Auckland – Bay of Islands – Coromandel Road Trip (8 days)

Discover some of the best spots that the upper North Island has to offer. Start in Auckland the vibrant cosmopolitan city with a busy nightlife, world-class restaurants, bush-clad mountain ranges and diverse neighbourhoods to explore. Then travel up the North Island to the beautiful Bay of Islands. A coastline of golden beaches and rocky outcrops circles the stunningly beautiful Bay of Islands.  Scattered with 150 islands, this region with its blue-green ocean, golden beaches and abundant wildlife, is renowned as a maritime adventure playground. Travel back down through Auckland to the Coromandel. The Coromandel is one of New Zealand’s best-loved holiday destinations. The rugged volcanic hills are cloaked in native rainforest, and more than 400 kilometres of spectacular coastline promises you can find the beach of your dreams. Retrace your journey back to Auckland.

Standard Package Features:

  • 3 nights at Grand Millennium Auckland in a (Superior Room) – or similar
  • 2 nights at Kingsgate Autolodge Paihia in a (Standard Room) – or similar
  • 2 nights at Beachfront Resort Whitianga in a (Beachside Unit) – or similar
  • Breakfast Daily
  • Bush & Beach – City Revealed Tour. Enjoy a half-day morning tour of Auckland City designed to explore the history and sights as well as see how Aucklanders live and play.
  • Sky City Auckland – 3 course dinner at Orbit Restaurant. Ride the SkyTower to Orbit Restaurant then enjoy a set menu dinner and the panoramic views across the city and two harbours that surround it.
  • Waitangi Treaty Grounds Day Pass - Rich in history and stories of the momentous events which shaped the nation of New Zealand. Explore the Treaty House and marvel at the scale of Ngatokimatawhaorua, one of the world’s largest carved war canoes (waka taua). Includes admission to the Museum of Waitangi, admission to the Waitangi Treaty Grounds, a guided tour and a Maori cultural performance.
  • Fullers Ferry – return ticket to Russell
  • Glass Bottom Boat Whitianga – Glass Bottom Boat Cruise. Fully trained tour guides and skippers will take you on a 2-hour adventure providing you with a fun commentary enriched with local history and culture along the way. Explore breath-taking volcanic coastline, including world famous Cathedral Cove and spectacular sea caves. Watch the amazing marine life up close through the glass bottom viewing panels or snorkel the Cathedral Cove Marine Reserve with all equipment supplied.

Superior Package Features:

  • 3 nights at MSocial Auckland in a (Social View Room) – or similar
  • 2 nights at Scenic Hotel Bay of Islands in a (Superior Room) – or similar
  • 2 nights at Beachside Resort in a (Beachfront Unit) – or similar
  • Breakfast Daily
  • Bush & Beach – City Revealed Tour. Enjoy a half-day morning tour of Auckland City designed to explore the history and sights as well as see how Aucklanders live and play.
  • Sky City Auckland – 3 course dinner at Orbit Restaurant. Ride the SkyTower to Orbit Restaurant then enjoy a set menu dinner and the panoramic views across the city and two harbours that surround it.
  • Waitangi Treaty Grounds Day Pass - Rich in history and stories of the momentous events which shaped the nation of New Zealand. Explore the Treaty House and marvel at the scale of Ngatokimatawhaorua, one of the world’s largest carved war canoes (waka taua). Includes admission to the Museum of Waitangi, admission to the Waitangi Treaty Grounds, a guided tour and a Maori cultural performance.
  • Fullers Ferry – return ticket to Russell
  • Glass Bottom Boat Whitianga – Glass Bottom Boat Cruise. Fully trained tour guides and skippers will take you on a 2-hour adventure providing you with a fun commentary enriched with local history and culture along the way. Explore breath-taking volcanic coastline, including world famous Cathedral Cove and spectacular sea caves. Watch the amazing marine life up close through the glass bottom viewing panels or snorkel the Cathedral Cove Marine Reserve with all equipment supplied.

