North Island self drive holidays

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North Island 5 day highlights

  5 days/4 night Journey from Auckland to Wellington

  Prices start from pp (low season, specific configuration)
  Accommodation style on this tour suggestion is Motels

Interests: Family touring, Classic driving tours

Travel through the heart of the North Island on this short 'highlights' New Zealand self-drive tour. 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.

5 day Treasures of the North

  5 days/4 night Journey from Auckland to Auckland

  Prices start from pp (low season, specific configuration)
  Accommodation style on this tour suggestion is Motels

Interests: Classic driving tours

This 5 day tour takes you to the sandy beaches and warm waters of the Bay of Islands, with time to explore on land or by sea.  Then travel via the ancient Kauri forests of Waipoua to the food and wine producing region of Matakana.

A Taste of the North Island

  8 days/7 night Journey from Auckland to Wellington

  Prices start from pp (low season, specific configuration)
  Accommodation style on this tour suggestion is Motels

Interests: Classic driving tours, Family touring

Explore the North Island Auckland to Wellington on this short 'taster' tour. Rotorua, the cultural and adventure centre of the North Island plus the art deco city of Napier, wine regions of Hawkes Bay and the cosmopolitan capital city of Wellington will showcase the diversity on offer.

Auckland to Wellington 6 day Highlights

  6 days/5 night Journey from Auckland to Wellington

  Prices start from pp (low season, specific configuration)
  Accommodation style on this tour suggestion is Hotel 4 star

Interests: Classic driving tours

Explore the North Islands major visitor cities from Auckland the ‘City of Sails’ to Rotorua the Maori culture capital and the art deco city of Napier and finally the quirky capital city of Wellington. Along the way you’ll pass through the picturesque landscapes and small towns of rural New Zealand.

Central Highlights self drive tour

  7 days/6 night Journey from Auckland to Auckland

  Prices start from pp (low season, specific configuration)
  Accommodation style on this tour suggestion is Motels

Interests: Family touring

A tour through the heart of the North Island highlighting its incredible diversity. Experience the rich culture of Rotorua with a visit to Mitai Maori Village plus a full day to explore the thermal wonders. Visit Taupo, the largest lake in New Zealand and then onto the world famous Waitomo Glow Worm Caves and Aranui Cave before heading back to Auckland.

Auckland to Wellington 7 day Highlights

  7 days/6 night Journey from Auckland to Wellington

  Prices start from pp (low season, specific configuration)
  Accommodation style on this tour suggestion is Hotel 4 star

Interests: Classic driving tours

Explore the North Islands major visitor cities from Auckland the ‘City of Sails’ to Rotorua the Maori culture capital and the art deco city of Napier and finally the quirky capital city of Wellington. Along the way you’ll pass through the picturesque landscapes and small towns of rural New Zealand.

Auckland to Wellington 10 day Highlights

  10 days/9 night Journey from Auckland to Wellington

  Prices start from pp (low season, specific configuration)
  Accommodation style on this tour suggestion is Motels

Interests: Classic driving tours

Explore the North Islands major visitor cities from Auckland, City of Sails, to Rotorua, the art deco city of Napier, a night in the town of Martinborough before 2 nights in the Capital City of Wellington. A great value tour with plenty of time to self explore the regions.

7 Day Central North Island Explorer Tour

  7 days/6 night Journey from Auckland to Auckland

  Prices start from pp (low season, specific configuration)
  Accommodation style on this tour suggestion is Motels

Interests: Maori culture, Adventure, Wildlife & nature, Family touring

This tour takes you through the heart of the North Island, highlighting its incredible diversity. Begin with a local’s favourite, the Coromandel Peninsula – here you’ll explore Cathedral Cove Marine Reserve.  Then it’s on to Rotorua to experience the rich culture of the area with a visit to Mitai Maori Village and Rainbow Springs, plus a full day to explore the thermal wonders. Next stop is Taupo, the largest lake in New Zealand where you’ll ride the thrilling Huka Falls Jet Boat.  Returning to Auckland you’ll stop at the world famous Waitomo Glow Worm Caves for an underground adventure.

