Experience the best of New Zealand’s North Island on this guided tour. Your private guide will meet your family at the airport and take you on an insider’s tour of New Zealand, visiting iconic landmarks and local secrets alike.

Offering New Zealand’s top escorted tour operators and highly experienced tour guides, we cater for groups between 1-20 people. With no date or itinerary restrictions, your New Zealand family tour can be fully customised.

14 Day North Island Family Guided Tour Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive Auckland

Your fun-filled guided holiday begins in New Zealand’s largest city, Auckland. Home to 1/4 of New Zealand’s population and bordered by two stunning harbours, Auckland is a thriving, diverse city surrounded by natural wonders.

Stay 2 nights in Auckland.

Day 2 Auckland City Tour

Explore Auckland with your guide, visiting top attractions such as the Sky Tower, Mt Eden’s volcanic crater, Waiheke Island, Kelly Tarlton’s Underwater World, or Piha Beach.

In the evening, enjoy a decadent harbour dinner cruise on Auckland’s Waitemata Harbour.

Day 3 Bay of Islands

Travel time Auckland to Bay of Islands – 3 hours 

Leave the city behind as your tour continues north to the Bay of Islands, a stunning stretch of coastline with secluded beaches, forested hills, and fantastic marine wildlife.

In the afternoon, experience the rich Maori culture with your guide as you visit the Waitangi treaty house, gardens, and national marae (meeting house).

Stay 3 nights in Paihia.

Day 4 Dolphin Cruise

Today, cruise among the 144 islands in the bay and keep an eye out for dolphins, whales, and penguins!

In the afternoon, relax on one of the secluded beaches nearby.

Day 5 Northland + Ninety Mile Beach

Discover the wild northern reaches of New Zealand today with your guide – venture past forests and farmland and windswept beaches on the journey to Cape Reinga, where a lighthouse marks the northernmost tip of New Zealand.

On the way, take in the vast expanse of 90 Mile Beach and visit an ancient Kauri grove hidden within lush native bush.

Day 6 Hamilton

Travel time Bay of Islands to Hamilton – 5.5 hours 

Your tour will pass through the City of Sails once more as you continue south to Hamilton, New Zealand’s largest inland city.

In the afternoon, visit the chocolate and candy factory with your guide and relax in the city.

Stay 1 night in Hamilton.

Day 7 Waitomo Glowworm Caves + Taupo

Travel time Hamilton to Waitomo Caves – 1 hour 

Venture off the beaten track as your guide takes you on a scenic drive to the Waitomo Caves. The land is wilder around here, with limestone outcroppings emerging from farmland and densely forested hills rising all around, but the wildest landscape of all lies underground.

Witness the marvels of these vast caverns as you explore two fantastic caves – the Ruakuri Cave, home to a dizzying array of cave formations, and the Waitomo Glowworm Caves, where you will be dazzled by a galaxy of glowworms overhead.

Travel time Waitomo Caves to Taupo – 2 hours 

Enjoy the scenic drive to Taupo, a small town set beside New Zealand’s largest lake. With the volcanic peaks of Tongariro National Park looming in the distance, and the lake itself formed from an ancient volcanic crater, you will get a close-up look at the immense forces that shaped New Zealand.

Stay 2 nights in Taupo.

Day 8 Huka Falls + Scenic Floatplane Flight

Visit the majestic Huka Falls with your guide in the morning.

Then venture to the Huka Prawn Park. With acres of land dedicated to the production of New Zealand fresh water prawns, and pure family fun, Huka Prawn Park offers a day of fun and excitement for all ages. Hand feed the baby prawns, challenge each other and play on the water features and adventure playgrounds, feed the wild, but friendly Rainbow Trout, soak your feet in the relaxing Geothermal Foot Bath and fish for the feisty prawn!

In the afternoon, sample the best of Lake Taupo on a scenic floatplane flight.

Day 9 Rotorua + Maori Culture

Travel time Taupo to Rotorua – 1 hour

Your geothermal experience will continue as you enjoy the short drive to Rotorua. Tour the exciting geothermal attractions with your guide, visiting sulphur springs, mud pools, geysers, and sinter terraces.

In the evening, get a taste of Maori culture with a traditional performance and a delicious hangi dinner, which has been cooked underground over slow heat.

Stay 2 nights in Rotorua.

Day 10 Geothermal Wonders + Skyline Gondola Dinner

Stroll through Hells Gate Geothermal Reserve in the morning – marvel at the bubbling mud pools and geysers, and soak in a relaxing sulphur spa.

In the evening, enjoy a sumptuous dinner at Rotorua’s most spectacular location – the top of the Skyline Gondola!

Day 11 Hobbiton + Tauranga

Travel time Rotorua to Matamata – 1 hour 

Experience the magic of Middle-Earth as you tour the Hobbiton Movie Set, where the charming village from The Lord of the Rings has been brought to life.

