7 Day North Island Highlights Private Tour
This 7 Day North Island Highlights private vacation will have you fall in love with New Zealand. We’ll explore golden sand beaches, meet a Kiwi Bird, a living dinosaur and learn about the local Maori and their customs. This all while riding in the comfort of your own vehicle with a very knowledgeable, experienced Driver/Guide.
Day 1 Arrive into Auckland Airport
Welcome to Aotearoa, New Zealand! You will be met at the airport by your Tour Driver/Guide and begin your New Zealand adventure. You will visit one of Auckland’s many extinct volcanoes for stunning views over Auckland, also known as the ‘City of Sails’. Other sights you’ll enjoy will be one of the city’s most popular beaches, historic cultural sites and the Auckland Harbour. This evening you will also visit the Skytower, the tallest tower in the Southern Hemisphere, taking in the 360 degree views over the city and beyond.
Day 2 Auckland to Whitianga
This morning your Driver/Guide will take you down to water front where you will catch the ferry across the Firth of Thames to the Coromandel Peninsula. When you arrive your Driver/Guide will be waiting for you to take you to the Driving Creek Railway, a narrow gauge railway that winds its way through the regenerating forest while overlooking the Hauraki Gulf. After some lunch in the village we make a short drive over to Whitianga. This evening you will be able to relax in the hot pools at The Lost Spring, what a way to relax.
Day 3 Whitianga to Rotorua
After breakfast we will travel down the peninsula through the gold mining region of Waihi where you will stop and look over the largest open cast mine named Martha. After a lunch break we will arrive at the world famous Hobbiton movie set where you will join a group tour through the movie set and finish with a cooling drink at the Green Dragon pub. Once completed, we will make the journey over to Rotorua. This evening we will visit Skyline Skyrides Gondola s and an evening buffet dinner.
Day 4 Rotorua Sights
Once we have fuelled up on a tasty breakfast we will be ready for an action packed day. First stop you will be visiting the Agrodome, a working farm which you will join one of the farm tours as well as enjoy the informative Sheep Show. This afternoon you will have time to explore the city before we head back to our accommodation and freshen up and then off to our last experience for the day, Tamaki Maori Cultural Evening. Here you will be taken back in time and receive a tradition Maori Haka (Welcome), tour of the village and a buffet Maori feast called a Hangi, the traditional way in which food is cooked in an earth oven.
Day 5 Rotorua to Taupo
Today we have a short drive to Taupo but first, a stop to see the cutest Kiwi you’ll meet while here in New Zealand, the actual Kiwi! A tour around the Kiwi House will give you a great perspective in how endangered these birds are and what is being done to protect them. You will also get to see many different birds and reptiles native to New Zealand, including the Tuatara who dates back to the age of the dinosaurs. We will arrive into Taupo Just after Midday where you will join a scenic cruise on Lake Taupo.
Day 6 Taupo to Wellington
We will load up this morning after day of leisure and adventure ready for more of what NZ has to offer. After winding around the edge of Lake Taupo we will travel over the Desert road where our three most prominent mountains of the North Island stand, across the central plateau. Continuing south we will make our way into New Zealand’s Capital City, Wellington. We will take a city tour which will include Mount Victoria, Oriental Parade, Cuba Street, Lambton Quay and Courtney Place before ending the day at our accommodation.
Day 7 Wellington Departure
Today your Guide will take you to Wellington Airport for your departure flight. After an exciting and in-depth tour of New Zealand’s North Island we hope you’ve loved New Zealand as much as we have loved showing it to you!
What is included in this tour?
6 Nights Accommodation (4 Star)
6 Breakfasts, cooked or continental.
Auckland to Coromandel Scenic Ferry
Driving Creek Railway journey
The Lost Spring Natural Pools Entry
Guided Tour of Hobbiton Movie Set
Agrodome Sheep Show and Farm Tour
Skyline Gondola Ride and evening buffet dinner
Rainbow Springs Entry and Kiwi Encounter
Maori Cultural evening with traditional Hangi meal
Lake Taupo Scenic Cruise and Maori Carvings
Want to see more? Feel free to contact us and customise this itinerary to suit your needs! Add additional days, activities and more.
Want to upgrade to luxury travel and accommodation? Contact us for a quote to upgrade this trip to suit your tour needs.
Want to go budget? No worries! Contact us for a quote to change this trip to hostel accommodation without breakfasts.
All pricing is in New Zealand Dollars.
Airfares are not included.
Travel Insurance is not included.