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New Zealand North Island Exploration

14 days5 cities
New Zealand1 country
Tour rating: 4 / 5, Based on 11 Reviews
Private tour to New Zealand

Unveil the enchanting allure of New Zealand's North Island on this exhilarating tour. Wander through the vibrant streets of Auckland, experience the geothermal wonders of Rotorua, immerse yourself in Wellington's rich cultural scene, explore the stunning landscapes of Taupo, and enjoy the tranquil beauty of the Bay of Islands. Adventure awaits at every turn!

14 days5 cities
New Zealand1 country
From
 $7,286 
Auckland, New Zealand
5
days
New Zealand

Auckland, New Zealand's largest city, is nestled on the North Island's stunning coastline. This vibrant metropolis boasts a wealth of captivating attractions, enriching museums, and a myriad of opportunities for travelers.

Day by day
Hotel
Day-by-day program
1
day
Arrival

Welcome to the Auckland - the city of sailing. Upon arrival, you have a private transfer to the hotel for the check-in. 

2
day
Auckland Sightseeing Tour

After breakfast at your hotel, meet your guide in the lobby and embark on an enriching tour through Auckland, New Zealand's bustling metropolis. Your journey begins in the eclectic Queen Street, a mecca for unique dining and shopping. You pass by the War Memorial Museum, located atop the historical volcano, Pukekawa.

From there, revel in the serene waterfront vistas at Mission Bay and the historically significant Bastion Point. Pause to admire the panoramic views from the Michael Joseph Savage Memorial, situated over the glistening Waitemata Harbour and North Shore. Explore Auckland's fashionable districts of Ponsonby and Parnell, renowned for their exclusive boutiques.

Conclude your tour with a spectacular ascent to the SkyDeck of Auckland's iconic Sky Tower, offering a 360-degree view that encapsulates the city's diverse landscape and waterfront. After the tour, your afternoon is free for optional activities. 

 

3
day
Bay Of Islands Hole in The Rock

The Bay of Islands boasts the second bluest sky in the world, second only to Rio De Janeiro.

Embark on a full-day tour starting with pickup from Auckland hotel. You journey north, immersing ourselves in the stunning landscapes of The Far North District on a scenic three-hour drive.

Arriving in Paihia, you'll embark on a 3-hour guided cruise in search of dolphins and other marine life, including a visit to the famous Hole in the Rock. Cruising on a catamaran, you'll weave between the bays and 144 islands in the area.

A stopover on Urupukapuka Island offers a chance to relax on the beach, enjoy a picnic, or hike to the island's summit for 360° views of the region. You'll also visit the iconic Hole in the Rock on Motukokako Island as the boat sails to the end of the Cape Brett Peninsula.

If tide conditions allow, you'll explore the Hole in the Rock before heading back to port.

Upon returning from the cruise, you'll journey to the beautiful Whangarei Waterfalls, where a 30-minute hike around the falls provides ample opportunity for stunning photographs.

Finally, you'll return to your hotel via the scenic roads of Northland, concluding our unforgettable adventure.

4
day
Day At Leisure

Auckland offers something for everyone, whether you seek adventure, relaxation, or a bit of both. Enjoy your day exploring this stunning part of New Zealand! Alternatively, you can choose one of our prepared tours for a curated experience. 

5
day
Auckland to Rotorua via Waitomo Caves

Embark on an extraordinary day trip from Auckland, exploring the captivating wonders of Waitomo and Rotorua. 

Our fully guided mini-bus tour ensures an intimate experience, providing the perfect blend of convenience and adventure. Discover the mesmerizing glow-worm caves in Waitomo and the geothermal marvels of Rotorua. 

Your knowledgeable guide will share insights into the natural and cultural history, making this journey both informative and enchanting. 

Don't miss out on this exceptional exploration 

After the tour you are taken to your Rotorua accommodation for check in.

Your choice of hotels

We carefully select hotels to ensure your amazing stay. We will recommend the best available properties for your travel dates.

Hotel DeBrett

Hotel DeBrett, located in the heart of Auckland, New Zealand, seamlessly combines historic charm with contemporary elegance. This boutique hotel offers a unique and luxurious experience for guests, with individually designed rooms that feature modern amenities and stylish furnishings.

