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Nature Lovers Self Drive

Duration
12 Days
Prices From:
US$ 1,005

A self-drive tour is a unique way to uncover New Zealand’s natural beauty. Beginning and ending in Auckland, see sights like Coromandel Peninsula, Whakatane, Napier, and Rotorua on route.


This highly flexible 12 day round trip lets you experience New Zealand’s North Island at your own pace, focusing on natural wonders in one of the world’s most dramatic landscapes.

Depart for Coromandel Peninsula. This is a favourite getaway spot for Aucklanders, offering miles of sandy beach including famous Hot Water Beach, where you can dig your own thermal spa in the sand. Continue along the spectacular coast to Tauranga and Whakatane, where pristine beaches meet historic Maori sites. You might even have the opportunity to swim with dolphins.

The East Coast is your next stop, where you can enjoy the Hawke’s Bay Wine Country, along with picturesque Napier and Hastings, where an abundance of Art Deco and Spanish Mission architecture is yours to explore. Stop in at beautiful LakeTaupo on your way to Rotorua, a spectacular geothermal laboratory of steaming geysers and bubbling mud pools. This is also a place of great spiritual significance to the Maori, with plenty of cultural experiences on offer. On your way back to Auckland, take a memorable journey through Waitomo Caves, known and loved for their breathtaking stalactites, stalagmites and glow-worms.

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Duration
12 Days
Prices From:
US$ 1,005

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Day 1

Auckland to Coromandel Peninsula 164 km (102 miles) 2.5 hours

Depart Auckland and travel the Pacific Coast Highway touring route to the Coromandel Peninsula. The Coromandel's dramatic and unspoiled coast, and beautiful white sandy beaches, offer endless opportunities for fishing, diving, boating, surfing and swimming.

Duration2 Nights
Accommodation

Aotearoa Lodge

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    Aotearoa Lodge



    Relaxed accommodation in quiet semi-rural surroundings. Located an easy walk to Buffalo Beach and a five minute drive to Whitianga town centre. Accommodation comprises 10 serviced studio units with tea/coffee making facilities, 1 two bedroom unit with full kitchen and 1 two bedroom unit with ...

    Relaxed accommodation in quiet semi-rural surroundings. Located an easy walk to Buffalo Beach and a five minute drive to Whitianga town centre. Accommodation comprises 10 serviced studio units with tea/coffee making facilities, 1 two bedroom unit with full kitchen and 1 two bedroom unit with small microwave kitchenette. The motel facilities include guest laundry and guest lounge.

    Facilities

    • Barbeques (BBQ)
    • Bicycles
    • Internet Access
    • Laundry facilities
    • Library
    • Lounge(s)
    • Parking
    • Restaurant(s)

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Day 2

Coromandel at leisure

Enjoy the unique experience of Hot Water Beach where at low tide you can dig in the sand, allowing the sulphur-heated waters to rise to the top to create your very own thermal spa. Swim with dolphins, hire a kayak and explore the many offshore islands or simply let the azure water lap at your feet and marvel at the beauty of the Pacific Ocean.

Day 3

Coromandel Peninsula to Tauranga 166 km (103 miles) 2.5 hours

Continuing down the Pacific Coast Highway, sapphire waters and white sand beaches will give way to lush farmland and orchards of the Bay of Plenty. Enjoy the beautiful harbour of Tauranga and the white sand beaches of Mount Maunganui.

Duration1 Night
Accommodation

Ambassador Motor Inn Tauranga

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    Ambassador Motor Inn Tauranga



    Ambassador Motor Inn is a quality and friendly motel located just 7 minutes from the centre of Tauranga, making it the logical Tauranga accommodation choice. They are perfectly located for all sporting events, functions, shopping or just going to the movies. They offer Studios, Deluxe ...

    Ambassador Motor Inn is a quality and friendly motel located just 7 minutes from the centre of Tauranga, making it the logical Tauranga accommodation choice. They are perfectly located for all sporting events, functions, shopping or just going to the movies. They offer Studios, Deluxe Studios, One Bedroom, Two Bedroom, and Disabled Access rooms. Tauranga accommodation doesn't get any better!

