New Zealand

North Island Explorer

Location North Island


Northland & Bay of Islands
Unspoilt Coromandel
Protected sanctuary of Kapiti Island
Vibrant Wellington

Explore the natural beauty of New Zealand’s North Island. Experience the rich cultural history and sweeping coastal panoramas of Northland and the unspoilt beaches and rainforests of the Coromandel. In Rotorua feel New Zealand’s cultural heartbeat then head south to Kapiti Island and the nation’s capital city, Wellington.

Outline Itinerary

1. Arrive Auckland
2. Half day Waitakere Ranges excursion
3. Collect rental car and drive to Bay of Islands
4-5. At leisure to explore
6. Cross to the West Coast via Hokianga Harbour
7. Drive to the Coromandel via Miranda Shorebird Centre
8. Full day guided nature walk
9. At leisure to explore
10. Drive to Rotorua. Afternoon Mokoia Island experience
11. At leisure to explore
12. Fly from Rotorua to Wellington. Transfer to Kapiti Island
13. Return to Wellington
14. At leisure to explore
15. Depart Wellington

Departure Dates

Year round. Best time to travel is October to April.

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Discover New Zealand's North Island in-depth with our 15 day self-drive holiday.

Explore the beguiling islands and coves in the Bay of Islands and the wild beaches and ancient kauri forests that tumble down the west coast of Northland.

Get insider information as you circumnavigate the Coromandel Peninsula with expert guides, a place treasured by the kiwis as a local haunt and awash with pristine beaches, solitude, magnificent coastal scenery and ancient kauri trees.The two coastlines are dramatically different. On the west, steep cliffs and hills drop sharply to the sea and a narrow strip of land flares into life from November to December each year as the Pohutukawa trees erupt into blossom. The east coast is a land of sweeping white beaches pounded by relentless surf. From here head inland to Rotorua, regarded by many as the cultural heartbeat of the nation and remarkable for the ever visible geothermal activity.

Kapiti Island just offshore from the Kapiti Coast is one of our favourite places in New Zealand. Protected as an internationally renowned sanctuary for native birds, forest and the island is also a designated New Zealand wildlife and marine reserve. An overnight stay here gives you the rare opportunity to see the little spotted kiwi in its natural habitat.

Last but by no means least, end your North Island explorer with a few nights in the 'coolest little capital in the world'. Set betwixt rolling green hills and a sparkling harbour Wellington is compact, easy to get around and known for its love of the arts, culture, natural beauty and coffee!



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