8 days in the North Island

8 days / 7 nights
From NZ$2,924
NZ$2,642 for travel during April 2019 - book by 31 January
2 Adults & 2 Children aged 2-14 years
2 Adults & 2 Children aged 2-14 years

Wind your way through the North Island from cosmopolitan Auckland to Rotorua where you'll experience Maori culture, boiling mud pools and steaming geysers.  From there journey to the Art Deco capital of Napier, a region hit by a devastating earthquake in 1931.  An intensive rebuilding programme resulted in one of the world's greatest collections of Art Deco buildings being created.  

Your final day is in New Zealand's much-loved political and cultural capital.  Ride the Cable Car to Mt Victoria lookout, wander along the waterfront walkway, explore the Museum of NZ Te Papa Tongarewa or take a train to one of the outlying suburbs.

Highlights

  • Spend time in Auckland, our largest city
  • Maori Culture in Rotorua
  • Geothermal activity in the Central Plateau
  • Art Deco Napier
  • Vibrant Welllington

Departure Dates

Any date to suit your plans

Day 1:  Arrive in Auckland
Shoot up the Sky Tower for 360 degree views of Auckland.  Be brave and step out on the glass viewing platform to see what is going on way down below.  Perhaps challenge yourselves to a SkyWalk or SkyJump from the tower.

Day 2:  At Auckland
Visit many of the city's iconic attractions on the Hop on Hop off Double-Decker Bus.  14 attractions are available with your pass, and with buses departing every 30 minutes this is a great way to explore the city.

Day 3:  Auckland to Rotorua via Waitomo (320 kms, 4 hrs)
Take delivery of your car and travel to Rotorua for a two night stay.  Enroute you have a pass for the world-famous Waitomo Glowworm Caves.  Be amazed by the thousands of magical glowworms above, as you drift silently by boat in the cave grotto.  See live Kiwi in the Otorohanga Kiwi House and stroll through the native bird enclosure, New Zealand's largest public collection of native birds.

Relax at the end of the day in one of Rotorua's famous mineral pools.

Day 4:  At Rotorua
Included in your package is a 90 minute fun tour on an authentic WWII amphibious "duck" around the city and lakes.

Walk or take a mountain bike through the Whakarewarewa Redwood Forest then go on a gondola ride up Mount Ngongotaha for 180 degree views of the city, lake and surrounding hinterlands.  Brave kids will want to ride the Sky Swing hoisting them 50 metres high above the Skyline and swoop them 150kph out over the beautiful views of Rotorua.  Below the Gondola is Rainbow Springs and Kiwi Wildlife Park where you can get up close and personal with all of New Zealand's favourite native birds and lizards, including the kiwi and tuatara.  Hop aboard the Big Splash water ride to see life size dinosaurs, moas and other now extinct species.  Be prepared for the adrenalin boosting plunge at the end!

Drive an off-road 4WD, 4x4 or Go-Kart and have fun on an Agrojet, Swoop, Shweeb or Freefall Xtreme at the Agrodome Adventure Park.

Day 5:  Rotorua to Napier (225 kms, 3 hrs 40 mins)
Visit The Prawn Farm enroute at Taupo where you can fish for these feisty little critters and the onsite restaurant will cook them for you.  Take a thrilling jet boat ride to Huka Falls and feel the rush of 270,000 litres per second of crystal clear water thundering towards you!

At Napier take an overland safari to the Gannet Sanctuary, the world's largest, most accessible Gannet nesting place.  You will be driven right to within a few feet of these remarkable birds.

Day 6:  At Napier
Drive to the top of Te Mata Peak for scenic views of the region, cool off at Splash Planet, sample chocolate at The Silky Oak Chocolate Factory or visit the National Aquarium of New Zealand.  In summer months travel the short distance to Hastings to sample luscious fruits and visit the Farmyard Zoo.

Day 7:  Rotorua to Wellington (460 kms, 6 hrs)
Journey to our capital city via Martinborough wine country.  Take a rest-stop from your travels at this quaint wee village to feed and water the family.  Mum and Dad might like to sample wines at one of the local wineries within walking distance of the village square.

Day 8:  At Wellington
Depending on your flight departure there are many activities to keep you all entertained.  Visit Te Papa, New Zealand's extraordinary interactive national museum.  Stroll along the waterfront walkway and enjoy the beauty that is "Harbour City".  Join a Lord of the Rings film locations tour - half and full day options are available, take the cable car to the Botanic Gardens and the Carter Observatory.  Jump on a train and head out to one of Wellington's outer cities.

Depart Wellington bound for your return home or continue with your holiday by adding a South Island itinerary.

 

 

 

  • 7 nights accommodation in self-catering motels or holiday parks
  • Car hire for the duration of the tour.  1.8L Auto Sedan including unlimited kms, basic insurance, airport fees, extra driver fee, one way fee, 24 hr roadside assistance.
  • Sky Tower Observation Deck, Auckland
  • Hop on Hop off Explorer Bus, Auckland
  • Waitomo Glowworm Caves
  • Agrodome Farm Show, Rotorua
  • Rotorua Duck Tour

 

  • Rangitoto Volcanic Explorer Tour
  • Magic Broomstick Tour, Auckland
  • Hobbiton Movie Set Tour
  • Skyline & Luge, Rotorua
  • Agroventures Adventure Park, Rotorua
  • Silky Oak Chocolate Company, Napier
  • Zealandia Eco-Sanctuary, Wellington
  • Pukaha Mount Bruce - home of the famous White Kiwi

Description & Highlights

Wind your way through the North Island from cosmopolitan Auckland to Rotorua where you'll experience Maori culture, boiling mud pools and steaming geysers.  From there journey to the Art Deco capital of Napier, a region hit by a devastating earthquake in 1931.  An intensive rebuilding programme resulted in one of the world's greatest collections of Art Deco buildings being created.  

