Why I love the North Island

New Zealand tourist images are dominated by the dramatic scenery of the South Island, but for me the north is just as beautiful and even more interesting. Many places have majestic mountains, but the North Island is loaded with attractions that are particularly 'New Zealandy' – most notably the bubblings and boilings of geothermal activity, and a highly visible Māori culture. In the big cities of Auckland and... Read More

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$32.64 Sightseeing tours

Auckland Hop-on Hop-off Tour

Discover the vibrant city of Auckland with flexibility and ease on a hop-on hop-off bus across all major sites and attractions. Complete with audio commentary and written translations in 9 languages, you're free to hop-on and off at your leisure. If you have limited time - this is the perfect way to explore the city, especially if this is your first visit to Auckland.

$869.60 Small group tours

3-Day Waitomo Caves, Rotorua and Taupo Trip from Auckland

Discover the best attractions of the North Island on this 3-day trip from Auckland. See thousands of tiny glowworms on an underground boat ride at Waitomo Caves, explore the picturesque lakeside setting of Taupo and the amazing Huka Falls and experience the geothermal wonders of Rotorua.

$724.54 Small group tours

3-Day Bay of Islands Trip from Auckland

This comprehensive 3-day tour of the Bay of Islands is ideal for the first time visitor to New Zealand. With natural beauty, rocky islets and pristine beaches, the Bay of Islands is the water playground of the North Island. Learn about Maori culture, travel to the northernmost point of New Zealand and take a cruise through the famous "Hole in the Rock".

$2999 Small group tours

New Zealand Journey

These 11 days exploring New Zealand’s North and South Islands are the ideal introduction to this small country that feels huge. Travelling by train, gondola, boat, and plane, you’ll connect with locals in artsy beach towns, roam through an ancient rainforest, learn about local legend and cuisine from the Maori, and breathe in all the clean air you possibly can. Come to New Zealand a stranger. Return home an honorary Kiwi.

$1699 Small group tours

New Zealand – North Island Multisport

The North Island of New Zealand is blessed with spectacular scenery, ranging from bubbling thermal pools to fast flowing rivers. The best way to see all of this? Get up close and personal. This itinerary includes biking through Karangahake Gorge, visiting the thermal waters of Hot Water Beach, and hiking the Tongariro Crossing – one of the world's most famous one-day hikes – before jet boats and canoes provide the transport along the Whanganui River. Mix in some locally-sourced food and a traditional hangi dinner, and this is the perfect active introduction to New Zealand.

$529 Small group tours

New Zealand–The Bay of Islands

Nature lovers who leave the North Island without stopping off at the Bay of Islands will kick themselves all the way back home (and that’s a looong flight). This four-day trip to this outdoorsman’s paradise features ample time hiking the nature trails and makes the most of all that water with plenty of opportunities for swimming, snorkelling, kayaking, and sailing. Not enough? A night aboard a houseboat should do the trick. We take care of all the fuss. All you have to do is have the time of your life.