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North Island Classic

The tour of New Zealand’s North Island comprises visits to Auckland, Napier, Rotorua and Tongariro. Explore the beauty of Waikato farmland and experience traditional Maori culture of Rotorua. The tour includes trip to Matamata, limestone Waitomo Caves, and volcanic mountains in Tongariro National Park. Enjoy 2 nights in Rotorua along with a night in Napier and Hamilton.


Tour Nights

  • Rotorua: 2 nights
  • Napier: 1 nights
  • Matamata: 2 nights
  • Tongariro: 1 nights
  • Auckland: 2 nights
  • Tour CodeTour code: AWNZ04
  • Accommodation GradeAccommodation Grade
  • Private TourPrivate Tour

Tour At a Glance

  • Visit Hawk’s Bay to explore the art deco architecture and enjoy scrummy food and drinks at world class wineries
  • Have traditional Maori dinner at Rotorua
  • Be a part of exotic tours of Waitomo glow-worm caves

Itinerary details

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  • Day 1 Arrive Auckland

    On arrival at Auckland Airport private transfer to your hotel. 

  • Day 2 Auckland - Rotorua (230 km)

    This morning make your way to the rental car city depot where you will collect your rental car for your exclusive use.
    Enjoy the drive south through farmland, lakeland and forest until the distinctive smell of sulphur and constant steam drifts let you
    know you are in tempestuous, geothermal Rotorua. 

  • Day 3 Rotorua

    Day free to enjoy the many sights and activities on offer. This evening enjoy a memorable night of culture, song and dance followed
    by dinner cooked the traditional Maori way on hot stones underground. 

  • Day 4 Rotorua - Napier (219 km)

    Enjoy the scenery as the road changes from forest to rugged mountain ranges and then to fertile vineyards as you continue on to the
    Hawke’s Bay, known for its Art Deco architecture, gourmet food and world-class wineries. 

  • Day 5 Napier - Tongariro (315 km)

    Travel today to Tongariro National Park where the three volcanic mountains of Ruapehu, Ngauruhoe and Tongariro dominate the
    scenery. Travel through the desert-like plateau to your accommodation at the foot of Mt Ruapehu. 

  • Day 6 Tongariro – Matamata (200 km)

    Travel today to Matamata, the home of one of the biggest movie trilogies of all time, Lord of the Rings. 

  • Day 7 Matamata

    Today is a day at leisure.
    Recommended Optional Extra: Hobbiton Movie Set Tour.
    In the heart of the Mighty Waikato region, you can explore the lush pastures of the Shire with a guided walking tour of Hobbiton, as featured in The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit Trilogies. 

  • Day 8 Tongariro - Waitomo - Auckland (360 km)

    Travel to the ancient limestone Waitomo Caves region with its labyrinth of caves and underground rivers. Your guide will provide historical and geographical commentary before you drift silently in a boat under the milky way of glowworms. Continue on to Auckland, New Zealand’s largest city, situated between two harbours and dotted with extinct volcanoes. 

  • Day 9 Depart Auckland

    Tour concludes with the return of your rental car to Auckland city or airport depot. 


  • Ruapehu Country Lodge
    Ruapehu Country Lodge
    Star Rating Tongariro
  • Regent of Rotarua
    Regent of Rotarua
    Star Rating Rotorua
  • The Crown Hotel
    The Crown Hotel
    Star Rating Napier
  • Matamata Lodge
    Matamata Lodge
    Star Rating Matamata
  • Fable Auckland
    Fable Auckland
    Star Rating Auckland

Ruapehu Country Lodge Star Rating

  • Ruapehu Country Lodge

Located just 5km out of Ohakune and 15 minutes from Tongariro National Park, Ruapehu Country Lodge also backs onto the Waimarino Golf Course.

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Regent of Rotarua Star Rating

  • Regent of Rotarua

Everything is close to hand. Near the dining precinct, just one block from the lake, five minutes stroll from the city centre and a ten minute drive to many of Rotorua's attractions and activities. 

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The Crown Hotel Star Rating

  • The Crown Hotel

Set opposite the Port of Napier, this laid-back hotel dating from the 1930s is 3 km from both the cultural attractions of MTG Hawke's Bay and the Art Deco Centre. 

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Matamata Lodge Star Rating

  • Matamata Lodge

Matamata Lodge is the perfect location to base yourself for one night or more. With so many local attractions and experiences like the Hobbiton Movie Set, Te Waihou Walkway, Blue Water Springs and Wairere Falls at your doorst

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Fable Auckland Star Rating

  • Fable Auckland

Downtown Auckland, or Auckland Central, is a commercial district with mainstream fashion stores along Queen Street, and trendy boutiques and oyster bars in the heritage buildings of Britomart. The Sky Tower offers views over

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What's Included?

  • Meet and greet services.
  • Private transfer on arrival with hand over of documents.
  • Co-Pilot will be handed over by the transfer Driver on arrival.
  • Collect rental car from Auckland City depot.
  • Accommodation as specified in the itinerary.
  • Meals on Bed & Breakfast, Day 2 on Half Board.
  • Drop off rental car at Auckland Airport.
  • Unlimited kms, Standard Motor Vehicle Insurance, Excess Reduction to a NIL Excess, Airport/Whaf Fees, GPS Unit, GST

What's not Included?

  • International flights.
  • Visa fees.
  • Personal expenses such as laundry, telephones calls, hard & soft drinks, meals other then specified, beverages and mineral water etc.
  • Still and video camera fee at monuments and game parks.
  • Tips to drivers, porters, bellboys, guides & waiters etc.
  • Any other services not mentioned in the itinerary and inclusions.

Additional Information

Prices above are per person in pounds sterling (£) based on twin sharing.
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