Travel Package Ideas
- All itineraries here are suggestions to give you an idea of what New Zealand has to offer. They are fully customizable and prices will vary depending on your level of comfort. Our travel advisors are flexible and will design your trip to suit your individual budget and desires.
- All prices are in USD. Per couple, and includes accommodation, rental cars, airport transfers, and some activities.
Central North Island 6+ Days
Natural Hot Pools
Maori & Polynesian Heritage
An incredible journey through New Zealand's North Island, immersing yourself in the vibrant cities of Auckland, Rotorua, and Taupo. This trip combines cultural experiences, natural wonders, and thrilling adventures, offering an unforgettable taste of the diverse landscapes and rich heritage of the region. Begin your adventure in Auckland, the cosmopolitan "City of Sails." Explore the bustling waterfront, visit the iconic Sky Tower for panoramic city views, and immerse yourself in the rich Maori and Polynesian heritage at the Auckland War Memorial Museum. Indulge in delectable cuisine at the trendy Viaduct Basin or take a leisurely stroll through the beautiful Auckland Domain park. Continue to Rotorua, a geothermal wonderland steeped in Maori traditions. Witness the breathtaking geysers and steaming hot springs at Te Puia, experience captivating Maori cultural performances, and indulge in a traditional Hangi feast. Thrill-seekers can partake in adrenaline-pumping activities like ziplining, luging, or whitewater rafting. Next, venture to Taupo, home to the stunning Lake Taupo, the largest freshwater lake in Australasia. Explore the picturesque lake with a boat cruise or skydive over its crystal-clear waters. Unwind in natural hot pools, marvel at the majestic Huka Falls, and experience the tranquil beauty of the surrounding landscape. Throughout this trip, you'll encounter the perfect blend of urban delights, geothermal marvels, and serene natural beauty. Immerse yourself in Maori culture, witness breathtaking landscapes, and engage in thrilling adventures. From the vibrant cityscape of Auckland to the geothermal wonders of Rotorua and the tranquility of Taupo, this itinerary promises a truly unforgettable exploration of the North Island of New Zealand.
Drive: Auckland to Rotorua
State Highway 1 takes you through Hamilton and Tirau to Rotorua. Stop off in Hamilton for food, shopping and a trip to the largest Zoo in NZ. Continue to Tirau for the Oxford cafe’s legendary sausage rolls and a visit to the sheepdog center. However, the locals say that their route is slightly faster and definitely more scenic. Travel on SH 2 to visit two stunning waterfalls at Hunua and Wairere. Continue through farmland and forest along SH 2 and 27 to Matamata. There, you can stretch your legs with a stroll around the Lord of the Rings’ most picturesque village at Hobbiton. Continuing on, make sure you stop at the Blue Springs in Putaruru. Over 60% of New Zealand’s bottled water comes from this beautiful stream which might rate as one of NZ’s best-kept secret scenic spots.
Drive Rotorua to Taupo
Traveling through a region that sits on the Pacific Ring of Fire means you’ll pass volcanic scenery and geothermal wonders on your journey. Along the way, stop in at Wai-o-tapu, where the Lady Knox Geyser erupts faithfully at 10.15 each day. Continue south through vast pine plantations and find the Orakei Korako Thermal Valley, with its colorful terraces and the largest geyser field in New Zealand. Closer to Taupo, you’ll pass the steaming chimneys of the Wairakei Geothermal Power Station. You can learn all about the process at the nearby visitors’ center. A must for golfers is a stop-off at the Wairakei Golf and Sanctuary, a world-class golf course inside a predator-free conservation park.
Drive: Taupo to Auckland
Drive through the heart of New Zealand’s timber country towards Putaruru, where you can stretch your legs on the Te Waihou Walkway or visit the Timber Museum and wander around the town’s decorative Water Park. Alternatively, stop a little further on at Cambridge, NZ’s equine capital. Take a tour through working racing stables or visit nearby Lake Karapiro to try its many water activities or get an adrenalin rush with a thrilling Camjet tour to the base of the Karapiro Dam. After Cambridge, it’s a straight but busy drive on SH 1 through Huntly and on to Auckland.