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North Island Food & Wine Self-Drive

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Country
New Zealand
Travel Departs
Auckland
Travel Ends
Wellington
Travel Periods
01 May 2022 - 31 Dec 2022
Experience
Food & Wine, Self-Drive
Travel Style
Independent Holiday Packages
Take an indulgent road trip around New Zealand's North Island and savour an amazing array of premium food and wine unique to this stunning region. Remarkable experiences await you on this 9 day self-drive tour!

Highlights

Explore the sights of Auckland, Rotorua, Napier & Wellington by car

Sample three of Waiheke’s top vineyards!

Odyssey Experience Wine Tour in Napier, an exclusive barrel sampling, learning about wine etiquette and tasting technique

Take a Hobbiton Movie Set Tour where you'll see the hobbit holes and discover the so called "middle-earth" of Lord of the Rings

Head to Hells Gate and soak in a mud bath

Enjoy the breathtaking scenery of New Zealand paired with an amazing food and wine experience on this 9 day self-drive tour.

Hop on a ferry to the Island of Waiheke where you will discover a number of stunning wineries.

Experience the wonder of the Hobbiton Movie Set tour then for a different perspective of Rotorua, visit Skyline Rotorua which offers panoramic views of Rotorua City, Lake Rotorua and the surrounding area with delectable wines available to sample. Choose to take in the geothermal activities at Te Puia and a cultural performance or head to Hells Gate to soak in a mud bath.

In Napier enjoy a behind-the-scenes tour of New Zealand's famous Church Road winery and New Zealand's only wine museum, then on to the country's oldest winery, the Mission Estate for a wine tasting & meal accompanied by matching wine at one of New Zealand's top restaurants.

This Gourmet experience concludes with a a full day Martinborough Winery and Foodie Tour with tastings and lunch.

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Included

2 nights in Auckland at Fable Auckland - 5*
2 nights in Rotorua at Jet Park Hotel - 4*
2 nights in Napier at Scenic Hotel Te Pania - 4*
2 nights in Wellington at QT Wellington - 4*
9 days Car Hire (airport fee included)
Return ferry from Auckland to Waiheke
Essence of Waiheke Wine Tour
Hobbiton Movie Set Tour
Gondola & Volcanic Hills Wine Tasting Experience at Skyline Rotorua
Martinborough Winery & Food Tour
Odyssey Experience Wine Tour in Napier
Hells Gate Soothe Experience
Freedom of Choice Days
Day 1
Auckland Airport → Auckland

Arrive into Auckland and collect your car hire in the arrivals lounge. Drive into Auckland city for your first 2 nights stay.

Overnight stay at Fable Auckland in a Classic Queen Room.

Auckland Airport → Auckland
View of Auckland
Day 2
Auckland

This morning make you way to the ferry terminal to check in for your ferry crossing over to Waiheke island. 

The ferry ride across to the island is about 30 mins and once on the island you will be greeted by your tour driver and escorted to a number of stunning wineries that call Waiheke Island home. 

On this tour, you will visit three of Waiheke’s top vineyards and sample a range of their wines. Along the way enjoy a commentated scenic drive, learning about the Island’s history, geography, people and culture from your knowledgeable local guide. After your wine tasting experience sit back, relax and enjoy a lunch and a glass of Waiheke wine or beer at Three Seven Two (Best Destination Restaurant, Metro Peugeot Restaurant of the Year Awards 2019) on Onetangi Beach before heading back to the ferry terminal for your trip back to Auckland.

Overnight stay at Fable Auckland in a Classic Queen Room.

Lunch
Auckland
Waiheke Island
Day 3
Auckland → Rotorua

This morning you are heading south to Rotorua. 

On the way, stop at the Shires Rest, only 10 minutes from the town of Matamata. Here you will experience the wonder of the Hobbiton Movie Set tour.

After the tour enjoy some lunch at Shires Rest café (optional/own expense) before continuing through to Rotorua. 

Overnight stay in Rotorua at Jet Park Hotel in an Executive Suite.

Auckland → Rotorua
Hobbiton Movie Set Tour
Day 4
Rotorua

You have the day to discover Rotorua before you. Head to Hells Gate to soak in a mud bath. The healing properties of the thermal mud and sulphur mineral water have been used by local Maori for over 800 years.

For a different perspective of Rotorua, you will visit Skyline Rotorua which offers panoramic views of Rotorua City, Lake Rotorua and the surrounding area. Relax with a glass of wine, something to eat and soak up the view.  The Tasting Room is set up so you can pop in and experience the wines, as well as purchase a few bottles to take home if you like. During your tasting, the Volcanic Hills staff will have a chat with you about the wines and help understand what you like and why. Featuring wines from New Zealand’s favourite regions – Marlborough, Central Otago, Hawkes Bay & Martinborough.

Overnight stay in Rotorua at Jet Park Hotel in an Executive Suite.

Rotorua
View from the top of Skyline Rotorua
Day 5
Rotorua → Napier

Napier is the next destination on your itinerary. 

