10 Day North Island Discovery Private Guided Tour Package
Explore the North Island with a private guided tour personalised to suit your group. Our private guided tours are hosted by one of New Zealand’s leading tour guides. Your guide will meet your group at the airport and chauffeur your group to explore the destinations and activities included in your personalised tour package. They will tend to your needs and share valuable local knowledge with your group to enhance your holiday experience. We can cater for groups between 1-20 people.
Our private guided tour packages are flexible and are booked to suit your group’s travel dates and interests.
Private Guided Tour New Zealand Package Includes:
- Private tour guide / driver
- Private vehicle including fuel (0 – 18 months old)
- 10 Nights in 4 Star Accommodation
- Bay of Islands Hole in the Rock Cruise
- Boat Tour to Cathedral Cove Coromandel
- Mills Reef Wine Tasting Scenic Helicopter Flight Excursion
- Hobbiton Movie Set Tour
- Te Puia Te Po Maori Evening Experience including Hangi Dinner
- Skyline Gondola and Buffet Dinner Combo Rotorua
- Waitomo Caves Combo (Waitomo Glowworm Cave and Ruakuri Cave)
- Airport transfers
Day 1 Arrive Auckland
Arrive in Auckland – the “City of Sails” is New Zealand’s largest city and is bordered by two stunning harbours. Your tour guide will meet you at the airport and take you to your Auckland City accommodation. In the afternoon explore Auckland City with your tour guide.
Stay 1 night in Auckland City.
Day 2 Bay of Islands
Travel time Auckland to Bay of Islands 219 km / 136 miles, 3 hours
Travel to the Bay of Islands, renowned for its 144 Islands and surreal maritime park where an abundance of marine life includes whales, penguins and dolphins.
In the afternoon enjoy the must do Hole in the Rock Cruise. Discover the world famous ‘Hole in the Rock’ on the biggest vessel in the bay and look out for dolphins, whales, birds and other wildlife (lifetime mammal viewing guarantee). Cruise among the 144 islands the Bay of Islands is famous for and enjoy the stunning scenery and informative commentary about marine mammals, geography and history.
Stay 2 nights in Paihia, Bay of Islands.
Day 3 Bay of Islands
You choose what you would like to do today. Our top pick is to venture off-road to Cape Reinga via 90 Mile Beach! This full day tour takes you to one of the most northern points of New Zealand where the Tasman Sea and the Pacific Ocean collide. You also get to visit Gumdiggers park where ancient Kauri forest was buried thousands of years ago; experience a 4WD drive tour along 90 Mile Beach, the chance to climb the giant sand dunes and toboggan back down and to finish your day visit the world famous Mangonui Fish shop and grab the freshest fish and chips as the sea washes gently beneath your feet. For other options please ask.
Day 4 Coromandel Peninsula
Travel time Bay of Islands to Coromandel Peninsula 406 km / 252 miles, 5 hours
Renowned worldwide as a spectacular holiday destination, with warm white sandy beaches, misty rainforests and wilderness a-plenty, the Coromandel is the ideal place to relax and unwind. In the afternoon explore the Coromandel Peninsula with your tour guide.
Stay 2 nights in Whitianga, Coromandel.
Day 5 Coromandel Peninsula
Today discover the original Cathedral Cove Boat Tour to Hahei’s marine reserve and magnificient volcanic coastline, which departs 10 minutes from Hotwater Beach. The Explorer trip travels up to 14 kms, and takes you into coastal islands of the marine reserve, massive sea caves and bays, including the world famous Cathedral Cove. The magnificence of this natural volcanic scenery is legendary and the approach by sea, combined with an insightful yet relaxed commentary further enhances the experience.
In the afternoon visit Hot Water Beach and dig your own hot pool, option to go for a picturesque walk along this stretch of coastline – the scenery is stunning.
Day 6 Tauranga
Travel time Coromandel Peninsula to Tauranga 170 km / 106 miles, 2.5 hours
The Bay of Plenty is one of the most popular summer holiday destinations in New Zealand. Located along the idyllic Pacific Coast Highway it offers a great mix of activities, beaches and dining experiences. Tauranga is the main centre, whilst the coastal suburb of Mt Maunganui is the region’s seaside resort.
At midday join Aerius Helicopters and enjoy the spectacular Mills Reef Wine Tasting Scenic Helicopter Flight Excursion. Fly around Mount Maunganui on your way to Tauranga’s award wining winery. Enjoy views of the stunning Tauranga Harbour, City and Kaimai ranges, as you make your way to Mills Reef. Treat yourself to lunch and wine tasting in the highly-regarded Mills Reef Restaurant (lunch own expense). After your wine tasting experience fly back to base.
Stay 1 night in Tauranga.
