10 Day Self-Drive in New Zealand + Cook Islands Escape




*MUST BOOK BY 30 Nov 2018*


As New Zealand’s major transport hub, Auckland offers the traveller an exciting cityscape and nightlife, quiet nearby islands and vast harbour.  From top to bottom, Te Ika-a-Māui (North Island) boasts magnificent landscapes, friendly locals, and a range of world-class attractions that travellers will adore.  The Cook Islands provides you with the escape you’ve been longing for!  With gorgeous white-sand beaches that go on for miles and crystal-clear turquoise waters, the Cook Islands is the perfect place to indulge in paradise!


Package Includes:

  • Return airfare with Air New Zealand (economy)
  • 5 nights’ accommodation at Lagoon Breeze Villas, Cook islands
  • Daily breakfast in Cook Islands
  • 9 nights’ accommodation in New Zealand
  • 10-day car rental in New Zealand
  • Footprints Waipoua
  • Cape Brett 'Hole in the Rock' Cruise
  • Tamaki Village Experience
  • Te Puia Thermal Reserve
  • Rotorua Skyline Gondola
  • All taxes, fees & fuel surcharges


Departing From:

Price Per Person

(for travel:

01 Feb - 31 Mar 2019):







*price is per person, based on double occupancy and includes all elements listed in the ‘Package Includes’ section

*Subject to availability at time of booking.  Valid for travel: 01 Feb - 31 Mar 2019.


Full Itinerary:

Day 1 – 6: Enjoy the stunning beaches of the Cook Islands.  Surf, snorkel or play in Rarotona’s shallow and safe waters, partake in a cultural tour or simply kick back and enjoy island life!


Day 6: Auckland, New Zealand!

  • Welcome to New Zealand’s North Island. Your rental car will be ready and waiting, so you can get started on your adventure right away. We recommend visiting the Sky Tower to take in the sprawling city from 220 metres above.


Day 7: Auckland to Hokianga

  • Depart Auckland this morning and make your way north. Travel through farmland and forest, Warkworth and Wellsford. Drive across to the west coast and continue north until you reach Omapere in the Hokianga region.
  • Tonight, learn about the Maori history of the Waipoua Forest whilst on your Footprints Waipoua Twilight Encounter. Stand up close to the largest living Kauri trees including the Tane Mahuta known as ‘the Lord of the Forest’.


Day 8: Hokianga to Bay of Islands

  • Today, you’ll arrive at the Bay of Islands, a region that is made up of 144 islands. On arrival into Paihia, spend the afternoon meandering around the little village or visit the Waitangi Treaty Grounds.


Day 9: Bay of Islands

  • Take the opportunity to enjoy a boat ride to the Hole in the Rock this morning. Keep an eye out for dolphins, whales and other marine life. Excitement grows as you pass through the Hole in the Rock and into the majestic Grand Cathedral Cave.


Day 10: Bay of Islands to Coromandel

  • Drive around the picturesque Coromandel Peninsula today. Along the peninsula there are many places to stop along the way including the famous Cathedral Cove and Hot Water Beach where you can dig your own hot pools in the sand.


Day 11: Coromandel to Rotorua

  • Drive around the picturesque Coromandel Peninsula today.


Day 12: Rotorua

  • Today is for exploring Rotorua. We suggest a visit to Agrodome for a unique farm experience, ride the gondola up Mt Ngongotaha for extensive views over the city and lake or visit Te Puia with its geysers and bubbling mud pools. This evening enjoy a cultural performance at Mitai Maori Village along with a delicious Hangi meal.


Day 13: Rotorua to Napier via Taupō

  • This morning head south to Taupo. We recommend stopping at the Huka Falls to watch the roaring waters rushing through the narrow gorge. Continue on to Napier where you have the afternoon to explore the Art Deco city centre.


Day 14: Napier to Wellington via Martinborough

  • Bid farewell to Napier and head south to our nation’s capital city. You may like to stop for a tour of the Tui Brewery in Mangatainoka or visit one of the local wineries in the Martinborough wine region.


Day 15: Depart Wellington

  • Spend today exploring Wellington until you have to say farewell as you return your rental vehicle to Wellington Airport before boarding your onward flight/back home.


Terms & Conditions:-

Valid for departure dates: 01 Feb - 31 Mar 2019. All bookings are subject to availability at time of booking.  Prices advertised are subject to change without notice until such time as the package is booked and paid for.  Downunder Travel Ltd. is the agent/broker in this equation and for that reason is not responsible for any issues or incidents which result in clients expenditure outside of the package booked paid for and agreed upon. Please advise your Downunder Travel Specialist should you be traveling on anything other than a Canadian or U.S. passport. Airfare, taxes & fuel surcharges component of package must be paid in full at time of booking at which time the airfare becomes non-refundable. We highly recommend that all passengers protect themselves with cancellation / interruption insurance which will cover them against cancellations due to non pre-existing medical conditions which cause them penalties or other expenses. We also highly recommend medical insurance for any travel outside of your home province. Your Downunder Travel Specialist can assist with both Cancellation/Interruption Insurance and Medical Insurance.