Snapshot of North Island

  • Auckland
  • Rotorua
  • Taupo
  • Tongariro National Park
  • Martinborough
  • Wellington
  • 9 nights from
  • £1,285 per person
  • Trip Code: SB-1118

Holiday Overview

Snapshot of North Island - a great New Zealand fly drive holiday.

Have you ventured to the South Island but never to the North Island? If not, then this is the trip that will provide you with lots of its highlights. North Island is full of little gems that will keep you engaged and interested over the 10 short days you will have to explore it. The “City of Sails” is your gateway to start this mini-adventure as you drive throughout this volcanically active region. Full of national parks, cosmopolitan cities and vineyards, with rich soils that provide you with some of the best wineries in the world – what’s not to like?


Start Auckland - End Wellington

9 nights / 10 days

Islands Visited: North Island



Maori culture and geothermal area of Rotorua

Matamata for the Hobbiton Movie Set

Volcanic landscape of Tongariro National Park

New Zealand’s best Pinot Noir from Marlborough

Snapshot of North Island includes:

  • 2 nights accommodation Auckland
  • 2 nights accommodation Rotorua
  • 1 night accommodation Taupo
  • 1 night accommodation Tongariro National Park
  • 1 night accommodation Martinborough
  • 2 nights accommodation Wellington
  • Maori Cultural Experience
  • Compact Car hire

Day 1 - Auckland

Arrive in Auckland, check into your chosen hotel and spend the rest of the day at leisure.

Why not extend your New Zealand trip with an 'unmissable experience' to the Bay of Islands before starting this itinerary?

Featured accommodation

Copthorne Hotel Auckland City

Unmissable Experiences

Bay of Islands Extension


Day 2 - Auckland

Enjoy a full day of leisure in Auckland to explore the city. Perhaps visit the Sky Tower for a panoramic view of the city.

Featured accommodation

Copthorne Hotel Auckland City


Day 3 - Auckland – Rotorua

Leave Auckland behind and journey to the Maori cultural and geothermal area of Rotorua. Perhaps stop off en route at Matamata for a tour of the Hobbiton Movie Set, as featured in the Peter Jackson Lord of the Rings and the Hobbit trilogies.

Featured accommodation

Copthorne Hotel Rotorua


Day 4 - Rotorua

Visit Te Puia a 70-hectare geothermal park right on the edge of Rotorua. It's home of the world famous Phutu geyser and the national carving and weaving schools. They also house the kiwi, New Zealand's most well-known bird and have daily Maori cultural performances.

Featured accommodation

Copthorne Hotel Rotorua

Unmissable Experiences

Te Puia


Day 5 - Rotorua – Taupo

Take the short drive to Taupo, making sure to stop at the impressive Huka Falls, just north of the city. Lake Taupo was created around 2000 years ago, by a massive volcanic eruption and is still an active geothermal region.

Featured accommodation

Millennium Hotel and Resort Taupo


Day 6 - Taupo - Tongariro National Park

Continue to the dramatic volcanic landscape of Tongariro National Park and spend the rest of the day exploring the many walking trails available.

Featured accommodation

The Powderhorn Chateau


Day 7 - Tongariro - Martinborough

Packed with colonial charm, Martinborough features over 20 wineries, most within cycling and walking distance of the quaint village square. Some of New Zealand’s best Pinot Noir comes from the town’s predominately family-owned vineyards.

Featured accommodation

Peppers Parehua Martinborough


Day 8 - Martinborough – Wellington

Today drive to Wellington, dubbed 'The coolest little capital in the world'. Spend the rest of the day at leisure.

Featured accommodation

Intercontinental Wellington


Day 9 - Wellington

A full day of leisure to explore Wellington, perhaps take the cable car to the Mount Victoria lookout for a panoramic view of the city, make sure you visit Hannah’s Laneway, to sample some of the local gourmet produce.

Featured accommodation

Intercontinental Wellington


Day 10 - Wellington

Your itinerary concludes today in Wellington

Featured accommodation

Intercontinental Wellington

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