Overview

Explore New Zealand in winter on an 8 Day North Island Ski Self Drive from Auckland to Wellington via the beautiful lakeside town of Taupo. Spend 3 days skiing New Zealand's largest ski field, comprising Whakapapa and Turoa ski areas, ideal for beginners, intermediate or advanced skiers and snowboarders.

Included is a tour of the Hobbiton Movie Set at Matamata, made famous in the Lord of the Rings movies; as well as a night time Zealandia Eco Sanctury tour in Wellington. This package can easily be amended or combined with our other North Island Self Drive packages.

Auckland - Hobbiton - Taupo - Mt Ruapehu (Whakapapa and Turoa Ski Areas) - Wellington

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Arrive Auckland
Auckland to Taupo via Hobbiton
Taupo to National Park
National Park to Whakapapa or Turoa
National Park to Whakapapa or Turoa
National Park to Wellington
Explore Wellington
Depart Wellington

Day 1

Arrive Auckland

Day 2

Auckland to Taupo via Hobbiton

Travel Time: 3 hrs 45 mins

Distance: 295 kms

Day 3

Taupo to National Park

Travel Time: 1 hr 30mins

Distance: 113 kms

Day 4

National Park to Whakapapa or Turoa

Travel Time: 0.5-1.5 hrs

Distance: 31-107 kms

Day 5

National Park to Whakapapa or Turoa

Travel Time: 0.5-1.5 hrs

Distance: 31-107 kms

Day 6

National Park to Wellington

Travel Time: 4 hrs 15 mins

Distance: 327 kms

Day 7

Explore Wellington

Day 8

Depart Wellington

Arrive in the City of Sails, where your car hire will be ready and awaiting collection. Enjoy the rest of the day exploring this vibrant multiculutural metropolis at your leisure.

This morning head south to Matamata for a Hobbiton Movie Set Tour. Then drive on to the popular lakeside resort town of Taupo.

Ski or Snowboard Mt Ruapehu (Day 1)

Drive to Tongariro Naational Park and spend 3 days skiing or snowboarding at Mt Ruapehu. Choose from Whakapapa or Turoa ski fields. With beginner, intermediate and advanced trails, there is plenty of fun for everyone.

Stay 3 nights at National Park Village

Ski or Snowboard Mt Ruapehu (Day 2)

Spend your second day skiing or snowboarding at Mt Ruapehu. Choose from Whakapapa or Turoa ski fields. there is plenty of fun for everyone.

Ski or Snowboard Mt Ruapehu (Day 3)

Spend your third and last day skiing or snowboarding at Mt Ruapehu. Choose from favourite between either Whakapapa or Turoa ski fields.

Today, drive south to the nation’s buzzing capital, Wellington, famous for its creative culture and great food and wine.

Tonight you are free to explore the attractions of Wellington, New Zealand's capital. This evening enjoy a night tour at the Zealandia Eco Sanctuary.

Today, drop your car off in time for your onward flight.

Day 1, Arrive Auckland

Arrive Auckland

Arrive in the City of Sails, where your car hire will be ready and awaiting collection. Enjoy the rest of the day exploring this vibrant multiculutural metropolis at your leisure.

Day 2, Auckland to Taupo via Hobbiton

Auckland to Taupo via Hobbiton

Travel Time: 3 hrs 45 mins

Distance: 295 kms

This morning head south to Matamata for a Hobbiton Movie Set Tour. Then drive on to the popular lakeside resort town of Taupo.

Day 3, Taupo to National Park

Taupo to National Park

Travel Time: 1 hr 30mins

Distance: 113 kms

Ski or Snowboard Mt Ruapehu (Day 1)

Drive to Tongariro Naational Park and spend 3 days skiing or snowboarding at Mt Ruapehu. Choose from Whakapapa or Turoa ski fields. With beginner, intermediate and advanced trails, there is plenty of fun for everyone.

Stay 3 nights at National Park Village

Day 4, National Park to Whakapapa or Turoa

National Park to Whakapapa or Turoa

Travel Time: 0.5-1.5 hrs

Distance: 31-107 kms

Ski or Snowboard Mt Ruapehu (Day 2)

Spend your second day skiing or snowboarding at Mt Ruapehu. Choose from Whakapapa or Turoa ski fields. there is plenty of fun for everyone.

Day 5, National Park to Whakapapa or Turoa

National Park to Whakapapa or Turoa

Travel Time: 0.5-1.5 hrs

Distance: 31-107 kms

Ski or Snowboard Mt Ruapehu (Day 3)

Spend your third and last day skiing or snowboarding at Mt Ruapehu. Choose from favourite between either Whakapapa or Turoa ski fields.

Day 6, National Park to Wellington

National Park to Wellington

Travel Time: 4 hrs 15 mins

Distance: 327 kms

Today, drive south to the nation’s buzzing capital, Wellington, famous for its creative culture and great food and wine.

Day 7, Explore Wellington

Explore Wellington

Tonight you are free to explore the attractions of Wellington, New Zealand's capital. This evening enjoy a night tour at the Zealandia Eco Sanctuary.

Day 8, Depart Wellington

Depart Wellington

Today, drop your car off in time for your onward flight.

Additional Information

Pricing

Price per person

1 July 2019 - 30 September 2019

Rates outside these dates are available on request

  • Standard accommodation: AU$1,543 twin share

Terms & Conditions

  • Prices are per person, twin/double share and subject to availability.
  • Prices were correct at the time of submission (January 2019) but are subject to change without notice.
  • Prices are for the Ski Season.
  • Valid for travel 01 July 2019 – 30 September 2019.
  • Blackout periods and surcharges may apply.
  • Car Rental: Twin share is based on a Budget Rentals CDAR (Toyota Corolla or similar - auto).
  • Car hire excess fees of NZ$3500 + 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.
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Includes

Includes:

7 nights accommodation

  • 1 night Auckland
  • 1 night Taupo
  • 3 nights National Park Village
  • 2 nights Wellington

8 days car rental (excess applies)
3 day flexi ski lift pass
3 day flexi ski or equipment rental
Hobbiton Movie Set and Farm Tour
Zealandia Eco Sanctuary Entry

Options

Ski or Snowboard Clothes Hire are available, as well as packages including Group Ski or Snowboard Lessons. Please request when booking.

2019 Season Opening Dates*

  • Whakapapa: 22 June to 28 October 2019
  • Turoa: 29 June to 28 October 2019

*Opening dates are subject to change

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Itineraries

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

Accommodation

There is a choice of accommodation available on all packages, which depending on locations, includes 3 star hotel accommodation, 4 star hotel accommodation and two bedroom self-contained apartments. We are happy to quote on alternate accommodation requests.

Airfares

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

Highlights

Hobbiton Movie Set

Become immersed in The Lord of the Rings and the Hobbit films when you visit the actual Hobbiton movie set. Located just outside of Matamata - in the heart the lush Waikato farming region, your two hour tour will begin with a drive through a picturesque sheep farm. You'll then be taken through Hobbit Holes, The Green Dragon Inn, The Mill and the Party Tree while your guide shares behind-the-scenes tales and insight into the making of the films.

Zealandia Wildlife Sanctuary Night Tour

Taking a night tour of Zealandia wildlife eco-sanctuary is an unforgettable experience and one that comes highly recommended. A conservation success and safe haven for some of New Zealand's rarest native animals, Zealandia is home to many remarkable species of birds, reptiles and insects living wild within a beautiful 225 hectare (one square mile) valley - just 10 minutes from the central city.

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8 Day North Island Ski Self Drive

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