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Drive from Auckland to Wellington discovering the many highlights that the North Island has to offer. Stop in Coromandel Peninsula and Rotorua then visit Lake Taupo and Napier along the way.
This 9 day self-drive tour covers all the highlights of New Zealand’s North Island.
Depart for Coromandel Peninsula. This is a favourite getaway spot for Aucklanders, offering miles of sandy beach including famous Hot Water Beach, where you can dig your own thermal spa in the sand. Waitomo Caves are known and loved for their breathtaking stalactites, stalagmites and glow-worms. Take a memorable journey through them on your way to Rotorua, a spectacular geothermal laboratory of steaming geysers and bubbling mud pools. This is also a place of great spiritual significance to the Maori, with plenty of cultural experiences on offer. Stop in at beautiful Lake Taupo on your way to the East Coast. Here, you can enjoy the Hawke’s Bay Wine Country, along with historic Napier and Hastings, where an abundance of Art Deco and Spanish Mission architecture is yours to explore.
After a taste of New Zealand’s wines, nobody would blame you for wanting more, and picturesque Martinborough is happy to oblige. Many of its vineyards specialise in the region’s world famous Pinot Noir. End your self-drive tour in Wellington, capital of New Zealand and home to many of the country’s best museums and galleries.