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This itinerary can be completely customized to give you the exact vacation that you want.

For those looking to experience New Zealand’s North Island in depth, look no further than our 7-night North Island Highlights package. With overnight stays in Auckland, Rotorua, Napier, and Wellington, this New Zealand vacation is the best way to see the country’s northern region!

Your tour begins in Auckland with a full day gourmet food and wine tour on Waiheke Island (a small island right off the coast of Auckland). After collecting your rental car, begin the first leg of your road trip to Matamata. Here, you will have the opportunity to tour the world-famous Hobbiton Movie Set - a must-see for any Lord of the Rings fan. After your tour, you will continue on to Rotorua where you will check into your accommodation and enjoy a deluxe pool experience at Polynesian Spa.

The next day features a full day helicopter tour soaring over pristine northern lakes, hot springs and calderas exploring a part of New Zealand few get to see. Continue your road trip to Napier, with stops along the way to Wai-o-Tapu Thermal Park and Huka Falls (where you will enjoy a thrilling jet boat ride)! During your time in Napier, enjoy a self-guided bike tour from the port village of Ahuriri to the city center of Napier - a world renowned Art Deco treasure.

Your last day features the last leg of your road trip - from Napier to Wellington. Once in Wellington, you will have the rest of the day at leisure, may we suggest heading to Cuba Street or Willis Street for some last-minute shopping. When possible, we ensure that your day tours are run by local small group operators to deliver the most authentic experience. With a concentration on New Zealand’s North Island, this tour will bring you to places that most travelers don’t have time to see. 

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Included Unique Activities

Full Day Gourmet Food & Wine Tour

Full Day Gourmet Food & Wine Tour

Hobbiton Movie Set Tour

Hobbiton Movie Set Tour

Polynesian Spa Private Deluxe Pools

Polynesian Spa Private Deluxe Pools

Rotorua Lakes, Mount Tarawera, Orakei Korako by Helicopter

Rotorua Lakes, Mount Tarawera, Orakei Korako by Helicopter

Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Park

Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Park

Huka Falls Jet Boat Experience

Huka Falls Jet Boat Experience

Ahuriri to Havelock North Self-Guided Scenic Bike Ride

Ahuriri to Havelock North Self-Guided Scenic Bike Ride

Take the Ferry to Waiheke Island

Take the Ferry to Waiheke Island

Accommodation

2 Nights

M Social Auckland

2 Nights

Millennium Rotorua Hotel

2 Nights

The Crown Hotel

1 Night

Grand Mercure Wellington

Transportation

  • Private Transfer from Airport to Hotel in Auckland
  • Private Transfer From Hotel to Airport in Wellington
  • Rental Car with Automatic Transmission for 5 Days

Points of Interest

  • Auckland
  • Waiheke Island
  • Hobbiton Movie Set
  • Rotorua
  • White Island
  • Mt. Tarawera
  • Rainbow Mountain
  • Waiotapu Thermal Region
  • Huka Falls on the Waikato River
  • Ahuriri Village
  • Napier City Centre
  • Te Mata Estate
  • Black Barn Vineyard
  • Havelock North Village
  • Wellington

Lake Taupo, New Zealand

Sky Tower, New Zealand

Auckland Art Gallery, New Zealand

Mount Eden, New Zealand

Auckland, New Zealand

Tour Price

Year Round

From $3,198 per person

Your Price Includes

ACCOMMODATION

  • 7 Nights in Authentic Superior Hotels

TRANSPORTATION

  • Private Transfer from Airport to Hotel in Auckland
  • Private Transfer From Hotel to Airport in Wellington
  • Rental Car with Automatic Transmission for 5 Days

DINING OPTIONS

  • 6 Full Breakfasts
  • Platter Lunch and Wine Tastings on Waiheke Island

INCLUDED UNIQUE EXPERIENCES

  • Experience Locally-produced Foods & Wines on a Full Day Gourmet Food & Wine Tour of Waiheke Island
  • Experience the Real Shire From the Lord of the Rings and the 'Hobbit' Trilogies with a Visit to the Hobbiton Movie Set
  • Relax and Unwind on the Tranquil Shores of Lake Rotorua at Polynesian Spa in Your Own Private Mineral Pools
  • Experience a Combination Helicopter Tour Landing on Both Mount Tarawera and White Island
  • See the Most Colourful Wai-o-Tapu Geothermal Park & Experience the Eruption of the Lady Knox Geyser
  • Enjoy a Thrilling Jet Boat Ride Down the Waikato River to the Base of Huka Falls
  • Cycle Through the Orchard-dotted Countryside and Sophisticated Villages of Ahuriri and Havelock North

