North Island Highlights with Northern Explorer Train

8 Day North Island Highlights with Northern Explorer Train - HERO

Self-drive Holidays

Explore by road and rail on this North Island adventure starting and finishing in Auckland. Enjoy the freedom of the road, discovering the geothermal region of Rotorua, with its bubbling mud pools, shooting geysers and natural hot springs of Rotorua. Plus learn more about the fascinating Māori culture. Travel on to the thundering Huka Falls and Lake Taupo, enjoying time to take a cruise or kayak tour and visit the Maori rock carvings. Wander the streets of Napier admiring the stunning Art Deco buildings. And take the wine trail as you continue your self-drive on to the waterfront city of Wellington with time to explore the arts and culture scene, great dining and sparkling harbour. The grand finale will be the scenic Northern Explorer rail journey back to Auckland. Sit back, relax and enjoy the stunning scenery from the panoramic windows.

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  • Award-winning holidays
  • ATOL protected
  • Incredible value


1 meals

1 dinner


7 nights in hotel

Excursions and visits

  • Visit Rotorua, the thermal ‘capital’ with its bubbling mud pools and geysers
  • Enjoy a Te Puia Indigenous evening experience with cultural performance, dinner plus special evening viewing of the geothermal wonderlands
  • Marvel at spectacular Huka Falls and Lake Taupo
  • Admire the Art Deco architecture in Napier
  • Drive along the Classic New Zealand Wine Trail stopping at boutique wineries
  • Discover the art and cultural city of Wellington with a guided tour of it’s world-class Te Papa museum
  • Journey aboard the Northern Explorer scenic train watching the spectacular scenery from the comfort of your seat

Not included

  • International and domestic flights
  • Visa (if required)
  • Optional excursions


7 days Avis Group C car rental

Northern Explorer Train Journey from Wellington to Auckland


  • 7 nights

  • Australasia . New Zealand . Auckland . Wellington . Napier

  • International flights not included

From £983 per person

Mon - Fri: 9am - 8pm

Saturday: 9am - 6pm

Sunday: 10am - 4pm


Duration: 8 days


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