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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 hire car and drive north to the
small town of Russell in the Bay of Islands.
Stay at the Arcadia Lodge 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 attractions. (N)
TTake 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
modern-rustic 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.
Return your hire car to 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
As per itinerary – B: Breakfast,
L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.
International flights are not included
with this itinerary. For flight options and
prices, please contact your Cox & Kings travel
This tour is based in 4- and 5-star accommodation.
For a price quote based on alternative accommodation standards, to discuss flight options or to tailor this itinerary, please call to speak with a Cox & Kings consultant or
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