North Island’s Natural Wonders

  • Auckland
  • Bay of Islands
  • The Coromandel
  • Rotorua
  • Taupo
  • Napier
  • Wellington
  • New Plymouth
  • Hamilton
  • 14 nights from
  • £1,280 per person
  • Trip Code: SD-1116

Holiday Overview

North Island’s Natural Wonders - a superb New Zealand fly drive holiday

 

The North Island of New Zealand is not short of geothermal wonders, rainforests, white sand beaches and waterfalls. Many of these can be found with mountainous backdrops. If you are looking for any of these natural formations, then North Island is the place to go. Starting with the natural beauty of the northern Bay of Islands through the geothermal riches of Rotorua and Taupo to the caves and crevices of Hamilton, you will find nature at it’s finest. Such wonders can easily be explored throughout all corners of North Island and this itinerary is the way to see them all.

 

Start Auckland - End Auckland

14 nights – 15 days

Islands visited: North Island

 

Highlights;

Lake Taupo formed from a 2000-year-old volcanic explosion

Rotorua’s geothermal parks and geysers

Bay of Islands, home to 144 islands and Ninety Mile Beach

Waitomo’s Glow-worm caves

North Island’s Natural Wonders includes:

  • 1 night accommodation Auckland
  • 2 nights accommodation Bay of Islands
  • 2 nights accommodation Coromandel
  • 2 nights accommodation Rotorua
  • 1 night accommodation Taupo
  • 1 night accommodation Napier
  • 2 nights accommodation Wellington
  • 1 night accommodation New Plymouth
  • 1 night accommodation Hamilton
  • Compact car hire
  • Hobbiton Tour at Matamata
  • Te Puia Maori Cultural Tour at Rotorua
  • Glowworm Caves at Waitomo
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Day 1 - Auckland

Arrive in Auckland, check into your chosen hotel and spend the rest of the day at leisure.

Featured accommodation

Copthorne Hotel Auckland City

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Day 2 - Auckland – Bay of Islands

Collect your car and drive along the Hibiscus Coast to the Bay of Islands. Spend the rest of the day at leisure.

Featured accommodation

Copthorne Hotel and Resort Bay of Islands

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Day 3 - Bay of Islands

A full day of leisure to explore the Bay of Islands, enjoy the natural beauty of the area, comprising 144 islands between Cape Brett and the Purerua Peninsula. Perhaps take an optional cruise to view the “hole in the rock” at Piercy Island

Featured accommodation

Copthorne Hotel and Resort Bay of Islands

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Day 4 - Bay of Islands – Auckland

Return to Auckland perhaps stop off La Nonna Italian Bakery in Kaiwaka for a coffee or stretch your legs at the Dome Valley or Byrnderwyns Scenic lookout.

Featured accommodation

Copthorne Hotel Auckland City

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Day 5 - Auckland – Coromandel

Across the Firth of Thames, the Coromandel is cloaked in native rainforest with dazzling white sand beaches, it is rustic, unspoiled and relaxed.

Featured accommodation

Admiralty Lodge

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Day 6 - Coromandel

Spend a full day at leisure exploring the Coromandel Peninsula.

Featured accommodation

Admiralty Lodge

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Day 7 - Coromandel – Rotorua

Leave Coromandel behind and journey to the Maori cultural and geothermal area of Rotorua. En route stop off at Matamata for a tour of the Hobbiton Movie Set, as featured in the Peter Jackson Lord of the Rings and the Hobbit trilogies.

Featured accommodation

Copthorne Hotel Rotorua

Unmissable Experiences

Hobbiton

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Day 8 - Rotorua

Visit Te Puia a 70-hectare geothermal park right on the edge of Rotorua. It's home of the world famous Phutu geyser and the national carving and weaving schools. They also house the kiwi, New Zealand's most well-known bird and have daily Maori cultural performances.

Featured accommodation

Copthorne Hotel Rotorua

Unmissable Experiences

Te Puia

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Day 9 - Rotorua – Taupo

Take the short drive to Taupo, making sure to stop at the impressive Huka Falls, just north of the city. Lake Taupo was created around 2000 years ago, by a massive volcanic eruption and is still an active geothermal region.

Featured accommodation

Millennium Hotel and Resort Taupo

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Day 10 - Taupo – Napier

Beautifully preserved 1930s architecture is Napier's special point of difference, with the bonus of the Hawkes Bay wine region on its doorstep. Take a stroll around the town or visit one of the many fine vineyards in the area.

Featured accommodation

Scenic Hotel Te Pania

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Day 11 - Napier – Wellington

Today drive to Wellington, dubbed 'The coolest little capital in the world'. Spend the rest of the day at leisure.

Featured accommodation

Distinction Wellington

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Day 12 - Wellington

A full day of leisure to explore Wellington, perhaps take the cable car to the Mount Victoria lookout for a panoramic view of the city, make sure you visit Hannah’s Laneway, to sample some of the local gourmet produce.

Featured accommodation

Distinction Wellington

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Day 13 - Wellington – New Plymouth

Turn northwards and head to New Plymouth, dominated by the dramatic volcanic cone of Mt Taranaki. Stop off for lunch in Whanganui, one of New Zealand’s oldest settler towns, featuring restored heritage areas.

Featured accommodation

Copthorne Grand Central

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Day 14 - New Plymouth – Hamilton

Onto Waitomo today, famous for its dazzling Glowworm Caves. Take a tour of the Footwhistle glowworm cave before continuing onto Hamilton.

Featured accommodation

Distinction Hamilton

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Day 15 - Hamilton – Auckland

Return to Auckland Airport, drop off your vehicle and catch your onward flight.

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