    Facilities

    • Barbeques (BBQ)
    • Internet Access
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Parking
    • Pool (s)
    • Wheelchair Accessible Rooms

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Day 4

Tauranga to Whakatane 97 km (60 miles) 1.25 hours

Further down the Pacific Coast Highway is Whakatane, gateway to one of the most accessible active volcanoes.

Duration2 Nights
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White Island Rendezvous Whakatane

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    White Island Rendezvous Whakatane



    White Island Rendezvous is a great place to stay while away on holiday. The motel is ideally situated within walking distance of shops, restaurants, and cafes, the cinema, bush and riverside walks, playgrounds and boating access. The complex comprises 24 tastefully decorated units. It is ...

    White Island Rendezvous is a great place to stay while away on holiday. The motel is ideally situated within walking distance of shops, restaurants, and cafes, the cinema, bush and riverside walks, playgrounds and boating access. The complex comprises 24 tastefully decorated units. It is also home to the PeeJay Coffee House which boasts fabulous breakfasts, delicious food, and superb coffee.

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    • Barbeques (BBQ)
    • Laundry facilities
    • Parking
    • Restaurant(s)

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Day 5

Whakatane at leisure

Whakatane is one of the sunniest towns in New Zealand. Just offshore is White Island, a spectacular active volcano that can be visited by launch or helicopter. Other Whakatane attractions include the museum, an observatory and Maori historical sites. In summer, dolphin swimming is the thing to do.

Day 6

Whakatane to Gisborne 262 km (163 miles) 3.5 hours

Further down the Pacific Coast Highway the coastal landscape is untamed and wild. You can lose yourself in the hills and valleys, and renew your inner peace on the beautifully natural beaches.

Duration1 Night
Accommodation

BK's Palm Court Motor Lodge Gisborne

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    BK's Palm Court Motor Lodge Gisborne



    BK's Palm Court Motor Lodge offers all its guests modern, spacious and top-quality units to suit the holidaymaker and business traveller. Centrally located, this motel is only minutes from all of Gisborne's attractions and city centre.

    BK's Palm Court Motor Lodge offers all its guests modern, spacious and top-quality units to suit the holidaymaker and business traveller. Centrally located, this motel is only minutes from all of Gisborne's attractions and city centre.

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    • Laundry facilities
    • Parking

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Day 7

Gisborne to Napier 216 km (134 miles) 3 hours

From here you enter more breathtaking scenery as you travel your final leg on this highway to Hawke's Bay Wine Country. Basking in a Mediterranean climate, the Hawke's Bay region is known for its wine, food and fabulous scenery. Over 30 vineyards offer visitors a wine tasting and indoor/ outdoor dining experience. Napier and Hastings, the two main centres in the region, have a high concentration of Art Deco and Spanish Mission architecture. The rest of the day is free to enjoy the many vineyards and wonderful restaurants in the area.

Duration1 Night
Accommodation

Bella Tuscany Motor Lodge Napier

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    Bella Tuscany Motor Lodge Napier



    Bella Tuscany Motor Lodge Napier is conveniently located 5 minutes from the city centre. All the rooms are architecturally designed and furnished along a stylish Mediterranean theme for your comfort and privacy. Relax, unwind and enjoy the great Hawke's Bay lifestyle and glorious weather.

    Bella Tuscany Motor Lodge Napier is conveniently located 5 minutes from the city centre. All the rooms are architecturally designed and furnished along a stylish Mediterranean theme for your comfort and privacy. Relax, unwind and enjoy the great Hawke's Bay lifestyle and glorious weather.

    Facilities

    • Barbeques (BBQ)
    • Bicycles
    • Internet Access
    • Laundry facilities
    • Parking
    • Playground
    • Wheelchair Accessible Rooms

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Day 8

Napier to Taupo 143 km (89 miles) 2 hours

Depart Napier for a journey through to the Lake Taupo region. Taupo is the main centre of the region and Lake Taupo is one of the North Islands most popular holiday destinations.

Duration1 Night
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Phoenix Resort Taupo

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    Phoenix Resort Taupo



    The resort itself is set in a picture-perfect rose garden, directly across the road from sparkling Lake Taupo, New Zealand's largest lake. Accommodation options encompass a choice of flexible configurations. Check into a spotless, impeccably maintained studio, or two-bedroom apartment. All include hospitable touches like ...

