Beautiful beaches, wild coastlines and urban delights
The South Island tends to get all the attention, but the North Island has some pretty spectacular experiences of its own. Beautiful beaches, rugged coastline, ancient kauri forests, Māori culture, geothermal pools, giant redwood forests, splendid day hikes and cosmopolitan cities are just waiting to be explored.
In Northland witness the Tasman Sea collide with the Pacific Ocean, walk along the famous Ninety Mile Beach (or the longer but lesser-known Ripiro Beach), play in the sun in the Bay of Islands and explore beautiful secluded coves and coastal walkways. Auckland and the islands of the glittering Hauraki Gulf offer wildlife encounters, sporting events, world-class wineries, beachside cafes and panoramic views atop volcanic cones. Then you've got fabulous art deco architecture in Napier, award-winning wineries in Hawke's Bay, epic sunrises at East Cape, wild black sand beaches along the west coast, quirky culture in New Plymouth, the geothermal wonderland of Tongariro National Park, the lakeside playground of Taupo, and cuisine and culture in the capital Wellington.
That's just the tip of the iceberg - the North Island has so many experiences for all kinds of traveller. Let our expert travel consultants help you plan the perfect itinerary that will show you the delights of your own backyard.