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As a landmass, New Zealand’s North Island catapults between topographical extremes. In one corner, it’s all gentle hills plaited with vineyards; in its middle, it’s punctured by vast shield volcanoes. Its northernmost corners are semi-tropical, with golden-sand beaches, while farther south, geysers and mud pools bubble and froth on the geothermal plateau. While many visitors tend to overlook the North Island for the more high-octane, alpine scenery of the South Island, our specialists are eager to show you just how many rewarding cultural and outdoorsy experiences North Island encompasses.

Some of the world’s best day hikes are found here, including routes which see you skirt the country’s mightiest volcanoes: the traditionalists stick to Tongariro National Park, but we’d also recommend you explore Taranaki and New Plymouth. You can go birdwatching in predator-free Kapiti Island, relax in the winelands of Napier or the sandy coves of the Coromandel Peninsula, and take a dolphin-watching boat tour in the Bay of Islands. And, New Zealand’s Maori community clusters on the North Island. We’ve picked a handful of private guided tours that aim to acquaint you with their culture in a respectful, intimate way, from twilight forest walks to a Maori perspective of Auckland.

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Places to visit in North Island

Featuring heavily on our experiences of visiting North Island, these selected places are destinations that also prove consistently popular with our travellers. Our specialists can help you choose how to include them in your wider trip, based on your preferences.

Suggested itineraries featuring North Island

Our itineraries will give you suggestions for what is possible when you travel in North Island, and they showcase routes we know work particularly well. Treat them as inspiration, because your trip will be created uniquely by one of our specialists.

Map of North Island

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    Places in and around North Island

    Accommodation choices for North Island

    We’ve selected a range of accommodation options for when you visit North Island. Our choices usually come recommended for their character, facilities and service or location. Our specialists always aim to suggest properties that match your preferences.

    • Cottage Suite, Wharekauhau, Palliser Bay, Wairarapa

      Wharekauhau Country Estate

      Opulent

      Wharekauhau Country Estate is set on a 5000 acre working sheep station on New Zealand's dramatic south-eastern coast. It blends warm, convivial country hospitality with elegant and graceful luxury.

    • Matahui Lodge, Katikati

      Matahui Lodge

      First Class

      Situated in the Bay of Plenty, in the privacy of six acres of manicured gardens and vineyards, lies Matahui Lodge. This luxury lodge offers indulgence and pampering in a truly beautiful setting.

    • Peace & Plenty Inn, Devonport, Auckland

      Peace & Plenty

      First Class

      The Peace & Plenty is a magnificently restored Victorian villa, situated in an unbeatable waterfront location in the heart of the historic maritime village of Devonport.

    • Takatu Vineyard & Lodge, Warkworth

      Takatu Lodge & Vineyard

      Deluxe

      All four suites at Takatu Lodge offer fantastic views, either towards the ocean or over the vineyard, and are designed for maximum privacy, elegance and comfort.

    • Kauri Cliffs, Matauri Bay

      Kauri Cliffs

      Opulent

      Set on 6,000 acres of land with spectacular views over Matauri Bay and the offshore Cavalli Islands, Kauri Cliffs is amongst the most exclusive and luxurious in all New Zealand.

    • The Sebel Trinity Wharf, Tauranga

      Sebel Trinity Wharf

      First Class

      The Sebel Trinity Wharf is beautifully located on the waterfront of the Tauranga Harbour and offers 120 stylishly furnished, en suite guestrooms.

    • City Lights Boutique Lodge, Rotorua

      City Lights Boutique Lodge

      Medium

      Set on the outskirts of Rotorua, City Lights Boutique Lodge is a small property with an intimate atmosphere and a large garden. The warm welcome from the convivial hosts makes a stay feel like a visit to a family friend.

    • QT Museum Wellington , Wellington

      QT Museum Wellington

      First Class

      A unique and privately owned hotel, the QT Museum Wellington is ideally located for the Te Papa Museum and Wellington's waterfront, and just a few minutes' walk from the city's shops and restaurants.

    • Regent of Rotorua

      Regent of Rotorua

      Medium

      The Regent of Rotorua is a small, stylish hotel, ideally located close to the lakefront in the centre of Rotorua and its restaurants.

    • Waipoua Lodge, Kauri Coast

      Waipoua Lodge

      First Class

      Nestled on a ridge overlooking the impressive Waipoua Forest, Waipoua Lodge is the perfect base from which to explore the beautiful Kauri Coast.

