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North Island New Zealand Self Drive Tours & Holidays

33 Ways to experience New Zealand's North Island

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From Cape Reinga to Wellington - the North Island has so much to offer

The North Island is steeped in modern and ancient history from Waitangi in the Bay of Islands, the birthplace of modern New Zealand to Rotorua, a vibrant city renown for telling the stories of Maori history and it's ancestors. World class cities, superb Coromandel beaches, the movie scenes of Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit and wonderful natural wonders such as Waitomo and its caves provide something for everyone to enjoy.

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Rotorua geothermal area, New Zealand

Cape to Capital self drive tour

17 days from Auckland to Wellington

 Accommodation: Motels
 Interests: Food & wine, Family touring, Honeymoon, Classic driving tours, The Hobbit & LOTR
  Explore the best of the North Island at a relaxing pace, allowing you time to soak up the atmosphere and enjoy the diverse scenery.  From the ‘City of Sails’ you’ll journey north to the tropical Bay of Islands for 3 nights.  Then meander back down the island via the Kauri Coast, Snells Beach and the Coromandel Peninsula before hitting the cultural centre of Rotorua.  Continue on to the vibrant city of Wellington via the wine regions of the Hawkes Bay and the Wairarapa.more
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Wineries, North Island, New Zealand

Auckland to Wellington food & wine trail

11 days from Auckland to Wellington

 Accommodation: Hotel 4 star
 Interests: Wildlife & nature, Food & wine, Family touring, Honeymoon, Classic driving tours
 Hop from one gastronomic delight to another as you self drive your way through the countryside. Explore some of the finest wineries culminating in a walking tour of the hidden food gems of Wellington city.more
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Cathedral Cove, Coromandel, New Zealand

The Central Highlights Walking Tour

9 days from Auckland to Auckland

 Accommodation: Hotel 4 star
 Interests: Adventure, Family touring, Honeymoon, Walking & hiking, Classic driving tours
  Explore a variety of landscapes and natural wonders of the North Island on this short walking highlights tour.  Begin with the idyllic Coromandel Peninsula with its white sandy beaches and lush forests.  You then tackle one of the world’s greatest one day hikes, the Tongariro Crossing.  Located in the striking volcanic plateau of Tongariro National Park, a world heritage area of outstanding beauty.  You’ll also have time to discover the unique Maori culture in Rotorua and the fascinating limestone caves and glow worms of Waitomo.more
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Rotorua, New Zealand

The Volcanic Centre self drive tour

8 days from Auckland to Auckland

 Accommodation: Hotel 4 star
 Interests: Adventure, Family touring, National parks, Honeymoon, Classic driving tours, The Hobbit & LOTR
 A tour through the heart of the North Island highlighting its incredible diversity. Experience the rich culture of Rotorua and its volcanic past and present with a trip by helicopter to White Island Volcanomore
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Russell, New Zealand

The Winterless North

6 days from Auckland to Auckland

 Accommodation: Boutique lodges & hotels
 Interests: Wildlife & nature, Family touring, Luxury touring, Classic driving tours
  Explore the tropical Bay of Islands, the magnificent giant Kauri trees of the Waipoua Forest and the boutique wine region of Matakana, the winterless north is the perfect year round destination. Along the way you'll stay at charming boutique lodges where you can relax in style after each day's adventure.more
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White Island, New Zealand

Cities, Volcanoes and Vineyards Luxury Tour

11 days from Auckland to Auckland

 Accommodation: Luxury Lodges & hotels
 Interests: Wildlife & nature, Food & wine, Adventure, Family touring, Luxury touring, Honeymoon
  Explore the Central North Island's jewels. You'll be met by your private transfer at Auckland Airport and whisked to meet your ferry to the idyllic Waiheke Island.  Delamore Lodge is the perfect spot to recover from a long flight and the included wine tour will introduce you to the delights of this charming island retreat.  Returning to Auckland you pick up your car and travel south to Rotorua and Solitaire Lodge.  Here you’ll encounter the fascinating Maori Culture and enjoy a fabulous day trip to the volcanic White Island by helicopter.  Next stop is Lake Taupo, where you try your hand at trout fishing and relax at the world renowned Huka Lodge.  The final stretch of your North Island experience takes you to the Hawkes Bay, New Zealand’s oldest wine region and the impeccable Farm at Cape Kidnappers, here you have time to explore the wineries or play a round of golf or simply relax.  You’ll be flow back to Auckland to meet your departing international flight.more
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Coromandel Peninsula, New Zealand

7 Day Central North Island Explorer Tour

7 days from Auckland to Auckland

 Accommodation: Motels
 Interests: Adventure, Family touring, Honeymoon, Classic driving tours, The Hobbit & LOTR
  This tour takes you through the heart of the North Island, highlighting its incredible diversity. Begin with a local’s favourite, the Coromandel Peninsula – here you’ll explore Cathedral Cove Marine Reserve.  Then it’s on to Rotorua to experience the rich culture of the area with a visit to Mitai Maori Village and Rainbow Springs, plus a full day to explore the thermal wonders. Next stop is Taupo, the largest lake in New Zealand where you’ll ride the thrilling Huka Falls Jet Boat.  Returning to Auckland you’ll stop at the world famous Waitomo Glow Worm Caves for an underground adventure.more
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Rotorua, New Zealand

North Island Southbound Highlights

9 days from Auckland to Wellington

 Accommodation: Hotel 3 star
 Interests: Food & wine, Family touring, Honeymoon, Classic driving tours, The Hobbit & LOTR
  Journey south through New Zealand’s North Island from Auckland, the ‘City of Sails’ to the quirky capital city of Wellington.  Along the way you’ll encounter Maori culture in Rotorua,  explore the Art Deco architecture and vineyards of Napier and travel at a relaxed pace allowing you to really soak up the atmosphere of each destination.more
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Gannet colony, New Zealand

7 Day North Island Explorer

7 days from Wellington to Auckland

 Accommodation: Hotel 3 star
 Interests: Wildlife & nature, Adventure, Family touring, National parks, Honeymoon, Classic driving tours
 Leaving the capital city of Wellington enjoy the heart of the North Island as your self drive tour takes you through the ever changing scenery of the North Island.more
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Hawkes Bay, New Zealand

A Taste of the North Island

8 days from Auckland to Wellington

 Accommodation: Motels
 Interests: Food & wine, Family touring, Honeymoon, Classic driving tours
 Explore the North Island Auckland to Wellington on this short 'taster' tour. Rotorua, the cultural and adventure centre of the North Island plus the art deco city of Napier, wine regions of Hawkes Bay and the cosmopolitan capital city of Wellington will showcase the diversity on offer.more
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