New Zealand Complete North Island 11 days Self-Drive

Duration : 11 Days


Take in the best of New Zealand's captivating north island with this 11-day self-drive tour. Arrive in bustling Auckland, taking in the many sights and impressive views. From here, take the ferry on to Waiheke Islands, with its beautiful vineyards, beaches, and farmland, before journeying on to Rotorua, the heart of Maori culture in New Zealand. Learn more about this rich culture, and enjoy the bubbling mud pools and hot springs created due to the volcanic landscape. Nearby, observe the scenic Waimangu volcanic valley, and stop by the Kiwi Encounter to meet New Zealand's loveable national bird. From here, continue to Lake Taupo along the scenic 'Thermal Explorer' drive to enjoy an action-packed day and visit the mighty Huka Falls. Continue to Napier with its art deco architecture and Hawkes Bay vineyards. From here, journey through one of New Zealand's premier wine regions, Martinborough, before arriving back in the foodie hotspot of Wellington, where the tour concludes.

Tour Highlights

  • Auckland City Tour
  • Small group Waiheke Island Food and Wine Tour
  • Hobbiton Movie Set Tour
  • Experience a traditional Maori evening at Mitai Village
  • Lake Taupo cruise
  • Art Deco Tour, Napier
  • Martinborough Wine Tour
  • Wellington Foodie Tour

What’s Included

  • 10 nights’ Deluxe accommodations
  • 13 Meals: 10 breakfasts, 2 lunches, and 1 dinner
  • Transfers, sightseeing tours, and cultural performances as specified in the itinerary
  • Rental car incl. unlimited mileage, standard insurance, all prevailing taxes
  • GST and room taxes

What’s Excluded

  • International and domestic flights
  • Gratuities & travel insurance
  • Meals not listed in the itinerary
  • GPS and zero excess insurances
  • Expenditures of a personal nature, such as drinks, souvenirs, and laundry



Upon arrival, our local representative will welcome you at the airport for your private transfer to your Auckland City hotel.


The remainder of the day will be at your leisure to explore the 'City of Sails,' Auckland.

Accommodation: Fable Auckland, MGallery (Superior King room)


In the morning, join a small group to experience the best sights of Auckland on an Auckland City tour. This tour is a journey of discovery designed to explore the history and sights and see how Aucklanders live and play. Travel up Queens Street, Auckland's prime shopping mile, through the inner-city park known as the Domain. Continue through the picturesque suburb of Ponsonby with its historic buildings before heading over the Harbor Bridge to Auckland's North Shore. Stroll on one of the beautiful white sand beaches where there is time for a coffee before continuing up to the summit of Mt Victoria with its stunning panoramic views of Auckland City and historic Devonport. You then travel back over the Harbor Bridge to view Westhaven Marina, one of the largest marinas in the Southern Hemisphere. After the tour, enjoy the afternoon at your leisure.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Fable Auckland, MGallery (Superior King room)


After breakfast, head down to Auckland's ferry terminal (within walking distance) and take the ferry (approx. 45 mins sailing) to Waiheke, known as New Zealand's 'Island of Wine. Upon arrival in Waiheke, join a small group and experience a combination of the best food and wine this charming island has to offer. You stop at three award-winning vineyards and an olive grove, plus you have a chance to indulge in locally produced foods such as mouth-watering preserves and world-class olive oils. Lunch is included at the famous Stonyridge Vineyard. Return in the afternoon by ferry to Auckland CBD.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Accommodation: Fable Auckland, MGallery (Superior King room)


After breakfast, pick up your rental car from a nearby station. Heading south on State Highway 1, you pass through the South Auckland suburbs of Papatoetoe and Manukau before ascending the famous Bombay Hills, separating greater Auckland from the mighty Waikato region. Descending Bombay Hills, turn off onto State Highway 2, and you enter the green rolling hills of rural Waikato, New Zealand's most significant dairy-producing area named after New Zealand's longest river, the Waikato. Turn off State Highway 1 and turn east onto State Highway 27 towards Matamata and Rotorua. Just outside the small town of Matamata lies the Hobbiton Movie Set. Here you join a small, guided 90 minutes tour. Located on an active 1250-acre sheep farm, this is where Sir Peter Jackson has found the perfect location for JRR Tolkien's phantasy world of 'Middle Earth.' The guided tour starts with a drive through the picturesque farm with spectacular views across the towering Kaimai Ranges. Take a look at Bag End, where Frodo's and Bilbo's adventures began, and visit the 44 permanently constructed Hobbit Holes before visiting The Green Dragon Inn, the mill, and the Party Tree.


