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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  • 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

Auckland Airport. Overnight Auckland.
Auckland Airport to Auckland city 25 kms / approx. driving time 25 mins.

Day 2

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

Day 3

Paihia. Overnight Paihia.
Auckland to Paihia 230 kms / approx. driving time 3 hours.

Day 4

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

Day 5

Hamilton. Overnight Hamilton.
Paihia to Hamilton 350 kms / approx. driving time 4.5 hours.

Day 6

Rotorua. Overnight Rotorua.
Hamilton to Hobbiton Village 50 kms / approx. driving time 45 mins
Hobbiton Village to Rotorua 85 kms / approx. driving time 1 hour 15 mins.
Optional Add-On: Hobbiton Movie Set Tour. 2 hours.

Day 7

Rotorua. Overnight Rotorua.
Optional Add-On: Hells Gate Mud Baths. 2 hours.
Optional Add-On: Tamaki Maori Village Tour. Half Day Tour.

Day 8

Taupo. Overnight Taupo.
Rotorua to Taupo 80 kms / approx. driving time 1 hour.

Day 9

Whanganui. Overnight Whanganui.
Taupo to Whanganui 220 kms / approx. driving time 3 hours.

Day 10

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

Day 11

Wellington. Overnight Wellington.
Whanganui to Wellington 190 kms / approx. driving time 2.5 hours.

Day 12

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