7 Day North Island Explorer

  7 days/6 night Journey from Wellington to Auckland

  Prices start from pp (low season, specific configuration)
  Accommodation style on this tour suggestion is Hotel 3 star

Interests: Family Ski Packages, Adventure, Wildlife & nature

Leaving the capital city of Wellington enjoy the heart of the North Island as your self drive tour takes you through the ever changing scenery of the North Island.

8 day Northern Highlights

  8 days/7 night Journey from Auckland to Auckland

  Prices start from pp (low season, specific configuration)
  Accommodation style on this tour suggestion is Motels

Interests: Family touring, Classic driving tours, Wildlife & nature

Explore the highlights of the North Island including the Bay of Islands and Rotorua, 2 of the most popular destinations.  In the Bay of Islands you’ll take a cruise amongst the many islands home to an abundance or marine wildlife, including dolphins which you might be lucky enough to see.  In Rotorua you’ll enjoy a thrilling cultural encounter at Mitai Maori Village and you’ll return to Auckland via the fascinating limestone formations and glow worm caves of Waitomo.

Family Fun North Island Tour

  7 days/6 night Journey from Auckland to Auckland

  Prices start from pp (low season, specific configuration)
  Accommodation style on this tour suggestion is Motels

Interests: Family touring

Visit some of the North Island's iconic attractions including the culture and adventure capital of Rotorua.  You'll begin with a journey to the idyllic holiday destination of the Coromandel Peninsula where you'll ride the quirky Driving Creek Railway line before continuing to the beachside village of Whitianga.  Next stop is Rotorua for two nights where there's an exciting day of animal encounters included.  This family friendly tour also visits the magical Hobbiton Village before returning back to Auckland.

The Winterless North

  6 days/5 night Journey from Auckland to Auckland

  Prices start from pp (low season, specific configuration)
  Accommodation style on this tour suggestion is Boutique lodges & hotels

Interests: Classic driving tours, Luxury touring

Explore the tropical Bay of Islands, the magnificent giant Kauri trees of the Waipoua Forest and the boutique wine region of Matakana, the winterless north is the perfect year round destination. Along the way you'll stay at charming boutique lodges where you can relax in style after each day's adventure.

North Island Southbound Highlights

  9 days/8 night Journey from Auckland to Wellington

  Prices start from pp (low season, specific configuration)
  Accommodation style on this tour suggestion is Hotel 3 star

Interests: Classic driving tours

Journey south through New Zealand’s North Island from Auckland, the ‘City of Sails’ to the quirky capital city of Wellington.  Along the way you’ll encounter Maori culture in Rotorua,  explore the Art Deco architecture and vineyards of Napier and travel at a relaxed pace allowing you to really soak up the atmosphere of each destination.

8 day Northern Family Fun Break

  8 days/7 night Journey from Auckland to Auckland

  Prices start from pp (low season, specific configuration)
  Accommodation style on this tour suggestion is Motels

Interests: Maori culture, Adventure, Family touring

With great family friendly accommodation and a range of awesome activities for kids big and small, this will be a holiday to remember for the whole family.

Northern Highlights

  9 days/8 night Journey from Auckland to Wellington

  Prices start from pp (low season, specific configuration)
  Accommodation style on this tour suggestion is Hotel 3 star

Interests: Classic driving tours

Journey south through New Zealand’s North Island from Auckland, the ‘City of Sails’ to the quirky capital city of Wellington.  Along the way you’ll encounter Maori culture in Rotorua,  explore the Art Deco architecture and vineyards of Napier and travel at a relaxed pace allowing you to really soak up the atmosphere of each destination.

The Winterless North

  6 days/5 night Journey from Auckland to Auckland

  Prices start from pp (low season, specific configuration)
  Accommodation style on this tour suggestion is Boutique lodges & hotels

Interests: Classic driving tours

What a fantastic itinerary. Exploring the tropical north while enjoying some fine hospitality in unique accommodations. There really is nothing to match this.

