• Cape Reinga, Bay of Islands

North Island

Holidays in New Zealand’s North Island offer a fascinating insight into the country’s culture. Explore the relaxed capital city, Wellington, and its laid back cafés and restaurants, learn about Maori culture in Rotorua and sail around Auckland and the Bay of Islands.

North Island offers a perfect blend of culture and natural scenery, with plenty of big names to check off your list, as well as opportunities to get off the beaten track and discover hidden gems. Couples will love the chance to explore New Zealand’s vineyards, gourmet dining and cosmopolitan cities while families will enjoy the huge range of activities and a chance to immerse themselves in the lively Maori culture. Adventurers will find huge swathes of landscapes to discover, with an extensive range of activities and some unique creatures you won’t find anywhere else in the world. 

Discover more of New Zealand's North Island

At Hayes & Jarvis, we are travel experts with experience in tailoring luxury holidays around the world. Our experts will help you get the most from your time away, wherever you’re travelling.

Holidays to the North Island of New Zealand have so much to offer, whether you want to explore the wilderness or immerse yourself in the area’s culture. Book our North Island Wanderer tour and we’ll help you discover everything this beautiful island has to offer. Take guided tours along the coast before watching Maori cultural performances and finishing your tour in the capital city of Wellington.

Destination Highlights
  • Experience Maori culture in Rotorua
  • Explore Lake Taupo
  • Sail the Bay of Islands
  • Drive the Ninety Miles Beach
  • See luxury yachts in Auckland
  • Wine tasting in Marlborough Sounds

Time Zone

GMT +13

Flight Time

24 hours

Currency

New Zealand dollar (NZD)

Visa Information

All British passport holders can visit New Zealand for up to 6 months on arrival without a visa.

Language

English

Health Information

No vaccines required - please speak to your GP for advice.

North Island (NZ) Attractions

  • Te Papa Tongarewa Museum of New Zealand

    Translated as “container of treasures”, Te Papa Tongarewa, New Zealand’s national museum, is the perfect place to immerse yourself in the country’s colonial, Maori and recent history and culture. It’s home to art exhibitions and interactive displays, which make it ideal for both adults and children. See the colossal squid and learn about its life and habitat and witness some of the award winning immersive displays and exhibits.

  • Wine Tasting

    New Zealand is known around the world for its excellent wines and spectacular scenery, making it an ideal destination for wine tasting tours. Learn how the grapes are planted, grown and harvested before trying various bottles and picking up tips from expert sommeliers. Many of the vineyards also have gourmet restaurants where you can enjoy menus featuring excellent local dishes.

  • Te Puia

    Te Puia is a geothermal park located just outside of Rotorua on New Zealand’s North Island. It’s home to beautiful landscapes featuring live geysers and boiling water pools which are still used by the resident Maori to cook their traditional dishes. You can also see New Zealand’s natural bush, which is home to the country’s national icon, the flightless kiwi bird. Learn about these endangered birds and the ways they are being protected.

  • Maori Village

    New Zealand’s Maoris have retained their original culture, with fascinating villages where you can learn more about their way of life. Learn to weave and woodwork with expert artisans or join in with a spectacular feast, featuring food cooked in pits dug into the warm earth surrounding the geothermal springs. Watch the famous Maori Haka war dance and visit their shrines and buildings.

Our North Island (NZ) destinations

North Island (NZ)

Bay of Islands

Bay of Islands

North Island (NZ)

Wellington

Wellington
Rotorua

North Island (NZ)

Rotorua

Rotorua

North Island (NZ)

Auckland

Auckland