Experience the very best that New Zealand’s North Island has to offer on this 31 day independent motorhome tour that starts and finishes in Auckland.
This tour will take you from the top to the bottom of the North Island, including many sites in between with everything from urban delights to long sandy beaches, subterranean mysteries, plus extraordinary food and drink.
Duration: 31 days
Independent Motorhome Tours
- Year round
- Auckland, the City of Sails
- Stunning beaches of the Coromandel Peninsula
- New Zealand’s Bay of Plenty
- Gisborne - the first city in the world to greet the sun each morning
- Napier, the Art Deco capital of the world
- Wellington, the country's capital
- Lake Taupo, the largest lake in New Zealand
- Waitomo with its labyrinth of caves
- Cape Reinga, New Zealand’s most northerly point
- Paihia and the Bay of Islands
UNESCO World Heritage sites:
- International flights from the UK to New Zealand
- All transfers
- 4 nights in a centrally located hotel in Auckland including breakfast
- 24 days Apollo Motorhome hire in a 2 berth motorhome including:
- Unlimited windscreen and tyre cover
- Accidental damage cover (undercarriage and overhead)
- Single vehicle rollover cover
- Extra Driver Fees
- Unlimited mileage
- Camping chairs and table
- Upgrades to larger vehicles are available
- 23 nights pre-booked campsites
- Moutohora Island Sanctuary
- Vintage Car tour of Napier
- Entry and tour of Waitomo Glowworm Caves
You have the choice of all Britz, Maui, Star RV, Apollo, Pacific Horizon and McRent motorhomes for this tour or it can also be taken by car and caravan. Prices may vary depending on vehicle type, seasonality and availability. Click on the images for more details and specifications of each motorhome.
- Days 1 - 4: UK - Auckland
Welcome to Auckland, the City of Sails! Unwind after the flight and enjoy this harbour side city. Explore at your leisure, perhaps taking in the views from the top of the Sky tower or a boat trip across the harbour to one of the neighbouring islands.Available Excursions:
- Days 5 - 6: Coromandel Peninsula
Distance: 168km (105miles)
Your first destination is the Coromandel Peninsula, a beautiful natural playground with plenty of beaches and coves to explore. Many Kiwis choose to escape the hustle and bustle of city life here, and it's easy to see why.
You can dig out your very own hot pool metres from the Pacific Ocean at world-famous Hot Water Beach, or head for Cathedral Cove where a huge arched cavern passes through the headland, joining up two secluded coves. Relax in the cafes and enjoy the art galleries or just take in the wonderful scenery.Available Excursions:
- Wilderness Adventure Walk – Full Day
- Nature & Coast Walk – Full Day
- Northern Coromandel Peninsula Highlights – 8 hours
- Hobbiton and South Coromandel – 8 hours
- The Coromandel Circuit – Private Tour – 8 hours
- The Full Monty – 2 hours
- Hahei Explorer Cathedral Cove Boat Tour – 1 hour
- Glass Bottom Boat Cruise – 2 hours
- Cathedral Cove Classic Tour – 3 – 3 ½ hours
- The Big Day in the Bay – 6 – 7 hours
- Coromandel Peninsula Loop – 8 hours
- Northern Coromandel Coastal Walk – 12 hours
- Days 7 - 8: Whakatāne
Distance: 252km (158miles)
The local Māori believe that New Zealand was first discovered more than 1,000 years ago by Tiwakawaka, who settled his people in what is now known at Whakatāne, the Bay of Plenty’s sunshine capital.
Close to the coast of Whakatane is Whale Island (Moutohora) which is one of New Zealand’s best kept secrets and is home to a plethora of the country's rare and endangered birds, reptiles, and plants. This island sanctuary is fiercely protected by New Zealand’s Department of Conservation so access to the island is only possible with official tours.Available Excursions:
- Days 9 - 10: Gisborne
Distance: 185km (115miles)
Gisborne is the first city in the world to greet the sun each morning but is best known for its excellent selection of food, beer, and wine. It’s also the unofficial ‘Chardonnay Capital of New Zealand’ and has a comprehensive wine trail leading to a number of boutique wineries.
If you have an interest in Māori culture, Gisborne is an essential port of call on your itinerary as many old traditions are still evident in the city.
