North Island
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

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.

Trip highlights

North Island Route Map
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