14 Day North Island Kiwi Experience Holiday Package
Discover the North Island with this all-inclusive self drive holiday package including a real Kiwi experience with a fantastic farm stay…
North Island Holiday Package Includes:
- 14 Nights in 4 Star Accommodation (including 2 night Farm Stay near Waitomo with Breakfast)
- Car Hire: Premium Toyota Corolla Automatic including Full Insurance (0-18 months old)
- Bay of Islands Hole in the Rock Cruise
- Hahei Explorer Boat Tour to Cathedral Cove
- Hobbiton Movie Set Tour
- Te Puia Te Po Maori Evening Experience including Hangi Dinner
- Waitomo Caves Combo (Waitomo Glowworm Cave and Ruakuri Cave)
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 will find an abundance of marine life that includes whales, penguins and dolphins. In the afternoon, relax on one of the many warm secluded beaches and explore the area.
Stay 2 nights in Paihia, Bay of Islands.
Day 3 Bay of Islands
Today, discover the Bay of Islands, and the ‘Hole in the Rock’ on a premium cruise and experience the very best of the Bay of Islands. With a Nature Guide on board, discover new facts and stories as you interact with marine life. You may see dolphins, whales, and orcas as you explore the beautiful bay. Stop for a delicious island lunch and a chance to explore.
In the afternoon you have the option to experience Maori culture by visiting Waitangi’s treaty house, gardens and national marae (meeting house).
Day 4 Auckland
Driving time Bay of Islands to Auckland 219 km / 136 miles, 4 hours
Journey back to Auckland and relax in the city for the afternoon, exploring attractions such as the Sky Tower, Auckland Zoo or Viaduct Harbour, or doing a bit of boutique shopping.
Stay 1 night in Auckland City.
Day 5 Coromandel Peninsula
Driving time Auckland to Coromandel Peninsula 187 km / 116 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 6 Coromandel Peninsula
Discover the excitement and adventure of the Hahei Explorer boat tour to Cathedral Cove – the most photographed beach in New Zealand. Penguins, seals and dolphins are a big favourite when they take time out of their busy schedules to visit the boat. Visit places only accessible by boat, including coastal islands in the marine reserve and spectacular sea caves. When the tide is right you will be taken inside an amazing blowhole 80 feet high – a truly magical place.
Day 7 Tauranga
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. Why not take to the sky with Aerius Helicopters and explore the nearby active volcano, White Island?
Stay 1 night in Tauranga.
Day 8 Hobbiton > Rotorua
Driving 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, visit the Hobbiton Movie Set from the Lord of the Rings films in a fascinating two-hour guided tour. The set has been completely rebuilt and will remain as it was seen in the films. 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 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 9 Rotorua
Relax in Rotorua for the day.
In the evening, enjoy dinner at Rotorua’s most spectacular location – Skyline Restaurant. Sit back and relax as the views from the gondola unfold on your 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, 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 a range of sumptuous 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.
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.
Day 10 Taupo
Driving time Rotorua to Taupo 76 km / 47 miles, 1 hour
Enjoy the short drive south to Taupo, rich in natural beauty and filled with attractions such as the Huka Falls, boat cruises, Taupo Bungy and the famous Great Lake Hole-in-One Golf Challenge.
Stay 2 nights in Taupo.
Day 11 Taupo
Relax in Taupo for the day. Taupo is a great lake for water-skiing, sailing and kayaking. The Maori rock carvings at Mine Bay, which can only be seen from the water, make for a great boat trip or kayaking excursion. The forests surrounding the lake offer hiking and mountain biking to suit all levels of experience. Just north of Lake Taupo you’ll find New Zealand’s most visited attraction, the magnificent Huka Falls, where more than 220,000 litres of water thunder over the cliff face every second.
Day 12 Waitomo
Driving time Taupo to Waitomo Caves 153 km / 95 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 Otorohanga 24 km / 14 miles, 20 minutes
After discovering the Waitomo Caves, drive the short distance to Otorohanga and to a beautiful hilltop luxury farmstay. Relax and explore the area in the afternoon – this peaceful and quiet location has panoramic views of extinct volcanoes, rolling hills and green valleys. While you spend time on a working farm, explore the farmland and visit the animals, with the option to do a scenic farm tour.
Stay 2 nights near Waitomo (Otorohanga) at a Farm Stay with full cooked gourmet breakfast and continental breakfast.
Day 13 Waitomo
Relax and explore Otorohanga and the area surrounding your farm stay today. Options include taking a walk around the farm and exploring the farm’s 3 acres of landscaped gardens with panoramic views.
Day 14 Auckland
Driving time Otorohanga to Auckland 198 km / 123 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 Trip, 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.
Day 15 Depart Auckland
Drop off your rental car at Auckland Airport and depart Auckland.