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Tour code: NZNI

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With a small group of voyagers, explore New Zealand’s North Island. Visit the cities Auckland and Wellington, that resound with a friendly welcome normally felt in small towns. Travel into the rustic, unspoilt coastal regions of the Coromandel and the Bay of Islands, where dazzling white beaches and historic villages are the norm.

Itinerary

1 October 2016 - 30 September 2017 ?
Day 1-2
Welcome to Wellington
Day 1: Welcome to Wellington

Upon arrival at Wellington Airport you'll be transferred to your hotel. Spend some time at leisure to relax or explore on your own. This evening meet your Travel Director for dinner and a welcome drink.

 

Day 2: Wellington ‘Free Time’

This morning you’re off on a Village and Bays tour before taking a lunch cruise on Paterson Inlet, where you’ll see many remote sandy beaches and wildlife. You’ll stop at Ulva Island and tour with the Department of Conservation on Ulva Island’s wildlife sanctuary. Learn about native birds like the Weka and spend time up close to native flora and fauna. Tonight, try your hand at a bit of kiwi-spotting in the native bush near your accommodation.

Hotel: Museum Art Hotel, Wellington, 2 nights

Included Meals: Day1: Welcome reception and dinner with wine. Day 2: Full buffet breakfast

Day 3
Wellington – Taupo

This morning you’re off on a Village and Bays tour before taking a lunch cruise on Paterson Inlet, where you’ll see many remote sandy beaches and wildlife. You’ll stop at Ulva Island and tour with the Department of Conservation on Ulva Island’s wildlife sanctuary. Learn about native birds like the Weka and spend time up close to native flora and fauna. Tonight, try your hand at a bit of kiwi-spotting in the native bush near your accommodation.

Hotel: Hilton Lake Taupo

Included Meals: Full buffet breakfast, dinner with wine

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

There’s time to explore the township of Taupo, or try your hand at trout fishing before continuing to nearby Rotorua. Gain an insight into local Maori culture and history with your special Maori show, where you’ll experience the local customs like the Hongi greeting as well as learn some traditional words. Enjoy a traditional Maori Hangi meal cooked in the ground using geothermal steam.

 

Day 5: Rotorua

You’re off to the highly entertaining Agrodome Sheep Show. Witness the art of sheep shearing, sheepdog trials, cow milking, bottle feeding of lambs and even a sheep auction. Your next stop is Rainbow Springs Nature Park. Discover native flora that grows around the crystal clear mineral water springs and you might even spot a kiwi or two! To complete your day you’ll visit the Whakarewarewa Living Village for an insight into Maori life and how they interact with geothermal activity.

Hotel: Regent of Rotorua, 2 nights

Included Meals: Day 4: Full buffet breakfast, highlight dinner. Day 5: Full buffet breakfast

Day 6
Rotorua – Coromandel

Make your way to the famous Waitomo Caves for an exclusive 5 star Eco Glow Worm experience. Your guide sets the scene for a cave experience where you will see glow worms, cave formations and appreciate the beauty of Footwhistle Cave. Next up is Matamata before a delicious lunch at Longlands Farm country-style restaurant. Now you’re off to the Coromandel to Puka Park Resort, where you’ll stay in Tree Hut Chalets, set among the native bush.

Hotel: Grand Mercure Puka Park Resort, Coromandel Ranges

Included Meals: Full buffet breakfast, lunch, dinner with wine

Day 7
Coromandel – Auckland

After a leisurely breakfast, travel to Auckland, New Zealand’s largest city. After a sightseeing tour, you’re at leisure to explore the town and try out the Auckland restaurant scene.

Hotel: Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour Hotel

Included Meals: Full buffet breakfast

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

Travel to Orewa and the scenic Hibiscus Coast, birthplace of Sir Edmund Hillary. Then continue to the Waipoua Forest, home to the largest Kauri tree in existence, Tane Mahuta (over 2,000 years old). You’ll take a break before a Maori guide walks you through the native bush and explains the history and legend behind the mighty Kauri. Then head to your waterfront resort in the heart of the Bay of Islands and tonight it’s dinner at the resort.

 

Day 9: Bay of Islands

This morning you’ll take a ferry across the harbour to historic Russell and enjoy a guided tour of the first European settlement in New Zealand. A local guide will also take you on a walking tour of the town. The rest of the day is at your leisure.

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

Included Meals: Day 8: Full buffet breakfast, dinner with wine. Day 9: Full buffet breakfast

Day 10
Bay of Islands – Auckland

You’re off to the Bay of Islands, where you’ll take a cruise to the famous ‘Hole in the Rock’; see historic Cape Brett as you explore some of the 165 islands in the bay. Later, you’ll have some time in Paihia for you to check out the local craft shops, go for a walk along the beachfront or just relax over a coffee with friends. Celebrate tonight at a farewell dinner in Auckland.

Hotel: Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour Hotel

Included Meals: Full buffet breakfast, farewell dinner

Day 11
Farewell from Auckland

Say farewell to your fellow travellers as your Inspiring Journey comes to an end and we transfer you to Auckland Airport for your onward flight.

