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    Thermal Reserve Rotorua

  • Waitomo Glow Worm Grotto

    Waitomo Glow Worm Grotto

  • Cape Brett 'Hole in the Rock'

    Cape Brett 'Hole in the Rock'

  • Bay of Islands

    Bay of Islands

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Tour code: ZWBA

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Unearth cultural treasures and heartfelt moments as you travel the length of the North Island of New Zealand. Experience the wonder of a meal cooked underground in a traditional Maori hangi, uncover a part of New Zealand’s war history and find new friends, both human and animal, on your visit to Shenandoah.

Itinerary

1 October 2017 - 31 March 2018 ?
Day 1
Welcome to Wellington

On arrival at Wellington Airport you will be transferred to your hotel by private car. Enjoy a city sights tour taking in New Zealand’s parliament buildings and a visit to the Maori cultural icon “Maori Te Papa, the Museum of New Zealand. This evening meet your Travel Director for a welcome reception and dinner.

Hotel: James Cook Hotel Grand Chancellor

Included Meals: Dinner with wine

Day 2-3
Wellington – Rotorua
Day 2: Wellington – Rotorua

Be my guest dining experience Travel up the Kapiti Coast to the historic villa, Shenandoah, for a Be My Guest experience. Join Simon and Claudia, who will show you their home, which includes a private collection of Harley Davidson motor cycles. Enjoy morning tea in their garden, and then take a walk around the property to meet the animals. Journey north over the tussock plains of the Central Plateau to Rotorua. “Maori Tonight an evening of culture, history and scrumptious food awaits you at the Tamaki Maori Village. Experience an authentic Maori Hangi meal, steamed underground in the traditional way.

Day 3: Rotorua Included Choice

Included Choice Today choose one from a range of Included Choice sightseeing experiences. You have the option to discover Maori culture at Te Puia Maori Arts and Crafts Institute or unwind at the Polynesian Spa. Maybe ride the amphibious Rotorua Duck or take the Hobbiton Movie Tour.

Included Choice Rural Homestay
Included Choice Rural Homestay

Included ChoiceA warm welcome awaits you on your New Zealand rural homestay and your hosts will provide you with the wonderful Kiwi hospitality that really makes you feel ‘at home’. Enjoy dinner and breakfast, a tour to introduce you to their way of life and comfortable accommodation in their home or cottages. You may choose to meet the animals, which may include sheep, cows, deer and many others, or simply relax and enjoy the company of your hosts and the scenic surroundings.

Hotel: Millennium Hotel, Rotorua, 2 nights

Included Meals: Day 2: Breakfast, Be My Guest morning tea, Highlight dinner. Day 3: Breakfast of choice

Day 4
Rotorua – Auckland

This morning you will travel to the Waitomo Caves. See the amazing underground Glowworm Grotto by boat and walk through the limestone caverns. This afternoon as you make your way into the heart of New Zealand’s largest city, you will stop at Bastion Point and the Michael Joseph Savage Memorial, for stunning views of Auckland, the North Shore and the Waitemata Harbour. Tonight’s highlight dinner is at The Langham. Your personal degustation menu is made from the freshest, quality ingredients, including mouth-watering seafood and desserts.

Hotel: The Cordis

Included Meals: Breakfast of choice. Highlight dinner

Day 5-6
Auckland – Bay of Islands
Day 5: Auckland – Bay of Islands

This morning travel north along the scenic Hibiscus Coast. Enjoy a stop at Parry Kauri Park and take a walk amongst New Zealand’s forest giants, the Kauri trees. On arrival in the Bay of Islands, marvel at spectacular scenery as you cruise game fishing waters to Cape Brett and, weather permitting, through the famous Hole in the Rock. On the return cruise to Paihia, see deserted sandy beaches and secluded bays and keep your eyes peeled for the marine life.

Day 6: Bay of Islands Included Choice

Included Choice Today choose one from a range of Included Choice sightseeing experiences. Perhaps go on a dolphin watching cruise, journey around Kerikeri on a wine tasting tour, or take a guided walk through Russell – New Zealand’s first capital. Explore the Waitangi Treaty Grounds with a dazzling Maori cultural performance. Or this evening sail aboard a historic tall ship as the sun sets.

Hotel: Copthorne Resort Bay of Islands, Water View Rooms, 2 nights

Included Meals: Day 5: Breakfast, Dinner with wine. Day 6: Breakfast of choice

Day 7
Bay of Islands – Auckland

Before departing the Bay of Islands, you’ll have the opportunity to visit the Waitangi Treaty Reserve (own expense). This afternoon sit back and relax as you make your way back into Auckland.

Hotel: The Cordis

Included Meals: Breakfast of choice

Day 8
Farewell from Auckland

Your holiday concludes this morning after breakfast. You’ll be transferred to Auckland Airport for your onward flight.

