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North Island Self Drive

Duration
9 Days
Prices From:
US$ 782

Drive from Auckland to Wellington discovering the many highlights that the North Island has to offer. Stop in Coromandel Peninsula and Rotorua then visit Lake Taupo and Napier along the way.


For those with limited time, wanting maximum flexibility, this 9 day self-drive tour covers all the highlights of New Zealand’s North Island.

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. Waitomo Caves are known and loved for their breathtaking stalactites, stalagmites and glow-worms. Take a memorable journey through them 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. Stop in at beautiful Lake Taupo on your way to the East Coast. Here, you can enjoy the Hawke’s Bay Wine Country, along with historic Napier and Hastings, where an abundance of Art Deco and Spanish Mission architecture is yours to explore.

After a taste of New Zealand’s wines, nobody would blame you for wanting more, and picturesque Martinborough is happy to oblige. Many of its vineyards specialise in the region’s world famous Pinot Noir. End your self-drive tour in Wellington, capital of New Zealand and home to many of the country’s best museums and galleries.

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Duration
9 Days
Prices From:
US$ 782

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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 to Rotorua (via Tauranga) 253 km (157 miles) 4.5 hours

Depart Coromandel and arrive in the Bay of Plenty region early afternoon, in time for a swim or lunch at one of the many restaurants. Continue on to Rotorua, famous for its spouting geysers, bubbling mud pools and warm geothermal ponds.

Duration2 Nights
Accommodation

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 4

Rotorua at leisure

Spend the day experiencing the many wonders of Rotorua. Perhaps book a 4WD trip to Mt Tarawera to see an amazing crater and hear the stories of Maori legends.

Day 5

Rotorua to Lake Taupo 80 km (50 miles) 1.5 hours

Depart Rotorua for a short 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
Accommodation

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.

    Facilities

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

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Day 6

Lake Taupo to Napier 143 km (89 miles) 2.5 hours

Depart Taupo for the Hawke's Bay region. 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 7

Napier to Martinborough 252 km (156 miles) 3.5 hours

Today travel south, options include stopping at the small country towns of Carterton, Greytown and Featherston. Travel to Martinborough well known for the range of vineyards in the area and its growing worldwide reputation for its Pinot Noir wine. The afternoon is at leisure.

Duration1 Night
Accommodation

The Claremont Martinborough

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    The Claremont Martinborough



    Whether travelling alone, as a couple, with family or friends, The Claremont has self-catering accommodation options to suit all. Stylish motel units and spacious 2 bedroom apartments are equipped with everything you need to ensure a rewarding stay. Set just outside the main village, The ...

    Whether travelling alone, as a couple, with family or friends, The Claremont has self-catering accommodation options to suit all. Stylish motel units and spacious 2 bedroom apartments are equipped with everything you need to ensure a rewarding stay.

    Set just outside the main village, The Claremont is the ideal base for you to enjoy everything the region has to offer. Vineyard tours offer the chance of sampling Martinborough's medal winning wines, explore the untamed coastline or experience the Palliser Vineyard walk. Whether you choose to relax and unwind, follow the adventure trail, or both, The Claremont will ensure your stay is just what you need.

    Facilities

    • Bicycles
    • Children's Activities
    • Daycare/Babysitting Service
    • Internet Access
    • Laundry facilities

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Day 8

Martinborough to Wellington 83km (52 miles) 1.5 hours

Drive over the beautiful Rimutaka Hills to Wellington. The nations capital is home to Te Papa - the interactive Museum of New Zealand, numerous art galleries and national treasures such as the original Treaty of Waitangi. A diverse range of cafes and restaurants support the city's vibrant nightlife.

Duration1 Night
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West Plaza Hotel

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    West Plaza Hotel



    West Plaza Hotel occupies a prime position for business or pleasure in Wellington. The hotel is within easy walking distance of the major government departments, commercial offices, and conference and event centres of the central business district. Plus it is only a short walk from ...

    West Plaza Hotel occupies a prime position for business or pleasure in Wellington. The hotel is within easy walking distance of the major government departments, commercial offices, and conference and event centres of the central business district. Plus it is only a short walk from the premium shopping of Lambton Quay and the entertainment zones of Courtenay Place and the Cuba Quarter. The West Plaza has over 100 spacious rooms which are fully self-contained with 24-hour room service.

    Facilities

    • Bar(s)
    • Conference Facilities
    • Internet Access
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Parking
    • Reception (24 hrs)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Room Service
    • Wheelchair Accessible Rooms

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Day 9

Depart Wellington

This morning is at leisure before returning your rental vehicle.

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PRICE INCLUDES:

  • 8 nights accommodation
  • 9 Day Hertz Group E car rental
  • Goway's co-pilot kit of goodies (maps, directions, discounts).

PRICE EXCLUDES:

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

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 may apply. Limited seat/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability. Rates for single or triple travellers are available on request - please enquire.

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