10
Days
From
£3,099
per person
Great Drives
Wine & Gastronomy
Australasia
Dec - Dec

This varied self-drive tour encompasses all the main highlights of the beautiful North Island. Starting from the exciting city of Auckland, take in the misty rainforests and golden beaches of Coromandel, the multi-coloured waters of Eco Thermal Park and the fiery history of Taupo. End your journey at the city of Wellington with a ride on the iconic cable car.

At a Glance

  • Coromandel Peninsula
  • Rotorua
  • Eco Thermal Park
  • Wellington

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  • Day 1
    Auckland

    After arriving at Auckland International Airport you will be met and taken to your hotel.

    Meals included: Breakfast

  • Days 2 - 3
    Coromandel

    Embark on a full-day guided tour of Coromandel, renowned for its natural beauty, misty rainforests and pristine golden beaches. Visit Hot Water Beach, explore the Coromandel Forest Park, or cruise the islands by boat.

    Highlights
    Landmark
    Hot Water Beach
  • Days 4 - 5
    Rotorua

    On day five, enjoy a morning tour of the Eco Thermal Park. Later in the day, discover New Zealand’s national carving and weaving schools.  The tour will include a visit to the interactive galleries and Kiwi House, followed by a visit to the mud pools and geysers. The evening tour begins at Te Keketanga-a-Rangi (Heavenly Origins), a space comprising twelve monumental carvings reaching skyward. Experience an authentic Maori welcome ceremony, warrior's challenge and kapa haka concert, followed by a traditional Maori Feast.

    Highlights
    Accommodation
    Regent of Rotorua
    Landmark
    Eco Thermal Park
  • Days 6 - 7
    Taupo

    According to Maori legend, Lake Taupo is the pulsating heart of Maui's fish. The huge volcano’s most recent eruption was in 181 AD and was large enough to change the sky as far away as Europe and China.

    Highlights
    Accommodation
    Hilton Lake Taupo
  • Days 8 - 9
    Wellington

    Wellington city is nestled compactly on the harbour edge and encircled by steeply rising hills. The nation's capital is a flourishing centre of arts and culture, including a thriving film industry. Take the morning of afternoon to embark on a tour of the city’s sights, from the earthquake-scarred south coast to the iconic cable car, from the magnificent parliament buildings to the Old St Paul’s cathedral.

    Highlights
    Accommodation
    Sofitel Wellington
    Attraction
    Wellington Cable Car
  • Day 10
    Final Day

    Drive to Wellington International Airport ahead of your flight back to the UK.

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Rotorua

Regent of Rotorua

'Glamorous Hotel, Central Location'

Blending stylish glamour with a central location in the heart of Rotorua, Regent of Rotorua offers luxury accommodation overlooking the sparkling lakefront. Each room and suite has a sense of understated elegance, equipped with modern amenities and adorned with lavish furnishings. The Regent Room Restaurant offers delectable, fresh Pacific cuisine using local produce, while each meal is accompanied by a sensational boutique wine list. On site, you’ll find a refreshing swimming pool and fitness centre, while nearby you’re only a short walk from the hot pools and springs the city is famous for.

Lake Taupo

Hilton Lake Taupo

‘Beautifully Restored Lakeside Hotel In Stunning Surroundings’

Hilton Lake Taupo is just a kilometre from the shoreline of beautiful Lake Taupo in the Onekeke Thermal Valley. Originally constructed in 1889 this thoughtfully restored hotel offers self-contained guest rooms and apartments with fantastic views of the lake and valley. Many feature the convenience of a work area with a desk and chair and the comfort of plush beds and furnished living areas. Celebrity chef Gareth Stewart serves up delicious dishes full of top quality ingredients in a welcoming atmosphere at Bistro Lago that includes an open fire for colder months and a sweeping balcony with spectacular views for warmer evenings. Leisure facilities include an outdoor thermal heated pool, sauna and tennis court while the Thermal Springs, Wairakei International Golf course and Taupo town centre are all under 5km away.

Wellington

Sofitel Wellington

'Elegant, Chic and Central'

Ideally positioned within the Central Business District of Wellington, Sofitel Wellington overlooks the lush hillsides and diverse flora and fauna of the Botanical Gardens. 129 lavish rooms and suites are beautifully appointed with vintage gold and bronze tones, as well as modern amenities to ensure a comfortable city stay. Within the hotel itself, you’ll find an elegant French-inspired restaurant, stylish bar, and Sofitel’s signature spa and fitness centre, while the main city attractions are just a short walk away.

Landmark
Coromandel

Hot Water Beach

An underground river of hot water flows under the beach, allowing visitors to dig their own hot pool in the sand.
Landmark
Rotorua

Eco Thermal Park

Home to the natural and popular geothermal parks, Wai O Tapu and Waimangu Volcanic Valley.
Attraction
Wellington

Wellington Cable Car

Between the main shopping street of Lambton Bay and the central suburb of Kelburn, the cable car is a great way to see the attractions whilst admiring the scenery en route.
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This trip includes

International flights with British Airways

Car hire with Budget Rent a Car

Accommodation as listed

This trip excludes

Meals unless otherwise stated.

Price based on travel in June 2017

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