Want to see some North Island highlights but you’re short on time? This sample itinerary gives you an idea of how you can spend 5 days on the North Island. Highlights include Rotorua, the hub of New Zealand’s geothermal activity and Māori Culture and the beautiful Waitomo Glow Worm Caves.
Guided: Upon arrival at Auckland Airport, a shuttle driver will be waiting for you as you clear customs. This driver will be holding a signboard with your name on it and will take you to your accommodation in the city. The day and night are free to spend at your leisure and your guide will meet you tomorrow morning.
Self Drive: Upon arrival at Auckland Airport you will collect your rental vehicle within the airport terminal. Make your way to your inner city accommodation where the day and night are free to spend at your leisure and prepare for the adventure ahead.
Our recommendations for your time in Auckland: A visit Mission Bay where it is possible to see stunning Pohutukawa trees, Mt Eden, a stunning viewpoint and one of Auckland’s most famous volcanic craters, and perhaps a gander at one of The Road Trip’s favourite look out spots that boasts great views of both Rangitoto Island and Waiheke Island. Perhaps also venture out to Muriwai Beach to visit a large Gannet colony on the seaside cliffs and experience the Kauri forests of the Waitakere Ranges (time permitting).
This morning you will enjoy the Ultimate Canopy Tour with Rotorua Canopy Tours. This is an unforgettable 3.5-hour Canopy Tour journey. Venture deep into the wilderness to experience prehistoric New Zealand forest at its best. Following this, the early afternoon is free for leisure activities. Options include: Rotorua Gondola and Luge, zorbing, a trip to The Buried Village of Te Wairoa or the spectacular Treewalk of the redwood forest. This evening you will enjoy an authentic cultural experience at Te Pā Tū (formerly Tamaki Māori Village). In the summertime, Te Pā Tū offers their Summer Harvest Celebration experience, “Tū Te Rā.” Tū Te Rā is a summer celebration, aligned with the maramataka – the Māori lunar calendar. This is a time when the sun expresses optimal energy, the days are longer, and light nourishes the natural world. Tū Te Rā celebrates the abundant harvest of this season, and explores concepts, rituals, and stories of ancient Māori warfare and peace in a feast of culture and cuisine.
This morning you will drive to Waitomo, New Zealand’s most extensive underground caving network. Here you will take a guided tour through the spectacular caves and see the impressive glow-worms that light up the cave roof (included activity). Following this you continue to Auckland.
Today you will transfer to Auckland Airport for your onward travel arrangements. We trust that you’ve had an excellent time in New Zealand and wish you safe travels to your next destination.
Onward flight is not included.
Experience some lesser known gems on the North Island at your own pace on this private tour.
This off-the-beaten-path itinerary includes 2 nights at the beautiful and remote Moeraki Wilderness Lodge, a farm stay including a home-cooked meal and private farm tour, boutique wineries, the mighty Putangirua Pinnacles, dense native rainforest, the golden beaches of the Abel Tasman National Park, rafting in Aotearoa’s most impressive glow worm cave, Central Otago wineries, Gorgeous Hawea, and the famous Stewart island!
On this North Island tour you will experience the best sights that this amazing Island has to offer. Highlights include Auckland ‘The City of Sails’, Whitianga and the beautiful Coromandel Peninsula, Rotorua, the hub of New Zealand’s geothermal activity and Māori Culture, and Wellington – “The Coolest Little Capital in the World.” The best part is that this is your tour done your way. Sit back, relax and experience the real New Zealand.
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