10 Day North Island Hot Spots Cycle Tour

From Auckland, travel to the Central Plateau & cycle the "hot spot" trails around Rotorua & Taupo. Head east to Napier & enjoy the Pan Pac bike park and a glass of vino before ending in Wellington.

10 Day North Island Hot Spots Cycle Tour

Visit the super landscapes of thermal Rotorua & Taupo taking on the superb mountain bike tracks. In Napier, end a day of cycling with a glass of first class wine and later unwind in New Zealand's capital, Wellington.

Tour Type: Self Drive Tours
From: Auckland to Wellington
Departs: Daily
Duration: 10 days
Tour Code: SD10HS

Regions Visited

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Auckland, Rotorua, Taupo, Napier, Wellington

Tour Inclusions

  • 10 day car hire
  • 9 nights accommodation
  • Superior & Premium accommodation includes breakfast
  • Skyline Rotorua, bike hire & pass
  • Craters Mountain Bike Park, bike hire & pass
  • Pan Pac Mountain Bike Park, bike hire & pass

Day By Day Itinerary

DAY 1: WELCOME TO AUCKLAND

Welcome to Auckland, the “City of Sails’ and New Zealand’s largest city. Collect your rental car and drive to your accommodation.

Stroll the waterfront at Viaduct Harbour, famous for America’s Cup sailing, savour the dining scene at adjacent Wynyard Quarter, enjoy beautiful beaches as well as boutique shopping at the Britomart, High Street and along Queen Street.

Stay: Auckland

DAY 2: AUCKLAND / ROTORUA

Leaving the bright lights of Auckland, travel south across the rich farmlands of Waikato to the river city of Hamilton which straddles the mighty Waikato River.

Optional deviations to either Waitomo Glow Worm Caves or Matamata (near Hobbiton) can be considered. The geothermal wonderland of Rotorua is today’s final destination.

Stay: Rotorua

DAY 3: MOUNTAIN BIKE ROTORUA

Skyline Rotorua is home to New Zealand’s first all-season Gondola assisted bike lift park, accessing world-class downhill mountain biking.

Skyline Mountain Bike Park gives riders easy access to a twelve kilometre trail network featuring trails with varying terrain for all ability levels. We have included your bike rental from the bottom terminal at Skyline Rotorua.

Stay: Rotorua

DAY 4: ROTORUA / TAUPO
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A short drive with time to linger and enjoy thermal reserves, native forest and pristine lakes.

Waimangu Thermal Valley and Wai-O-Tapu Thermal area, featuring the Lady Knox geyser, are worthwhile stops. Lake Taupo is known for its fantastic trout fishing, scenic lake cruising to the Maori Rock Carvings, adrenalin mountain biking. The spectacular Tongariro National Park, a dual World Heritage site, provides an impressive backdrop across the lake.

Stay: Taupo

DAY 5: TAUPO CRATERS MOUNTAIN BIKE PARK

Keep an eye out for steam rising out of the ground in some areas of the park – it borders Craters of the Moon and New Zealand’s largest geothermal field.

The park has an abundance of Grade 2-5 trails making it the perfect park for those new to mountain biking or those looking to improve their skills. The more challenging trails can be found to the north of the car parking area. All trails run in and out of exotic pine and eucalyptus plantations, with some stunning views of Lake Taupo and the Waikato River.

Stay: Taupo

DAY 6: TAUPO / NAPIER
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The major entertainment on the road from Taupo to Napier is the fantastic scenery. There’s a bit of everything – rugged hills, beautiful valleys, gentle plains and huge vistas. You might want to stop at the Waiarua Falls lookout, to view the twin waterfalls.

Arrive at your destination. Napier’s trademark is its art deco and Spanish mission architecture, Norfolk Pine tree-lined waterfront, rich arts culture and vast surrounding vineyards boasting world-renowned wine labels.

Stay: Napier

DAY 7: PAN PAC MOUNTAIN BIKE PARK

One of New Zealand’s largest Mountain Bike Parks, with trail names such as Kamikaze, Cannonball Lector, Hi-Roller and Grand Traverse, you know you’re in for an action packed, bum-numbing time. At the top of the park are some of the most stunning views of the Bay providing views across to Mahia Peninsula, Napier Hill, Cape Kidnappers and Te Mata Peak.

Stay: Napier

DAY 8: NAPIER / WELLINGTON

Travel through the green farmland of the Hawke’s Bay. Wind your way through the Upper Hutt region as you approach the central Wellington.