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Auckland
Rotorua
9 hrs

Enjoy the scenic journey between Auckland and Rotorua from the comfort of your modern, well-equipped car. Travel along smooth roads, admiring the picturesque landscapes through your window. Each car is outfitted with amenities like power outlets, ample luggage space, and air conditioning, ensuring a comfortable and convenient ride for your journey.

Rotorua, New Zealand
4
days
New Zealand

Rotorua, located in the heart of New Zealand's North Island, is a captivating destination renowned for its geothermal activity and rich Maori culture. This enchanting city offers an array of unique attractions, including bubbling hot springs, invigorating mud pools, and fascinating cultural experiences, providing countless opportunities for travelers.

Day by day
Hotel
Day-by-day program
5
day
Arrival

Welcome to volcano city. After your tour you will be transferred to centrally located hotel. 

The rest of your evening is at your leisure.

6
day
Hobbiton Movie Set Tour and Matamata & Maori Hangi Dinner and Performance

Your Hobbiton tour starts with a scenic drive across the Kaimai Ranges to the small town of Matamata. 

Just outside the town of Matamata is your destination: Middle-earth! Sir Peter Jackson and his team knew this private farm would make the perfect spot to build the village of Hobbiton for the award-winning The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit movie trilogies. 

Take a guided tour and see the picturesque village you saw on screen in living colour before you.See the Hobbit holes, the Green Dragon Inn, the Party Tree, the Mill and many other structures from the movies, while learning about how the set was built. 

You might even hear a few secrets from behind the scenes! 

In the evening you will see a cultural performance and take part in a traditional Maori ‘hangi’ feast at Tamaki Maori Village. You will be transferred to ‘marae’ (Maori village) for an immersive evening that begins with a welcome ceremony by New Zealand's indigenous people. Learn about local customs and watch a powerful display of song and dance before a hangi dinner. 

7
day
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland

This stunning geothermal park amazes visitors with its diversity in colour ranging from bright orange to emerald greens. 

The park’s landscape is scattered with a huge variety of thermal activity; steaming lakes, bubbling mud and other fascinating terrain. Important not-to-miss highlight of the Wai-O-Tapu guided day tour is the “Mud Pool”. This feature was the site of a large mud volcano which was destroyed through erosion in the 1920′s. It now provides an opportunity to experience the captivating noise of bubbling mud. 

Walk through this wonderland via clearly defined tracks and enjoy the diversity of this area through a series of different walks taking from 30 to 75 minutes or more, each with their own unique volcanic vistas to fascinate all ages.

8
day
Departure to Tongariro National Park

This morning after breakfast you check out and meet your private driver and head towards Tongariro National Park.

Your choice of hotels

We carefully select hotels to ensure your amazing stay. We will recommend the best available properties for your travel dates.

Regent of Rotorua

The Regent of Rotorua hotel exudes elegance and sophistication, nestled in the heart of Rotorua, New Zealand. This boutique hotel offers a unique blend of luxury and charm, with stylishly appointed rooms and suites designed for the utmost comfort and relaxation.

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Rotorua
Tongariro National Park
3 hrs

Enjoy a scenic journey from Rotorua to Tongariro National Park in your modern car, equipped with amenities like power outlets and air conditioning for a comfortable ride. Travel on smooth roads, soaking in picturesque landscapes along the way.

Tongariro National Park, New Zealand
3
days
New Zealand

Tongariro National Park, in New Zealand's North Island, is a stunning UNESCO World Heritage site known for its volcanic peaks, lush forests, and serene lakes. The park offers diverse activities, from hiking the Tongariro Alpine Crossing to skiing on Mount Ruapehu. Rich in Maori cultural significance, Tongariro National Park promises an unforgettable adventure for every visitor.

Day by day
Hotel
Day-by-day program
8
day
Arrival and Evening at Leisure

Upon arrival your driver delivers you to your accommodation where you check in and have the evening at leisure.

9
day
Tongariro National Park Guided Hike

Experience the landscape of Tongariro, peppered with different coloured and shaped craters that have been active at different periods, scoured volcanic rocks, mountain springs and brightly coloured emerald lakes on a 1-day trek. 

