Bay of Islands
North Island
Elephant Rock, Tongaporutu
Hawkes Bay region
Lake Taupo at sunset
Looking towards Mokoia Island from Lake Rotorua
Paku Hill, Coromandel Peninsula
Wellington harbour

North Island holidays - Eclectic, cultural and striking

Home to some of New Zealand's most spectacular coastlines, rich Maori culture, decadent vineyards and fascinating geothermal activity, New Zealand's North Island is ideal for relaxed adventures. Sail in the Bay of Islands, discover the delicious culinary capital of Wellington, and shop in cute boutiques in Auckland. Life is taken slowly here, though there's opportunity for more adrenaline-fuelled activities too.

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Culture, adventure, gastronomy and beauty all rolled into one

It’s no wonder most people begin their exploration of New Zealand with the North Island. A captivating destination with the perfect balance of household names and hidden gems, this region really is something special. From Auckland to Wellington, Hawkes Bay to the Bay of Islands, you’ll be overwhelmed by the choice and diversity of the North Island.

Lake Taupo is a must-see, as is the picturesque Coromandel Peninsula which is rich in Maori history, has gorgeous beaches and offers up one of the most scenic journeys in the world along the East pacific drive. The cities of Auckland and Wellington provide a contemporary contrast to the natural side of the island, or you can head to Rotorua for a glimpse into the geothermal landscape of this country.

The best way to see this part of New Zealand is by hiring a car or motorhome and exploring at your own pace – with so much to experience, you’ll want to take your time to enjoy it to the full. Alternatively, take an escorted tour to ensure you don’t miss any of the breath-taking highlights along the way.

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