Continue your drive to Rotorua. The Rotorua region is rich with geothermal activity releasing hydrogen sulfide, giving the area its distinctive smell. Depending on the weather, you will likely smell Rotorua before you arrive. In the afternoon, visit Rainbow Springs Nature Park Rotorua. Rainbow Springs is set amongst flourishing native forests and natural springs and is home to the National Kiwi Hatchery Aotearoa, the world's most successful kiwi hatchery. We combine the guided park tour with a 'behind-the-scenes tour of the hatchery to see real kiwi conservation. This tour leads to the hatchery and nursery where young chicks are hatched and raised, over 2,000 to date, before being released back into the wild. In the evening, experience a traditional Maori evening at Mitai Village for an introduction to Maori culture and food. Mitai Village is nestled in a natural bush setting just outside of Rotorua. You witness the arrival of the 'waka', the ancient warrior canoe on the Wai-O-Whiro stream, and your guide explains all the secrets to cooking a traditional 'hangi' and the traditions' ta moko', Maori tattoo art. A cultural performance displaying weaponry and combat, coupled with the beauty of the poi dance, will finish with the highlight – the spine-tingling 'haka'. A traditional hangi dinner rounds off an unforgettable evening with the Mitai family.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Accommodation: Regent of Rotorua Boutique Hotel (Boutique Suite)


After breakfast, a short 5-minute drive will get you to Te Puia, home to the largest active geyser in the Southern Hemisphere, Pohutu Geyser, and the New Zealand Maori Arts and Crafts Institute. The best way to experience Te Puia is on this guided walk alongside a beautiful landscape of uncovered natural bush and mud pools. Discover the hidden corners of this incredible geothermal valley and experience the pure adrenaline rush of standing next to one of Mother Nature's true natural wonders and hearing the roar of an eruption even before you see it. Observe the skill and creativity of the artists in the indigenous arts and crafts wananga (school). Head south towards Taupo on State Highway 5, adequately named "Thermal Explorer" highway. Pause one of the geothermal wonders along the way, such as Wai-O-Tapu, Waimangu Valley, or Craters of the Moon near Taupo. Continue to Taupo, and en route, visit the famous Huka Falls. Reaching Taupo, you will enjoy splendid views of Lake Taupo, the largest freshwater lake in the Southern Hemisphere, weather permitting. You can see Mount Ruapehu, Mount Tongariro, and Mount Ngaurohoe in the distance.


In the late afternoon, experience a Lake Taupo sunset cruise where you enjoy a picturesque view of the town by water. Relax with a drink from the bar and listen to some Kiwi classical music before arriving at the carvings to witness a fantastic view as the Maori Rock Carvings are lit up by floodlights. A wonderful evening tour with an opportunity to relax and socialize in a beautiful setting.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Hilton Lake Taupo (Hilton Guestroom Plus)


Leaving Taupo behind while heading east on State Highway 5, the road is flat and straight and cuts through seemingly endless forests. This soon changes at Rangitaiki to curvy and steep ascends. The major entertainment here is the fantastic scenery. There is a little bit of everything – rugged hills, beautiful valleys, gentle plains, and huge vistas. Once passing Mohaka River, the landscape changes into gently rolling hills, and the first wineries and fruit orchards, for which Hawkes Bay is so famous, start to appear in Glengarry and Eskdale.


In the afternoon, join a small group guided walking tour where you learn everything about the Art Deco style, the earthquake that destroyed the city, and hear stories of the people that led the rebuild. You will stop at the majestic Napier Municipal Theatre – a unique experience available through the local Art Deco Trust, where you will have a look inside the beautiful interior. Then on to Ahuriri, where you will visit one of the most photographed buildings in New Zealand, the National Tobacco Company building. You will return to the Art Deco Center in Central Napier, filled with a new appreciation for the city and the people who survived New Zealand's worst natural disaster in modern times.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Scenic Hotel Te Pania (One Bedroom Suite)


After breakfast, set out for a full-day small-group Panoramic Country & Food tour. From here, your eyes will feast upon the marriage of architecture and New Zealand's natural landscape when you visit three local wineries. Hawkes Bay is renowned as a locavore's haven. You will get an insight into running an organic orchard on stunning grounds and learn how high-quality produce is grown.


