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Self Drive: 5 Day North Island Highlights

$899
Per Person

Typically $1,099
Self Drive through New Zealands North Island. This 5 day mini adventure starts and ends in Auckland, taking in some of the North Islands best highlights. You’ll stay in motels along the way and have the freedom to make as many stops as you wish.

the tour

Self drive New Zealand North Island. This 5 day mini adventure starts and ends in Auckland, taking in some of the North Islands best highlights. You’ll stay in motels along the way and have the freedom to make as many stops as you wish.

From Auckland journey south through the Waikato countryside to Rotorua, the Maori culture capital of New Zealand. It’s then on to the Art Deco city of Napier in the Hawkes Bay, home to New Zealand’s oldest vineyards.  The final leg of your whirlwind tour of the North Island takes you past sheep farms and wineries as you travel through the Wairarapa region to your final destination, the capital city of Wellington.

INCLUSIONS

This self drive New Zealand North Island tour includes 4 nights motel accommodation. Car hire in a Suzuki swift, along with all insurance, GPS, maps, guide books and more. You have the option to upgrade your vehicle to either a compact SUV or 4×4. This package also includes private airport transfers for arrival and departure. Plus, it can depart any day you wish to suit with your travel plans! Please contact us for more information or book online. See tabs below for a full list of inclusions. 

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Itinerary

DAY 1: Arrive Auckland

On arrival, you will be met by a private driver and transferred to your Auckland accommodation.

Tour documents and itinerary – Once you touch down in New Zealand your detailed tour pack will be hand delivered by one of our trusted representatives. The pack contains everything you need for the duration of your stay. It will include a comprehensive, printed and bound version of your itinerary as well as clear driving instructions and maps for each leg of your journey. It also contains all the reservation details for your accommodation and activities – along with relevant brochures and information. While in New Zealand we offer 24 hour support – details on how to contact us at any time will be well documented.

Welcome to Auckland – Auckland, New Zealand’s self-proclaimed “City of Sails” is the country’s largest metro area. Resting between the Pacific Ocean and the Tasman Sea, this urban paradise has something for everyone. Surrounded by native bush, rainforests and an abundance of beaches, Auckland is a playground for both the city savvy and those with an eye for adventure. Explore the central museums and galleries on foot, or take a drive through one of over 800 regional National Parks to see deserted beaches, waterfalls and native forest.

SUGGESTED ACTIVITY – Fullers Auckland Harbour Cruise – Escape the city centre and cruise the sparkling waters of Auckland’s Waitemata Harbour and learn about the most well-known city landmarks. Sail under the Harbour Bridge and take in views of the Sky Tower, the city skyline, Rangitoto Island, North Head as well as the Bean Rock Lighthouse with a complimentary morning or afternoon tea.

OVERNIGHT: CityLife, Auckland

DAY 2: Auckland ~ Rotorua

Collect your rental car and head south through the lush Waikato farmland stopping to visit Hobbiton on your way to Rotorua.

Collect your rental car – This package comes with a compact Suzuki Swift or simliar. You can upgrade to a bigger SUV or 4X4. Contact us if you would like to upgrade to an even bigger vehicle or mini van.

GPS navigation system – Use the latest GPS technology as you tour New Zealand. Your portable GPS features a simple touch screen interface with automatic route calculation and turn-by-turn voice-prompted directions including street name announcement. The automotive-grade GPS unit is easy to use and has multiple language options.

Auckland to Rotorua – The drive south from Auckland takes you past the Bombay Hills and into the rolling farmland and rich dairy pastures of the Waikato. The Bombay Hills mark the outer boundary of greater Auckland area and it’s here you turn inland to central Waikato. You’ll soon go through the town of Matamata where you can visit the fully intact Hobbiton film set used in the shooting of the Lord of The Rings and Hobbit trilogies. Continuing on, you’ll pass several small farming communities before telltale signs of steam and other geothermal activity signal your arrival into Rotorua.

SUGGESTED ACTIVITY – Hobbiton Movie Set tour from Shires Rest – Become immersed in the The Lord of the Rings and Hobbit films when you visit the actual Hobbiton movie set. Located just outside of Matamata – in the heart the lush Waikato farming region, your tour will begin with a drive through a picturesque sheep farm. You’ll then be taken through Hobbit Holes, the Green Dragon Inn, the Mill and the Party Tree while your guide shares behind-the-scenes tales and insight into the making of the films.

SUGGESTED ACTIVITY – Mitai Maori Village – An evening at Mitai will give you an awe-inspiring introduction to the indigenous Maori culture. Marvel at the beautiful bush setting and see warriors in traditional dress who paddle an ancient warrior canoe (waka) down the Wai-o-whiro stream while trout and eels swim beneath the surface. Enjoy a traditionally cooked hangi meal and round your evening off with a spectacular cultural performance that tells the story of the Maori people, their past, carvings, and ta Moko -Tattoo art. Be captivated by the displays of weaponry and combat and be amazed by the spine tingling Haka finale. Truly an experience to remember.

