The Pacific Coast Highway Delight Self Drive
- 9 Days
- Prices From:
- US$ 1,579
FIRST-CLASS | SELF-DRIVE: Discover New Zealand’s North Island on this 9-day road trip along the Pacific Coast Highway. Make your way from Auckland to Napier with stops at the Coromandel, Tauranga, Whakatane, and Gisborne and plenty of opportunities to explore the beaches, mountains, islands, and wildlife sanctuaries along the way. Conclude your trip with a delicious meal and glass of wine in New Zealand’s “food basket,” Hawke’s Bay.
Your 9-day New Zealand road trip begins in Auckland with a two-night stay at the luxury M Social and a day tour of the city on your second day. Your tour of the City of Sails begins in the downtown core before moving onto The Domain, a city park formed by volcanic activity 140,000 years ago. Continue through the suburb of Ponsonby before crossing the Harbour Bridge to Auckland’s North Shore, where you will walk down the golden sands of Narrow Neck Beach in Davenport. Head to the summit of Mount Victoria to enjoy unobstructed views of Auckland before finishing your tour with a visit to Westhaven Marina, one of the largest marinas in the Southern Hemisphere, and a fresh meal along the waterfront at the Auckland Fish Market.
Pick up your rental car and truly begin your New Zealand road trip along the Pacific Coast Highway. Drive north along the Coromandel coast and have the option to either enjoy a scenic train ride through native Kauri forests on the Driving Creek Railway, take a boat tour of the remote Alderman islands, or simply unwind at Pauanui Beach. The next day you will drive to Tauranga with a wide array of accommodations to choose from for the next two nights, including luxury apartments, waterfront hotels, or Kiwi cottages.
Spend the next day exploring the coastal city of Tauranga or driving along the Bay of Plenty to Whakatāne where you will have access to Moutohora/Whale Island or the geothermal springs at Onepu Bay. The drive from Whakatāne to Gisborne offers many detour options. It’s worth exploring the East Cape with its rugged coastal views or joining guides from Ngati Porou to be the first in the world to see the sunrise. Spend the last two nights of your trip in Hawke's Bay, the “food basket” of New Zealand, as well as the city of Napier, where you can enjoy excellent food and wine and try your hand at surfing.
- 9 Days
- Prices From:
- US$ 1,579
Itinerary View Trip Map
Upon arrival in Auckland, you will be met and transferred to your accommodation. The rest of the day is free to explore. Auckland, the largest city in New Zealand on the North Island, is known as the “City of Sails” due to its attractive harbour, home to thousands of sailing boats, and a beautiful sight on a New Zealand vacation. It occupies a narrow isthmus between the harbour and the sea. It also has the largest Polynesian population of any city in the world.
This modern city combines urban with beautiful beaches, hiking trails, islands and a rugged West Coast. For amazing views of the city during Auckland tours on a New, Zealand vacation, visit the Skytower, the tallest building in the Southern Hemisphere for 360-degree panoramic views of the city and surrounding area.
MSocial Hotel Auckland
MSocial Hotel Auckland
Functionally chic, this boutique hotel features 190 rooms and suites and overlooks the vibrant Princess Wharf which is home to a stunning array of dining, entertainment, and shopping experiences. Choose to stay connected both online and offline. Enjoy free Wi-Fi during your stay, relieve the …
Functionally chic, this boutique hotel features 190 rooms and suites and overlooks the vibrant Princess Wharf which is home to a stunning array of dining, entertainment, and shopping experiences.
Choose to stay connected both online and offline. Enjoy free Wi-Fi during your stay, relieve the stresses of the day at the 24-hour gym or treat yourself to some of the best cuisine from around the world at M Social Restaurant. Alternatively, catch up with friends - both old and new - over a drink at M Social Bar while watching the ships come in.
Located near Auckland's main strip, the hub of the city centre with its abundance of designer fashions, lively nightlife, shows, theatre and live music, this vibrant hotel exudes youthful energy. Don't miss a visit to the Sky Tower for the best views in town or wander through the Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki, with its world-class collections and exhibitions from New Zealand and around the world.
