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

Day 1: Arrive Auckland

Arrive in Auckland and be transferred by private car to your hotel in the heart of the city. Explore the shops and restaurants of New Zealand’s largest city. In the afternoon you will wander out and try the Aroma Room and Wine Tasting/Film at Big Picture Wine in the heart of the city.

Day 2: Auckland

Today, you will be picked up in the morning for a full day wine tour of Waiheke Island. You will start the tour by a tour of the Eastern bays of Auckland before heading off for short ferry ride to Waiheke to explore the vineyards on this Island. Return to your hotel late afternoon.

Day 3: Auckland - Rotorua (via Waitomo)

This morning, your rental car will be dropped at your hotel for you to star your journey south to Waitomo Caves, then onto Rotorua. Visit famous the famous Te Puia cultural centre and thermal village in the afternoon, and the many attractions Rotorua has to offer. Enjoy the evening with a cultural performance or traditional hangi meal.

Day 4: Rotorua - Napier

Today you will make your way South West towards New Zealand's famous Hawke's Bay. You can stop by Taupo on the way, New Zealands largest lake. Continue onto Napier in time for a visit at one of Hawke's Bay's best wineries for a tour, and enjoy dining al fresco afterwards.

Day 5: Napier

After an Art Deco tour of the city in the morning visit one of the 40 wineries in the Hawkes Bay District including Mission Estate, Te Matata and Trinity Hill to name a few.

Day 6: Napier - Gisborne

Take the morning in to any more wineries as you make you way to North East onto the seaside town of Gisborne which is famous for their Chardonnay. Wineries here include The Milton Vineyard and the home of Montana Wines.

Day 7: Gisborne - Huntly

After being in the city that is the first to see the sun in the world each day, continue north back through the sea side towns of Whakatane and Tauranga. Stop in at Mills Reef winery for lunch before heading onto the wonderful Hillside Hotel located just 1 hour south of Auckland.

Day 8: Huntly - Auckland

After checking out from the hotel, your tour arrangements conclude with the return of your rental car to the airport or 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
  • Transfer from Auckland Airport to city hotel
  • Entry into Big Picture Wine Experience Auckland
  • Full day escorted wine tour of Waiheke Island
  • Entrance into Waitomo Glow Worm Caves
  • Entrance into Te Puia cultural centre and thermal village in Rotorua
  • Art Deco Guided walking tour
  • Arrival documents
  • 15% Goods and Services Tax

Exclusions

Drive Rating: Easy Total Km: 1100 Estimated driving time: 14 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

Deluxe Superior - From: NZ $1,740.00 Per Person
AccommodationCityNightsCheck-in
Stamford Plaza HotelAuckland2Day 1
Millennium HotelRotorua1Day 3
Scenic Circle Te Pania HotelNapier2Day 4
Portside HotelGisborne1Day 6
Hillside HotelHuntly1Day 7

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Intermediate Car with GPS - 7 days            

Inclusions

Journeys for the Palate
  • 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
  • Transfer from Auckland Airport to city hotel
  • Entry into Big Picture Wine Experience Auckland
  • Full day escorted wine tour of Waiheke Island
  • Entrance into Waitomo Glow Worm Caves
  • Entrance into Te Puia cultural centre and thermal village in Rotorua
  • Art Deco Guided walking tour
  • Arrival documents
  • 15% Goods and Services Tax

Exclusions

Drive Rating: Easy Total Km: 1100 Estimated driving time: 14 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.