Imagine an urban environment where everyone lives within half an hour of beautiful beaches, hiking trails and a dozen enchanted holiday islands. Add a sunny climate, a background rhythm of Polynesian culture and a passion for outstanding food, wine and shopping - you're beginning to get the picture of Auckland.
In the Maori language, Auckland is known as Tamaki-Makau-Rau - 'the maiden with a hundred suitors'. It earned this name because it was a region coveted by many tribes.
The region was the birthplace of New Zealand tourism in the 1800s, when people flocked here from around the world to see the amazing Pink and White Terraces - vast, naturally formed silica terraces that cascaded into a volcanic lake. The Te Arawa people were their local guides. The terraces were destroyed in the 1886 Mt Tarawera eruption, but Rotorua's fame as a fascinating travel destination continued to grow. Today Maori guides can often be seen at the city's iconic attractions, following in the footsteps of their ancestors.
When explaining the appeal of their region, the people of Rotorua like to talk of five spirits. You can feel the spirit of the earth, as it rumbles beneath your feet and escapes, hissing, through fumaroles and geysers. You can witness the spirit of Maori culture, with authentic village and performance experiences. With a soak in a natural hot spring or a relaxing massage, you can rejuvenate your spirit. Or free your spirit with outdoor adventures - trout fishing, kayaking, waterskiing, swimming, hiking and mountain biking. And if it's excitement you crave, you can challenge your spirit with adrenalin-charged extreme activities such as sky-diving, jet boating and zorbing.
Napier's misfortune in 1931, when it was almost levelled by an earthquake, has led to the city's world famous point of difference. Today Napier has one of the most outstanding collections of 1930s architecture in the world. Walking around the city, you'll see wonderful examples of Art Deco, Spanish Mission and Stripped Classical design. Napier's other special attractions include the gannet colony at Cape Kidnappers and the many vineyards that make good use of the region's alluvial soils. On Saturday morning, the Napier farmers' market is a chance to shop for artisan foods and fresh produce.
Functional facts: Approx. population 55,000, i-SITE Visitor Centre, extensive shopping, wide range of cafés and restaurants, domestic airport.
Wellington is New Zealand's capital city, and it's also known as our arts and culture capital. A special blend of heritage buildings, museums and galleries, fine food and live entertainment opportunities make this city a great place to visit in any season.
Part of Wellington's charm is its close proximity to nature. The central city is nestled between a beautiful harbour and forested hills. Wildlife sanctuaries, islands, seaside villages, ocean beaches and regional parks provide huge scope for outdoor fun.
Many visitors choose to base themselves in the vibrant inner city, where it's easy to walk to boutique shops, art galleries, trendy cafés and restaurants. Dominating the spectacular waterfront is Te Papa Tongrewa - the interactive, innovative museum that's one of New Zealand's key cultural attractions. At night, the city stays up late to enjoy live theatre, music and dance performances.
Wellingtonians love their city, and we're sure you will too. Allow at least a couple of days here to get an insight into New Zealand's history, contemporary culture and creativity.
Day 01 : Arrive Auckland
On arrival in Auckland, 'The City of Sails', seat in coach passengers will be met by our local representative and privately transferred to your hotel. Self drive passengers will collect your rental car at the airport and drive to your hotel.
Day 02 : Auckland - Waitomo - Rotorua
Travel south to arrive at Waitomo for a guided tour of the world famous Waitomo Glowworm Caves. Continue over the Mamaku Ranges to reach the 'Thermal City' of Rotorua. (Breakfast)
Day 03 : Rotorua
Visit Te Puia Thermal Reserve to see boiling mudpools and roaring geysers. Following this, visit Rainbow Springs to see New Zealand's trout, birds and wildlife before continuing to the Agrodome for a New Zealand farm show featuring sheep dog demonstrations, cow milking and an introduction to the stars of our sheep industry. The afternoon is at leisure. This evening enjoy an authentic Maori Hangi (feast) and Concert. (Breakfast,Dinner)
Day 04 : Rotorua - Napier
Travel south to reach Taupo before travelling over rugged mountain ranges and well cultivated farmland to arrive in the 'Art Deco' city of Napier. (Breakfast)
Day 05 :Napier
Today discover four boutique wineries, with fine handcrafted Red & White Premium and Reserve medal winning wines. (Breakfast)
Day 06 : Napier - Wellington
Travel through the Manawatu Gorge to Palmerston North, travelling down the Kapiti Coast to arrive in the 'Capital City' of Wellington (Breakfast)
Day 07 : Departure Day
Your arrangements conclude today with a departure transfer or the return of your rental car. We trust you enjoyed your Kiwiway Vacation! (Breakfast)
Return to Auckland from Napier (Day 6) instead of travelling to Wellington for no extra charge
Packages starting from NZD 1575 per person
SELF DRIVE Package includes the following :
6 nights accommodation at the level chosen.
Meals as specified in the itinerary.
Sightseeing entry fees as specified in the itinerary
12.5% Goods and Services Tax
Transport by self drive rental vehicle including unlimited kms
Standard motor vehicle insurance and applicable vehicle pickup fees