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

3 weeks +
53 Activities
13 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.

Starting from

$2500 USD per person
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 Worms
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
  • All accommodation
  • Ground transportation
  • Airport transfers
  • Paid activities
  • Access to the storyteller's interactive guide (including lots of free activities and helpful tips)
Not Included in Price
  • Flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Entry visas / airport departure tax
  • Personal expenses
  • An actual guide / host of the trip (Airguides trips are unhosted)

Trip Overview

Whangarei

Whangarei

Whangarei is the gateway to NZ's beautiful winterless north. I love the fact it's only a 2 hour drive from Auckland yet 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

Waipu Caves
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Waipu Caves
This is one of the only places in NZ that you can see glow worms for free in a unique cave system. Take a torch and walk into the cavern as far as you can before you have to wade deeper. Turn your torch off and
let your eyes adjust. You'll be amazed at the stunning ceiling of blue light above. I suggest going early in the day and avoid weekends or public holidays to have the best chance of having the caves to yourself!
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.
Biggie Bagels
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Biggie Bagels
Great coffee and an amazing selection of delicious bagels all named after rappers.