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Touring the North

6 day Self Drive - from £529

A well-planned self drive tour from Auckland to Wellington via Napier, Lake Taupo and the steaming geysers and springs of the Rotorua thermal region.


  • Explore the harbour city of Auckland
  • Marvel at the mud pools, geysers and hot springs of Rotorua
  • Visit New Zealand’s capital, Wellington
  • Gaze across Lake Taupo, New Zealand’s largest lake
  • Try the local vintage in the Napier wine region

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

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Your Itinerary

Day 1 - Welcome to Auckland

Arrive into Auckland International Airport and get a private car transfer to your hotel. Spend the remainder of the day at leisure in Auckland.

Situated on a narrow isthmus between two beautiful harbours, Auckland the ‘city of sails’ is New Zealand’s largest city with a population of over 1 million. Auckland’s Waitemata Harbour, so aptly named by the Maoris as the ‘ sea of sparkling waters’, has brought prosperity to the city. Besides being New Zealand’s main shipping port, Auckland is also the main terminal for overseas traffic. The warm sunny climate, with its generous and evenly distributed rainfall is ideal and there are beautiful parklands and garden reserves throughout. The many miles of coastline provide Aucklanders with the means to enjoy their favourite sport of yachting.

Hotel: Skycity Hotel (Standard) or Eden Park (Deluxe)
Meals: Breakfast (Deluxe)

Day 2 - Rotorua (310 kms)

Collect your car this morning to make your way to Rotorua. Spend the remainder of the day at leisure in Rotorua, the centre of the intense thermal activity in New Zealand. The city itself is situated on the shores of Lake Rotorua and excellent stream and lake fishing abounds. Geysers, pools of boiling mud, crystal springs and hot mineral water and richly coloured craters make Rotorua one of the world’s great tourist attractions.

Hotel: Sudima Hotel Lake Rotorua (Standard) or Black Swan Lakeside Boutique Hotel (Deluxe)
Meals: Breakfast (Deluxe)

Day 3 - Taupo (80 kms)

More thermal wonders today as you make the short drive to Taupo, New Zealand’s largest lake, and the dramatic Huka Falls nearby. There’s time to stop en route at the bubbling champagne pools of Wai-o-Tapu Thermal Wonderland or the more remote Orakei Korako with its colourful silica terraces.

Hotel: Lakeland Resort Taupo (Standard) or Acacia Cliffs Lodge (Deluxe)
Meals: Breakfast (Deluxe)

Day 4 - Napier (140 kms)

Make your way to Napier. Spend the remainder of the day at leisure in Napier. The centre of the Hawkes Bay region of New Zealand, Napier is renowned for both its Art Deco architecture and also for its wine industry. It is said to be one of the warmest regions in the country with warm summers and mild winters. There are many activities from adventure seeking, wine tasting to just browsing around the local art deco shopping areas.

Hotel: The Nautilus, Napier (Standard) or The Crown Hotel (Deluxe)
Meals: Breakfast (Deluxe)

Day 5 - Wellington (330 kms)

Make your way to and spend the remainder of the day at leisure in Wellington. Wellington, the capital city of New Zealand lies at the southern end of the North Island. On the shores of a magnificent harbour and surrounded by the rugged beauty of green hills, it is one of the most scenic cities.

Some of the best views are obtained from the hilltops especially from Mt Victoria lookout, which can be conveniently reached by a short taxi ride. Public buildings of interest are the Dominion Museum and National Art Gallery, parliament buildings and the Alexander Turnbull library. The newest attraction in the ‘capital’ is New Zealand’s National Museum. Named ‘Te Papa’ (our place) it contains a wealth of information on New Zealand’s past, present and future, many interactive exhibits, multi-media databases and fascinating collections. A must see while in Wellington.

Hotel: Ibis Hotel (Standard) or QT Museum Hotel (Deluxe)
Meals: Breakfast (Deluxe)

Day 6 - Farewell from Wellington

Tour ends with returning your rental car to the airport or city or ferry depot. Depart Wellington on your own arrangements.

Meals: Breakfast (Deluxe)

6 day Self Drive - from £529

With flights from £1445


  • Upgrade to deluxe hotels from £370

Deluxe hotels include breakfast and offer more intimate accommodation; from lodges to country houses and small hotels.

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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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Relaxed and enjoyable self drive touring. You can book our self drives as they are or ask your Travel Consultant to add extra days in the places you choose.

Your self drive includes:

  • 5 nights accommodation
  • Your choice of standard or deluxe hotels
  • Air-conditioned car
  • Inclusive vehicle insurance
  • Maps and driving information
  • Flexible itineraries

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