Urban Escapes to Cultural Capitals Auckland to Wellington Self-drive

Urban Escapes to Cultural Capitals Auckland to Wellington Self-drive

Discover the enchanting beauty and rich culture of New Zealand on an unforgettable 14-day self-drive experience. From Auckland’s vibrant cityscape to the serene Bay of Islands, the pristine Coromandel Peninsula, the geothermal wonders of Rotorua, and the art deco charm of Napier, your adventure will be filled with breathtaking sights and memorable experiences.

Urban Escapes to Cultural Capitals Auckland to Wellington Self-drive

New Zealand > North Island > Auckland > Bay of Islands > The Coromandel > Rotorua > Taupo > Hawke's Bay > Wellington & Martinborough 

16 Days, 13 Nights

Your journey commences with a warm welcome as you arrive at Auckland Airport. A private transfer takes you to the elegant Sudima Auckland City, where you’ll find a respite in a comfortable Superior King room. To start your day, enjoy a delectable breakfast at the hotel.

Set out to explore Auckland’s diverse culinary scene on a “Taste of Auckland” full-day tour. You’ll uncover the city’s vibrant food culture and savor a variety of delicious local dishes that reflect New Zealand’s culinary richness.

After breakfast, you’ll embark on the next leg of your journey. Collect your intermediate car rental, a trusty companion for your adventures. You’ll be driving to the scenic Bay of Islands, a coastal gem renowned for its natural beauty. Upon arrival, check into The Sanctuary Bay of Islands, where you’ll be accommodated in a Sea/Bush View Suite. Your stay includes a nourishing breakfast.

Today’s adventure takes you on an Island and Wildlife Day Cruise in the Bay of Islands. This immersive experience offers opportunities to encounter fascinating marine life, explore historic sites, and discover the untouched beauty of the region’s islands.

Bid farewell to the Bay of Islands and hit the road, bound for the Coromandel Peninsula. This region is known for its natural splendor and pristine coastlines. As you arrive, you’ll find your sanctuary at Brenton Lodge, offering an Ocean View King Suite. Wake up to a delightful continental breakfast, setting the tone for your exploration.

A delightful 2-hour cruise called “The Full Monty” awaits, granting you the opportunity to explore the Coromandel’s breathtaking coastline, secret coves, and hidden gems. You’ll be captivated by the rugged beauty of this coastal paradise.

The next leg of your journey takes you to Rotorua, where you’ll be welcomed by the city’s geothermal wonders and rich Maori culture. Your home in Rotorua is the Regent of Rotorua, providing a comfortable stay in a Superior Room. Each day begins with a nourishing breakfast to prepare you for your adventures.

This day is a deep dive into Maori culture. You’ll experience the Te Po Indigenous Evening, featuring traditional rituals, a Maori feast, and captivating performances. Additionally, you’ll ascend the Rotorua Skyline Gondola for lunch and take a magical Redwoods Treewalk under the night’s lights.

As the sun rises, you’ll embark on a scenic drive to the serene town of Taupo, nestled on the shores of Lake Taupo. Your accommodation is at Anchorage Resort, offering you a comfortable haven in a One Bedroom Lakeview Unit.

Taupo is renowned for its majestic lake, and today you’ll embark on a scenic cruise to the Maori Rock Carvings. This captivating journey lets you explore Lake Taupo’s beauty and cultural significance.

Your next destination is the city of Napier, celebrated for its art deco architecture. You’ll find a warm welcome at The Crown Hotel, offering a restful stay in a 1 Bedroom Suite. As evening approaches, join an art deco guided walk to uncover the city’s charming heritage.

A scenic drive takes you to Wellington, New Zealand’s capital city. Novotel Wellington becomes your home for the next two nights, where a Superior Room and daily breakfast are included. Your stay in Wellington is marked by cultural exploration, including the Te Papa Highlights Tour and the Zealandia by Night Evening Tour, where you’ll discover the wonders of the Zealandia wildlife sanctuary.

As your adventure through New Zealand ends, you’ll bid farewell to Wellington. Your memorable journey has introduced you to the country’s diverse landscapes, rich culture, and unforgettable experiences.


  • Auckland: City Tour
  • Bay of Islands: Island and Wildlife Cruise
  • Coromandel: Discovery Cruise
  • Rotorua: Maori experience, Skyline Gondola, Redwoods Treewalk
  • Taupo: Maori Rock Carvings Cruise
  • Napier: Art Deco Experience
  • Wellington: Te Papa Museum, Zealandia by Night


  • Round-trip airfare from Los Angeles to Auckland, returning from Wellington
  • One-way private arrival transfer from Auckland Airport to Hotel
  • 2 nights Auckland, Sudima Auckland City, Superior King including breakfast
    • A Taste of Auckland full-day tour
  • 11 days Intermediate Car Hire including unlimited mileage
  • 2 nights Bay of Islands, The Sanctuary Bay of Islands, Sea/Bush View Suite including breakfast
    • Island and Wildlife Day Cruise
  • 2 nights Coromandel, Brenton Lodge, Ocan View King Suite including Continental breakfast
    • 2-hour The Full Monty Cruise
  • 2 nights Rotorua, Regent of Rotoura, Superior Room including breakfast
    • Te Po Indigenous Evening Experience including dinner
    • Rotorua Skyline Gondola Experience including a buffet lunch
    • Redwoods Treewalk Nightlights
  • 1 night Taupo, Anchorage Resort, One Bedroom Lakeview Unit
    • Scenic Cruise to Maori Rock Carvings
  • 2 nights Napier, The Crown Hotel, 1 Bedroom Suite including breakfast
    • Art Deco Evening Guided Walk
  • 2 nights Wellington, Novotel Wellington, Superior Room including breakfast
    • Te Papa Highlights Tour
    • Zealandia by Night Evening Tour
  • US/foreign taxes and fees including September 11 Security Fee


Based on Departures

Price per person from*

Based on double occupancy

May 1 - June 28, 2024 5059
June 29 - July 24, 2024 5399
July 25 - September 25, 2024 5059
September 26 - October 16, 2024 5789
October 17 - December 4, 2024 5459
December 5 - December 12, 2024 5839
December 13 - December 23, 2024 6439
December 24 - January 3, 2025 5939
January 4 - January 13, 2024 6299
January 14 - January 29, 2025 5839
January 30 - March 20, 2025 5459


*Rates are not valid over special events.

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Group Size

Independent Vacation


May 1 - June 28, 2024 and July 24 - September 17, 2024.


From $5059 per person based on double occupancy*

Trip Terms

*Prices are quoted in USD and are ‘from’, per person, based on double occupancy. Single supplements apply. Valid for weekday departures and weekend returns May 1 - June 28, 2024 and July 24 - September 17, 2024. Transpacific departures Fri – Sun incur a $50 fee each direction. Advertised pricing reflects low season pricing. Seasonal surcharges apply for travel outside this season. Must be booked by May 31, 2024. Black-out dates apply Napier: Dec 26 - Jan 4; Feb 7-8; Feb 21-22; Feb 28-Mar 1. Other dates may apply. Prices are current at time of posting (3/13/24) and may differ when you book your travel and are not guaranteed until full payment is received and processed, due to fare increases and currency fluctuations. All pricing is strictly subject to availability. All prices, itineraries and routing are subject to change without notice.  Please call for our current prices. CA CST: 2076233-40 | WA ID: 601 684 531 | PC-1282498

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