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North Island: 8 days / 7 nights - Auckland to Auckland

Day 1: Auckland

Arrive in Auckland and be met by our local representative and shown to your rental car before driving to your hotel for two nights in the city. In the afternoon visit Kelly Tarlton's Underwater World and Antarctic Encounter and then continue for a drive around the Auckland's waterfront or take in the spectacular views from the summit of Mt Eden.

Day 2: Auckland

Enjoy a scenic drive to Waitakere Ranges and stop at the Arataki Visitor Center. Then head onto some of the wild West Coast Beaches including Piha. At night, try out Auckland's fantastic restaurants and nightlife.

Day 3: Auckland - Whangarei

On your way North you can stop in at one of the many wineries for lunch in and around Warkworth, or travel via the East Coast beaches for a longer but even more scenic drive north.

Day 4: Whangarei

Today, visit Poor Knight's Island and try scuba diving in one of the world's greatest dive spots or head out to Whangarei Heads and take walks to Smuggler's Cove, or along Ocean Beach.

Day 5: Whangarei - Bay of Islands - Kaitaia

Drive on North to Paihia making a stop at the Kawiti Glow Worm Caves. Around Kerikeri area, you might want to visit a couple of New Zealand's finest wineries and drive through a scenic route to Matauri Bay and Tauranga Bay, on to Whangaroa then Kaitaia where you will be spending the evening.

Day 6: Kaitaia - Cape Reinga - Kaitaia

Today you can take a drive up to the Northernmost post of New Zealand. Visit 90 Mile Beach, Great Exhibition Bay, and Cape Reinga Light House. Go for another dive, or go for an exhilarating jetboat ride or kayaking. Return to Kaitaia to unwind for the day.

Day 7: Kaitaia - Auckland

Today, head back to Auckland, via the West Coast. Stop at Opononi on the way, where the immense Niua sand dunes are situated. You could also try sand dune surfing! Drive on South through the Waipoua Forest, home of Tane Mahuta New Zealand's largest kauri tree. Onward South, and through Dargaville back to Auckland for the evening.

Day 8: Auckland

After checking out from the hotel, your tour arrangements conclude with the return of your rentfal car to the airport of depot.
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Inclusions

  • Transport by self drive rental car including unlimited kms
  • Standard motor vehicle insurance and applicable pick up fees
  • GPS Navigation Unit
  • Accommodation at specified class, subject to availability at time of reservation
  • Meet and greet
  • Entry into Kelly Tarlton's Underwater World and Antarctic Encounter
  • Arrival documents
  • 15% Goods and Services Tax

Exclusions

Drive Rating: Easy Total Km: 832 Estimated driving time: 13 hrs

This mileage/time is based on city to city as set out in the itinerary and does not include other excursions or general mileage.

Booking info

Superior Standard - From: NZ $1,090.00 Per Person
AccommodationCityNightsCheck-in
Rydges AucklandAuckland2Day 1
Kingsgate WhangareiWhangarei2Day 3
Orana Motor InnKaitaia2Day 5
Rydges AucklandAuckland1Day 7

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Intermediate Car with GPS - 8 days            

Inclusions

Northern Splendour
  • Transport by self drive rental car including unlimited kms
  • Standard motor vehicle insurance and applicable pick up fees
  • GPS Navigation Unit
  • Accommodation at specified class, subject to availability at time of reservation
  • Meet and greet
  • Entry into Kelly Tarlton's Underwater World and Antarctic Encounter
  • Arrival documents
  • 15% Goods and Services Tax

Exclusions

Drive Rating: Easy Total Km: 832 Estimated driving time: 13 hrs

This mileage/time is based on city to city as set out in the itinerary and does not include other excursions or general mileage.