Experience everything from beaches to snow-capped mountains, geothermal activity, rain forests and Maori culture.

Following well-established routes from our main gateway and regional airports, your experience starts the moment you embark.

Begin the journey anywhere along the eXplore Central North Island touring routes and you will find many reasons to detour and stay awhile.

The region is compact, and the routes varied, ideally suited to self-drive itineraries discovering diverse parts of New Zealand. eXplore Central North Island is the only place where you can experience everything from tranquil wineries to skifields, geothermal geysers to mighty rivers, wilderness forests to hidden lakes all in one day.

Our itineraries offer you snapshots of how the Pacific Coast Highway, Thermal Explorer Highway and Volcanic Loop can be experienced. From short breaks to longer stays – we have it covered.

The eXplore Central North Island team is always happy to share local knowledge with you to create fantastic itineraries to suit every travelling style and bucketlist. Please contact us for a custom itinerary to suit your clients’ interests.

Winter Getaway Explore landscapes formed from fire and ice.

Auckland > Waitomo > Ruapehu > Taupō > Rotorua > Auckland

6 days / 5 nights

Coast, Lakes and Geothermal Activity For a quick taste of the stunning beaches of the region and the geothermal hotspots.

Auckland > The Coromandel > Bay of Plenty > Rotorua > Auckland

4 Days / 3 Nights

Thermal Explorer Snapshot Rolling green hills and Hobbit holes, volcanic wonders, Maori Culture and Lake Taupō.

Auckland > Waitomo > Hamilton  > Rotorua > Taupō

4 Days / 3 Nights

Thermal Explorer Highway Experience The rural tranquility of Middle-earth movie magic through geothermal hotspots and cultural experiences, pristine lakes, volcanoes, Art Deco architecture to the food bowl of New Zealand.

Auckland > Hamilton & Waikato > Rotorua > Taupō > Ruapehu > Hawke’s Bay

6 Days / 5 Nights

Mount Maunganui, Bay of Plenty. New Zealand

Pacific Coast Highway Experience A relaxed pace along white sand beaches, through charming coastal towns, the remote and rugged East Cape to the food bowl of New Zealand.

Auckland > The Coromandel > Bay of Plenty > Whakatane > Gisborne > Hawke’s Bay

7 Days / 6 Nights

eXplore Central North Island – Ultimate Experience! For those with a little more time to experience the highlights of this diverse region, and tick off a number of New Zealand must-dos along the way.

Auckland > Hamilton & Waikato > Rotorua > Taupō > Ruapehu > Hawke’s Bay > Gisborne > Whakatane/Tauranga > The Coromandel > Auckland

11 Days / 10 Nights