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New Zealand's North Island: 7-Day Self-Drive Tour with Napier Wine Tasting, Lake Taupo Cruise & Huka Falls Jet Boat Experience

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Travel until 20 Apr 2023

A haven of natural sanctuaries, vibrant cities, magnificent coasts and lively history, there's something addictive about New Zealand's North Island, known as Te Ika-a-Māui. Experience this majestic stretch of winding coastline on an unforgettable seven-day self-drive tour, with included car hire and guided experiences, before cosying up at a selection of handpicked accommodation.

As you drive, its stunning diversity will unfurl before you, as verdant green hills succumb to black-sand beaches and vibrant farmland and vineyards blend into rugged countryside. Take in the beauty of Lake Taupo during a scenic cruise, witness the majesty of Huka Falls with a jet boat experience and marvel at the fluorescence of Footwhistle Glowworm Caves, before arriving in Auckland.

Your self-drive tour includes:
  • Six nights of handpicked accommodation
  • Five days of all-inclusive Thrifty Group CCAR (Toyota Corolla, Ford Focus or similar) rental
  • Daily breakfast
  • Choice of a 90-minute guided tour of the Te Papa Museum of New Zealand or guided tour of the Weta Cave Workshop in Wellington
  • Small-group guided visit to four wineries, complete with wine tastings, in Napier
  • Scenic 90-minute cruise on Lake Taupo
  • Thrilling 30-minute Huka Falls jet boat experience
  • Guided tour of the Footwhistle Glowworm Caves in Waitomo
  • Select private transfers per itinerary
  • Sightseeing with expert local guides per itinerary

Your journey takes you to: Wellington — Napier — Taupo — Waitomo — Auckland.

Keen to see the South Island? Kick-off your tour with an optional seven-day South Island self-drive extension.

Book with Confidence: We work directly with our trusted partners and provide 24/7 customer service to ensure that no matter what happens, we’re here to help. If your escape is affected by Covid-19 restrictions, we will do our best to assist you with a date change or provide you with a Luxury Escapes credit for another Limited Time Lux Exclusive accommodation, tour or cruise offer, less any unrecoverable costs; excludes flights. Find out more.

7 Days from
A$1,599
/person
Includes taxes & fees
Twin Share

holiday Options

7 Days
Twin Share - Low Season
7 Days from
A$1,599
/person
Includes taxes & fees
Inclusion highlights:
  • Package valid for one person (twin share) — you must purchase TWO packages
  • Includes private room with ensuite throughout tour with king or queen bed
  • Six nights of handpicked accommodation
  • Five days of all-inclusive Thrifty Group CCAR (Toyota Corolla, Ford Focus or similar) rental
  • Daily breakfast
  • Choice of a 90-minute guided tour of the Te Papa Museum of New Zealand or a guided tour of the Weta Cave Workshop in Wellington
  • Small-group guided visit to four wineries, complete with wine tastings, in Napier
  • Scenic 90-minute cruise on Lake Taupo
  • Thrilling 30-minute Huka Falls jet boat experience
  • Guided tour of the Footwhistle Glowworm Caves in Waitomo
  • Select private transfers per itinerary
  • Sightseeing with expert local guides per itinerary
7 Days
Twin Share - High Season
7 Days from
A$1,699
/person
Includes taxes & fees
Inclusion highlights:
  • Package valid for one person (twin share) — you must purchase TWO packages
  • Includes private room with ensuite throughout tour with king or queen bed
  • Six nights of handpicked accommodation
  • Five days of all-inclusive Thrifty Group CCAR (Toyota Corolla, Ford Focus or similar) rental
  • Daily breakfast
  • Choice of a 90-minute guided tour of the Te Papa Museum of New Zealand or a guided tour of the Weta Cave Workshop in Wellington
  • Small-group guided visit to four wineries, complete with wine tastings, in Napier
  • Scenic 90-minute cruise on Lake Taupo
  • Thrilling 30-minute Huka Falls jet boat experience
  • Guided tour of the Footwhistle Glowworm Caves in Waitomo
  • Select private transfers per itinerary
  • Sightseeing with expert local guides per itinerary
7 Days
Solo Traveller - Low Season
7 Days from
A$2,499
/person
Includes taxes & fees
Inclusion highlights:
  • Package valid for one person (solo traveller)
  • Includes private room with ensuite throughout tour with king or queen bed
  • Six nights of handpicked accommodation
  • Five days of all-inclusive Thrifty Group CCAR (Toyota Corolla, Ford Focus or similar) rental
  • Daily breakfast
  • Choice of a 90-minute guided tour of the Te Papa Museum of New Zealand or a guided tour of the Weta Cave Workshop in Wellington
  • Small-group guided visit to four wineries, complete with wine tastings, in Napier
  • Scenic 90-minute cruise on Lake Taupo
  • Thrilling 30-minute Huka Falls jet boat experience
  • Guided tour of the Footwhistle Glowworm Caves in Waitomo
  • Select private transfers per itinerary
  • Sightseeing with expert local guides per itinerary
7 Days
Solo Traveller - High Season
7 Days from
A$2,599
/person
Includes taxes & fees
Inclusion highlights:
  • Package valid for one person (solo traveller)
  • Includes private room with ensuite throughout tour with king or queen bed
  • Six nights of handpicked accommodation
  • Five days of all-inclusive Thrifty Group CCAR (Toyota Corolla, Ford Focus or similar) rental
  • Daily breakfast
  • Choice of a 90-minute guided tour of the Te Papa Museum of New Zealand or a guided tour of the Weta Cave Workshop in Wellington
  • Small-group guided visit to four wineries, complete with wine tastings, in Napier
  • Scenic 90-minute cruise on Lake Taupo
  • Thrilling 30-minute Huka Falls jet boat experience
  • Guided tour of the Footwhistle Glowworm Caves in Waitomo
  • Select private transfers per itinerary
  • Sightseeing with expert local guides per itinerary
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