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3 day Self Drive - from £269

An unforgettable 3 day journey to the beautiful Bay of Islands. A perfect way to start or end your holiday if flying from Auckland.


  • Cape Brett Lighthouse
  • The ‘Hole in the Rock’
  • Catamaran tour around the Bay
  • Historical Waitangi
  • Amazing photo opportunities

You can include this self drive in a longer New Zealand holiday.

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Your Itinerary

Day 1 - Auckland to Waitangi or Opua (230 kms)

Collect your rental car and make your way north to Waitangi in the beautiful Bay of Islands, where you can spend the remainder of the day at leisure.

The Bay of Islands is one of the most historical parts of New Zealand. At Waitangi on February 6th, 1840, the Maori Chiefs ceded sovereignty to Queen Victoria. The Treaty House is now a historic museum. The coastal waters are renowned for thrilling deep-sea fishing for marlin, swordfish and other game fish. Light-tackle fishing for yellowtail provides year-round sport.

Hotel: Copthorne Bay of Islands, Waitangi (Standard) or The Sanctuary Bay of Islands (Deluxe)
Meals: Breakfast (Deluxe)

Day 2 - Bay of Islands

This morning enjoy the famous Cape Brett ‘Hole in the Rock’ cruise out through the beautiful Bay of Islands. At Paihia Wharf board the Fullers luxury catamaran for the most popular cruise in the Bay of Islands. The high speed vessel will whisk you on a comfortable journey out through game fishing waters to the Cape Brett lighthouse. Motukokako Island and the famous ‘Hole in the Rock’, the excitement grows as we make passage through the Hole and on to the majestic Grand Cathedral Cave (subject to sea conditions).

On the return journey we take our time and meander through the inner islands. View sandy beaches, beautiful bays and marine wildlife as your skipper gives an informative commentary. Also included is an island stopover on beautiful Urupukapuka Island where there are numerous activities. Enjoy one of the scenic walks, a swim, ride the Subsea Adventure, or relax in the cafe where a range of delicious snacks and meals are available (at own cost). This afternoon time is available for optional sightseeing.

Hotel: Copthorne Bay of Islands, Waitangi (Standard) or The Sanctuary Bay of Islands (Deluxe)
Meals: Breakfast (Deluxe)

Day 3 - Auckland (230 kms)

Make your way back to Auckland and return your rental car.

Meals: Breakfast (Deluxe)

3 day Self Drive - from £269


  • Add extra nights in the Bay of Islands
  • Upgrade to a deluxe hotel from £455

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All prices are per person and based on 2 sharing a double or twin room. Price shown based on low season travel from May to September, subject to availability. Hotels specified are subject to availability and may be substituted by one of a similar or higher standard. Supplements will apply if alternative hotels are booked.

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Self Drive Touring

Relaxed and enjoyable self drive touring. You can book this itinerary as it is or ask your Travel Consultant to add extra days in the places you choose.

Your self drive includes:

  • 2 nights accommodation
  • A choice of standard or deluxe hotels
  • Modern, air-conditioned car
  • Inclusive vehicle insurance
  • Maps and driving information
  • Flexible itinerary

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