Best of the North Island

Solo
Solo
7 - 9
days

From modern urban centers, to traditional Maori villages, with stunning nature and volcanic features, get to know the best of the North Island on this wonderful trip.

In this trip

  • Night LifeNight Life
  • CultureCulture
  • Great FoodGreat Food
  • Historic PlacesHistoric Places
  • BeachesBeaches

Trip itinerary

  • 1

    Auckland, New Zealand

  • 2

    Rotorua, New Zealand

  • 3

    Taupo, New Zealand

  • 4

    Napier, New Zealand

  • 5

    Wellington, New Zealand

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Things to do in and around Auckland

  • Auckland skyline
  • Auckland view
  • Sky Tower above the CBD
  • Auckland War Memorial Museum
  • Auckland Art Gallery
  • Waiheke Island
  • Layered Sunrise
  • Upminster Avon Road LT RLH 50 MXX250
  • Ponsonby
  • New Zealand 2011
  • Auckland, Queen Street P1210421
  • Tiritiri Matangi Island off the Whangaparoa Peninsula
  • Bethells Beach
  • Rangitoto
  • Friday Ride
  • Twin Oak Drive - Cornwall Park - Auckland - New Zealand
  • Bridge, Auckland Botanic Garden
  • Oneroa Bay
  • Hershey Park
   
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Auckland

New Zealand, Auckland region

CultureFoodNight lifeHistoric2 nights

Famed for its cultural diversity and vibrant energy, this metropolis boasts parks and museums, two harbors, and great restaurants.

Auckland in the North Island of New Zealand, is the largest and most populous urban area in the country. Auckland has a population of 1,454,300 - 32 percent of New Zealand's population. It is part of the wider Auckland Region, which includes the rural areas and towns north and south of the urban area, plus the islands of the Hauraki Gulf, resulting in a total population of 1,570,500 that is governed by the Auckland Council. Auckland also has the largest Polynesian population of any city in the world. In Maori, Auckland's name is Tamaki Makaurau and the adaptation of Auckland, to suit Maori phonetic rules, is Akarana.
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Things to do in and around Rotorua

  • Looking Down At Rotorua
  • Maori Performers, Tamaki Maori Village, Rotorua
  • Rotorua - Hells Gate
  • Geyser, Te Puia, Rotorua
  • Whakarewarewa Thermal Village, Rotorua
  • Devil's Bath, Wai-o-Tapu, North Island, New Zealand.
  • Huka Falls 7
  • Rotorua Government Gardens
  • museum
  • Mountain Biking in Rotorua, New Zealand (c) TRAILSOURCE.COM
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  • Elusive Kiwi
  • Kuirau Park, Rotorua
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  • Ohinemutu Maori meeting house
  • St. Faiths church, Rotorua
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  • Dx Okere Falls
   
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Rotorua

New Zealand, Bay of Plenty region

NatureActiveCulture2 nights

Famed for its geothermal activity, this city is favored by travelers and offers an array of geysers, hot springs, and mud pools.

Rotorua, ("The second great lake of Kahumatamomoe") is a city on the southern shores of the lake of the same name, in the Bay of Plenty Region of New Zealand's North Island. Rotorua is a major destination for both domestic and international tourists; the tourism industry is by far the largest industry in the district. It is known for its geothermal activity, and features geysers – notably the Pohutu Geyser at Whakarewarewa – and hot mud pools. This thermal activity is sourced to the Rotorua caldera, on which the town lies. Rotorua is home to the Waiariki Institute of Technology. The Lakes of Rotorua are a collection of many lakes surrounding Rotorua.
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Things to do in and around Taupo

  • Tongariro & Lake Taupo
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  • Aukland botanical gardens, New Zealand
  • Taupo Museum & Art gallery
  • Devil's Bath, Wai-o-Tapu, North Island, New Zealand.
  • Huka Falls 7
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  • Elusive Kiwi
  • Lion cub at Paradise Valley Wildlif Park
  • Craters of the Moon Thermal Area, Wairakei, North Island, New Zealand
   
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Taupo

New Zealand, Waikato region

NatureActiveSmall towns2 nights

This town offers a multitude of adrenalin-raising activities, as well as a lovely lake and incredible views over the volcanoes.

Taupo is a tourist center, particularly in the summer, as it offers panoramic views over the lake and to the volcanic mountains of Tongariro National Park to the south. It offers a number of tourist activities including sky diving, jet boating and paragliding. Taupo services a number of surrounding plantation pine forests including Kaingaroa Forest, the largest man-made forest in the world, and related industry. A large sawmill is sited approximated 3 km to the north east of the town on Centennial Drive. The Wairakei geothermal power station is a few kilometres north of the town.
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Things to do in and around Napier

  • Napier Nov 2011
  • Napier
  • Mission Estate Winery, Napier.
  • Ahuriri beach near Perfume Point
  • Museum Theatre, Gallery, Hawke’s Bay, Napier
  • Huka Falls 7
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  • Otatara Pa Taradale
  • Pania of the reef Napier New Zealand 3
  • Napier Botanic Gardens
  • bluff hill lookout
  • Cape Kidnappers
  • Craters of the Moon Thermal Area, Wairakei, North Island, New Zealand
  • Sunken Gardens, Napier
  • Under the New Zealand National Aquarium
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  • Aratiatia Rapids
  • Craters of the Moon - 6
   
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Napier

New Zealand, Hawke's Bay region

FoodCultureSmall townsHistoric2 nights

Full of Art Deco architecture, this city offers an array of cultural attractions, from museums, to monuments, to verdant gardens.

Napier is a popular tourist city, with a unique concentration of 1930s Art Deco architecture, built after much of the city was razed in the 1931 Hawke's Bay earthquake. It also has one of the most photographed tourist attractions in the country, a statue on Marine Parade called Pania of the Reef. Thousands of people flock to Napier every February for the Tremains Art Deco Weekend event, a celebration of its Art Deco heritage and history. Other notable tourist events attracting many outsiders to the region annually include F.A.W.C! Food and Wine Classic events, and the Mission Estate Concert at Mission Estate and Winery in the suburb of Taradale.
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Things to do in and around Wellington

  • Monastery on the hill
  • 200510 museum of wellington
  • Te Papa Tongarewa (Museum of New Zealand) in Wellington
  • Antique shops and others shops in main street of the heritage town of Carcoar New South Wales.
  • Cuba St Mall
  • Approaching Matiu/Somes Island
  • Got any food? - EXPLORED
  • Wellington Botanic Gardens in spring.
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  • Oriental Bay, Wellington
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  • Northern Walkway
  • Kaikoura Peninsula
  • Gainfully “employed”: cycling to the beach counts, right?
  • Otari-Wilton's Bush
  • carter observatory
  • Weta Cave
  • Nelson
  • Blenheim, Marlborough, New Zealand, 14 May 2006
   
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Wellington

New Zealand, Wellington region

CultureFoodBeachesNight life2 nights

New Zealand's capital is a city with upbeat energies, boasting a thriving nightlife, rich museums, historic buildings, and more.

Wellington is the capital city and second most populous urban area of New Zealand. It is located at the south-western tip of the North Island, and is the world's southernmost capital city of a sovereign state. Wellington is marketed as the 'coolest little capital in the world' and its popular tourist attractions include Museum of Wellington Museum, Wellington Zoo, Zealandia and Wellington Cable Car. Cruise tourism is experiencing a major boom in line with nationwide development. Cafe culture is prominent and restaurants offer cuisines including from Europe, Asia and Polynesia.
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