15 Day Ultimate North Island Self Drive Tour have been pre-planned and for ease and peace of mind we have pre-booked all your accommodation and sightseeing needs to allow a truly memorable experience.
AUCKLAND – BAY OF ISLANDS – COROMANDEL – TAURANGA – NAPIER – WELLINGTON – TONGARIRO NATIONAL PARK
On arrival in Auckland, ‘The City of Sails’, self drive passengers will collect your rental car at the airport and drive to your hotel.
Travel north over Auckland’s Harbour Bridge and along the Hibiscus Coast. There is the opportunity to view mighty Kauri Trees enroute. The journey continues, travelling through Whangarei, Northland’s only major city and port, before arriving in the beautiful Bay of Islands. This afternoon enjoy a ‘Hole in the Rock and Cape Brett’ cruise. Finish your cruise in historic Russell and return by local ferry to Paihia at your leisure. (B)
Today is at your leisure to enjoy the Bay of Islands and Northland. You might like to book an optional Cape Reinga & 90 Mile Beach day tour, visit the Waitangi Treaty Grounds or take time to explore Kerikeri. Optional activities not included in the tour price. (B)
Depart Paihia and return to Auckland ‘the City of Sails’. (B)
Depart Auckland travelling along the Seabird Coast to visit Miranda Shorebird Centre. Continue through Thames and Coromandel town, visiting the Rapaura Watergradens and taking a ride on the Driving Creek Railway narrow gauge train en route. Continue to Whitianga for the night. (B)
Visit or view the from the mainland the most famous beaches in the Coromandel area today including – Hot Water Beach, Cathedral Cove, Hahei, Cook’s Beach. The timetable of today’s tour will dependant on local tides. There will be pleanty of time to enjoy a swim if weather permits. (B)
At leisure in Whitianga this morning. Book one of these optional activities – golf, fishing, horse-riding, visit local museums or shops etc. Optional activities not included in the tour price. This afternoon depart for Tauranga visiting Matatoki Cheese Farm en route. (B)
Today travel south through Rotorua and Taupo before heading east to the coast again and on to the ‘Art Deco City’ of Napier. (B)
This morning is at your leisure to explore the Art Deco town of Napier – You might like to book an optional guided walking tour this morning. This afternoon enjoy a wine tour that will visit and include tastings at 3 local wineries. (B)
Travel through the Manawatu Gorge to Palmerston North, before arriving in the ‘Capital City’ of Wellington. (B)
Enjoy a morning sightseeing tour of Wellington and a short guided tour of Te Papa (the ‘Museum of New Zealand’) before having a free afternoon to explore New Zealand’s capital city. (B)
Travel north from Wellington up the Kapiti Coast, through Palmerston North and into Tongariro National Park. This park is dominated by the 3 mountains – Mt Ruapehu, Mt Tongariro and Mt Ngaruahoe. (B)
Today is a free day to enjoy Tongariro National Park. You might like to book the optional Tongariro Crossing guided tour (moderate fitness required) or take a scenic flight over the 3 volcanic cones – please ask your consultant for information. (B)
Depart National Park and continue north around Lake Taupo, through lush Waikato farmland to arrive in Auckland. (B)
Your arrangements conclude today with a departure transfer or the return of your rental car. We hope you enjoyed your tour around New Zealand and look forward to organising your next visit to New Zealand.(B)
Our Package Touring offers the following:
No minimum number of passengers
Breakfasts Daily at all hotels
All sightseeing entry fees included (as mentioned in each itinerary)
A choice of accommodation options
All tours can be added to
All packages can be taken in reverse (except ‘Stunning New Zealand’)
Standard Accommodation Options
Standard is equivalent to a good 3-star tourist hotel.These hotels represent excellent value for money and usually have a licensed restaurant and bar on the premises.
Superior Accommodation Options
Superior describes hotels in the 3 1/2 to 4-star category. More often than not, these will be centrally located and offering a wide range of services and facilities.
First Class Accommodation Options
First Class are central city or resort location hotels at the top end of the scale rating 4 to 4 1/2 stars. All hotels at this level have excellent facilities, bars and restaurants etc, full services, and many feature swimming pool, spa baths, and fully equipped gymnasium for the enjoyment of guests.
Prices starts from NZD 2,256 per person, twin share, Daily Departures
The price is customized based on final hotel choices, travel dates, and other custom preferences. If you require modifications to the itinerary as well as travel arrangements, please also advise.
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