North Island Discovery Self-Drive 12D/11N

This exciting 12-day route will give you a taste of the upper North Island’s beauty and culture.

Enjoy urban delights and harbour cruises in Auckland and travel inland to the geysers, boiling mud pools and craters of Rotorua and Taupo.

Explore caves and Hobbit holes in Waikato, then cap your journey off with a visit to Northland for dolphins, giant kauri trees and plenty of history.

Tour Highlights

  • Explore the beautiful Bay of Islands
  • Experience a Geyser in Rotorua
  • Immerse yourself into the world of Lord of the Rings in Hobbiton Village
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Tour Information


  • - 13 day intermediate auto car hire on standard insurance, pick-up from Auckland Airport on day 1 and drop-off Wellington Airport or Interislander Ferry Terminal on day 12.
  • - 2 nights Auckland, 2 nights Paihia, 1 night Hamilton, 2 nights Rotorua, 1 night Taupo, 2 nights Whanganui, 1 night Wellington standard hotel accommodation.
  • *Advertised pricing is on a per person basis*


Departs Daily, Year Round


Day 1: Arrival in Auckland

Auckland Airport to Auckland city 25 km / approx. driving time of 25 mins.

Overnight Auckland.

Day 2: Auckland

Optional Add-On: Waiheke Explorer tour. Half Day Tour.

Overnight Auckland.

Day 3: Paihia

Auckland to Paihia 230 km / approx. driving time of 3 hours.

Overnight Paihia.

Day 4: Paihia

Optional Add-On: Bay of Islands Tall Ship Sail. Full Day Tour.

Overnight Paihia.

Day 5: Hamilton

Paihia to Hamilton 350 km / approx. driving time of 4.5 hours.

Overnight Hamilton.

Day 6: Rotorua

Hamilton to Hobbiton Village 50 km / approx. driving time of 45 mins

Hobbiton Village to Rotorua 85 km / approx. driving time of 1 hour 15 mins

Optional Add-On: Hobbiton Movie Set Tour. 2 hours.

Overnight Rotorua.

Day 7: Rotorua

Optional Add-On: Hells Gate Mud Baths. 2 hours.

Optional Add-On: Tamaki Maori Village Tour. Half Day Tour.

Overnight Rotorua.

Day 8: Taupo

Rotorua to Taupo 80 km / approx. driving time of 1 hour.

Overnight Taupo.

Day 9: Whanganui

Taupo to Whanganui 220 km / approx. driving time of 3 hours.

Overnight Whanganui.

Day 10: Whanganui

Optional Add-On: Whanganui River Canoe Journey. Half Day Tour.

Overnight Whanganui.

Day 11: Wellington

Whanganui to Wellington 190 km / approx. driving time of 2.5 hours.

Overnight Wellington.

Day 12: Depart Wellington

Wellington Airport /Interislander Ferry Terminal.

Optional Add-On: Interislander Ferry from Wellington to Picton.