Premium Package Features:

  • 3 nights at SkyCity Grand Hotel Auckland in a (Grand Room) – or similar
  • 2 nights at Paihia Beach Resort & Spa in a (Poolside Studio) – or similar
  • 2 nights at 970 Lonely Bay in a (Suite) – or similar
  • Breakfast Daily
  • Bush & Beach – City Revealed Tour. Enjoy a half-day morning tour of Auckland City designed to explore the history and sights as well as see how Aucklanders live and play.
  • Sky City Auckland – 3 course dinner at Orbit Restaurant. Ride the SkyTower to Orbit Restaurant then enjoy a set menu dinner and the panoramic views across the city and two harbours that surround it.
  • Waitangi Treaty Grounds Day Pass - Rich in history and stories of the momentous events which shaped the nation of New Zealand. Explore the Treaty House and marvel at the scale of Ngatokimatawhaorua, one of the world’s largest carved war canoes (waka taua). Includes admission to the Museum of Waitangi, admission to the Waitangi Treaty Grounds, a guided tour and a Maori cultural performance.
  • Fullers Ferry – return ticket to Russell
  • Glass Bottom Boat Whitianga – Glass Bottom Boat Cruise. Fully trained tour guides and skippers will take you on a 2-hour adventure providing you with a fun commentary enriched with local history and culture along the way. Explore breath-taking volcanic coastline, including world famous Cathedral Cove and spectacular sea caves. Watch the amazing marine life up close through the glass bottom viewing panels or snorkel the Cathedral Cove Marine Reserve with all equipment supplied.

Toyota Camry or similar full size sedan automatic

(5 pax / luggage capacity 2 Large + 1 Small suitcases)
Collect: Auckland Airport
Return: Auckland Airport
Includes hire, unlimited kilometres and standard motor vehicle insurance and GST.
Airport Collection/Drop / Interislander Ferry Collection/Drop Fee applies (NZ$51.75 – pay direct). One-way hire applies (NZ$57.50 – pay direct). Late ferry fee will apply for vehicle collection from a ferry location after 1830 hours (NZ$57.50 - pay direct).
Discuss insurance buy-down options with Budget staff at time of collection and pay direct for excess reduction should you choose this option.  Rental vehicle hirers will be required to put down a security deposit by credit card issued in their name (minimum NZ$100 + credit card fee). This will not be activated if the vehicle is returned undamaged, on time, to the pre-arranged depot with a full tank of gas.
A full and valid drivers licence must be presented (must be in English).

Toyota Highlander or similar full size SUV automatic

(5 pax / luggage capacity 3 Large + 2 Small suitcases)
Collect: Queenstown Airport
Return: Queenstown Airport
Includes hire, unlimited kilometres and standard motor vehicle insurance and GST.
Airport Collection Fee applies (NZ$51.75 – pay direct). One-way hire applies (NZ$57.50 – pay direct). Late ferry fee will apply for vehicle collection from a ferry location after 1830 hours (NZ$57.50 - pay direct).
Discuss insurance buy-down options with Budget staff at time of collection and pay direct for excess reduction should you choose this option.  Rental vehicle hirers will be required to put down a security deposit by credit card issued in their name (minimum NZ$100 + credit card fee). This will not be activated if the vehicle is returned undamaged, on time, to the pre-arranged depot with a full tank of gas.
A full and valid drivers licence must be presented (must be in English).
For guidelines on driving in New Zealand view www.DriveSafe.org.nz

Fullers Ferry to Waiheke Island

Waiheke Island just off the Auckland coast boasts 92 square kms of beautiful beaches, vineyards, olive groves, native bush and laid back seaside villages. The Waiheke Island Ferry runs every hour with extra sailings  during commuter hours. 

Fullers Hole in the Rock Cruise

Enjoy a half-day cruise out into the clear waters of the Bay meandering around the idyllic beaches of the islands that make this area so popular.  Cruise past the Cape Brett Lighthouse, before arriving at the majestic Hole in the Rock which conditions permitting, the skipper navigates through as well as taking in the impressive Grand Cathedral Cave.  Keep an eye out for common and bottlenose dolphins, whales and other marine life during your cruise.  On the return to Paihia pass several remote islands, fringed with golden sand beaches.

