The Best 5-Day Tours of the North Island


Tour the North Island in 5 Days

Take the guesswork out of organising a trip to the North Island of New Zealand by joining a tour! With limited time to explore New Zealand’s North Island, you won’t want to waste time figuring out where to go and how to get there. Tours of the North Island make it incredibly easy to explore the country, so you can spend more time enjoying the once-in-a-lifetime activities and taking in the beautiful landscapes. In this guide, we take a look at some of the best 5-day tours of the North Island. There’s something for active travellers, young travellers, seniors looking to travel with like-minded people, and travellers who want a more personal experience.

Check out more tours in The Best National Bus Tours in New Zealand.

6 Tips for Planning a 5-Day Trip on the North Island

  • For a five-day tour of the North Island, allow around eight days for your travel time to and from the North Island, as well as to get over the jet lag in your arrival city
  • See if your chosen tour company has a Facebook group where you can connect with travellers that will be on your bus before your trip begins
  • Compare tour companies on websites like TourRadar to ensure you find the best fit for you. Plus, comparison websites have standard cancellation policies, unlike booking directly with the tour company
  • Pack light: don’t be that guy with two large suitcases that everyone has to make room for! Check out our 15 Essentials to Pack for New Zealand
  • Check out what extra activities you will want to do prior to arriving in New Zealand so you are able to budget for your tour properly
  • Allow enough money for food if your tour does not include every meal – see How Expensive is New Zealand? for typical costs in New Zealand.

For more bus tour tips check out 15 Tips to Make the Most of Your Bus Trip.

World Expeditions© World Expeditions

World Expeditions – Northland Discovery

A section of the North Island that many of us panic-travel at the end of our trip is the Bay of Islands and the Northland region. Luckily, World Expeditions has you guys covered with their super-popular Northland Discovery Tour. This 5-day tour package gives you a comprehensive tour of New Zealand’s warmest region with boogie boards to use to go sandboarding and snorkelling gear.

About World Expeditions’ Tours

Age Range: 16-80-year-olds
Maximum Group Size: 14
Accommodation: Lodges and motels
Meals: Four breakfasts, five lunches and three dinners

Destinations on the 5-Day Tour
  • Auckland
  • Russell
  • Bay of Islands
  • Whangaroa Harbour
  • Cape Reinga
  • Waipoua Forest

Find out more about this tour by comparing World Expeditions on Tourradar.

Flying Kiwi© Flying Kiwi

Flying Kiwi – Northern Light

Explore the heart of the North Island on the Northern Light Tour with Flying Kiwi. This 5-day bus tour starting in Auckland and ending in Wellington takes active travellers on an adventure to the Coromandel where you’ll dig your own thermal pool, to the geothermal Rotorua and its geysers at Wai-O-Tapu, to the Tongariro Crossing or opt for some mountain biking, and much more is included in the itinerary!

About Flying Kiwi’s Tours

Age Range: 16-65-year-olds
Maximum Group Size: 26
Accommodation: Camping or cabin
Meals: Four breakfasts, two lunches and three dinners

Destinations on the 5-Day Tour
  • Auckland
  • Coromandel
  • Rotorua
  • Tongariro
  • Kapiti Coast
  • Wellington

Find out more about this tour by checking out the Flying Kiwi on Tourradar. Plus, learn more about how Flying Kiwi work in That New Zealand Hop-On Hop-Off Bus You’ve Never Heard Of.

Top Deck© Top Deck

Topdeck – Sweet As North

Tour from Auckland to Wellington, experiencing the Maori culture and geothermal heart of the North Island, with Topdeck! Their Sweet As North tour takes young travellers to some of the North Island’s top bucket list destinations, including Rotorua and the Tongariro National Park. The tour includes some meals, accommodation in hotels and a Maori marae, as well as free time to enjoy your choice of activities.

About Topdeck’s Tours

Age Range: 18-39-year-olds
Maximum Group Size: 36
Accommodation: Hotel and a Maori marae
Meals: Five breakfasts, one lunch and one dinner

Destinations on the 5-Day Tour
  • Auckland
  • Rotorua
  • Tongariro
  • Wellington

Find out more about this tour by comparing Topdeck on Tourradar.

Hiking New Zealand© Hiking New Zealand

Hiking New Zealand – Northern Discovery

The active traveller who likes to experience a landscape through “doing” will dig this tour of Northland and the Bay of Islands with Hiking New Zealand. The small group tour starts and ends in Auckland, taking you and your fellow hikers on coastal walks to glorious viewpoints, through forests with New Zealand’s largest trees, and you’ll also have the option to either walk or kayak at 90 Mile Beach.

About Hiking New Zealand’s Tours

Age Range: 17-99-year-olds
Maximum Group Size: 11
Accommodation: Lodges
Meals: Four breakfasts, five lunches and three dinners

Destinations on the 5-Day Tour
  • Auckland
  • Bay of Islands
  • Whangaroa
  • Cape Reinga
  • Hokianga & Waipoua Forest

Find out more about this tour by comparing Hiking New Zealand on Tourradar.

Top Tours NZ© Top Tours NZ

Top Tours NZ – Central North Island Tour

Offering custom tours with bespoke itineraries as an option, Top Tours NZ is an excellent choice for families or those seeking a more personal experience. While the itinerary can be changed to suit your needs, one of the most popular North Island tours is the 5-day Central North Island Tour. You’ll be driven to some of the North Island’s top attractions in a private vehicle and will get to stay in four-star accommodation, including three nights in the renowned Chateau Tongariro Hotel.

About Top Tours NZ’s Tours

Age Range: 5-80-year-olds
Maximum Group Size: 6
Accommodation: Hotels
Meals: One lunch and one dinner

Destinations on the 5-Day Tour
  • Auckland
  • Rotorua
  • Tongariro
  • Waitomo
  • Hamilton

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