POINTS OF INTEREST

  • Auckland
  • Waiheke Island
  • Hobbiton Movie Set
  • Rotorua
  • White Island
  • Mt. Tarawera
  • Rainbow Mountain
  • Waiotapu Thermal Region
  • Huka Falls on the Waikato River
  • Ahuriri Village
  • Napier City Centre
  • Te Mata Estate
  • Black Barn Vineyard
  • Havelock North Village
  • Wellington
Prices Based On
  • All Taxes & Fees Included
  • Prices are Per Person based on 2 people traveling together and sharing a room.
  • Traveling Alone? No Problem. Just Ask Us for a Single Supplement Price.

"Couple's Vacation in Wales"

Kellie H.

Texas

We have just booked our 3rd trip with Lauren to Wales next summer and we expect that as usual it will be amazing. Lauren has previously sent my husband and I to Ireland and Scotland and we know that with her everything will go absolutely perfect. She really goes above and beyond to tailor our trips to our personalities and she knows what we like to do. Every hotel or B&B we've stayed in have been perfect. We have never worried about logistics etc... It is so wonderful to go on a trip and know that when you get there absolutely everything is taken care of and all there is left to do is enjoy! We will continue to call upon Lauren for future vacations and cannot wait for our next adventure!

"Awesome Yellowstone Vacation"

Duane K.

Thank you, Josi! What a wonderful trip it was. I cannot tell you how happy we are you made dinner reservations. We ate at all the best spots, but we watched them turn away customer after customer because they were over booked. Great weather! It snowed a bit the day we arrived, and was in the 70’s/80’s and sunny the rest of the time. Just beautiful. Did you order the weather too? Spring Creek was great. The Yellowstone tour was awesome (Bison, Deer, Antelope, Bear, Elk, Moose). Paddleboard company was great. Also, the Hotel in Salt Lake is 5 star. I’ve stayed in the nicest hotels in New York, Chicago, LA and this one is a classic. My appreciation to you!

"Ireland Vacation"

Nicole A

What an amazing trip! Michelle was amazing at assisting in the planning. Our hotels were amazing. The recommended itinerary suited exactly what my family and I wanted to experience on our trip to Ireland. I would definitely utilize Authentic Vacations again!

"Driving through history"

Ed

Edmonton

We had an excellent trip. Absolutely no problems with bookings that Donna arranged. Driving Ireland and seeing it at your own pace lets you stop to admire ruins not normally on a tour. Only thing we would do differently is upgrade the car. As someone who enjoys driving I regret not having something a little more sporty!

"Christmas in Ireland"

William

We talked to Lainie about what we were looking for. She listened to our wishes offering suggestion and developed our plan. We got exactly what we were looking for. Made sure we were happy and answering a million questions. We couldn’t be happier. Thank you Lainie !

"An epic solo road trip!"

Anthea O.

Singapore

Just want to say a big thank you to Anna for all her help and patience in supporting my free and easy solo road trip across Ireland, chasing writers poets and thin places. The bed and breakfast choices were fantastic. I don't usually go through an agent to help with booking accommodation etc. but I had little to do so myself so am glad that I had Anna to take that load off me. I appreciate too that Anna was on WhatsApp with me and very responsive. I felt very supported. Thank you.

"Ireland birthday trip"

Stephanie S.

Minnesota

Josi was an immense help. From the beginning with her planning based on our wishes and prompt replies we felt very confident everything was covered. And it was! beautiful locations great suggestions for sites to see we could not have been more pleased with the whole Adventure. It was so nice to have all the reservations set and the car rental covered it made the whole experience stress free. I will definitely reach out to Josie for my next vacation.

"Destination Vacation"

Peter L.

Boston

Great trip thanks to Michelle's great work!

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