North Island HighlightsIt's a busy 6 days on the North Island but you'll see it all - superb coastline and beaches, hot springs and thermals, lakes and mountains, Maori culture and Art Deco architecture. It's not all rush and no relaxation though; throw in some of the best dining and wineries in New Zealand and you've got a great tour of just under 7 days!
What a way to spend a week!
The North Island Highlights Self Guided Motorcycle Tour
Discover the main attractions of the North Island with this tour from Auckland. Experience the laid back lifestyles on offer on the Coromandel Peninsula before heading inland towards the geothermal hot-spots around Rotorua, the otherworldly spectacle of Tongariro National Park and the volcanic landscapes of Lake Taupo.
You'll also get to visit the Art Deco splendour on display in Napier and the incredibly fertile areas around the Hawkes Bay region.
The best way to spend a week on the North Island, no question!
Start your trip in New Zealand's most cosmopolitan city. Stroll through Queen Street, enjoy some of the best dining in New Zealand and cruise magnificent Waitemata Harbour, the 'heart' of the city. You don't have to be a yachtsman to appreciate the City of Sails - but it helps!
You'll quickly see why New Zealanders flock here on holiday. The serenity attracts 'alternative lifestylers' away from Auckland but the rest come for the North Island's best beaches and coastal scenery. With a backdrop of rugged, green-forested mountains the views over the offshore islands are incredible. What better way to end the day than swim in crystal clear blue water, then dig a hole in the sand at Hot Water Beach and relax in your own sandy hot water spa!
One of New Zealand's best known tourist spots, the steaming crevices, mud pools and hot springs lead to healing thermal baths. It's an important cultural centre for the Maori and one of the most accessible to outsiders. The culture is alive in their arts and crafts, architecture and in traditional songs and dance.
Hawkes Bay and Napier
Napier is famous as one of the finest examples of an Art Deco city anywhere in the world but there’s so much more! Situated at the southern end of Hawkes Bay, palm trees fringe the city streets, parks and gardens punctuate the blocks of art deco buildings at frequent intervals and a Mediterranean climate all combine to create a superb atmosphere.
Friendly people, great restaurants offering various culinary delights and over 30 local Hawkes Bay wineries are simply the icing on an already pretty fantastic cake.
The largest lake in New Zealand was created around 25,000 years ago by one of the biggest volcanic eruptions in history. Now the self-proclaimed trout fishing capital of the world, you can also enjoy more adventurous activities such as white water rafting, jet boating, bungy jumping or skydiving if luring trout with imitation flies are not your thing. Or simply enjoy the scenery and magnificent Huka Falls.
This tour is completely customisable. Longer, further, curvier, anything you need (within reason). Just ask!
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