10 Day Loop the North Island Holiday Package
Discover the North Island with this all-inclusive self drive holiday package…
North Island Holiday Package Includes:
- 10 Nights in 4 Star Accommodation
- Car Hire: Premium Toyota Corolla Automatic including Full Insurance (0 – 18 months old)
- Bay of Islands Dolphin Cruise or Hole in the Rock Cruise
- Waitomo Caves Combo (Waitomo Glowworm Cave and Ruakuri Cave)
- Peek at Lake Taupo Scenic Floatplane Flight
- Te Puia Te Po Maori Evening Experience including Hangi Dinner
- Glass Bottom Boat Tour to Cathedral Cove
This popular North Island package encompasses the best North Island holiday destinations:
Day 1 Arrive Auckland
Arrive in Auckland – the “City of Sails” is New Zealand’s largest city, set beside two stunning harbours. Collect your rental car from the airport, explore the city, then make your way to your accommodation.
Stay 1 night in Auckland City.
Day 2 Bay of Islands
Driving time Auckland to Bay of Islands 219 km / 136 miles, 4 hours
Drive to the Bay of Islands, renowned for its 144 islands and surreal maritime park, which is filled with an abundance of marine life including whales, penguins and dolphins.
In the afternoon, enjoy a Dolphin Discovery Cruise or Hole in the Rock Cruise.
Stay 2 nights in Paihia, Bay of Islands.
Day 3 Bay of Islands
Option today to venture off-road to Cape Reinga via 90 Mile Beach, or experience a spectacular scenic flight over the Bay of Islands in a plane or helicopter.
Day 4 Hamilton
Driving time Bay of Islands to Hamilton 350 km / 217 miles, 5 hours
Journey to Hamilton, New Zealand’s largest inland city, situated on the banks of the Waikato River. As Hamilton is located 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, the Hamilton Gardens, or 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 5 Waitomo Caves > Taupo
Driving time Hamilton to Waitomo Caves 73 km / 45 miles, 1 hour
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 flows 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 Taupo 149 km / 92 miles, 2 hours
Enjoy the drive south to Taupo, rich in natural beauty and filled with attractions such as the Huka Falls, relaxing boat cruises, and bungy jumping.
Stay 1 night in Taupo.
Day 6 Rotorua
In the morning, enjoy a Peek at the Lake Scenic Floatplane Flight – highlights include flying over Huka Falls and the Craters of the Moon.
Driving time Taupo to Rotorua 76 km / 47 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.
Stay 2 nights in Rotorua.
Day 7 Rotorua
Today, discover the amazing attractions Rotorua has to offer. Highly recommended activities that you can add to your holiday package include Rotorua’s Skyline Gondola Lunch (you can also add the luge) and the Hells Gate Geothermal Park and Mud Spa.
In the evening, enjoy a Maori Cultural Experience including a Hangi Dinner.
Day 8 Coromandel
Driving time Rotorua to Coromandel Peninsula 210 km / 130 miles, 3 hours
Renowned worldwide as a spectacular holiday destination, with warm white-sand beaches, misty rainforests and wilderness aplenty, the Coromandel is the ideal place to relax and unwind. Relax on the coastline, exploring beaches, volcanic reefs and the world-famous Cathedral Cove!
Stay 2 nights in Whitianga, Coromandel.
Day 9 Coromandel
Today, join the Glass Bottom Boat for a unique boat cruise. Depart from the Whitianga Wharf to explore the breathtaking volcanic coastline, including the famous Cathedral Cove. See the stunning Champagne Bay, plus a range of blow holes and sea caves, including Orua’s Sea Cave, the second largest sea cave in New Zealand! See what lies above and below the surface in the Te Whanganui-A-Hei Marine Reserve and be amazed by all the marine life to be seen. You can choose your own level of fun. Either sit back and enjoy the amazing marine life through the glass boat, or take the plunge and snorkel amongst the fish. All equipment supplied and no experience necessary. Blue penguins are a common sight year-round.
Day 10 Auckland
Driving time Coromandel to Auckland 168 km / 104 miles, 3 hours
Drive back to Auckland at your leisure. Relax in Auckland for the afternoon or join the crew and enjoy an America’s Cup Sailing experience, a must-do experience where you get a chance to spend 2 hours out on the harbour on an actual America’s Cup yacht!
Stay 1 night in Auckland (city or airport to suit your departure flight).
Day 11 Depart Auckland
Drop off your rental car at Auckland Airport and depart Auckland.