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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Tour the finest Luxury Lodges of New Zealand set in outstanding locations offering onsite and local activities, complimented by world-class cuisine and exceptional hospitality. Experience truly unique and interesting places and meet genuinely friendly people. Have plenty of time to relax and enjoy being in our beautiful country - wish you didn't have to leave.