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

Following two well established routes, your experience starts the moment you embark.

You can start your journey anywhere along the eXplore Central North Island touring route and then travel either anti-clockwise or clockwise.

The itinerary’s provides the visitor with an option to either follow the coast through The Coromandel, Bay of Plenty, Eastland & Hawke’s Bay, or back inland to the Ruapehu region, Lake Taupo, Rotorua, Hamilton & Waikato and back up to Auckland International Airport, or in a reverse direction.

The route, while compact, is varied and covers diverse parts of New Zealand. eXplore Central North Island is the only place in New Zealand where you can experience everything from beaches to snowy-capped mountains, not to mention geothermal activity, rain forest, and Maori culture.

The following eXplore Central North Island itineraries offer you a snapshot of how The Pacific Coast Highway, Thermal Explorer Highway and Volcanic Loop can be travelled. There are a range of options from short break 3 night itineraries to longer stay itineraries taking in the entire Central North Island.

The beauty of eXplore Central North Island is that it is so compact in geographical distance yet so diverse in the experiences on offer. The Thermal Explorer Highway takes you on journey through the heart of the North Island passing underground caves, hobbit holes, geothermal wonders, enormous fresh water lakes while the Volcanic Loop adds a trio of mountains that will make you catch your breath. The Pacific Coast Highway is a coastal drive to savour – fantastic seafood, golden sandy beaches, lush rainforest, wine galore – chardonnay and big bold reds mainly- and a rich architectural history.

The eXplore Central North Island team are more than happy to share their knowledge with you in assisting to create fantastic itineraries within the area to suit your needs. Please don’t hesitate to contact us on

The Pacific Coast Highway, The Thermal Explorer Highway & The Volcanic Loop suggested Itineraries: