16 Day Complete North Island

16 Day Complete North Island

A truly comprehensive driving tour of the North Island including the Coromandel, Bay of Islands, Rotorua & New Zealand's top wine country destinations of Hawke's Bay & Martinborough.

Book your self drive tour this month and receive an Earlybird Discount of 10%. Make full payment by 31 July 2018 to qualify or receive a discount of 7.5% if you pay by 30 September 2018.

Tour Info

Tour Type: Self Drive Tours
From: Auckland to Wellington
Departures: May 2018 to March 2019
Price:
From (NZD) $3577 per person
Tour Operator: Relaxing Journeys
Pace: Relaxing
Duration: 16 Days
Tour Code: GNCNI

Inclusions

15 nights accommodation
Rental vehicle of your choice including airport and ferry port collection charges
Twilight Encounter, an eco-cultural experience in the Waipoua Forest
Cape Reinga & 90 Mile Beach Trip
Hole in the Rock & Cape Brett cruise, in the Bay of Islands
Maori Mitai Cultural Evening with traditional Feast
Admission to Te Puia's Geothermal Valley
Admission to Skyline Skyrides
Relax at the Polynesian Spa
Grape Escape Wine Tour in Napier
Pukaha Mount Bruce Nature and Wildlife Reserve
Travel wallet, comprehensive customised itinerary, bound map book, accommodation & activity vouchers and local travel guides

Book your self drive tour this month and receive an Earlybird Discount of 10%. Make full payment by 31 July 2018 to qualify or receive a discount of 7.5% if you pay by 30 September 2018.

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* Prices shown are per person (based on two people travelling).
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Day by Day Tour Itinerary

Day 1
Arrive Auckland

After clearing customs and immigration you will pick up your rental car from Auckland Airport and then make your way to your hotel in the central City. Auckland – the “City of Sails” is New Zealand’s largest city and surrounded by two harbours.

Day 2
Auckland - Hokianga

This morning head north out of Auckland for an hour and a half before turning west and taking a step back in time. You’ll find a stop at the Matakohe Kauri Museum gives you some great insight to the area you are traveling through. Continue north through Dargaville and the Waipoua Forest before arriving at Hokianga Harbour. Tonight you have the Twilight Encounter – a magical evening tour of the Waipoua Forest guided by local Maori guides.

Day 3
Hokianga - Bay of Islands

A relaxing day today. Sleep in and take your time heading east over to the Bay of Islands. Take some time to visit Kerikeri on the way for arts, crafts, antiques and see one of the oldest buildings in the country – the Stone Store. Then you can make your way to Paihia, holiday resort of the North and gateway to the beautiful Bay of Islands. (3 nights)

Day 4
Bay of Islands - Cape Reinga Day Trip - Bay of Islands

We’ve arranged a coach tour for you today to Cape Reinga, the northernmost tip of New Zealand. There are numerous stops for you to take in the scenic highlights and activities. They start with the easy twenty minute boardwalk through the Puketi Kauri Forest. Then thunder along Ninety Mile Beach and sledge down the sand dunes there. Take a swim and dig for shellfish. See the picturesque village of Mangonui. Your Coach Captain’s local knowledge and informative commentary will make this trip one to remember. Fish ‘n’ Chip lunch (or falafel salad) included. (L)

Day 5
Bay of Islands at Leisure

You can relax today and enjoy the Bay of Islands in a number of ways. We’ve included a cruise to the famous Hole in the Rock & Cape Brett for you this morning. Board the luxury catamaran which will whisk you on a comfortable journey out through game fishing waters to the Cape Brett Lighthouse. Next is Motukokako Island and the famous “Hole in the Rock” where we make a passage through the Hole and on to the Grand Cathedral Cave. On the return journey the cruise takes its time and meanders through the inner islands. View sandy beaches, beautiful bays and marine wildlife as your skipper gives an informative commentary. Included is an island stopover on beautiful Urupukapuka Island. As your catamaran docks at the Historic Otehei Bay, enjoy the white sandy beach, picturesque views and its rich archaeological landscape. On the way back you might like to stop off at Russell (New Zealand’s first capital) which was also known as the “Hell Hole of the Pacific” It’s now a quaint seaside village where you can take some time to wander around and enjoy.

Day 6
Bay of Islands - Auckland

It’s a good day for exploring today as there are many possibilities for stops on the way down south. At Waipu turn left to Waipu Cove and follow that road down through Langs Bach and Mangawhai. Waipu Cove is the local surf beach in the area. Further on, at the old Bohemian settlement of Puhoi have a drink and sample some local cheese. A little further south is Waiwera where there are mineral hot pools to bathe and have fun in. Stay in Auckland tonight.

Day 7
Auckland - Coromandel Peninsula

Head south out of Auckland, then take the turnoff to the east to the Coromandel Peninsula. There were a number of gold rushes in this fairly remote area in the 1800’s but now it is well known for its light sandy beaches, great fishing and surfing Stop at Tairua tonight. This centrally located seaside town is a great place from which to explore the Peninsula. (2 nights)

Day 8
Coromandel Peninsula at Leisure

With sparkling azure waters, white sandy beaches, tree lined coastal roads and secluded bays just waiting to be explored, The Coromandel is one of those special places – breathtaking and unforgettable. The protected forest and marine parks are easily accessed so you can go and discover their delights. Dramatic landmarks and a unique thermal beach with hot water bubbling up from deep in the earth are just some of the many surprises that await on this coastline of contrasts. Enjoy the day.

Day 9
Coromandel Peninsula - Rotorua

Head south today along the East Coast of the North Island. You can stop at the less populous beach of Whiritoa before visiting the gold mining town of Waihi. Continue past Tauranga through some great gorges and old native forests before arriving in the tourist city of Rotorua. This evening you will be picked up and taken to the Mitai Village for a unique and unforgettable cultural experience. Be enthralled by the natural bush setting, see warriors in traditional dress paddle an ancient warrior canoe (waka) down the Wai-o-whiro stream and see glow worms in their natural habitat. See your traditionally cooked hangi meal being lifted from the ground. During the cultural performance, you’ll learn about our past, carvings and ta moko (tattoo art). (2 nights)

Day 10
Rotorua Sightseeing

Rotorua has been known for its geothermal activity for over 150 years now and today you are able to see, feel, smell and hear some of this wonder of nature. At Te Puia, experience the raw power of Te Whakarewarewa geothermal valley with bubbling mud pools, steaming vents and the world famous Pohutu Geyser. Take a journey into the heart of Maori culture, arts and crafts. Then take a ride on the 8 seater gondola which climbs up the side of Mt Ngongotaha and experience Rotorua’s most spectacular views with Skyline Skyrides. This is a fun, all age, all weather attraction with views of the City and Lake Rotorua. You can have lunch here at the café or restaurant, and enjoy the fresh air a little more if you decide to ride a cart down the Luge. At the end of the day you can relax at the Polynesian Spa where you have the choice of 7 hot mineral spring pools – or upgrade to some wonderful treatments from the Spa such as the Aix Massage.

Day 11
Rotorua - Taupo

It’s only a short drive inland today to Lake Taupo, New Zealand’s largest lake, so you can stop and explore along the way. Start at the Aratiatia Rapids – a unique feature of the power generation system on the Waikato River. Continue onwards and you can stop to visit the mighty Huka Falls on the Waikato River before reaching Taupo on the shores of Lake Taupo. Here you can relax in a thermal hot pool, take a cruise on the lake or simply explore the area further. This is a trout fishing area.

Day 12
Taupo - Hawke's Bay

You can visit the Taupo Hot Springs Spa if you’d like another hot swim on the way to Napier. From here you have quite a variety of scenery as you ascend to the volcanic plateau then across mountains and valleys to Hawke’s Bay. Make your way to Napier city which was destroyed by an earthquake and fire in 1931. Napier was rebuilt in the Art Deco style and is known as one of the best Art Deco cities of the world. Art Deco tours are available, and you can also take a walk along Marine Parade or up Bluff Hill to enjoy the fabulous vista from there. Alternatively you can leave Taupo early and get to Napier in time to go on one of the tours to the Cape Kidnappers Gannet Colony. (2 nights)

Day 13
Hawke's Bay at Leisure

You have the morning to relax or explore Napier at your leisure. Hawke’s Bay has also become well known as a leading food and wine region in New Zealand, so we have booked you in for a wine tour this afternoon. Meet like- minded people and share an appreciation of Hawke’s Bay’s fantastic wines.

Day 14
Hawke's Bay - Wairarapa

Today’s route has you driving through some of New Zealand’s rural heartland with a mixture of sheep, dairy and crop farming. Make your way south to Pukaha Mount Bruce Nature and Wildlife Reserve. 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 our forests. Make your way down the Wairarapa through the farming towns of Masterton, Carterton and Greytown before staying in Martinborough for the night.

Day 15
Wairarapa - Wellington

You may like to have a wander around the village which has become well known for its wineries before heading over the Rimutaka Ranges in to 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 pretty 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 16
Depart Wellington

After breakfast this morning, please make your way to the airport where you will return your car in time for your onward flight.

4.9/5.0

There are 11 reviews of this tour from past clients of Relaxing Journeys, averaging 4.9 out of 5.

