LT48D5 Best of the North – Self Drive (5 Days / 4 Nights) Itinerary Eleven


(per adult)

This five day / four night self drive touring option allows you to explore Auckland, north to the Bay of Islands and south to Rotorua at your leisure. There are options available for the Hole in the Rock Cruise,in the Bay of Islands, and a host of attractions in Rotorua. All can be pre-booked through the booking menu.

• Bay of Islands & Waitangi
• Hole in the Rock Cruise (optional)
• Historic Russell
• Auckland
• Hobbiton
• Rotorua with many optional attractions
• Waitomo Caves
• 4 Night Four Star Hotel Accommodation
• 5 Day Car Hire SDAR Car – Toyota Corolla or similar


Day One Auckland – Bay of Island
Collect your rental car at either Auckland International Airport or from a downtown location and depart Auckland driving north over Auckland’s Harbour Bridge and along the Hibiscus Coast, with golden sand beaches. Along the journey you may be able to view the kauri, one of New Zealand’s mighty native trees. The journey continues, travelling through Whangarei arriving in the beautiful township of Paihia in the Bay of Islands. This afternoon a visit and a guided tour of the Waitangi Treaty Grounds the site of the historic treaty between the Maori and European pioneers, has been arranged. View a magnificent Maori meeting house and large war canoe. Remainder of the afternoon and evening is at leisure to explore Paihia and the surrounding area.
Evening Accommodation Scenic Circle Bay of Islands Hotel or similar

Day Two – Bay of Islands – Auckland
Today you can have the morning at leisure or enjoy a cruise to Cape Brett and Piercy Island and discover the Bay’s highlights from the water. (This optional extra is available on the booking menu opposite.) Sea conditions permitting travel through the cavernous Hole in the Rock and marvel at what nature has created. Spot dolphins frolicking, seals and more. Returned to Russell with a sightseeing tour of this historic township. Enjoy some shopping alone the waterfront before returning to Paihia. At your leisure you will return to Auckland. Evening Accommodation Heritage Hotel Auckland or similar

Day Three Auckland – Hobbiton – Rotorua
Depart from Auckland and travel by road to Rotorua via Hobbiton, the farm that has been transformed for The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit movie set. Tour fairy-tale landscapes of the Shire, see 44 hobbit holes, the Mill and double arch bridge, the party tree and visit the Green Dragon Inn. Admission to Hobbiton is included. On departing Hobbiton your travel continues through the scenic Kaimai Ranges to Rotorua. Accommodation Millennium Hotel Rotorua or similar

Day Four Rotorua
Today tour this geothermal wonderland, known as Rotorua. Today is one of leisure for you to explore this amazing geothermal world. Not only will you have time to explore the township, the lake and the beautiful Government Gardens but you will also have the opportunity to visit several of the attractions that are located in and around Rotorua, such as Te Puia, the Whakarewarewa Thermal Reserve and Maori Arts and Craft Institute, the thermal valley with the famous Pohutu Geyser, and boiling mud pools. Rainbow Springs and the famous New Zealand kiwi bird. Agrodome, with a tour of a working farm. Watch a sheep being shorn, hand-feed the animals and a sheep dog trial. This evening there is the option of visiting Tamaki Maori Village for an evening of Maori Culture and a hangi dinner. The admission to any of these attractions can be purchased at the time of booking, see extras opposite. Accommodation Millennium Hotel Rotorua or similar

Day Five Rotorua – Waitomo – Auckland
Depart Rotorua and travel through the lush Waikato Plains, the Fitzgerald Glade and Mamaku Hills to Waitomo. A guided tour of the Waitomo Caves by boat into the famous Glowworm Grotto, is included in this tour package. Wander through subterranean caverns and see spectacular limestone rock formations. From Waitomo you will continue through the beautiful Waikato region, with its extensive dairy farming to Auckland where the tour concludes. You can return your rental car to either Auckland Airport or to a downtown Auckland rental location.

Please Note:
The tour pricing is on a twin share basis with up to two adults and two children travelling (children will be sharing the same hotel room as their parents). Should a single person be travelling, then the single person supplement will apply. See extras available on the booking menu
By adding optional extras at the time of booking you will receive a 10% discount on the extras as well as on the actual booking.

Important Information Regarding Your Vehicle Rental:
1. The vehicle included with this rental is a Standard Size SDAR car, Toyota Corolla or similar
2. There are options to upgrade the vehicle size at the time of booking, see extras available on the booking menu
3. The vehicle comes equipped with Satellite Navigation
4. The standard size vehicle can carry up to 5 people, and up to two large and two small suitcases
5. The vehicle rental has a NZ$575.00 insurance excess for any vehicle damage, regardless of fault. There is the option to purchase vehicle collision damage wavier, reducing the excess to $0, see extras available on the booking menu.

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Tour type: Daily Tour
Duration: 5 days / 4 nights
Maximum number of people: 4
Location: Self Drive – North Island