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North Island New Zealand Self Drives

Explore the North Island with these itinerary ideas. A self drive holiday is a great way to explore at your own pace.

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Sunset over Lake Taupo
  • North Island Self Drive
  • Motels
  • Travel through the heart of the North Island on this short 'highlights' New Zealand self-drive tour. From Auckland journey south through the Waikato countryside to Rotorua, the Maori culture capital of New Zealand. It’s then on to the Art Deco city of Napier in the Hawkes Bay, home to New Zealand’s oldest vineyards.  The final leg of your whirlwind tour of the North Island takes you past sheep farms and wineries as you travel through the Wairarapa region to your final destination, the capital city of Wellington.

  • Viewed 65 times in the last 7 days
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NZD$937
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Discover the north on the Northern Explorer train
  • North Island Self Drive
  • Hotel 4 star
  • Explore the North Island's major visitor cities from Auckland, City of Sails, to Rotorua, the art deco city of Napier and the coolest little capital in the world, Wellington City. Return to Auckland on board the Northern Explorer scenic train. A great value tour with plenty of time to self explore the regions.

  • Viewed 48 times in the last 7 days
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NZD$2,470
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Modern ocean viewing platform in Napier
  • North Island Self Drive
  • Motels
  • Explore the North Islands major visitor cities from Auckland, City of Sails, to Rotorua, the art deco city of Napier, a night in the town of Martinborough before 2 nights in the Capital City of Wellington. A great value tour with plenty of time to self explore the regions.

  • Viewed 53 times in the last 7 days
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NZD$2,066
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Cuba Street in Wellington
  • North Island Self Drive
  • Motels
  • Explore every corner of the North Island with this 21 day self drive tour. As well as the iconic destinations of Rotorua and the Bay of Islands, you’ll also have time to explore some out of the way hidden gems, like Cape Palliser and the spectacular Taranaki coastline.  Highlights of this tour include the wine growing regions of Martinborough and the Hawkes Bay; idyllic beach communities of the Coromandel Peninsula and Bay of Islands; the unique Maori culture of Rotorua and the vibrant cities of Auckland and Wellington.

  • Viewed 60 times in the last 7 days
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NZD$3,954
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Wander through the majestic Redwood forests of Rotorua
  • North Island Self Drive
  • Motels
  • Explore the highlights of the North Island including the Bay of Islands and Rotorua, 2 of the most popular destinations.  In the Bay of Islands you’ll take a cruise amongst the many islands home to an abundance or marine wildlife, including dolphins which you might be lucky enough to see.  In Rotorua you’ll enjoy a thrilling cultural encounter at Mitai Maori Village and you’ll return to Auckland via the fascinating limestone formations and glow worm caves of Waitomo.

  • Viewed 26 times in the last 7 days
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NZD$1,814
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Champagne Pool, Rotorua geothermal area
  • North Island Self Drive
  • Motels
  • Explore the North Island's major visitor cities. After a day trip to beautiful Waiheke Island, travel south from Auckland via Rotorua and on to the art deco city of Napier. Then continue south for a night in picturesque Martinborough before you enjoy two nights in our vibrant capital Wellington. Take in the amazing scenery of the central North island returning to Auckland on board the Northern Explorer scenic train. This is a great value tour with plenty of time to explore the regions at your own pace.

  • Viewed 44 times in the last 7 days
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NZD$2,554
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Auckland harbour bridge at night
  • North Island Self Drive
  • Motels
  • This 5 day tour takes you to the sandy beaches and warm waters of the Bay of Islands, with time to explore on land or by sea.  Then travel via the ancient Kauri forests of Waipoua to the food and wine producing region of Matakana.

  • Viewed 27 times in the last 7 days
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NZD$892
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Explore Cathedral Cove on the Coromandel Peninsula
  • North Island Self Drive
  • Motels
  • This tour takes you through the heart of the North Island, highlighting its incredible diversity. Begin with a local’s favourite, the Coromandel Peninsula – here you’ll explore Cathedral Cove Marine Reserve.  Then it’s on to Rotorua to experience the rich culture of the area with a visit to Mitai Maori Village and Rainbow Springs, plus a full day to explore the thermal wonders. Next stop is Taupo, the largest lake in New Zealand where you’ll ride the thrilling Huka Falls Jet Boat.  Returning to Auckland you’ll stop at the world famous Waitomo Glow Worm Caves for an underground adventure.

  • Viewed 33 times in the last 7 days
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NZD$1,786
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Visit the largest mainland gannet colony
  • North Island Self Drive
  • Hotel 3 star
  • Travel through the heart of the North Island on this 7-day adventure. Begin in Wellington, famous for its vibrant, creative, culture, fuelled by great wine, food, craft beer and coffee. From here you will travel north through rural countryside, Taupo, Rotorua and onto metropolitan Auckland. Highlights on this tour include the Rotorua Canopy tree walk and the Huka Falls Jet.

  • Viewed 24 times in the last 7 days
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NZD$1,681
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St John Anglican church in rural Wairarama, Hawkes Bay
  • North Island Self Drive
  • Motels
  • Explore the North Island Auckland to Wellington on this short 'taster' tour. Rotorua, the cultural and adventure centre of the North Island plus the art deco city of Napier, wine regions of Hawkes Bay and the cosmopolitan capital city of Wellington will showcase the diversity on offer.

  • Viewed 30 times in the last 7 days
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NZD$1,463
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