Mission Estate Winery is New Zealand's oldest winery, established by monks in 1851. Mission Estate is famed for its Cabernet Blends and their Chardonnay. Craggy Range, beneath the majestic Te Mata peak, is one of New Zealand's premium wineries, and Craggy Range has won many international awards for their Merlot and Shiraz cultivated on the famed 'Gimblett Gravels' patch of vines in Hawkes Bay. The Black Barn Winery is a small boutique wine producer nestled in the hills of the charming town of Havelock North. Their Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc are among the best in New Zealand. Enjoy lunch at leisure at one of three premium wineries, and you will be driven to the lookout above Te Mata Peak and cast your eyes over the Pacific Ocean and back over the rolling hills of Central Hawke's Bay.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Scenic Hotel Te Pania (One Bedroom Suite)


We recommend taking the more scenic and less busy State Highway 50. This road leaves Napier via some of the best wineries in New Zealand just outside of Hastings. In Takapau, State Highway 50 merges with State Highway 2, connecting Auckland with Wellington. Stop at the small town of Dannevirke, with its proud heritage of Scandinavian settlers, or stop at Pukaha National Wildlife Center (formerly known as Mt Bruce Wildlife Center), A 942-hectare forest and wildlife conservation center. Masterton is the first of 5 quaint and charming towns in the Wairarapa, one of New Zealand's best Pinot Noir wine-producing regions. Continue on State Highway 2 and visit Carterton, Greytown, or Featherston before turning left onto State Highway 53 towards Wairarapa's best-known little town, charming Martinborough. The afternoon is at your leisure in Martinborough.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: The Martinborough Hotel (Heritage Suite)


In the later morning, join a small group guided Wine Walk tour. It all starts here on the land, from boutique cellar doors to international stars. This

insider tour is an immersive experience to enjoy the fantastic place where the story begins. Walk through the vines with your local expert guide, who will share the success story of Martinborough wines, from the humble beginnings in the late 1970s to the world-class products of today. You will enjoy wine tastings, a delicious lunch at a local vineyard, and breathtaking scenery.


In the late afternoon, self-drive from Martinborough to Wellington. Heading west towards Featherston, rejoin busy State Highway 2 in Featherston to Wellington. From here, it is getting curvy with steep ascends to the Remutaka Hills - beware of tight corners and often fast-changing weather conditions. Don't forget to stop at the marked 'scenic lookout' on top of the pass for panoramic views before descending through thick forests. From Upper and Lower Hutt, some of the most populated suburban cities in the wider Wellington region, traffic gets busier. Still, you will be rewarded with beautiful views of Wellington Harbor as State Highway 2 leads you into New Zealand's Capital.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Accommodation: Ohtel Boutique Hotel Wellington (Suite)


Be part of a small group Capital Tastes Tour with a 'foodie twist' in the morning. Discover unique tastes in New Zealand's coffee capital as your guide introduces you to the city, its eclectic architecture, art, and history while sampling local artisan flavors on this comfortable walking tour. Stroll behind the scenes at some of Wellington's favorite food places with your local expert guide to taste hidden culinary treasures and meet some of the makers behind some of the city's best food. The tour includes, depending on weekdays, visits to local food producers such as coffee roasters, artisan chocolatiers, gelato makers, a fresh food market, and other local food producer treats. Join a small group tour in the afternoon to visit New Zealand's unique National Museum – Te Papa. Experience the living and breathing culture of the Maori people and the living and breathing taonga of te iwi taketake (first peoples of the land). From great journeys across vast oceans to hopeful visions for the 21st century, these taonga speak to historical and contemporary Maori perspectives. This is the ideal tour for those looking for an introduction to Maori culture to hear intimate stories and gain a deeper understanding of New Zealand's indigenous people.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Ohtel Boutique Hotel Wellington (Suite)


Self-drive to Wellington Airport and return your rental car before boarding your flight.

