10 days
Duration
Auckland ⇄ Wellington
Location
2 – 5
Groupsize

“Up the Guts” sees you road trip through the heart of the North Island on a spectacular 10 day tour. Experience the freedom of the Kiwi Roady in a comfortable and spacious car as you take in some of New Zealand’s best sights and scenery. 

10 Day Self-Drive Tour
9 Days Car Hire
10 Nights Hostel Accommodation
“Up the Guts” Travel Guide

The beauty of New Zealand is that there’s so much to see and do for free. When you book a Roady we give you access to our Travel Guide which shows you some of New Zealand’s best-kept secrets as well as discounts for your journey. Highlights and optional activities include:

Top 5 Free Activities

🌴  Waiheke Island
🌊  Raglan Beachlife
💦  Bridal Veil Falls
🏔️  Tongariro Crossing
🎉  Wellington Nightlife

Top 5 Paid Activities

🌟  Waitomo Glowworm Caves
🎥  Hobbiton Movie Set
⚽  Ogo Downhill Ball Rolling
🌊  Rotorua Rafting
🌤️  Sky-Diving Taupo

And much, much more! Grab some mates and book your dream North Island road trip today!

1

Auckland

 

 

“Up the Guts” starts with a bang in New Zealand’s premier city. You’ll enjoy a full day in Auckland to spend as you please. Roady recommends catching the Ferry to Waiheke to explore the stunning beaches and vineyards of New Zealand’s most celebrated island. Other day options include: food & shopping in Ponsonby, exploring the sea life at Kelly Tarlton’s, relaxing on the beach at Mission Bay, take a stroll up Mt Eden for amazing views of the City.

Car pick up: Day 2, 8.30am (shuttle pick-up at Hostel to Go-Rentals depot)
Driving time Auckland to Raglan: 2 hours

2, 3

Raglan

 

 

Raglan is a charming and naturally stunning surf town on the West coast of the North Island. You’ll enjoy two full days in Raglan to spend how you please. Roady recommends booking in a surf lesson with Raglan Surfing School at Karioi Lodge or Solscape Surf School, swimming at Ngarunui Beach, checking out the world-famous surf break at Manu Bay, having a beer at the YOT Club, and shopping through Raglans crafty retailers.

Driving time to Waitomo: 1 hr 20 minutes
On the road to Waitomo: Check out Bridal Veil Falls

4

Waitomo

 

 

The Waitomo Caves are 30 million years in the making when the creation of limestone began at the bottom of the ocean. Now, these limestone formations stand as one of NZ’s most inspiring natural wonders. Roady recommends seeing the Glowworm Caves in some form. Whether it be a tour, such as the Waitomo Glowworm Caves & Ruakuri Cave Tours, or free access by taking the Ruakuri Bush Walk where you’ll see many shining glowworms through arches, tunnels, and limestone cliffs.

Driving time to Rotorua: 2 hours
On the road to Rotorua: Book a tour at Hobbiton Movie Set

5, 6

Rotorua

 

 

As soon as you catch a whiff of the sulphur-rich air you know you’re approaching RotoVegas. Relax into your time in Rotorua with a Polynesian Spa or dine out down the funky Eat Streat. Following a good nights sleep, you’ll enjoy two full days in Rotorua to spend how you please. Roady recommends seizing your days with some adrenalin-jammed activities including: Skyline Rotorua Luge, Tamaki Maori Village cultural show, Ogo Downhill Ball Rolling, and Whitewater Rafting.

Driving time to Taupo: 1 hour
On the road to Taupo: Check out Wai-o-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, Huka Falls, and the natural hot springs of Kerosene Creek.

7

Taupo

 

 

Coasting down to Taupo breathe in the fresh air and look out over the largest freshwater lake in Australasia. Roady recommends getting out on the lake in some form whether it be sailing out to the Maori Rock Carvings, parasailing, kayaking, water skiing or fishing. Then there’s a number of adrenaline based activities you can partake in including: biking, bungy jumping and sky-diving.

Driving time to Ohakune: 1 hr 40 mins

8, 9

Ohakune

 

 

Ohakune is a small town but it sure does pack a punch! Venture into the bike trails of the Old Coach Road, explore the native bush trails nearby, or canoe safari down the Whanganui River. After an adventure filled day you’ll be set for a relaxing dinner and a few drinks in one of Ohakune’s cool ski pubs such as the Powderkeg.

Day 2 in Ohakune provides you with the opportunity to hike the incredible Tongariro Crossing. Depending on your fitness level the trek will take between 6 – 8 hours. The next morning stretch those muscles and have a big Kiwi brunch at one of Ohakune’s welcoming cafes then get on the road as you head to Wellington in time for car drop off at Go-Rentals at 5pm.

