Cultural Upper North Island


The Journey

From the mystical Waipoua forest to a waka ride up the Waitangi River. Learn all about the cultural history that forms the foundations of Aotearoa New Zealand.

To follow this campervan driving itinerary, pick up and return your vehicle at our Auckland branch. Visit maui campervan hire Auckland for more details.




Auckland to Auckland


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Anytime of the year


  • Hokianga Harbour
  • Waitangi
  • Historic Russell
  • Pakiri Beach

The Journey


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Day 1
Auckland to Omapere

Distance 273km - Driving Time 4 hours

Pick up your maui motorhome at the Auckland airport and head north to the beautiful Hokianga Harbour into the region known as the Tail of the Fish of Auckland. Experience the mystical Kauri forest with Footprints Waipoua this evening before retiring seaside in Omapere.

Day 2
Omapere to Waitangi

Distance 90km - Driving Time 1.5 hours

Drive to Waitangi, the birthplace of our nation. A wander through the Waitangi National Trust Treaty Grounds will inform you about New Zealand and set the foundation for your visit through Aotearoa New Zealand.

After this experience, take a waka ride with Taiamai Tours Heritage Journeys up the Waitangi River and learn about the early trading between the entrepreneurial Maori of the day and the European settlers. Don’t miss the re-enactment of the story of the Treaty Of Waitangi, New Zealand’s founding document, through the theatrical production on offer with Culture North.

Day 3
Waitangi to Russell

Distance 6km - Driving Time 45 mins

Take the ferry at Opua over to Russell. Take a tour with Fernz Eco Tours where you’ll get a real inside view of this historic part of Northland. A meal at the historic Duke of Malborough beckons for that taste of the best of New Zealand.

Day 4
Russell to Wellsford

Distance 155km - Driving Time 2.5 hours

Head South towards Wellsford, stopping at the Tuatara Design Store & Gallery in Whangarei. If horse riding is your thing, you’ll enjoy the seaside horse riding experience that takes in the trails of the ancestors, offered at Pakiri Beach Horse Rides, just out from Wellsford.

Day 5
Wellsford to Auckland

Distance 95km - Driving Time 1.5 hours

Back in Auckland (Tamaki Makaurau) you can shop to your hearts content for that special reminder of your visit to Aotearoa New Zealand at the Kura Gallery near the Viaduct basin. Or perhaps take a day trip out to the fabulous West Coast Beaches with your hosts from the award winning Potiki Adventures.

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