Wellington, New Zealand’s Capital City, is home to a powerful mix of culture, history, nature and cuisine. Highlight features include its stunning harbour location, Te Papa National Museum, high street stores and culinary havens.

Stay: Wellington

DAY 9: WELLINGTON AT LEISURE

Explore Wellington’s waterfront with its fine historic buildings and Te Papa Tongarewa, New Zealand’s national museum.

Mt Victoria and the cable car both offer outstanding city and harbour views. Visit Weta Workshop or perhaps enjoy a half day Seal Coast Safari by 4WD to view NZ fur seals at remote Cape Palliser. We can include optional extras, just ask us at time off booking.

Stay: Wellington

DAY 10: FAREWELL FROM WELLINGTON
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Depending on your flight time, last minute sightseeing to conclude your trip until you make your way to Wellington Airport, returning your rental car before for your departure flight.

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Prices valid from 1st October 2020

Accommodation Double/Twin Single Triple
Standard $2,313 NZD $3,912 NZD $1,902 NZD Enquire / Book
Superior $3,124 NZD $5,162 NZD $2,637 NZD Enquire / Book
Premium $3,805 NZD $6,480 NZD $3,223 NZD Enquire / Book
Prices are per person and in New Zealand Dollars.

Tour Type: Self Drive Tour
A Self Drive tour allows you to travel at your own pace on one of our comprehensive itineraries. Our experienced New Zealand based travel consultants have planned each itinerary to ensure practical driving times while allowing you the freedom for photo opportunities as you travel. Your accommodation and car hire is pre-booked and we are happy to include optional activities to coincide with driving times.
 
Frequently Asked Questions – Self Drive Tours

What is a Self Drive tour?
A Self Drive tour allows you to travel at your own pace on one of our comprehensive itineraries. Our experienced New Zealand based travel consultants have planned each itinerary to ensure practical driving times while allowing you the freedom for photo opportunities as you travel. Your accommodation and car hire is pre-booked and we are happy to include optional activities to coincide with driving times.

What is required to hire a vehicle within New Zealand?
A valid driver’s licence in English is required to hire a rental vehicle within New Zealand.  Please note drivers must be over 21 years to hire a vehicle, between 21 – 25 years a young driver surcharge is applicable. We recommend all clients have a credit card for car rental, the card number is then held for a bond. All vehicles are automatic transmission, we do not offer manual transmissions.

What is driving in New Zealand like?
We drive on the right in New Zealand, all rental vehicles are set up for right hand drive. Within the cities, roads are busy, there are motorways and highways. Once out of town most of our roads two lanes, there are some divided carriage ways, however most driving will be on 2 lane paved/sealed roads. It will take you a lot longer than you think looking at the map to get from point A to point B.

What dates do your tours depart?
Our self drive tours depart daily, driving times do vary each day so please consider this when booking departure flights.

What is included in the tour cost?
All tours include accommodation and rental car. Some tours include activities listed in the itineraries. Car hire is quoted including basic insurance, with the option to upgrade to fully comprehensive insurance.  A detailed travel wallet with your travel vouchers will be sent to your arrival accommodation, a comprehensive itinerary will be sent to you prior to your departure. Your personal travel consultant will contact you on arrival, allowing ease of communication whilst you are traveling.

What is not included in the tour cost?
Expenses of a personal nature such as meals (except where stated in the itinerary), beverages, travel insurance, fuel, laundry and optional sightseeing (except where stated in the itinerary) are not included in the tour cost.

How many people can I include in a self-drive tour?
Our largest hire vehicle is 9 passengers and a driver. You can travel in a group, with a number of vehicles but each vehicle must have a licenced driver.

I am travelling with children, what price will I pay?
Please contact us for information on child fares, as these vary based on the specific product you require. Some sightseeing activities are unsuitable for children.

Are any meals included in the tour cost?
Our Superior and Premium tour rates include breakfast.  There are exceptions where some activities will include lunch or dinner. We are more than happy to make recommendations, please advise if there are any dietary requirements so we can recommend accordingly. .

Is Halal and other speciality food available in New Zealand? 
Along with a small population of Muslims, New Zealand has an increasing number of Muslim visitors. Halal food and restaurants are now found in many areas of the country, let us now if you require this and we will compile a list for you. We can also offer advice in regards to Vegan and other special requirements.

