• Cape Reinga, Bay of Islands

North Island Holidays

North Island holidays in New Zealand allow you to enjoy some of the world’s most captivating landscapes, combined with rich Maori culture and vibrant cities. From the bubbling mud pools and gushing geysers of Rotorua, through to Auckland ‘the City of Sails’ and the capital Wellington, New Zealand’s North Island offer truly impressive sights and attractions.

Experience an idyllic combination of natural beauty and culture. Learn more about the fascinating Maori history at one of the many museums, with interactive and captivating displays. For a more hands-on experience, you can visit a traditional Maori village. Immerse yourself in demonstrations of ancient traditions, performances such as the famous Haka war dance, and savour a sumptuous hangi feast. Nature lovers will enjoy looking for dolphins and whales on a cruise around the magnificent Bay of Islands. Alternatively, simply relax as you walk barefoot along the magnificent white sandy beaches of Waiheke. For fine dining and urban adventures, don’t miss the cultural capital of Wellington, or Auckland, which are both packed with must-see sites.

Explore cosmopolitan cities on your New Zealand North Island holidays

New Zealand’s largest and most culturally diverse city, Auckland , offers a whole host of exciting things to see and do. Located between the waters of Waitemata and Manukau Harbours, you can cruise or sail or kayak around many easy to reach islands, or hike across the ice strewn plains of Tongariro National Park. Alternatively, head to the amazing limestone caves of Waitomo. You can also indulge in the incredible cuisine and enjoy the world-class wines of Hawkes Bay. For shopping, head to designer boutiques for high-end fashion, or one of the many street markets for hand-crafted items.

Whatever you’re looking for, from secluded natural gems, through to adrenaline-inducing adventure, North Island holidays have it all.

Destination Highlights
  • Explore the vibrant and cosmopolitan city of Auckland, boasting award-winning dining, hip bars and a rich culture
  • Experience the magic of the real Middle Earth with a visit to the colourful Hobbiton film set
  • Immerse yourself in indigenous Maori culture and heritage with a visit to Wellington’s Te Papa Museum
  • Hike through the awe-inspiring Tongariro National Park, through alpine meadows and cratered volcanic landscapes, scattered with emerald mineral lakes

Events & Festivals

Festivals and events are wonderful to include during your North Island holiday, offering a glimpse into the country’s authentic culture and traditions.

 

  • New Zealand Rugby Sevens

    The New Zealand Sevens is an annual rugby event that promotes both men’s and women’s teams. Expect two days of rugby-filled action and live music from top artists.

     

  • First Light Wine & Food Festival

    The First Light Wine & Food Festival is Gisborne’s much-loved wine event, which is held on the Sunday of Labour weekend and brings together live music, superb wines and plenty of food for everyone to enjoy. 

     

  • Auckland Pride Festival

    Rainbow communities in Auckland come together in February to celebrate the city’ diverse mix of cultural and gender identities during Auckland Pride. From music performances to theatre and drag shows, picnics and marches, everyone is welcomed.

     

Our North Island (NZ) destinations

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North Island (NZ)

Auckland

Auckland
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North Island (NZ)

Bay of Islands

Bay of Islands
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North Island (NZ)

Wellington

Wellington
Sunshine at Coromandel Cliffs

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Coromandel Peninsula

Coromandel Peninsula
Rotorua

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Rotorua

Rotorua
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North Island (NZ)

Taupo and Tongariro

Taupo and Tongariro
New Zealand Indulgence

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Waiheke Island

Waiheke Island
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North Island (NZ)

Napier and Hawke’s Bay

Napier and Hawke’s Bay