Meals: Breakfast

Dates & Prices

Departure Dates Tour Cost More Info  
01 Oct 23 - 31 Mar 24 USD $4499 Twin/Double BOOK NOW
01 Oct 23 - 31 Mar 24 USD $5599 Single BOOK NOW


Can I add airfare to the land package?
Yes, you can add airfare to a package. Let us know at the time of your reservation. Please note pricing and availability is always subject to change Prior to ticket issuance.
Can I change my reservation if I've made a mistake?
There is a $75 change fee (per person, per change) for any changes made to a reservation after it has been confirmed.  Any passenger name change made to a booking reservation after it has been confirmed will result in a $100 per person per name change fee and is subject to availability, additional airline change, and/or cancellation fees. Additional fees may apply.  For more details, please contact us.
Can I extend or modify my trip?
We will do our best to accommodate your request. Any modification must be arranged before the deposit is made and subject to availability.
Can I opt-out of certain activities on the trip?
While any unused portion of the trip is non-refundable, you can opt-out of certain included activities if you do not wish to participate in them. Please be sure to notify us prior to your departure date and notify your tour guide upon arrival. You will be responsible for any expenses incurred should you deviate from the tour during the scheduled tour itinerary. If you choose to deviate from the tour group on a day we are transiting from one city to another. You will also be responsible for your own transportation and expenses incurred. 
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We can request adjoining rooms, however, requests cannot be guaranteed as it is based on hotel availability.
Can I select my seats on my flight during the booking process?
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Can we book a triple room?
Triple rooms are available upon request for select tours. Please note hotels will provide a rollaway bed for the third traveler in a double room. 
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How much time will I get to myself?
Each program is different. Whenever possible, we offer to modify the program to fit your requirements.
I am a solo traveler, can you match me with other solo travelers on my tour?
For privacy reasons, we do not pair solo travelers with one another.  A single supplement fee will apply for solo travelers.
I have special dietary requirements, can you accommodate them?
Meals provided during your tour are based on local cuisine and menus. We can generally assist guests in communicating special meal requests to airlines, hotels, and restaurants but please be aware that they are not guaranteed. Please let us know at the time of booking your trip. We will notify our tour guides of any food allergies, but please note meal alternatives are subject to confirmation as they are based on the availability of the providing restaurant. For those with strict dietary needs, we recommend bringing pre-packaged food alternatives for your trip.
My outbound flight has been cancelled by the airline; what do I do now?
If your flight has been canceled, please liaise with the airline directly to book the next available flight. If, for any reason, you are unhappy with the alternate flight offered by the airline and decide to book a new outbound flight on your own, please note that the original return flight(s) will automatically be canceled if you are a no-show on your original outbound flight.
My package includes the arrival transfer, how do I know when/where to meet up with my driver?
Information on how /where to meet up with your driver is included in your travel documents. On arrival at the airport, please collect your luggage, make your way through customs, and enter the arrivals hall, where the driver will be waiting for you. Should luggage be very slow coming through, or should you have any issues with damaged or lost luggage, please make sure that you complete the necessary documentation within the luggage area. ONE MEMBER of the party should go through customs and into the arrivals hall to advise the driver of the delay. Please note that this person will not be allowed access back into the luggage area. You could also contact our local representative. Extra costs may apply if meeting your driver is delayed more than one hour following your scheduled flight arrival time.  
What are the visa requirements?
Visa requirements for each destination are indicated in our Essential Travel Information on our website. Information is also available at the US Department of State website at It is the responsibility of travelers to obtain proper visas in a timely manner prior to the trip departure date.  
What does Land Only means?
Land-only is a package tour without International and local airfare.
What does per person, double occupancy mean?
Per person, double occupancy means the price each guest pays when sharing a room.
What if I miss my flight or my flight is delayed, and I miss the beginning of my trip?
If your flight is delayed or you miss your flight, please notify us or our local representative (contact information is included in your travel documents) as soon as possible so we may inform our local representative of your updated arrival. Additional costs for airport transfer service may apply if you arrive later than the scheduled arrival date/time.  If you arrive later in the itinerary and the group has moved to a different destination, it will be your responsibility to catch up and meet the group at that destination.  We will provide you with the most up-to-date meeting information.  Please note that Globotours cannot reimburse you for any unused portion of the trip.
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What is single supplement surcharge?
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What is your payment schedule?
Most packages require a non-refundable deposit, as indicated in the program to confirm the reservation, which will be applied towards the cost of your package. Your account balance is due 60-75 days prior to the trip departure date. Certain tours may require an additional non-refundable airline deposit at the time of booking. This is indicated during the booking process. More information can be found in our Terms and Conditions.  
What level of physical fitness is required for the tour?
Depending on the program, expect a decent amount of walking and an occasional flight of stairs or some steps. We recommend you carefully consider your ability to meet the tour's physical demands. If you have any questions or concerns about your ability to meet the trip's requirements, we urge you to consult your medical practitioner.
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New Zealand Complete North Island 11 days Self-Drive


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