Overview

Discover the North Island of New Zealand and experience the very best that these parts have to offer from the comfort of your very own motorhome.  Enjoy a cruise in the breathtakingly beautiful Bay of Islands, encounter the glowworms that make Waitomo Caves so famous, tour the Hobbiton movie set,  experience the vibrant Maori culture and geothermal wonders at Rotorua, stop in New Zealand's capital city – Wellington and visit Christchurch which is also known as the garden city.

Itineraries

All itineraries can be amended or combined with other itineraries. Please advise amendments when requesting a quote.

Auckland - Bay of Islands - Waitomo - Rotorua - Napier - Wellington - Kaikoura - Christchurch

 

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Arrive Auckland
Auckland to Bay of Islands
Bay of Islands
Bay of Islands to Waitomo
Waitomo to Rotorua via Matamata
Rotorua
Rotorua to Napier
Napier to Wellington
Wellington to Kaikoura
Kaikoura to Christchurch
Depart Christchurch

Day 1

Arrive Auckland

Day 2

Auckland to Bay of Islands

Travel Time: 3 hrs 30 mins

Distance: 230 kms

Day 3

Bay of Islands

Day 4

Bay of Islands to Waitomo

Travel Time: 5 hrs 45 minutes

Distance: 445 kms

Day 5

Waitomo to Rotorua via Matamata

Travel Time: 2 hrs

Distance: 155 kms

Day 6

Rotorua

Day 7

Rotorua to Napier

Travel Time: 3 hrs

Distance: 220 kms

Day 8

Napier to Wellington

Travel Time: 4 hrs 30 mins

Distance: 330 kms

Day 9

Wellington to Kaikoura

Travel Time: 2 hrs

Distance: 156 kms

Day 10

Kaikoura to Christchurch

Travel Time: 2 hrs 30 mins

Distance: 181 kms

Day 11

Depart Christchurch

Upon arrival in Auckland, you will make your way to the vehicle depot to collect your motorhome rental.

Make your way across the amazing Harbour Bridge on your way north to the birthplace of the nation. Enjoy a self-guided tour of the Waitangi Treaty Grounds before settling down for the evening in this culturally rich area.

Take a cruise out to the Cape Brett Lighthouse and through the world famous 'Hole in the Rock'. Gently weave through the inner islands before stopping at Otehei Bay where you can enjoy a swim or relaxing stroll.  You can then enjoy the rest of the day at your own leisure and explore your surroundings.

Leave Paihia early in the morning and make your way south to the famous Waitomo Glowworm Caves. Here you will have the pleasure of enjoying a close up view of some amazing ancient limestone formations and caverns as well as the twinkling lights of the glowworms.

Begin your day by driving through the Waikato farmlands towards Hobbiton. Here you will be taking on a guided tour of one of the most famous movie sets in history.  Learn more about just how the movie was created and learn some fascinating secrets.  After your tour, it's on to Rotorua for an authentic and entertaining Maori cultural experience.

On this day you will be able to enjoy all the sights and fun of Rotorua. Visit the Agrodome, enjoy a scenic ride on the Skyline Gondola, see the lions that call Paradise Valley Springs home, encounter the fascinating geothermal activity at Te Puia, and complete your day out by relaxing at the local Polynesian Spa.

Make your way to Taupo and enjoy viewing listening to the power of the water rolling at Huka Falls. Drive on to Napier, the Art Deco capital of New Zealand, and take some time to appreciate the superb architecture that makes this city so special.

Continue through the Wairarapa wine region as you head for Wellington – New Zealand's fine capital. Here you can take your pick from some of the best cafes, restaurants, bars, arts and shopping in the country.

Hop on board the Interislander Ferry that will take you across to Picton. When you arrive, you will then enjoy a truly spectacular coastal drive.  On one side you can stare out over the Pacific Ocean while, on the other side, the majestic Kaikoura Mountains pierce the skies above.  We recommend that you make the most of the amazing year round opportunities to do some dolphin and whale watching.

Continue driving south to the city of Christchurch. On the way, you can stop at the Waipara wine region before spending the rest of your day exploring the 'Garden City' at your leisure.

Return your motorhome to the vehicle depot before making your way back home.

Day 1, Arrive Auckland

Arrive Auckland

Upon arrival in Auckland, you will make your way to the vehicle depot to collect your motorhome rental.

Day 2, Auckland to Bay of Islands

Auckland to Bay of Islands

Travel Time: 3 hrs 30 mins

Distance: 230 kms

Make your way across the amazing Harbour Bridge on your way north to the birthplace of the nation. Enjoy a self-guided tour of the Waitangi Treaty Grounds before settling down for the evening in this culturally rich area.

Day 3, Bay of Islands

Bay of Islands

Take a cruise out to the Cape Brett Lighthouse and through the world famous 'Hole in the Rock'. Gently weave through the inner islands before stopping at Otehei Bay where you can enjoy a swim or relaxing stroll.  You can then enjoy the rest of the day at your own leisure and explore your surroundings.