    • Sanctuary at Bay of Islands, Opua

      Sanctuary at the Bay of Islands

      First Class

      The Sanctuary at the Bay of Islands is a custom built lodge, carefully designed to provide luxurious, elegant suites that make the most of this truly stunning location.

    • Cliff Edge, Opua

      Cliff Edge by the Sea

      First Class

      Located on a secluded promontory, Cliff Edge By The Sea is a delightful property that commands spectacular views over the Bay of Islands.

    • Nice Hotel, New Plymouth & Taranaki

      Nice Hotel

      Medium

      Centrally located, the Nice Hotel is a welcoming boutique property within walking distance of New Plymouth's shops, galleries, parks and waterfront.

    • Taranaki Country Lodge, New Plymouth & Taranaki

      Taranaki Country Lodge

      First Class

      Taranaki Country Lodge is a beautiful property located on the outskirts of New Plymouth and boasts stunning views over the North Coast and Mount Taranaki.

    • Breckenridge Lodge, Napier & Hawkes Bay

      Breckenridge Lodge

      First Class

      Breckenridge Lodge is nestled in the valley of Omarunui. With only five guestrooms the lodge is personal and intimate, and each room is luxurious and private, facing out over the endless vines.

    • Owners cottage, The Farm at Cape Kidnappers, Napier & Hawkes Bay

      The Farm at Cape Kidnappers

      Opulent

      The Farm at Cape Kidnappers offers luxury accommodation, plenty of activities and incredible views out across the mighty Hawkes Bay.

    • Hawthorne Country House, Napier & Hawkes Bay

      Hawthorne House

      First Class

      Located in the heart of the Hawke's Bay wine region, Hawthorne House is an Edwardian Villa that offers a great base from which to explore the Art Deco attractions of Napier, coastline and the region's wineries.

    • Premium Room at Skycity Hotel Auckland

      SKYCITY Hotel

      Medium

      The SKYCITY Hotel is located right in the centre of Auckland. Its bright, comfortable rooms all feature large windows with city or harbour views.

    • Hotel Grand Windsor Lobby

      Hotel Grand Windsor

      First Class

      Heritage styling meets contemporary design in this landmark Auckland hotel that harks back to the glory days of the roaring twenties. With sophisticated styling, a highly regarded restaurant and a new spa, it offers old world elegance in the heart of the city.

    • Ruapehu Country Lodge, Tongariro National Park

      Ruapehu Country Lodge

      Medium

      Ideally situated just a few minutes from Ohakune Township and Tongariro National Park, Ruapehu Golf & Country Lodge offers the perfect escape for those who love the great outdoors.

    • Chateau Tongariro, Tongariro National Park

      Chateau Tongariro Hotel

      Medium

      Situated in the heart of the Tongariro National Park, and with Mount Ruapehu as a stunning backdrop, the Tongariro Chateau undoubtedly boasts one of the finest locations in New Zealand.

    • Delamore Lodge, Waiheke Island

      Delamore Lodge

      Deluxe

      Delamore Lodge is moulded into the hillside at Owhanake Bay, overlooking the stunning Hauraki Gulf. Its beautifully appointed guest suites make the most of the ocean views, and offer plenty of luxury.

    • The dining room, The Boatshed, Waiheke Island

      The Boatshed

      Deluxe

      The Boatshed on beautiful Waiheke Island is just 35 minutes by ferry from Auckland, and offers luxury accommodation and great food in a relaxed island setting.

    • Huka Lodge, Taupo

      Huka Lodge

      Opulent

      Just upstream from the famous Huka Falls near Taupo, Huka Lodge offers opulent accommodation in 20 secluded suites, all positioned for maximum privacy alongside the riverbank.

    • The Lounge at Tauhara Sunrise, Taupo

      Tauhara Sunrise

      Medium

      Tauhara Sunrise is a small lodge with just three guest suites, all with spectacular lake views, and all enjoying excellent en suite facilities.

    • Acacia Cliffs Lodge, Taupo

      Acacia Cliffs Lodge

      First Class

      Excellent hosts and breathtaking views of Lake Taupo, Mount Tauhara and the Kaimanawa Ranges make Acacia Cliffs Lodge a great place to stay and explore the area.

    • King Room,Wharewaka Lodge,Taupo

      Wharewaka Lodge

      First Class

      Wharewaka Lodge is an attractive bed & breakfast located on the shores of Lake Taupo. It offers three luxury suites each with en suite bathroom and private balcony.

