Destinations Destinations
Auckland, Lake Taupo, Matamata, Tongariro Crossing, Rotorua, Wellington
Activity Activity
Adventure, Nature & Wildlife, Culture & History, Trekking, Hiking, Water Sports, National Parks
Physical Level Physical Level
Easy

See everything New Zealand’s North Island has to offer, from its unique cities to its many natural wonders. Start at the north of the island in Auckland before heading south to wind down in the thermal springs of Rotorua. Stop off for a visit at the Hobbiton movie set from The Lord of the Rings films at Matamata. From here, continue south to New Zealand’s largest lake, Lake Taupo, best explored by kayak so you can view its famous Maori rock carvings up close. On the south side of Lake Taupo, you’ll find the rugged volcanic landscapes of Tongariro. Go hiking here before finishing your trip in the capital, Wellington.

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Enjoy panoramic views from Mount Victoria
Wellington

Enjoy panoramic views from Mount Victoria

Venture to the top of Mount Victoria and you’ll be rewarded with sweeping views of New Zealand’s capital, Wellington. The Mount Victoria Lookout is a relatively easy walk from the city centre, along woodland trails that were used in The Lord of the Rings.

Dip your toes in the (very) hot springs of Rotorua
Rotorua

Dip your toes in the (very) hot springs of Rotorua

Unwind by the heavenly thermal pools at Rotorua, including the colourful Champagne Pool at Waiotapu and Waimangu Cauldron, otherwise known as Frying Pan Lake – where temperatures can reach a steamy 60C. For pools to swim in, try those at Waikite Valley.

Kayak around Lake Taupo
Lake Taupo

Kayak around Lake Taupo

Enjoy a relaxing paddle in the crystal clear waters of Lake Taupo and explore the mysterious Maori rock carvings at Mine Bay, which can only be viewed from the water. The surrounding forests are also great for hiking and just north of Taupo you'll find the spectacular Huka Falls.

Tackle the 21km Tongariro Alpine Crossing
Tongariro Crossing

Tackle the 21km Tongariro Alpine Crossing

Go on a day-hike across the eery volcanic landscape of the Tongariro Alpine Crossing. Sprinkled with emerald lakes and soda springs, the 21km trail, which takes around seven hours to complete, winds around active volcanoes and features panoramic views across the harsh rocky terrain.

Experience life in Tolkein's Middle-earth
Matamata

Experience life in Tolkein's Middle-earth

Take a tour of the Hobbiton Movie Set, used for The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit film series, complete with a pint (and optional dress-up) in the Green Dragon inn. For avid fans, visit on the 22nd September for the Hobbit Day festivities and feasts.

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