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Private Tour: 8-Day North Island Tour from Auckland Including Rotorua and Wellington

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Auckland Central, New Zealand

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icon8 days  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English and 3 more

Overview

Venture around the North Island in your very own luxury vehicle on this 8-day private tour from Auckland. You’ll visit Coromandel, Whitianga, Rotorua, Tongariro National Park and Wellington, with sightseeing tours, nature walks, natural hot springs and beach strolls sprinkled into your itinerary, plus plenty of free time for you to explore on your own. Learn about New Zealand wildlife and Maori culture from a knowledgeable private guide who takes you to hot spots as well as hidden gems. Enjoy seven nights’ accommodation in your choice of 3- to 5-star hotels including breakfast.
  • Venture through Coromandel to Whitianga, travel on the scenic Driving Creek Railway, and visit the Bay of Plenty
  • Discover colorful thermal pools at Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland and relax in the unique hot springs of Hot Water Beach
  • Enjoy nature walks through the forests of Rotorua and Tongariro National Park
  • Learn about Maori history and culture, as well as New Zealand geography, geology and wildlife, from your guide
  • Seven nights of accommodation and transport by private, luxury vehicle included
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Private tour
Meals as per itinerary (B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner)
Live commentary on board
Professional tour guide (who is also the driver)
Transport by private vehicle including fuel
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Sightseeing tours of Auckland and Wellington
7 nights accommodation in your selected category of hotel
Breakfast (6)
Dinner (3)
Gratuities
Optional activities
Personal expenses
Food and drinks, not specified in the itinerary (lunch and dinner)

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered

Airports

  • Auckland Intl Airport, Auckland Central, Auckland New Zealand


Ports

  • Viaduct Harbour, 85 Customs Street West, Auckland CBD, Auckland 1010, New Zealand


Departure Time

8:00 AM
This 7-night private tour takes you from Auckland to Wellington, with overnight stays and sightseeing tours along the way. See the North Island’s incredible beaches, geysers, mud pools and volcanoes on visits to Rotorua’s Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, Tongariro National Park and the Coromandel Peninsula.

