Embrace awesome earth forces, geothermal hot spots, a forest cloaked interior, Art Deco architecture and beautiful valleys.
Enjoy a variety of scenery on this extensive North Island itinerary. Combine it with your preferred South Island tour for a complete New Zealand experience.
IMPORTANT: This tour is only available on a self drive or private touring basis until international borders have been re-opened worldwide. Some products and services have been replaced with alternative options.
Northern Splendour Itinerary
On arrival, depending on your preferred travel choice, you will either be met and privately transferred, or self drive to your accommodation.
Auckland is New Zealand's largest city, located between two harbours with gentle sandy shores on the east coast and black sand, wild surf beaches on the west coast. Home to sheltered, sparkling blue waters dotted with beautiful emerald islands, we recommend getting out on the water when you are here. Overnight: Auckland
Auckland - Waitomo - Rotorua
Journey past rolling green hills to Waitomo for a tour through an underground wonderland of caves decorated with wonderful limestone formations and galaxies of glow worms. Then, continue on to your final destination, Rotorua, a place you will find is like nowhere else! Overnight: Rotorua
Rotorua is surrounded by a fascinating geothermal landscape with its unique steam vents, spouting geysers and bubbling mud pool set alongside freshwater lakes and majestic native forests. It is also a region immersed in fascinating Maori myths and legends. Today you'll visit New Zealand's most colourful geothermal attraction, Wai-O-Tapu, named as "one of the 20 most surreal places in the world". Tonight's entertainment includes a Maori concert performance and a Hangi (earth oven) meal, an essential part of a Rotorua visit. Overnight: Rotorua
Rotorua - Napier
There’s a bit of everything on today’s drive past Great Lake Taupo to Napier. Your scenic journey includes volcanic geography, fresh forest plantations, rugged hills, beautiful valleys, gentle plains and huge vistas. Overnight: Napier
Following an earthquake in 1931, a rebuild saw Napier completely redesigned in the style of the times. Buildings were constructed in the Art Deco style with Maori motifs to give the city a unique New Zealand character. Today, the delightful seaside city of Napier has the extra-ordninary feeling of a time capsule with its seamless line of some of the world's finest 1930's architecture. Enjoy a half day wine tour that takes you on a journey through the gorgeous countryside and into the most famous wine growing regions of Hawke's Bay. Overnight: Napier
Napier - Wellington
Today's travel south may be via the spectacular Manawatu Gorge or through the beautiful Tuki Tuki Valley and Wairarapa Wine region to reach Wellington.
Set between a sparking harbour and rolling green hills the compact city of Wellington is best explored on foot. Great shopping, arts culture, cafes and restaurants are all within minutes of the city’s untouched nature spots. Overnight: Wellington
Arrangements conclude today with a departure transfer or return of your rental car.
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All prices are per person, in New Zealand dollars
*Optional breakfast add-on for the duration of this tour
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