Rotorua Located on North Island's volcanic plateau, the town of Rotorua is the...Read more >
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.
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)Days 3-4: Bay of Islands
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)Days 5-6: Coromandel Peninsula
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)Day 7: Rotorua
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 8: Rotorua
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)Days 9-10: Napier
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 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)Days 11-12: Martinborough
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)Days 13-14: Wellington
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)Day 15: Fly home
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 suggestions. (N)Meal basis:
As per itinerary – B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.Important information
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)Flights
International flights are not included with this itinerary. For flight options and prices, please contact your Cox & Kings travel consultant.Superior tour
This tour is based in 4- and 5-star accommodation.Tailor-made travel:
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 enquire online.
The Arcadia Lodge is a large two-storey historic bed and 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 fruit for 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. Please note that guests must be 15 years old or over. Features: 5 rooms, a common guest area, decking, library, car parking. Room amenities: Tea & coffee facilities, hairdryer, Wi-Fi.
Low season from £1945 per person
High season from £2295 per person
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Prices above are per person in pounds sterling (£), based on two people sharing a twin-room. The prices which were valid at the time of publication, may be subject to change, particularly as a result of variable flight costs. You will be informed of any such changes prior to booking.
*Itinerary: Note that for the 06 Feb 2014* departure date only the itinerary is different to the regular 2014 tour, with a visit to the countryside in Mai Chai and an extra night in Hanoi, and one less night in Hoi An.
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