Experience the best of New Zealand’s North Island on this guided tour. Your private guide will meet your group 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 tour can be completely customised.

7 Day North Island Guided Tour Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive Auckland

Your fantastic 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 thriving, diverse city surrounded by natural wonders.

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.

Stay 1 night in Auckland.

Day 2 Waitomo Glowworm Caves + Taupo

Travel time Auckland to Waitomo Caves – 2.5 hours

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. Visit the majestic Huka Falls with your guide and relax on the lakefront.

Stay 1 night in Taupo.

Day 3 Scenic Floatplane Flight + Rotorua

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

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.

Stay 2 nights in Rotorua.

Day 4 Geothermal Wonders + Skyline Gondola Buffet Dinner

Stroll through Hells Gate Geothermal Reserve in the morning, where you will have the opportunity to experience the rich Maori culture 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 5 Hobbiton + Coromandel Peninsula

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 Coromandel – 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, on your way to Whitianga.

Stay 2 nights in Whitianga, Coromandel.

Day 6 Cathedral Cove Boat Tour + Hot Water Beach

Discover the rugged coastline today on a boat tour that takes through the marine reserve and past immense sea caves 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 7 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 harbour dinner cruise.

Stay 1 night in Auckland.

Day 8 Depart Auckland

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

 

Highlights Include:

  • Marvelling at 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.

Huka Falls Taupo

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

Taupo's Floatplane New Zealand

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

Rotorua New Zealand

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

Te Puia geothermal reserve and Maori cultural preserve, New Zealand

  • Dining in style atop the Skyline Gondola, with views of Rotorua spread out below.
  • 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 by boat – visit sea caves and bays, and even make a stop at the world-famous Cathedral Cove!

  • 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 the Auckland Airport, and dropped off at the departures hall of the Auckland Airport
  • Excellent 4-star accommodation
  • Private tour guide
  • Sightseeing and Photo Stops En Route
  • Waitomo Glowworm Caves and Ruakuri Cave Combo Tour
  • Taste of Taupo Scenic Floatplane Flight over Lake Taupo
  • 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$10,059

2 Travellers:  NZD$6949 per adult | NZD$6649 per child

3 Travellers:  NZD$5199 per adult | NZD$4899 per child

4 Travellers:  NZD$4299 per adult | NZD$3999 per child

5 Travellers:  NZD$3799 per adult | NZD$3449 per child

6 Travellers:  NZD$3449 per adult | NZD$3099 per child

7 Travellers:  NZD$3199 per adult | NZD$2849 per child

8 Travellers:  NZD$2999 per adult | NZD$2699 per child

9 Travellers:  NZD$2949 per adult | NZD$2649 per child

10 Travellers: NZD$2849 per adult | NZD$2499 per child

11 + Travellers:  Please enquire for your custom quote