7 days
Duration
Northland
Location
2 – 5
Groupsize

“The Little Shimmy” sees you travel through the stunning Northland region of NZ on a splendid 7 day Roady. Experience the freedom of the Kiwi road trip in a comfortable and spacious car as you take in some of New Zealand’s hidden treasures.

Northland is one of New Zealand’s most incredible destinations. The region comes alive in the summer months when visitors flock to the beaches, islands, sand dunes, and quaint Kiwi towns that have a quirky and subtropical atmosphere.

The beauty of Northland is that there’s so much to see and do for free. When you book the “Little Shimmy” Roady you’ll receive our E-Book Travel Guide which shows you some of the regions best-kept secrets as well as discounts for your journey. Highlights of the trip include:

Top 5 Free Activities

  • Mangawhai Heads
  • Russell Township
  • ️Bay of Island Beaches
  • Waipoua Forest
  • Cape Reinga

Top 5 Paid Activities

Grab some mates and book your dream North Island road trip today!

1

Auckland

 

 

“The Little Shimmy” 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.

Driving time to Mangawhai: 1 hr 20 mins
On the road to Mangawhai: Check out the quaint wine town of Matakana and pop out to Omaha Beach for a swim.

2

Mangawhai

 

Mangawhai is a charming beach town located 1 hour and 20 minutes north of Auckland. Also known as Mangawhai Heads, this unique region of New Zealand offers visitors sun, sand and surreal beauty all nestled between the Pacific coast and rolling farmland. On the far side of the harbour is a large sand dune area that’s administered by the Department of Conservation. Mangawhai is a wonderful spot to rest and relax your way into “The Little Shimmy” Roady.

Driving time to Paihia: 2 hours
On the road to Paihia: stop off for a swim at Ruakaka Beach and experience the most wonderful toilet break of your life at the world famous Hundertwasser toilets in Kawakawa.

3 - 5

Paihia

 

Paihia is one of New Zealand’s most iconic summer destinations and the base for you to explore the incredible beauty of the Bay of Islands. From here you can learn about early New Zealand history at Russell and see where the Treaty of Waitangi was first signed at Waitangi. Cruises and charter boats of all types leave from Paihia wharf daily where adventures such as swimming with dolphins and visiting the famous ‘Hole in the Rock’ await.

Driving time to Kaitaia: 2 hours
On the road to Kaitaia: Check out the subtropical town of Kerikeri or venture West to the Waiopou Forest and see the famous Tāne Mahutu Kauri tree.

6

Kaitaia

 

Kaitaia and its surroundings is the perfect region to base yourself to explore the Northern tip of New Zealand. 90 Mile Beach is right on your doorstep where you can hoon down the sand dunes on boogie boards, go horse trekking, or jump on quad bikes and carve up the sand. One thing you must tick off your New Zealand bucket-list is getting a picture at Cape Reinga with the famous lighthouse and taking in the epic views where the seas collide.

Driving time to Auckland: 4 hours

7

Auckland

 

“The Little Shimmy” finishes where it all began, in the Big Smoke. Enjoy one last night to rest up before your flight home or next journey in New Zealand.

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. Check out our suppliers below.

AKL

Auckland

 

  • Nomads
  • YHA Auckland
  • Verandah’s Backpackers
MGW

Mangawhai

 

  • Mangawhai Backpackers
  • Mangawhai Heads Holiday Park
PHA

Paihia

 

  • Haka Lodge
  • YHA Paihia
  • Bay Adventurer Backpackers
KTA

Kaitaia

 

  • YHA Ahipara
  • Ahipara Holiday Park
  • Ninety Mile Beach Holiday Park

The beauty of Northland is that there’s so much to see and do for free. When you book the “Little Shimmy” Roady you’ll receive our E-Book Travel Guide which shows you some of the regions best-kept secrets as well as discounts for your journey. Paid activities include:

Auckland 

  • Americas Cup Sailing
  • Sky Tower SkyJump
  • Kelly Tarlton’s – Sea Life Aquarium
  • Auckland Bridge Bungy
  • Megabites Fishing Charter
  • Auckland Sea Kayak Tours
  • Stand Up Paddleboarding

Mangawhai

  • Aotearoa Surf Lessons
  • Surf Dojo NZ
  • Ridgeback Fishing & Dive Charters
  • Blue Adventures – Kitesurfing
  • Catered Coast Walks
  • Hakaru Pony
  • Mangawhai Golf & Mini Golf
  • Wined About Bike Tours

Paihia

  • “Hole in the Rock” Cruise
  • Barefoot Sailing Adventures
  • Dolphin Swim & Viewing
  • Rainbow Warrior Dive Trips
  • Tango Jet Ski Hire
  • Scenic Flights Paihia
  • Ferry to Urupukapuka Island
  • Paihia Mountain Bikes
  • Flying Kiwi Parasail Trips
  • Sea Kayak Tours
  • Waitangi Treaty Grounds
  • Taiamai Tours Heritage Journeys

Kaitaia

  • Ahipara Adventures – Quad Bikes, Blokarts, Soccer Zorb, Surf Boards
  • Wildcat Fishing Charters
  • Far North Outback Adventures
  • Dune Rider Tours
  • Ultimate Sand Safari Tours
  • Te Paki Sand Duning – Boogie Board Hire
The Little Shimmy - 7 Day New Zealand Road Trip
Auckland Viaduct
Car
Matakana - Craft Shop
Mangawhai Heads
Pohutakawa Tree - Mangawhai
Paihia Wharf - Summers Day
Hole in the Rock Cruise
Dolphins - Bay of Islands
Kerikeri - Stone Store
90 Mile Beach
Cape Reinga Lighthouse