10 Day North Island Coast & Culture Holiday Package
Discover the North Island with this all-inclusive self drive New Zealand 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
- Skyline Buffet Lunch and Gondola Package Rotorua
- Te Puia Te Po Maori Evening Experience including Hangi Dinner
- Taste of Taupo Scenic Floatplane Flight
Day 1 Arrive Auckland
Arrive in Auckland – the “City of Sails” is New Zealand’s largest city and is bordered by 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 where you can find an abundance of marine life that includes whales, penguins and dolphins. Relax on one of the many warm secluded beaches.
Option today to experience Maori culture by visiting Waitangi’s treaty house, gardens and national marae, or venture off-road to Cape Reinga via 90 Mile Beach.
Stay 2 nights in Paihia, Bay of Islands.
Day 3 Bay of Islands
In the afternoon, enjoy a Dolphin Discover Cruise or Hole in the Rock Cruise.
Day 4 Coromandel Peninsula
Driving time Bay of Islands to Coromandel 388 km / 241 miles, 6 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. Dig your own hot pool at Hot Water Beach, explore the Coromandel Forest Park, or sea kayak the coastline, exploring beaches, volcanic reefs, caves and the world famous Cathedral Cove!
Stay 2 nights in Whitianga, Coromandel.
Day 5 Coromandel Peninsula
Choose from an exciting range of optional activities including scenic flights or sea kayaking.
Day 6 Rotorua
Driving time Coromandel Peninsula to Rotorua 252 km / 157 miles, 3 hours
Enjoy the scenic drive to Rotorua, distinguished by Maori culture and geothermal activity!
Visit Rotorua’s Skyline Gondola. The Skyline Rotorua complex is situated just minutes from central Rotorua, high up Mt Ngongotaha. To begin your Skyline Rotorua adventure, take a leisurely uphill gondola ride and enjoy the extensive views over Rotorua and the surrounding lakes and geothermal areas. At the top, enjoy the famous Skyline Buffet and feast on delicious New Zealand fare for lunch, served up with the best views in town! At the top of the gondola you also have the option to add on a thrilling Luge Ride, enjoy nature walks, and visit the Jelly Belly Shop and Volcanic Hills winery and tasting room.
In the evening, enjoy a 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 1 night in Rotorua.
Day 7 Taupo
Driving time Rotorua to Taupo 76 km / 47 miles, 1 hour
Enjoy a short drive south to Taupo, rich in natural beauty and filled with attractions such as the Huka Falls, incredible bush walks, relaxing boat cruises, bungy jumping and the famous Great Lake Hole-in-One-Golf Challenge.
Experience the area with a Taste of Taupo Scenic Floatplane Flight – highlights include flying over the Craters of the Moon.
Stay 1 night in Taupo.
Day 8 Napier
Driving time Taupo to Napier 142 km / 88 miles, 2 hours
Head to the East Coast and discover Napier, the Art Deco Capital of New Zealand set within the country’s oldest and second largest wine growing region, the Hawkes Bay, overflowing with award-winning wines. If nature is of interest, add on the Safari Overland to Cape Kidnappers Gannet Colony, the world’s largest, most accessible Gannet nesting place.
Stay 1 night in Napier.
Day 9 Wellington
Driving time Napier to Wellington 319 km / 198 miles, 4.5 hours
Wellington, New Zealand’s capital city, has so much to offer. Set on the edge of a stunning harbour, surrounded by rolling hills, it’s a city rich in culture waiting to be explored. From shopping and picturesque walks to concerts, live theatre, exhibitions, festivals, Te Papa Tongarewa: the Museum of New Zealand and more – Wellington has something for everyone.
Stay 2 nights in Wellington.
Day 10 Wellington
Discover Wellington with a half or full day Wellington or Lord of the Rings Tour.
Day 11 Depart Wellington
Drop off your rental car at Wellington Airport and depart Wellington.