Bay of Plenty Self-Drive

Spectacular beaches and coastal views, juicy produce, New Zealand's only active marine volcano, oh my!  Your tropical getaway starts here!  The Bay of Plenty region has lots to offer travellers looking for that tranquil escape with stunning panoramic views of the vast Pacific Ocean!


Package Includes:

  • 2 nights’ stay in Auckland
  • 2 nights’ stay in Tauranga
  • 2 nights’ stay in Whakatane
  • Glow Worm Caves Kayaking
  • White Island Tour
  • 7-day Car Hire with Go Rentals
  • 24-Hour roadside emergency services
  • Transfers
  • All taxes & fees



Price Per Person:


*Price advertised is per person, based on double occupancy.  Valid for travel: 01 Apr 2018 - 31 Mar 2019.

*Price advertised does NOT include international airfare and needs to be added on additionally to this package.



Day 1

  • Arrive Auckland. Pick up your car rental and overnight for 1 nights.

Day 2

  • Drive from Auckland to Tauranga. Overnight for 2 nights.

Day 3

  • Glow Worm Kayak Tour: Join your tour to commence an evening Glow Worm Kayak Tour. The guides will prepare and brief clients on how to kayak effectively, before launching them onto picturesque Lake McLaren at twilight to paddle to the glow worm cave. Refreshments are served on the edge of the lake. Tour concludes approximately 3 hours 30 minutes after commencement.

Day 4

  • Drive from Tauranga to Whakatane. Overnight for 2 nights.

Day 5

  • White Island Tour: Board your vessel (60-foot PeeJay IV or 73-foot PeeJay V) at Whakatane Wharf to commence a full day cruise to White Island. Cruise across the pristine waters of the Bay of Plenty to White Island - New Zealand's most active volcano. After donning hard hats and gas masks, guides will lead you on an exploration of the crater. Experience roaring fumaroles, sparkling sulphur chimneys, bubbling pools of mud and the spectacular main crater. Along with the spectacular scenery visitors will also learn about the island's fascinating history and its often tragic stories. After returning to the boat there is time to enjoy the supplied packed lunch and take a swim. The return journey often provides the opportunity for dolphin or whale watching. Tour concludes 5 to 6 hours after commencement, back at Whakatane Wharf.

Day 6

  • Drive from Whakatane back to Auckland. Overnight for 1 night.

Day 7

  • Depart Auckland

*Return international flights not included in above itinerary.

*Valid for travel between 01 Apr 2018 – 31 Mar 2019


Terms & Conditions:-

Valid for travel dates as indicated in the chart above. Return airfare is NOT included.  Valid on new bookings only.  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.  All Canadian Citizens must re-enter Canada on a valid Canadian 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.