Bay of Islands and the Far North

From Auckland to Auckland
  • Northland, Auckland & Waiheke
  • Luxury
  • Wildlife and Nature
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Tour Description

Spend a week in the North of New Zealand, enjoying luxury, fine food and wine, stunning scenery, learn about the culture and enjoy a game of golf with a spectacular backdrop.

Your journey starts in Auckland, where you pick up your rental car and start your drive north. Spend the next days exploring the beauty of the region. A cruise in the Bay of Islands, taking in  the Cape Brett Lighthouse, the Hole in the Rock, and Urupukapuka Island  is amazing. Take part in a cultural show at Waitangi to learn more about the Maori culture and New Zealands history. Leave the Bay of Islands behind and head further north for your next few days. The Far North won't disappoint and you can experience stunning beaches like Matai Bay and Rarawa Beach, 90 mile beach, Te Paki sand dunes,  a champion-standard golf course and indulge in some delicious food and local wine. Drive the Kauri Coast as you head back to Auckland, stop at Waipoua Forest and explore the ancient subtropical rain forest that once grew here, Tane Mahuta - the God of the Forest, is the most famous tree in New Zealand.

Our self-drive itineraries can be tailor made to suit your duration and interests, please just let us know!

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Explore 'the birthplace of New Zealand'. In Waitangi you can learn about Māori culture and the early history of New Zealand.

"This is a great itinerary for golf, beach and wine lovers. Northland has some of the most stunning beaches, boutique style vineyards and you will be staying at a Golf resort". Pia Team Viva

Relax by the beach, take a boat or sailing trip, play golf or explore the region on its many walking trails. Soak in the slower paced way of life in the subtropical North.

Tour Itinerary

Customisable ? This tour can be customised to suit your tastes and timing. Enquire here for more information.
Day 1
Auckland Bay of Islands

Pick up your rental car from Auckland Airport and start your drive to the Bay of Islands.
Enjoy some stops along the way, you may take the more scenic detour via Mangawhai, you last stop is should be in Kawakawa at the Hundertwasser public toilets.
Check-in at your lodge and explore the surroundings. We suggest a Mirimiri massage after your drive and before you enjoy a 3 course dinner with a glass of wine.

Day 2
Bay of Islands

After your breakfast take the ferry to Russell and board your half-day Bay of Island cruise. Cruise through the islands all the way to Cape Brett Lighthouse, enjoy the stunning views and the trip through the 'Hole in the Rock' . With a bit of luck you will spot dolphins in their natural environment. Spend some time relaxing on Urupukapuka island before heading back to Russell. Afternoon at your own leisure, we suggest you explore the small town of Russell, the first European settlement in New Zealand. Take a walk on some of the many walking trails. Have dinner at one of the lovely restaurants in Russell.

Day 3
Bay of Islands

Today enjoy your day at your own leisure. After breakfast we suggest you drive a little further North and vist Kerikeri. You may want to stop at a vineyard for some wine-tasting and a tasty lunch. Drive to Waitangi and stop at the Haruru Falls before hand then we suggest visit the historic Waitangi Treaty Grounds and learn more about the New Zealand history and enjoy a Cultural Performance and maybe even a traditional Hāngi (dinner).
Enjoy the evening at your own leisure, dinner is not included, but you may want to try out one of the many excellent restaurants in Pahia.

Day 4
Far North

After breakfast get ready to drive further North. Fancy a walk, then we suggest head to Puketi Kauri Forest for a little detour. You will be hungry after that and arrive in Mangonui for lunch at the famous 'Fish Shop' the best place to try some local 'fish & chips'. From here it is less then half an hour until you arrive at your luxury estate. Settle into your lodge room and start exploring the stunning surroundings. You may have time for a golf or fancy from local wine tasting. Enjoy a 3 course dinner at the Estate tonight.

Day 5
Far North

Today is a day at your own leisure. We suggest after breakfast you drive to Cape Reinga, the end of SH1, where the Tasman Sea meets the Pacific Ocean. Make sure you take a picnic, as there are not many shops on the way. Kaitaia is a good place to stop for supplies. The drive will take you around 2 hours, you definitely want to stop on the way. For example; Rarawa Beach, where some of the finest, whitest sand awaits you. The sea can be a bit rough, but even a walk along the white, silica sandy beach is wonderful. Stop along the 90 Mile beach, which is officially a highway but only suitable for 4WD vehicles and on specific times. Near the top of the North Island, take a detour to the Paki Paki sand dunes. Sand boards can be hired there – it’s good fun! At Cape Reinga you can also enjoy some of the shorter walking trails.

Day 6
Far North

After breakfast make the most of your day and explore Matai Bay, Puheke Beach or play a game of Golf at the 18-hole champion-standard golf course. The golf course is designed for players of all abilities. It offers some of the longest par 5's (569m) to some of the shortest par 3's (113m) over water in New Zealand. Spectacular views of the golf course, wetlands, Northland beaches and ocean beyond are visible from the clubhouse. Don't forget to visit the Estate Winery for some wine tasting. The breathtaking views pair beautifully with the award winning wines.

Day 7
Waipoua Forest Auckland

After breakfast it is time to leave the pristine and picturesque Karikari Peninsula. You may wish to take the longer drive via the Kauri Coast (SH 12) and stop at the Waipua Forest to admire the biggest Kauri tree in the country.
On arrival in Auckland please return your rental car.

What’s Included

  • Included Copy 20 6 nights in Luxury accommodation
  • Included Copy 20 Daily breakfast and 2 dinners
Fees & Services
  • Included Copy 20 Rental car, round trip from Auckland
  • Included Copy 20 Full Day Bay of Islands Cruise
  • Included Copy 31 Add on wine tasting, Mirimiri massage, Cultural tour and Hangi in Waitangi, golf and more
  • Included Copy 31 This self drive itinerary can be tailor made to suit your interests
  • Included Copy 31 If you are keen on sailing, this can be added in the Bay of Islands

Rental Car


  • Included Self drive the winterless Far North!
  • Included Explore stunning beaches - there are plenty to choose from Matai Bay, Puheke, Rarawa...
  • Included Cruise to the Hole in the Rock and Urupukapuka Island
  • Included Visit Cape Reinga, 90 Mile Beach, Te Paki Sand Dunes
  • Included Explore the Kauri Coast including Waipoua Forest and visit Tane Mahuta
  • Included Choose activities to suit you - perhaps golf at the 18-hole champion-standard golf course
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7 days

Price from

$956 USD

Per person, sharing

including GST

Daily Departures