12 Day North Island Bays, Beaches & Vineyards Tour

With an abundance of beautiful bays, sandy beaches and wine tours in Martinborough, Napier and Waiheke Island this tour is sure to have all your senses buzzing.

12 Day North Island Bays, Beaches & Vineyards Tour

From Wellington, travel to some fabulous North Island wine locations including Martinborough, Napier & Waiheke Island as you sample fine wine, enjoy delicious food and soak up the sun around the bays & beaches.

Tour Type: Self Drive Tours
From: Wellington to Auckland
Departs: Daily
Duration: 12 days
Tour Code: SD12BBV

Regions Visited

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Wellington, Martinborough, Napier, Gisborne, Whakatane, Auckland, Waiheke Island

Tour Inclusions

  • 13 day car hire
  • 11 nights accommodation
  • Superior & Premium accommodation includes breakfast
  • Martinborough wine tour
  • Napier wine tour
  • Waiheke Island wine tour

Day By Day Itinerary


Arrive in Wellington and collect your rental car. You have time this afternoon to explore Wellington’s waterfront with its fine historic buildings and Te Papa Tongarewa – New Zealand’s national museum.

Wellington’s superb restaurants and cafes offer elegant fine dining and popular cuisines from around the world.

Stay: Wellington

Greytown Village Artisan Tour

From Wellington, you’ll wind through the picturesque Hutt Valley before descending into the tranquility of the Wairarapa region soon arriving in the wine village of Martinborough, at the heart of the Classic New Zealand Wine Trail. Bring your appetite to Martinborough, where Pinot Noir and excellent restaurants promise to ease you into a very happy state of mind.

Stay: Martinborough

Greytown Village Artisan Tour

Drive countryside, indulging in wine tastings at four award winning vineyards, passing rolling vistas of vineyards before returning back to Martinborough to enjoy mouth watering, local gourmet cuisine and sweet treats.

Stay: Martinborough

North Island Tours

Leaving Martinborough, enjoy charming Greytown (famous for its chocolate shop!) and the Scandinavian-settled towns of Dannevirke and Norsewood. Napier’s trademark is its art deco and Spanish mission style buildings, an architectural style it adopted after the devastating earthquake of 1931. Rich arts culture and vast surrounding vineyards boasting world-renowned wine labels make Napier a popular destination.

Stay: Napier


Travel through the country’s oldest winemaking region, tasting award winning wines and learn about wine and food pairing while indulging in a platter, enjoy the finest local produce such as meats, cheese, marinated vegetables, breads, dips and more.

Stay: Napier


Today you’ll leave Hawke’s Bay and its art deco city of Napier for the Bay of Plenty seaside town of Gisborne. Head north along the eastern coastline on the “Pacific Coast Highway”. This coastal route provides access to Morere Hot Springs and the fabulous beaches of the Mahia Peninsula. Gisborne has a reputation for great food, wine and surf beaches.

Stay: Gisborne


Gisborne is the first city in the world to greet the sun each morning. As the unofficial ‘Chardonnay Capital of New Zealand’, Gisborne has a comprehensive wine trail leading to boutique wineries. Kaiti Beach is the site of Captain Cook’s first landing in New Zealand; nearby is picturesque Te Poho O Rawiri Marae. If you’re interested in Maori culture, Gisborne is an essential port of call – old traditions are still evident in many parts of the city.

Stay: Gisborne


From one seaside town to another, traverse the North Island’s eastern cape today through multiple shades of green from Gisborne’s rural countryside featuring dotted local vineyards of the area onto lush bush and forest trees, cross into the Bay of Plenty region. Continue on through its fertile landscape of forest and lush bush before arriving in the sunny, seaside town of Whakatane.

Stay: Whakatane


Whakatane’s location makes it one of New Zealand’s sunniest and warmest places, perfect for active marine sports from kayaking to whale and dolphin encounter cruises, fishing and diving expeditions.

Stay: Whakatane


As you drive westward, fabulous views of the surf coast are with you nearly all the way. Travel past Te Puke, a town that has turned its kiwifruit industry into visitor entertainment. Follow the sparkling waters of Tauranga Harbour to Katikati its main street alive with colour and artistic talent on display, on to the small gold-mining village of Waihi. Drive inland to the rich fertile farming and vegetable growing region surrounding Papakura before reaching the sparkling lights of Auckland city.

Stay: Auckland

Auckland City Sights and Waiheke Wine

Today sit back, relax and enjoy a ferry ride to Waiheke Island. On arrival you will be met by your driver and embark on your tour, taste the best of Waiheke Island in one day, you’ll visit some of the island’s most iconic destinations. Later returning back to downtown Auckland.

Stay: Auckland

New Zealand Tours

You have the day at leisure until you make your way to Auckland International Airport, returning your rental car before your departure flight.

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Prices valid from 1st October 2020

Accommodation Double/Twin Single Triple
Standard $2,511 NZD $4,268 NZD $2,162 NZD Enquire / Book
Superior $3,179 NZD $5,260 NZD $3,083 NZD Enquire / Book
Premium $4,469 NZD $7,815 NZD $3,688 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.

12 Day North Island Bays, Beaches & Vineyards Tour

Tour Type: Self Drive Tours Tour Code: SD12BBV From $2,162 Per Person Departs: Daily With an abundance of beautiful bays, sandy beaches and wine tours in Martinborough, Napier and Waiheke Island this tour is sure to have all your senses buzzing. Enquire about this tour

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