As you explore this rugged and otherworldly landscape, you might feel like you’re travelling alongside Frodo and Sam on their way to bring the ring to Mount Doom. Or, you might even feel like you have somehow been transported to another planet - one with craters, emerald lakes and strangely shaped mounds of volcanic rock.

Tongariro National Park is a vast protected wilderness, home to three towering snow-capped volcanoes - Tongariro, Ngauruhoe and Ruapehu. This park has the distinct status of being a “Dual World Heritage Site” - which means that it is recognized both for its geological wonders and its Maori cultural and spiritual significance. 

10
day
Departure to Wellington via Scenic Train

This morning after breakfast you make your way to the train station for your scenic train to Wellington

Along the way you will pass through mountain scapes, farmland and beautiful vistas before arriving in New Zealands capital city Wellington.

*Available Monday, Wednesday and Friday

Your choice of hotels

We carefully select hotels to ensure your amazing stay. We will recommend the best available properties for your travel dates.

The Park Hotel Ruapehu

The Park Hotel Ruapehu, nestled in the heart of Tongariro National Park, offers a cozy and convenient retreat for adventurers and nature lovers alike. This charming hotel features a variety of comfortable rooms equipped with modern amenities to ensure a relaxing stay.

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Tongariro National Park
Wellington
5 hrs

Driving from Tongariro National Park to Wellington offers a scenic and diverse experience across New Zealand's North Island.

Wellington, New Zealand
4
days
New Zealand

Wellington, New Zealand's capital, nestled at the southern tip of the North Island, is a picturesque city framed by the stunning Cook Strait.

Day by day
Hotel
Day-by-day program
10
day
Arrival

Welcome to the farthest capital of the World. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to a centrally located hotel. The rest of the evening is free to enjoy the city on your own.

11
day
Wellington Lord of the Rings City Tour

You'll begin with a visit to Courtenay Place and the Embassy Movie Theatre, famed for hosting world premieres of iconic movies such as "The Hobbit". 

The journey continues to Mt Victoria, where you'll be treated to breathtaking views of the city and harbor. This spot also serves as a gateway to the 'Green Belt', a lush forest area where several scenes from the movies were filmed. As the tour progresses, you'll head to 'Wellywood', the heart of Wellington's film studios and post-production facilities. 

A highlight of this segment is the Weta Workshop, known for its exceptional work in prop-making and special effects. Here, you will have the chance to explore the 'Windows into Workshop' exhibition, offering a behind-the-scenes look at the creation of physical props and makeup used in famous films. 

This guided tour provides a unique opportunity to see the locations where movie magic was made and gain insights into the filmmaking process.

12
day
Zelandia With Cable Car Experience

Your driver will pick you up from the hotel and bring you to Lambton Quay to take the Cable Car to the top of the Botanic Gardens. From there, it's approximately a 30-minute walk to Zealandia, or you can take the free shuttle.

Upon arrival at Zealandia, you will join experienced guides on an engaging and informative walk through the picturesque sanctuary to witness the native wildlife that has returned to the mainland. With everything in Zealandia living wild, our nature-guru guides will use their knowledge of birdsong, habitats, and local flora to track down even the rarest of our unique animals.

New Zealand boasts some of the most unique biodiversity and advanced conservation techniques in the world. Soak up the beautiful scenery while learning more about our unique ecological history.

After your tour, you will take the cable car back to the city where your driver will be waiting to bring you back to the hotel. 

Your transfer is private, but the tour is with a group.

13
day
Departure

After breakfast, your private driver will pick you up and transfer to the airport for your flight.

Your choice of hotels

We carefully select hotels to ensure your amazing stay. We will recommend the best available properties for your travel dates.

West Plaza Hotel

West Plaza Hotel, located in the heart of Wellington, New Zealand's capital city, provides both business and leisure travelers with a comfortable and central base to explore the city's cultural attractions and bustling business district.

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Wellington
Napier
1 hr

The flight from Wellington to Napier offers a quick and scenic journey across New Zealand's North Island. Departing from Wellington Airport, the hour-long flight provides stunning views of diverse landscapes. Upon arrival at Hawke's Bay Airport, travelers have easy access to Napier's art deco architecture, vibrant culture, and renowned wineries, making this route a convenient and efficient travel option.

