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Nature Lovers Self Drive

A self-drive tour is a unique way to uncover New Zealand’s natural beauty. Beginning and ending in Auckland, see sights like Coromandel Peninsula, Whakatane, Napier, and Rotorua on route. Experience New Zealand’s North Island at your own pace, focusing on natural wonders in one of the world’s most dramatic landscapes.

  • 11 nights’ motel accommodation
  • 12 Day Hertz Group I Kia Sportage or similar suv
  • Co-pilot kit (maps, directions, discounts)
February 5-May 1, 2022 from $1739 
Upgrade to hotel from $300 more

*Please note: Holiday departures will have additional surcharges

Roundtrip airfare to Auckland additional, but can be added if available

Day 1 – Auckland to Coromandel Peninsula 164 km (102 miles) 2.5 hours

Depart Auckland and travel the Pacific Coast Highway touring route to the Coromandel Peninsula. The Coromandel’s dramatic and unspoiled coast, and beautiful white sandy beaches, offer endless opportunities for fishing, diving, boating, surfing and swimming.

Duration 2 Nights
Accommodation Aotearoa Lodge

Day 2 – Coromandel at leisure

Enjoy the unique experience of Hot Water Beach where at low tide you can dig in the sand, allowing the sulphur-heated waters to rise to the top to create your very own thermal spa. Swim with dolphins, hire a kayak and explore the many offshore islands or simply let the azure water lap at your feet and marvel at the beauty of the Pacific Ocean.

Day 3 – Coromandel Peninsula to Tauranga 166 km (103 miles) 2.5 hours

Continuing down the Pacific Coast Highway, sapphire waters and white sand beaches will give way to lush farmland and orchards of the Bay of Plenty. Enjoy the beautiful harbour of Tauranga and the white sand beaches of Mount Maunganui.

Duration 1 Night
Accommodation Hotel Armitage Tauranga

Day4 – Tauranga to Whakatane 97 km (60 miles) 1.25 hours

Further down the Pacific Coast Highway is Whakatane, gateway to one of the most accessible active volcanoes.

Duration 2 Nights
Accommodation White Island Rendezvous Whakatane

Day 5 – Whakatane at leisure

Whakatane is one of the sunniest towns in New Zealand. Just offshore is White Island, a spectacular active volcano that can be visited by launch or helicopter. Other Whakatane attractions include the museum, an observatory and Maori historical sites. In summer, dolphin swimming is the thing to do.

Day 6 – Whakatane to Gisborne 262 km (163 miles) 3.5 hours

Further down the Pacific Coast Highway the coastal landscape is untamed and wild. You can lose yourself in the hills and valleys, and renew your inner peace on the beautifully natural beaches.

Duration 1 Night
Accommodation Portside Hotel Gisborn

Day 7 – Gisborne to Napier 216 km (134 miles) 3 hours

From here you enter more breathtaking scenery as you travel your final leg on this highway to Hawke’s Bay Wine Country. Basking in a Mediterranean climate, the Hawke’s Bay region is known for its wine, food and fabulous scenery. Over 30 vineyards offer visitors a wine tasting and indoor/ outdoor dining experience. Napier and Hastings, the two main centres in the region, have a high concentration of Art Deco and Spanish Mission architecture. The rest of the day is free to enjoy the many vineyards and wonderful restaurants in the area.

Duration 1 Night
Accommodation Bella Tuscany Motor Lodge Napier

Day 8 – Napier to Taupo 143 km (89 miles) 2 hours

Depart Napier for a journey through to the Lake Taupo region. Taupo is the main centre of the region and Lake Taupo is one of the North Islands most popular holiday destinations.

Duration 1 Night
Accommodation Phoenix Resort Taupo

Day 9 – Taupo to Rotorua 80 km (50 miles) 1.25 hours

Depart Taupo for a short journey to Rotorua, famous for its spouting geysers, bubbling mud pools and warm geothermal ponds.

Duration 2 Nights
Accommodation Copthorne Hotel Rotorua

Day 10 – Rotorua at leisure

As the spiritual home to the Maori and host to some of the worlds most incredible earth forces, there is plenty to see and do here with its steamy thermal attractions and fascinating cultural experiences.

Day 11 – Rotorua to Auckland 234 km (145 miles) 3.5 hours

Today head across to the Waitomo Caves district is famous for its subterranean splendour. Beneath the surface of this limestone region is a series of vast cave systems decorated with stalactites, stalagmites and glow-worms. Continue on to Auckland.

Duration 1 Night
Accommodation Airedale Boutique Suite

Day 12 – Depart Auckland

Return your rental car and depart Auckland for your onward destination.

New Zealand
Canadian passport holders entering New Zealand will need to get an electronic travel authority before their arrival, even if they are transiting to another country.
You will not be allowed to travel to New Zealand if you do not have a visa or an NZeTA.

You can apply online https://www.immigration.govt.nz/new-zealand-visas/apply-for-a-visa/about-visa/nzeta

You may also have to pay an International Visitor Conservation and Tourism Levy (IVL). The IVL costs NZD $35 and is paid at the same time as the NZeTA.
An NZeTA request costs NZD $9 on our free app, or NZD $12 if completed online.
Your passport must be valid for at least 3 months beyond the date you expect to leave from New Zealand

If you prefer Travel Best Bets will issue your New Zealand visas for $25 CAD per person (plus the Visa coss) after providing your agent with the required information.

Terms & Conditions

All rates are per person, based on double occupancy in Canadian dollars (unless otherwise stated) New bookings only. Space and price may be limited and subject to availability at the time of booking.  Errors or omissions may occur on the above information with no guarantee of being honoured. Terms and conditions apply. Tax is not included in the above base fare. Above tax amount includes non-refundable $30 per adult Booking Management Fee. $50 per adult cancellation fee. Not included in the above rates: Xpresspost fee, recommended medical, cancellation or baggage insurance. Child rate is applicable when travelling with 2 paying adults sharing 1 hotel room, using the existing bedding. Price Match Policy: Travel Best Bets makes every effort to remain competitive by offering our ‘Match or Beat Any Price’ offer however due to certain restrictions  there will be some product we cannot match or beat. Please note the star ratings found on www.travelbestbets.com are determined by Travel Best Bets based on a number of factors and may not match the star rating found in the Tour Operator’s brochure. Please view our star ratings by clicking here. Due to an increasing volume of disputed bookings, we will only accept payment for air only travel to India, the Philippines and the continent of Africa through the following means: book and pay cash in person or by direct deposit into our business account – once the transaction is verified and a copy of the receipt emailed or faxed to our office, we will confirm the booking. Please contact us for details on how to book using this method.Please note there maybe a tax increase when FREE connectors are added with Air Canada Vacations. Please contact [email protected] for photo credit information. BPCPA #3287