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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, One Tree Hill or Mt Victoria in Devonport. Alternatively visit the wild west coast beaches of Murawai or Piha located just 45min from the city centre.

Day 2: Auckland – Omapere/Opononi (256km 3hr 30min)

Today you will drive north then head out up the west coast through Dargaville and into the Waipoua Forest where you will stop to view New Zealand’s largest tree, the magnificent Kauri Tree “Tane Mahuta”. On arrival you may want to take the short boat trip over to the Giant Sand Dunes on the Hokianga Harbour for some sand boarding.

Day 3: Omapere/Opononi - Kaitaia (80km 1hr 30min)

An early start today as you head up to Rawene and take the car ferry to Kohukohu and continue up just north of Kaitaia, where you will be uplifted by coach for a full day excursion up 90 Mile Beach on the Dune Rider. This will take you all the way to the tip of the North Island at Cape Reinga, then you will return by road back to Kaitaia for the evening.

Day 4: Kaitaia – Paihia (123km 1hr 30min)

Travel across to the east coast today and down through some spectacular beaches and seaside settlements like Mangonui, the historical Kerikeri and into the gateway to the Bay of Islands, Paihia.

Day 5: Paihia

Today is free to explore this whether if be a cruise to the Hole in the Rock, Dolphin watching, visiting Haruru Falls or the historical grounds of Waitangi just to name a few. In the summer months there is also the option of taking the overnight boat in the Bay of Islands aboard the Ipipiri Cruise.

Day 6: Pahia - Auckland

Take the day to leisurely drive back down to Auckland today. You may want to take the coastal route down past beaches like Mangawhai, or try some snorkelling at the marine reserve at Goat Island. Enjoy Auckland’s Viaduct Harbour, Ponsonby or Parnell for great restaurants and bars to wine and dine the evening away.

Day 7: Auckland (219km 3hr 15min)

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

  • Tranasport 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
  • Arrival documents
  • 15% Goods and Services Tax

Exclusions

  • Rental car refundable rental insurance bond (cash or credit card)
  • Rental car optional extra insurances to reduce your vehicle excess
  • Rental car fuel charges
  • Airfares
  • Parking at hotels/motels
  • Any additional services or items not included in the above itinerary
  • Pre registration or late check out of rooms
  • Gratuities
  • Personal items
  • Meals unless specified on the itinerary
  • As per terms and conditions.
Drive Rating: Easy Total Km: 680 Estimated driving time: 10 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 $595.00 Per Person
AccommodationCityNightsCheck-in
Chifley SuitesAuckland1Day 1
Copthorne Hotel and Resort Hokianga - Omapere1Day 2
The Northerner Motor InnKaitaia1Day 3
Copthorne Hotel and Resort Bay of Islands - Paihia2Day 4
Chifley SuitesAuckland1Day 6

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Intermediate Car with GPS - 6 days            

Inclusions

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  • Tranasport 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
  • Arrival documents
  • 15% Goods and Services Tax

Exclusions

  • Rental car refundable rental insurance bond (cash or credit card)
  • Rental car optional extra insurances to reduce your vehicle excess
  • Rental car fuel charges
  • Airfares
  • Parking at hotels/motels
  • Any additional services or items not included in the above itinerary
  • Pre registration or late check out of rooms
  • Gratuities
  • Personal items
  • Meals unless specified on the itinerary
  • As per terms and conditions.
Drive Rating: Easy Total Km: 680 Estimated driving time: 10 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.