9 days

Experience the attractions of New Zealand's North Island.

By name, New Zealand's North and South islands may seem uninspired. In reality, their diverse, jaw-dropping landscapes are anything but. From Auckland's stunning waterfront to the bubbling mud pools of Rotorua, New Zealand's North Island is crammed with show-stopping scenery.

  • Travelling time between Auckland and Wellington via Rotorua & Napier is a total of 10½ hours

    But don't worry, you've got 9 days to do it! Your journey includes Auckland, Rotorua, Hawke's Bay & Wellington before flying or driving back to Auckland.

  • Auckland

  • Auckland, New Zealand.

    Auckland can’t be defined by a single experience because it has such astonishing variety on offer and it's all so accessible. Right in the CBD you can bungy jump off the Auckland Harbour Bridge or take a vertigo defying walk around the Sky Tower's top-most perimeter. Within half an hour of standing on a bustling city street you could be pulling into the wharf on Waiheke Island, watching orca chase stingrays in the Manukau Harbour, tramping through native forest or sipping wine at a vineyard in the countryside.

  • 3hrs or 40mFly or drive from Auckland to Rotorua

  • Rotorua

  • Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, Rotorua.

    Rotorua is an extraordinary little slice of paradise quite unlike any other region in New Zealand. It is rich in attractions and has something for everyone. It is the geothermal heartland of New Zealand with billowing clouds of steam and a faint aroma of sulfur that drifts across the city, bubbling mud pools and spectacular geysers. It is the spiritual home of the Maori of Te Arawa. It is host to legions of thrilling adventure rides - some world firsts, and on top of all of this, Rotorua is set amidst a stunning backdrop of 16 serene freshwater lakes and acres of majestic forests. Fish for trophy trout then cook them in thermal sands. Enjoy a water ski or leisurely kayak and the kick back on a luxury sail boat. Perhaps a round of golf on one of several world-class courses might be of interest?

  • 3hrsDrive from Rotorua to Napier

  • Napier & the Hawke's Bay

  • Cycling through vineyars in Napier, New Zealand - image courtesty of Venture Hawke's Bay.

    Hawke's Bay is the perfect year-round destination, with a Mediterranean climate of long hot summers and mild sunny winters that boasts an outstanding natural environment and some of New Zealand’s best fresh seasonal food and award winning wine. What makes Hawke's Bay truly unique is the 1930’s architecture that adorns the cities of Napier and Hastings. Following a major earthquake in 1931 the cities were re-built in the style of the times - art deco, Spanish mission and striped classical. Walking around these cities is like taking a step back in time. The landscape is made up of mountains, vineyards, farmland, rivers valleys, and beaches making it the ideal playground for lovers of nature and the great outdoors. 17 golf courses are scattered throughout the region, including the internationally renowned Cape Kidnappers. The Cape is also home to both the world’s largest accessible mainland gannet colony and Cape Sanctuary - a conservation park for native birds including brown kiwi. Taste award-winning wines at one of the regions 70 wineries or enjoy alfresco dining at one of the many winery restaurants.

  • 4hrs 30m or 55mFly or drive from Napier to Wellington

  • Wellington

  • Te Papa at dusk, Wellington.

    Nestled between a sparkling harbor and rolling green hills, Wellington offers a chic city experience in a stunning natural setting. The creative metropolis of Wellington is complemented by a diverse surrounding region. The city, complete with stylish cocktail bars, funky designer shopping, contemporary art galleries and award-winning restaurants and cafes, is nationally recognized as the arts and culture capital. A boutique city that is bustling and vibrant and is the perfect base for discovering the cultural experiences of Porirua, the lush green forests of the Hutt Valley and Wairarapa’s gourmet food and wine offering. Sitting in the midst of the Classic New Zealand Wine Trail, Wellington is just over an hour’s drive by car from the boutique wine village of Martinborough and only a three hour ferry ride across the Cook Strait to Marlborough - world famous for Sauvignon Blanc. Just a 50 minute drive north of Wellington is the jewel in its coastal crown - Kapiti Island - an internationally recognized nature reserve which is home to some of New Zealand’s rarest flora and fauna.

  • Getting back 8hrs or 1hr

    Getting back from Wellington to Auckland is a full day's drive, or you can choose to fly which takes an hour. Book flights from Wellington to Auckland.

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