Visiting the north island of New Zealand happens for most people as most will arrive in Auckland near the top of the North Island and begin their journey of New Zealand. If you can, head north to Northland including the Bay of Islands and Cape Reinga. In the heart of the North Island is Tongariro, a volcano, and one of the best one day walks in the world. Lord of the Rings fans will also recognise it as Mt Doom. With high amounts of geothermal activity and abundance of Maori culture, with Rotorua a particular highlight in this respect, it’s warmer weather also make visiting the north island of New Zealand a far better experience for the beach lover’s among you.

Scuba Diving is also a speciality here, with quality sites such as Poor Knights Islands, offering treats for the underwater adventurer. The North Island is where over 70% of Kiwi’s live so a lot of the cultural and social aspects of New Zealand are found here. While it may lack the quantity of eye candy the South Island has to offer, it still packs a huge punch and will give you a very different but equally awesome experience.

North Island: Tours & Activities

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3+ Week North/South Max Hopper Pass | NZ$1,535

The Max Hopper Pass loops the North and South Islands and includes a fantastic new Beach Hopper pass. Start and finish anywhere you like and is especially great if you have 4-5 weeks in New Zealand - this pass is perfect for you to see as much as you can - Click For Details

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Jerry 9 Day North Island Tour| NZ$625

Jerry Hopper offers all the action you can handle in the central North Island. Travel north of Auckland before heading for the Coromandel. See natural geothermal wonders in Rotorua, surf the breaks in Raglan, and feel the beach vibes in Mount Maunganui - Click For Details

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*Hot Deal* 4 Week+ Full NZ Bus Pass (Moe) | NZ$885 (Save $350)

Discover the real New Zealand in both the North and South Island, travelling from Auckland to Christchurch. This pass also includes our Beach Hopper pass - an action packed three days including Rotorua, visit Waitomo Caves, Raglan and Mount Maunganui - Click For Details

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Mt. Tarawera Volcano Crater Experience | NZ$168

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Tamaki Rotorua Maori Village | NZ$130

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Kaituna Raft & Sledge Combo | NZ$185

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7 Day North Island Adventure | NZ$1,399

You will see it all in the ultimate week-long North Island holiday; volcanoes, beautiful beaches, glow-worm caves, Lord of the Rings locations, bubbling mud pools and rich forests whilst learning about our proud Maori culture - Click For Details

13 Day NZ North Island Tour (Batten) | NZ$1,455

From Auckland, take in all the highlights of the North Island from Paihia to Wellington. If you're flying solo our tours are the perfect way for you to travel the way you want with a small group of like-minded people who you'll be calling friends in no time - Click For Details

7 Day NZ North Island Tour (Beetham) | NZ$1,165

Hike volcanic craters, discover the emerald and blue crater lakes of Tongariro and traverse Mount Doom. Travel along the Thermal Explorer Highway and experience hot water beach, the bubbling mud pools of Rotorua, Lake Taupo: and the snow capped peaks of National Park as well as the North Island's two largest cities - Click For Details

21 Day Full NZ Tour (Dingle) | NZ$4,065

Hike volcanic caters in Tongariro National Park, explore the Franz Joseph Glacier, hike the Abel Tasman National Park and tick off all of the major cities of the North and South Islands - Click For Details

17 Day Full NZ Tour (Blake) | NZ$3,935

You'll have the chance to get your swimwear out almost every day! You'll visit the famous hot water beach, beautiful waterfalls, the stunning beaches of the Abel Tasman National Park....plus South Island Bikini Skiing - Click For Details

21 Day Full NZ Tour (Sheppard) | NZ$4,255

On the Sheppard tour, you'll see all the key parts of the country that make New Zealand what it is today from the far north which was once the capital of New Zealand, to central Otago in the South - Click For Details

24 Day Full New Zealand Tour (Cook) | NZ$4,445

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2+Week South Island Bus Pass (Ron) | NZ$895

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15 Day Auckland-South Island Bus Pass (Short Dave) | NZ$875

a great pass if you want to focus your time on the South Island but are flying out of Auckland. You will visit some of most popular South Island stops and then travel on our express service from Wellington to Auckland - Click For More Details

20 Day Auckland-South Island Bus Pass (Dave) | NZ$995

a great pass if you want to focus your time on the South Island but are flying out of Auckland. You will complete the whole South Island circuit and then travel on our express service from Wellington to Auckland - Click For More Details

4 Week+ Full NZ Bus Pass (Short Moe) | NZ$1,045

Auckland to Christchurch in style! Get off the beaten track in both North and South Islands. 4 week minimum to get the best experience and stay in your favourite spots. This includes the furthest reaches of the South Island - Click For Details

3 Week+ Full NZ Bus Pass (Short Max) | NZ$1,185

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*Hot Deal* 4 Week+ Full NZ Bus Pass (Max) | NZ$925 (Save $400)

The Max Pass covers the North and South Islands with more time focused in the South Island. It is the Maximus Pass without the very Far North - Click For Details

5 Week+ Full NZ Bus Pass (Short Maximus) | NZ$1,325

The "Short Maximus" is Stray's Maximus Pass without the very Far South. The pass route is a loop, which means you can start and finish anywhere you would like - 5 week minimum - Click For Details

5 Week+ Full NZ Bus Pass (Maximus) | NZ$1,495

Jump on the Stray bus and discover the real New Zealand, with (almost) everything you could wish for! From the Far North to the very Far South, the Maximus Pass includes nearly the whole Stray travel network - leaving off the summer-only East Cape - Click For Details

Shotover Jet – Jet Boat Ride | From NZ$135

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