New Zealand’s North Island is home to the country’s biggest city, Auckland, and capital city, Wellington. In between the North Island consists of a hugely diverse landscape made up of beautiful beaches, snow-covered mountains, caves and native bushland for you to explore.
Travelling by road is the best way to see everything the North Island has to offer, allowing you to stop at hidden spots and viewpoints along the way. Make the most of all the adrenalin-pumping activities on offer at each stop, from skiing and skydiving to caving and kayaking.
Your Driver Guide will be there along the way to book in your accommodation and activities, help you plan what to do and to make sure you don’t miss out on any of the North Island’s best bits.
Our North Island itineraries give you a number of quality accommodation options to choose from, so you can experience New Zealand your way. Accommodation includes backpacker hostels, lodges, holiday parks and unique stays that can only be experienced on the Kiwi Experience circuit. Read more about our different North Island accommodation options.
Looking for a pre-planned itinerary to make your trip through the North Island as seamless as possible? Look no further. Crafted using our decades of experience travelling the country in a big green bus, we’ve created some epic North Island travel itineraries for 7, 10 and 14 days trips. Swap parts out, use only as a guide, or follow it exactly – it’s up to you.
No matter whether you’re travelling in summer or winter the North Island of New Zealand is a year round destination. From skiing at Mount Ruapehu and caving in Waitomo in winter, to kayaking at Cathedral Cove and horse riding in River Valley in summer, you won’t be short of things to do whatever the weather. Check out our winter and summer to-do lists to make sure you’re packing in all of your chosen season’s must-dos.
We love hearing about the adventures our passengers get up to, from meeting your best friend, screaming your way back to earth during a skydive, conquering that MASSIVE mountain or being challenged by a new cultural perspective. Here are a few to inspire you.
Read the latest North Island travel stories, news and travel inspiration from Kiwi Experience's blog.
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