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Embrace the Hongi touch of your gracious Māori hosts, whose enduring relationship with this unspoilt land is revealed on this Inspiring Journey to some of New Zealand’s most mesmerising natural wonders, from the luminous glow of Waitomo to the fantasy-land of the Shire.

Itinerary

1 October 2018 - 31 March 2019 ?
Day 1 - 2
Welcome to Wellington
Day 1: Welcome to Wellington

The aroma of roasting coffee beans is your constant companion in the culinary capital of New Zealand and it is yours to explore at leisure. Linger on a literary encounter with New Zealand’s great writers before meeting your Travel Director for a welcome drink and dinner this evening at your hotel.

Day 2: Wellington Free Time

Spend your day delving into the culture and gourmet delights of Wellington – consider a cable car ride for a bird’s-eye view of the city – today is yours to enjoy the city on your terms.

Hotel: Sofitel Wellington, 2 nights

Included Meals: Day 1: Dinner with wine. Day 2: Breakfast, dinner with wine

Day 3
Wellington – Taupo

Follow the spectacular Kapiti Coast, traversing the dramatic landscapes of Manawatu to Tongariro National Park, home to remarkable volcanic peaks and Lake Taupo, New Zealand’s largest lake. Departing the caldera, stop to admire the raging Huka Falls and pass Wairakei Geothermal Power Station before arriving at your hotel in Taupo.

Hotel: Hilton Lake Taupo

Included Meals: Breakfast, dinner with wine

Day 4 - 5
Taupo – Rotorua
Day 4: Taupo – Rotorua

A leisurely morning soaking up the extraordinary beauty of Taupo before continuing on to nearby Rotorua to gain insights into the fascinating rituals and traditions of the Māori people. Get up close and personal to the locals, touching your forehead and the tip of your nose in their Hongi greeting, and indulge in the mouthwatering flavours of a traditional Hangi Highight Dinner cooked in the ground using geothermal steam.

Day 5: Rotorua

Ascending to the Redwoods Treewalk, enjoy an elevated bird’s eye view of these redwood giants from a completely unique perspective. Next up is Rotorua’s natural splendour – revealed in the crystal clear mineral springs and native flora of Rainbow Springs Nature Park. Explore this wildlife sanctuary before visiting Whakarewarewa Living Village for insights into the lives of the Māori community and their special bond with this ancient land.

Hotel: Princes Gate Hotel, 2 nights

Included Meals: Day 4: Breakfast, Highlight dinner. Day 5: Breakfast

Day 6
Rotorua – Coromandel

Begin your day with a dazzling show by the Waitomo glowworms, whose iridescent grottos are ours to explore during an exclusive five-star Eco Glowworm experience. Admire the magical subterranean world of Footwhistle Cave before embarking on a visit to Matamata, of The Lord of the Rings fame. Continue to the coastal town of Coromandel – your accommodation tonight is in Tree Hut Chalets.

Hotel: Grand Mercure Puka Park Resort

Included Meals: Breakfast, dinner with wine

Day 7
Coromandel – Auckland

Enjoy a relaxed start this morning before heading 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 livable cities.

Hotel: Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour Hotel

Included Meals: Breakfast

Day 8 - 9
Auckland – Bay of Islands
Day 8: Auckland – Bay of Islands

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, immersing yourself in the fascinating legends behind these giant trees. Finally, journey to your waterfront resort in the Bay of Islands.

Day 9: Bay of Islands

Leave the subtropical paradise behind and set off by ferry to Russell, New Zealand’s first permanent European settlement. Embark on a guided walking tour of this port town and explore its centuries-old seafaring heritage, and then spend the rest of the day at leisure.

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

Included Meals: Day 8: Breakfast, dinner with wine. Day 9: Breakfast

Day 10
Bay of Islands – Auckland

This morning, set forth across the picturesque Bay of Islands, cruising to the Māori’s sacred Hole in the Rock to witness how it resists the power of the sea. Discover historic Cape Brett before arriving in the pretty tourist hotspot of Paihia for a walk along the beachfront or a spot of curio shopping. Return to Auckland for a memorable Farewell Dinner.

Hotel: Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour Hotel

Included Meals: Breakfast, Farewell dinner

Day 11
Farewell from Auckland

Bid a fond farewell to new friends as your epic New Zealand adventure has come to an end.

