Overview

Discover the tropical waters and inviting beaches of the Bay of Islands, on land or by sea, in this 5 day Treasures of the North Self Drive tour from Auckland. Cap it off with a journey to the wine-producing and food-growing region of Matakana through the ancient Kauri forests of Waipoua.

Itineraries

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

Airfares

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

Auckland - Bay of Islands - Auckland North Coast - Auckland 

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Arrive in Auckland
Auckland to Paihia
Explore Bay of Islands
Bay of Islands to Auckland North Coast
Auckland North Coast to Auckland

Day 1

Arrive in Auckland

Day 2

Auckland to Paihia

Travel Time: 2 hrs 55 mins

Distance: 226 kms

Day 3

Explore Bay of Islands

Day 4

Bay of Islands to Auckland North Coast

Travel Time: 3 hrs 45 mins

Distance: 286 kms

Day 5

Auckland North Coast to Auckland

Travel Time: 1 hrs 15 mins

Distance: 82 kms

On arrival you will be met by one of our team and driven to your Auckland accommodation.

Welcome to Auckland City

Auckland, New Zealand’s self-proclaimed ‘City of Sails’ is the country’s largest metro area. Resting between the Pacific Ocean and the Tasman Sea, this urban paradise has something for everyone. Surrounded by native bush, rainforests and an abundance of beaches, Auckland is a playground for both the city savvy and those with an eye for adventure. 

SUGGESTED ACTIVITY - Harbour Dinner Cruise Sailing Experience 

Stay overnight in Auckland

Collect your rental car  

Auckland to Paihia, Bay of Islands 

The trip from Auckland to the Bay Of Islands takes around 3.5 hours but give yourself some leeway for stops and sightseeing. As you go through Puhoi, take in the bohemian atmosphere of this historical township. Stop for a breath of fresh salty air in Whangarei and take another break at Kawakawa - home to the world famous Hundertwasser toilets. Enjoy the native bush surrounds and marvel at the endless golden beaches as you arrive into central Bay Of The Islands, Paihia.

Stay 2 nights in Bay of Islands

Commonly known as the ‘winterless north’ New Zealand’s Bay of Islands is made up of over 140 subtropical atolls. Renowned for its untouched beaches, abundant marine life and idyllic climate, this tropical paradise ticks all the boxes. 

SUGGESTED ACTIVITY - Discover the Bay Hole in the Rock Cruise 

SUGGESTED ACTIVITY - Waitangi Treaty Grounds Guided Tour and Cultural Performance 

Heading west from the Bay of Islands you leave the Pacific Ocean and soon and arrive into the Hokianga and the wilder seas of the Tasman.

The small townships of Omapere and Opononi have a great seaside feel and the perfect place to stop for an ice cream. The route now heads south and into the Waipoua Forest, home to the massive Kauri trees.

Heading back across country and just a short drive from Warkworth towards the coast is the small township of Matakana and a little further you will find the often deserted beaches of the Tawharanui Marine Reserve.

Stay overnight in Auckland North Coast (Snells Beach, Warkworth or Orewa)

The short drive south (1 hour) back to Auckland before dropping your rental car at the airport depot and continuing your onward journey.

Day 1, Arrive in Auckland

Arrive in Auckland

On arrival you will be met by one of our team and driven to your Auckland accommodation.

Welcome to Auckland City

Auckland, New Zealand’s self-proclaimed ‘City of Sails’ is the country’s largest metro area. Resting between the Pacific Ocean and the Tasman Sea, this urban paradise has something for everyone. Surrounded by native bush, rainforests and an abundance of beaches, Auckland is a playground for both the city savvy and those with an eye for adventure. 

SUGGESTED ACTIVITY - Harbour Dinner Cruise Sailing Experience 

Stay overnight in Auckland

Day 2, Auckland to Paihia

Auckland to Paihia

Travel Time: 2 hrs 55 mins

Distance: 226 kms

Collect your rental car  

Auckland to Paihia, Bay of Islands 

The trip from Auckland to the Bay Of Islands takes around 3.5 hours but give yourself some leeway for stops and sightseeing. As you go through Puhoi, take in the bohemian atmosphere of this historical township. Stop for a breath of fresh salty air in Whangarei and take another break at Kawakawa - home to the world famous Hundertwasser toilets. Enjoy the native bush surrounds and marvel at the endless golden beaches as you arrive into central Bay Of The Islands, Paihia.

