5 Day Tour – Auckland to Wellington


Travel through the cultural and rural heart of the North Island on this short ‘highlights’ New Zealand self-drive tour.

From Auckland journey south through the Waikato countryside to Rotorua, the Maori culture capital of New Zealand. Here you can explore the geothermal parks that make this area unique.

It’s then on to the Art Deco City of Napier in the Hawkes Bay, home to New Zealand’s oldest vineyards. Explore the coastal regions, hire a bike, check out the coastal trails and DOC walks. Or simply check out the Art Deco centre before heading to the vineyards and wineries.

The final leg of your whirlwind tour of the North Island takes you past sheep farms and wineries of Central Hawkes Bay, as you travel through the Wairarapa region to your final destination, New Zealand’s capital city of Wellington.

Inclusions & Options

All of our tours are fully customisable –
You can add or remove inclusive activities – or swap out for others.
You can upgrade or downgrade accommodation, add extra nights – or minus some.
The standard inclusions for this tour are:
  • Accommodation for 4 nights staying in Motels


  • Rental car hire: included as specified for the duration of the tour package.
  • Rental car insurance included.
  • Rental car inclusions: GPS navigation, unlimited km, airport/ferry terminal fees, additional drivers.
  • Tour pack: Includes detailed driving instructions, maps, guide books and much more.
  • Private airport transfers

All of our tours are fully customisable. Add, remove or swap activities to suit you preferences and requirements.

  • RRP based on twin share/double. $985

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Day 1: Arrive in Auckland City and spend the day exploring
Accommodation: CityLife Auckland.

Day 2: Collect your rental car and head south through the lush Waikato farmland stopping to visit Hobbiton on your way to Rotorua         Accommodation: Quest Rotorua Central.

Day 3: Pass through Lake Taupo before travelling east to Hawke’s Bay
Accommodation: Bella Vista Napier.

Day 4: Drive through the Wairarapa region and over the Rimutaka Ranges to Wellington
Accommodation: CityLife Wellington

Day 5: Explore Wellington City before your tour departure.

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