- Currency Exchange
- Daycare/Babysitting Service
- Gym/Fitness Centre
- Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
- Reception (24 hrs)
- Room Service
Auckland City Sightseeing
Experience the best sights of Auckland City in the morning. Auckland is set on 52 dormant volcanic cones and between two harbours, the sparkling Waitemata and the brooding Manukau. Known as the City of Sails, it is New Zealand's largest and busiest city. The morning tour is a journey of discovery designed to explore the history and sights as well as see how Aucklanders live and play. Travel up Queen Street, through Auckland's central business district, past the Auckland University and through the inner city park, known as the Domain. Continue on through the picturesque suburb of Ponsonby, with its historic buildings before heading over the Harbour Bridge to Auckland's North Shore. Stroll on Narrow Neck Beach in historic Devonport. There is time here for a coffee before continuing up to the summit of Mt Victoria with its stunning panoramic views of Auckland City. Travel back over the Harbour Bridge to Westhaven Marina, one of the largest marinas in the Southern Hemisphere. Then visit the Auckland Fish Market, before continuing on to the Viaduct Harbour.Beach in historic Devonport. There is time here for a coffee before continuing up to the summit of Mt Victoria with its stunning panoramic views of Auckland City. Travel back over the Harbour Bridge to Westhaven Marina, one of the largest marinas in the Southern Hemisphere. Then visit the Auckland Fish Market, before continuing on to the Viaduct Harbour.
Auckland to the Coromandel (Drive Time 1.5 to 2 hours)
Collect your car and embark on your Pacific Coast Highway Delight Self Drive. Drive north along the stunning Coromandel Coast to Driving Creek for a quintessential Coromandel experience, combining conservation, creativity, nature and adventure. Take the single gauge railway to stunning mountaintop vistas, enjoy a fascinating zipline tour through the lush conservation forest, and experience small group personalised pottery classes at Driving Creek’s unique on-site studio, hosted by local artisans.
For an otherworldly offshore experience, take a scenic boat tour to the Alderman Islands; a remote island nature reserve reminiscent of prehistoric times. Experience the old goldmining charm of historic Coromandel Town, complete with quirky boutiques, friendly locals and one of a kind creative arts galleries.
Stroll the stunning golden sands of Pauanui Beach. Wear bare feet and have a hand rolled ice cream whilst ambling along the 3km beach.
The Coromandel to Tauranga (Drive Time 2 – 3 hours)
As you head south with intermittent views of the ocean, you will reach the town of Whangamata. Famous for its surf beach and also for Whenuakura Wildlife Sanctuary, a collapsed blowhole just off the beach, where the enclosed azure lagoon is entered through a hidden sea cave. Further south is Waihi, home to the Gold Discovery Centre. This is worth a stop to hear the stories of yesteryear and the pioneers who shaped this part of the country. Entering the Bay of Plenty, the countryside opens out into fertile orchards and farms, home of the world-famous kiwifruit. With gold, green, and now red varieties to tempt your tastebuds, and many delightful treats, including liqueurs to savour here. Tauranga is the main city, situated on a beautiful harbour across from dazzling Mount Maunganui Beach, voted one of the best around. Overnighting in Tauranga gives you a wide choice of accommodation, from sophisticated apartments and waterfront hotels to relaxed kiwi motels and cottages. Locals Tip: make sure to take a dip at the Mt Maunganui Hotel Pools, open until 10pm each night
Tauranga to Whakatane (Drive time: 1 hour 15 minutes)
A great way to start the morning in Tauranga, is to climb or walk around Mauao, the sentinel peak at the entrance to the harbour with spectacular views along the surf beach and out to Mayor and Matakana Islands. Time also for a cruise with Bay Explorer on the tranquil harbour and up the coast to see dolphin and the many other forms of wildlife that live in and around these pristine waters. Your route continues around the uninterrupted white sand curve of the Bay of Plenty to Whakatane, kicking off point for a trip to Moutohora/Whale Island, one of New Zealand’s most restricted pest free wildlife sanctuaries. Enjoy a walk amongst the regenerated bush as you listen to the bird calls or dig yourself a geothermal spring pool at Onepu Bay. This is an opportunity to see New Zealand’s wildlife as nature intended it. Access to the island is restricted to preserve its unique character, and you can overnight in Whakatane to be ready for your morning boat trip should you choose.