11 Day Inspiring Journey

Tour departs from Wellington and returns to Auckland

Highlights

Discover
  • Exciting Wellington city
  • Magical Waitomo Glowworm Grotto
Explore
  • The expansive shores of Lake Taupo
  • Lush forests of Tongariro National Park
  • Rotorua’s healing mineral springs
Immerse
  • Enjoy a traditional Māori experience in Rotorua
  • Learn about the history of European settlers in Russell
  • Guided walk through the sacred Waipoua Forest
Relax
  • Cruise the beautiful Bay of Islands
  • Stay in eco-friendly tree hut chalets
  • Swim at pristine Pauanui Beach

Inclusions

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

Dining

  • 10 Full buffet breakfasts
  • 1 Highlight Dinner
  • 4 Dinners with wine
  • 1 Farewell Dinner

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 4.00pm into Wellington Airport
Day 11   Flights to depart anytime from Auckland Airport

What to bring

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

Fitness Level

Minimum child age is 12 years old.

Ways to Save

Departures from 1 April 2018
Early Payment Discount – 5% saving

when you pay in full by 29 June 2018

Pay by 29 Jun 2018   5% saving
 
Kings Club   5% saving
 
2nd vacation discount   2.5% saving
 
Groups (5 people or more)   5% saving

* All savings are per person, apply only to the land component. Conditions apply.

 

Find your applicable discounts as many discounts are combinable. More Information

Quality accommodation

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

The accommodation you will enjoy on this tour includes:

  • Sofitel Wellington
    11 Bolton St, Wellington, 6011, New Zealand

    2 nights

    • Sofitel Wellington - Room

    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)
  • Hilton Lake Taupo
    80-100 Napier Rd, Taupo 3330 New Zealand

    • Hilton Lake Taupo - Room

    Nestled amongst the epic scenery of Taupo on New Zealand’s North Island, Hilton Lake Taupo was originally built in 1889 as The Terraces Hotel. The beautifully updated Hilton Lake Taupo is a short drive to the charming Taupo town center.

    • Features
    • 32-inch flat-screen TV
    • Shower
    • Work Desk
    • Wireless Internet access
    • In-house movies
    • Air-conditioning
    • Clock Radio
    • In-room safe
    • Hairdryer
    • High-speed internet access
    • Iron / Ironing Board
    • Mini Bar
    • Telephone - Voice Mail
  • Princes Gate Hotel
    1057 Arawa St, Rotorua 3010 New Zealand

    2 nights

    • Princes Gate Hotel

    Offering style & sophistication that depicts a bygone era & a time honored commitment to service, the Historically Boutique Princes Gate Hotel Rotorua is not just a hotel but also a Rotorua attraction in its own right.

    Built in 1897 and masterfully restored through passionate attention to detail, the property is situated at one of Rotorua’s finest addresses, in the heart of the city and on the doorstep of the picturesque Government Gardens and Rotorua Museum.

    The Princes Gate Hotel's beautifully appointed Rotorua accommodation are individually decorated blending timeless elegance and modern luxury, that reflects the traditional style of the hotel.

    • Features
    • Flat Screen TV
    • Sky TV
    • Ensuite
    • Mini Bar
    • Refrigerator
    • Tea & Coffee Facilities
  • Grand Mercure Puka Park Resort
    42 Mt Ave, Pauanui Beach 3546, New Zealand

    • Grand Mercure Puka Park Resort

    Grand Mercure Puka Park Resort is a secluded hideaway located at Pauanui Beach. Situated 800m away from the 3km long sandy beach and nestled into the slopes of Mt. Pauanui select from 48 romantic chalets surrounded by native bush. Our Restaurant offers an intimate ambience, superb local cuisine and beautiful views, while other facilites include an outdoor swimming and spa pool, gym, tennis court and bikes for hire, with an international 18-hole golf course and excellent fishing nearby.

    • Features
    • 220/240 V AC
    • Phone
    • Satellite/cable colour TV
    • Iron
    • Tea & Coffee Facilities
    • Data port in room
    • In-room safe
    • Radio
    • Work Desk
    • High speed transmission line (pay)
    • Shower
    • Hairdryer
    • Alarm Clock
    • Operator wake up call
    • Ensuite
  • Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour Hotel
    21 Viaduct Harbour Ave, Auckland, 1010, New Zealand

    • Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour - Superior Room

    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
  • 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
  • Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour Hotel
    21 Viaduct Harbour Ave, Auckland, 1010, New Zealand

    • Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour - Superior Room

    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