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North Island Classic

North Island Classic

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North Island Classic 09 Days / 08 Nights

The tour of New Zealand’s North Island comprises visits to Auckland, Hamilton, Napier, Rotorua, Martinborough, and Tongariro. Explore the beauty of Waikato farmland and experience traditional Maori culture of Rotorua. The tour includes trip to Martinborough, limestone Waitomo Caves, and volcanic mountains in Tongariro National Park. Enjoy 2 nights in Rotorua along with a night in Napier and Hamilton.


Tour Nights

  • Rotorua: 2 nights
  • Napier: 1 nights
  • Martinborough: 2 nights
  • Tongariro: 1 nights
  • Auckland: 2 nights
  • Tour code: AWNZ04
  • Accommodation Grade
  • Private Tour

Tour At a Glance

  • Visit Hawk’s Bay to explore the art deco architecture and enjoy scrummy food and drinks at world class wineries
  • Have traditional Maori dinner at Rotorua
  • Admire the lush greenery of Wairarapa while driving to Martinborough from Napier
  • Be a part of exotic tours of Waitomo glow-worm caves

Itinerary details

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  • Day 1 Auckland - Hamilton (127 km)
    Auckland - Hamilton (127 km)

    Meet and greet service with rental car pick up at Auckland Airport. As you cruise down the southern motorway, suburban scenery gradually gives you to market gardening and Waikato farmland enroute to Hamilton.

  • Day 2 Hamilton – Rotorua (106 km)
    Hamilton – Rotorua (106 km)

    Enjoy the drive through farmland , lakeland and forest until the distinctive smell of sulphur and constant steam drifts let you know you are in tempestuous , geothermal Rotorua.

  • Day 3 Rotorua

    Day free to enjoy the many sights and activities on offer. This evening enjoy a memorable night of culture, song and dance followed by dinner cooked the traditional Maori way on hot stones underground.

  • Day 4 Rotorua - Napier (219 km)
    Rotorua - Napier (219 km)

    Enjoy the scenery as the road changes from forest to rugged mountain ranges and then to fertile vineyards as you continue on to the Hawke’s Bay, known for its Art Deco architecture, gourmet food and world-class wineries.

  • Day 5 Napier - Martinborough (270 km)
    Napier - Martinborough (270 km)

    Enjoy the clean, green Wairarapa scenery as you drive south to Martinborough, home to over 25 boutique vineyards.

  • Day 6 Martinborough

    Day free to visit the local wineries. Or just enjoy a day to relax.

  • Day 7 Martinborough - Tongariro (333 km)
    Martinborough - Tongariro (333 km)

    Travel today to Tongariro National Park where the three volcanic mountains of Ruapehu, Ngauruhoe and Tongariro dominate the scenery. Travel through the desert-like plateau to your accommodation at the foot of Mt Ruapehu.

  • Day 8 Tongariro –Waitomo - Auckland (360 km)
    Tongariro –Waitomo - Auckland (360 km)

    Travel to the ancient limestone Waitomo Caves region with its labyrinth of caves and underground rivers. Your guide will provide historical and geographical commentary before you drift silently in a boat under the milky way of glowworms . Continue on to Auckland, New Zealand’s largest city, situated between two harbours and dotted with extinct volcanoes.

  • Day 9 Depart Auckland
    Depart Auckland

    Tour concludes with the return of your rental car to Auckland city or airport depot.


  • The Springs
    The Springs
  • Cobden Garden Homestay
    Cobden Garden Homestay
  •  The Martinborough Hotel
    The Martinborough Hotel
  • Ruapehu Country Lodge
    Ruapehu Country Lodge
  • Hotel Grand Windsor
    Hotel Grand Windsor

The Springs

  • The Springs

The Springs is located in the heart of Rotorua – New Zealand’s. This eco-friendly Hotel is close to Rotorua Golf Club, Racing Rotorua, and Whakarewarewa Thermal Reserve. Also nearby are Te Puia New Zealand Maori Arts and Craf

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Cobden Garden Homestay

  • Cobden Garden Homestay

Located high on Bluff Hill with extensive views, Cobden Garden is just a 12-minute walk or 3-minute drive from the heart of Napier City in Hawke’s Bay, New Zealand.

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The Martinborough Hotel

  •  The Martinborough Hotel

The Martinborough Hotel is located - 20 minutes from Greytown, 1 hour and 15 minutes from Wellington, 1 hour and 50 minutes from Palmerston North, 3 hours and 30 minutes from Napier and Hawkes Bay.

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Ruapehu Country Lodge

  • Ruapehu Country Lodge

Located just 5km out of Ohakune and 15 minutes from Tongariro National Park, Ruapehu Country Lodge also backs onto the Waimarino Golf Course.

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Hotel Grand Windsor

  • Hotel Grand Windsor

A boutique luxury hotel, the Hotel Grand Windsor MGallery by Sofitel is a beautiful, heritage listed, art deco inspired building in the heart of Auckland and 25Km Away from the Auckland Airport.

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What's Included?

  • Meet and greet services.
  • Private transfer on arrival with hand over of documents.
  • Co-Pilot will be handed over by the transfer Driver on arrival.
  • Collect rental car from Auckland City depot.
  • Accommodation as specified in the itinerary.
  • Meals on Bed & Breakfast, Day 2 on Half Board.
  • Drop off rental car at Auckland Airport.
  • Unlimited kms, Standard Motor Vehicle Insurance, Excess Reduction to a NIL Excess, Airport/Whaf Fees, GPS Unit, GST

What's not Included?

  • International flights.
  • Visa fees.
  • Personal expenses such as laundry, telephones calls, hard & soft drinks, meals other then specified, beverages and mineral water etc.
  • Still and video camera fee at monuments and game parks.
  • Tips to drivers, porters, bellboys, guides & waiters etc.
  • Any other services not mentioned in the itinerary and inclusions.

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