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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

Holiday Type:
Independent Motorhome Tours

Departure dates:

  • Year round from £5,799  per person
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Highlights

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What's Included

  • International flights from the UK to New Zealand
  • All transfers
  • 4 nights in a centrally located hotel in Auckland including breakfast
  • 24 days Maui Motorhome hire in a 2 berth motorhome including:
    • Insurance
    • 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

Itinerary

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Additional Information

Price per person is based on two people sharing, prices for solo travellers are available on request.

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Available Vehicles

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.

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