray

The Coromandel
Cathedral Cove, The Coromandel

By Alistair Guthrie

Bay of Plenty
White Island, Bay of Plenty

By Chris Sisarich

The Coromandel
Hot Water Beach, Coromandel, The Coromandel

By Adam Bryce

Auckland
Karekare Falls, Auckland

By Tourism New Zealand

Hawke's Bay
The Art Deco Masonic Hotel, Napier, Hawke's Bay

By Kirsten Simcox Photography

Bay of Plenty
View from Mt Maunganui, Bay of Plenty

By Fraser Clements

Rotorua

Rotorua

ROTORUA Where nature's power meets Māori traditions.

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Highlights

  • See rousing Māori cultural performance
  • Encounter dramatic volcanic activity
  • Mountain bike through towering forests
The Coromandel

The Coromandel

COROMANDEL Beautiful beaches are just the beginning.

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Highlights

  • Kayak into Cathedral Cove's sea caves
  • Soak in Hot Water Beach's ocean-side spa
  • See gold relics on Hauraki Rail Trail
Bay of Plenty

Bay of Plenty

BAY OF PLENTY Natural wonders abound from east to west.

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Highlights

  • Visit volcanic Whakaari/White Island
  • Kayak after dark to see glowworms
  • Catch Kiwi surf culture at Mt Maunganui
The Coromandel

The Coromandel

COROMANDEL Beautiful beaches are just the beginning.

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Highlights

  • Soak in Hot Water Beach's ocean-side spa
  • Enjoy epic views on the Coastal Walkway
  • See Cathedral Cove's sea caves by kayak
Auckland

Auckland

AUCKLAND Blending big city excitement & outdoor adventure

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Highlights

  • Discover waterfalls on rainforest walks
  • Explore the Hauraki Gulf's islands
  • See wildly dramatic black-sand beaches
Hawke's Bay

Hawke's Bay

HAWKES BAY Breath-taking wines and stunning landscapes

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Highlights

  • Explore a rich Art Deco heritage
  • Discover Kaweka Forest Parks
  • Cape Kidnappers gannet colony
Bay of Plenty

Bay of Plenty

BAY OF PLENTY Natural wonders abound from east to west.

Fill your trip with top experiences

Find out more now

Highlights

  • Catch Kiwi beach culture at Mt Maunganui
  • Visit volcanic Whakaari/White Island
  • Kayak after dark to see glowworms

Where to Next

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