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New Zealand's North Island self-drive

19 days from £4,160pp

What is tailor made? Customised itinerary | Every trip is unique | Flexible accommodation options | Designed to your budget

Itinerary highlights

  • Experience rainforest and black sand beaches, just outside of Auckland.

  • Take in the sweeping coastlines of the Bay of Plenty and around Gisborne, and try your hand at surfing here.

  • Walk on a volcano and enjoy the views in Tongariro and Egmont National Parks.

  • Visit the famous glow-worm caves at Waitomo.

Price includes

Scheduled international flights
Fully insured vehicle hire
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  • Auckland
  • Coromandel Peninsula
  • Whakatane
  • Eastland & Gisborne
  • Napier
  • Tongariro National Park
  • Taranaki & New Plymouth
  • Waitomo
  • Auckland

Itinerary idea in detail

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Includes international flights from a choice of UK airports, including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

Day 1 International outbound flight

International outbound flight

Today you begin your journey by boarding your international outbound flight to Auckland.

Day 2 International outbound flight

International outbound flight

On-board your international outbound flight to Auckland.

Day 3 Auckland


Upon arrival in Auckland you will be welcomed by one of our representatives and transferred by private vehicle to your accommodation in the central city.

Day 4 Auckland


Today you join an excursion that takes you to the hidden spots of Auckland city, the rugged Waitakere Ranges, just outside of Auckland, and then on to the beautiful black sand beaches of the western shores. Your Maori guide will explain the cultural significance of the area on this fascinating day out.

Day 5 Coromandel Peninsula

Auckland , Coromandel Peninsula

You collect a hire car from the downtown depot this morning and make your way to the Coromandel Peninsula. You can either take the more direct route through the mountain ranges of the Coromandel Peninsula which takes around two and a half hours or drive round the longer coastal road to see the stunning coastline and stop in at the Coromandel Mussel Kitchen for lunch, then visit Stuart and his wild pigs on the 309 road. The coastal drive takes around five hours but is not to be missed!

Day 6 Coromandel Peninsula

Coromandel Peninsula

You have today at leisure to enjoy the Coromandel area. Don't miss Hot Water Beach and Cathedral Cove! If you took the direct road over yesterday we suggest exploring the coastal road today.

Day 7 Whakatane

Coromandel Peninsula , Whakatane

Make your way along the Bay of Plenty to Whakatane where you will spend tonight before your exciting trip to the active volcano of White Island.

Day 8 Whakatane


Today you take a boat trip out to White Island and spend some time walking around the rugged terrain at the base with your guide, there may even be time for a swim at the end of the trip.

Day 9 Eastland & Gisborne

Whakatane , Eastland & Gisborne

You make your way through scenic Waioeka Gorge today across to the southern coast, and the laid-back town of Gisborne.

Day 10 Eastland & Gisborne

Eastland & Gisborne

Enjoy a day at leisure exploring some of the beautiful white sand beaches along the eastern coast. This is a great place to try your hand at surfing!

Day 11 Napier

Eastland & Gisborne , Napier

Make your way along the coast to Hastings in the Hawkes Bay wine region today. This evening you will enjoy the best wine tour in the area, where you visit several wineries. You will be served a tasting menu dinner throughout the evening, with one course accompanied by beautifully paired wines at each location.

Day 12 Napier


A day at leisure to enjoy the art deco city of Napier and the surrounding vineyards of Hawkes Bay. You may like to join an Art Deco tour of the town or visit the gannet colony at Cape Kidnappers.

Day 13 Tongariro National Park

Napier , Tongariro National Park

You head inland today to the volcanic interior of the North Island, and three peaks of Tongariro, Ngauruhoe and Ruapehu that make up Tongariro National Park.

Day 14 Tongariro National Park

Tongariro National Park

You have a day at leisure and weather permitting may like to try the famous Tongariro Alpine Crossing walk today. For something less strenuous take a more leisurely stroll in the National Park or ride the chair-lift up to the top for some spectacular views.

Day 15 Taranaki & New Plymouth

Tongariro National Park , Taranaki & New Plymouth

You journey along the 'Forgotten World Highway' today, a scenic drive through some very rural landscapes which brings you out on the eastern side of Taranaki (Egmont) National Park.

Day 16 Taranaki & New Plymouth

Taranaki & New Plymouth

Enjoy a day exploring the slopes of Mount Taranaki, or enjoying views of the volcano from the beaches around New Plymouth.

Day 17 Waitomo

Taranaki & New Plymouth , Waitomo

Today you make your way to Waitomo, and take a tour around the famous glow-worm caves.


Day 18 International return flight

Waitomo , Auckland , International return flight

Make your way to Auckland airport today and return your hire car as you join your international flight.

Day 19 International return flight

International return flight

Arrive home today to complete your journey.

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