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.


Day 9 / 10

Ruapehu to Taupo to Auckland

Lake Taupo

In the morning, drive from Ruapehu to Taupo. Reserve some time for a relaxing soak in mineral pools or a visit to the dramatic Huka Falls. Catch an afternoon flight from Taupo to Auckland, an easy journey.

Spend the late afternoon and evening exploring Auckland and its sparkling harbours. Try delicious food and wine in popular locations like Wynyard Quarter and Britomart.


The township of Taupo makes the perfect base for exploring New Zealand's largest lake

Start in Taupo

The town of Taupo sits at the edge of Australasia's largest lake. Local attractions include trout fishing, skiing, and geothermal parks.

Skyline view from Devonport

End 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.

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