Best of the North Island Self-Drive

Self Drive
10 Days
£1,099per person

This independent self-drive journey will take you through the best bits of the North Island. Mixing the beauty of the Bay of Islands, to the stunning Coromandel Peninsula and through the volcanic plateau of Rotorua with the famous winelands of Martinborough, you’ll see all the best of what New Zealand has to offer.

Holiday Highlights

  • Discover the North Island at your own pace on this Self-Drive tour
  • Discover the coves and beaches of the Bay of islands
  • Soak up the scenic sights of the Coromandel Peninsula
  • Explore the volcanic geothermal wonderland of Rotorua
  • See the charming Art-Deco town of Napier
  • See the vineyard of Hawke's Bay and Martinborough
  • Visit the nation's capital of Wellington

Trip Itinerary

  • Day 1

    Collect your car in Auckland and head north through picturesque sub-tropical countryside to the breathtaking Bay of Islands.

  • Day 2

    Full day at leisure to enjoy the Bay of Islands; browse the pretty villages of Russell and Kerikeri, visit the historic Waitangi Treaty Grounds.

  • Day 3

    Make an early start for the relatively long drive to the stunning Coromandel Peninsula. The area has long been a holiday playground for New Zealanders, and you’re sure to love its golden sandy beaches and forest-clad mountains.

  • Day 4

    Before you leave the Coromandel, visit Cathedral Cove. Then head south along the well-signposted, picturesque Pacific Coast Highway for the increasingly popular city of Tauranga.

  • Days 5-6

    Base yourself in Rotorua and explore the North Island’s volcanic plateau, home to geysers, mud pools and beautiful silica terraces.

  • Days 7-8

    Drive on the well-signposted Thermal Explorer Highway past Lake Taupo and on to the seaside resort of Napier, gateway to the Hawke’s Bay wine-producing region. Explore the town’s unique Art Deco style and sample some of the splendid local produce.

  • Day 9

    Travel south via the Classic New Zealand Wine Trail to Martinborough and then on to Wellington, New Zealand’s sophisticated capital city.

  • Day 10

    Tour concludes today as you drop your car off for your onward journey.

Holiday Price Overview

Self Drive
10 Days
£1,099per person

Standard Accommodation

Sightseeing as specified

Basic Car Hire

Meals as specified (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)

Prices available on request

Superior Accommodation

Upgraded Car Hire

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