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North Island: 7D / 6N (Auckland to Auckland)

Day 1: Arrive Auckland

Arrive in Auckland and uplift rental car from Airport before driving into the city to stay one night. In the afternoon you could explore the sights of Auckland including spectacular views from Mt Eden or the Skytower, visit Kelly Tarltons Underwater World and Antarctic Experience or just drive around exploring the fabulous harbour and beaches.

Day 2: Auckland - Whangarei

Today, you head North to Whangarei, the largest city in the Northland. If you choose, you can take an alternative route and discover some of the amazing East Coast Beaches including Mangawhai and Langs Beach. You will be staying in Whangarei for 2 nights.

Day 3: Whangarei – Tutukaka - Whangarei

An early start this morning as you take a short drive through to Tutukaka where the boat will leave from to take you to the famous Poor Knights diving area. Year round diving is fantastic with temperatures ranging from 15 to 23 celcius from winter to summer. The Poor Knights is a total Marine Reserve and Nature Reserve - and pending World Heritage Site – the ancient volcanic origins provide myriad spectacular drop offs, walls, caves, arches and tunnels. Uncertified divers can also dive and will be accompanied by a dive professional. All dive gear will be supplied. Drive back to Whangarei for a relaxing evening.

Day 4: Whangarei - Paihia

Take the morning to leisurely drive north to the Paihia in the Bay of Islands. In the afternoon take a crusie to see the Hole in the Rock and dolphins. Get off in the historic town of Russell and catch the ferry back to Paihia later in the day. Stay one night in Paihia.

Day 5: Paihia – Cape Reinga - Kaitaia

Bright and early, today you can take a drive up to the Northern-most post of New Zealand. Visit 90 Mile Beach, Great Exhibition Bay, and Cape Reinga Light House. Return to Kaitaia to unwind for the day.

Day 6: Kaitaia - Auckland

Today, head back to Auckland, via the West Coast. Stop at Opononi on the way, where the immense Niua sand dunes are. Here 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 7: Auckland – Airport

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
  • 1 day diving at Poor Knights including all dive gear
  • Hole in the Rock and Dolphin Cruise
  • Arrival documents
  • 15% Goods and Services Tax

Exclusions

Drive Rating: Easy Total Km: 720 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

Standard - From: NZ $1,160.00 Per Person
AccommodationCityNightsCheck-in
Mercure AucklandAuckland1Day 1
Kingsgate WhangareiWhangarei2Day 2
Scenic Hotel Bay of IslandsPaihia1Day 4
The Northerner Motor InnKaitaia1Day 5
Mercure AucklandAuckland1Day 6

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Compact Car with GPS - 7 days            

Inclusions

Diving and Driving
  • 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
  • 1 day diving at Poor Knights including all dive gear
  • Hole in the Rock and Dolphin Cruise
  • Arrival documents
  • 15% Goods and Services Tax

Exclusions

Drive Rating: Easy Total Km: 720 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.