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9-Day Best of the North Island Self-Drive: Bay of Plenty

9-Day Best of the North Island Self-Drive

Experience the very best of the North Island on this nine-day self drive itinerary. Relax on the beautiful beaches of the Coromandel Peninsula, take in the Maori culture in Rotorua, adventurous activities in Lake Taupo, wine tasting in Hawke’s Bay and a bit of culture in Wellington.
• 8 nights hotel accommodation
• Avis group B car hire for 9 days

Day 1: Auckland to Whitianga 120 miles 3 hours.

Drive via the beautiful Clevedon Valley region of Auckland and the Pacific Coast Highway before arriving in Thames, gateway to the Coromandel Peninsula. The Coromandel’s dramatic and unspoiled coast offers beautiful white sandy beaches and many activities. Stay 2 nights. Standard: Beachside Resort Whitianga; Superior: Beachside Resort 1 Bedroom apartment

Day 2: Coromandel – day at leisure
Full day to enjoy this area. Day 3: Whitianga to Rotorua 145 miles 3½ hours. Head for Tauranga along the Pacific Coast Highway. Arrive in the Bay of Plenty region in the early afternoon, in time for a swim or lunch in one of the many restaurants. Continue to Rotorua. Stay 2 nights. Standard: Sudima Hotel Lake Rotorua; Superior: Millennium Rotorua

Day 4: Rotorua – day at leisure
Full day at leisure in Rotorua.

Day 5: Rotorua to Lake Taupo 50 miles 1½ hours.
Depart Rotorua for the short journey through the Lake Taupo region. Taupo is a perfect base to explore some stunning New Zealand scenery. Standard: Lakeland Resort; Superior: Hilton Lake Taupo

Day 6: Lake Taupo to Napier 89 miles 2½ hours.
Depart Taupo on the Thermal Explorer Highway for the Hawke’s Bay Region, famous for its wine, food and fabulous scenery. Napier and Hastings offer a high concentration of Art Deco architecture. Standard: Scenic Hotel Te Pania; Superior: The County Hotel luxury room

Day 7: Napier to Martinborough 156 miles 3½ hours.
Today drive to Martinborough, well known for the range of vineyards in the area. Spend the afternoon out and about on the wine trail. Standard: The Claremont; Superior:
Aylstone Boutique Retreat

Day 8: Martinborough to Wellington 52 miles 1½ hours.
Drive over the beautiful Rimutaka Hills to Wellington, the nation’s capital. The downtown area is ideal for walking around, with lots of shops and cafes. Don’t miss a visit to Te Papa (Museum of New Zealand). Standard: Copthorne Hotel Oriental Bay; Superior: Museum Art Hotel, Harbour view room

Day 9: Wellington
Drop your Avis car off to complete your itinerary.

Prices per person: Standard from £599; Superior from £769.


Wai-O-Tapu geothermal, near Taupo

Martinborough vineyard
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