LT49D6A Islands, City & Geysers – Self Drive (6 days / 5 nights) Itinerary Fourteen


(per adult)

This six day / five 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 Auckland Sightseeing, a Cape Reinga Coach Day Tour, 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
• Cape Reinga
• 90 Mile Beach
• Hole in the Rock Cruise (optional)
• Historic Russell
• Auckland
• Hobbiton
• Rotorua with many optional attractions
• Waitomo Caves
• 5 Night Four Star Hotel Accommodation
• 6 Day Car Hire SDAR Car – Toyota Corolla or similar


Day One Auckland – Bay of Island
Arrive Auckland and collect your rental vehilce from either Auckland Airport or 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 – Paihia, Ninety Mile Beach, Cape Reinga
Today you have the option of exploring on your own and if you wish drive north to the top of the North Island, Cape Reinga. Your will travel through rolling heavily forested hill country and some ancient subtropical rainforest before travelling the final 90 miles along a narrow strip of land with the Pacific Ocean on one side and the Tasman Sea on the other. As an alternative to self-driving you do have the option today of taking a day tour by coach from Paihia to Cape Reinga, see optional extras listed opposite. The coach journey will include travel along the aptly named Ninety Mile Beach to Cape Reinga, where two great oceans meet at the very top of New Zealand. A buffet style lunch is included on the tour and a stop will be made at a local museum, (contains good information pertaining to the original Maori and early European settlement of this area). The tour returns to Paihia late afternoon.

Day Three – 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 Four 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. This evening there is the option of visiting Tamaki Maori Village for an evening of Maori Culture and a hangi dinner. See optional extra on booking menu opposite. Accommodation Millennium Hotel Rotorua or similar

Day Five Rotorua – Waitomo – Auckland
This morning in this geothermal wonderland, known as Rotorua you have the option of visiting one of the many attractions Rotorua has to offer, such as Te Puia and the Haka Concert, Agrodome for a sheep shearing and sheep dog demonstration, Rainbow Springs or the living Maori Village and geothermal area of Whakarewarewa. The admission to any of these attractions can be purchased at the time of booking, see extras opposite. Departing Rotorua 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. Evening Accommodation Heritage Hotel Auckland or similar

Day Six Auckland
A day of  leisure in Auckland. Should time permit join a half day ( 3 hour ) Auckland City Sightseeing tour, see optional extras opposite. You can return your rental car to either Auckland Airport or to a downtown Auckland rental location at which time your six day tour will conclude.

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: 6 days / 5 nights
Maximum number of people: 4
Location: Self Drive – North Island