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North Island Food & Wine Indulgence

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Take an indulgent road trip around New Zealand's North Island and savor an amazing array of premium food and wine unique to this stunning region. Remarkable experiences await you on this 9 day self-drive tour!
New Zealand
Active
Food & Wine
Nature
Self-Drive
Independent Holiday Packages

Highlights

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

Odyssey Experience Wine Tour in Napier

Hobbiton Movie Set Tour

Wine on Waiheke Tour with Fullers 360

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 NZ's famous Church Rd winery and NZ'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 NZ's top restaurants.

This Gourmet experience concludes with a relaxed walking gourmet tour of Wellington followed by a  delicious, light two-course tasting lunch with matched New Zealand wines at a top Wellington restaurant.

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Included

2 nights at Hotel Grand Windsor in Auckland
2 nights at Regent of Rotorua Boutique Hotel & Spa
2 nights at Scenic Hotel Te Pania in Napier
2 nights at QT Wellington
9 Days Car Hire with Hertz
Wine on Waiheke Tour with Fullers 360
Hobbiton Movie Set Tour
Gondola & Volcanic Hills Wine Tasting Experience at Skyline Rotorua
Odyssey Experience Wine Tour in Napier
Zest Foods Relaxed Walking Gourmet Tour in Wellington
Choice of 1 of 2 'Freedom of Choice Activities' on Day 4

Freedom of Choice Activities

Select 1 of the 2 activities below to be included on Day 4:

  • Te Puia entry and Cultural Performance
  • Hells Gate Soothe Experience (Mud Bath only)

Itinerary

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Day 1
Auckland Airport → Auckland

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

Overnight stay in Auckland at Hotel Grand Windsor in a Classic Queen Room.

Auckland Airport → Auckland
View of Auckland
Day 2
Auckland

This morning is yours to discover Auckland.

After an early lunch (optional/own expense) make your way to the ferry terminal to check in for your Wine on Waiheke tour with Fullers 360.  The ferry ride across to the island of Waiheke is about 30 mins.  You will be greeted by your tour driver and escorted to a number of stunning wineries that call Waiheke Island home.  Tastings are included and purchasing is encouraged. 

Overnight stay in Auckland at Hotel Grand Windsor in a Classic Queen Room.

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 Regent of Rotorua Boutique Hotel & Spa in a Superior Room

Auckland → Rotorua
Hobbiton Movie Set Tour
Day 4
Rotorua

Discover Rotorua!

You have the choice to take in the geothermal activities at Te Puia and a cultural performance or head to Hells Gate to soak in a mud bath.

Freedom of Choice:

  • Te Puia entry and Cultural Performance
  • Hells Gate Soothe Experience (Mud Bath only)

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 you understand your preferences and the reasoning behind them. Featuring wines from New Zealand’s favourite regions – Marlborough, Central Otago, Hawkes Bay & Martinborough.

Overnight stay in Rotorua at Regent of Rotorua Boutique Hotel & Spa in a Superior Room.

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 join the team at Odyssey Wine Tours and start the day with an exclusive barrel sampling, learn about wine etiquette and tasting technique. Enjoy a behind the scenes tour of NZ's famous Church Rd winery and NZ'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 NZ'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 Zest Foods Relaxed Walking Gourmet Tour around Wellington's best culinary locations.

Your personal guide will introduce you to local tastes, products and people. You will taste gourmet products such as coffee, chocolate, gelato, cheeses and other speciality regional tastes in delightful food areas only the locals know. This Gourmet experience concludes with a delicious, light, two course tasting lunch with matched New Zealand wines at a top Wellington restaurant.  Simply mouth-watering!

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
Currency
New Zealand Dollar (NZD)
2021 Packages - Book Now
2021 Packages - Book Now
8 nights
from AUD2,935
per person, twin share
New Zealand
Auckland
Wellington
Active, Food & Wine, Nature, Self-Drive
Independent Holiday Packages
01 October 2020 - 31 March 2021

Hotel options

Hotel Grand Windsor
Hotel Grand Windsor

Auckland
Boutique hotels with personality for a remarkable travel experience! Set in an art deco building dating from 1936, this refined 5* hotel in the city centre is a 7-minute walk from restaurants and bar in Viaduct Harbour and a 9-minute walk from the landmark Sky Tower. The elegant five star Grand Windsor Hotel Auckland, MGallery by Sofitel transports guests to an age of opulent glamour. Its 79 rooms and suites are classic masterpieces of refined design, featuring exquisite bedding, muted fabrics and excellent service complimented with by state of the art technology.

 

Regent of Rotorua Boutique Hotel & Spa
Regent of Rotorua Boutique Hotel & Spa

Rotorua
Escape ordinary with our luxury hotel in Rotorua city centre - exquisitely designed, featuring contemporary decor with a touch of opulence. A gem that stands apart from the crowd as Rotorua's most stylish hotel,  this luxury boutique hotel in Rotorua city centre has been designed with the modern traveller in mind. Prepare to be wowed by an eclectic mix of stylish spaces. Refreshingly original, the Regent marks the epitome of chic, luxury accommodation in the city. 

 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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