Explore New Zealand’s bustling cities and quaint towns in Auckland, Ohakune, and Wellington. Enjoy this guided scenic tour through the North Island, passing volcanic peaks, rolling hills, engineering marvels and sparkling coastlines.
- Experience the Volcanic Plateau by world-renowned Northern Explorer train journey
- Encounter the volcanic peaks of Middle Earth in Tongariro National Park
- Witness the engineering marvels of Raurimu Spiral
- Marvel at the mesmerising coastal views of the Kapiti Coast
- Discover the sandstone cliffs of the Rangatikei River Gorge
- Be captivated by the storytelling of your Tour Director throughout your great journey
You'll love this tour
This is the perfect option for those who enjoy free time to create their own adventure while having the structure of a guided expert. Meet like-minded travellers and share this journey of a lifetime on a truly magnificent expedition between New Zealand's largest cities.
- Experienced Tour Director
- Wellington City Tour
- The Northern Explorer Scenic Train
- Free time and optional excursions to personalise your holiday
Recommended additional activities
There are dozens of optional activities you can enjoy on our Northern Highlights Tour, but these are our top four must-do activities:
Our Classic Northern Highlights Tour includes one of the greatest journeys in New Zealand - the Northern Explorer.
The journey is part of the destination on our tours, and our Scenic trains are the ultimate way to see New Zealand.
On our Classic Northern Highlights Tour, your journey will begin aboard the Northern Explorer, leaving the towering Auckland skyline behind you and setting out across the mighty Waikato plains.
From Hamilton, your journey spirals up onto the volcanic plateau around the historic Raurimu Spiral. At the top, you will cruise beneath three mighty volcanic peaks before slowly descending across several soaring viaducts.
Your final journey brings you along the sparkling Kapiti Coast on your way into our glittering capital city, Wellington.
Solo Traveller Options
Guaranteed Share: If you are a solo traveller, you can choose the guaranteed Share option, and we will match you with another solo traveller of the same gender in a twin-bedded room. If we can't match you with another solo traveller, we will cover the Single Supplement cost.
Single Supplement: If you are a Solo Traveller and would like a room to yourself, you can select to pay the Single Supplement when confirming your booking.
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Single supplement available
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