Northern Discovery Self-Drive Tour

7 nights from £2,598 per person

Best time to travel NOV - APR

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Itinerary Highlights

  • Explore the ancient limestone region of Waitomo Caves
  • Experience Maori culture at Te Puia
  • Enjoy Wellington at your own pace

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7 nights from £2,598 per person
Best time to travel NOV - APR
All of our holidays are tailor-made to your requirements by an expert Travel Specialist
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Explore New Zealand’s North Island, starting from Auckland and taking in Rotorua, Taupo and Napier before ending at Wellington.

Along the way, visit Waitomo Glowworm Caves, the Maori Arts & Crafts Institute at Te Puia and enjoy a traditional Maori Hangi dinner. 


Day 1  Arrival in Auckland

Upon arrival at Auckland Airport, you will be transferred to your hotel. Depending on your arrival time, relax and explore the popular waterside Wynyard Quarter and Viaduct Harbour areas of Auckland. There are a host of cafés, restaurants and bars to choose from.

Day 2  Auckland – Waitomo Caves – Rotorua (218 miles)

This morning collect your rental car and travel south to Waitomo Caves, an ancient limestone region under which lies a labyrinth of caves. Expert guides provide historical and geographical commentary before you view the millions of glow worms on the cavern roof above you. Continue through lake and farmland to geothermal Rotorua. 

Day 3  Rotorua

Experience Maori culture at Te Puia, where the ancient arts of woodcarving and weaving are explained. Take a tour through a thermal valley full of geysers and mud pools. Explore Rainbow Springs Kiwi Wildlife Park, before visiting the Agrodome, a working farm with displays. End your day with a meal cooked the Maori way accompanied by traditional music and dance. 

Day 4  Rotorua – Taupo – Napier (136 miles)

Today travel south via Lake Taupo. The three volcanic mountains of Ruapehu, Ngauruhoe and Tongariro dominate the scenery. Enjoy the drive as the scenery changes from forest to rugged mountain ranges and then to fertile vineyards. Continue on to Hawke’s Bay, which is well-known for its gourmet food and world-class wineries.

Day 5  Napier

A day to relax and enjoy the city of Napier. Napier was heavily affected by an earthquake in 1931 which resulted in the city being rebuilt in the style of the times. Today it is considered to be the “art deco capital of the world”. Bird lovers might enjoy a visit to nearby Cape Kidnappers, which is home to the most accessible gannet colony in the world. 

Day 6  Napier – Wellington (196 miles)

Breathe in the wonderfully clean air and admire the green scenery as you continue your drive south to New Zealand’s capital city, Wellington.  

Day 7  Wellington

The day is yours to enjoy Wellington at your own pace. Compact, cultured and full of character, the city is nestled between harbour and hills and is great for exploring on foot. Te Papa Tongarewa is New Zealand’s national museum. It is located on the waterfront and is supposed to be one of the best interactive museums in the world. Wellington is also known for its live theatre, art galleries, restaurants and cultural activities. 

Day 8  Wellington to UK

Today you will drop off your rental vehicle at Wellington airport in time for your flight back to the UK.

Northern Discovery Self-Drive Tour
7 nights from £2,598 per person
All of our holidays are tailor-made to your requirements by an expert Travel Specialist
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