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.
Start your honeymoon off by enjoying a romantic and unique dining experience aboard a yacht on the Waitemata Harbour in Auckland. Sit back and relax as you cruise as the sun sets, enjoying a sumptuous three-course dinner by one of Auckland’s top restaurants.
Stay 1 night in Auckland City.
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.
Paihia is the perfect base if you would like to discover the coves and beaches of the Bay of Islands! Paihia is also of historic importance to New Zealand, as this is where the historic Treaty House on the Waitangi Treaty Grounds is located, which marks the beginning of New Zealand as a nation. Just west of Paihia is Haruru, where you’ll find an impressive waterfall and a boardwalk.
Stay 2 nights in Paihia, Bay of Islands.
Today, board the premium Discover the Bay Cruise and see for yourself the best of what the Bay of Islands has to offer. Journey to the Hole in the Rock and if weather permits, sail through it. See marine wildlife including Dolphins and stop off at Otehei Bay on Urupukapuka Island to have a swim, go for a walk and relax. This cruise includes a delicious BBQ lunch.
Relax in the Bay of Islands for the rest of the day.
Driving time Bay of Islands to Coromandel Peninsula 406 km / 252 miles, 6 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. Relax on the coastline, exploring beaches, volcanic reefs and the world famous Cathedral Cove!
Stay 2 nights in Whitianga, Coromandel.
Join the Glass Bottom Boat for a unique boat cruise today. 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.
Driving 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.
In the afternoon enjoy a 2-hour scenic flight and White Island guided walking tour. Fly around Mount Manganui to New Zealand’s most active volcano. Get up close to the Crater Lake, bubbling mud pools and sulphur-lipped fumaroles before flying back over the Tauranga Harbour and city.
Stay 1 night in Tauranga.
Driving time Tauranga to Rotorua 86 km / 53 miles, 1 hour
Rotorua is distinguished by Maori culture and geothermal activity!
Enjoy the ultimate relaxation with Hell’s Gate Geothermal Excite Experience. This luxurious package includes a sulphur spa, mud bath, and entry to the geothermal reserve walk. The perfect way to be pampered on your honeymoon.
Stay 1 night in Rotorua.
Driving time Rotorua to Taupo 76 km / 47 miles, 1 hour
Enjoy a Peek at the Lake Scenic Floatplane Flight with highlights including flying over the ‘Craters of the Moon’ and the Huka Falls.
Stay 1 night in Taupo.
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. At the Waitomo Glowworm Caves, thousands of tiny glowworms cling to the cave ceiling, creating a starry sky within the underground night. Nearby, the Ruakuri Cave is home to an innovative spiral entrance, echoing waterfalls, and limestone that flows into delicate shawl-like formations.
Driving time Waitomo Caves to Auckland 190 km / 118 miles, 2.5 hours
Following your Waitomo Caves adventure continue onward to Auckland at your leisure.
Stay 2 nights in Auckland City.
Spoil yourself today with a premium Waiheke Island Wine Tour. Travel to Waiheke Island on the ferry. Be transported around the island in a spacious SUV, visit a selection of wineries including Peacock Sky, Cable Bay, Mud Brick and Kennedy Point vineyards. Enjoy a superb main course fine dining lunch with a glass of wine.
Drop your rental car off at Auckland Airport and depart Auckland.
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