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7 days, 6 nights
Availability : Daily departures
From Auckland
To Wellington
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Auckland - Rotorua - Taupo - Wellington

Inclusions
  • 6 nights of accommodation
  • Breakfasts are optional
  • Compact Hatch vehicle rentalFull insurance is included ($0 excess) - other vehicles are available
  • Te Puia Maori cultural performance and Geothermal tour
  • Sightseeing suggestions, tips and driving directions provided
Itinerary

The North Island Sights 7-day self-drive holiday is designed for those who love city comforts but would also like to spend a few days exploring New Zealand’s scenic North Island.

The North Island Sights holiday is available in 4 star hotel or 3 star hotel/motel accommodation options and can be customised on request.

Day 1 Arrive in Auckland

Starting your journey at Auckland airport, you’ll pick up your rental vehicle and drive to your Auckland hotel. The rest of the day is free to explore downtown Auckland, or perhaps drive out to a West Auckland beach for a swim.

Driving: 0.5 hours
Staying: Auckland
Hotels: Auckland City Hotel or similar (4 Star Hotel package includes superior room)

Day 2Explore Auckland City

See the most iconic sights in the city of volcanoes, also known as the city of sails for its viaduct where you can see many super yachts. Mount Eden is the highest volcano from where you can get a panoramic view of the city. Visit the winter gardens, or the museum at the Auckland Domain and the beautiful Cornwall Park. Or experience Auckland’s best shopping, cafe’s and restaurants for the day. We provide information about the city’s best sightseeing options!

Driving: As much as you feel like
Staying: Auckland
Hotels: Auckland City Hotel or similar (4 Star Hotel package includes superior room)

Day 3Journey to Rotorua

A very interesting drive through the historic Waikato farm lands bring you to Rotorua to witness geothermal spectacles and many more optional activities. In the afternoon visit Te Puia for a Maori cultural performance and guided geothermal tour.

Driving: 3 hours
Staying: Rotorua
4 Star Hotels – Jet Park Hotel Rotorua or similar
3 Star Hotels/Motels – Bella Vista Rotorua or similar

Day 4Taupo

Take your time exploring the many forests and spectacular Huka falls en route to the deep blue water lake at Taupo. Taupo is not only famous for its water sports but also its lake side evening life bustling with cafes and restaurants. Lake Taupo was in fact one of the largest volcanos in the world ranking next the renowned Yellowstone Park in the US.

Driving: 1 hour
Staying: Taupo
4 Star Hotels – Anchorage Resort Taupo or similar
3 Star Hotels/Motels – Bella Vista Taupo or similar

Day 5Central Plateau to Wellington

Today you have a slightly longer but relaxing drive over the North Island’s central plateau and Desert Road. This drive through tussock covered high land provides beautiful views of Mt Ruapehu and Tongariro.

Driving: 4.45 hours
Staying: Wellington
4 Star Hotels – Distinction Hotel, Wellington or similar
3 Star Hotels/Motels – Bella Vista, Wellington or similar

Day 6Explore Wellington City

Try out Wellington’s excellent cafe’s and restaurants. Take a stroll along Oriental bay or to the peak of Mt Victoria for 360 degree views. Visit New Zealand’s national Te Papa museum. And finally, take a ride on the cable car to the botanic gardens. With everything within close walking distances there is so much to explore in a short time!

Driving: As much as you like
Staying: Wellington
4 Star Hotels – Distinction Hotel, Wellington or similar
3 Star Hotels/Motels – Bella Vista, Wellington or similar

Day 7Depart from Wellington

It’s a short drive to Wellington Airport to return your rental car at the Airport before departing with great memories of your week in the North Island.

Driving: 0.5 hours

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