The Lost Spring

Journey to Whitianga, New Zealand’s Geo-Thermal Ocean village. There you will discover The Lost Spring; a perfect retreat for you and your special someone. Come and indulge in an oasis outside the real world. Discover a paradise where our 16,000 year old mineral water springs from 667 meters below ground to emerge pure and sterile, soaking away the everyday

Standard Accommodation

Grand Millennium Auckland

Located in the Auckland CBD, Grand Millennium Auckland is just a short walk away from one of Auckland's biggest shopping districts on Queen Street and the attractions that central Auckland has to offer, such as Skycity and the Skytower, Spark Arena, Viaduct Harbour and more.

Kingsgate Autolodge Paihia

Located on the waterfront and only 100 metres from Paihia wharf and township the Kingsgate Hotel Autolodge Paihia is the ideal base from which to explore the historic and scenic Bay of Islands area.

Beachfront Resort Whitianga

Superb absolute beachfront location is the secret to the special charm of Beachfront Resort. Uniquely in Whitianga, and rarely anywhere on  the Coromandel Peninsula,  there is no road or traffic, only garden and Pohutukawa trees between you and the seashore.

Superior Accommodation

MSocial Hotel Auckland

MSocial is a contemporary hotel for the curious, the explorers and those who thrive on new experiences overlooking the vibrant Princes Wharf.  This centrally situated hotel features stylish and chic rooms, with wall-to-wall windows offering sweeping views of Auckland harbour.

Scenic Hotel Bay of Islands

The Scenic Hotel Bay of Islands is sat amongst beautiful landscaped sub-tropical gardens and located at the enterance to the seaside town of Paihia. It's a pleasant stroll into town to the main wharf, restaurants/cafes, shopping and many of the attractions and activities that the area has to offer.

Beachfront Resort Whitianga

Superb absolute beachfront location is the secret to the special charm of Beachfront Resort. Uniquely in Whitianga, and rarely anywhere on  the Coromandel Peninsula,  there is no road or traffic, only garden and Pohutukawa trees between you and the seashore.

Premium Accommodation

SkyCity Grand Hotel Auckland

SkyCity Grand Hotel Auckland is ideally situated in the heart of Auckland's CBD with many of Auckland's attractions and eateries on the doorstep. Within the SkyCity complex there are over 20 restaurants, cafes and bars, SkyCity's 700 seat theatre, SkyCity's famous casino and the iconic SkyTower.

Paihia Beach Resort & Spa

The Paihia Beach Resort & Spa Hotel is located in the picturesque sea-side town of Paihia in the Bay of Islands. Guests can enjoy the comforts and relaxing atmosphere of the resort whilst still remaining minutes away from the many attractions and activites the Bay of Islands have to offer.

970 Lonely Bay

970 Lonely Bay Lodge is a boutique lodge offering luxury accommodation in the Coromandel Peninsula. The Lodge is nestled in New Zealand native bush, and is just a couple of minutes walk to Cooks beach.

Auckland - Bay of Islands - Coromandel Road Trip

Based on two travellers sharing one room - per person/share twin basis

 

Standard

Superior

Premium

Full size sedan rental vehicle - 8 x 24 hours

Full size SUV rental vehicle – 8 x 24 hours

01 June 2020 – 31 October 2020

 from NZ$1520.00

 from NZ$1755.00

 from NZ$2350.00

NZ$446.00

NZ$481.00

01 November 2020 – 31 March 2021

 from NZ$1600.00

 from NZ$1845.00

 from NZ$2475.00

NZ$490.00

NZ$630.00

01 April 2021 – 31 May 2021

 from NZ$1520.00

 from NZ$1755.00

 from NZ$2350.00

NZ$446.00

NZ$481.00

Optional Extras

Per person prices – based on 2 people sharing

 

Fullers Ferry to Waiheke Island

Fullers Hole in the Rock Cruise

The Lost Spring

Valid from 01/06/2020-31/05/2021

NZ$45.00

NZ$114.00

NZ$60.00

Prices are in New Zealand dollars based on cash or cheque payment only.  