Driving time to Wellington: 4 hours

10

Wellington

 

 

“Up the Guts” ends in the capital city of New Zealand. Explore the vibrant streets and take in the creative atmosphere of Wellington as you stay right in the heart of the city. Roady recommends Te Papa National Museum, Weta Workshop for all the Lord of the Rings fans, Oriental Bay and Beach, Botanical Gardens, Cuba Street shopping and coffee, and a stroll up Mt Vic for epic views of the windy city!

Car drop off: Day 9, by 5pm

1

Wellington

 

 

“Up the Guts” starts with a bang in New Zealand’s capital city. Explore the vibrant streets and take in the creative atmosphere of Wellington as you stay right in the heart of the city. Roady recommends Te Papa National Museum, Weta Workshop for all the Lord of the Rings fans, Oriental Bay and Beach, Botanical Gardens, Cuba Street shopping and coffee, and a stroll up Mt Vic for epic views of the windy city!

Car pick up: Day 2, 8.30am (shuttle pick-up at Hostel to Go-Rentals depot)
Driving time to Ohakune: 4 hours

2, 3

Ohakune

 

 

Ohakune is a small town but it sure does pack a punch! After a 4 hour drive up the guts of the North Island, you’ll be set for a relaxing dinner and a few drinks in one of Ohakune’s cool ski pubs such as the Powderkeg. Day 2 in Ohakune provides you with the opportunity to hike the incredible Tongariro Crossing. Depending on your fitness level the trek will take between 6 – 8 hours.

The next morning stretch those muscles and have a big Kiwi brunch at one of Ohakune’s welcoming cafes and venture into the bike trails of the Old Coach Road, explore the native bush trails nearby, or canoe safari down the Whanganui River. Alternatively, you can drive to Taupo for the day where your nights accommodation awaits.

Driving time to Taupo: 2 hours

4

Taupo

 

 

Cruising up to Taupo breathe in the fresh air and look out over the largest freshwater lake in Australasia. Roady recommends getting out on the lake in some form whether it be sailing out to the Maori Rock Carvings, parasailing, kayaking, water skiing or fishing. Then there’s a number of adrenaline based activities you can partake in including: biking, bungy jumping and sky-diving.

Driving time to Rotorua: 1 hour
On the road to Rotorua: Check out Wai-o-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, Huka Falls, and the natural hot springs of Kerosene Creek.

5, 6

Rotorua

 

 

As soon as you catch a whiff of the sulphur-rich air you know you’re approaching RotoVegas. Relax into your time in Rotorua with a Polynesian Spa, a cultural Maori show at Tamaki Maori Village, or dine out down the funky Eat Streat. Following a good nights sleep, you’ll enjoy a two full days in Rotorua to spend how you please. Roady recommends seizing your days with some adrenalin-jammed activities including: Skyline Rotorua Luge, Ogo Downhill Ball Rolling and Whitewater Rafting.

Driving time to Waitomo: 2 hours
On the road to Waitomo: Book a tour at Hobbiton Movie Set

7

Waitomo

 

 

The Waitomo Caves are 30 million years in the making when the creation of limestone began at the bottom of the ocean. Now these limestone formations stand as one of NZ’s most inspiring natural wonders. Roady recommends seeing the Glowworm Caves in some form. Whether it be a tour, such as the Waitomo Glowworm Caves & Ruakuri Cave Tours, or free access by taking the Ruakuri Bush Walk where you’ll see many shining glowworms through arches, tunnels, and limestone cliffs.

Driving time to Raglan: 1 hour
On the road to Raglan: Check out Bridal Veil Falls

8, 9

Raglan

 

 

Raglan is a charming and naturally stunning surf town on the West coast of the North Island. You’ll enjoy two full days in Raglan to spend how you please. Roady recommends booking in a surf lesson with Raglan Surfing School at Karioi Lodge or Solscape Surf School, swimming at Ngarunui Beach, checking out the world-famous surf break at Manu Bay, having a beer at the YOT Club, and shopping through Raglans crafty retailers.

Driving time to Auckland: 2 hours

10

Auckland

 

 

“Up the Guts” ends in New Zealand’s premier city. You’ll enjoy a full day in Auckland to spend as you please. Roady recommends catching the Ferry to Waiheke to explore the stunning beaches and vineyards of New Zealand’s most celebrated island. Other day options include: food & shopping in Ponsonby, exploring the sea life at Kelly Tarlton’s, relaxing on the beach at Mission Bay, or taking a stroll up Mt Eden for amazing views of the City.