Whakatane to Gisborne (Drive time: 6 hours)
It is worth taking the time to drive around around the East Cape today, where coast is breathtakingly rugged and beautiful, and you really have the feeling of remote and untouched nature. The Tairāwhiti Gisborne region is the first region in the world to see the sunrise every day. Your journey will be one of discovery, the first Maori explorers and Captain Cook arrived on these shores. There are some great places like Hick’s Bay where you can overnight to break the journey if you would like to take things at a slower pace. You should consider making the 30-minute detour to the East Cape Lighthouse, part of the pilgrimage to stand at the most-easterly place in mainland New Zealand. But for a ruly memorable firstlight experience, join guides from Ngati Porou to be the first in the world to see the sun rise on the sacred site of Maunga Hikurangi. You might also take the time to linger at the Tolaga Bay Wharf, extending far into deep water. At 660 metres in length, New Zealand’s longest wharf is no ordinary pier. On arrival in Gisborne you will have the choice of a range of accommodation and time to enjoy some of the spectacular local wines.
Gisborne to Napier (Drive time: 3 hours, 15 minutes.)
In addition to wine, chardonnay being the dominant and renowned variety, Gisborne is famous for surfing. Grab a board or maybe a bike from Cycle Gisborne to explore the area. Don’t miss a visit to Dive Tatapouri, for a unique interactive marine experience with stingrays and other sea life. Later in the day make your way to Hawke’s Bay, arriving in Napier, the stunning Art Deco capital. For a full style experience, stay in the Art Deco Masonic Hotel and the region has an excellent range of accommodation.
Art Deco Masonic Hotel
Art Deco Masonic Hotel
Right in the heart of 1930's Napier and opposite Hawke's Bay's MTG (museum), The Art Deco Centre and i-SITE, the Art Deco Masonic Hotel's location is perfect for exploring Napier. With a choice of stylish and individual accommodation styles your stay at Art Deco Masonic …
Right in the heart of 1930's Napier and opposite Hawke's Bay's MTG (museum), The Art Deco Centre and i-SITE, the Art Deco Masonic Hotel's location is perfect for exploring Napier. With a choice of stylish and individual accommodation styles your stay at Art Deco Masonic Hotel is guaranteed to add glamour and fond memories to your Napier experience. Guests enjoy a choice of bar and dining options including the "World's Best Bars" Emporium Eatery and Bar and the property offers all guests complimentary Wi-Fi internet.
- Meeting Facilities
- Wedding Facilities
Napier and surrounds
You can easily spend two or three days enjoying the fabulous food and wine from this region, known as the food basket of New Zealand. A great way to visit some of the Hawke’s Bay’s wineries, including the famous Church Road, is on the Cycle Trails, but for locals’ insider knowledge and carefree transfers, go with Prinsy’s Tours. Gannet Safaris Overland will take you over spectacular Cape Kidnappers Station to view the largest and most accessible gannet colony in the world. An Art Deco Tour of Napier will give you insight into how the city was rebuilt in this style followung a devastating earth quake, and for the stories of the people who came long before, Waimarama Maori Tours will show you the significant places of the area, including the iconic Te Mata peak
Your Pacific Coast Highway Delight Self Drive end todays when you return your car to the airport for your onward travel arrangements.
Arrival Aiport Transfer in Auckland
- Shared Auckland City Revealed Small Group Daytour
- Hertz Group I Rental Car - Kia Sportage or Similar (8 x 24 hour days)
- Accommodation for 1 night in Pauanui
- Accommodation for 1 night in Tauranga
- Accommodation for 1 night in Whakatane
- Accommodation for 1 night in Gisborne
- Accommodation for 2 nights in Napier
- Accommodation for 1 night in Tauranga
- Travel insurance
- International and domestic airfare
- One Way Fees (if applicable, your Goway Agent will advise if this applies)
- Visa fees if applicable
- Meals and beverages not mentioned
- Items of a personal nature
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 inquire.
12 Mar 2024