North Island Explorer Self-Drive 12D/11N

As you travel North, explore historical sites, tranquil beaches and dramatic geothermal attractions.

The urban pleasures of Auckland city mix with creativity in Coromandel, Maori culture in Rotorua, and a delicious variety of gourmet food and wine throughout.

Tour Highlights

  • Explore the capital city of New Zealand, Wellington
  • Immerse yourself in the Maori culture in Rotorua
  • Wine and dine in the Hawkes Bay region of the North Island of New Zealand
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Tour Information


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


Departs Daily, Year Round


Day 1: Arrival in Wellington

Wellington Airport / Interislander Ferry Terminal.

  • – Wellington Airport to Wellington City 10 km / approx. driving time of 25 mins.
  • – Interislander Ferry Terminal to Wellington city 4 km / approx. driving time of 10 mins.


Overnight Wellington.

Day 2: Wellington

Optional Add-On: Wellington City & Bays Afternoon Tour. Half Day Tour.

Overnight Wellington.

Day 3: Napier

Wellington to Napier 320km / approx. driving time of 4 hours.

Overnight Napier

Day 4: Napier

Optional Add-On: Hawke’s Bay Wine Experience Tour. Half Day Tour.

Overnight Napier.

Day 5: Rotorua

Napier to Rotorua via Taupo 210 km / approx. driving time of 2.5 hours.

Overnight Rotorua.

Day 6: Rotorua

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

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

Overnight Rotorua.

Day 7: Tauranga

Rotorua to Tauranga 75 km / approx. driving time of 1 hour.

Overnight Tauranga.

Day 8: Tauranga

Optional Add-On: Island & Wildlife Cruise. Full Day Tour.

Overnight Tauranga.

Day 9: Pauanui

Tauranga to Pauanui 135 km / approx. driving time of 2 hours.

Overnight Pauanui.

Day 10: Pauanui

Optional Add-On: Cathedral Cove Kayak Tour from Hahei Beach. Half Day Tour.

Overnight Pauanui.

Day 11: Auckland

Pauanui to Auckland 150 km / approx. driving time of 2 hours.

Overnight Auckland.

Day 12: Depart from Auckland

Depart from Auckland Airport.