8D NZ North Island Self-Drive

Self-Drive Suggested Itinerary

Auckland → Matamata → Rotorua → Taupo → Waitomo → Hamilton


Welcome to Auckland! Pick-up your car and enjoy a pleasant drive around the city.

Overnight: Auckland

AUCKLAND – MATAMATA (160km/1h50m)

Leave the city for the beautiful countryside. You can relax on a traditional farm stay and participate in a genuine kiwi farming experience if desired, or simply enjoy the view in peace and quiet. (Guests are advised to arrive at the farm before noon)

Overnight: Farm Stay


This morning, take on the mythical world of Middle Earth - Golden plains, towering mountains and enchanting valleys form the lands of Lothlorien, Hobbiton, Rivendell and more. Continue to Rotorua, the heart of the Maori Culture. Enjoy a tour of Te Puia. Visit the New Zealand national carving and weaving schools, which includes a visit to the award winning exhibition gallery before your Te Pô evening experience begins.

Overnight: Rotorua


In Rotorua, visit bubbling orange hot pools, marvel at geysers erupting 30m into the air, and take a scenic flight to New Zealand’s only active marine volcano, White Island. Soak tired bodies in geothermal mud baths and natural hot springs.

Overnight: Rotorua

ROTORUA – TAUPO (81km/1h)

Visit Lake Taupo, where swimmers can enjoy warm, geothermal water currents at some of the beaches. Just north, you’ll find New Zealand’s most visited attraction, the magnificent Huka Falls. The Maori rock carvings at Mine Bay make for a great boat trip or kayaking excursion.

Overnight: Taupo

TAUPO – WAITOMO – HAMILTON (220km/2h45m)

Discover magical glowworms by boat in the world famous Waitomo Glowworm Caves. You may combine your experience with Ruakuri Cave - see glowworms up close and descend a spectacular spiral entrance. Get your blood pumping with The Legendary Black Water Rafting Co. and spend your night in the city of Hamilton, which boasts stunning gardens, plentiful shopping, popular nightlife and awardwinning restaurants.

Overnight: Hamilton

HAMILTON – AUCKLAND (125km/1h30m)

Travel back to Auckland this morning; hiking trails and a dozen enchanting holiday islands await you. Rangitoto Island, just a 25 minute ferry ride from downtown Auckland, is the region’s most iconic volcano and a favourite day trip destination for visitors, hikers and bird watchers.

Overnight: Auckland


Return your car at the airport and check-in for your flight back home.

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  • 7N accommodation
  • Farmstay Experience
  • 7D car rental
  • Hobbiton Movie Set Tour
  • Waitomo Glowworm Caves
  • Te Puia, Maori Culture Show & Dinner


  • Book & travel by 30Sep'17.
  • Accommodation seasonal surcharge, block out dates, supplements and minimum nights stay apply. Details to be advised at time of booking confirmation.
  • All passengers are responsible for obtaining the appropriate visa, vaccinations, health certificates and carry a passport with minimum 6 months validity.
  • Prices exclude tipping, car rental excess, GPS, toll fee and other personal expenses.
  • Suggested itinerary is for your reference only; admissions are not included unless otherwise stated.
  • Prices quoted are per person on twin-share basis, exclude flight ticket.
  • Prices listed here are correct as of date of print and are subject to change without prior notice.