QUOTE ONLY

  • No reservations are held.   Deposit required to proceed with making reservations
  • All pricing is subject to availability of the services specified in the itinerary at time of reservation
  • Prices may vary due to a number of factors including tax and surcharge increases, availability of services - we retain the right to adjust prices up or down based on services actually confirmed
  • All touring is subject to favourable weather, road, flying and sea conditions
  • Cancellation/amendment fees apply

INCLUDES:

  • Items and services as specified in the itinerary only
  • NZ GST at 15% (government imposed tax and subject to change without notice)

DOES NOT INCLUDE:

  • Airfares are not included
  • Any meals unless otherwise specified within the itinerary
  • Use of rooms before/after normal check in/out times
  • Any services not mentioned within the itinerary
  • Special event surcharges – surcharges and closeouts may apply
  • Items of a personal nature eg. laundry, internet access, phonecalls, excess luggage etc
  • Any credit card or bank fees
  • Travel insurance is not included, but highly recommended
  • Any further Government taxes or duties that may be introduced
  • When renting a vehicle (if applicable)
    • Petrol/oil/CDW insurance for rental vehicle (airport/ferry terminal collection/return fee / bond / excess applies - pay direct)
    • Rental vehicle additional Fees - pay direct
    • GPS Navigational System
    • Car parking fees

All bookings are subject to our normal terms and conditions

Booking Terms and Passenger Information

 
BOOKING TERMS

QUOTE ONLY.  NO RESERVATIONS ARE HELD.  Subject to availability of the services specified in the itinerary when travel dates are set.  Additional surcharges may be applicable during Special Events and/or statutory public holidays, e.g. Christmas, Easter etc.  Occasionally due to special event surcharges or supplier requirements etc, deposits or full payment will be required – you will be advised of this at the time of booking.

ACCEPTANCE OF TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

If you book a holiday with us and pay your deposit, you are deemed to have accepted these terms.

TOUR PAYMENTS AND BOOKING TERMS:

  • Costs are based on the Travel Date selected and are subject to the availability of the accommodation and other services specified.
  • Until we have a confirmed booking from the requested services, we retain the right to adjust prices up or down based on services confirmed.
  • Once we have finalised all costs based on your confirmed itinerary you will be asked for a non-refundable deposit of no less than $200.00 per person.
  • Full pre-payment is due not later than 35 days prior to arrival in New Zealand.  Bank account details and swift code for international telegraphic transfers will be on the invoice.  Payment by Visa or Mastercard is also accepted at a 3% surcharge.  Credit card payments may only be made in New Zealand Dollars.

BOOKING AMENDMENTS/CANCELLATION SCHEDULE:  

Amendments: The first amendment made to a confirmed booking is free of charge.  Any subsequent amendments made to the same booking will incur a NZ$50.00 fee per service already confirmed.

Cancellation Fees:  

In the event of passengers cancelling their booking, the following cancellation fees will apply on a per person basis (not per booking).

  • 31+ days prior to the client’s arrival, loss of non-refundable deposit plus any applicable supplier cancellation fees
  • 15 to 30 days prior to arrival: 40% of holiday price plus any applicable supplier cancellation fees (60% refund)
  • 8 to 14 days prior to arrival: 60% of holiday price plus any applicable supplier cancellation fees (40% refund)
  • 2 to 7 days prior to arrival: 80% of holiday price plus any applicable supplier cancellation fees (20% refund)
  • 0 to 1 days or less prior to arrival: 100% cancellation fee

Please note that any applicable airline content does not apply to the above refunds – see your airline for their specific cancellation/refund policies.

No refunds on any unused portions of any itinerary.  The exception is if a sightseeing service is cancelled by operator due to weather conditions/safety concerns etc and the operator authorises a refund.  Any such refunds will be processed through agent.  Comprehensive travel insurance is strongly recommended for all travellers. 

