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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
Food & Wine
Self-Drive
Independent Holiday Packages

Highlights

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

Essence of Waiheke Wine Tour

Martinborough Winery & Food Tour

Odyssey Experience Wine Tour in Napier

Hobbiton Movie Set Tour

Hells Gate Soothe Experience

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 a full day Martinborough Wintery and Foodie Tour with tastings and lunch.

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Included

2 nights in Auckland at Hotel Grand Windsor - 5*
2 nights at Regent of Rotorua Boutique Hotel & Spa - 5*
2 nights in Napier at Scenic Hotel Te Pania - 4*
2 nights in Wellington at QT Wellington - 4*
9 days Car Hire with Hertz (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

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 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 in Auckland at Hotel Grand Windsor 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 Regent of Rotorua Boutique Hotel & Spa in a Superior Room

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 about the wines with you 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 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 a full day Martinborough Wintery 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)
Independent Holiday Package

Start your holiday when and with who you want! Our Independent Holiday Packages are NOT group tours with set departure dates. Available daily, they are pre-designed, purpose built, packaged itineraries full of memorable experiences delivered by our hand-picked local partners.

8 nights
from AUD3,161
per person, twin share
New Zealand
Auckland
Wellington
Food & Wine, Self-Drive
Independent Holiday Packages
01 October 2021 - 24 March 2022

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.

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: Daily insurance, Unlimited km’s, Airport/Ferry Concession Fee and GST. Term & Conditions apply.

Why are international flights not included?

Following customer feedback, we do not include international flights in our holiday packages. Many prefer the flexibility to book flights with Frequent Flyer points or travel on specific airlines.  

However, we are able to assist, so please just notify us during the booking process or contact our team.

 

Blackout dates may apply during festive season.

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