Welcome to the Central North Island!
Home to stunning beaches, snow-capped volcanoes and banquets fit for a Hobbit. Explore more in this incredibly diverse region, home to everything you could want in a New Zealand vacation. Kayak to Cathedral Cove and dig your own hot pool in The Coromandel. Cruise to an island sanctuary or summit Mount Maunganui in the Bay of Plenty. Discover the unique region of Tairāwhiti Gisborne, be the first to greet the day in this untouched wilderness of surf beaches and Māori culture. Sip some of the world’s finest chardonnay in Hawke’s Bay and marvel at the incredible architecture in Napier, the Art Deco Capital. Hike the Tongariro Crossing in Ruapehu, or jetboat the Whanganui River, a river so sacred to the Māori that it holds the legal status of a person. Stay in the luxurious Huka Lodge and try your hand at trout fishing in Lake Taupō. In Rotorua, feel the awesome geothermal power of this culturally rich land, home to Māori cultural experiences since 1886. Taste the award-winning vintage cheeses of the Waikato and explore the magic of Hobbiton’s beautiful rolling green hills.
Choose from four themed five-day itineraries and discover what the Central North Island has to offer.
Discover a magical underground world in Waitomo and relax in the thermal waters of Lake Taupō. Visit Rotorua’s gushing geysers and bubbling mud pools.
Take a scenic flight above the UNESCO status Tongariro National Park. Watch craftsmen at work at the Māori Arts and Craft Institute, and taste Maori cuisine at Tamaki in Rotorua. Travel to Whakatane and visit Mataatua for some unforgettable stories.
Enjoy the stunning beaches of The Coromandel as you paddle past Cathedral Cove. Zipline through ancient forest with Canopy Tours and test your nerve on the SkySwing in Rotorua. Jetboat to hidden natural hot springs and hike the world-famous Tongariro Alpine Crossing.
Enjoy Hobbiton’s exclusive banquet feast. Taste world-class seafood in The Coromandel, then relax in the luxurious oasis of the Lost Spring, complete with poolside cocktails. Learn about manuka honey and try hāngi in Rotorua. Then relax in your vineyard cottage and sip Hawke’s Bays’ award-winning wines.