The Northern Loop

  10 days/9 night Journey from Wellington to Wellington

  Prices start from pp (low season, specific configuration)
  Accommodation style on this tour suggestion is Motels - premium

Interests: Classic driving tours, Family touring

Starting and finishing in Wellington explore Napier, Rotorua, Auckland Waitomo and Tongariro National Park on this circular North Island route.

North Island 11 day Highlights

  11 days/10 night Journey from Auckland to Auckland

  Prices start from pp (low season, specific configuration)
  Accommodation style on this tour suggestion is Motels

Interests: Classic driving tours, Scenic trains

Explore the North Island's major visitor cities. After a day trip to beautiful Waiheke Island, travel south from Auckland via Rotorua and on to the art deco city of Napier. Then continue south for a night in picturesque Martinborough before you enjoy two nights in our vibrant capital Wellington. Take in the amazing scenery of the central North island returning to Auckland on board the Northern Explorer scenic train. This is a great value tour with plenty of time to explore the regions at your own pace.

Northern Explorer Family Adventure

  12 days/11 night Journey from Auckland to Auckland

  Prices start from pp (low season, specific configuration)
  Accommodation style on this tour suggestion is Motels

Interests: Family touring, Adventure

Explore Auckland City with a spectacular full day tour before heading north to the tropical Bay of Islands. Includes a swim with the dolphins (age restrictions apply) and a full day tour to Cape Reinga. Head south through the magnificent giant Kauri trees of the Waipoua Forest and onto the beaches of Matakana. Then the adventure capital of the North Island. A Maori concert and hangi dinner, a day trip to the Lord of the Rings site at Hobbiton plus much more. Explore the Waitomo Caves before heading back to Auckland City.

7 Day Boutique Northland Tour

  7 days/6 night Journey from Auckland to Auckland

  Prices start from pp (low season, specific configuration)
  Accommodation style on this tour suggestion is Boutique lodges & hotels

Interests: Classic driving tours, Honeymoon

This boutique 7 day holiday is devoted entirely to tropical Northland, a beautiful area of balmy beaches, island studded bays and majestic kauri forests.  You'll end your tour in the relaxing wine region of Matakana.

Northern Adventure

  10 days/9 night Journey from Wellington to Auckland

  Prices start from pp (low season, specific configuration)
  Accommodation style on this tour suggestion is Motels - premium

Interests: Classic driving tours, Family touring

Starting in Wellington explore Napier, Rotorua, Auckland and the Bay of Islands.

North Island 9 day Highlights with Northern Explorer

  9 days/8 night Journey from Auckland to Auckland

  Prices start from pp (low season, specific configuration)
  Accommodation style on this tour suggestion is Hotel 4 star

Interests: Scenic trains, Classic driving tours

A relaxed exploration of New Zealand's North Island as you meander your way South. Then  return to Auckland on board the famous Northern Explorer scenic Train. this itinerary can be reversed.

Cape to Capital self drive tour

  17 days/16 night Journey from Auckland to Wellington

  Prices start from pp (low season, specific configuration)
  Accommodation style on this tour suggestion is Motels

Interests: Classic driving tours, Food & wine

Explore the best of the North Island at a relaxing pace, allowing you time to soak up the atmosphere and enjoy the diverse scenery.  From the ‘City of Sails’ you’ll journey north to the tropical Bay of Islands for 3 nights.  Then meander back down the island via the Kauri Coast, Snells Beach and the Coromandel Peninsula before hitting the cultural centre of Rotorua.  Continue on to the vibrant city of Wellington via the wine regions of the Hawkes Bay and the Wairarapa.

9 Day Taster Tour of the North Island

  9 days/8 night Journey from Auckland to Wellington

  Prices start from pp (low season, specific configuration)
  Accommodation style on this tour suggestion is Motels

Interests: Food & wine, Maori culture

Explore the North Island from Auckland to Wellington on this short 'Taster Tour'. In Rotorua you'll be introduced to Maori culture through an informative and tasty discovery of the cuisine.

Iconic North Island Tour

  8 days/7 night Journey from Auckland to Auckland

  Prices start from pp (low season, specific configuration)
  Accommodation style on this tour suggestion is Boutique lodges & hotels

Interests: Luxury touring, Classic driving tours, Maori culture

Explore the Central North Island's jewels. Starting in Auckland visit the famous Waitomo Caves, Rotorua's culture and geothermal attractions and the wonderful golden beaches of the Coromandel.