Day 7 Hobbiton > Rotorua
Travel time Tauranga to Matamata 48 km /29 miles, 1 hour
Make your way to Matamata to discover the real Middle-earth on the most picturesque private farmland near Matamata to visit the Hobbiton Movie Set from The Lord of the Rings film trilogy in a fascinating two-hour guided tour. The set has been completely rebuilt and will remain as it was seen in The Lord of the Rings film trilogy. There are spectacular views across to the Kaimai Ranges from the rolling green hills of the movie set, which is still a working sheep and beef farm. You can relax and soak up the unique atmosphere with a great cup of coffee or a light meal in The Shires Rest Cafe.
Driving time Matamata to Rotorua 68 km / 42 miles, 1 hour
Enjoy the scenic journey to Rotorua, distinguished by Maori culture and geothermal activity. This diverse city will put on a display as you encounter geysers, mud pools, steaming craters and 16 beautiful lakes.
In the evening enjoy a traditional Maori Cultural Experience including a Hangi Dinner. Hear stories and learn how Maori traditions live on today. Experience an authentic Maori welcome. Watch a challenge by the Maori warriors, a karanga (call) from the Maori women welcoming you onto the marae, and a whaikorero (welcome speech). Relax and enjoy the beautiful waiata (songs), the world renowned haka (challenge), and the elegant poi dance. Learn Maori customs including Maori musical instruments, haka and poi. The dining experience is a culinary opportunity like no other. Following dessert, you will be transported down into the valley to conclude your evening beside the awe inspiring Pohutu geyser.
Stay 2 nights in Rotorua.
Day 8 Rotorua
Explore Rotorua with your tour guide.
In the evening enjoy dinner at Rotorua’s most spectacular location – Skyline Restaurant. Sit back and relax as the views from the gondola unfold while you journey to the Skyline complex. The Skyline Restaurant will then serve you a mouthwatering taste of New Zealand, a buffet of legendary proportions. Feast on mouth-watering fresh soups and salads and seafood specialties such as mussels, queen scallops, sushi and sashimi. Enjoy carvery roasts of beef, lamb or pork with specialty sauces to match, with live cooking from your friendly chefs. The legendary Art of the Grill menu will tempt your taste buds even further, with a selection of fillet steak, prawn and Morten Bay Bugs – all cooked on the grill to your liking. Add to that mouth-watering desserts, and you’ve got yourself a unique dining experience not to be missed. Tiered seating guarantees stunning views from every table! After dinner enjoy the scenic ride back down on the gondola.
Day 9 Taupo
Travel time Rotorua to Taupo 76 km / 47 miles, 1 hour
Enjoy the short drive south to Taupo, rich in natural beauty with attractions such as the Huka Falls and boat cruises.
Activity Option: add on the Peek at the Lake Scenic Floatplane Flight as you take off from Taupo Bay, past Acacia Bay to Rangatira Point, viewing the crystal clear waters of Whakaipo Bay. Climb up through Mapara Valley, view red scoria quarries, then discover the headwaters of the Waikato River. Fly over the Craters of the Moon and over the Borefields of the Wairakei Power Station, followed by a circuit of the Huka Falls, over Taupo to land on the lakefront.
Stay 1 night in Taupo.
Day 10 Waitomo Caves > Hamilton
Driving time Taupo to Waitomo Caves 150 km / 93 miles, 2 hours
Venture to the Waitomo Caves where you will enjoy the Waitomo Glowworm Caves and Ruakuri Caves Combo! Deep underground in the heart of the Waikato are a series of unique caves that will take your breath away. Ruakuri Cave is home to an innovative spiral entrance, echoing waterfalls, and limestone that flow into delicate shawl-like formations. Nearby, at the Waitomo Glowworm Caves, thousands of tiny glowworms cling to the cave ceiling, creating a starry sky within the underground night. You’ll also see a deep limestone shaft and a soaring subterranean cathedral that will leave you speechless.
Driving time Waitomo Caves to Hamilton 73 km / 45 miles, 1 hour
After your Waitomo Caves adventure journey to Hamilton, New Zealand’s largest inland city, situated on the banks of the Waikato River. Being in the hub of the central North Island, visitors have easy access to iconic attractions such as Raglan’s surf coast and Te Aroha Mineral Pools. For fun – visit the chocolate and candy factory, Hamilton Gardens and the weekly markets. From cafes, art galleries and shopping, through to an ever changing calendar of high profile events, Hamilton is a great holiday destination.
Stay 1 night in Hamilton.
Day 11 Depart Auckland
Travel time Hamilton to Auckland 126 km / 78 miles, 2 hours
Travel back to Auckland. Your guide will personally deliver you to the airport ready for your departing flight.