OVERNIGHT: Quest Rotorua Central

DRIVING DISTANCE: 220 kms / 136 miles : 2.6 hours

DAY 3: Rotorua ~ Napier

This drive will take you through the thermal region just south of Rotorua. Home to a plethora of unique geothermal attractions including boiling mud pits, natural hot springs and steaming geysers, this area is a must do before you move on to Napier. Notable attractions are Wai-O-Tapu, Waimangu and Craters of the Moon. Continue on to Taupo and marvel at the lake – a giant crater formed following a volcanic eruption in the year 180 CE. As you approach the city, be sure to stop at Huka Falls to view the spectacular sight of hundreds of cubic metres of water spilling every second down the narrow 11 metre drop. For an extra thrill take a jet-boat ride to the base of the falls. Leaving Taupo, follow the road as it climbs the rugged Ahimanawa Range before descending back down the Pacific Coast to art deco Napier.

SUGGESTED ACTIVITY – Grape Escape half day Hawke’s Bay Wine tour – The Grape Escape Half Day Wine Tour visits some of Hawke’s Bay’s most famous wineries and is designed for casual wine appreciators and wine aficionados. Meet like-minded people and share an appreciation of Hawke’s Bay’s fantastic wines. Taste great wines made with passion and learn of the areas unique growing conditions. There is the opportunity to purchase and take home your favourite wines and memories. You will visit 4 to 5 local wineries and taste Syrah, Merlot, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and much more. Also try some of New Zealand’s finest cheeses matched with wine.

OVERNIGHT: Bella Vista Napier

DRIVING DISTANCE: 210 kms / 131 miles : 2.4 hours

DAY 4: Napier ~ Wellington Auckland

Drive through the Wairarapa region and over the Rimutaka Ranges to Wellington. The rolling countryside of the Hawke’s Bay leads you into some of New Zealand’s richest farmland, located around the Manawatu region. Passing along the Manawatu Gorge the Wairarapa welcomes you. Masterton is home to the golden shears sheep shearing competition while just further south Greytown boasts the largest concentration of historic wooden buildings in the country. Nearby Martinborough is home to dozens of boutique wineries. The route takes you over the Rimutaka Range and along the magnificent natural harbour that the capital city of Wellington sits upon.

SUGGESTED ACTIVITY – Zealandia By Night Wildlife Sanctuary Tour – Taking a night tour of Zealandia wildlife eco-sanctuary is an unforgettable experience and one that comes highly recommended. A conservation success and safe haven for some of New Zealand’s rarest native animals, Zealandia is home to many remarkable species of birds, reptiles and insects living wild within a beautiful 225 hectare (one square mile) valley – just 10 minutes from the central city. Your tour begins with an interactive exhibition before you walk through the gates of Zealandia predator-exclusion fence into the sanctuary. Your guide will then lead you on a torch-light walk through the native New Zealand bush. Possible sights include Kiwi foraging on the forest floor, tuatara hunting for food, glowworms shining, tiny Maud Island frogs in their enclosure, pateke (brown teal) ducks feeding at night and kaka (parrots) coming in to roost. Zealandia is one of the best places to see kiwi in the wild. Over 100 of these nocturnal birds live freely in their natural environment inside the safety of the sanctuary valley – so your chances of seeing one is high!

OVERNIGHT: CityLife Wellington

DRIVING DISTANCE: 322 kms / 200 miles : 4.1 hours

DAY 5: Wellington City ~ Departure

Explore Wellington City before you depart today

Wellington City – Wellington, home to New Zealand’s centre of government has a largely cosmopolitan feel. Often referred to as ‘mini-Melbourne’, this (self described) windy city is a melting pot of art, culture, food and fashion. Quirky laneway bars, underground art shows, and hipster eateries make up its inner city vibe, while a host of sandy beaches outside the urban bustle bring a cheerful holiday feel.

Head to Te Papa Museum for a history lesson and a ticket to one of its many international exhibitions or jump aboard the Wellington Cable Car at Lambton Quay – the only running funicular railway in the country. For those with an eye for boutique fashion wander through Cuba St to sample some of the city’s best vintage stores. Break for coffee at a hipster cafe and be sure to snap a pic outside the ‘Beehive,’ New Zealand’s parliamentary debate chamber.

Go behind the scenes at Weta Workshop, the Oscar Award Winning design studio behind Lord Of The Rings, The Hobbit, and Avatar. We recommend a 45 minute guided tour through both the Workshop and Weta Cave. If you’re a foodie at heart, a two hour round trip to Martinborough is a must do. Take your time as you wind through spectacular wine country, and be sure to stop in at Martinborough Wines or Ata Rangi Martinborough. For a educational day out, learn about New Zealand’s native species at Zealandia – the world’s first fully fenced eco-sanctuary and home to over 40 types of endangered and native birds.

Rental car drop off Wellington Airport depot – Drop your vehicle at the Wellington Airport rental car depot today before continuing your onward journey.

Description

Self drive New Zealand North Island. This 5 day mini adventure starts and ends in Auckland, taking in some of the North Islands best highlights. You’ll stay in motels along the way and have the freedom to make as many stops as you wish.

