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11 Day Auckland to Wellington
- Discovering NZ's North Island highlights in 11 days
- Exploring the best geothermal and volcanic features in the country
- Enjoying the boutique wine region of Martinborough
- Discovering the best cities in NZ: Auckland and Wellington
This 11-day trip will take you to the greatest spots of New Zealand's North Island. Begin your trip in Auckland and its harbor, get a feel of the quality of life enjoyed by a third of the Kiwi people.
Then discover the geothermal wonders of Rotorua and the impressive sight of Lake Taupo, NZ's largest lake. Head to Tongariro National Park, acknowledged by UNESCO for both its volcanic features and its cultural importance for the Maori people.
Get off the beaten track in the charming village of Martinborough to taste some great local wines, before ending your trip in the arty and windy southernmost capital of the world: Wellington.
- 10x nights accommodation in double room
- Breakfast included in B&Bs
- Airport transfers
- Rental car
- Domestic flight from Wellington to Auckland
- Entry to a geothermal park
- Lunches and dinners
- Kiwi spotting in its natural environment (from USD 140)
- Whale and dolphin cruise in the Hauraki Harbour (from USD 130)
- Scenic flight over Auckland and Rangitoto island with a seaplane (from USD 140)
- Scenic flight over Tongariro National Park and its volcanoes (from USD 185)
- Maori Cultural Show with light dinner (from USD 80)
- Half-day LOTR tour in Wellington including Weta Studio (from 70 USD)
Example Trip to customize
Welcome To Auckland!
Take your shuttle transfer to Aucklandʼs city center.
Start discovering NZʼs largest city and its highlights: the Skytower for memorable views on the city and the harbour, climb to the top of the extinct volcano of Mt Eden for another perspective of Aucklandʼs skyline.
Then take a stroll down to the new shopping and restaurant area of Britomart.
Discover One Of Aucklandʼs Islands
Enjoy a full day to go and explore the best Auckland has to offer. From the wharf easily accessible by foot, hop on a ferry to Waiheke Island.
Discover its stunning coastline and have lunch in one of New Zealandʼs premier vineyards located on the island. If you feel like immersing yourself in a volcanic atmosphere, go to Rangitoto Island instead, where you can walk among solidified magma fields and explore lava caves.
The views from the top of the recent (700-year old) yet extinct volcano are breathtaking.
Travel To Rotorua
Pick up your rental car then drive to Rotorua. If you are a Lord of the Rings fan, donʼt miss a stop at the famous Hobbit Village, Hobbiton.
Stop at the Blue Springs, a crystal-clear river fed by a natural spring, which has been filtering through the terrain for thousands of years.
Start exploring Rotorua and its geothermal features: fumaroles, geysers, hot springs, mud pools. Go for a soak in the Polynesian Spa's natural hot springs or take a walk in the beautiful redwood forest.
Explore Rotorua And Its Geothermal Features
Enjoy a full day in the Rotorua area.
Go and visit one of the geothermal parks such as Wai O Tapu, perhaps the most spectacular one, or Waimangu, the youngest geothermal system in the world.
You can also fly over the fault on a seaplane, or drive to Whakatane to hop on a helicopter scenic flight to White Island, the only volcanic island of NZ and its most active volcano.
See Great Lake Taupo
Continue discovering the geothermal features of the region. The Taupo area shelters many natural wonders such as Orakei Korako, a smaller geothermal area but nestled in a stunning natural environment.
Take a look at the Huka falls, a narrow canyon where Lake Taupo becomes the Waikato river, NZʼs longest river.
The volume of water flowing through often approaches 220,000 litres per second.
Drive To Tongariro National Park
Make your way to Tongariro National Park, recognized by UNESCO as one of 28 World Heritage Sites classed as such for both their cultural and natural significance.
It is the 3 sleeping (but still considered active) volcanoes - Ruapehu 2797m, Tongariro 1967m and Ngauruhoe 2287m - make this park very unique.
On the way, take a break in Taupo, NZʼs largest lake, created by one of the biggest volcanic eruptions in humanʼs history.
Trek The Tongariro Alpine Crossing
If you like to hike, donʼt miss out on the Tongariro Alpine Crossing, New Zealandʼs most popular day trek.
Shorter walks are available if youʼre not up for the physical challenge.
You can also hop on a scenic flight over the park, an unforgettable experience.
Enjoy Wine Tasting In Martinborough
Today, you can relax with a glass of local Pinot Noir in the lovely village of Martinborough.
This area is the home of many boutique wineries, making it one of the most sought-after wine producing regions in New Zealand. But there is more than wine in the Wairarapa.
You will find many crafts shops and great shopping for deli and souvenirs in the villages of Greytown and Featherston.
Be Amazed By Some Fur Seals
If you feel like exploring a remote yet beautiful part of New Zealand, then spend the day driving to Cape Palisser, the southernmost point of the North Island.
Here you will feel like time has stopped. Donʼt miss out on the Pinacles, some spectacular rock formations, and spot some fur seals at Cape Palisser.
Then make your way to Wellington, the southernmost capital in the world.
Welcome To Windy Wellington!
If you donʼt mind the wind, Wellington has it all: a beautiful environment with a large sheltered bay, arts, music, culture and great food!
You should go and visit the renowned Te Papa National Museum, take a stroll in the botanic gardens, hop on the iconic cable car overlooking the city or head to the Weta Cave, where the costumes and accessories from Peter Jacksonʼs LOTR and Hobbit movies were designed.