Included Meals: Breakfast

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Glass of Lemon & Paeroa with slice of lemon

Lemon & Paeroa

On this holiday you can quench your thirst with an L&P or Lemon & Paeroa. It’s a sweet soft drink that has been manufactured in New Zealand since 1907. Traditionally made by combining lemon juice with carbonated mineral water from the town of Paeroa, it is now manufactured by multi-national Coca-Cola. The comically pretentious advertising slogan ‘World famous in New Zealand’ has become a popular New Zealand saying; it is used to describe items that though famous within New Zealand are unknown in the rest of the world, whereas similar items and people in larger countries would have a far higher media profile and would therefore be famous worldwide.

Highlights

  • Explore the Museum of New Zealand, Te Papa
  • Discover Wellington on a guided tour
  • Explore the scenery of Tongariro National Park
  • See a private Harley Davidson collection at Shenandoah
  • Be My Guest at Shenandoah for morning teaBe my guest dining experience
  • Experience Maori culture with the Tamaki family over dinner“Maori
  • Cruise through Waitomo’s famous Glowworm Grotto
  • Enjoy indulgent degustation feast in Auckland
  • Cruise through ‘Hole in the Rock’ in the Bay of Islands
  • Included Choice experiences Included Choice
  • Private car airport transfers on arrival and departure
  • Enjoy New Zealand wines with all hotel dinners
  • Experienced Travel Director and Driver Guide

Inclusions

  • Hand picked accommodation
  • Travel by luxury coach
  • Airport transfers (see flight information below)

Dining

  • Breakfast of choice (4)
  • Full buffet breakfasts (3)
  • Be My Guest morning tea (1)
  • Dinners with wine (2)
  • Highlight dinners (2)

Flight Information

Any flights referred to in the itinerary are at the client’s expense and are not included in the land content price.

Day 1   Flights to arrive prior to 2.00pm
into Wellington Airport
Day 8   Flights to depart anytime
from Auckland Airport

What to bring

  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Sunglasses, sunscreen and hat
  • Water bottle
  • Camera
  • Jacket in cooler months

Ways to Save

Triple share    Save up to 5%
Kings Club    Save up to 5%

All savings are per person.

Quality accommodation

Your Guided Holiday includes a range of quality accommodation for your comfort.

The accommodation you will enjoy on this tour includes:

  • James Cook Hotel Grand Chancellor
    147 The Terrace, Wellington 6011, New Zealand

    • James Cook Hotel - Terrace Room

    Noted for friendly, professional service and well-appointed accommodation, James Cook Hotel Grand Chancellor is the destination of choice for today’s discerning business and holiday traveller.

    • Features
    • Work Desk
    • Room service
    • Broadband Internet access
    • Sky TV
    • In-room Movies (fee applies)
    • Mini-bar (surcharge)
    • Tea & Coffee Facilities
    • Iron / Ironing Board
  • Millennium Hotel, Rotorua
    Corner Eruera & Hinemaru St, Rotorua 3010, North Island

    2 nights

    • Superior Room at Millennium Hotel Rotorua

    Centrally located in the city beside mystical Lake Rotorua, this hotel is just a brief stroll from the Rotorua Museum, Convention Centres and adjacent to a Polynesian Spa.

    • Features
    • Air Conditioning
    • Mini Bar
    • Coffee/tea making facilities
    • Internet Access
    • Sky TV
    • Personalised message and wakeup service
    • Work Desk
    • Radio
    • Hair Dryer
    • In-room safe
    • Iron / Ironing Board
  • The Cordis
    83 Symonds St Grafton, Auckland 1010 New Zealand

    • The Cordis Executive Room

    The Cordis Auckland exudes a timeless elegance that celebrates the past, yet embraces the future. As a luxury Auckland hotel, we will enchant you with our tradition of graceful living.

     

    • Features
    • LCD TV
    • Work Desk
    • Tea & Coffee Facilities
    • Shower Over Bath
    • Deluxe Marble Bathroom
    • In-room Movies (fee applies)
    • Manual temperature control
    • Blackout drapes/curtains
    • Iron / Ironing Board
    • In-room safe
    • Room service
    • Business Facilities
    • Mini-bar (surcharge)
    • Satellite TV
    • Broadband Internet access
    • Phone
  • Copthorne Resort Bay of Islands, Water View Rooms
    Tau Henare Dr, Paihia 0200, North Island

    2 nights

    • Copthorne Bay of Islands - Waterview Room

    This welcoming Bay of Islands hotel commands a superb waterfront location in the heart of the Bay of Islands, offering uninterrupted bay views surrounded by 60 acres of subtropical gardens as part of the historic Waitangi Treaty Grounds.

    • Features
    • 42" flat screen TV with Sky channels
    • Wi-Fi
    • Refrigerator
    • Mini Bar
    • Coffee/tea making facilities
    • In-room safe
    • Iron / Ironing Board
    • Phone
    • Work Desk
  • The Cordis
    83 Symonds St Grafton, Auckland 1010 New Zealand

    • The Cordis Executive Room

    The Cordis Auckland exudes a timeless elegance that celebrates the past, yet embraces the future. As a luxury Auckland hotel, we will enchant you with our tradition of graceful living.