Car drop off: Day 9, by 5pm

We partner with only the best car rental company in New Zealand – GO Rentals – so you can GO Anywhere on your Roady. We provide 4 car options depending on the size of your group:

SUV 4X4 – Hyundai Sante Fe or Similar – bold and beautiful just like your group of 5

GROUP SIZE: 5
MODEL: 0 – 1 year old
TRANS: Automatic
ENGINE: 2200cc
FUEL ECONOMY RATING: 4.5/6

 

SUV – Hyundai Tucson or Similar – sleek and spacious to get your crew of 4 where you need to go

GROUP SIZE: 4
MODEL: 0 – 1 year old
TRANS:
 Automatic
ENGINE: 2000cc
FUEL ECONOMY RATING: 4/6

 

SEDAN – Toyota Touring Corolla or Similar – smooth and spacious choice for a group of 3

GROUP SIZE: 3
MODEL: 0 – 2 year old
TRANS: Automatic
ENGINE: 1800cc
FUEL ECONOMY RATING: 4.5/6

 

HATCHBACK – Toyota Corolla or Similar – the perfect touring car for a couple or 2 mates

GROUP SIZE: 2
MODEL: 0 – 2 year old
TRANS:
Automatic
ENGINE: 1800cc
FUEL ECONOMY RATING: 4.5/6

 

Notes:

  • All drivers must be 21 years of age or over and have a Full Drivers Licence printed in English

Our accommodation is carefully selected on the criteria of: great location, friendly and helpful staff, social and fun atmosphere, cleanliness of rooms and facilities, the comfort of beds and dorm rooms, and unique character. Our policy is to book your group into the smallest dorm room possible at all destinations. Check out our suppliers below.

AKL

Auckland

 

  • Nomads
  • Ponsonby Backpackers
  • The Attic Backpackers
RGL

Raglan

 

  • Solscape Eco Retreat
  • Karioi Lodge
WTM

Waitomo

 

  • YHA
  • Top 10 Holiday Park
RTO

Rotorua

 

  • Funky Green Voyager
  • Crash Palace
  • YHA
TPO

Taupo

 

  • Taupo Urban Retreat
  • Base Backpackers
  • YHA
OHK

Ohakune

 

  • LKNZ
  • YHA
WLG

Wellington

 

  • Base Backpackers
  • YHA
  • Nomads

The beauty of New Zealand is that there are so many things to see and do for free. When you book a Roady we give you access to our Travel Guide which shows you some of New Zealand’s best-kept secrets as well as discounts for your journey. There are a number of paid attractions for you to book along the way. Below is a list of some of our favourites:

Auckland 

Americas Cup Sailing – $170
Sky Tower SkyJump – $225
Kelly Tarlton’s – Sea Life Aquarium – $39
Auckland Bridge Bungy – $160
Megabites Fishing Charter – $160
Auckland Sea Kayak Tours – starting from $135
Stand Up Paddleboarding – starting from $20

Raglan

Raglan Surfing School – $89
Raglan Rock – Climbing & Caving – from $120
Yoga at Solscape – $15
Kiteboarding – $180
Stand Up Paddleboarding – $60
WildCoast Ruapuke – Horse Riding – starting from $130

Waitomo 

Hobbiton Movie Set – $79
Legendary Black Water Rafting – Black Labyrinth – $138
Lost World – Abseiling – starting from $380
Waitomo Glowworms – Boat Tour – $50
Otorohanga Kiwi House – $24
Ruakuri Cave – $72
Aranui Cave – $50
Roselands Clay Bird Shooting – $40

Rotorua 

Rotorua Rafting – $85
Ogo Downhill Ball Rolling – from $35
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland – $32
Tamaki Maori Village – $120
Skyline Rotorua Luge – from $49
Rotorua Canopy Tours – $149
Agrodome – $34.50
Redwoods Mountain Biking – starting from $35
Polynesia Spa – $29

Taupo

Taupo Bungy – $169
Taupo Tandem Skydiving – starting from $199
Sail Barbary – Maori Rock Carvings – from $44
Wairakei Terraces & Hot Pools  – $15
Taupo Floatplane – starting from $109
Big Sky Parasail – $115
Huka Falls Jet – $125
Taupo Quad Adventures – starting from $110
Heli Adventure Flights – starting from $99
Jet Ski Hire – $150
Golf – Hole in 1 Challenge – $1 – $25

Ohakune

Turoa Ski Field – $119
Whakapapa Ski Field – $119
Old Coach Road Biking – from $50
Guided Crater Lake Hikoi – $119
Canoe Safari – Rangitikei River – $195
Whakapapa Scenic Chairlift – $35
Vertigo Climbing Centre – $15
Ruapehu Homestead – Horse Trekking – $50
Chateau Tongariro Golf – $10

Wellington

Hurricanes Rugby Game – $20 -$30
Weta Workshop Studio Tour – starting from $25
Wellington Zoo – $23
Rover Rings Lord of the Rings Tours – starting from $95
Phoenix Football Game – $20 – $30
Embassy Theatre – $12.50 – $25
Zealandia – $18.50
The Enormous Crocodile Company – $27 – $44
Wellington Cable Car – $7.50

*All prices are in NZ Dollars and are subject to change.

Kerosene Creek
Auckland Viaduct
Surviving the Kaituna River waterfall
Green Emerald Lakes - Tongariro Crossing
Red Rocks Wellington