Days 11 – 12: Napier
Distance: 214km / 134 miles
Often referred to as the Art Deco capital of the world, Napier is in the Hawke’s Bay region which is famous for its vineyards. Many of these serve gourmet food to accompany their award-winning wines, giving you the opportunity to enjoy some mouth-watering cuisine.
Days 13 – 14 Wairarapa
Distance: 154km / 96 miles
Wairarapa is home to a variety of winemakers and artisan producers who draw their inspiration from the lush local landscapes. The award-winning food and beverages are just the thing to pack for a picnic before heading out to discover Wairarapa's wild coastline.
You’ll be captivated by the historic lighthouse, by the North Island's largest fur seal colony, and breath-taking rock formations, all combined with stunning sea views as far as the eye can see.
Days 15 – 16: Wellington
Distance: 219km / 137 miles
Travel to the southern end of the North Island today and the city of Wellington. Explore the country’s capital city with a visit to the Te Papa Museum, the national museum of New Zealand. Or take a trip up Mount Victoria for views out over the city.
Day 17: Whanganui
Distance: 194km / 121 miles
On the road to Wanganui, you’ll see the offshore island of Kapiti, a nature reserve where you can see rare birds and take a tour for a more in-depth visit. Once in Wanganui, take a river cruise on the Steamer Waimarie and visit the interesting museums and the River Market.
Days 18 - 19: Lake Taupo
Distance: 226 km / 141 miles
Near Lake Taupo you'll find the Huka Falls, one of New Zealand’s most visited natural sights. Marvel at the power of nature as the mighty Waikato River is forced through a gorge just 15 metres wide. Nearby at the Craters of the Moon, a meandering trail leads you through a slightly surreal and steaming heathland of bubbling pools and crevices.
Further on lies Lake Taupo, a vast volcanic crater, now the largest lake in the country. If you have time head out to see the spectacular Maori rock carvings at Mine Bay, only accessible from the water. Beyond Taupo is the Tongariro National Park and the unmistakable sight of its three volcanic mountains.