From the Top TravelPass

From the Top

Explore the North Island of New Zealand from top to bottom with this Travelpass. OPTION: Stop in Napier en route to Wellington for an art deco adventure.

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Add on travel via Napier


Minimum 3 days of travel

Start anywhere en-route

Includes Bay of Islands Dolphin Cruise and Hobbiton Movie Set day tour

Add on travel via beautiful Napier

New Zealand From the Top  TravelPass

Itinerary details

Your pass is divided into the following 'legs'. You can book travel in either direction (i.e. follow the itinerary from top to bottom, or bottom to top). You can also stop as often as you like along the way on each leg (for example, on the Auckland to Paihia leg you can book from Auckland to Whangarei, Whangarei to Kawakawa and Kawakawa to Paihia).

IMPORTANT: Entrance to the Hobbiton Movie Set are shown as 'extras' on the bus services  for these tours. You must select and add these extras to your cart in order to book them. You can also add other extras (like meals) to your tour in the same way. At the checkout we'll book the trip on your pass and you can pay for any extras that aren't included in your pass.

When booking tours you must book to and from the stops shown. View our TravelPass tours page for more information.

Auckland to Paihia 

See why Auckland is one of Lonely Planet’s top cities to visit, and journey north to the beautiful Bay of Islands region.

Hole in the Rock Cruise (Paihia-Paihia)

Your pass includes a half-day dolphin watching cruise around the Bay of Islands to the famous 'Hole in the Rock'.

Paihia to Auckland

Return to Auckland, journeying through native bush and picturesque farmland.

Auckland to Matamata

Head south to a tiny town where magic awaits...

Hobbiton Movie Set Tour (Matamata-Matamata)

Matamata is home to the Hobbiton Movie Set! Take a guided tour and see where movie magic was made for the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit films.

Matamata to Rotorua

Cross over the scenic Kaimai Ranges to Rotorua, where you can watch geysers shoot steam into the sky or just relax in a natural hot spring.

Rotorua to Taupo

Just down the road is beautiful Lake Taupo, New Zealand’s largest lake and a great base for snow-lovers and hikers.

Taupo to Wellington

Finish your North Island tour with a trip to Wellington, home to New Zealand’s government – and a thriving craft beer scene!

OPTION: Choose to add Napier and explore its art deco architecture and award-winning wineries.