The Essential Middle Earth Tour of the North Island

  10 days/9 night Journey from Auckland to Wellington

  Prices start from pp (low season, specific configuration)
  Accommodation style on this tour suggestion is Motels

Interests: The Hobbit & LOTR, Family touring, Scenic flights

Spend 10 days in Middle Earth. This itinerary offers a night in a Hobbit hole and takes you to Mt Doom, Mordor, Hobbiton and the Weta Cave...

The Volcanic Centre self drive tour

  8 days/7 night Journey from Auckland to Auckland

  Prices start from pp (low season, specific configuration)
  Accommodation style on this tour suggestion is Hotel 4 star

Interests: Thermal parks and attractions, Classic driving tours, The Hobbit & LOTR, National parks, Maori culture, Adventure

A tour through the heart of the North Island highlighting its incredible diversity. Experience the rich culture of Rotorua and its volcanic past and present with a trip by helicopter to White Island Volcano

Volcanoes, Hobbits and Caves

  8 days/7 night Journey from Rotorua to Auckland

  Prices start from pp (low season, specific configuration)
  Accommodation style on this tour suggestion is Motels

Interests: Maori culture, The Hobbit & LOTR, Family touring, Thermal parks and attractions, Adventure

Add this itinerary to some existing plans. Starting in Rotorua your whirlwind adventure includes visiting Hobbiton, Jet Boat riding, staying on the side of a volcano and glow worm caves!

Ultimate North Island Explorer

  21 days/20 night Journey from Auckland to Auckland

  Prices start from pp (low season, specific configuration)
  Accommodation style on this tour suggestion is Motels

Interests: Family touring, Classic driving tours, The Hobbit & LOTR, Wildlife & nature

Explore every corner of the North Island with this 21 day self drive tour. As well as the iconic destinations of Rotorua and the Bay of Islands, you’ll also have time to explore some out of the way hidden gems, like Cape Palliser and the spectacular Taranaki coastline.  Highlights of this tour include the wine growing regions of Martinborough and the Hawkes Bay; idyllic beach communities of the Coromandel Peninsula and Bay of Islands; the unique Maori culture of Rotorua and the vibrant cities of Auckland and Wellington.

The Central Highlights Walking Tour

  9 days/8 night Journey from Auckland to Auckland

  Prices start from pp (low season, specific configuration)
  Accommodation style on this tour suggestion is Hotel 4 star

Interests: Walking & hiking, Adventure, Wildlife & nature

Explore a variety of landscapes and natural wonders of the North Island on this short walking highlights tour.  Begin with the idyllic Coromandel Peninsula with its white sandy beaches and lush forests.  You then tackle one of the world’s greatest one day hikes, the Tongariro Crossing.  Located in the striking volcanic plateau of Tongariro National Park, a world heritage area of outstanding beauty.  You’ll also have time to discover the unique Maori culture in Rotorua and the fascinating limestone caves and glow worms of Waitomo.

Great Northern Land

  10 days/9 night Journey from Auckland to Auckland

  Prices start from pp (low season, specific configuration)
  Accommodation style on this tour suggestion is Boutique lodges & hotels

Interests: Walking & hiking, Wildlife & nature

Starting with a relaxing break on Waiheke Island, you'll explore the boutique wineries on this balmy island.  You then journey south for a Coromandel Wilderness Adventure, Maori culture in Rotorua and  the majestic mountains of Tongariro National Park as you hike the renowned Tongariro Crossing.

Auckland to Wellington food & wine trail

  11 days/10 night Journey from Auckland to Wellington

  Prices start from pp (low season, specific configuration)
  Accommodation style on this tour suggestion is Hotel 4 star

Interests: Maori culture, The Hobbit & LOTR, Classic driving tours, Food & wine

Hop from one gastronomic delight to another ans you self drive your way through the countryside. Explore some of the finest wineries culminating in a walking tour of the hidden food gems of Wellington city.

