Journey through rich landscapes of the North Island, New Zealand. A land that blend beaches, farmlands, national parks and geothermal wonders. Experience the Maori culture that is ever-present in many parts of the North Island and explore the countless things to do in Auckland.

Auckland is your starting point for most international flights and a cosmopolitan city. Based on the harbour, make sure to enjoy the sights of the waterfront, take in the award-winning Auckland museum, and catch a ferry over to nearby Waiheke Island for a day trip to relax on the beach and enjoy some local wine.

Beyond Auckland you have many difficult choices in terms of which direction to head. North you will find the stunning Bay of Islands, and some fantastic diving/snorkelling at Poor Knights Islands marine reserve. The Coromandel Peninsula to the east is not-to-be-missed with native forests, and the famous Hot Water Beach. Travel south to visit Hobbiton at Matamata and then journey on to Rotorua with a multitude of attractions. Other locations to consider are: The Bay of Plenty, Taupo, Tongariro National Park, the art deco city of Napier, the nation’s capital Wellington and of course, the caving adventures to be had in Waitomo.


Coromandel Peninsula




Northland & Bay of Islands


Bay of Plenty



things to do in auckland

More than just a beautiful harbour city, Auckland is the main transport hub for international flights. The city has become increasingly popular for its mild year-round climate, cuisine from around the world, fine wines and great art. This cosmopolitan city is an ideal starting point for any New Zealand holiday.

Top 4 Highlights for Auckland:

  • Auckland Museum

    Learn a little of New Zealand history at this award winning museum

  • Cornwall Park

    A great place to enjoy a walk in the gardens.

  • Restaurants & Shopping

    Enjoy the unique NZ cuisine & exciting retail experience in the harbour city.

  • Auckland Harbour

    Experience a sail or cruise on the harbour.

Climate Averages for Auckland & North Island:
Max CMax FMax CMax FAvg # Rainy Days
Dec/Jan/Feb24 75 12 54 8
Jun/Jul/Aug 15 59 9 48 15

things to do in auckland

Only 2 hours east of Auckland, the Coromandel is renowned worldwide for its natural beauty – misty rainforests and pristine golden beaches. Famous for Cathedral Cove and the Hot Water Beach, the peninsula is blessed with hundreds of natural hideaways, making it an ideal place to slow down, relax and unwind.

Top 4 Highlights for Coromandel Peninsula:

  • Cathedral Cove

    Kayak, snorkel or cruise picturesque Cathedral Cove, an unspoilt marine reserve.

  • Beaches

    Experience a day at Whangamata, Hot Water or Hahei Beach.

  • Rapaura Watergardens

    Marvel at the variety of nature.

  • Mount Paku

    Hike up Mount Paku and enjoy the magnificent views from the top!

things to do in auckland

3 hours north of Auckland is Northland and the popular coastal playground of the Bay of Islands. The entire area is rich in historical sites and the crystal-clear waters make it a favourite for holiday-makers on both land and sea.

Top 4 Highlights for Northland & Bay of Islands:

  • Waitangi Treaty Grounds

    Spend a day at New Zealand’s premier historic site.

  • Poor Knights Marine Reserve

    Dive or snorkel this popular remote island group.

  • Bay of Islands

    Cruise, sail or dolphin watch in the sheltered Bay of Islands.

  • Waipoua Forest

    Visit the home of New Zealand’s most impressive kauri trees.

things to do in auckland

The Bay of Plenty is a little over a 2 hour drive south-east of Auckland. The region is home to spectacular beaches, juicy kiwifruit and New Zealand’s only active marine volcano.

Top 3 Highlights for Bay of Plenty:

  • Swim with Dolphins

    One of the best places in the world to see dolphins in their natural habitat.

  • Glowworms

    Do the kayaking trip to visit the glowworms.

  • Mount Maunganui

    Hike the summit track.

things to do in auckland

Rotorua is located in the very heart of the North Island and is a 3 hour drive south east of Auckland. It is the centre of Maori culture and is also the main geothermal centre (think bubbling mud pools, shooting geysers & natural hot springs). Rotorua delivers many iconic New Zealand experiences and is a must see.

Top 4 Highlights for Rotorua:

  • Tamaki Maori Village

    Be welcomed into an authentic Maori village, and enjoy a meal and concert.

  • Redwoods Whakarewarewa Forest

    Mountain bike or walk through a majestic stand of Californian Coast Redwoods.

  • Pohutu Geyser

    Visit the largest active geyser in the southern hemisphere.

  • Adventure Activities

    Try some White-water rafting, Ogo, Zorb ball, Luge ride or Zip lining through the old-growth Forest.