From Auckland journey south through the Waikato countryside to Rotorua, the Maori culture capital of New Zealand. It’s then on to the Art Deco city of Napier in the Hawkes Bay, home to New Zealand’s oldest vineyards.  The final leg of your whirlwind tour of the North Island takes you past sheep farms and wineries as you travel through the Wairarapa region to your final destination, the capital city of Wellington.

INCLUSIONS

This self drive New Zealand North Island tour includes 4 nights motel accommodation. Car hire in a Suzuki swift, along with all insurance, GPS, maps, guide books and more. You have the option to upgrade your vehicle to either a compact SUV or 4×4. This package also includes private airport transfers for arrival and departure. Plus, it can depart any day you wish to suit with your travel plans! Please contact us for more information or book online. See tabs below for a full list of inclusions. 

INCLUSIONS

 

5 Day self drive tour of North Island

4 Nights motel accommodation

Car hire in Suzuki Swift (or similar)

  • 5 door hatch back
  • Automatic transmission
  • Air conditioning, Bluetooth, AUX and USB
  • 1.2 litre
  • 5 passengers
  • 1 large bag, 1 small bag
  • GPS navigation
  • Maximum Excess / Liability NZD$0

 

Rental car insurance

Detailed driving instructions, maps, guide books and more

Private airport transfers

EXCLUSIONS

 

International Airfares

All meals and beverages

Personal expenses

Travel insurance

Optional tours

DEPARTURE DATES

 

DEPARTURE DATES 2021/2022:

This self-drive tour departs any day until 26 March 2022. Every day is guaranteed. 

HOTELS

 

MOTELS USED: 

Auckland: CityLife Auckland

Rotorua: Quest Rororua Central

Hawke’s Bay: Bella Visata Napier

Wellington: CityLife Wellington

 

In the unlikely event that the listed hotels are fully booked, alternative hotels of the same standard will be used

UPGRADES & OPTIONS

 

UPGRADES:

Upgrade to Kia Stonic Compact SUV (or similar) – $30 per person

  • 5 door SUV
  • 5 passengers
  • 4 large bags / 1 small bag
  • Air conditioning, reverse camera, bluetooth, AUX and USB
  • 1.4 litre engine
  • GPS included
  • Automatic transmission
  • Maximum Excess / Liability NZD$0

 

Upgrade to Toyota Highlander 4×4 (or similar) – $100 per person

  • 5 door AWD SUV
  • 5 passengers
  • 3 large bags / 2 small bags
  • Air conditioning, reverse camera, bluetooth, AUX and USB
  • 3.5 litre engine
  • GPS included
  • Automatic transmission
  • Maximum Excess / Liability NZD$0

 

OPTIONAL TOURS: 

DAY 1: Fuller Auckland Harbour Cruise $111

DAY 2: Hobbiton Movie Set tour from Shires Rest $171

DAY 2: Mitai Maori Village $248

DAY 3: Grape Escape Half Day Hawke’s Bay Wine Tour $211

DAY 4: Zealandia by Night Wildlife Sanctuary Tour $182

 

Prices are per person and in AUD. Please add optional tours to your cart at checkout.

 

EXTRA NIGHTS: 

Extra nights are not available with this package

TOUR INFORMATION

 

VALIDITY:

Voucher valid until 26 March 2022

Voucher valid for 1 person, based on twin/double share

Bookings must be made at least 45 days prior to travel

Bookings are subject to availability

 

RATES:

5 Day Self Drive North Island LOW Season (April-Sep) – $899

5 Day Self Drive North Island HIGH Season (Oct) – $999

5 Day Self Drive North Island PEAK Season (Nov-March) – $1099

 

SINGLE SUPPLEMENT:

LOW Season – $780

HIGH Season – $890

PEAK Season – $940

 

CHILDREN POLICY:

LOW/HIGH Season

Children aged 0-4 – $470

Children aged 5-14 – $740 

PEAK Season

Children aged 0-4 – $560

Children aged 5-14 – $850 

 

Please add child voucher to your cart at checkout.

Children aged 15+ are classed as adults

 

IMPORTANT INFORMATION:

Travel insurance is recommended. MyHoliday2 takes no responsibility for any travel issues that may arise. 

All rental cars include full cover insurance with varying levels of excess or deductible applicable. This is noted when you select the rental car you prefer.

Note however some insurances may exclude damage to windscreens and tyres. Additional cover may be offered at car pick up. We strongly advise all clients to check insurance terms and conditions.

Car advertised in package may change according to availability. It will be similar standard and model.

Day tours included in itinerary may join a larger group than specified

It is the customers responsibility to obtain the correct visa for their destination and cover all fees associated

It is the customers responsibility to ensure they have a valid passport for travel and must be valid for at least 6 months beyond the period of intended stay.

We offer a 21 Day Money Back Guarantee. See Refund policy for details

Travel vouchers are non-redeemable for cash

Travel vouchers cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer/promotion

Travel vouchers must be redeemed within the validity period or will be deemed void

MyHoliday2 pricing reflects current market rates, so package prices may fluctuate from day to day. This is the nature of the tourism industry, and MyHoliday2 is not obliged to refund you to match any subsequent price reductions after purchase

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