COVID19 CANCELLATION / REFUND POLICY:

Covid19 has created uncertainty for us all, therefore for cancellations directly related to Covid19, we have negotiated special terms with our suppliers which would override ‘normal cancellation’ terms as outlined above;

If the New Zealand Government imposes travel restrictions that would impact our ability to deliver your travel package prior to commencing travel, passengers will receive a full credit, less any applicable airline cancellation fees.  If travel restrictions are imposed while on tour, we will seek credits on any unused portions of the itinerary from all suppliers.  Any applicable credits will first be applied to any additional costs that our company may have incurred on the passenger’s behalf e.g. if alternative accommodation or transportation to repatriate the passenger to their home city or nearest airport etc is required.  Any remaining refunds will be credited to the booking agent to enable them to pass onto their passenger.

If a passenger has been tested positive for Covid19 directly prior to travel or while on holiday with us, then with supporting documentation provided to us (a positive Covid19 test), we will seek credits on any unused portions of the itinerary from all suppliers.  Any applicable credits will first be applied to any additional costs that our company may have incurred on the passenger’s behalf e.g. if alternative accommodation or transportation to repatriate the passenger to their home city or nearest airport etc is required.  Any remaining refunds will be credited to the booking agent to enable them to pass onto their passenger.

CUSTOMS, IMMIGRATION AND NEW ZEALAND LAW

It is your responsibility to comply with any New Zealand immigration, customs and/or quarantine regulations when entering New Zealand and to comply with New Zealand laws when in the country.  We will not, under any circumstances, have any liability or responsibility to you if you do not comply with any customs and immigration rules and regulations or if you fail to comply with any laws during your holiday.

ACCOMMODATION

Check in time at most hotels is 2pm or 3pm.  If you are arriving earlier, the hotel will store your luggage until your room is ready.  Alternatively, you may wish to pre-register your hotel room for immediate check in – an extra nights’ charge will apply.  Upon check in, most hotels will request an imprint of your credit card to cover any personal extras.  If you do not have a credit card, they may ask for a cash deposit.

ITINERARIES

The itinerary was correct at the time of printing, but it is subject to change without notice.  Your itinerary could change due to road or weather conditions, changes imposed by other tour operators or a range of other factors outside our control.  You agree that we have no liability to you for changes to your itinerary. 

FORCE MAJEURE

You agree that we have no liability to you and will not pay any compensation to you where the performance of our contractual obligations is prevented or affected by circumstances amounting to “force majeure”. In these terms, ‘force majeure’ means any event that has an impact on your Packaged Tour which we or the other operator (where relevant) could not, even with all due care, foresee or avoid.  Such events may include war or threat of war, riots, civil strife, terrorist activity, industrial dispute, natural or nuclear disaster, pilferage, epidemics, pandemics, forced quarantine, medical or customs regulations, riot, fire, storm, flood, explosion, compliance with any law or government restraint order, rule regulation, strikes, lock outs, or any other cause not reasonably within the control of our control.  We reserve the right to cancel, amend or reschedule your Packaged Tour during or following any force majeure and if we do so you agree that we will have no liability to you for any direct or indirect consequences of the cancellation, amendment or rescheduling.

 

ADDITIONAL TERMS WHEN APPLICABLE:

GREAT JOURNEYS OF NEW ZEALAND – LUGGAGE ALLOWANCES FOR RAIL SERVICES

(Northern Explorer; Coastal Pacific; Tranz Alpine)

  • One item of check-in baggage per person
  • Maximum weight for a single bag is 32kgs
  • Bags weighing over 23kgs will require two crew members to lift onto the train – assistance from the passenger may be required
  • Wheeled cabin bags and backpacks are classed as check-in luggage
  • Two additional items of baggage can be purchased for $20.00NZD including GST per piece – pay direct at the station
  • Repack bags available to buy at the station for $10.00NZD – pay direct at the station

BUDGET RENTAL CARS:

Additional fees:

The following fees apply – they are extra and payable direct each time a vehicle is collected in a non-continuous hire. (Non-continuous hires mean hires with more than 24 hours break between them).

