The main city of the isolated Eastland region, Gisborne is a pleasant resort town situated on a broad bay. The surf beaches and sunny, warm climate here have long attracted New Zealanders on vacation. The area boasts some of the country’s best preserved carved Maori meeting houses and churches.
Then, drive to Rotorua to explore the famous geothermal areas and go mountain biking in the Redwoods Forest. Next, you will be heading to Napier. Napier is located on Hawke’s Bay and is rich in Art Deco culture. Explore the highlights of New Zealand’s North and South Islands on this self-drive adventure. Start in Auckland, then make your way to Rotorua via Waitomo’s vast cave system.
The North Island of New Zealand is famous for pristine beaches, geothermal wonders and rich Maori culture. These exciting itineraries will show you the best of North Island. Whether you’re visiting New Zealand for a few days or a few months, you’ll find ideas here to help you plan your trip.
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Remember – we can create this itinerary with any style of accommodation or customise to suit your interests and timeframe. There is only one entrance to Aranui and without a river flowing through, it houses very little life past the entrance. Aranui is known for its unique arrays of stalagmites and stalactites. For those with an eye for boutique, fashion wander through Cuba St to sample some of the city’s best vintage stores. Stop by a hipster café for a cup of coffee and take a picture outside the ‘Beehive’, New Zealand’s parliamentary debate room.