Napier, New Zealand
2
days
New Zealand

Napier, on New Zealand's North Island, is famed for its art deco architecture, vibrant culture, and coastal beauty. Rebuilt after an earthquake in the 1930s, it boasts well-preserved buildings. As part of the Hawke's Bay region, it's renowned for wineries and gourmet cuisine. With sunny weather, scenic beaches, and rich history, Napier offers a perfect blend of relaxation and adventure.

Day by day
Hotel
Day-by-day program
13
day
Arrival & Hawkes Bay Scenic Tour

Welcome to Napier -   famous as one of the most complete collections of Art Deco buildings.

Upon arrival yor private driver will meet you and bring to the hotel. after some resting time you will experience a breathtaking Hawke's Bay Scenic Tour, winding through Napier's picturesque coastal roads and into the idyllic countryside. Encounter sheep and cattle farms, deer, and other facets of New Zealand's vibrant farming landscape.

Pause for photo opportunities amidst orchards, vineyards, and panoramic valley vistas. Ascend to the summit of Te Mata Peak for unparalleled 360-degree views of the region.

Embark on a journey through Hastings City, renowned for its Spanish Mission and Art Deco architectural styles reminiscent of the 1930s.

Indulge in wine tasting at a historic winery, steeped in over a century of heritage. Savor the flavors of their exquisite wines, crafted from the finest grapes grown in the region.

Immerse yourself in Napier, hailed as the Art Deco Capital of the World. Explore its charming suburbs and city center adorned with Art Deco motifs. Ascend to a scenic lookout for sweeping vistas of the cityscape and stroll through Marine Parade and lush city gardens.

Navigate through the city's main thoroughfares and delve into an Art Deco housing estate. Marvel at the architectural splendor of Art Deco buildings scattered throughout the city and its suburbs.

Leave with a deeper appreciation for the essence of Art Deco and a treasure trove of unforgettable memories from your Hawke's Bay adventure. 

14
day
Departure to Gisborne on the Pacific Coast Highway

Following breakfast, your driver will pick you up for a scenic drive along the Pacific Coast, allowing you to revel in the breathtaking coastal views and picturesque landscapes before your return flight to Auckland. 

Upon arrival, you have a private transfer to the hotel for the check-in or you can continiue your travel.

Your choice of hotels

We carefully select hotels to ensure your amazing stay. We will recommend the best available properties for your travel dates.

Art Deco Masonic Hotel

The Art Deco Masonic Hotel, located in the heart of Napier, New Zealand, is a stunning example of art deco architecture and charm. This historic hotel offers elegantly designed rooms that blend classic style with modern comfort, providing guests with a unique and luxurious stay.

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Napier
Auckland
6 hrs

The flight connection between Napier and Auckland offers a quick and convenient journey, typically taking around 6 hours, with stunning aerial views of New Zealand's North Island landscapes.

What's included

  • Accommodation at remarkable downtown hotels;
  • Breakfasts at the hotels;
  • Airport transfers and all transportation according to the itinerary;
  • Breathtaking sightseeing tours according to the itinerary with professional English-speaking guides;
  • Support line during the trip.

Note: Hotels availability is subject to change. In case current hotels are booked out we will provide alternative hotels of equal value for you.

Note: We include 1 vehicle for your arrival and departure transfers. If multiple vehicles are required additional transfer costs will apply.

Not included: international flights, multiple arrival/departure transfers, other meals not mentioned in the program, optional tours and services, all personal expenses, as well as all tourist fees & taxes.

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Tour Highlights

  • Professional local guides;
  • Private arrival and departure transfers;
  • Carefully planned optional tours and extensions;
  • Guided visit to Matamata town;
  • Guided tour to the stunning geothermal park Wai-O-Tapu;
  • A visit to Tongariro National Park;
  • Comprehensive city tour of Wellington;
  • Guided day trip to Napier.

What To Know

  • Have comfortable shoes and clothing for longer and more physically demanding tours.
  • Show respect for local customs and traditions by learning some basic phrases in Te Reo Maori and understanding cultural protocols when visiting their meeting grounds.
  • Pay attention to safety signs and guidelines, particularly when hiking or exploring remote areas.
  • New Zealand drives on the left-hand side of the road so be mindful of that when engaging in traffic.