How will I navigate my way around New Zealand?
You will be supplied with a map in your travel wallet. If you require a GPS, this can be arranged with your car hire, if you are wishing to use your own navigational device, SIM cards can be purchased at the airport. Our comprehensive itinerary will guide you, especially with our personal touches just for you. We are only a phone call away. Most pre booked optional activities will have an informative guide giving you an insight into the activity you have chosen.

Can I add in additional days to a tour?
Yes you can. All tours are very flexible – we will gladly work with you to make our tours suit your requirements. Please ask one of our Travel Consultants for extra day rates.

What is the difference between the three tour types Quality, Superior and Premium Tours?
Standard:  Motor Lodge, apartment style accommodation, self-contained accommodation, ensuite bathrooms. Your rental car is a small compact car.
Superior: 4 star hotel accommodation, includes breakfast. Your rental car is a mid-size car.
Premium: 5 star hotel accommodation, including breakfast. Your rental car is an SUV.
Note all accommodation is reviewed regularly by staff, we have high standards and good relationships with all our providers.

What if I cannot find exactly what I am looking for on the website?
Let us know what is on your wish list to see and do and we will be delighted to plan a customised tour to suit your requirements, using our 30 years of experience. Our local knowledge will come up with many pleasant surprises for you. 

How much luggage can I take on my tour?
You can bring as much luggage as you require, we recommend 1 piece of luggage (max 25kg each), for ease of travel. We also advise you check the maximum baggage allowance with your chosen airline.

How do I make a payment for a tour?
For bookings made more than 45 days prior to travel, Pacific Travel require a deposit of NZ$50 per person. This deposit is non-refundable. Balance of payment is due 45 days prior to travel. For bookings made 45 days or less prior to travel, full payment is required at the time of booking. Visa & MasterCard are accepted forms of payment. A 2.5% Credit Card Fee applies to all payments by credit card. You may pay via direct bank transfer to avoid the credit card fee. Bank details will be on your booking advice. All prices advertised are in New Zealand dollars and are GST inclusive.

What is your cancellation policy?
If after your booking has been confirmed you wish to cancel, the following cancellation fees will apply:
Cancellations 31 or more days prior to travel: Your deposit plus a further 10% of the total package price.
Cancellations 15 – 30 days prior to travel: Deposit + a further 20% of the total package price.
Cancellations 0-14 days prior to travel: 100% of total fare (no refund).
Booking amendments made by you: an amendment fee of 10% of total package price will be charged to cover our administration and communication costs. We may also need to pass on any amendment/cancellation fees imposed by our suppliers.

Conditions of travel
Pacific Travel reserves the right to alter fares, amend itineraries, book alternative accommodation or to cancel tours. Pacific Travel Ltd shall not be held responsible for any loss or damage to luggage or personal effects and/or damage resulting in death or personal injury, which may arise whilst travelling with Pacific Travel Ltd or its nominated suppliers. All transportation, both land and sea, is subject to the terms and conditions of the company providing the transport, some of which limit or exclude liability. These are available from the carriers concerned on request.

Will I need travel insurance?
We strongly recommend you purchase travel insurance. Factors may arise that require you to cancel or amend your holiday. It is essential you are covered for any costs that may be incurred. We recommend purchasing your travel insurance locally at the same time as you book your tour and flights.

Do I need to tip in New Zealand?
If you wish to reward someone for a job well done it is always much appreciated, but not a requirement. It is certainly not expected, nobody will be offended should you wish to.

Do I need a visa to visit New Zealand?
Most visitors to New Zealand do not require a visa to enter for the purpose of a holiday or vacation under the visa waiver program. If you do need a visa to visit New Zealand then you should contact the New Zealand consulate in your home country well before your departure date. We recommend you also check with your local travel agent or airline for any visa requirements to New Zealand particularly if you are passing through Australia.

What currency is used in New Zealand?
The New Zealand dollar is the only legal tender in New Zealand. View a guide between your local currency and the New Zealand dollar. Please note: Your tour and all purchases using a credit card in New Zealand will be charged in New Zealand Dollars (NZD) at the current exchange rate at the time of purchase. The above currency conversion page is to be used as a guide only.

10 Day North Island Hot Spots Cycle Tour

Tour Type: Self Drive Tours Tour Code: SD10HS From $1,902 Per Person Departs: Daily From Auckland, travel to the Central Plateau & cycle the "hot spot" trails around Rotorua & Taupo. Head east to Napier & enjoy the Pan Pac bike park and a glass of vino before ending in Wellington. Enquire about this tour

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