    The resort itself is set in a picture-perfect rose garden, directly across the road from sparkling Lake Taupo, New Zealand's largest lake. Accommodation options encompass a choice of flexible configurations. Check into a spotless, impeccably maintained studio, or two-bedroom apartment. All include hospitable touches like thoroughly-equipped kitchen facilities, selected Sky TV channels, free Wi-Fi to keep you connected and even electric blankets to keep you cozy. Plus all rooms accommodate their own private Thermal mineral pool, where you can relax in the rich minerals and revitalise your mind, body and soul.

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    • Barbeque Facilities
    • Concierge
    • Fishing Facilities
    • Laundry facilities
    • Non Smoking Property
    • Parking
    • WiFi

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Day 9

Taupo to Rotorua 80 km (50 miles) 1.25 hours

Depart Taupo for a short journey to Rotorua, famous for its spouting geysers, bubbling mud pools and warm geothermal ponds.

Duration2 Nights
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Copthorne Hotel Rotorua

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    Copthorne Hotel Rotorua



    Marrying stylish contemporary accommodation with comfortingly agreeable amenities, Copthorne Hotel Rotorua is a superb choice for the holidaymaker who wants to explore this geothermal wonderland. A wealth of sights and activities are within a short walking distance, from Rotorua Golf Club to the Polynesian Spa ...

    Marrying stylish contemporary accommodation with comfortingly agreeable amenities, Copthorne Hotel Rotorua is a superb choice for the holidaymaker who wants to explore this geothermal wonderland. A wealth of sights and activities are within a short walking distance, from Rotorua Golf Club to the Polynesian Spa overlooking Lake Rotorua. This 110 room hotel is conveniently located just a few blocks from the city centre, and is situated within a unique area of immense natural beauty. The Standard rooms do not have air conditioning.

    Facilities

    • Business Centre
    • Conference Facilities
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • Internet Access
    • Laundry facilities
    • Pool (s)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Sauna
    • Tennis
    • Wheelchair Accessible Rooms

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Day 10

Rotorua at leisure

As the spiritual home to the Maori and host to some of the worlds most incredible earth forces, there is plenty to see and do here with its steamy thermal attractions and fascinating cultural experiences.

Day 11

Rotorua to Auckland 234 km (145 miles) 3.5 hours

Today head across to the Waitomo Caves district is famous for its subterranean splendour. Beneath the surface of this limestone region is a series of vast cave systems decorated with stalactites, stalagmites and glow-worms. Continue on to Auckland.

Duration1 Night
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Scenic Hotel Auckland

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    Scenic Hotel Auckland



    The Scenic Hotel Auckland is conveniently located on Queen Street in the heart of Auckland's Central Business District. The hotel's superb location puts some of the city's best attractions at your doorstep, such as the Edge Entertainment Centre, Town Hall, Aotea Centre and the Civic ...

    The Scenic Hotel Auckland is conveniently located on Queen Street in the heart of Auckland's Central Business District. The hotel's superb location puts some of the city's best attractions at your doorstep, such as the Edge Entertainment Centre, Town Hall, Aotea Centre and the Civic Theatre. In addition, the hotel is a leisurely walk to the dynamic waterfront and the downtown shopping area. The hotel has 100 rooms, which has a modern apartment style, yet carry the art deco theme through in the finer details such as the eye-catching black and white artworks that complement each room.

    Facilities

    • Concierge
    • Conference Facilities
    • Daycare/Babysitting Service
    • Laundry facilities
    • Parking
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Room Service
    • Wheelchair Accessible Rooms

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Day 12

Depart Auckland

Return your rental car and depart Auckland for your onward destination.

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PRICE INCLUDES:

  • 11 nights' accommodation
  • 12 Day Hertz Group E car rental
  • Goway's co-pilot kit (maps, directions, discounts)

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • International and domestic airfare & airfare taxes
  • Travel Insurance
  • Gratuities unless otherwise stated
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Optional excursions
  • Meals and beverages not mentioned
  • Visa fees if applicable
  • Park fees unless stated

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

Prices are "from", per person, based on twin/double share accommodation and for travel in low season. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates will apply, Limited seats/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability.  Rates for single or triple travellers are available on request – please inquire. 

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