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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. The tour can be adjusted to
combine with the South Island Explorer itinerary.
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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
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 to speak with a Cox & Kings consultant or
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NOE2019: 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...
Wellington New Zealand's capital city, Wellington is set on a magnificent harbour...