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Northern Highlights - 08 Days / 07 Nights

An 8 day self drive itinerary covering the following places of interest in the north of the North Island of New Zealand including Auckland, Paihia, Bay of Islands, Waitomo Caves and Rotorua. Daily departures with a choice of 5 vehicle types and a choice of 3, 4, 5 star hotel accommodation.

Includes a self drive rental car with pick up on arrival at Auckland International Airport and for all touring and sightseeing with a choice of five vehicle types, a choice of three standards of accommodation, sightseeing and entrance fees as specified, and daily buffet breakfast at hotel. Daily departures year round.



Northern Highlights - 08 Days / 07 Nights Itinerary

DAY 01: ARRIVE AUCKLAND: view detail >
DAY 02: AUCKLAND / BAY OF ISLANDS: view detail >
DAY 03: BAY OF ISLANDS: view detail >
DAY 04: BAY OF ISLANDS / AUCKLAND: view detail >
DAY 05: AUCKLAND / WAITOMO / ROTORUA: view detail >
DAY 06: ROTORUA: view detail >
DAY 07: ROTORUA / AUCKLAND: view detail >
DAY 08: DEPART AUCKLAND: view detail >

Northern Highlights - 08 Days / 07 Nights Itinerary Detail

DAY 01: ARRIVE AUCKLAND:

Pick up your self drive rental car on arrival at Auckland International Airport. Transfer by self drive rental car to your hotel in the “City of Sails”. The rest of the day is at leisure.


DAY 02: AUCKLAND / BAY OF ISLANDS:

This morning depart your hotel and travel north over the Auckland Harbour Bridge and along the Hibiscus Coast with endless golden beaches and clear waters. View native Kauri trees enroute. Continue north through the city of Whangarei, the capital of the Northland Province and the largest city in this area, to the small township of Kawakawa and on to Paihia, the jewel in the beautiful Bay of Islands. Check in to hotel and relax at leisure. 


DAY 03: BAY OF ISLANDS:

Today we have included Fuller’s Bay of Islands “Flexi-Choice Ticket” which allows you to choose from one of the following tours: the Supercruise; Dolphin Adventures; Hole in the Rock Cruise; Cape Brett Cruise or Cape Reinga Wanderer. Also included today is a free return ferry ticket from Paihia to the historic settlement of Russell across the bay. Enjoy your day in the bay with its history and the beauty of this part of New Zealand all around you.


DAY 04: BAY OF ISLANDS / AUCKLAND:

This morning is at leisure with time to explore on your own. Perhaps an Optional visit to the Waitangi Treaty House with a tour through the Treaty Grounds where the founding document of New Zealand, the Treaty of Waitangi was signed in 1840 between the British Crown and local Maori Chiefs, or perhaps a round of Golf at the Waitangi Golf Club with the stunning views from many of its fairways across the spectacular Bay of Islands. (Please note that Optional activities mentioned are not included in the tour cost.) Return to Auckland in the afternoon and the rest of the day is at leisure to relax.


DAY 05: AUCKLAND / WAITOMO / ROTORUA:

Travel south from Auckland to Rotorua through the lush green dairy farming region of the Waikato Province to arrive at the Waitomo Caves. Enjoy a guided tour through this famous underground grotto and see the limestone formations with staligtites and stalagmites and thousands of tiny glow worms. Continue on to Rotorua following the Waikato River for part of the way and then via the bushclad Mamaku Ranges to arrive at the “Thermal Spa City” of Rotorua, set on the shores of Lake Rotorua.


DAY 06: ROTORUA:

Today enjoy a self drive sightseeing tour of some of the highlights of Rotorua including a visit to Te Puia Thermal Reserve to see boiling mudpools and geysers,and learn about Maori culture. Also visit the Paradise Valley Springs to see New Zealand trout, birds and wildlife before continuing on to the Agrodome where you will watch a New Zealand Farm show featuring sheep dog demonstrations, cow milking and learn about the New Zealand sheep farming industry and the different breeds of sheep. The afternoon is at leisure for Optional activities or exploring on your own. Options today may be to visit the Polynesian Pools and relax in the thermal waters which are sourced from the earth directly below. (Please note that Optional costs are not included in the tour costs. This evening enjoy an authentic Maori Concert and Hangi Dinner.


DAY 07: ROTORUA / AUCKLAND:

This morning is at leisure for some shopping or Optional activities. Depart Rotorua and return to Auckland via the Waikato Province and follow the Waikato River through Cambridge with its many thoroughbred horse stud farms to Hamilton and Ngaruawahia. Continue on north to Auckland arriving in the late afternoon. Check in to hotel and rest of the day is at leisure to relax or to explore some more of the "City of Sails" on your own. Enjoy your last night.


DAY 08: DEPART AUCKLAND:

Your arrangements conclude today with the drop off of your rental car at Auckland International Airport prior to boarding your departure flight. Bon Voyage! We trust that you have enjoyed your New Zealand holiday with Adventure Pacific.


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