8 Day North Island

8 Day • Day Self-Drive - Auckland - Tauranga - Rotorua - Te Puia - Coromandel

Mount Maunganui, Tauranga, New Zealand

Champagne Pool, Rotorua, New Zealand

Cathedral Cove, Coromandel, New Zealand

Redwoods Treewalk, Rotorua, New Zealand

8 Day North Island

8 Day Self-Drive - Day Self-Drive - Auckland - Tauranga - Rotorua - Te Puia - Coromandel

Enjoy a week exploring the delights of the North Island from the Coromandel Peninsula to the Bay of Plenty to the geothermal wonderland of Rotorua and Auckland.  This self-drive itinerary will allow you to spend time in some of the fascinating regions southeast of Auckland that provide many natural areas of bush, beach, lakes and the interesting finds of small cities and towns with a final night in Auckland.

Valid for travel: 01 Feb – 31 Mar 2022 

Price Per Person
Based on double occupancy
  • Price is per person, based on double occupancy.
  • Subject to availability.
  • Package inclusions:
  • 2 nights’ accommodation in Whitianga, 2 nights’ accommodation in Tauranga, 2 nights’ accommodation in Rotorua, 1 night accommodation in Auckland, 4 excursions, car rental and all taxes & fees.
  • Car insurance is not included.
  • Note: the mandatory New Zealand Travel Visa is included in the price
  • Airfare additional. Please contact Downunder Travel for a quote.

Trip Details

Included in your trip

Hotel Accommodations
Taxes & Fees
Some Meals
Car Rental


Motor Sports
Travel Insurance


  • Auckland
  • Whitianga
  • Nature & Coast Walk
  • Tauranga
  • Lake McLaren Tour
  • Rotorua
  • Redwoods Treewalk
  • Te Puia


Arrive and Depart Auckland

8 Day Adventure

DAY 01 – Whitianga, Coromandel

Pick up your rental car at Auckland Airport and drive to Whitianga where you will check in for 2 nights.  The balance of your day is at leisure.

DAY 02 – Nature & Coast Walk

This tour covers all the scenic highlights of the Coromandel Peninsula as well as visiting some special locations only known to locals. The Nature and Coast Tour is a delightful sample of the Coromandel Peninsula’s natural heritage and scenic beauty. Enjoy an easy walk through nature on the forgotten paths of an old town to visit an old historic gold cave, now home to sparkling glow worms.

You’ll love the fascinating history of this area and learn all about the flora and fauna within this magnificent forest of the region. Lunch is included today.

DAY 03 – Tauranga

Drive to Tauranga where you will check into your hotel for 2 nights.  The balance of your day is at leisure.

DAY 04 – Lake McLaren Kayak Tour

Enjoy this easy, peaceful tour as you glide past a multitude of birdlife, and watch the winding streams enter the lake’s edge. Learn about the history of the land from the comfort of your kayak as you paddle towards the head of the lake. Follow your guide into the stunning Mangapapa canyon, where the native bush appears to touch and form a cave.

Day 05 – Rotorua

Drive to Rotorua where you will check into your hotel for 2 nights.  The balance of your day is at leisure.

Redwoods Treewalk

Majestic and magical, the Redwoods Treewalk experience is truly a walk to remember. Suspended high above the forest floor, encounter 75-metre-tall redwoods as you walk across eco-suspended bridges and platforms intricately designed to honour and accentuate the stunning natural environment. Regarded by many as one of the best walks in Rotorua.

Day 06 – Te Puia

The first half of the day is at leisure to explore the activities of Rotorua.  How about a few rides on the luge, or check out the views from Skyline Gondola.

Then, join your Te Puia guide at Te Puia New Zealand Maori Arts and Crafts Institute, Hemo Road, Rotorua, to commence Te Ra and Te Po tour. Te Whakarewarewa Thermal Valley has inspired the local Maori people for centuries – the guides will recount stories handed down from their ancestors as you explore this unique geothermal reserve with its boiling mud and sulphur pools and the 30 metre (100 ft) Pohutu Geyser, which erupts up to 20 times a day. Then join Evening Cultural Experience (Te Po). Te Po is a combination of cultural storytelling, entertainment and a traditional dinner.

Day 07 – Auckland

Drive to Auckland where you will check into your hotel for 1 night.  The balance of your day is at leisure to enjoy this stunning harbour city

DAY 08 – Depart

Drop your hire car at the airport this morning… why not stay longer?


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