     

    • Features
    • LCD TV
    • Work Desk
    • Tea & Coffee Facilities
    • Shower Over Bath
    • Deluxe Marble Bathroom
    • In-room Movies (fee applies)
    • Manual temperature control
    • Blackout drapes/curtains
    • Iron / Ironing Board
    • In-room safe
    • Room service
    • Business Facilities
    • Mini-bar (surcharge)
    • Satellite TV
    • Broadband Internet access
    • Phone

Experience more on your holiday

To ensure your holiday is filled with memorable experiences, we have included a range of quality Optional Excursions for you to choose from and partake in, if you wish, during your holiday. We understand that everyone is an individual, and have therefore allowed some free time for you to experience different types of touring. These have not been included in the tour fare as we realise they may not appeal to all people. Our selection of optional excursions include scenic flights, helicopter rides, cruises, dinners, ballooning, fishing trips, four wheel drive tours, cultural experiences, and even camel riding.


Experiences available between 1 October 2017 - 31 March 2018

Dune Rider - Cape Reinga via Ninety Mile Beach (Bay of Islands)

NZ$150 Adult NZ$75 Child

Dune Rider - Cape Reinga via Ninety Mile Beach

This is a full day to explore the magnificent natural wonders of the North. Visit the ancient Kauri Kingdom workshop, Cape Reinga lighthouse and the magnificent 90 Mile Beach. Experience the rush of speed as you sandboard down white sand dunes at Te Paki stream on a boogie board. Includes a lunch.

Discover Kerikeri (Bay of Islands)

NZ$60 Adult NZ$30 Child

Discover Kerikeri

Enjoy a relaxing tour of Kerikeri, showcasing the rich history of the North. This tour takes a look at the importance of wine-growing in the region and visits a small family-run boutique vineyard, Ake Ake to sample some of their organic wine. And then take a step back in time with visits to the Historic Stone Store and Kemp House. And then conclude the tour with a stop-off at the local chocolate factory – Makana – where you can watch the delicious chocolates being made, and of course, taste a few samples!

Darryl's Dinner Cruise (Bay of Islands)

NZ$98 Adult NZ$35 Child

Darryl's Dinner Cruise

Relax with a scenic cruise down the Waitangi River while enjoying a drink from the well-stocked bar. Wind through to Haruru Falls, where dinner is prepared and served aboard the boat, the Ratanui. Soak up the ambience of the floodlit falls, and perhaps even come face to face with a Taniwha!

Waitangi Treaty Grounds (Bay of Islands)

NZ$40 Adult, Under 18 years are free of charge

Waitangi Treaty Grounds

Take a wander through the grounds of New Zealand’s most important historic site, the Waitangi Treaty Grounds, rich in history and stories of the momentous events which shaped a nation. The grounds are where Maori chiefs first signed their accord with the British Crown – the Treaty of Waitangi, New Zealand’s founding document. Visit treasures such as the Treaty House, Meeting House, Flagstaff and Ceremonial War Canoe. Roam the grounds on your own, or enhance your visit with a guided tour. Many of the guides descend from signatories to the Treaty which will give your visit a personal connection to Waitangi.

Rainbow Springs Wildlife Park (Rotorua)

From NZ$40 Adult NZ$20 Child

Rainbow Springs Wildlife Park

Set in 22 acres of beautiful native trees and streams, Rainbow Springs is home to a huge variety of New Zealand’s most precious inhabitants. Experience the adrenalin rush of The Big Splash, explore the many free flight aviaries, come face to face with pre-history in the eyes of the tuatara, and experience the wonder of the bird show featuring some of the funniest feathered performers you will ever see.

Te Puia (Rotorua)

NZ$52 Adult NZ$26 Child

Te Puia

Take a wander through Te Puia, New Zealand’s Maori Culture Centre, where you will have the opportunity to view the awesome power of the Whakarewarewa Thermal Valley... and much more!

Tarawera and Lakes Tour on the Rotorua Duck (Rotorua)

NZ$89 Adult NZ$55 Child

Tarawera and Lakes Tour on the Rotorua Duck

Discover Rotorua’s spectacular lakes area from the comfort of a fully restored World War II amphibious vehicle, able to travel on land and water. A 90 minute fun-filled and scenic journey that ventures onto the three Rotorua lakes, and is accompanied by an entertaining and informative commentary.

Hobbiton Movie Set Tour (Rotorua)

NZ$114 Adult NZ$74.50 Child

Hobbiton Movie Set Tour

Discover the real Middle-earth on the most picturesque private farmland near Matamata in the North Island of New Zealand, where you can visit the Hobbiton Movie Set from The Lord of the Rings film trilogy in a fascinating two-hour guided tour.

Bookings

The excursions can be booked through your Travel Director. You will be asked during the early part of your tour to name those that you may wish to join, as advance reservations are often necessary. Please note that occasionally weather or seasonal conditions may not permit their operation. Some also depend on a minimum number of participants and suitable time being available.

Prices

Prices indicated are Australian or New Zealand dollars

Prices are valid from 1 October 2017. Optional experience pricing is indicated in Australian dollars or New Zealand dollars depending on the country of operation and may be subject to change. Please note that reduced rates for pensioners or children may apply on some tours. Prices are inclusive of GST.