- Days 11 - 12: Napier
Distance: 214km (134miles)
Often referred to as the Art Deco capital of the world, Napier is in the Hawke’s Bay region which is famous for its vineyards. Many of these serve gourmet food to accompany their award-winning wines, giving you the opportunity to enjoy some mouth-watering cuisine.Available Excursions:
- Days 13 - 14: Wairapapa
Distance: 154km (96miles)
Wairarapa is home to a variety of winemakers and artisan producers who draw their inspiration from the lush local landscapes. The award-winning food and beverages are just the thing to pack for a picnic before heading out to discover Wairarapa's wild coastline.
You’ll be captivated by the historic lighthouse, by the North Island's largest fur seal colony, and breath-taking rock formations, all combined with stunning sea views as far as the eye can see.
- Days 15 - 16: Wellington
Distance: 319km (199miles)
Travel to the southern end of the North Island today and the city of Wellington. Explore the country’s capital city with a visit to the Te Papa Museum, the National Museum of New Zealand. Or take a trip up Mount Victoria for views out over the city.Available Excursions:
- Day 17: Whanganui
Distance: 194km (121miles)
On the road to Whanganui, you’ll see the offshore island of Kapiti, a nature reserve where you can see rare birds and take a tour for a more in-depth visit. Once in Whanganui, take a river cruise on the Steamer Waimarie and visit the interesting museums and the River Market.
- Days 18 - 19: Lake Taupo
Distance: 226km (141miles)
Near Lake Taupo you'll find the Huka Falls, one of New Zealand’s most visited natural sights. Marvel at the power of nature as the mighty Waikato River is forced through a gorge just 15 metres wide. Nearby at the Craters of the Moon, a meandering trail leads you through a slightly surreal and steaming heathland of bubbling pools and crevices.
Further on lies Lake Taupo, a vast volcanic crater, now the largest lake in the country. If you have time, head out to see the spectacular Maori rock carvings at Mine Bay, only accessible from the water. Beyond Taupo is the Tongariro National Park and the unmistakable sight of its three volcanic mountains.Available Excursions:
- Days 20 - 21: Waitomo
Distance: 152km (95miles)
Waitomo is best known for its labyrinth of limestone caves where you can walk or take a boat ride to see the incredible natural spectacle of the glow worms which illuminate the caves in their thousands. The delicate canopy of light above your head is truly magical.Available Excursions:
- Waitomo Glowworm Caves Admission – 45 minutes
- Waitomo Glowworm Caves & Ruakuri Cave – 2 ¾ hours
- Waitomo Glowworm Caves & Ruakuri Cave, Aranui Cave Combo – 2 ¾ hours
- Black Labyrinth – 3 Hours
- Black Abyss – 5 hours
- Hairy Feet Waitomo Scenic Film Location Tour – 1 ½ hours
- Footwhistle Glowworm Cave – 1 ¼ hours
- Day 22: Pakiri
Distance: 278km (174miles)
From Waitomo you’ll head up into the Waikato, real farming country and the dairy heartland of New Zealand. In Hamilton you can see the University, the elegant public gardens and river, while further north bypass Auckland as you head to Pakiri. From Pakiri you can visit the artisan village of Matakana or take a trip out to Kawau Island.
- Day 23: Dargaville
Distance: 157km (98miles)
Dargaville is built along the edge of the wide Northern Wairoa River, Māori settlements and marae (meeting places) have been scattered around the area for hundreds of years.
From tonight’s holiday park you can join a guided kiwi walk which will introduce you to the night-time sounds of the Northland Forest (bookings are essential).
- Days 24 - 25: Cape Reinga
Distance: 231km (144miles)
Travel to Cape Reinga where the mighty Pacific Ocean meets the Tasman Sea. On a clear day, a white line of foam stretches across the ocean showing where the two bodies of water meet.
The Māori consider this place sacred and believe that it is here that the spirits of the deceased leap into the ocean to return to their ancestral land.
- Days 26 - 27: Paihia
Distance: 144km (90miles)
The scenic Bay of Islands is home to 144 islands and is the perfect place to relax and enjoy the views. You'll be able to learn more about the history of the region, with nearby Waitangi, the location for the signing of the unique treaty between the British and the Maori people in 1840.Available Excursions:
- Days 28 - 29: Auckland
Distance: 225km (141miles)
Auckland is a harbour city, and the locals love nothing more than getting out on the water. You have the opportunity to explore the city at your leisure, be it on land or water. A visit to Waiheke Island is a recommended and enjoyable experience that offers spectacular views of the city across the water. The Sky Tower is unmistakable and offers an alternative view of the city.
- Days 30 - 31: Auckland - UK
Time to bid farewell to the Land of the Big White Cloud, with treasured memories that will last a lifetime.
Price per person is based on two people sharing, prices for solo travellers are available on request.