Bespoke Private North Island Tours

Carrington Tours

Yes dreams can become a reality, New Zealand offers an unlimited selection of quality tourist attractions, activities and adventure for a fun filled holiday while in New Zealand. Experience, Indulge, Taste, Rejuvenate and Live New Zealand.

John and Fiona personally escort you on your journey of discovery combining nature, adventure, sport, cultural and sightseeing for the independent traveller, family, friends and small groups with a maximum 11 guests to ensure that personal touch in Luxury American Sedans or Limousines and Vans.

Matching these 100% pure New Zealand activities is our selection of affordable luxury accommodation, hotels, motels, lodges and farm stays chosen for its there 100% pure New Zealand character, beautiful environment and the warmth of its hosts. We take you to these special Kiwis and there special homes. Further we take you to the real New Zealand that most travelers would never discover on their own. It’s simple we partner with the very best and will not only meet but exceed the discerning standards of our guests.

Pristine countryside, protected environment and clean bountiful oceans has enabled New Zealand to grow world-class fruit and vegetables and gather mouth watering seafood and meats, offering world class foods in our local restaurants and farm stays. Partner New Zealand Venison to a NZ Pinot Noir, Scallops or Oysters to a New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc or our unsurpassed high quality Spring Lamb to a NZ Cabernet/Merlot, well-known around the world. Wherever you go, your senses and taste buds will be tantalized. Learn, taste and try – you’ll be inspired.

New Zealand’s surreal splendour is so accessible and makes for relaxed travel that impresses everyone from the very young to young at heart. The country’s smaller geographic size is combined with an exemplary roading infrastructure, allowing those with limited time to maximise there experience. We love to show off our country, not the least our fantastic array of accommodation, food, and landscape. Each journey is integral to your experience, from meandering over live volcanoes, going over jaw-dropping mountains, or rolling past stunning farmland.

The North Island offers amazing contrasts from the tranquil, picturesque mountains, forests and lakes, flora and fauna, birdlife, beaches and oceans  and all that they offer, on, in, under and over. New Zealanders are naturally generous and friendly, indigenous Maoris offer traditional tribal welcomes, and in this paradise you can expect everyone to have a smile on their face.

Below are just a few activities to choose while in the North Island of New Zealand.

Land Activities
Off Road Driving Adventures, Abseiling/Rappelling, Bungy, Canyoning, Caving, Climbing, Cycling & Mountain Biking, Golf, Heliskiing, Horse Treks, Hunting, Miscellaneous Madness, Orienteering, Skiing, Snowboarding, Walking & Trekking, motorcycling and quad biking, forest/mountain/waterfall walks, mountaineering, tramping and hiking.

Water Activities
Boat Cruises, Kayaking – Salt Water, Kayaking – Fresh Water, Canoeing, Diving, Fishing – Salt and/or Fresh Water, Jet Boating, Rafting, Sailing, Surfing, Windsurfing & Kitesurfing, Parasailing

Air Activities
Scenic Flights, Helicopter flights, Glider Planes, Hot Air Ballooning, Paragliding & Hang Gliding, Sky Diving

Wildlife Encounters
Bird Watching, Dolphins, Penguins, Whale Watching, Zoos, Seals, Other Wildlife

Arts, Culture & Heritage
Arts & Crafts (Taonga), Cultural Attractions, Galleries, Gardens, Heritage Attractions, Museums, Performing Arts, Wineries, Photography

Casinos, Farms, Urban and Scenic Attractions, Spas/Health Resorts & Thermal Bathing Pools, Theme & Leisure Parks, Volcanic & Geothermal, Glow Worm Caves

Adrenaline activities include: bungy jumping, canyon swinging, climbing and abseiling, gliding and paragliding, jet boating and jet skiing, kart racing, rafting, skiing and snowboarding, skydiving, skyjumping, skywire, zip lining, zorbing.

Our personal favourite outdoor adventures and their locations:

Adventure Tours and Activities in the North Island of New Zealand

  • Quad bike rides along white sandy beaches in Northland
  • Fast boat/Jet boat ride to hole in the rock in Bay of Islands
  • Sand dune surfing at Cape Reinga in the Bay of Islands
  • Sea kayaking in Hahei/Cathedral Cove on the Coromandel Peninsula
  • Underground Cave Tubing or abseiling in Glow-worm Caves
  • Helicopter flight/landing at “White Island” active volcano on the east coast
  • Eco Zip lining over a rainforest in Rotorua
  • Tandem Skydiving at Lake Taupo
  • World largest Flying Fox at Rangatikei River Valley
  • White water Rafting trip in Rangitikei River Valley

Some examples of what to do with your children while in the North Island of New Zealand

Family suited theme and leisure Parks
Kelly Tarlton’s Underwater World in Auckland, Rainbow’s End theme park in Auckland, Kiwi 360 orchard experience in Tauranga, Natural Maze in Tauranga,  National Aquarium in Napier.

