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Central North Island

Central North Island Holidays

From the spectacular volcanic landscapes of Tongariro National Park and Mount Taranaki to the fascinating Maori history of Rotorua and fabulous wine region of Hawke's Bay, this diverse part of the country boasts many highlights of the beautiful North Island.

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Trailfinders is the UK & Ireland’s No.1 Tour Operator to New Zealand and most of our travel consultants have travelled extensively here. What we specialise in is tailormade holidays in New Zealand and with us, in every part of the country, you can pick and choose how you’d like to get around, where you’d like to stay and how you’d like to experience the attractions.
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Best of New Zealand
20 days / 19 nights
from £2,134
  • Maori Culture
  • Wellington
  • Queenstown

  • North Island Highlights
    14 days / 13 nights
    from £1,375
  • The Coromandel Peninsula
  • Rotorua

  • North Island Less Travelled
    8 days / 7 nights
    from £1,178
  • Waitomo
  • Tongariro National Park
  • Whanganui National Park
  • Kapiti Coast

  • Great Walks of New Zealand
    20 days / 19 nights
    from £4,024
  • Tongariro Crossing
  • Abel Tasman Coast Track
  • Hollyford Track

  • Kia Ora New Zealand
    18 days / 17 nights
    from £996
  • Vineyard stays
  • Fox Glacier

  • Unique & Boutique New Zealand
    23 days / 22 nights
    from £5,138
  • Marlborough Sounds
  • Arthur's Pass National Park
  • Fiordland National Park
  • Lake Pukaki


    Central North Island map
    Experience the bubbling mud pools and erupting geysers of iconic Rotorua, relax in geothermal hot springs and learn about the fascinating Maori culture of the region at traditional villages, where you can witness the ‘Haka’ war dance and warrior training.
    Explore the vast and beautiful Lake Taupo, home to the thundering Huka Falls and a wealth of waterside activities including fishing and scenic cruises.
    Tongariro National Park
    Tongariro National Park
    With three active volcanoes within its perimeter, Tongariro National Park is a fantastic hiking destination with countless walking trails to discover including the famous Tongariro Alpine Crossing.
    The West Coast
    The West Coast
    Marvel at the spectacular volcanic peak of Mount Taranaki and discover paths less trodden in Whanganui NP, with its lush lowland forests and mighty Whanganui River winding through its centre.
    Beneath the rolling green hills of Waitomo lies an extensive underground cave network, lit by thousands of glittering glowworms.
    Hawke's Bay & Napier
    Hawke's Bay & Napier
    The Hawke’s Bay region is blessed with a sunny, temperate climate which ensures optimum conditions for wine production. Enjoy gourmet food and tastings, visit the vineyards of New Zealand’s leading wine producers and explore the pretty Art Deco town of Napier.


    Solitaire Lodge
    Central North Island
    from £438
  • Restaurant & bar
  • Spa treatments
  • Free use of dinghies & kayaks
  • Free parking
  • Free wi-fi

  • Millennium Hotel & Resort Manuels Taupo
    Central North Island
    from £57
  • 2 restaurants & a bar
  • Pool
  • Sauna
  • Tennis court
  • Free parking
  • Free wi-fi

  • Chateau Tongariro
    Central North Island
    from £58
  • 2 restaurants including a fine dining restaurant
  • 2 cafés & a bar
  • Plunge pool
  • Exercise room
  • Cinema
  • Free parking
  • Free wi-fi

  • River Birches
    Central North Island
    from £183
  • Dining room
  • Guided Tongariro Crossing walks & fly fishing available (payable locally)
  • Free parking
  • Free wi-fi

  • Breckenridge Lodge
    Central North Island
    from £211
  • Dining room
  • Free parking
  • Free wi-fi

  • Craggy Range Vineyard, Cottages and Lodges
    Central North Island
    from £130
  • Exquisite award-winning restaurant
  • Free vineyard tour and tasting
  • Free parking
  • Free wi-fi


    Maori Experience & Hangi Feast
    Approx 4 hours
    from £73
  • Learn about traditional Maori culture
  • See the famous 'haka' dance
  • Enjoy a hangi feast

  • Hobbiton Movie Set Tour from Rotorua
    Approx 5 hours
    from £73
  • Visit The Shires Rest Cafe
  • See The Hobbit Holes

  • Te Puia Thermal Reserve
    Approx 90 mins
    from £23
  • Te Whakarewarewa Geothermal Valley
  • Ancient Maori arts and crafts
  • Maori Village

  • Tongariro Crossing Guided Hike
    Approx 9.5 hours
    from £153
  • New Zealand's best day hike
  • Stunning volcanic scenery
  • Expert guide

  • Waitomo Glowworm Caves Admission
    Approx 45 mins
    from £31
  • Incredible limestone caves
  • Famous glowworm grotto

  • Hawke's Bay Half Day Wine Odyssey
    Approx 5 hours
    from £107
  • Famous wine region
  • Sample local wine and food

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    Central North Island Fast Facts

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    Flight Time to Central North Island


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    £20 Off your visa service charge if you have booked your holiday with Trailfinders.

    Recommended Immunisations

    Diphtheria/Tetanus/Polio booster

    20% Discount off immunisations at our London Travel Clinic if you have booked your holiday with Trailfinders.

    Trailfinders Travel Insurance

    Enjoy comprehensive cover in Central North Island from just £65 for 7 days with our superb value Single Trip Travel Insurance.

    Visa information given is given for British citizens holding a valid UK passport with at least 6 months validity remaining. Immunisation guidelines assume routine UK childhood immunisation has been given and will not apply to all situations. Medical advice should be sought. Your Trailfinders consultant will advise you of the specific visa and immunisation requirements for your trip.


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