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The Endless Shores

11 Day Inspiring Journey | Wellington to Auckland

The Endless Shores

11 Day Inspiring Journey | Wellington to Auckland | Travel Period: 1 Oct 2019 – 3 Apr 2020

The Endless Shores

11 Day Inspiring Journey

Wellington to Auckland

Embrace the Hongi touch of your Māori hosts, whose relationship with this unspoilt land is revealed on this Inspiring Journey. Experience mesmerising natural wonders, from the luminous glowworms of the Footwhistle Cave and the native forests’ redwood giants, to the fantasy-land of The Lord of The Rings’ ‘Shire’.

This itinerary is valid from 1 October 2019.

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Discover
  • Napier’s art deco charm
  • The magical Glowworm Grotto of the Footwhistle Cave
Explore
  • The native gardens of Rainbow Springs Nature Park
  • The giant Redwood Trees on a series of 23 suspension bridges
Immerse
  • Enjoy a traditional Māori experience in Rotorua
  • Take a guided walk through the sacred Waipoua Forest
Relax
  • Cruise the beautiful Bay of Islands
  • In Rotorua’s healing mineral springs
  • Wine and Dine at Napier’s top winery

On arrival in the culinary capital of New Zealand you’ll have time to relax. Perhaps enjoy a literary encounter with New Zealand’s great writers on the famed Wellington Writers’ Walk. Meet your Journey Director for a Welcome Reception and dinner this evening at your hotel.

Hotel: Sofitel Wellington, 2 nights

Included Meals: Dinner with wine

Today, select your choice of sightseeing: you may wish to experience Weta Cave, home of the creative wizards behind The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies. Take a walking tour around Wellington with a local guide or join a guide who will reveal the stories behind the exhibitions at Te Papa Museum of New Zealand.

Included Meals: Full buffet breakfast

Travel through the dairy farming land of Manawatu to Napier in Hawke’s Bay. Enjoy time to relax after the day’s adventures before joining your Journey Director for dinner at your hotel.

Hotel: Porters Boutique Hotel, 2 nights

Included Meals: Full buffet breakfast, dinner with wine

Join a local guide for a city tour. You’ll see several types of Art Deco architecture, the style in which Napier was rebuilt after a devastating earthquake in 1931. This evening, enjoy wine-tasting and dinner at one of the renowned wineries in Hawke’s Bay.

Included Meals: Full buffet breakfast, Local Dining Experience

You’ll travel past Lake Taupo and visit spectacular Huka Falls before you arrive in Rotorua, the cultural capital, for a sightseeing tour. Visit Whakarewarewa Living Village, where you’ll be introduced to members of the Māori community and learn about their special bond with this ancient land. This evening, indulge in the mouthwatering flavours of a traditional Hangi feast cooked underground using geothermal steam at the Tamaki Māori Marae.

Hotel: Pullman Rotorua, 2 nights

Included Meals: Full buffet breakfast, Local Dining Experience

Rotorua’s natural splendour is revealed in the crystal-clear mineral springs and native flora of Rainbow Springs Nature Park. You’re sure to catch a glimpse of the shy, iconic national bird in the park’s nocturnal kiwi enclosure, on a ‘behind the scenes tour’. Next up, ascending to the Redwoods Treewalk, enjoy an elevated view of these redwood giants from a series of 23 suspension bridges linking the majestic trees, a completely unique perspective.

Included Meals: Full buffet breakfast

Begin your day by exploring the iridescent Waitomo Caves on an exclusive five-star Eco Glowworm experience with a Local Expert. Admire the magical subterranean world of Footwhistle Cave before you continue your journey to Auckland, the ‘City of Sails’. Get your bearings during a sightseeing city tour, then spend the rest of the day discovering why Auckland is deemed one of the world’s most liveable cities.

Hotel: Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour Hotel

Included Meals: Full buffet breakfast

The golden sands of Orewa seem to stretch endlessly heading north to the native forest of Waipoua. Join a local Māori guide and head deep into the forest of Waipoua, a sanctuary that is home to many native trees including the largest Kauri tree in existence, Tane Mahuta (over 2,000 years old). Finally, journey to your waterfront resort in the Bay of Islands.

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

Included Meals: Full buffet breakfast, dinner with wine

Make the most of your extended stay in the Bay of Islands with a choice of optional experiences. Why not sail aboard a historic tall ship, enjoy wine tasting around Kerikeri, or discover Russell on a highlights tour of this small township? Your Journey Director can assist you in booking your choice of activity.

