Essential North Island Tour

9 Days / 8 Nights | Tour includes Auckland, Matakohe Kauri Museum, Tane Mahuta, Opononi, Bay of Islands, Waitangi Treaty Grounds, Hole in the Rock cruise, Tutukaka Coast, Whangarei, Rotorua, Te Puia | Price is Per Person, Twin Share

From NZD 2440.00 pp


  • Auckland Airport to City Hotel Transfer
  • Eight nights in excellent centrally located accommodation including Breakfast Daily (B)
  • Modern air conditioned vehicle as per Itinerary outline
  • Meals as stipulated in itinerary include 4x Dinners (D)
  • Sightseeing includes: Kauri Museum, Tane Mahuta, Cape Brett Cruise, Waitangi Treaty Grounds, Te Puia Whakarewarewa Geothermal Valley, Skyline Gondola Ride, Taupo Day Tour, Caveworld Waitomo
  • Auckland City Hotel to Airport Transfer



Dates, Availability & Printable Version

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Click here to download your printable PDF version of the Essential North Island Tour.

9 days/8 nights Essential North Island Tour Itinerary

Day 1 | Arrive in Auckland

On arrival into Auckland, you will be transferred to your city hotel.  Enjoy the remainder of the day exploring Auckland, the City of Sails. 

This afternoon meet your local tour representative who will provide a tour briefing and confirm tomorrow’s departure details.

Hotel:  Grand Chancellor Auckland City

Day 2 | Auckland to Bay of Islands | (B,D)

Today's journey takes you north across the Harbour Bridge, passing through the North Shore suburbs and the Hibiscus Coast region. You will pass through farmlands along with the towns of Warkworth and Wellsford before stopping in Matahoke to visit the award winning Kauri Museum. Learn how our early European settlers extracted kauri timber and kauri gum. Continue north along the coast where you will stop at the Waipoua Forest for a short walk to view Tāne Mahuta (the Māori God of the Forest) a 2000-year-old living treasure. Travel on to your hotel in the beautiful Bay of Islands. 

Dinner is included this evening at your hotel.

Hotel:  Kingsgate Hotel Autolodge Paihia 

Day 3 | Paihia at Leisure | (B)

Paihia, the jewel of the magnificent Bay of Islands, offers amazing beaches, islands - suitable for those that enjoy fishing, scenic cruises, island hops, dolphin watching and kayaking.  Further afield, enjoy an optional day trip to Cape Reinga (additional cost) to take in this spectacular sight where two oceans collide. Travel along Ninety Mile beach that stretches from Ahipara to Scott Point.  

Your coach captain will go through a list of optional tours to suit you and assist with any bookings you would like to make.  

Day 4 | Paihia to Whangarei | (B,D)

Before departing the Bay of Islands today, enjoy a cruise out into the Islands in search of dolphins and other marine life.  You will journey right to the end of the Cape Brett Peninsula, to the famous Hole in the Rock on Motukokako Island.  Then, visit the Waitangi Treaty Grounds, our birthplace, for a guided tour to learn about the history, stories, personalities and events that shaped New Zealand. Later in the afternoon, head south to Whangarei taking in the stunning coastal beaches of Matapouri, Tutukaka and Ngunguru. 

Dinner is included this evening at your hotel.
Hotel:  Distinction Whangarei Hotel

Day 5 | Whangarei to Rotorua | (B,D)

Your journey today takes you south, back to Auckland and on to Rotorua. Discover a volcanic wonderland where the ground steams, mud and waters bubble and geysers erupt high into the sky. This is a place rich in New Zealand’s Māori culture and history. 

Dinner is included this evening at your hotel.

Hotel:  Distinction Rotorua Hotel

Day 6 | Rotorua | (B)

This morning enjoy a City Tour including a visit to Te Puia - Whakarewarewa geothermal valley where you will have the opportunity to see native kiwi birds, learn about Maori history & culture and explore the 60 hectare Geothermal Valley, including the Pohutu Geyser, the Southern Hemisphere’s largest active geyser. A ride on the Gondola to Skyline Rotorua is also included where you will experience spectacular views of Lake Rotorua, the city and steaming geothermal landscapes. 

The afternoon is yours to explore Rotorua, or perhaps you would like to take in a scenic flight (additional cost) over Rotorua City, the Geothermal Parks or Mt Tarawera to view spectacular craters and domes formed by the 1886 eruption. This evening you may choose to join a local Maori Cultural show with a Hangi influenced meal (additional cost).

​Day 7 | Taupo | (B)

This morning, you will travel to Taupo to explore this picturesque lakeside town where time will be allowed for shopping and lunch (own expense).  On route stop at Wairakei and Huka Falls on the mighty Waikato River. In the afternoon, retrace your journey to Rotorua where you will have more time to explore the City. 

Day 8 | Rotorua to Waitomo, Auckland | (B,D)

On leaving Rotorua this morning, travel to Waitomo, where much of the area’s natural wonders can be found below the earth’s surface as rolling hills and unspoilt native bush gives way to subterranean limestone caverns. Millions of years in the making, Waitomo’s (wai meaning water and tomo meaning hole into the ground in Maori) visually awe-inspiring cave network draws people looking for adventure and those looking for a sense of wonder.

Today, join your guide for an intimate cave experience, where you will see glow-worms and cave formations up close and appreciate the beauty of Footwhistle Cave.    Travel onto Auckland for your final night.

Enjoy a farewell dinner this evening.

Hotel:  Grand Chancellor Auckland City 

Day 9 | Depart Auckland | (B)

Your tour will conclude today following breakfast and your transfer to the Airport. 

Tour Exclusions:

  • Domestic Air Fares
  • Additional/Optional Tour Costs
  • Hotel Mini Bar
  • Other Sightseeing & Meals not specified in Itinerary

Tour Price:

$2440.00 Per Person on a Share Twin Basis

Single Supplement:

Additional $730.00 per person

Valid for departures between 26 Sep 2020 and 10 Apr 2021

See below for full Terms and Conditions.

Dates, Availability & Printable Version:

Click here for a list of departure dates and availability, including our guaranteed departures.

Click here to download your printable PDF version of the Essential North Island Tour.

Payment Terms & Conditions

A non-refundable deposit of $200 per person is required at the time of booking. 

The balance of the tour price is required 45 days prior to your travel date. If you book inside 45 days, full payment will be required at the time of booking. Payment can be made by bank transfer. We also accept Visa and Mastercard at an additional fee of 3.1%.

If you cancel between 21 and 45 days 30% of your tour cost will be charged. If you cancel between 8 and 20 days prior to your tour departure you will be charged 50% of your tour cost.  Cancellations within 7 days of departures will incur a 100% cancellation charge.

Inspired New Zealand Tours recommends purchasing  travel insurance, even when travelling within New Zealand.

Full terms and conditions are available here.  

When a booking is made it is accepted that these are agreed to. They include the following:  Itineraries are correct when initially published, however are subject to change due to circumstances outside our control.  Flights are the responsibility of the passenger and Inspired New Zealand Tours takes no responsibility for costs involved for any changes to flights that might be required due to necessary amendments in itineraries.