7 Day North Island Wine and Culture Holiday Package
New Zealand Self Drive Tours – discover the North Island with this all inclusive self drive tour package…
Holiday Package Includes:
- 7 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
- Te Puia Te Po Maori Evening Experience including Hangi Dinner
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.
In the evening, enjoy a Maori Cultural Experience including a Hangi Dinner. Hear stories and learn how Maori traditions live on today. Experience an authentic Maori welcome. Watch a challenge by the Maori warriors, a karanga (call) from the Maori women welcoming you onto the marae, and a whaikorero (welcome speech). Relax and enjoy the beautiful waiata (songs), the world renowned haka (challenge), and the elegant poi dance. Learn Maori customs including Maori musical instruments, haka and poi. The dining experience is a culinary opportunity like no other. Following dessert, you will be transported down into the valley to conclude your evening beside the awe-inspiring Pohutu geyser.
Day 6 Taupo
Driving time Rotorua to Taupo 81 km / 50 miles, 1 hour
Enjoy the short drive south 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.
Option to add on a Scenic Floatplane Flight over Lake Taupo with highlights which include flying over the Craters of the Moon.
Stay 1 night in Taupo.
Day 7 Wellington
Driving time Taupo to Wellington 319 km / 198 miles, 4 hours
At your leisure, make you way back to Wellington. From shopping and picturesque walks to concerts, live theatre, exhibitions, festivals, Te Papa Tongarewa: the Museum of New Zealand, and more – Wellington has something for everyone.
Stay 1 night in Wellington.
Day 8 Depart Wellington
Drop your rental car off at Wellington Airport and depart Wellington.