Included Meals: Full buffet breakfast

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Tour departs from Wellington and returns to Auckland

Don't Miss

Lamb burger with locally produced lamb

Lamb Burger anyone?

It’s a fact that people in New Zealand are greatly outnumbered by sheep, and their sheep-to-person ratio is high relative to other countries. At seven, it’s higher than Australia's, for example, which currently has three sheep per person. As with New Zealand, this is due to declining sheep numbers and a growing human population. Some sheep history: New Zealand's first sheep were set ashore by Captain Cook in 1773. Rapid sheep population growth in the 1850s and 1860s was due mostly to permanent immigration, rather than natural increase. The first shipment of frozen lamb and mutton sailed to London from Port Chalmers on The Dunedin in 1882. It goes without saying that on this journey you’ll get the chance to try a lamb burger, made of course from locally produced lamb!

Highlights

  • Roam through New Zealand’s capital Wellington on a guided tour
  • Wander the shores of New Zealand’s largest lake, Taupo
  • Feast on a Maori Hangi at a unique dinner experience with the Tamaki family
  • Experience farm life at the Agrodome Sheep Show
  • Visit a working kiwi nursery and meet some of New Zealand’s national icons
  • Relive the history of a Maori Village with stories from a guide who calls the village home
  • Discover the fascinating glowworms of Waitomo Glowworm Grotto
  • Roam the colonial streets of Russell, the first capital of New Zealand
  • Cruise through the ‘Hole in the Rock’ in the Bay of Islands

Inclusions

  • Experienced Travel Director
  • Hand-picked accommodation
  • Travel in a luxury vehicle with no more than 20 guests

Dining

  • Full buffet breakfasts (10)
  • Lunches (1)
  • Dinners with wine (4)
  • Highlight dinner (1)
  • Farewell dinner (1)

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 anytime from Auckland Airport

What to bring

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

Ways to Save

Departures between 1 Oct 2016 - 30 Sep 2017
Early payment discount
Pay by 31 Jan 2016     Save up to $395
Pay by 31 Mar 2016     Save up to $195
 
Kings Club early payment discount
Pay by 31 Jan 2016     Save up to $590
Pay by 31 Mar 2016     Save up to $390
 
Kings Club     Save up to $195

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:

  • Museum Art Hotel
    90 Cable Street, Wellington 6011 New Zealand

    Wellington, 2 nights

    • Museum Hotel - exterior
    • Museum Hotel - Classic Deluxe Room
    • Museum Hotel - Gallery
    • Museum Hotel - Lobby

    Museum Art Hotel is a privately owned luxury boutique hotel in the coolest little capital in the world.

    • Features
    • iPod/iPhone docking station
    • Nespresso coffee machine
    • Tea & Coffee Facilities
    • Ensuite
    • Shower
    • Work Desk
    • 42" flat screen TV with Sky channels
  • Hilton Lake Taupo
    80-100 Napier Rd, Taupo 3330 New Zealand

    • Hilton Lake Taupo - reception area
    • Hilton Lake Taupo - Room
    • Hilton Lake Taupo - exterior
    • Hilton Lake Taupo - Outdoor Deck Area

    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
  • Regent of Rotorua
    1191 Pukaki St, Rotorua 3010, New Zealand

    2 nights

    • Regent of Rotorua - Restaurant
    • Regent of Rotorua - Studio
    • Regent of Rotorua - Courtyard & pool area

    Rotorua's newest Boutique Hotel, born from a 1950's Motel built on the site, the Regent of Rotorua has been transformed and renovated into a chic, central city Hotel designed with the modern traveller in mind while keeping a wonderful mid-century feel and incorporting all the modern conveniences. Our rooms are sublime with the perfect mix of comfort and practicality. Whether for business or pleasure, short or long stays we will do our best to make your stay a memorable one.

    • Features
    • Broadband Internet access
    • Wi-Fi
    • DVD players
    • Satellite/cable colour TV
    • Bathrobe
    • Hair Dryer
    • Refrigerator
    • Air-conditioning
    • Tea & Coffee Facilities
    • Iron / Ironing Board
    • Kitchen Facilities
  • Grand Mercure Puka Park Resort
    42 Mt Ave, Pauanui Beach 3546, New Zealand

    Coromandel Ranges

    • Grand Mercure Puka Park Resort
    • Grand Mercure Puka Park Resort - Tree Hut Chalet
    • Grand Mercure Puka Park Resort - Pool
    • Grand Mercure Puka Park Resort - Tree Hut Chalet
    • Grand Mercure Puka Park Resort - Tree Hut Chalet R
    • Grand Mercure Puka Park Resort - Miha Restaurant

    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 - Exteror
    • Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour - Superior Room
    • Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour - Pool
    • Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour - Sabrage Bar
    • Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour - Lava Dining

    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 Resort Bay of Islands - Exterior
    • Copthorne Resort Bay of Islands - Exterior
    • Copthorne Bay of Islands - Waterview Room
    • Copthorne Resort Bay of Islands - Pool
    • Copthorne Resort Bay of Islands - Restaurant

    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 - Exteror
    • Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour - Superior Room
    • Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour - Pool
    • Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour - Sabrage Bar
    • Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour - Lava Dining

    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