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North Island & Auckland Touring


New Zealand may have wowed cinemagoers around the world as the real-life set of the otherwise mythical Middle Earth in the Lord of the Rings Trilogy, but there really is nothing quite like going beyond the silver screen and experiencing this majestic land for yourself.

Often the starting point for a New Zealand adventure, the North Island is more volcanic than the mountainous South Island, with spectacular untouched landscapes unfurling towards the horizon. New Zealand’s North Island is also more populous than the South Island, being home to the nation’s capital city of Wellington and its largest city of Auckland.


A lively city with an engaging urban atmosphere, Auckland represents the heart of New Zealand with excellent museums, vibrant social scene and picturesque harbour replete with the tools of New Zealand’s favourite hobby, sailing.

From here, heading further north will bring you to the scenic Bay of Islands, a natural harbour of coves, bays and islets across 16km of splendid coastline. Keep an eye out for dolphins as you grace Hole in the Rock towards Cape Brett, or perhaps embark on an idyllic overnight cruise for a truly unforgettable experience.

One of New Zealand’s more unique attractions, a visit to Rotorua is an opportunity to indulge in a spa destination like no other, the town’s thermal spas, geysers and mud pools proving a welcome detoxing diversion on any New Zealand North Island tour.

The largest lake in New Zealand, Lake Taupo offers a wonderfully tranquil stop, unless of you head towards the thunderous Huka Falls, which creates a remarkable spectacle as it cascades into the water below.

The ideal base for those looking to twin a New Zealand North Island tour with a New Zealand South Island tour, New Zealand’s capital city Wellington may not be as large as Auckland, but marks the bridging point between the two islands. Famous for its excellent restaurants and quirky culture, Wellington deserves attention in its own right.

A superb starting point from which to discover this magnificent country, a New Zealand North Island tour opens you up to magnificent scenery, remarkable destinations and a fascinating culture, one that will undoubtedly leave you wanting more…

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8 Day Taste of North Island
8 Day Taste of North Island
8 Days/ 7 Nights
Small Group Touring
If you like the convenience of an escorted tour but want something a little more intimate, consider a small group tour. Travelling by 4WD or bus in a maximum group size of 16 (it's usually less), you'll enjoy a holiday that's filled with unique experiences. With the help of an expert local guide and/or driver, you'll learn all about your destination from someone who knows about it and is genuinely passionate about it.
8 Day Northern Explorer
8 Day Northern Explorer
8 days/7 nights
Escorted Tours
For those who enjoy the company of like-minded travellers, an escorted tour is a great way to see all the major sights, or discover a path less well trodden. From the comfort of a larger air-conditioned coach, and with the help of an expert local guide you'll learn about your destination in a safe and fun environment. With many of your meals also included, you're free to sit back and enjoy your holiday without having to worry about a thing.
21 Day Land of the Long White Cloud
21 Day Land of the Long White Cloud
21 Days/20 Nights
Self Drive
Book a self-drive and enjoy the freedom of the open-road. You could stop-off for lunch at that charming little village, pause for hours and take-in an amazing view, or go off the beaten track and discover somewhere that few other travellers have had the joy of seeing. Book one of our carefully planned self-drives that includes your accommodation and you'll make the most of your time away, and make great savings too.
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North Island Highlights

Dramatic landscapes, an engaging native culture and scenes that will take your breath away, an unforgettable tour of New Zealand’s scenic North Island is an experience that will stay with you forever.

Dramatic landscapes, an engaging native culture and scenes that will take your breath away, an unforgettable tour of New Zealand’s scenic North Island is an experience that will stay with you forever.

Book a New Zealand North Island tour with Travelbag for the opportunity to appreciate some of the world’s most extraordinary natural beauty, learn more about its fascinating native origins and immerse yourself in a culture that is truly like no other.

Key Highlights of New Zealand’s North Island

  • Relaxing in Rotorua’s thermal spas
  • Exploring the culture of Auckland
  • Watching the dolphins around the Bay of Islands
  • Feasting in cultural Wellington
  • Gazing across pretty Lake Taupo
  • Traversing the picturesque Cook Strait

For more information about Travelbag’s excellent range of New Zealand North Island tours, call 0203 944 2201 to chat with one of our knowledgeable travel experts about creating the perfect New Zealand holiday for you.

Top 10 Things to do

1. Awesome Auckland
New Zealand’s largest city, explore the ‘City of Sails’ at Auckland, home to many of the country’s leading cultural attractions, including Auckland Museum.
2. Watch dolphins come out to play
Join a Travelbag tour to sail across New Zealand’s Bay of Islands in search of the playful dolphins that inhabit the surrounding waters.
3. Sink into a thermal spa
Find a moment of peace in one of Rotorua’s natural thermal spas and hot mud pools, the result of significant geothermal activity, including spectacular geysers.
4. Tuck into Wellington
Discover why New Zealand’s capital city of Wellington is forging a reputation as one of the world’s finest locations for food and drink.
5. Unwind in Lake Taupo
Peer across the wonderfully idyllic stretches of the beautiful Lake Taupo, the largest lake in New Zealand.
6. Traverse the Cook Strait
Savour the picturesque views through Marlborough and Charlotte Sounds as you cross from the North Island to the South Island aboard a Cook Strait cruise ship.
7. Watch the Waitomo Caves light up
Watch in awe as the caves of Waitomo come alive in a pretty display of lights courtesy of the resident glow-worms.
8. Feast like a native in Rotorua
Sample a traditional Maori Hangi feast when you stay in Rotorua, an enchanting evening of fantastic food, as well as traditional song and dance.
9. Admire the thunderous Huka Falls
Take a moment to enjoy the beautiful scene of Huka Falls as it thunders into Lake Taupo, creating a stunning spectacle with its turquoise waters
10. Be awe-inspired by Waipoua’s kauri trees
Waipoua Forest is notable for being home to two of the world’s largest historic kauri trees and a visit there is a chance to be awe-inspired by their incredible scale


AucklandHome to more than a third of all New Zealanders, Auckland thrives with its vast harbour, distinctive skyline and numerous cultural attractions.
RotoruaA town located in an area of geothermal activity, Rotorua has emerged as one of the world’s more unique ‘spa destinations’ with its hot mud pools and geysers.
Bay of Islands
Bay of IslandsThe Bay of Islands is an archipelago in the northern reaches of New Zealand, where spectacular scenery and wildlife – including dolphins – reside.
WellingtonNew Zealand’s capital city may not be as large as Auckland, but is quickly establishing a reputation for a world-class art, architecture and food.
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