North Island

Immerse yourself in spectacular nature and Māori culture

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North Island
  • New Zealand, Asia Pacific
  • 467 km
  • 7 hr

This scenic road trip takes you from Auckland to the northernmost point of New Zealand accessible by road: Cape Reinga. Enjoy the highlights of the North Island, taking in breath-taking ancient forests, mountainous dunes and coastal view.

Embark on a voyage of discovery on this 467 km scenic road trip on the North Island. Uncover the striking beauty of this untouched region that is rich in unique nature and impressive Māori culture. The road takes you through the Waipoua Forest, home to the 51,5 metres high ‘lord of the forest’: Tane Mahuta. Park your car to have a look at this ancient kauri tree. As you go further north you will notice how the landscape changes into dunes. If you drive a 4WD take a left to the mountainous sand dunes around Te Paki, where a stopover to go sandboarding is a popular pastime. At Cape Reinga enjoy the views of impressive lighthouse, and gaze at the crashing waves of the Tasman Sea and Pacific Ocean coming together.

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