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New Zealand's North Island self-drive
16 days from $4,255pp
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.
- Coromandel Peninsula
- Eastland & Gisborne
- Tongariro National Park
- Taranaki & New Plymouth
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Day 1 Auckland
Day 2 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 3 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 4 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 5 Whakatane
Day 6 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 7 Eastland & Gisborne
Day 8 Eastland & Gisborne
Day 9 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 10 Napier
Day 11 Tongariro National Park
Day 12 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 13 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 14 Taranaki & New Plymouth
Day 15 Waitomo
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