North Island History and Culture Discovery

North Island History and Culture Discovery - HERO

Self-drive Holidays

New Zealand has a rich and fascinating history, reflecting a unique mix of Māori and European culture. This short self-drive will take you on a journey of discovery as you travel from the coastal playground of Paihia in the Bay of Islands to the geothermal wonderland of Rotorua, a place of great significance to gain a deep understanding of Māori culture and history. You’ll visit New Zealand’s most historic site, The Waitangi Treaty Grounds and discover the stories, people, and events that have shaped New Zealand’s past, present, and future. Stop off at historic Russell, the country’s first seaport, European settlement and first capital Okiato. Follow the heritage trail and admire Warkworth’s historic buildings and museum. Then enjoy a bucket list experience visiting Te Puia, one of New Zealand’s most stunning geothermal wonderlands. Enjoy the dramatic geysers, bubbling mud and beautiful native bush, as you listen to stories from the past.

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  • Award-winning holidays
  • ATOL protected
  • Incredible value


1 meals

1 dinner


5 nights in hotels

Excursions and visits

  • Visit New Zealand’s most historic site, Waitangi Treaty Grounds
  • Join a guided tour and explore the interactive museums, immersive cultural performances, carving studio and traditional Māori waka taua (war canoes)
  • Marvel at the coastal scenery and spot wildlife on a Bay of Islands cruise
  • Explore historic Warkworth - follow the local heritage trail and visit its museum
  • Marvel at the geothermal wonders in Rotorua from bubbling mud pools to natural hot springs
  • Sample locally sourced cuisine with an authentic Māori twist
  • Learn about Māori culture during a Te Puia Indigenous evening experience

Not included

  • International and domestic flights
  • Visa (if required)
  • Optional excursions


6 days Avis Group C car rental

Sightseeing tours as detailed in the itinerary


  • 5 nights

  • Australasia . New Zealand . Auckland . Rotorua

  • International flights not included

From £703 per person

Mon - Fri: 9am - 8pm

Saturday: 9am - 6pm

Sunday: 10am - 4pm


Duration: 6 days


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