Travel Package Ideas
- All itineraries here are suggestions to give you an idea of what New Zealand has to offer. They are fully customizable and prices will vary depending on your level of comfort. Our travel advisors are flexible and will design your trip to suit your individual budget and desires.
- All prices are in USD. Per couple, and includes accommodation, rental cars, airport transfers, and some activities.
North Of The North 7+ Days
Bay of Islands
Goat Island Marine Reserve
Tawharanui Regional Park
Waitangi Treaty Grounds
Embark on an unforgettable trip north of Auckland, immersing yourself in the natural wonders and vibrant culture of Whangarei and Kaitaia. These two captivating destinations offer a wealth of experiences that will leave you with cherished memories. Begin your journey in Whangarei, a vibrant city known for its picturesque harbor and stunning landscapes. Explore the iconic Whangarei Falls, where cascading waters create a captivating sight. Visit the Whangarei Quarry Gardens, a hidden gem filled with beautiful plantings and tranquil walking paths. Discover the city's rich artistic scene at the Reyburn House Art Gallery or explore the local markets for unique treasures. Take a scenic stroll along the Hatea Loop and enjoy waterfront dining at one of the charming eateries. Continue your adventure north to Kaitaia, a charming town located at the northern tip of the North Island. Experience the thrill of driving along Ninety Mile Beach, a vast expanse of pristine sand stretching as far as the eye can see. Try your hand at sandboarding down towering dunes or simply relax and enjoy the breathtaking coastal scenery. Journey to Cape Reinga, where the Tasman Sea and Pacific Ocean meet, and witness the iconic Cape Reinga lighthouse with its panoramic views. Immerse yourself in the rich Maori culture of the region by visiting local Marae (meeting grounds) or participating in traditional Maori activities. Explore the ancient Kauri forests, where massive trees stand as a testament to the region's natural beauty and history. Indulge in the delicious local cuisine, featuring fresh seafood and farm-to-table delights. Take the opportunity to visit local wineries and taste the flavors of the region. Whether you're seeking outdoor adventures, cultural immersion, or simply a peaceful escape, a trip north of Auckland, with stays in Whangarei and Kaitaia, promises a diverse range of experiences that will capture your heart and ignite your sense of adventure.
Drive: Auckland to Whangarei
The quickest way north is to take the straightforward route along the motorway and SH1. However, adventure lies in the scenic detours along the Hibiscus and Matakana coasts. These offer stunning beach stopovers all along the way. Pop into Orewa for boutique shopping and playgrounds and continue to Waiwera for a dip in hot pools. If you’d rather go skiing, visit the indoor winter wonderland of Snowplanet before heading back to the sand, sea and sunshine of the Matakana Coast. Sample wine and cheese in Puhoi and stretch your legs at the nearby Sculptureum. Go snorkeling or ride the glass bottom boat at Goat Island Marine Reserve. Visit the Kauri museum in Warkworth and the Te Ao Marama center at Te Hana for Maori culture and a fascinating replica pre-European village.
Drive Whangarei to Kaitaia
Take advantage of a long summer day to visit Kaitaia, the gateway to the Far North. There you can learn the story of kauri gum at Gum Diggers Park, an authentic, once busy gum field, that now offers a fascinating glimpse into this forgotten slice of New Zealand history. Drive a little further to Ahipara and Shipwreck Bay, at the southern end of Ninety Mile Beach, New Zealand’s longest beach. While you won’t have time to take one of the all-day trips up the beach to Cape Reinga, you might enjoy a one-or-two-hour horse trek instead. Drive through Kawakawa with its world-famous Hundertwasser building, then make the 2-hour drive to Kaitaia to make the most of your time there.
Drive: Kaitaia to Auckland
This drive encompasses diverse landscapes, captivating attractions, and the opportunity to explore charming towns along the way. Leaving Kaitaia behind, you'll witness the natural beauty of the Far North region unfold before your eyes. As you drive south, you'll have the chance to explore the enchanting Bay of Islands, famous for its picturesque islands, historic sites, and water activities. Discover the charming town of Paihia, indulge in a cruise through the Bay of Islands, or visit the historic Waitangi Treaty Grounds. Continuing the drive, you'll journey through lush forests, rolling hills, and fertile farmlands. Make a stop at Whangarei, a vibrant city known for its beautiful harbor, stunning beaches, and the iconic Whangarei Falls. Explore the city's art galleries, visit the Kiwi North museum, or embark on nature walks in the surrounding areas. As you approach Auckland, New Zealand's largest city, you'll be greeted by its iconic skyline and bustling harbor. Immerse yourself in the vibrant urban atmosphere, discover the city's cultural treasures at the Auckland Art Gallery or the Museum of Transport and Technology, and enjoy waterfront dining at Viaduct Basin. This drive from Kaitaia to Auckland offers a delightful blend of scenic landscapes, coastal beauty, cultural experiences, and urban delights. Along the way, you'll have the opportunity to explore the Bay of Islands, Whangarei, and finally reach the vibrant city of Auckland, where the journey comes to a rewarding conclusion.