Island Loop TravelPass

Island Loop

See the best of the North and South Islands on a round trip with your New Zealand Travelpass, including a sightseeing day tour to Milford Sound and travel on the Interislander ferry. Experience the Central North Island tours of the Waitomo Caves and Hobbiton, and stops in Rotorua and Lake Taupo.

Across Cook Strait, make your way down the West Coast and across the Alps before returning up the country, stopping in National Park on your way back to Auckland. OPTION: Make your journey complete with a stop at Aoraki / Mount Cook, New Zealand’s tallest mountain.

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Add on travel via Mount Cook


Minimum 10 days of travel

Start anywhere en-route

Interislander ferry travel included

Includes Hobbiton Movie Set, Waitomo Caves and Milford Sound day tours

New Zealand Island Loop 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 Napier to Wellington leg you can book from Napier to Hastings, Hastings to Palmerston North and Palmerston North to Wellington).

IMPORTANT: Milford Sound cruises, entrance to Waitomo Caves and 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. The Auckland to Rotorua including Waitomo Caves tour cannot be done on the same day as the Hobbiton Movie Set tour. View our TravelPass tours page for more information.

Auckland to Rotorua including Waitomo Caves

See New Zealand’s famous rural scenery on your way down the country and take a guided tour of the Waitomo Glowworm Caves before arriving in Rotorua, a truly unique New Zealand destination.

Hobbiton Movie Set Tour (Rotorua-Rotorua)

Cross the Kaimai Ranges and find yourself in idyllic Hobbiton! Take a tour of the movie sets, built on a working farm, and see where the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit movies were filmed.

Rotorua to Taupo

Staying on the Central Plateau, visit Taupo, on the shores of New Zealand’s biggest lake. Enjoy the views and get active – try paragliding, jet boating, skydiving and more.

Taupo to Napier

Travel along the Thermal Explorer Highway across volcanic plains and past waterfalls to Napier, famed for its fresh produce, fertile wine-growing soil and beautiful art deco architecture.

Napier to Wellington

Make your way down through farmland and forest and along the Kapiti Coast to Wellington. With a vibrant food and entertainment scene and a stunningly scenic waterfront area, Wellington is so much more than just a capital city!

Wellington to Picton (Interislander)

Board the Interislander ferry and sail across Cook Strait and through the Marlborough and Queen Charlotte Sounds to Picton at the top of the South Island.

Picton to Nelson

Meander across the coast to Nelson, a thriving cultural city with plenty to explore.

Nelson to Franz Josef

Experience the West Coast with a trip from Nelson to Franz Josef, home to one of the world’s most accessible glaciers.

Franz Josef to Queenstown

Travel past stunning mountain ranges and clear blue lakes to Queenstown, where you can get active in the great outdoors or out on the town.

Milford Sound Day Tour (Queenstown-Queenstown)

This is the highlight of many New Zealand journeys! The road to Milford Sound is one of the most picturesque in the world – and once you arrive, the cruise on this pristine fiord will make it pale in comparison, with its sheer cliffs, mountain peaks and crashing waterfalls. Lunch is also included. 

Queenstown to Christchurch

From Queenstown to Christchurch you’ll see everything from snowy mountain tops and crystal-clear lakes to rugged high country farmland and endless fertile plains.

Christchurch to Picton PLUS Kaikoura day trip

After visiting Christchurch, a city rebuilding itself after massive earthquakes, return to Picton. Due to road closures on the coastal road between Picton and Kaikoura, we've added a day trip from Christchurch to Kaikoura and back onto this itinerary so you can experience its charms.

Picton to Wellington (Interislander)

Return to the North Island via ferry, enjoying the sights of Pencarrow and rocky bays as you cruise back into Wellington Harbour.

Wellington to National Park

Make your way to this village bordering Tongariro National Park, and base yourself here for hiking, ski and snowboarding, mountain biking, hot pools and more.

National Park to Auckland

Once you’ve enjoyed all the snow sports and outdoor activities you can handle, return to your starting point in Auckland.

OPTION: Add a stop at Mount Cook for some alpine exploration.