Getting around the Twin Coast Discovery Highway

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

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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.

Northland & Bay of Islands
Cape Reinga Lighthouse, Northland & Bay of Islands

By Alistair Guthrie

Auckland
Waiheke Island vineyard, Auckland

By Camilla Rutherford

Auckland
Waitemata Harbour, Auckland

By Julian Apse

Northland & Bay of Islands
Dolphin spotting, Northland & Bay of Islands

By Fraser Clements

Northland & Bay of Islands
Waitangi Treaty Grounds, Northland & Bay of Islands

By Sara Orme

Auckland
La Zeppa, Auckland

By ATEED

Northland & Bay of Islands

Northland & Bay of Islands

NORTHLAND Endless ocean, timeless beauty and rich history.

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Highlights

  • Stand where Māori spirits meet two ocean
  • Visit the birthplace of the nation
  • See ancient forest & amazing wildlife
Auckland

Auckland

AUCKLAND Blending big city excitement & outdoor adventure.

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Highlights

  • Tour Waiheke, Matakana & Kumeu wineries
  • Explore the Hauraki Gulf's islands
  • Discover waterfalls on rainforest walks
Auckland

Auckland

AUCKLAND Blending big city excitement & outdoor adventure.

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Highlights

  • Visit the 'Island of Wines' Waiheke
  • Savour local flavours
  • Discover Great Barrier Island
Northland & Bay of Islands

Northland & Bay of Islands

NORTHLAND Endless ocean, timeless beauty and rich history.

Fill your trip with top experiences

Find out more now

Highlights

  • See wildlife in stunning ocean surrounds
  • Visit the birthplace of the nation
  • Stand where Māori spirits meet two ocean
Northland & Bay of Islands

Northland & Bay of Islands

NORTHLAND Endless ocean, timeless beauty and rich history.

Fill your trip with top experiences

Find out more now

Highlights

  • Visit the birthplace of the nation
  • See ancient forest & amazing wildlife
  • Stand where Māori spirits meet two ocean
Auckland

Auckland

AUCKLAND Blending big city excitement & outdoor adventure.

Fill your trip with top experiences

Find out more now

Highlights

  • Indulge with to a guided food tour
  • Enjoy panoramic views from Sky Tower
  • Cosmopolitan city culture

Where to Next

Book with a NZ Specialist →

Top 10 Experiences on the Twin Coast Highway →

Accommodation →

New Zealand climate and weather →