19-Day Campervan Adventure to New Zealand’s Top North Island Spots

3 weeks +
48 Activities
20 Locations

Trip Summary

Discover the North Island and experience the real New Zealand through the eyes of an award-winning local nature photographer. All from the comforts of your own home whilst on the road!

Explore the one and only Hobbiton Movie Set, watch the sunrise over the ocean at Cathedral Cove, wake up in Matai Bay (Northland's best-kept secret), gaze in wonder at the famous Glow Worm caves and experience New Zealand's most powerful waterfall, the Huka Falls.

Travel time: 43 hrs

Distance: 2275 kms

Starting from

$2250 USD per person
100% Recommended
Meghan Maloney

About Meghan

As a landscape photographer, I travel to many beautiful and often underrated spots in the country to capture the essence of New Zealand's natural environment. I want to share these with you so you can experience the real New Zealand for yourself. When you visit, I want you to experience moments that take your breath away and create memories that you'll remember for the rest of your life!

Trip Highlights

Rotorua
Hobbiton Village Tour
Tamaki Cultural Hangi & Concert
Gaze in wonder at the night skies over Lake Tarawera
Glow Worm Tour
Wake up in Matai Bay - Northland's best kept secret
Catch a glimpse of Mount Taranaki
Watch the sunrise over the ocean at Cathedral Cove
Experience New Zealand's most powerful waterfall at Marokopa
Included in Price
  • Campervan hire (Certified Self Contained)
  • Meghan's exclusive travel guide, including secret photography locations and local tips to discover the best of New Zealand
  • The Driving Creek Railway
  • Rotorua Diamond Pass
  • Tamaki Cultural Hangi & Concert
  • Waitomo - Glow Worm Tour
  • Official Hobbiton Village Tour
  • Hokianga Ferry
  • Moments with Meghan - 1 day Photography Masterclass
  • A Kiwi Sheep Farming Experience
  • Airport transfer
Not Included in Price
  • International flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Entry visas / airport departure tax
  • Personal expenses
  • Tour guide

Trip Overview

Day 1: Auckland to Whangarei

Day 1: Auckland to Whangarei

Collect your motorhome at the vehicle depot in Auckland and make your way to Whangarei, the gateway to Northland. Within only a 2 hour drive from Auckland you couldn't be further away from the 'big city' feel that Auckland has. With so many lovely beaches within a stones throw away, plus magical glow worm caves to explore, a waterfall right in the city centre and an awesome mountain to climb for epic views!

Activities

Mt Manaia Sunset Views
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Mt Manaia Sunset Views
The views from the lookout at the top of Mount Manaia are sensational in all directions and if you don't mind a few steps on the way up it's a lovely walk through NZ native forest. If you can time your walk to coincide
with sunset you're sure in for a treat - just don't forget to take a head torch for the return journey!
Whangarei Falls
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Whangarei Falls
Where else in New Zealand, let alone the world can you enjoy a stunning waterfall setting right in the heart of a city? For me this was one of the most enjoyable experiences in the whole time I spent in Northland.
Visiting at dawn when there were very few people around was the best time to go. You can even freedom camp in one of the dedicated spots in the carpark here.
Sunrise at Matapouri Bay
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Sunrise at Matapouri Bay
I can't think of a nicer place to camp the night and take an early morning stroll on the beach. I woke to Easter Sunday here and the glorious golden light that filled the campervan at sunrise was one of my favourite
memories of my trip. Sipping a fresh morning coffee with this view was just incredible.
Pick up your campervan [included]
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Pick up your campervan [included]
Pick up your campervan and start your road trip! Your vehicle is fully serviced, entirely AA Safety Certified and built to go the distance in New Zealand's rugged backcountry. It is fitted out with a fully functional
kitchenette (fridge, sink, gas cooker, pots & pans and utensils), extendable hose tap, a huge double bed, a secondary battery, USB powerpoints, curtains and super security (the van comes with an alarm / immobiliser and a lockbox for your passport & valuables).
Optional - Premium motorhome
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Optional - Premium motorhome
Prefer a bit more comfort and luxury? We have a range of premium motorhomes available for you to choose from. Contact the team for more details.

The Trip in Photos

Mt Manaia Sunset Views

Day 1: Auckland to Whangarei

Mt Manaia Sunset Views
Mt Manaia Sunset Views

Day 1: Auckland to Whangarei

Mt Manaia Sunset Views
Whangarei Falls

Day 1: Auckland to Whangarei

Whangarei Falls
Sunrise at Matapouri Bay

Day 1: Auckland to Whangarei

Sunrise at Matapouri Bay
Pick up your campervan [included]

Day 1: Auckland to Whangarei

Pick up your campervan [included]
Optional - Premium motorhome

Day 1: Auckland to Whangarei

Optional - Premium motorhome
Waiomio Glowworm Caves Tour [included]

Day 2: Whangarei to Matai Bay

Waiomio Glowworm Caves Tour [included]
St Paul's Rock

Day 2: Whangarei to Matai Bay

St Paul's Rock
Rainbow Falls, Kerikeri

Day 2: Whangarei to Matai Bay

Rainbow Falls, Kerikeri
Mangonui Fish n Chips

Day 2: Whangarei to Matai Bay

Mangonui Fish n Chips