Included Meals: Full buffet breakfast

This morning cruise through the Bay of Islands Maritime Park and explore some of the 144 islands in the bay. Later, head through the small towns of Northland, over the Harbour Bridge and into Auckland city. This evening toast your inspiring journey at a memorable Celebration Dinner.

Hotel: Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour Hotel

Included Meals: Full buffet breakfast, Celebration Dinner

Bid a fond farewell to your travel companions this morning as your North Island Inspiring Journey comes to an end.

Included Meals: Full buffet breakfast

Your Guided Holiday includes a range of quality accommodation for your comfort.
The accommodation you will enjoy on this tour includes:

 Accommodation Hotel
 Accommodation Hotel

Ideally positioned in the Central Business District and government hub, Sofitel Wellington is within walking distance from the major tourist attractions, with many restaurants and cafes nearby. The hotel provides great views of lush hillsides and the Botanical Gardens.

    Features

  • Wi-Fi
  • Air-conditioning
  • Gym facilities
  • Dry cleaning service
  • TV
  • Coffee/tea making facilities
  • Iron / Ironing Board
  • Hair Dryer
  • Mini-bar (surcharge)
 Accommodation Hotel
 Accommodation Hotel

Step into a world of luxury, comfort, and relaxation. Nestled in the heart of the charming Havelock North village and surrounded by the majestic hills of Hawke’s Bay, Porters Boutique Hotel offers unique luxury accommodation. Relax in elegantly appointed guest rooms, complete with plush, classic furnishings and adorned with original local artwork. Enjoy attentive luxury service and full amenities within a stylish, intimate space that reflects the beauty and grandeur of the breathtaking Hawke’s Bay region.

    Features

  • Wi-Fi
  • Air-conditioning
  • Coffee/tea making facilities
  • TV
  • Desk & chair
 Accommodation Hotel
 Accommodation Hotel

Pullman Rotorua is expected to be popular with international and domestic business and leisure travellers, due to its exclusive 5-star offering and prime central CBD location and within 500metres from the Rotorua lakefront.

 Accommodation Hotel
 Accommodation Hotel

Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour is located in the heart of Auckland, a unique maritime experience between vibrant Viaduct Harbour and Wynyard Quarter. Inspired by New Zealand's landscape and boasting panoramic views of Waitemata Harbour, this beautifully designed hotel is a true landmark destination. All luxury appointed bedrooms and suites have private Juliet balconies, floor to ceiling windows and feature oversized bathrooms with separate rain showers and deep soaking bathtubs

    Features

  • 32-inch flat-screen TV
  • High-speed internet access
  • Juliet Balcony
  • Phone
  • Security peephole
  • Marble bathroom with deep soaking bath & separate rain shower
  • Hair Dryer
  • Bathtub and shower
  • Air-conditioning
  • Mini Bar
  • Coffee/tea making facilities
  • Iron / Ironing Board
  • Work Desk
 Accommodation Hotel
 Accommodation Hotel

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
 Accommodation Hotel
 Accommodation Hotel

Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour is located in the heart of Auckland, a unique maritime experience between vibrant Viaduct Harbour and Wynyard Quarter. Inspired by New Zealand's landscape and boasting panoramic views of Waitemata Harbour, this beautifully designed hotel is a true landmark destination. All luxury appointed bedrooms and suites have private Juliet balconies, floor to ceiling windows and feature oversized bathrooms with separate rain showers and deep soaking bathtubs

    Features

  • 32-inch flat-screen TV
  • High-speed internet access
  • Juliet Balcony
  • Phone
  • Security peephole
  • Marble bathroom with deep soaking bath & separate rain shower
  • Hair Dryer
  • Bathtub and shower
  • Air-conditioning
  • Mini Bar
  • Coffee/tea making facilities
  • Iron / Ironing Board
  • Work Desk
Need accommodation before or after your tour?

Our special discounted rates make booking accommodation with us during your holiday both easy and affordable at selected AAT Kings hotels and resorts. Find out more

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

What to Bring

  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Sunglasses, sunscreen and hat
  • Water bottle
  • Warm layers in cooler months

Fitness Requirements

  • Low level of fitness required

Dining

  • 10 Full buffet breakfasts
  • 3 Dinners with wine
  • 2 Local Dining Experiences
  • 1 Celebration Dinner

Flight Information

  • Day 1: flights to arrive prior to 4.00pm into Wellington Airport
  • Day 11: flights to depart anytime from Auckland Airport

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