12 Day North Island Self Drive from $2799pp*

11 nights hotel, car rental, guided tour, dinner cruise, Hobbiton movie set tour and transfers

Explore the North Island of New Zealand at your own leisure. This itinerary covers the premier locations at a pace you will enjoy. Time to relax with the 'must see' activities taken care of, staying at a superb selection of accommodations along the way.

Package Includes

  • 4 nights Auckland; The Sebel Auckland Viaduct Harbour
  • 3 hour fully guided tour of Auckland. Your morning tour is a journey of discovery, designed to show you the history, sights and sounds of Auckland but also see how Aucklanders live and play. The tour includes Queen St, Auckland Domain and Harbour Bridge and stunning views across the Hauraki Gulf and back to the city from Mt Victoria on the North Shore.
  • Pride of Auckland dinner cruise on Auckland Harbour. Immerse yourself in Auckland's harbour setting with dinner on the water. Sit back and relax on our dinner cruise. Cruise the inner harbour and glide past the city as it lights up. You’ll be treated to canapés and a drink as you set off towards Westhaven Marina. You will have the choice of a formal dinner in the downstairs cabin or take in the iconic sights of the Auckland Harbour while you eat on deck. A decadent dessert will then be yours to savor as you set sail.                             
  • 3 nights Bay of Islands; Copthorne Hotel and Resort Bay of Islands
  • Cape Reinga half day fly/drive tour. Have a 45 minute flight up to Cape Reinga via Northlands' spectacular harbours, such as Whangaroa Harbour and the Rangaunu Harbour. We also pass across some beautiful beaches such as Coopers Beach, Doubtless Bay and of course the famous Ninety Mile Beach. From Ninety Mile Beach we then fly inland where we land at our airfield, which is only 20km from the Cape Reinga lighthouse. Once on the ground a comfortable air-conditioned mini-bus will meet the aircraft. The Cape Reinga Lighthouse where the Tasman Sea meets the Pacific Ocean; a short drive to Tapotupotu Bay where we enjoy a freshly baked light refreshment. There is time for a stroll on the beach; then move across to Te Paki quicksand stream with its giant sand dunes; (we have sleds available for those who wish to experience the exhilaration of sliding down the sand dunes and try some "sand surfing"). The return flight to the Bay of Islands includes some of the most spectacular coastal scenery Northland has to offer. You will fly over the Parengarenga Harbour and Great Exhibition Bay, which are only visible by air or sea. The flight also passes across the Houhora Harbour, the Cavalli Island, Kauri Cliff's golf course and the spectacular Bay of Islands. 
  • Hole in the Rock Cruise.   A half day Bay of Islands cruise in search of dolphins and other marine life.  Enjoy the views from our catamaran Dolphin Seeker as you journey around the Bay of Islands right to the end of the Cape Brett Peninsula, to the famous Hole in the Rock on Motukokako Island.  
  • Hobbiton Movie Set Tour. Hobbit holes, The Green Dragon Inn, The Mill and other structures can be viewed and you will see how this beautiful piece of Waikato farmland was transformed into The Shire from Middle-earth. Upon completion of the tour you will return to The Shires Rest Cafe
  • 2 nights Rotorua; Millennium Rotorua
  • Combination of Farm show and farm tour at Agrodome. The World Famous Agrodome show is a 'must do' for any visitor to New Zealand. The show will take you through a fascinating insight into the world of New Zealand agriculture. During this multi award winning show you will be entertained  and informed as a real kiwi shearer (black singlet and all) presents 19 breeds of champion sheep, shears a sheep using the world record Bowen technique, works noisy Huntaway and silent Strong-Eyed dogs and completes the NZ dog trial. You have the opportunity to milk a cow, feed a lamb and even buy a sheep!
  • Tamaki Evening Cultural Experience. As you journey to Tamaki Maori Village, your driver will share customs &  protocols that must be observed during your visit. At the heart of the village lays a traditional meeting house, here you are invited to relax as hosts entertain you with a powerful cultural performance. An evening highlight - the Hangi buffet feast & New Zealand dessert menu is shared before the evening draws to an end with waiata (songs) and whaikorero (speeches). 
  • 2 nights Taupo; Millennium Hotel and Resort Taupo Manuels
  • Hukafalls Jet Boat Ride. The exhilarating power of the Hukafalls Jet is an experience you will never forget. You’ll marvel at the incredible water-level views of the spectacular Huka Falls as you slide past cliffs and trees at an incredible 80km an hour in one of our state of the art jet boats. Then get ready for our trademark 360 degree spin as the boat turns on its own  length, leaving you with a beaming smile and a heart pumping with adrenaline.
  • 8 day Avis car rental with unlimited miles and insurance
  • Arrival transfer in Auckland
  • Islands In The Sun Emergency Travel Assistance (available 24 hours)


Pricing Details

Price per person from $2799*

Travel Dates

4/1/2018 - 6/14/2018
6/17/2018 - 8/17/2018
8/19/2018 - 8/30/2018

Other travel dates apply, please call for details.

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*Terms & Conditions (USD): Prices are land only, 'from' per person, based on double occupancy and valid for travel between 1 April and 14 June 2018 or 17 June and 17 August or 19 August and 30 August 2018; otherwise supplements will apply. Book by 15 August 2018. Airfare is not included. Single supplements, black-out dates and seasonal supplements may apply. Car insurance, security deposit, one way fees and deductible are additional; please ask for details. Prices are in US dollars and current at time of posting (21 February 2017) and may differ when you book your travel and are not guaranteed until full payment is received and processed. Strictly subject to availability. Not retroactive and not combinable with any other special or vacation package offer. Upgrades are available. All prices, itineraries and routings are subject to change without notice. Please call for our current prices. Hearing impaired persons may dial 711 (National Relay Service) to contact us at the above number. Tour Code: SN18002. CST# 2001136-50

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