Travel time Matamata to Tauranga – 1 hour 

Continue your day trip to Tauranga surrounded by hectares of orchards and gardens producing everything from kiwifruit and citrus fruit to avocados. Your tour guide will take you to where you can purchase fresh local produce then continue on to Mount Maunganui, a short distance from Tauranga, which has spectacular beaches a magnet for surfers all year round and voted New Zealand’s best by TripAdvisor.

Stay 1 night in Tauranga.

Day 12 Coromandel Peninsula + Hot Water Beach

Travel time Tauranga to Coromandel Peninsula – 2.5 hours 

Embark on a scenic tour of the Coromandel Peninsula, taking in views of the lush rainforest and idyllic beaches. If the tide is right, visit Hot Water Beach, where you can dig your own hot pools in the sand, on your way to Whitianga.

Stay 2 nights in Whitianga, Coromandel.

Day 13 Cathedral Cove Boat Tour

Discover the rugged coastline today on a boat tour that takes you through the marine reserve and past immense sea caves, blowholes, and sandy bays. Stop at the famous Cathedral Cove to soak in the views!

In the afternoon, your guide will show you some of the best hidden secrets of the Coromandel, including lush forest walks and secluded golden-sand beaches.

Day 14 Auckland

Travel time Coromandel Peninsula to Auckland – 3 hours 

As your holiday draws to a close, return to Auckland and spend your final evening shopping, touring around with your guide, or celebrating the end of a fantastic holiday with a delicious dinner in town.

Stay 1 night in Auckland.

Day 15 Depart Auckland

Your guide will deliver you to Auckland Airport for your departing flight.

Highlights Include: 

  • Spotting dolphins, whales, and penguins as you cruise through the stunning Bay of Islands.

Bay of Islands Cruise New Zealand

  • Visiting the remote northern tip of New Zealand at Cape Reinga, and exploring 90 Mile Beach.

Cape Reinga New Zealand

  • Witnessing a fantastic galaxy of glowworms at Waitomo Caves.

Waitomo Glowworm Caves guided tour New Zealand

  • Exploring the beautiful Ruakuri Cave, filled with delicate formations and echoing waterfalls.

Ruakuri Cave family guided tour, Waitomo Caves, New Zealand

  • Visiting the magnificent Huka Falls and Huka Prawn Park.

Huka Falls Taupo

  • Sampling the best of Lake Taupo’s natural wonders on a scenic floatplane flight.

Taupos Floatplane

  • Experiencing an authentic Maori cultural show and enjoying a traditional hangi meal cooked underground!

Te Puia Rotorua New Zealand

  • Relaxing in a sulphur pool and experiencing Maori culture at the Hells Gate Geothermal Spa.

Hells Gate Geothermal Reserve Rotorua

  • Exploring the geothermal wonderland of Rotorua – seeing geysers, bubbling mud pools, turquoise sulphur springs, and colourful sinter terraces.

Rotorua New Zealand

  • Dining in style atop the Skyline Gondola, with views of Rotorua spread out below.

Skyline Gondola Rotorua

  • Experiencing the magic of Middle-Earth as you explore the exquisitely rendered Hobbiton movie set.

Hobbiton movie set tour New Zealand

  • Discovering the rugged coastline of the Coromandel with the glass bottom boat – visiting sea caves, blowholes, and bays, and even making a stop at the world-famous Cathedral Cove!

Cathedral Cove, Coromandel, New Zealand

  • Digging your own hot pool at Hot Water Beach.

Hot Water Beach, Coromandel, New Zealand

Your privately guided tour includes:

  • All transportation within New Zealand – you will be collected at the arrivals hall of Auckland Airport and dropped off at the departures hall of Auckland Airport
  • Excellent 4-star accommodation
  • Private tour guide
  • Sightseeing and Photo Stops En Route
  • Auckland Harbour Dinner Cruise
  • Bay of Islands Hole in the Rock Cruise
  • Waitomo Glowworm Caves and Ruakuri Cave Combo Tour
  • Taste of Taupo Scenic Floatplane Flight
  • Te Po Maori Evening Experience with Hangi Dinner
  • Hells Gate Geothermal Reserve Walk and Sulphur Spa
  • Skyline Gondola and Buffet Dinner Rotorua
  • Hobbiton Movie Set Tour
  • Coromandel Boat Tour to Cathedral Cove

** Your privately guided tour does NOT include flights, food (except where included in activities) or travel insurance.

 

Pricing

As guide prices are split between travellers, the pricing will vary depending on the number of travellers on your tour.

1 Traveller:    NZD$23,349

2 Travellers:  NZD$12,399 per adult | NZD$11,949 per child

3 Travellers:  NZD$9299 per adult | NZD$8849 per child

4 Travellers:  NZD$7749 per adult | NZD$7249 per child

5 Travellers:  NZD$6799 per adult | NZD$6349 per child

6 Travellers:  NZD$6199 per adult | NZD$5699 per child

7 Travellers:  NZD$5749 per adult | NZD$5249 per child

8 Travellers:  NZD$5399 per adult | NZD$4949 per child

9 Travellers:  NZD$5399 per adult | NZD$4899 per child

10 Travellers: NZD$4949 per adult | NZD$4699 per child

11 + Travellers:  Please enquire for your custom quote