Road Guru Private Tours 12 Day Beaches & Vineyards
Road Guru Private Tours 12 Day Beaches & Vineyards
An excellent choice for those travellers visiting New Zealand during our summer season. This self-drive itinerary allows you to experience the beautifully lush North Island scenery and provides you with a unique view into the Kiwi lifestyle.
Road Guru Private Tours provide personal multi-day tour of New Zealand that include your own Tour Guide, Driver/Guide. Your guide will travel with you and give their own experiences and expertise and showcase the amazing places of New Zealand.
Road Guru help you enjoy more time with your family and friends while on holiday in New Zealand. Having your own Road Guru Driver Guide travelling with you will take the stress out of travelling to each destination and focus more time of enjoying the beautiful scenery and fun activities.
Road GURU's provides pricing for your own Driver Guide + Vehicle hire and will provide a package that is unique to the areas that you want to visit while travelling New Zealand. Road GURU Driver Guides drive a range of quality vehicles. There are options to travel in a 4 seater Toyota Highlander or up size to an 11 seater Mercedes Sprinter for bigger groups. All costs related to the tour guide including meals, accommodation, flights and ferry tickets are included. Customer flights, ferry tickets, accommodation, meals and entrance fees are not included.
|Tour Type:||Private Tours|
|From:||Auckland to Wellington|
|Departures:||Jan 2019 - March 2020|
|Price:||From (NZD) $5620 per person|
|Tour Operator:||Road Guru|
|Road Guru Driver Guide|
|11 nights accommodation|
|Visit the wine regions of Gisborne, Hawkes Bay & Martinborough|
|Guided Hawke’s Bay Wine Tour|
|Entry to Mt Bruce Wildlife & Nature Reserve|
|Admissions outlined in the Itinerary|
|Multi night stays Coromandel, Whakatane, Gisborne & Napier|
|Full day guided Coromandel tour with Kiwi Dundee|
|White Island Volcano Cruise & Tour|
|Gisborne Winery & Vineyard Tour|
This is an privately chartered tour and operates on demand.
* Terms & Conditions apply to any discounts and/or specials above. Your designated tour consultant will apply the appropriate discounts automatically to your quote and detail any currently applicable 'Exclusive Specials'.
Day 1. Arrive Auckland
“Haere Mai” Welcome to Auckland – the ‘City of Sails’. On completion of formalities, you will be personally met by our representative and transferred in an executive sedan to your accommodation.
The remainder of the day is at leisure to explore what Auckland has to offer. Auckland is built on an isthmus of 48 volcanoes, fertile valleys and islands that are home to award-winning wineries. Family attractions abound and the city has plenty of adrenaline for adventure lovers. Indulge in Auckland’s shopping, nightlife and unrivalled cuisine.
Day 2. Auckland – Coromandel Peninsula
Today, travel south to the Coromandel Peninsula, a beautiful rugged area fringed with dozens of excellent beaches that separate the Pacific Ocean from the Hauraki Gulf.
Many Kiwis choose the Coromandel to escape the hustle and hype of city life, providing a home haven for many artists who seek a slow-paced lifestyle. A visit to the quaint town is highly recommended and if you have time, we suggest riding the Driving Creek narrow gauge railway to a wonder-inducing creative colony.
Cross the divide to the eastern side of the peninsula for your overnight stay. (2 nights)
Day 3. Explore local surrounds with ‘Kiwi Dundee’
Enjoy a full-day guided tour this morning with local expert and personality, ‘Kiwi Dundee’. Enjoy the scenic beauty of the area while learning about the flora, fauna and history of the Coromandel region.
Kiwi Dundee Adventures is internationally recognised as one of New Zealand’s top guiding companies, offering visitors a variety of deluxe, small group, or private customised tours and walks in the Coromandel Peninsula. (L)
Day 4. Coromandel Peninsula – Whakatane
Depart the Coromandel area this morning and head south along the coastal highway. Visit the gold mining town of Waihi and drive through the mural town of Katikati, before arriving at the popular beachside resorts of Tauranga and Mt Maunganui.
Continue the drive along the East Coast to Whakatane, the base for boat trips to White Island, an active volcanic island off the coast. (2 nights)
Day 5. Volcanic White Island Cruise & Tour
Cruise out to White Island this morning on board a luxury launch, taking in the scenery and marine life. On arrival at White Island explore New Zealand’s only live marine volcano.
Trained tour guides will take you through the old sulphur mining factory and up to the main crater’s edge. It’s all here… the hissing, roaring and eerie steam rising from the crater lake.
Back on board the launch, enjoy lunch before cruising back to Whakatane. (L)
Day 6. Opotiki – Gisborne
Drive past Ohope Beach to Opotiki before heading inland and across to Gisborne. There is a longer, alternative route around the East Cape if you are not in a hurry. The scenery here is nothing short of spectacular.
A string of remote rural communities dot the unspoilt Eastland coastline. Pounded by the wild surf of the Pacific Ocean, this region embraces one of New Zealand’s most beautiful and historic areas. Maori culture is strong in this part of the country, so be on the lookout for carved gateways and meeting houses (Maraes). (2 nights)
Day 7. Gisborne Wine Tour
With high, hot sunshine hours, fertile clay loam soils and some of the most acclaimed winemakers in the country, Gisborne is famous for producing exceptional Chardonnay, Gerwurztraminer, Viognier, Pinot Gris, Merlot and Malbec.
Your wine tour today will showcase the incredible wines, winemakers, vineyards and cellar doors that make this wine region so unique. Visit tree winery cellar doors for wine tastings and enjoy a freshly prepared antipasto lunch at a winery. (L)
Day 8. Gisborne – Napier
Continue south along the Pacific Coastal Highway. Follow the sweeping coastline into Napier, widely regarded as one of the best Art Deco cities of the world, the result of a thorough rebuilding after a massive earthquake destroyed the town in 1931. (2 nights)
Day 9. Hawkes Bay Wine Tour
Widely regarded as the “Tuscany of the South Pacific”, this region boasts some of New Zealand’s best and oldest wineries. This afternoon you’ll join a locally guided tour to learn about the area’s unique growing conditions, visiting several wineries where you’ll taste some great wines and also get to sample some of New Zealand’s finest cheeses.
Day 10. Napier – Martinborough
Today’s route has you driving through some of New Zealand’s rural heartland with a mixture of sheep, dairy and crop farming. Stop at Pukaha Mount Bruce Nature and Wildlife Reserve where you’ll experience some of New Zealand’s endangered wildlife up close and in the wild.
Learn about what is being done to save kiwi, tuatara, kokako, kaka and return them to New Zealand’s forests. Later, make your way through the farming towns of Masterton, Carterton and Greytown before arriving in the boutique wine-village of Martinborough.
Day 11. Martinborough – Wellington
Take time to stroll around the village before making your way over the Rimutaka Range to arrive into New Zealand’s Capital – the harbour city of Wellington. Take a drive up Mount Victoria or a ride up the Cable Car to get some magnificent views of this picturesque city.
You may also like to have a walk around Oriental Bay, visit ‘Te Papa’, the Museum of New Zealand, or spend some time shopping or dining in one of the many fine restaurants down town.
Day 12. Depart Wellington
At leisure today for some last minute sightseeing before returning your rental car to the airport in time to connect with your onward flight.
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