NZ$51.75 Airport/Ferry Terminal Collection/Return Fee

NZ$57.50 One Way Fee

Budget Protection Plan - Excess Reduction  Applicable  1st April 2019 – 31st March 2020

Compact, Intermediate and full sized sedans: Budget Rentals have a standard excess of NZ$4025.00 for which the hirer is responsible for vehicle damage regardless of who is at fault. This excess liability can be reduced to NZ$258.75 by payment of an additional NZ$28.75 of hire a day direct to Budget Rentals on collection.

SUV, People Movers & Hybrid Sedan:  Budget Rentals have a standard excess of NZ$4887.50 for which the hirer is responsible for vehicle damage regardless of who is at fault.  This excess liability can be reduced to NZ$258.75 by payment of an additional NZ$33.35 of hire a day direct to Budget Rentals on collection.

 

$1610.00 incl GST will be charged if a windscreen (front or back) is cracked or broken that require replacement.

Chip on windscreen will cost $69.00 incl GST

 “RSN” (Roadside Assistance Package)

This is an optional product on top of BPP. It can only be paid directly at the counter costing NZ$6.90 per day.   Roadside Assistance when purchased provides the customer with a ‘no call out fee’ adding peace of mind to common issues that the customer may cause that are not included in the rental.

Roadside Assistance covers:

  • Out of fuel (Up to $10 fuel delivery)
  • Key replacement for lost keys/keys locked in vehicle
  • Flat Tyre Assistance
  • Tyre Replacement (just the tyre – the rubber) excludes the spare wheel/wheel cover/hubcap
  • Flat Battery

Roadside Assistance PLUS Package (available from April 2019)

This is an optional product on top of BPP. It can only be paid directly at the counter costing NZ$11.50 incl GST per day.   Roadside Assistance when purchased provides the customer with a ‘no call out fee’ adding peace of mind to common issues that the customer may cause that are not included in the rental.

  • Covers Roadside Assistance include the benefits as above plus 1 Windscreen replacement free of charge

Credit card

At the time of vehicle collection, clients are required to present a bank issued credit card issued in their name (card must have embossed numbers on front of card).  A preauthorisation will be taken as security and for any additional products and services.  This is payable direct.  The preauthorisation balance will vary, with a minimum of NZ$100.00 and any further amount calculated on estimated payable direct charges (for optional extras such as additional insurance coverage, airport/ferry terminal fees, one-way fees, or accessories such as baby seat, GPS unit etc).  After return of the vehicle, the preauthorisation will be released (approximately 3-days after return of vehicle), and any actual charges will be processed.

The preauthorisation can be made by any major international credit cards (American Express, Visa, Mastercard or Diners Club).  Budget does not accept electronic or prepaid or preloaded or reloaded debit cards or cash payments for excess, bond etc.

Any additional charges over what has been included in the nett rate will be collected direct from the client – eg. fuel, additional coverages, additional hours, accessories, fees etc.

A card transaction may apply.  This fee is general between 2-3% of the total payable direct charges.

Driver Licence/ Minimum Age

All drivers must be 21 years old or over and hold a current non-probationary drivers licence (with a full and accurate English translation shown on the licence) from their home county.  An international driver’s permit must be accompanied by a home country licence.  The international driver’s licence or permit must be in English, or an accurate English translation of the licence or permit must be given.  An accurate English translation means that the translation must be given by a diplomatic representative at a high commission, embassy or consulate, or an overseas issuing authority or a translation service acceptable to the New Zealand Transport Authority.

There is no maximum age to hire a vehicle.  There is no charge for additional authorised drivers, however they must meet the criteria of the Driver’s Licence requirements.  Additional drivers must be registered on the Budget Rental Agreement, and prior to driving they must visit a Budget branch in New Zealand to show their full and valid driver’s licence.

Driver’s licence must be carried whenever driving in New Zealand.

GPS units are available with rental vehicles at extra cost.  These GPS units can be reserved in advance if requested, but the customer must pay for the unit hire direct to Budget Rentals at the time of collection.  Costs are NZ$11.45 per day, or NZ$57.45 per week, or NZ$114.95 per month incl GST.  In the event of the unit being lost, damaged or stolen while on rent to client, the client will be charged NZ$230.00 incl GST.