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North Island Holidays

Home to vibrant cities, rolling hills, native forests and rich Maori influences, holidays to the North Island of New Zealand boast a fascinating tapestry of landscape and culture, which begs to be explored. From the beaches and history of the Bay of Islands, to the mud pools, geysers and rich Maori heritage of Rotorua, North Island has something for everyone.

Explore Maori culture

North Island holidays provide great opportunities to discover New Zealand’s fascinating Maori culture. The many museums house hundreds of ancient artefacts, letting you explore the interesting history of the country. For a more immersive experience, book onto a Hangi feast, where you can see fascinating shows, full of traditional songs, dances and of course, the infamous Haka. You will also be served food cooked underground on hot stones – a traditional Maori way of cooking.

The landscape of North Island provides a natural playground for outdoor enthusiasts. The numerous beautiful beaches are perfect for relaxing and swimming, while the rolling hills and ancient volcanoes offer various walking and hiking trails. At Lake Taupo, you can dive into a range of watersports; those seeking adventure can enjoy white water rafting or kayaking, although if you’d prefer something more relaxing, hop on a scenic cruise across the water.

Animal lovers will find plenty of things to do on a North Island holiday. Whale watching tours are available from several places around the island, and viewing these incredible marine creatures in their natural habitat is an experience which really shouldn’t be missed. For those who’d rather stay on dry land, take a quiet wander along the shores of Cape Pallister, where if you keep a watchful eye open, you’ll see New Zealand fur seals basking on the rocks along the coast.

North Island's iconic cities

Cosmopolitan city culture can be found in Auckland. Shopping opportunities are available on every corner, from high-end boutiques to street markets full of unique bargains. The upbeat atmosphere doesn’t disappear when the evening comes either. A diverse range of cuisine fill the restaurants and fine wine is in abundance courtesy of the local vineyard region just north of the city.

Whether you want to discover the unknown or try something new, secluded beaches, bays and forests are just waiting to be experienced. Follow your taste buds around the world-class wines of Hawke's Bay, or enjoy the range of restaurants, bars and cafes in cities such as Wellington and Auckland. However you choose to spend it, Holidays to North Island, New Zealand won’t fail to impress.

If you're exploring New Zealand by car or motorhome, take a detour on your way south and stop off at Huka Falls between Wairakei and Taupo. The area has some of the most powerful and bluest waterfalls I have ever seen.
Laurie, Travel Designer

What to do in North Island

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Places to stay in North Island

From self-catered apartments to all-inclusive luxury hotels, find the ideal accommodation for your North Island holiday.

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Where to go

Auckland

Auckland Holidays

Rotorua

Rotorua Holidays

Bay of Islands

Bay of Islands Holidays

Coromandel Peninsula

Coromandel Peninsula Holidays

Napier Hawkes Bay

Napier and Hawke's Bay Holidays

Wellington

Wellington Holidays

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Cultural New Zealand

Cultural New Zealand

18 Day Suggested Itinerary
From £4,459 per person

Soak up New Zealand's Maori culture and history, sample delicious wines and relax in the picturesque Bay of Islands.

Great for
  • Adventure
  • Beaches & boats
  • City sights
  • Culture & history
  • Food & wine
  • Self-drives
  • Wildlife & nature
New Zealand voyage

New Zealand Voyage

18 Day Suggested Itinerary
From £5,449 per person

Discover all that New Zealand has to offer on this 17 day itinerary, taking you through the heart of this spectacular country.

Great for
  • Adventure
  • Beaches & boats
  • City sights
  • Culture & history
  • Self-drives
  • Wildlife & nature
Australia encompassed

Australasia Encompassed

30 Day Suggested Itinerary
From £8,969 per person

Embark on an ultimate round the world adventure, immersing yourself in Maori culture, relaxing on pristine beaches and soaking in stunning natural beauty along the way.

Great for
  • Adventure
  • Beaches & boats
  • City sights
  • Culture & history
  • Food & wine
  • Luxury travel
  • Round the world
  • Wildlife & nature

Best of New Zealand

22 Day Self Drive
From £3,659 per adult

New Zealand is the perfect country for a road trip, plus you’ll have the freedom to explore at your own steady pace. This 22-day self drive takes you to all the iconic sights.

Great for
  • Adventure
  • Food & wine
  • Self-drives
  • Wildlife & nature

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