Auckland - Auckland

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Your clients will experience the beauty of the Bay of Islands, learn the history of New Zealand’s founding document at the Waitangi Treaty Grounds,  get up close to Tane Mahuta the ‘Lord of the Forest’ and indulge in mouth-watering cuisine on this four day trip around Northland.

To ensure your clients are well rested after their flight, we recommend they stay a night or two in their arrival city before collecting a rental vehicle. Driving in a new country can be challenging and will be even worse if the driver is tired. The driver should always be well rested, take regular breaks during the journey and plan to drive for only 1-2 hours at a time.
New Zealand has unique road rules and driving conditions that your clients may not be used to. For a safe and enjoyable journey make sure your clients know where to find information on New Zealand’s road rules before they depart for their holiday.
Here are some suggestions:
  • Day 1: Auckland - Bay of Islands

    Drive Fly 4 hours 351 KMS 218 MI
    Collect a rental vehicle in Auckland and drive to Russell in the Bay of Islands, approximately four hours.
    Alternatively, take a domestic flight on Air New Zealand from Auckland to Kerikeri, 45 minutes. Then collect a rental vehicle and drive to Russell, approximately 1 hour.
    Spend the rest of the day exploring the beautiful Bay of Islands.

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  • Day 2: Bay of Islands

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    Spend another day in the spectacular Bay of Islands. Choose from the many cultural and scenic experiences on offer.

    Recommended activities:

    • Visit the Waitangi Treaty Grounds: New Zealand’s premier historic site where in 1840 New Zealand’s most significant document was signed by the British Crown and Māori Chiefs: the Treaty of Waitangi
    • If your clients are visiting the Bay of Islands on a Tuesday or Thursday in the summer season (December to March) be sure to book them in to experience the evening hāngi and concert at Waitangi Treaty Grounds
    • Spend the afternoon visiting the art galleries and wineries of Kerikeri
    • Play a round of golf at at one of the many stunning courses in the area
    • Take to the water for an unforgettable ‘Hole in the Rock’ and dolphin watching cruise
  • Day 3: Bay of Islands - Hokianga

    Drive Fly 2 hours 104 KMS 64 MI
    In the morning self-drive from Russell to Hokianga, approximately two hours.
    Enjoy a delicious lunch overlooking Hokianga Harbour.
    Excellent accommodation options are available in Waipoua or Hokianga.

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  • Day 4: Hokianga - Auckland

    Drive Fly 3 hours 30 minutes 261 KMS 162 MI
    Spend a leisurely morning in Hokianga. In the afternoon self-drive to Auckland, approximately three and a half hours.

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    • Stop en route at the Kauri Museum in Matakohe and discover the history of the kauri tree