Thermal Pools and Spas
Polynesian Spa in Rotorua, Taupo Hot Springs.

Interactive family friendley Museum
Te Papa National Museum in Wellington.

Farm and animal Parks
Sheepworld in Warkworth, Kelly Tarlton Underwater world in Auckland, Zoo of Auckland, Agrodome Sheep and farm show in Rotorua, Rainbow Springs Native Animal Park in Rotorua, Waitomo Glowworm caves, Prawn Park in Taupo.

Cultural Shows and Entertainment
Te Puia Maori Cultural Art Centre and Maori Performance and Dance in Rotorua, Hobbiton Movie set tour in Matamata, Whalerider Tour (film location) at Gisborne.

Soft adventure and fun family activities
Skyline Gondola and Luge in Rotorua, Zorb in Rotorua, Off Road adventure in Rotorua, Huka Jet in Taupo, Flying Fox in Taihape.

New Zealand Scenic Highlights Tours                                                                                                                                                                      

This was one of the last countries to be discovered in the colonial era and has often been dubbed ‘God’s Own Country’ and ‘The Last Paradise.’ Our small country is crammed with a whole continent’s worth of diverse scenery within its maritime borders. It’s like the whole world in miniature – a microcosm of all the most impressive geographical features on earth.

Our Top 10 most scenic routes and locations, our Highlights – North Island

Reaching the iconic lighthouse at Cape Reinga is a goal that many travellers set themselves. While it’s not quite the most northern point of New Zealand. Cape Reinga is definitely the end of the road. Here the Tasman Sea meets the Pacific Ocean, in a spectacular swirl of currents

Waipoua Kauri Forest
As the largest remaining trace of native forest in Northland, Waipoua is an ancient green world of huge trees and rare birds. This forest is the home of Tane Mahuta, the country’s largest kauri tree, which is approximately 1200 years old and still growing. Nearly 18 metres to the first branch and 4.4 metres in diameter, Tane Mahuta is rightly called ‘The Lord of the Forest’.

Bay of Islands
The Bay of Islands is a micro-region that includes many small town ships, as well as a large area of offshore islands between Cape Brett and the Purerua Peninsula. The best way to discover the beauty of the Bay of Islands is to charter a yacht, hire a sea kayak to paddle the shores, or join a daily cruise to the ‘Hole in the Rock’ on Piercy Island. The Bay of Islands region has the finest maritime park in New Zealand with the 144 Islands and secluded bays. The Bay has an abundance of marine life, including the big marlin, whales, penguins, dolphins, gannets and many other species. The maritime and historic park is the original cradle of European civilization and has fine examples of Maori culture.

Waiheke Island
One of the larger Hauraki Gulf islands, Waiheke is just 14 kilometres by ferry from the heart of Auckland city. Home to many of New Zealand’s successful artists, Waiheke has a long-standing arts and crafts focus. And with more than a dozen high-quality vineyards, Waiheke is a wine lover’s delight. Many of the vineyards include relaxing cafe-style restaurants that look out across the vine-covered valleys to the blue sea beyond.

Coromandel Peninsula
This is a dramatic and unspoilt coast, with native Pohutukawa trees on the western side and beautiful white sandy beaches on the east, and divided by ranges cloaked in native rainforest. Hahei is an attractive beach fringed with Pohutukawa trees and drifts of pink shells at the northern end. Offshore islands provide something of a breakwater, making this beach ideal for swimming, boating and fishing. Coromandel: Its unspoiled landscape and relaxed lifestyle make it an ideal holiday destination. Framed by native Pohutukawa trees on the western side, beautiful white sandy beaches on the east and divided by ranges cloaked in native rainforest, the Coromandel’s 400kms of coastline offers the visitor a truly distinctive blend of experiences

With its unique volcanic landscape, Maori culture, natural hot springs and plenty of options for adventure, Rotorua is one of New Zealand’s most famous destinations. Visit Wai-o-Tapu geothermal wonderland and view the fascinating “Champagne Pool” and experience the panorama of vividly colourful hot and cold pools. Take a scenic flight off shore to White Island and explore the massive crater of White Island, New Zealand’s most active volcano.

Lake Taupo
Situated in the volcanic heart of the North Island, the Lake Taupo region is home to New Zealand’s largest fresh water lake, fascinating geothermal areas and the famous Huka Falls. Take a scenic cruise on Lake Taupo and try to catch one of the many rainbow trout’s for your lunch or dinner.

