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.
Max group size:
- - 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*
Departures:Departs Daily, Year Round
Day 1: Arrival in Auckland
Auckland Airport to Auckland city 25 km / approx. driving time of 25 mins.
Day 2: Auckland
Optional Add-On: Waiheke Explorer tour. Half Day Tour.
Day 3: Paihia
Auckland to Paihia 230 km / approx. driving time of 3 hours.
Day 4: Paihia
Optional Add-On: Bay of Islands Tall Ship Sail. Full Day Tour.
Day 5: Hamilton
Paihia to Hamilton 350 km / approx. driving time of 4.5 hours.
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.
Day 7: Rotorua
Optional Add-On: Hells Gate Mud Baths. 2 hours.
Optional Add-On: Tamaki Maori Village Tour. Half Day Tour.
Day 8: Taupo
Rotorua to Taupo 80 km / approx. driving time of 1 hour.
Day 9: Whanganui
Taupo to Whanganui 220 km / approx. driving time of 3 hours.
Day 10: Whanganui
Optional Add-On: Whanganui River Canoe Journey. Half Day Tour.
Day 11: Wellington
Whanganui to Wellington 190 km / approx. driving time of 2.5 hours.
Day 12: Depart Wellington
Wellington Airport /Interislander Ferry Terminal.
Optional Add-On: Interislander Ferry from Wellington to Picton.