New Zealand's North Island (known in Māori as Te Ika-a-Māui) is the smaller but more populated of the two main islands. In fact, it is the world's 14th largest island and contains Auckland and Wellington, our biggest cities. We've handpicked all the must-see spots and most popular attractions for your driving holiday itinerary in the North Island. Take a look at our North Island New Zealand Self Drive Tours and start the road trip of a lifetime now. Refine your search by using the 'Tour Finder' on the left-hand side.
Discover the North Island's Coromandel Peninsula, where you can holiday like the locals do. Home to iconic Cathedral Cove and Hot Water Beach, "Coro" is loved by Kiwis for its white-sand beaches, coastal splendour and forest trails, hidden waterfalls and swimming-holes. All less than 3 hours drive from Auckland!
Hit the road and head to Rotorua and immerse yourself in the culture and history of NZ’s traditional Maori heritage. Experience agriculture, adventure, and relaxation as well as a delightful detour via Waitomo Caves to explore the underground tunnels, home to thousands of illuminating glow worms. There’s something of interest for everyone in Rotorua.
Welcome to a region of endless beaches, hidden coves, spectacular coastal walks, and ancient forests right at your doorstep. A subtropical wonderland is waiting in the "Winterless North", only three hours from Auckland! This 5-day sun-soaked Bay of Islands mini-break includes a half-day dolphin-spotting cruise, whisking you away to Cape Brett and the iconic "Hole in the Rock" natural archway.
We believe the 7 day North Island mounting biking self-guided tour will impress even the most ardent of bikers. Experience incredibly scenic trails into wilderness area's - This tour can be customised to suit your ability.
Short on time, but want to maximize your experience in New Zealand's North Island, without going over the top, leaving you breathless at the end of your journey, we created the Quick Fix New Zealand North Island Tour allowing you to see and do those iconic New Zealand sight seeing and activities that the North Island is famed for - the MUST-DOs.
For those looking to taste some of the best New Zealand scuba diving without driving for hours to get from dive site to dive site then this New Zealand Dive Tour is perfect. The Northland Dive Adventure visits all the great dive locations on the upper North Island like the Poor Knights marine reserve, the fantastic Cape Brett and various sites in the Bay of Islands.
New Zealand's unique native creatures are the star of the show on our unforgettable North Island Birding and Wildlife Self Drive adventure. From Glowworms to Gannets, and from Kiwi to Kereru, you'll discover a breathtaking array of beautiful birdlife and curious critters in some of the most scenic locations on earth.
This 8 day North Island tour is rich with culture and experiences. Including a visit to the Tamaki Family Marae in Rotorua, Waitomo’s famous Glowworm Grotto, an exploration cruise on the blue waters of the Bay of Islands. Staying in an excellent range of 4 star hotels.
Immerse yourself in the heritage and culture of New Zealand's North Island with this fascinating 8 day itinerary. You'll visit a Maori village, tour a rare Art Deco city, discover New Zealand's birthplace, sail a historic island mail delivery route, marvel at our remarkable ancient Kauri trees as you explore the contrasts of this beautiful island to the fullest.
An unforgettable 9 day fly fishing odyssey across New Zealand's North Island. Stalk our giant New Zealand wild trout in the crystal clear streams and rivers of Rotorua, Taupo and Hawkes Bay. With snow-capped volcanoes and fern-filled native forests as your backdrop, our untouched North Island backcountry is a paradise you'll never want to leave.
Here is a self drive holiday that makes you feel like you have really had a holiday – no rushing around on this itinerary. Enjoy exceptional scenery, stunning beaches and experience New Zealand great outdoors with easygoing relaxed adventures. Plenty of 2 or 3 night stays in one location ensuring you will return home revived.
Who says that the North Island isn't suited to the adventurous? With this off the beaten track action packed 10 day adventure, we aim to set the record straight. Soaring through thin air, abseiling into a subterranean wilderness, cresting volcanic mountain tops, ocean waves & rapids - we get it - you want to be challenged! And when you're finished come back and see the South Island!
We searched high and low for the North Island's most romantic experiences for this delightful honeymoon. Sip boutique wines on a winery tour, gallop across white sand beaches on horseback, and fly to the very top of New Zealand where the sea and ocean meet and crash together. The lakes and mountains of Rotorua and Taupo round off this stunning ten day trip.
Explore the Islands of the upper North Island, swim in seas surrounded by golden sand beaches, soak up the culture and native wildlife. This trip is suitable for couples as well as families with young children. Experience thermal springs, Maori culture and beautiful nature reserves.
This 11 day New Zealand self drive dive tour focuses on the top diving locations in New Zealand's North Island - and they are spectacular! How do we know ... well First Light Travel started and has owned Global Dive in Auckland in 2003 and we know our dive sites. So rest assured our advice will be spot on!
This 12 Day North Island New Zealand adventure tour gets you into some remote and amazing places – from the highest commercially rafted waterfall to Waitomo’s deepest cave, 3 days sailing the beautiful Bay of Islands – something for everyone.
Beginning with 4 fabulous days on the Coromandel's glorious beaches, our Northern Motorhome Circuit puts relaxation first. In the comfort of your fully-equipped Campervan you'll journey to Rotorua for a memorable Maori feast, hike on a volcano in Tongariro National Park, and discover Waitomo's magical Glow Worm Caves.
This sumptuous self-drive itinerary transports you to iconic North Island locations, with the finest Luxury Lodges welcoming you each night. Secluded away in stunning settings like native Rotorua forests, a Bay of Islands clifftop paradise and a classic Hawkes Bay country estate, you'll have exclusive access to outstanding areas of scenic beauty. This itinerary is perfect for families, couples and honeymooners alike.