Explore Central North Island New Zealand

Discover the enticing combination of unusual and captivating landscapes and experiences on a road trip that combines three iconic touring routes, the Thermal Explorer, the Pacific Coast Highway and the Volcanic Loop.

So what will you see? There are Hobbits, underground rivers, volcanoes, lakes, wineries, beaches and Maori culture. Sample the world’s best seafood and award-winning wines. Enjoy a diverse and unique heritage and discover an abundance of buildings from another era, ancient Maori pa sites, countless historical delights and the living heritage of the stories and faces of the local people.

Cultural Encounters - North Island

Discover the best of the North Island over nine days as you travel from Auckland to Wellington via Rotorua, Taupo and Ruapehu. Learn more about Maori culture, take in the sights and explore geothermal wonderlands, rainforests and mountains. Get to know some of the North Island’s most popular regions in 9 days, including the vibrant and multicultural city of Wellington, the unique Maori culture and geothermal wonders in Rotorua and the intriguing Hobbiton Movie Set Tours in the Waikato and New Zealand’s first National Park, Tongariro.
• One-way Auckland, Waitomo Caves Rotorua
• Three nights Rotorua, Sudima Hotel Rotorua
• Mitai Maori Village Experience and Hangi Dinner
• Half-day Geothermal Wonderland Tour, Rotorua
• Redwoods Nightlights Treewalk, Rotorua
• Polynesia Spa, Lake Spa, Rotorua
• Thermal Walk, Orakei Korako Cave and Thermal Park
• Four Days Group B Car Hire including unlimited mileage and GPS
• One night Taupo, Millennium Hotel & Resort Taupo Manuels
• Taste of Taupo Scenic Cruise, Taupo
• Orakei Korako Cave and Thermal Admission
• Two nights Tongariro Suites @ The Rocks including continental breakfast
• 5 Tunnel Tour by Railcart
• Two nights Wellington, Travelodge Wellington
• Capital Tastes Tour, Wellington
• Behind the Scenes Toanga Maori, Te Papa Wellington

9 Days, 8 Nights starting at
$2,399* per person

The Ultimate North Island Experience

Experience the ultimate Central North Island that showcases the diversity of the region. Offering stunning scenery and unique attractions, this is the quintessential kiwi road trip. Drive the Thermal Explorer Highway that links Auckland and Hawke’s Bay through the center of the North Island via Hamilton and Waikato, Rotorua, Lake Taupo and Ruapehu via the Volcanic Loop. Journey some of New Zealand’s most spectacular coastal scenery on the Pacific Coast Highway, which traverses the east coast including the stunning regions of The Coromandel, Bay of Plenty, Tairawhiti-Gisborne and Hawke’s Bay. See a myriad of crystal clear lakes, dramatic volcanic mountains, stunning National Parks, mineral pools and spouting geysers. There’s lakes and mountains and underground caves, Hobbit hideouts and hot water pools!
• Auckland private arrival transfer, airport to hotel
• Two nights Auckland, Adina Apartment Hotel Auckland Britomart
• Auckland Afternoon Tour
• 12 Days Intermediate Group D Car Hire with GPS and unlimited mileage
• Waiheke Island Exclusive tour including ferry transfers
• Waitomo Glowworm Caves and Ruakuri Caves admission
• One night Hamilton, Novotel Hamilton Tainui
• One night Matamata, New Zealand Farmstay including dinner and breakfast
• Hobbiton Movie Set Tour
• One night Rotorua, Regent of Rotorua
• Thermal Walk, Orakei Koroka Cave and Thermal Park
• Two nights Taupo, Hilton Lake Taupo
• Huka Falls Jetboat Ride
• Lake Taupo Scenic Cruise
• One night Ruapehu, Chateau Tongariro Hotel
• Sunset Guided Walk
• One night Napier, The Crown Hotel
• Art Deco Evening Guided Walk, Napier
• One night Gisborne, Portside Hotel
• One night Bay of Plenty, White Island Rendezvous
• Half-day White Island Tour
• One night The Coromandel, Grand Mercure Puka Park, including breakfast
13 Days, 12 Nights starting at
$3,799* per person

Scenic Sensations

Enjoy dramatic scenery and discover extraordinary treasures on this relaxing self-drive journey that travels from Auckland to Queenstown, visiting The Coromandel, Eastland, Napier, Wairapa, Wellington, Kaikoura, Christchurch, the West Coast/Glaciers and Queenstown. Combining cultural and scenic highlights with unique and exclusive experiences, you will discover why New Zealand is a magical place.
• Arrival Transfer Auckland Airport to Hotel
• One night Auckland, Scenic Suites Auckland
• Auckland City Sights Afternoon Tour
• 15 Days Group D Intermediate Car Hire, including unlimited mileage and GPS
• Two nights Whitianga, Oceans Resort Whitianga
• Two-hour Glass Bottom Boat Cruise
• Two nights Gisborne, Portside Hotel
• One night Napier, Scenic Hotel Te Pania
• Twilight Odyssey Tour, Napier
• Art Deco Morning Guided Walk
• One night Martinborough, Peppers Parehua Martinborough
• One night Wellington, Travelodge Hotel Wellington
• Zealandia by Night, Wellington
• InterIslander Ferry from Wellington to Picton
• Two nights Kaikoura, The White Morph
• Whale Watching Cruise, Kaikoura
• One night Christchurch, Chateau on the Park, a DoubleTree by Hilton
• Christchurch Tramway Restaurant Dinner
• TranzAlpine from Christchurch to Greymouth
• Two nights Franz Josef, Punga Grove
• Glacier Valley Walk – Franz Josef
• One night Wanaka, Distinction Wanaka Alpine Resort
• Two nights Queenstown, Scenic Suites Queestown
• Shotover Jetboat
• Milford Sound Fly/Nature Cruise/Fly

17 Days, 16 Nights starting at
$4,399* per person

*Prices are quoted in USD and are ‘from’, per person, based on double occupancy. Single supplements apply. Black-out dates apply. Valid for departures Apr 1, 2019 - Aug 15, 2019. Pricing is subject to availability and all prices, itineraries and routings are subject to change without notice. Prices are current at time of posting (12/26/18) and may differ when you book your travel. Please call for our current pricing and itinerary details. California CST: 2076233-40 Washington ID: 601 684 531.