Relax with private transport and the personalized attention of your private guide, who takes you to the region’s main highlights and some hidden spots that coach tours don’t normally access. Visit the coastal town of Whitianga, drive through the Bay of Plenty and hop aboard the Driving Creek Railway. During your free time, your guide can recommend local dining venues and attractions.
Itinerary
SkyTower
Sights on your private city tour today could include a visit to one of Auckland’s inner city beaches; Mission Bay, where it is possible to see stunning Pohutukawa trees. The trip could also take in sights such as Mt Eden, a stunning viewpoint and one of Auckland’s most famous volcanic craters, and perhaps a gander at one of The Road Trip’s favourite look out spots that boasts great views of both Rangitoto Island and Waiheke Island. This evening we will take a trip to the top of the Auckland Skytower and view the City of Sails from 300m above. You will enjoy a three-course dinner in the exclusive Sky Tower Sugar Club Restaurant.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
Accommodation:
 4 star option- Heritage City Life (or similar) 5 star option- Cordis Hotel (or similar)
Meals:
 Dinner  
Driving Creek Railway Tours
YOUR DAY 193 km, 3 hours driving South you go. Leaving New Zealand’s largest city you head for the Coromandel, one of the key locations for the New Zealand gold rush in the 1800s. En route depending how you feel there may be time for a walk through one the region’s many Kauri Tree forests, where you will encounter the flora and fauna of New Zealand’s North Island at its best. You follow the coast road to the town of Coromandel, where you will take a trip on ‘The Driving Creek Railway’- New Zealand’s only narrow-gauge mountain railway, with a working pottery and wild life sanctuary (included activity). From there you will take the stunning inland route to the coastal town of Whitianga, known for the famous Buffalo Beach and its palm trees that line the shore.
Duration: 1 hour 40 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Accommodation:
 4 star- Ocean's Resort (or similar) 5 star- Lonely Bay Lodge (or similar)
Meals:
 Breakfast  
Cathedral Cove Walk
Today is free to explore the beauty of Whitianga and surrounds. Perhaps take a walk to one of New Zealand’s most stunning beaches; Cathedral Cove where you wander through ancient native forest to the pristine beach that houses this striking rock formation. Other options for the day include a boat trip to a marine reserve, bathing in hot springs, walking along Buffalo Beach and Horse-riding at a local farm (optional – extra cost).
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Free
Accommodation:
 4 star option- Ocean's Resort (or similar) 5 star option- Lonely Bay Lodge (or similar)
Meals:
 Breakfast  
Hobbiton Movie Set
This morning you will visit the world famous Hot Water Beach. This is one of the only places in the world where one can discover thermal water underneath a beach! Bring your swimming gear, as you will have the opportunity to dig your very own thermal pool and bathe in its waters (35-40 degrees Celsius in the right areas). Following this you farewell the Coromandel and head south to Rotorua; a hot spot for Maori culture and thermal activity. En route you will visit Hobbiton and The Shire’s Rest, the only remaining film set from The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit Trilogies (included activity). Arrive in Rotorua in the afternoon and you have the opportunity to take a city tour featuring Kuirau Park mud pool reserve and view the stunning government gardens and lakefront. This afternoon you could experience a relaxing soak in the thermal waters of the famous Polynesian Spa (optional – extra cost).
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
Accommodation:
 4 star option- Novotel Lakeside (or similar) 5 star option- Black Swan Boutique Hotel (or similar)
Meals:
 Breakfast  
Te Puia
This morning you will take a three hour guided 4WD Trip near Lake Rotoiti, which includes a visit to a marae, amazing scenery, storytelling and song from a local Māori guide. The rest of the afternoon is free to spend at your leisure, Options include: Rotorua Gondola and Luge, a trip to Rotorua Agrodome to experience zorbing, a visit to a kiwifruit farm or a trip to The Buried Village of Te Wairoa (all optional extra cost). This afternoon This you will explore Te Puia to experience mud pools and geysers and visit the Maori Weaving School and Kiwi House. This is a chance to see our national bird up close. Following this you will enjoy a traditional Maori dinner (Hangi) and see a cultural performance (Te Puia entry, dinner and show included).
Duration: 3 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
Accommodation:
 4 star option- Novotel Lakeside (or similar) 5 star option- Black Swan Boutique Hotel (or similar)
Meals:
 Breakfast  Dinner  
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland
Your first stop for the day is Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland - a Wonderland of Stunning Geothermal Activity. You will see New Zealand’s largest thermal mud pool, sinter terraces and stunning hot and cold pools of many different colours (included activity). Heading south and stopping at the mind-blowingly powerful Huka Falls en route, you will reach Lake Taupo, New Zealand’s largest lake where you may wish to stop for lunch. Winding your way around Lake Taupo, you will eventually reach Tongariro National Park where you may wish to take a hike in the National Park itself. One of The Road Trip’s favourites is 2 hours long featuring native bush, volcanic views and stunning waterfalls.In clear weather there is a great opportunity to spot New Zealand’s 3 most active volcanoes - Tongariro, Ruapehu and Ngaurauhoe (also known as Mt Doom).
Duration: 1 hour 40 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Accommodation:
 Both options (Chateau Tongariro)- Please note that this is the only suitable option in the National Park
Meals:
 Breakfast  Dinner  
Weta Workshop
If you are feeling active this morning there is a possibility of doing one of the many stunning short walks in the Tongariro National Park. One of The Road Trip’s favourites is 2 hours long featuring native bush, volcanic views and stunning waterfalls. Heading south you arrive in Wellington in the afternoon to discover New Zealand’s capital city. You can take a city tour taking in sights such as Mt Victoria - Wellington’s most spectacular viewpoint with 360 degrees of the city, harbour and mountain ranges in the background. This afternoon we will visit the famous Weta Cave and explore the workshop on a guided tour. In the evening perhaps have a wander through the bustling streets of Wellington where you can enjoy a meal on the waterfront (optional – extra cost).
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
Accommodation:
 4 star option- City Life Wellington (or similar) 5 star option- The Bolton Hotel (or similar)
Meals:
 Breakfast  
Wellington
Today you will be transferred to the airport for your next adventure. We trust that you have had the exclusive trip of a lifetime.
Admission Ticket Free
Accommodation:
  Not Included
Meals:
  Not Included
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Each traveler is allowed a maximum of 1 suitcase and 1 carry-on bag. Oversized or excessive luggage (e.g. surfboards, golf clubs or bikes) may have certain restrictions, please inquire with the operator prior to travel to confirm if your excess luggage is acceptable
  • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
  • Please bring comfortable walking shoes, warm clothing, swim wear and towel
  • Please note: All participants must have a current passport valid for 3 months after date of entry to New Zealand
  • This private tour operates with a maximum of 15 participants
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • OPERATED BY The Road Trip

If you cancel at least 7 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.

If you cancel between 3 and 6 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 50 percent cancellation fee.

If you cancel within 2 day(s) of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.

  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Private Tour: 8-Day North Island Tour from Auckland Including Rotorua and Wellington?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 9 travelers.

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Constance was a wonderful guide. She...
Dianne F
, Mar 2018
Constance was a wonderful guide. She provided lots of options for the days activities and dinner.she negotiated a discount for us at a few attractions.
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We had a wonderful tour, thanks in...
Geoff B
, Nov 2015
We had a wonderful tour, thanks in large part to our incredible driver and guide, Tom Stuart of The Road Trip! Tom was expert at helping us to see and appreciate the spectacular natural beauty of New Zealnd and we are so glad we were able to travel the country with him. North Island has a lot to offer and we loved every minute of it!
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