Stay 2 nights in Bay of Islands

Day 3, Explore Bay of Islands

Explore Bay of Islands

Commonly known as the ‘winterless north’ New Zealand’s Bay of Islands is made up of over 140 subtropical atolls. Renowned for its untouched beaches, abundant marine life and idyllic climate, this tropical paradise ticks all the boxes. 

SUGGESTED ACTIVITY - Discover the Bay Hole in the Rock Cruise 

SUGGESTED ACTIVITY - Waitangi Treaty Grounds Guided Tour and Cultural Performance 

Day 4, Bay of Islands to Auckland North Coast

Bay of Islands to Auckland North Coast

Travel Time: 3 hrs 45 mins

Distance: 286 kms

Heading west from the Bay of Islands you leave the Pacific Ocean and soon and arrive into the Hokianga and the wilder seas of the Tasman.

The small townships of Omapere and Opononi have a great seaside feel and the perfect place to stop for an ice cream. The route now heads south and into the Waipoua Forest, home to the massive Kauri trees.

Heading back across country and just a short drive from Warkworth towards the coast is the small township of Matakana and a little further you will find the often deserted beaches of the Tawharanui Marine Reserve.

Stay overnight in Auckland North Coast (Snells Beach, Warkworth or Orewa)

Day 5, Auckland North Coast to Auckland

Auckland North Coast to Auckland

Travel Time: 1 hrs 15 mins

Distance: 82 kms

The short drive south (1 hour) back to Auckland before dropping your rental car at the airport depot and continuing your onward journey.

Additional Information

Pricing

Cost per Person

 Twin/Double
Motel Accommodation from NZ$1,035 per person

* PLEASE NOTE*

Price is based on two adults sharing a rental car and accommodation (twin/double-share).

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.

Payment

  • Deposit: 20% of the package cost or NZ$250 per person (whichever is the greater) at time of booking
  • Full Payment: 45 Days before travel
  • Airfares (if applicable): Paid in full at the time of 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:

4 nights accommodation

  • 1 Night Auckland
  • 2 Nights Bay of Islands
  • 1 Night Auckland Northshore

Car hire

  • Rental car insurance: Fully inclusive with variable excess/deductible.
  • Rental car: GPS navigation unlimited kms, airport/ferry terminal fees, additional drivers

Private airport transfers

Options

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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 resident

Optional Extras

Harbour Dinner Cruise Sailing Experience, Auckland

This unique on-water dining experience is not to be missed while you're in Auckland. Enjoy smooth sailing on the Waitemata Harbour - then watch this photogenic city come alive with twinkling lights. Your experienced crew will talk about Auckland's highlights and there will opportunity try your hand at steering.

At our sheltered mooring you'll be served delicious New Zealand fare - choose from a delectable three course menu catered for by Snapdragon, a renowned Viaduct Restaurant.

Hole in the Rock Cruise, Bay of Islands

Take a glimpse into New Zealand's earliest European history as your luxury catamaran passes by the township of Russell (Kororareka) and many of the historic and culturally significant islands in the Bay, before heading out into open sea. Enjoy the views as you cruise past the Cape Brett Lighthouse, before arriving at the stunning Motukokako Island, home of the majestic Hole in the Rock. As we venture into the dramatic Hole in the Rock (conditions permitting) hold your breath as the skipper navigates through the narrow space and admire the rock walls which soar above you. Watch out for water drops if you are seated on the top deck! Take in the Grand Cathedral Cave before heading back into the sheltered waters of the Bay. Keep an eye out for bottlenose and common dolphins along the way. Enjoy a visit to one of the most beautiful islands in the Bay. Here you can enjoy one of the many walks or unwind on the white sandy beach.

Waitangi Treaty Grounds Guided Tour and Cultural Performance

Waitangi is one of New Zealand's most historic sites where the Treaty of Waitangi was signed in 1840 between the local Maori and the British Government. This two day pass allows you access to the Treaty of Waitangi Grounds and includes admission to the Museum of Waitangi, a guided tour and a Maori Cultural performance. During your guided tour, you'll learn about the history of the treaty and discover the stories and events that shaped New Zealand. The cultural performance inside the carved meeting house includes waiata (singing), poi, a display of Maori weaponry and the haka - a war dance New Zealand is known for.

Highlights

Auckland - Bay of Islands - Auckland North Coast - Auckland 

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