Volcanic Plateau
Tongariro National Park has great cultural significance for Maori people, and is recognized by UNESCO as one of only 24 World Heritage sites. The day hike known as the Tongariro Crossing promises close encounters with volcanic phenomena. Ski or board Mt Ruapehu’s spring snow under a bright blue sky, or trek the Tongariro Alpine Crossing after the ice has thawed.

Hawkes Bay
Cape Kidnappers is an extraordinary sandstone headland to the east of Hastings in Hawke’s Bay. The cape is home to the largest and most accessible gannet colony in the world.

Lake Taupo: Centrally located in the North Island of New Zealand, the Lake Taupo region is an exciting landscape of snow capped mountains, blue and emerald lakes, native forests, steaming cliffs, mud pools, mountain streams, rivers, volcanic valleys and tussock lands. Day trips to Rotorua, Waitomo and the National Park as well as the wine region of Hawkes Bay are recommended. The lake is world famous for fly fishing and boating, it also offers all sorts of outdoor activities.

Rangatikei River Valley: Experience a picturesque and steep river valley in the rugged Ruahine Ranges, with unbelievable scenery not yet discovered by most tourists. The Rangitikei District is the undiscovered New Zealand on the North Island. This unspoiled beauty is still a hidden secret for travellers. Enjoy many activities like horse riding, rafting and farm tours. Read a book and relax or try yourself on fly fishing in these unique surroundings.

New Zealand Food and Wine Tours

New Zealand – a gourmet’s paradise! A land of plenty, a land of fresh, rich foods with distinct characteristics! 

New Zealand’s cuisine has been described as Pacific Rim, drawing inspiration from Europe, Asia and Polynesia. This blend of influences has created a mouth-watering range of flavours and food in cafes and restaurants nationwide.

For dishes that have a distinctly New Zealand style, there’s lamb, pork and cervena (venison), salmon, crayfish (lobster), Bluff oysters, paua (abalone), mussels, scallops, pipis and tuatua (both are types of New Zealand shellfish), kumara (sweet potato), kiwifruit, tamarillo and pavlova, the national dessert. Its distinctiveness is more in the way New Zealanders eat, generally preferring as relaxed and unaffected as possible, in keeping with the laid back Kiwi psyche.

The country’s wine industry has grown rapidly in recent years & achieved remarkable success & a great international reputation. Most of New Zealand’s 620 wineries are accessible for tasting.

What we recommend while visiting New Zealand

  • Savoir a wine at one or two of the many vineyards
  • Taste our beer at a brewery and talk to some locals “Kiwis”
  • Observe cheese makers in their factory
  • Visit Orchards (Kiwi fruit, Stone fruit, Olives and Avocado and more…)
  • Watch men at work at a mussel, oyster or salmon farm
  • Sleep at a sheep, deer or beef farm and eat a home cooked meal with the host
  • Overnight at a romantic vineyard
  • Hold a picnic and stop at one of the many scenic lookouts
  • Stay at Lodges with world class chefs and sample New Zealand seasonal produce
  • Savoir meals at the many local gourmet restaurants
  • Experience a Hangi (Native feast) with Maori Songs and dancing
  • Enjoy a big part of NZ culture “the barbeque”
  • Take a boat cruise and catch your own fresh fish


New Zealand has the highest number of courses to population and 2 of the Top 10 courses in the world. Our courses offer variety, accessibility, and the most beautiful scenery. Our courses and conditions test all facets of a golfer’s ability. Good grass growth means lush rough – undulations are often hills – sand is freely available – with prevailing winds, golf in New Zealand is delightful. The weather is warm and calm, the fairways smooth and flat, the greens soft and true, and above all else the views are magnificent.

Unlike many northern hemisphere countries, golf is played all year round in New Zealand. Consequently, hard and dry conditions during hot summer months can see golfers hitting career best drives of over 300 yards! These courses are at their best during Spring and early Summer. There are courses to suit players of all abilities. A number of courses have their own driving ranges together with other practice facilities

Golf vacations are becoming one of the most popular sporting activities for visitors to New Zealand. And is it any wonder when you look at some of the world class golf courses that have recently been built and re-developed in the last few years. New Zealand golf tours have become more popular due to a combination of top golf course designs and New Zealand’s unique and spectacular scenery. It is no surprise why passionate golfers are coming to New Zealand specifically to experience the growing reputation the courses are establishing. New Zealand has recently won a global award for “Undiscovered Golf Destination of the Year”.



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