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13/02/2017
Very well organised no hiccups, great car, the pre-booked tours worked very well and the itinerary has been worked out to perfection. New Zealand needs a pat on the back to how they have enhanced tourism along with the good quality of roads and network. Well done Toni and Relaxing Journeys look forward to doing the South Island.
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08/02/2017
We found the itinerary, accommodation, car hire and the extra activities all made for a great and comprehensive tour of the North Island. We were not able to use all of the activity vouchers, (mainly due to weather) but that did not detract from the experience.
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30/12/2016
Hi Toni. We have just got back to a cold UK after a fantastic trip to North Island. We found the voucher system very good making check in and organised trips guick and easy. The car and Kruse were fine making the drives easy and interesting. Northland was our favourite area and perhaps done the tour in reverse and ended on the Hokianga which we found very quiet and stunning and we thought a good place to end with a few extra days. The accommodation was fine with the exception the Scenic in Auckland, after a very long flight we found the drive into the city stressful and very noisy at night. Perhaps a hotel out of the city or at the airport would give the option or visiting the city on public transport. The food at this hotel was not good but the room was fine. Just to finish, we are already planning a trip to the South Island in the future and would not hesitate in using Relaxing Journeys. Thanks for all of your help.
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24/12/2016
We really enjoyed our two week trip through New Zealand's North Island. The accommodations worked out perfectly for our family of five. The itinerary was well paced and we enjoyed seeing the diversity of the country - from beach to forest to city.
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04/12/2015
Everything was great, the bookings/tours all went well. In regard to Bennetts Motor Inn, would not recommend them due to location, was on a busy road, noisy and the bedroom hot at night. Our weather was fantastic and quite warm on some nights! I have recommended you to my brother in-law, they are doing South Island very shortly. Thank you Marie excellent work, have a great year!
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29/10/2015
Thank you Relaxing Journeys, we had an amazing holiday on New Zealand's North Island. We enjoyed driving the Toyota Carola hire car whilst listening to interesting facts and stories of the area we were travelling through, on the Kruse GPS. All the hotels we stayed in were of a high standard and in great locations. We were welcomed and expected. We thoroughly enjoyed all the trips you organised for us, especially the night walk in the Kauri forest and the day trip to Cape Rienga. You made our holiday easy and stress free. The only criticism, it would have been helpful to have had a parking space booked in advance at the Ibis Hotel in Wellington. Also when we turned up to collect our manual hire car from Thrifty Hire Company in Auckland, there was no manual car available for that day, even though we had booked a manual mission car specifically. It wasn't a problem as we didn't need the car on our first day 30th Oct, and the manual was delivered to our hotel the following day.
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25/10/2015
G'day mate (Toni) how's things? We are back in Aus -had a great time in NZ and the tour you organized for us was fantastic. Everything was 1st class. We had 1 bad experience with the room in Wellington (Ibis hotel). It was not up to standard & spoiled our last 2 days. We would not hesitate in recommending your company to anybody and we will be in touch early next year re tour top of South and east coast of the North Island.
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14/09/2014
Couldn't have been easier, not one hiccup! A wonderful way to see everything the North Island has to offer and it was beautiful. We appreciated the pre booked tours as well as all the extra tips for sightseeing and stops along the way, we did it all! Can't wait to do the same in the South Island.
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30/08/2014
This was our second trip through Relaxing Journeys and we were again very pleased with the organisation and itinerary. It was well paced and the activities included were great. Felt a couple of the accommodation venues were a bit 'tired', but overall the accommodation choices were good. (The main one was the venue in Paihia, clean and functional, but a bit tired). Enjoyed the commentary/navigation system, gave that extra insight into the areas we were travelling through.
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27/11/2013
Excellent. Only minor improvements could have been a) not booking us at peak hour in an Auckland city centre hotel with valet parking, when staying near the airport with no parking issues would have been more relaxing & b) 2 accommodations could not provide our prepaid cooked breakfasts - Tarui Pacific Lodge - The Pepe Cafe over the road opened late and had very limited food and in Napier the Affiliated Cafe had a $30 limit so only one breakfast. All others were good buffets. Everything else great. Accommodations and tours. We loved it.
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20/02/2012
Accommodation very good, but we were disappointed with the lack of nearby eating places apart from the resort/hotel itself. eg Millenium at Taupo, Kauru Lodge at Rotorua, Grand Mercure at Coromandel, to name a few. We were very appreciative of your fast response in assisting us when we were robbed at Hokianga. Overall, a very memorable and enjoyable holiday. Thank you Jarrod for your work.
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Tour Code: GNCNI
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Departures: May 2018 to March 2019
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