Heading via Taupo to the East Coast you’ll arrive in the Art Deco city of Napier.  Take a stroll through town and discover the history of this cute seaside city.  

Overnight stay in Napier at Scenic Hotel Te Pania in a Superior Room.

Rotorua → Napier
Art Deco city of Napier
Day 6
Napier

A complete action-packed taste of what Hawke's Bay has to offer!

You’ll start the day with an exclusive barrel sampling, learn about wine etiquette and tasting technique. Enjoy a behind the scenes tour of New Zealand's famous Church Road Winery and New Zealand's only wine museum, then on to the country's oldest winery, the Mission Estate, for a wine tasting & meal accompanied by matching wine at one of New Zealand's top restaurants. This is a must do while in Napier.

Overnight stay in Napier at Scenic Hotel Te Pania in a Superior Room.

Lunch
Napier
Hawke's Bay
Day 7
Napier → Wellington

Your journey continues south towards Wellington, the capital city of New Zealand.

The harbour city is your home for the next 2 nights. Venture into Courtney Place and Cuba Street to enjoy the best restaurants and bars Wellington has to offer.

Overnight stay in Wellington at QT Wellington in a Superior King Room.

Napier → Wellington
View of Wellington
Day 8
Wellington

Today you will join a full day Martinborough Winery and Foodie Tour.

Your local guide will introduce you to local tastes, products and people. Enjoy a scenic drive over the Remutaka Ranges before tantalizing your taste buds with tastings at five of their tasting partners. The tour includes a winery tour with tastings and lunch, a tour of Olivo olive oil grove, beer tasting at Martinborough Brewery and tastings at C’est Cheese and Schoc.

Overnight stay in Wellington at QT Wellington in a Superior King Room.

Lunch
Wellington
Wellington
Day 9
Wellington → Wellington Airport

Your North Island comes to an end after you check out of your hotel. Drive to the airport to return your car hire. 

Additional information

Official language
English, Māori and New Zealand Sign Language
Local currency
New Zealand Dollar (NZD)

Hotel options

Jet Park Hotel Rotorua
Jet Park Hotel Rotorua

Rotorua
Experience true New Zealand Hospitality! Only a short walk to Lake Rotorua and just down the road from Eat Street, Jet Park Rotorua is your ideal location for experiencing everything Rotorua has to offer. Whether you are here for adventure or to experience the local culture, Jet Park Rotorua is the ideal starting point for your journey. 

 Scenic Hotel Te Pania
Scenic Hotel Te Pania

Napier
Styled to complement its remarkable location on the edge of the beautiful Hawke's Bay, Napier's Scenic Hotel Te Pania is one of the most recognisable hotels in Napier, boasting design awards for its style and offering an unmatched level of service to leisure travellers and conference guests. awke's Bay is one of the first places in the world to see the light each day, with our Napier hotel enjoying a premium waterfront location on Napier's Marine Parade. The hotel’s slender curved form echoes the shape of the bay and guests are treated to sweeping views out over the water. A fresh, contemporary style hotel, Scenic Hotel Te Pania is just a short stroll from Napier’s main art deco style street and is located in close proximity to many of Napier's attractions.

QT Wellington
QT Wellington

Wellington
Surprise yourself at QT Wellington, a significant fusion of expressive and luxurious art, technology and indulgence. Loosely based in the new creative capital of the South, QT Wellington is a warm invitation to explore and define one of New Zealand’s most eclectic collections of art and character. This is the ideal hub for cultural connoisseurs from around the world, framed in designer opulence and showcased at a gallery opening that never closed. We’re eager to see what you will bring.

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North Island Food & Wine Self-Drive

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  • Meals other than as specified in our holiday package
  • Travel Insurance or expenses of a personal nature (mini-bar, phone call, laundry, etc.),
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  • Or any other travel expense that has not been included in our holiday package

Important notes

  • We work with a selection of hotels in each location. All bookings are subject to availability, which means our team will confirm your specific hotels upon confirmation and payment of deposit. The package price is based on 4-5 star accommodation.
  • Car Hire: Your hire includes:  Unlimited km’s, Airport/Ferry Concession Fee and GST. Subject to an excess at time of collection. Term & Conditions apply.

Blackout dates may apply during festive season.

FAQs

Who are Entire Travel Group?

Entire Travel Group is celebrating 50 years of passionately delivering unique and memorable travel experiences. We are an Australian, family owned, award winning business, with a friendly team ready to match your expectations to the perfect holiday package.

Entire Travel Group used to be known by the individual brands shown in the footer of the website. The company has not changed, but we have amalgamated under one brand - Entire Travel Group.

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Well, put simply - we’re famous for building things. We offer an exclusive range of pre-designed, purpose-built, independent holiday packages full of unique and memorable experiences. The packages are delivered by our global network of handpicked suppliers, who also provide on ground travel support to our clients.

Is Entire Travel Group Australian owned and operated?

Entire Travel Group is proudly Australian family owned and operated and as it stands today represents 50 years of experience, progress, and evolution. We proudly support the community with our long-term commitment to many important charity organisations. We were awarded the best operator in our class at the most recent National Travel Industry Awards.