Day 4, Bay of Islands to Waitomo

Bay of Islands to Waitomo

Travel Time: 5 hrs 45 minutes

Distance: 445 kms

Leave Paihia early in the morning and make your way south to the famous Waitomo Glowworm Caves. Here you will have the pleasure of enjoying a close up view of some amazing ancient limestone formations and caverns as well as the twinkling lights of the glowworms.

Day 5, Waitomo to Rotorua via Matamata

Waitomo to Rotorua via Matamata

Travel Time: 2 hrs

Distance: 155 kms

Begin your day by driving through the Waikato farmlands towards Hobbiton. Here you will be taking on a guided tour of one of the most famous movie sets in history.  Learn more about just how the movie was created and learn some fascinating secrets.  After your tour, it's on to Rotorua for an authentic and entertaining Maori cultural experience.

Day 6, Rotorua

Rotorua

On this day you will be able to enjoy all the sights and fun of Rotorua. Visit the Agrodome, enjoy a scenic ride on the Skyline Gondola, see the lions that call Paradise Valley Springs home, encounter the fascinating geothermal activity at Te Puia, and complete your day out by relaxing at the local Polynesian Spa.

Day 7, Rotorua to Napier

Rotorua to Napier

Travel Time: 3 hrs

Distance: 220 kms

Make your way to Taupo and enjoy viewing listening to the power of the water rolling at Huka Falls. Drive on to Napier, the Art Deco capital of New Zealand, and take some time to appreciate the superb architecture that makes this city so special.

Day 8, Napier to Wellington

Napier to Wellington

Travel Time: 4 hrs 30 mins

Distance: 330 kms

Continue through the Wairarapa wine region as you head for Wellington – New Zealand's fine capital. Here you can take your pick from some of the best cafes, restaurants, bars, arts and shopping in the country.

Day 9, Wellington to Kaikoura

Wellington to Kaikoura

Travel Time: 2 hrs

Distance: 156 kms

Hop on board the Interislander Ferry that will take you across to Picton. When you arrive, you will then enjoy a truly spectacular coastal drive.  On one side you can stare out over the Pacific Ocean while, on the other side, the majestic Kaikoura Mountains pierce the skies above.  We recommend that you make the most of the amazing year round opportunities to do some dolphin and whale watching.

Day 10, Kaikoura to Christchurch

Kaikoura to Christchurch

Travel Time: 2 hrs 30 mins

Distance: 181 kms

Continue driving south to the city of Christchurch. On the way, you can stop at the Waipara wine region before spending the rest of your day exploring the 'Garden City' at your leisure.

Day 11, Depart Christchurch

Depart Christchurch

Return your motorhome to the vehicle depot before making your way back home.

Additional Information

Pricing

Cost per person

May 2016 to September 2017

 Twin/DoubleSingle
Standard Britz Motorhome from AU$1,654* per person from AU$2,646* per person
Superior Maui Motorhome from AU$1,764* per person from AU$2,866* per person

 * PLEASE NOTE

Prices are estimates only, and are subject to availability and exchange rates when booking, seasonal or holiday price surcharges (such as Christmas/New Year and Easter); as well as special events that may be on. Please forward a request and we will be happy to forward a quote.

Motorhome rental

  • An insurance excess of NZ$7500 will be debited from your credit card at the time of vehicle collection. This can be reduced to nil by pre-purchasing an insurance option. Ask us for more details.
  • A one way fee of NZ$300 applies between 01 Oct & 31 Mar (or NZ$100 between 01 Apr & 30 Sep) and is charged upon vehicle collection.

Payment

  • Deposit: 10% at the time of booking
  • Full Payment: 90 Days before travel
  • Airfares (if applicable): Paid in full no more than 6 days after booking

Cancellation Charges

  • Cancellation Fees up to 100% can apply after booking. Extra deposits or full payment may be requested to cover these charges prior to booking.
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Includes

Includes:

11 days 2 Berth Auto hire

Interislander Ferry crossing

Entry to Waitangi Treaty Grounds

Hole in the Rock Cruise

Waitomo Caves Tour

Tour of the Hobbiton Movie Set

Tamaki Cultural Hangi & Concert

Rotorua Diamond Sightseeing Pass

Options

Travel Insurance

If you are going overseas, then travel insurance is a necssity. Compare rates and polices online and get a free travel insurance quote.

Accommodation

There is a choice of accommodation available on all packages, which depending on locations, includes motels, 3 star hotels, 4 star hotels, boutique lodges & hotels and luxury lodges and hotels. We are happy to quote on alternate accommodation requests.

Airfares

International flights can be included from Australia for all Australian residents.

Kruse GPS Audio Travel Guide

A great alternative to normal GPS Sat Nav in New Zealand is a KRUSE GPS Audio Travel Guide. As well as working like a normal GPS, this great alternative also gives you a detailed commentary as you travel through each region. Let's you know what you can do, where the best restaurants and cafes are, as well as all those hidden secret gems.

Highlights

Cape Brett Hole in the Rock Cruise

Cruise by luxury catamaran to Cape Brett Lighthouse, Motukokako Island and then make your passage through the 'Hole in the Rock' followed by Grand Cathedral Cave. Meander through the inner islands stopping at Otehei Bay for a swim or scenic walk.

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