10 Day North Island Caves, Hobbits & Wine Holiday Package
Discover the North Island with this all-inclusive New Zealand self drive tour package…
Holiday Package Includes:
- 10 Nights in 4 Star Accommodation
- Car Hire: Premium Toyota Corolla Automatic, including Full Insurance (0 – 18 months old)
- Napier Wine Experience Tour
- Entry to Rotorua’s Hells Gate Geothermal Reserve
- Hobbiton Movie Set Tour
- Waitomo Caves Combo (Waitomo Glowworm Cave and Ruakuri Cave)
Day 1 Arrive Wellington
Arrive in Wellington, New Zealand’s capital city. Set on the edge of a stunning harbour, surrounded by rolling hills, it’s a city rich in culture waiting to be explored. Collect your rental car from the airport and explore the city.
Stay 1 night in Wellington.
Day 2 Napier
Driving time Wellington to Napier 328 km / 203 miles, 4.5 hours
Head to the East Coast and discover Napier, the Art Deco capital of New Zealand, set within the country’s oldest and second largest wine growing region, Hawkes Bay.
Stay 2 nights in Napier.
Day 3 Napier
Today, enjoy a Napier Wine Experience Tour, visiting four world class local wineries for wine tastings and a winery tour with a difference! Includes wine tastings at New Zealand’s oldest winery and New Zealand’s only winery museum.
Day 4 Rotorua
Driving time Napier to Rotorua 219 km / 136 miles, 3 hours
Enjoy the scenic journey to Rotorua, distinguished by Maori culture and geothermal activity. This diverse city will put on a display as you encounter geysers, mud pools, steaming craters and 16 beautiful lakes.
Stay 2 nights in Rotorua.
Day 5 Rotorua
In the morning, stroll through Hells Gate to view a steaming thermal reserve with mud pools, craters and activites including the chance to try Maori weaving and wood carving.
Option to add on a Maori Cultural Experience including a Hangi Dinner in the evening.
Day 6 Tauranga
Driving time Rotorua to Tauranga 63 km / 39 miles, 1 hour
The Bay of Plenty is one of the most popular summer holiday destinations in New Zealand. Located along the idyllic Pacific Coast Highway, it offers a great mix of activities, beaches and dining experiences. Tauranga is the main centre, whilst the coastal suburb of Mt Maunganui is the region’s seaside resort.
Why not take to the sky with Aerius Helicopters and explore the active volcano White Island?
Stay 2 nights in Tauranga.
Day 7 Tauranga
Relax in the Bay of Plenty for the day. Around Tauranga are hectares of orchards and gardens producing everything from kiwifruit and citrus fruit to avocados. Add to this bounty the local wines and the plentiful fresh seafood and you just know that this is a place where you will dine well. Mount Maunganui, a short distance from Tauranga, has spectacular beaches which are a magnet for surfers all year round and voted New Zealand’s best by TripAdvisor.
Day 8 Hobbiton > Hamilton
Driving time Tauranga to Matamata 51 km / 31 miles, 1 hour
Make your way to Matamata to discover the real Middle-earth on the most picturesque private farmland. Near Matamata, visit the Hobbiton Movie Set from the Lord of the Rings films in a fascinating two-hour guided tour. The set has been completely rebuilt and will remain as it was seen in the films. There are spectacular views across to the Kaimai Ranges from the rolling green hills of the movie set, which is still a working sheep and beef farm. You can relax and soak up the unique atmosphere with a great cup of coffee or a light meal in The Shires Rest Cafe.
Driving time Matamata to Hamilton 62 km / 38 miles, 1 hour
After your Hobbiton adventure, journey to Hamilton, New Zealand’s largest inland city, situated on the banks of the Waikato River. Situated in the hub of the central North Island, visitors have easy access to iconic attractions such as Raglan’s surf coast and Te Aroha Mineral Pools.
Stay 1 night in Hamilton.
Day 9 Waitomo Caves > Taupo
Driving time Hamilton to Waitomo Caves 73 km / 45 miles, 1 hour
Venture to the Waitomo Caves, where you will enjoy the Waitomo Glowworm Caves and Ruakuri Caves Combo! Deep underground in the heart of the Waikato are a series of unique caves that will take your breath away. Ruakuri Cave is home to an innovative spiral entrance, echoing waterfalls, and limestone that flows into delicate shawl-like formations. Nearby, at the Waitomo Glowworm Caves, thousands of tiny glow worms cling to the cave ceiling, creating a starry sky within the underground night. You’ll also see a deep limestone shaft and a soaring subterranean cathedral that will leave you speechless.
Driving time Waitomo Caves to Taupo 144 km / 89 miles, 2 hours
After your Waitomo Caves adventure, journey to Taupo, a township rich in natural beauty and filled with attractions such as the Huka Falls, incredible bush walks, relaxing boat cruises, Taupo Bungy and the famous Great Lake Hole-in-One Golf Challenge.
Stay 1 night in Taupo.
Day 10 Wellington
Driving time Taupo to Wellington 319 km / 198 miles, 4 hours
At your leisure, journey back to Wellington today. Relax and explore Wellington in the afternoon.
Stay 1 night in Wellington.
Day 11 Depart Wellington
Drop your rental car off at Wellington Airport and depart Wellington.