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Does Entire Travel Group have industry awards?

Entire Travel Group was awarded “Best Specialty Wholesaler” at the 2019 National Travel Industry Awards (NTIA), which are held annually by the Australian Federation of Travel Agents (AFTA).

The awards recognise quality and excellence in the Australian travel industry. We were extremely honoured to receive this recognition and we will continue to deliver the best service and value to our customers.

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In some cases, we are the sole representative in Australia for the overseas travel operator. In other circumstances the product developed has been exclusively built for Entire Travel Group and can’t be found elsewhere.

What’s unique about Entire Travel Group Holiday Packages?
  • They are not group tours with set departures - they are pre-designed, purpose built, independent holiday packages full of unique and memorable experiences.
  • Our holiday packages have been exclusively built for us in collaboration with our handpicked suppliers, who also offer full on-ground support for the clients.
  • We are offering unique travel experiences which cannot be found elsewhere.
  • Many packages include our “Freedom of Choice” options which allow you to tailor the holiday experience. Like a sommelier matching wine to a meal, we have used our experience to carefully select and offer the right experiences in each location.
  • They include our Peace of Mind Booking Plan.
  • A wide selection of our packages are compliant with the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) Covid Safe Travels.
What is an independent holiday package?

Our motto for Independent Holiday Packages is start your holiday when and with who you want!

Our Independent Holiday Packages are NOT group tours with set departure dates. Group Tours have specific set departure dates, and of course, you are travelling with unknown passengers in a coach. These tours are great for certain travellers and there are many reputable tour operators providing a wide range of options around the world.

At Entire Travel Group, our focus is Independent Holiday Packages. Available daily, they are pre-designed, purpose built, packaged itineraries full of memorable experiences delivered by our hand-picked local partners.

Our holidays suit every demographic, from couples to singles, to retirees to families and everyone else in between.

Why travel with Entire Travel Group?

Of all the attributes Entire Travel Group offer - we have settled on “Experience” as the one quality we believe adds the most value to our customers. That’s how our tagline “When Experience Matters” came to life and encapsulates our business in three words, as experience does matter!

We have been operating for many years and have the experience to determine what sightseeing, duration and accommodation style makes a great itinerary. Our technology is continually enhanced, giving our team the ability to provide a great customer service experience. Our relationship with our operators is extremely strong, which ensures we are confident of the travel experience and on ground support for our clients.

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How does the Peace of Mind Booking Plan work?

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Is there a cooling-off period?

Look for packages with our Peace of Mind Booking Plan logo on the website.

  • We understand that occasionally plans may change, so we give you the confidence to proceed with a cooling off period.
  • You may cancel for any reason within 7 days, where you will receive a 100% refund of your $100 per person deposit.

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What is Freedom of Choice?

At Entire Travel Group we understand that our customers have their own personal tastes and interests - so throughout our packages look for “Freedom of Choice” which gives you the ability to tailor your holiday from the various experiences offered on selected days. Like a sommelier matching wine to a meal, we have used our experience to carefully select and offer the right experiences in each location.

The Freedom of Choice options are included in the package price, and the price remains the same regardless of the choice you make on each day.

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Do Freedom of Choice options cost extra?

Our Freedom of Choice program offers flexibility, by allowing you to choose from different options on pre-selected days in the itinerary.

  • Our per person price includes one tour on each Freedom of Choice day in the itinerary.
  • The price of the package remains the same regardless of the choice you make on each day.
What is the Safe Travels program?

This specially designed program allows travellers to recognise governments and companies around the world who have adopted health and hygiene global standardised protocols, so consumers can experience “Safe Travels”.

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On some Islands Holiday Packages (e.g. Fiji), it is practical to include flights, so where we have done this it is indicated by the plane icon.

However, on the majority of our Holiday Packages, we do not include international flights.

We found that many customers may prefer to:

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We are able to assist with flights on any Holiday Package, so please just notify us during the Book Now process or contact our team.

Why do some packages not offer the ability to Book Now on the website?

If a package on our website does not include our Peace of Mind Booking Plan, it will not be available to Book Now.

Due to the boutique nature and limited capacity of some travel experiences offered, they have strict payment and cancellation policies. (e.g., a remote bear lodge in Canada with only a few cabins).

Although technically possible, we have decided that it is impractical for us to try and sell these type of travel services on-line. We believe it is important that such product is discussed, so that we can ensure these strict payment and cancellation policies are understood before we proceed with a booking.

For such product we may act as an agent only for the principal suppliers. Where we act as agent, your contract for the delivery of travel arrangements will be with the principal supplier and will be subject to their Booking Conditions.

We will advise you prior to confirming your booking if we are acting as agent and we will confirm the details of the principal supplier. Our responsibility to you where we sell travel arrangements as agent for the supplier is specified in the ‘Responsibility’ section of our Booking Conditions.

Should I take travel insurance?

Travel insurance is strongly recommended. During the Book Now process please confirm you require assistance, and our team will be in contact with you.

What should I do before travelling?

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