6 Day Taste of the North Self Drive

From the kaleidoscope of sights and sounds in New Zealand’s largest city, to the creative hum of the world’s southernmost capital, you’ll enjoy a satisfying serving of Middle-earth in an action-packed week.

from NZ$1,650 pp - Twin Share


  • 5 nights accommodation including breakfast
  • 6 days car rental (excess applies)
  • Te Puia Thermal Reserve
  • Traditional Maori Hangi and Cultural Experience
  • Hobbiton movie set tour
  • Driving Creek Railway, Pauanuiv
  • Auckland Harbour Dinner Cruise
  • Please note that self-drive holidays depart on rolling start dates.


On arrival into Wellington airport collect your hire car and spend the day exploring the nation`s capital at your leisure. Today you have the time to delve into the history and stories of New Zealand at Te Papa Museum, see Wellington’s natural beauty from the cable car and wind down as you indulge your taste buds with Wellington’s gourmet foodie delights.

Leaving the city behind, make your way through Tongariro National Park, bordering the volcanic cone of Mt Ruapehu. Follow Desert Road to the popular lakeside town of Taupo, located on the shores of New Zealand’s largest lake. Stop to view the mighty Huka Falls and travel past massive pine forests to reach Rotorua, the centre of Maori culture and famous for its geysers, boiling mud pools and steaming craters.

This morning make your way to Te Puia, home to Te Whakarewarewa Thermal Reserve and the New Zealand Maori Arts and Crafts Centre. Explore nature’s thermal wonders including silica terraces and the famous Pohutu Geyser. After lunch, take some time to relax in your own private thermal bath at the traditional Polynesian Spa. As evening arrives, make your way to the Tamaki Maori Village for an authentic cultural experience. Sit down to a traditional Hangi (feast) followed by a stirring performance of Maori songs, chants and dance including the haka.

Continue your drive onward through the natural beauty of New Zealand’s Waikato region renowned for its fertile farming land. At Matamata enjoy a visit to the living set used in The Lord of the Rings and Hobbit movies. After working up a thirst on your tour make your way to The Green Dragon for a cider or ale in authentic Hobbit style! Make your way to the coastal town of Pauanui where you will spend the night in luxury surrounded by native bush and stunning views.

Today head around the Coromandel Peninsula. At the quaint township of Coromandel, ride the famous Driving Creek narrow gauge railway through native Kauri forest to a fascinating artist colony. Spend your day exploring the rugged landscape of this hidden paradise set amongst golden beaches and towering mountains. Make your way onward to the lively and ever-expanding ‘City of Sails’. Tonight, see Auckland from a unique perspective as you cruise alongside the harbour city enjoying an intimate three-course dinner by starlight and city lights!

Make Auckland city your playground with unlimited opportunities to enjoy the last of your North Island trip! No matter what your style, the vibrant city will have you finishing your holiday on a wonderful high before heading home to share your travel stories of New Zealand.

Please Note: Prices are per person twin/double share and subject to availability. For other room types or more information please enquire.

Conditions: Prices are per person, twin/double share and subject to availability. Prices were correct at the time of submission (July 2018) but are subject to change without notice. Valid for travel until 30 September 2019. Blackout periods and surcharges may apply. Car hire excess fees of NZ$3000 + GST applies. This will be imprinted on a credit card upon collecting the vehicle. Excess reduction options are available at an additional cost per day. Airport/Ferry pick up fee of NZ$45+ GST applies. This must be paid direct in New Zealand. Car parking fees may apply in some locations. Please enquire for more information.