Your final day is in New Zealand's much-loved political and cultural capital.  Ride the Cable Car to Mt Victoria lookout, wander along the waterfront walkway, explore the Museum of NZ Te Papa Tongarewa or take a train to one of the outlying suburbs.

Itinerary

Day 1:  Arrive in Auckland
Shoot up the Sky Tower for 360 degree views of Auckland.  Be brave and step out on the glass viewing platform to see what is going on way down below.  Perhaps challenge yourselves to a SkyWalk or SkyJump from the tower.

Day 2:  At Auckland
Visit many of the city's iconic attractions on the Hop on Hop off Double-Decker Bus.  14 attractions are available with your pass, and with buses departing every 30 minutes this is a great way to explore the city.

Day 3:  Auckland to Rotorua via Waitomo (320 kms, 4 hrs)
Take delivery of your car and travel to Rotorua for a two night stay.  Enroute you have a pass for the world-famous Waitomo Glowworm Caves.  Be amazed by the thousands of magical glowworms above, as you drift silently by boat in the cave grotto.  See live Kiwi in the Otorohanga Kiwi House and stroll through the native bird enclosure, New Zealand's largest public collection of native birds.

Relax at the end of the day in one of Rotorua's famous mineral pools.

Day 4:  At Rotorua
Included in your package is a 90 minute fun tour on an authentic WWII amphibious "duck" around the city and lakes.

Walk or take a mountain bike through the Whakarewarewa Redwood Forest then go on a gondola ride up Mount Ngongotaha for 180 degree views of the city, lake and surrounding hinterlands.  Brave kids will want to ride the Sky Swing hoisting them 50 metres high above the Skyline and swoop them 150kph out over the beautiful views of Rotorua.  Below the Gondola is Rainbow Springs and Kiwi Wildlife Park where you can get up close and personal with all of New Zealand's favourite native birds and lizards, including the kiwi and tuatara.  Hop aboard the Big Splash water ride to see life size dinosaurs, moas and other now extinct species.  Be prepared for the adrenalin boosting plunge at the end!

Drive an off-road 4WD, 4x4 or Go-Kart and have fun on an Agrojet, Swoop, Shweeb or Freefall Xtreme at the Agrodome Adventure Park.

Day 5:  Rotorua to Napier (225 kms, 3 hrs 40 mins)
Visit The Prawn Farm enroute at Taupo where you can fish for these feisty little critters and the onsite restaurant will cook them for you.  Take a thrilling jet boat ride to Huka Falls and feel the rush of 270,000 litres per second of crystal clear water thundering towards you!

At Napier take an overland safari to the Gannet Sanctuary, the world's largest, most accessible Gannet nesting place.  You will be driven right to within a few feet of these remarkable birds.

Day 6:  At Napier
Drive to the top of Te Mata Peak for scenic views of the region, cool off at Splash Planet, sample chocolate at The Silky Oak Chocolate Factory or visit the National Aquarium of New Zealand.  In summer months travel the short distance to Hastings to sample luscious fruits and visit the Farmyard Zoo.

Day 7:  Rotorua to Wellington (460 kms, 6 hrs)
Journey to our capital city via Martinborough wine country.  Take a rest-stop from your travels at this quaint wee village to feed and water the family.  Mum and Dad might like to sample wines at one of the local wineries within walking distance of the village square.

Day 8:  At Wellington
Depending on your flight departure there are many activities to keep you all entertained.  Visit Te Papa, New Zealand's extraordinary interactive national museum.  Stroll along the waterfront walkway and enjoy the beauty that is "Harbour City".  Join a Lord of the Rings film locations tour - half and full day options are available, take the cable car to the Botanic Gardens and the Carter Observatory.  Jump on a train and head out to one of Wellington's outer cities.

Depart Wellington bound for your return home or continue with your holiday by adding a South Island itinerary.

 

 

 

Included In Package

  • 7 nights accommodation in self-catering motels or holiday parks
  • Car hire for the duration of the tour.  1.8L Auto Sedan including unlimited kms, basic insurance, airport fees, extra driver fee, one way fee, 24 hr roadside assistance.
  • Sky Tower Observation Deck, Auckland
  • Hop on Hop off Explorer Bus, Auckland
  • Waitomo Glowworm Caves
  • Agrodome Farm Show, Rotorua
  • Rotorua Duck Tour

 

Optional Extras

  • Rangitoto Volcanic Explorer Tour
  • Magic Broomstick Tour, Auckland
  • Hobbiton Movie Set Tour
  • Skyline & Luge, Rotorua
  • Agroventures Adventure Park, Rotorua
  • Silky Oak Chocolate Company, Napier
  • Zealandia Eco-Sanctuary, Wellington
  • Pukaha Mount Bruce - home of the famous White Kiwi
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