Imagine an urban environment where everyone lives within half an hour of beautiful beaches, hiking trails and a dozen enchanted holiday islands. Add a sunny climate, a background rhythm of Polynesian culture and a passion for outstanding food, wine and shopping - you're beginning to get the picture of Auckland.
In the Maori language, Auckland is known as Tamaki-Makau-Rau - 'the maiden with a hundred suitors'. It earned this name because it was a region coveted by many tribes.
Bay of Islands
On the east coast of Northland a length of sand and rock coastline circles a sea pierced by 150 islands. Discovered by legendary Maori navigator Kupe, visited by Captain Cook in 1769, home to the Nga Puhi tribe (iwi) of Maori, the Bay of Islands is a truly remarkable area.
Not so long ago this land saw the throng and bustle, blood and tears of ship deserters, whalers, sealers and sailors. The Bay of Islands, birthplace of New Zealand as we know it today, was once a bustling seafaring and political base fusing Maori and European culture. Now it is a place of holiday fun and water adventures, refined food and wine pleasures and quiet contemplation of the past.
Several towns are scattered like shells around the coast, each with its own individual feel. There's the main holiday town Paihia - a vibrant, uptempo place and a few minutes away elegant Russell, once a whaling town, now a tranquil oasis.
Highlights : • Picturesque Hibiscus Coast • 'Hole in the Rock' Cruise
Day 01 : Arrive Auckland
On arrival in Auckland, 'The City of Sails', seat in coach passengers will be met by our local representative and privately transferred to your hotel. Self drive passengers will collect your rental car at the airport and drive to your hotel.
Day 02 : Auckland - Bay of Islands
Travel north over Auckland's Harbour Bridge and along the Hibiscus Coast. There is the opportunity to view mighty Kauri Trees enroute. The journey continues, travelling through Whangarei, Northland's only major city and port, before arriving in the beautiful Bay of Islands. This afternoon enjoy a 'Hole in the Rock and Cape Brett' cruise. Finish your cruise in historic Russell and return by local ferry to Paihia at your leisure. (Breakfast)
Day 03 : Bay of Islands
Today is at your leisure to enjoy the Bay of Islands and Northland. You might like to book an optional Cape Reinga & 90 Mile Beach day tour or take time to explore historic Russell or Kerikeri. Optional activities not included in the tour price. (Breakfast)
Day 04 : Bay of Islands - Auckland
At leisure this morning to further explore this beautiful region. You might like to take an optional guided tour of the Treaty Grounds at Waitangi, where the famous Treaty of Waitangi was signed between the British Crown and local maori chieftains. Optional activities not included in the tour price. Later this afternoon return to Auckland. (Breakfast)
Day 05 :Departure Day
Your arrangements conclude today with a departure transfer or the return of your rental car. We trust you enjoyed your Kiwiway Vacation! (Breakfast)
Visit the award-winning Kauri Museum as you self-drive north - a perfect half-way stop for lunch between Auckland and the Bay of Islands (ask us for more information).
Packages starting from NZD 944 per person
SELF DRIVE Package includes the following :
4 nights accommodation at the level chosen.
Meals as specified in the itinerary.
Sightseeing entry fees as specified in the itinerary
12.5% Goods and Services Tax
Transport by self drive rental vehicle including unlimited kms
Standard motor vehicle insurance and applicable vehicle pickup fees