    • The Mussel Bed B&B, Coromandel Peninsula

      Mussel B&B

      Medium

      Nestled amidst native bush, tranquil gardens and streams and yet only a five-minute walk to beautiful Cooks Beach, The Mussel B&B is the perfect base to explore Hot Water Beach and Cathedral Cove and the passenger ferry to Whitianga is just a ten-minute drive away.

    • Oceans Resort Whitianga, Coromandel Peninsula

      Ocean's Resort

      Medium

      Oceans Resort offers one- and two-bedroom self-catering apartments, furnished in a contemporary style, and enjoying a beach-side location.

    • Hahei Horizon Bed and Breakfast, Coromandel Peninsula

      Hahei Horizon Bed and Breakfast

      Medium

      Hahei Horizon Bed and Breakfast is a lovely property with friendly hosts, tucked amongst native trees on the hill overlooking the beautiful beach at Hahei.

    • Brenton Lodge, Coromandel Peninsula

      Brenton Lodge

      First Class

      Set amongst an acre of lovely gardens, mature trees and a swimming pool, Brenton Lodge offers panoramic views of Whangamata and sea views encompassing the outlying islands.

    • 970 Lonely Bay Lodge,Coromandel Peninsula

      970 Lonely Bay Lodge

      First Class

      970 Lonely Bay Lodge offers luxury boutique accommodation in Cooks Beach, Whitianga

    • Manawa Ridge, Coromandel Peninsula

      Manawa Ridge

      Deluxe

      Artists and sculptors, Willem and Carla van de Veen have adapted their crafts to build the incredible Manawa Ridge lodge, with its 360 degree views over stunning countryside to the Pacific Ocean beyond.

    • Colleith Lodge, Coromandel Peninsula

      Colleith Lodge

      First Class

      Colleith Lodge offers relaxation, privacy and comfort in a beautiful setting on the Coromandel Peninsula.

    • The Black Swan Boutique Hotel,Rotorua

      Black Swan Boutique Hotel

      Deluxe

      Located on the shores of Lake Rotorua, the Black Swan Boutique Hotel offers luxury bed and breakfast accommodation, excellent service and unbeatable lake views.

    • Treetops Lodge, Rotorua

      Treetops Lodge

      Opulent

      Only half an hour from Rotorua city, but located in 1000 hectares of native bush, Treetops Lodge is the ultimate in privacy and luxury.

    • Harbourview Club Room, InterContinental Wellington

      InterContinental Wellington

      First Class

      The InterContinental Wellington is the perfect base to explore the capital city. Its rooms are spacious and well appointed, and many enjoy great views over the city and the harbour.

    • Koura Lodge, Rotorua

      Koura Lodge

      First Class

      Koura Lodge sits on the edge of Lake Rotorua. Each of its rooms enjoy stunning views and it is ideally located within easy reach of all the local attractions.

    • The Springs, Rotorua

      The Springs

      First Class

      The Springs is a magical property in the heart of Rotorua. Its four spacious guest rooms are exquisitely decorated in a 1930s style and have access to a terrace and garden.

    • Executive suite, Solitaire Lodge

      Solitaire Lodge

      Deluxe

      Solitaire Lodge is situated on a privately owned peninsula on the shores of Lake Tarawera. It has ten beautifully appointed suites, all of which boast stunning lake or mountain views.

    • Eden Park B&B, Auckland

      Eden Park B&B

      First Class

      Eden Park B&B offers guest accommodation in just four rooms. Each enjoys comfortable, quality furnishings and en suite or private bathroom facilities.

    • Sky City Grand, Auckland

      Sky City Grand

      Deluxe

      Sky City Grand is a luxury hotel that blends style and elegance with a central city location.

    • Classic room, Hotel DeBrett, Auckland

      Hotel DeBrett

      First Class

      Located in the heart of Auckland's centre, Hotel DeBrett is a small boutique hotel. Each of its rooms has been individually designed and features an eclectic mix of furniture, fittings and artwork.

    • Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour, Auckland

      Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour

      First Class

      Located in the heart of central Auckland, the Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour is just a short stroll from the many restaurants and entertainments on offer in this vibrant part of the city.

    • The Sebel Auckland Viaduct Harbour, Auckland

      Sebel Suites

      Medium

      The Sebel Suites is situated right in the heart of Viaduct Harbour. This all-suite property combines the services of a top hotel with the freedom of self-contained facilities.