Visit the highlights of North Island at
your own pace on this self-drive itinerary
between Auckland and Wellington.
The tour takes in the pristine Bay of
Islands, the wine-producing regions of
Hawke’s Bay and Wairarapa, the capital
city of Wellington and the volcanic
region of Rotorua, while also offering
opportunities to discover the island’s
indigenous culture and history
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On arrival, you will be transferred to the SKYCITY
Grand Hotel for a stay of 2 nights. The following
day is at leisure to relax or explore Auckland. We
recommend pre-booking a cruise in the harbour
or taking a city tour. (N)
Collect your car hire and drive north to the small
town of Russell in the Bay of Islands. Stay at
the Flagstaff Lodge & Day Spa for 2 nights.
The following day is at leisure. Entrance to the
Waitangi Treaty Grounds or a cruise on the Bay
of Islands can be pre-booked. (N), (B)
Drive south past Auckland to the beautiful
Coromandel peninsula. Stay 2 nights at Brenton
Lodge in Whangamata. The following day is at
leisure to explore this scenic region. (B)
Drive to the pretty Bay of Plenty and stop off
at the coastal town of Mount Maunganui
before continuing south to the volcanic town of
Rotorua. Stay 2 nights at the Millennium Hotel
Rotorua. Upgrades are available to stay at the
Black Swan Lakeside Boutique Hotel & Spa, a
luxury eight-bedroom property that overlooks
the lake on the outskirts of the city. (B)
Day at leisure to explore the volcanic attractions
of Rotorua. We recommend pre-booking
a Rotorua Diamond Pass, which includes
entrance to many of the town’s top sights and
Take a scenic drive east to the wine-growing
region of Hawke’s Bay and stay 2 nights at the
McHardy Lodge in Napier. Alternatively upgrade
your accommodation with a stay at the Farm
at Cape Kidnappers to experience a modernrustic
retreat set within rolling farmland and
overlooking the Pacific Ocean. The following day
is at leisure. We recommend pre-booking a tour
of the nearby vineyards or a visit to the gannet
colony at Cape Kidnappers. (N), (B)
Continue south along the Classic New
Zealand Wine Trail to the Wairarapa wine
region and stay 2 nights at Peppers Parehua
in Martinborough. Spend the next day
exploring the nearby vineyards and cellar doors
surrounding the town. (B)
Drive to New Zealand’s capital city, Wellington,
and stay 2 nights at the Bolton Hotel. Spend
the next day exploring the city; recommended
excursions include a walking tour and a visit to
New Zealand’s national museum, Te Papa. (B), (N)
Return your car hire at the airport and fly
home. Alternatively continue your holiday in
New Zealand; see the South Island Explorer
itinerary overleaf or speak to one of our
New Zealand experts for more information
and suggestions. (N)
As per itinerary – B: Breakfast,
L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.
This tour is based in 4- and
International flights are not included
with this itinerary. For flight options and prices,
please call one of our New Zealand experts.
Based on a group D car (Toyota
Corolla Hatch or similar) for 13 days. Fuel is at
your own expense.
For a price quote based
on alternative accommodation standards,
to discuss flight options or to tailor this
itinerary, please call 020 3930 5042 or email email@example.com
The Arcadia Lodge is a large two-storey historic bed & breakfast situated close to the Matauwhi Bay and a 10-minute walk from Russell village centre. The lodge has a large decking area for relaxing with scenic views across the bay. The property's garden is abundant and provides the jam served at breakfast and the herbs used in the kitchen. Guestrooms are an eclectic mix of contemporary and antique furnishings with a mixture of western, Pasifika and Maori art on display.
Features: 5 rooms, a common guest area, decking, library, car parking.
Room amenities: Tea & coffee facilities, hairdryer, Wi-Fi.
Please note: guests must be 15 years old and...
An elegant apartment-style hotel in the centre of Wellington, the Bolton Hotel is an all-suite property and Wellington's only 5-star hotel. The 142 suites each have a lounge, kitchen and views of the city. Facilities include an indoor swimming pool, complimentary wireless internet access, a fully equipped gym, a restaurant, a cafe and a...
Located in an acre of landscaped gardens with an outdoor swimming pool and only 2km from Whangamata Village, Brenton Lodge is an ideal base for exploring the Coromandel peninsula. The property has 4 bedrooms, each with en suite facilites, complimentary wireless internet access and a private balcony. Breakfast is included in your stay and dinner can be arranged on...
McHardy Lodge is an upmarket bed and breakfast situated in a quiet cul de sac on Napier Hill with views over the Pacific Ocean and surrounding mountain ranges. The property is a magnificant villa built in 1896 and recently restored to its former glory with all the comforts of a contemporary luxury boutique hotel. Daily breakfast is included. There is no restaurant on site but a range of places to eat are available in Napier, a 5-minute drive away. Transfers to and from Napier airport are complimentary.
Features: 6 rooms, swimming pool, library, lounge with open fire, billiards room, Wi-Fi, gardens, parking.
Room amenities: En suite bathroom with shower or old fashioned claw foot bath, seating area, queen or king-sized...
The Millennium Hotel Rotorua is located on Lake Rotorua, near to the thermal pools at Polynesian Spa. The 227 rooms all have modern decor and amenities. Facilities include a bar, a gym, swimming pool,sauna and two restaurants (one of these is not open during winter...
Located just a short drive from the town centre of Martinborough, Parehua is comprised of luxury cottages and villas surrounded by peaceful fields and vineyards. The property has 28 cottages and villas which overlook the fields. All have modern decor, fully equipped kitchens, New Zealand art, internet access and private decking. The gourmet restaurant is considered one of Martinborough's best and facilities include parking, an outdoor swimming pool, tennis court, petanque and bikes for...
The SKYCITY Grand Hotel is situated two blocks from Queen Street, directly across the road from SKYCITY's Auckland entertainment complex, which incorporates a selection of restaurants, bars and a theatre. Rooms are spacious and well appointed, some with views over Waitemata Harbour. The hotel's East Day Spa offers a blend of eastern healing traditions with modern western spa and beauty treatments.
Features: 312 rooms, 3 restaurants, pool, sauna, spa.
Room amenities: Television, safe, minibar, pillow menu, air...
Regional air connections are available from within the UK. Please contact your travel consultant for current prices from your nearest city.
We can also arrange flights from overseas, simply give us a call to find out more.
If you choose to take the tour without flights arranged through Cox & Kings, please contact one of our travel consultants prior to booking the flights to ensure that you are aware of the tour timings and all the implications of not booking through us. We strongly advise you not to book flights independently of Cox & Kings if significant charges would apply in case of cancellation.
Flight details may be subject to change prior to departure.
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NOE2018: 14 Nights
Auckland, New Zealand’s largest city, is poised between two large harbours...
Located in the Hawke's Bay wine region, Napier is a coastal town renowned for...
Rotorua Located on North Island's volcanic plateau, the town of Rotorua is the...
New Zealand's capital city, Wellington is set on a magnificent harbour...