Auckland to Wellington 7 day Luxury

  7 days/6 night Journey from Auckland to Wellington

  Prices start from pp (low season, specific configuration)
  Accommodation style on this tour suggestion is Luxury Lodges & hotels

Interests: Classic driving tours, Luxury touring

A highlights tour travelling from Auckland to Rotorua, Hawkes Bay and Wellington. Experience the luxury of 5 star hotels in Auckland and Wellington, a spectacular lakeside lodge in Rotorua and The Farm at Cape Kidnappers.

The Essential North Island 14 day tour

  14 days/13 night Journey from Auckland to Wellington

  Prices start from pp (low season, specific configuration)
  Accommodation style on this tour suggestion is Boutique lodges & hotels

Interests: Luxury touring, The Hobbit & LOTR, Classic driving tours, Wildlife & nature

Take 14 days to explore the North Island. This itinerary covers the premier locations at a pace you will enjoy. Time to relax with the 'must see' activities taken care of. Stay in a superb selection of 5 star hotels, luxury and boutique lodges.

The Essential North Island

  14 days/13 night Journey from Auckland to Wellington

  Prices start from pp (low season, specific configuration)
  Accommodation style on this tour suggestion is Boutique lodges & hotels

Interests: Luxury touring, The Hobbit & LOTR, Classic driving tours, Wildlife & nature

Take 14 days to explore the North Island. This itinerary covers the premier locations at a pace you will enjoy. Time to relax with the 'must see' activities taken care of. Stay in a superb selection of 5 star hotels, luxury and boutique lodges.

12 Day Northern Centre & Tongariro Experience

  12 days/11 night Journey from Auckland to Auckland

  Prices start from pp (low season, specific configuration)
  Accommodation style on this tour suggestion is Boutique lodges & hotels

Interests: Adventure, National parks, Walking & hiking

A hiking vacation rich in contrasts offering you alpine hiking on the Volcanic Plateau, sub-tropical forest and coastal walking. Discover the wonders of North Island hiking.

13 Day Mountains to the Sea Hiking Adventure

  13 days/12 night Journey from Auckland to Auckland

  Prices start from pp (low season, specific configuration)
  Accommodation style on this tour suggestion is Boutique lodges & hotels

Interests: Adventure, National parks, Walking & hiking

Experience the world's best one day walk in the central North Island and amazing guided coastal walking in the Coromandel. This is a hiking vacation you will love.

21 Day Ultimate North Island Tour

  21 days/20 night Journey from Auckland to Auckland

  Prices start from pp (low season, specific configuration)
  Accommodation style on this tour suggestion is Boutique lodges & hotels

Interests: Honeymoon, Food & wine, Adventure, Maori culture, Wildlife & nature, Luxury touring, Scenic flights

This North Island self drive tour captures everything that is special about the region. from Northland beaches to the wine regions of Hawke’s Bay and Martinborough and the heartland of Rotorua.

Cities, Volcanoes and Vineyards Luxury Tour

  11 days/10 night Journey from Auckland to Auckland

  Prices start from pp (low season, specific configuration)
  Accommodation style on this tour suggestion is Luxury Lodges & hotels

Interests: Food & wine, Adventure, Luxury touring

Explore the Central North Island's jewels. You'll be met by your private transfer at Auckland Airport and whisked to meet your ferry to the idyllic Waiheke Island.  Delamore Lodge is the perfect spot to recover from a long flight and the included wine tour will introduce you to the delights of this charming island retreat.  Returning to Auckland you pick up your car and travel south to Rotorua and Solitaire Lodge.  Here you’ll encounter the fascinating Maori Culture and enjoy a fabulous day trip to the volcanic White Island by helicopter.  Next stop is Lake Taupo, where you try your hand at trout fishing and relax at the world renowned Huka Lodge.  The final stretch of your North Island experience takes you to the Hawkes Bay, New Zealand’s oldest wine region and the impeccable Farm at Cape Kidnappers, here you have time to explore the wineries or play a round of golf or simply relax.  You’ll be flow back to Auckland to meet your departing international flight.