The Best 10-12-Day Tours of the North Island


Tour the North Island in 10 to 12 Days

If you’re lucky enough to have 10-12 days in New Zealand, then you can really make the most of it by exploring just one island, like the North Island. Luckily, there is an amazing selection of North Island tour companies showing travellers the highlights of the island and generally making things easier for them. Let the driver guide organise the logistics, you just have to sit back, relax and enjoy New Zealand with your new travel mates or with your loved ones. Check out some of our favourite North Island tours in this list of best 10-12-day tours of the North Island.

While you’re here, you might also want to check out The Best 10-12-Day Tours of the South Island. Plus, find out more about exploring by bus in Travel by Bus in New Zealand: The Ultimate Guide.

6 Tips for Planning a 10-day or 12-Day Trip to the North Island

  • Allow 11 to 13 days for your trip to the North Island to allow for your travel time to and from your tour’s starting point, as well as allowing yourself to get over the jet lag in Auckland
  • Pack light: don’t be the one that everyone has to make room for! See 15 Essentials to Pack for New Zealand for more advice.
  • Use websites like Tourradar to compare tour companies and find the right fit for you. Another advantage to these websites is that they have standard cancellation policies (and sometimes good discounts)
  • Choose a few optional activities before your trip departs so you are able to budget for your tour correctly
  • On a similar note, allow room in your budget for meals too, if your tour does not include every meal – see How Expensive is New Zealand? for typical food prices in New Zealand
  • Check if your chosen tour company has a Facebook group! Use the group to connect with other travellers who will also be on the tour.

For more bus tour advice, see 15 Tips to Make the Most of Your Bus Trip.

G Adventures© G Adventures

G Adventures – North Island Encompassed

See the North Island from top to bottom on the North Island Encompassed tour with G Adventures! Join your fellow 18-39-year-olds for a 10-day tour where you’ll experience a houseboat excursion in the Bay of Islands, a conservation farm visit and kayaking in Raglan, a Maori cultural experience in Rotorua and more. Of course, there’s the option to do your chosen activities along the way. The tour also includes accommodation in shared rooms, as well as breakfasts and a few other meals. This tour starts in Auckland and ends in Wellington.

About G Adventures’ Tours

Age Range: 18-39-year-olds
Maximum Group Size: 20
Accommodation: Hostels, a houseboat and lodges
Meals: All breakfasts, two lunches and three dinners

Destinations on the 10-Day Tour

  • Auckland
  • Bay of Islands
  • Auckland
  • Raglan
  • Rotorua
  • Taupo
  • Wellington

Find out more about this tour by comparing G Adventures on Tourradar.

The Best 10-12-Day Tours of the North Island© Kiwi Vibes

Kiwi Vibes – Vibe of the North

Get off the beaten track and discover some alternative destinations of the North Island with Kiwi Vibes. Their Vibe of the North tour conveniently begins and ends in Auckland, taking young travellers to the beach-lined Coromandel, the volcanic centre of the North Island, rugged west coast of Taranaki, the Waitomo caves and some other things in between. Inclusions in the tour are dorm-share rooms, all breakfasts and a few other meals.

About Kiwi Vibes’ Tours

Age Range: 18-35-year-olds
Maximum Group Size: 30
Accommodation: Hostels
Meals: All breakfasts, four lunches and three dinners

Destinations on the 10-Day Tour

  • Auckland
  • Whitianga
  • Whangamata
  • Tauranga
  • Rotorua
  • Taupo
  • Wellington
  • New Plymouth
  • Waitomo
  • Raglan

Find out more about this tour by comparing Kiwi Vibes on Tourradar.

Haka Tours© Haka Tours

Haka Tours – Northern Trail

From Auckland to Wellington, zig-zag your way through the North Island with Haka Tours. Their Northern Trail tour has you visiting the surfer town of Raglan, checking out the Waitomo caves, watch a Maori cultural performance in Rotorua, see kiwi birds, see the super-clear Te Waihou Springs, stay in the Tongariro National Park and much more! This small-group tour includes some breakfasts and dinners, as well as accommodation in a mix of three and four-star hotels, motels and lodges.

About Haka Tours’ Tours

Age Range: 18-70-year-olds
Maximum Group Size: 11
Accommodation: Hotels, motels and lodges
Meals: Five breakfasts and two dinners

Destinations on the 10-Day Tour

  • Auckland
  • Coromandel
  • Raglan
  • Rotorua
  • Tongariro
  • Wellington

Find out more about this tour on the Haka Tours website.

Scenic Tours© Scenic Tours

Scenic Luxury Cruises & Tours – Northern Explorer

Travel the North Island in style on the Northern Explorer tour with Scenic Luxury Cruises & Tours. Stay in luxurious hotels as you make your way with fellow travellers to Omapere in Northland, Paihia in the Bay of Islands, Auckland city, Rotorua, Hawke’s Bay and Wellington. The 12-day excursion has extra inclusions to make your trip effortless, such as airport transfers, most meals, a selection of included paid tours, as well as some optional experiences. What’s more, the trip is slower-paced in comparison to others on this list and is open to most ages.

About Scenic Luxury Cruises & Tours’ Tours

Age Range: 12-99-year-olds
Maximum Group Size: 40
Accommodation: Hotels
Meals: 11 breakfasts, two lunches and seven dinners

Destinations on the 12-Day Tour

  • Auckland
  • Omapere
  • Paihia
  • Rotorua
  • Napier
  • Wellington

Find out more about this tour by comparing Scenic Luxury Cruises & Tours on Tourradar.

Flying Kiwi© Flying Kiwi

Flying Kiwi – Hot Rocks

It’s all too easy on the adventure tour with Flying Kiwi, which starts and ends in Auckland. Join the Hot Rocks tour for a loop of the North Island, including some alternative destinations like the Coromandel, Kapiti Coast and Orewa – among the destinations we’ve all heard about, of course. Some activities that are usually paid are also included in the tour rate, such as Wai-O-Tapu Geothermal Wonderland, and travellers get free use of the equipment on board, from bodyboards to frisbees. Most meals are included, as well as accommodation in tents with upgrades to cabins sometimes available.

About Scenic Flying Kiwi’s Tours

Age Range: 18-65-year-olds
Maximum Group Size: 26
Accommodation: Tents or cabins
Meals: Eight breakfasts, three lunches and seven dinners

Destinations on the 10-Day Tour

  • Auckland
  • Coromandel
  • Rotorua
  • Tongariro
  • Kapiti Coast
  • Wellington
  • New Plymouth
  • Bay of Islands
  • Orewa

Find out more about this tour by comparing Flying Kiwi on Tourradar.


Robin C.

This article was reviewed and published by Robin, the co-founder of NZ Pocket Guide. He has lived, worked and travelled across 16 different countries before calling New Zealand home. He has now spent over a decade in the New Zealand tourism industry, clocking in more than 600 activities across the country. He is passionate about sharing those experiences and advice on NZ Pocket Guide and its YouTube channel. Robin is also the co-founder of several other South Pacific travel guides.

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