This 10-day itinerary blends the finest sun-soaked destinations in the North Island, featuring a self-driving experience that begins and ends in Auckland.
Embark on a thrilling coastal adventure today. Drive along Ninety Mile Beach in a custom-built coach, feeling the waves crash nearby. Experience the excitement of sand between your toes and salt spray on your face. Continue the off-road journey up Te Paki Stream, stopping at massive sand dunes for exhilarating sand surfing. Visit Cape Reinga, steeped in Māori legend, with panoramic views, an iconic lighthouse, and the meeting point of the Tasman Sea and the Pacific Ocean.
Enjoy your final day in Paihia at your own pace. Begin with a morning beachcombing session, engage in sandcastle building, and paddle in the Pacific. Explore the family-friendly parks, indulge in a picnic, or rent a paddleboard for aquatic enjoyment. Conclude the day with a barbecue and watch the sunset over this idyllic coastal haven (optional activities).
Today, embark on a picturesque journey back to Auckland, where you’ll spend one night before setting off for your next coastal destination – Pauanui.
Embark on a picturesque drive from bustling Auckland to the serene coastal paradise of Pauanui. Wind through lush landscapes and charming towns, enjoying the scenic route. Upon arrival, relax on Pauanui Beach, explore the Coromandel Peninsula, and embrace the relaxed coastal lifestyle.
Embark on a captivating full-day Nature and Coast Tour, exploring the scenic highlights and hidden gems of the Coromandel Peninsula. This tour offers a delightful glimpse into the region’s natural heritage and scenic beauty, covering special locations known only to locals. Enjoy an easy walk through the forgotten paths of an old town, visit a historic gold cave inhabited by sparkling glow worms, and delve into the area’s fascinating history and flora/fauna. Witness stunning coastal scenery, including white sand beaches, beach caves, cliffs, Māori Pa sites, and offshore islands. The itinerary includes a visit to the famous Hot Water Beach (tide permitting), where you can see your guide’s “treasures” from nature, such as rich gold specimens, crystals, petrified wood, and resin.
Savour your final day in the Coromandel with a leisurely stay in Pauanui. Start with a relaxing morning walk along the pristine shores, followed by a waterfront park picnic. Try paddleboarding or kayaking in the gentle waves and conclude the day with a BBQ while enjoying optional stunning sunset views.
Today marks your last full day of this incredible holiday. Return to Auckland for your final night, and the day is yours to spend at leisure. Take the time to reflect on the memories you and your family have created during this remarkable trip.
You’ve come to the end of your holiday. Complete your hotel checkout and return your rental car before embarking on your next adventure.