9 Days Northern Nomad
9 Days | North Island
Meander the North Island's extraordinary landscapes and experience some of New Zealand's vibrant, diverse cultures.
01 October 2019 -
30 September 2020
NZ$1,502 per person
- 8 nights accommodation
- 8 days small rental car hire
- welcome voucher wallet & driving maps
- expert itinerary planning & booking service
- 15% Goods and Services Tax (GST)
- Prices are per person, share twin/double room and in NZ$
A relaxing one-way North Island holiday starting in the sparking harbour city of Auckland, encompassing the tranquil beaches of the enchanting Bay of Islands, the vibrant harbour city & wineries of Tauranga, Rotorua's thermal wonders and rich Maori culture, art deco architecture of Napier and captivating culture of Wellington. There's even time to visit LOTR Hobbiton near Matamata. Fly back to Auckland or continue on to the South Island.
Prepare To Be Amazed!
Day 1 - Arrive Auckland, pick up rental car on arrival.
Kia ora, welcome to Auckland, the "City of Sails', New Zealand's largest and very multi-cultural city. Stroll the waterfront at Viaduct Harbour, famous for America's Cup sailing, savour the dining scene at adjacent Wynyard Quarter, enjoy beautiful beaches as well as boutique shopping at the Britomart, High Street and along Queen Street. The iconic SkyTower offers splendid views of the Harbour Bridge.
Day 2 - Drive Auckland - Paihia (approx 3 hours, 10 mins)
Crossing the grand harbour bridge, leave Auckland behind and then its beaches galore as you travel north. First is Orewa en route to historic Warkworth town and from there either follow the main road to Whangarei or divert along the coast road via Mangawhai Heads. From Whangarei its rolling farmland to Kawakawa and then on to Paihia the main township in the beautiful Bay of Islands. Paihia offers superb sweeping beaches and a wide range of recreational activities. Your choice to relax on one of the golden sand beaches or take a dolphin watch nature cruise, a scenic boat trip to Cape Brett and the 'Hole in the Rock' or short ferry to historic Russell. Swimming with the dolphins, kayaking and sailing are also right here!
Day 3 - Drive Paihia - Whangaparaoa (3 hours)
Exchange the beautiful Bay of Islands' beaches today for those of beach town Whangaparaoa as you travel through Kawakawa onto the lush of Whangarei's rolling farmland. Skirt the beautiful coast of Bream Bay between Ruakaka and Waipu as well as that along the Hibiscus Coast Highway with its beach forest coastline before you reach your final destination of charming Whangaparaoa town.
Day 4 - Drive Whangaparaoa - Tauranga (approx 3 hours, 15 mins)
Cross Auckland's spectacular harbour bridge, travelling south across the fertile farmlands of the Waikato region to Tauranga, heart of the sun-drenched Bay of Plenty with its relaxed lifestyle and culture. Nearby is Mt Maunganui seaside resort with its white sand beaches. Swimming with dolphins, scenic flights, harbour cruises... it's all here.
Day 5 - Drive Tauranga - Rotorua (approx 1 hour)
Make a short detour to Matamata to visit Hobbiton or meander the short drive to Rotorua. With spectacular scenery and exciting activities, there is plenty to do in Rotorua. Experience the extraordinary geothermal landscape, cultural experiences and historical sites that consistently make Rotorua one of the most visited holiday destinations in New Zealand.
Day 6 - In Rotorua at leisure.
Make the most of Rotorua's many activities and attractions. Adventurous mountain bike trails and cycle ways, thrilling river jet boating, 4WD outback trips, take to the forest canopy by zip line, scenic helicopter flights over Mt Tarawera and neighbouring lakes. The cultural side of Rotorua offers you traditional and modern Maori performances, hangi feasts and insights into genuine Maori maraes (meeting houses). Self guided and guided tours of geothermal reserves including Te Puia, Waiotapu and Waimangu Valley. The award winning Polynesian Spa is one of the many offerings of spa therapies, so make the most of Rotorua's geo thermal region.
Day 7 - Drive Rotorua - Napier (approx 2 hours, 55 mins)
Geothermal reserves, vast forests and lush native bush feature en route to Lake Taupo, New Zealand's largest lake. Worthwhile stopovers en route include Waimangu and Waiotapu geothermal reserves, Aratiatia Rapids and the thundering Huka Falls. The resort town of Taupo sits on the edge of New Zealand’s largest lake and is known as a trout fishing paradise and for its adventure activities. The major entertainment on the road from Taupo to Napier is the fantastic scenery. There’s a bit of everything - rugged hills, beautiful valleys, gentle plains and huge vistas. You might want to stop at the Waiarua Falls lookout, to view the twin waterfalls. At Tarawera you can walk to the hot springs, which are above the Waipunga River. Napier's trademark is its art deco and spanish mission architecture, Norfolk Pine tree-lined waterfront, rich arts culture and vast surrounding vineyards boasting world-renowned wine labels.
Day 8 - Drive Napier - Wellington (approx 4 hours, 30 mins)
Travel through the green farmland of the Hawke's Bay region, the rural towns of Norsewood and Dannevirk with their Danish heritage, the region's farming hub of Masterton and charming, colonial Greytown (famous for its great chocolate shop!), perhaps a side trip to Martinborough wine village en route. Wind your way through the Upper Hutt region as you approach the central Wellington region. Wellington, New Zealand's Capital City, is home to a powerful mix of culture, history, nature and cuisine. Highlight features include its stunning harbour location, Te Papa National Museum, theatres and galleries, high street stores and culinary havens.
Day 9 - Depart Wellington, drop off rental car at airport. You have the day at leisure until you make your way to Wellington Airport for your departure flight.
This North Island KiwiCombo road trip itinerary can be travelled in reverse and can be modified to suit your individual requirements. Suggested activities are a guideline to some of the special and unique experiences offered in each region but are optional and not included in the KiwiCombo Pass. However we can make reservations for you, just ask!