Ultimate North Island - 9 days

Discover the contrast between the charming city of Auckland and the geothermal wonders of the North Island as you travel the length of this diverse island.

 

UNFORGETTABLE SIGHTSEEING EXPERIENCES

• Northland's Kauri Museum
• Waitangi Treaty Grounds
• Dolphin / Hole in the Rock Cruise
• Zealong Tea Estate
• Hobbiton Movie Set Tour & Lunch
• Skyline Rotorua Gondola & Luge Ride
• Agrodome Rotorua
• Thermal mud pools & geysers
• Te Puia traditional Maori Hangi & Concert
• Hawkes Bay Napier Express
• City sights tour of Auckland, Napier & Wellington

DAY 1: ARRIVE AUCKLAND 
On arrival into Auckland you will be met by a Grand Pacific Tours representative who will transfer you to your hotel. Meet your travelling companions over a complimentary pre dinner drink. (Dinner included)

Hotel: Crowne Plaza Auckland

DAY 2: AUCKLAND - BAY OF ISLANDS 
Board the luxurious Ultimate Coach, depart Auckland and travel to the Parry Kauri Park to see a magnificent example of a Kauri Tree. Enjoy a visit and informative talk at the Kauri Museum in Matakohe, then travel via Whangarei to Paihia, situated in the heart of the beautiful Bay of Islands. Enjoy a guided tour of the Waitangi Treaty Grounds, the location of the signing of the treaty between the Maori tribes and the British. Breakfast and dinner included

Hotel: Scenic Hotel Bay of Islands (Deluxe Room. 2 nights)

DAY 3: BAY OF ISLANDS (FREE DAY) 
Today is a free day. Choose from the many optional activities available, including the Cape Reinga coach trip via Ninety Mile Beach, a tour of historic Russell, a classic sail on a tall ship or a spectacular scenic flight. This evening is also free and you may like to enjoy a relaxing dinner cruise (optional). Breakfast included.

DAY 4: BAY OF ISLANDS - AUCKLAND 
This morning travel aboard a luxury catamaran to Cape Brett and the famous Hole in the Rock. Keep an eye out for bottlenose and common dolphins before returning to Paihia. Travel south via Whangarei to Auckland. Breakfast and dinner included

Hotel: Crowne Plaza Auckland

DAY 5: AUCKLAND - ROTORUA 
This morning enjoy a city sights tour of Auckland before travelling to the Zealong Tea Estate, New Zealand’s only tea plantation for a tour & tasting. Continue through the picturesque countryside to Hobbiton for buffet lunch. This is followed by a guided tour of the Movie Set from The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies. Your guide
will recount details of how this beautiful piece of farmland was transformed into The Shire from Middle Earth. The next two nights will be spent in the geothermal capital of Rotorua. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Hotel Regent of Rotorua (2 nights) 

DAY 6: ROTORUA (B,SD)
Today begins with a gondola ride at the Skyline Rotorua for breakfast with champagne, spectacular views and also time for a thrilling luge ride! Next stop is the Agrodome for an action packed hour of farming entertainment and education that’s unlike anything you’ve seen before. Enjoy some free time this afternoon before travelling to Te
Puia to see the boiling mud pools and awesome geysers that Rotorua is famous for. This evening you will experience an entertaining Maori cultural performance which features the graceful poi dance or ferocious haka. This is followed by a Hangi feast prepared in the traditional way, over hot coals and buried in the ground. The evening is rounded off by visiting the Pohutu Geyser, illuminated beneath a starry sky. Breakfast and highlight dinner included.

DAY 7: ROTORUA - NAPIER 
Depart Rotorua and travel along the Thermal Explorer Highway to Huka Falls and Lake Taupo. Continue to Napier known as ‘The Art Deco Capital’, where a city tour will showcase the most comprehensive collection of art deco buildings in the world. Board the Hawke’s Bay Express, a modern road train that will take you on a journey
in style and provide informative commentary on the city’s fascinating history. There is free time this afternoon to explore this city on your own or on a guided walk (optional). Breakfast and dinner inlcuded.

Hotel: Scenic Hotel Te Pania

DAY 8: NAPIER - WELLINGTON
Travel south this morning into Wellington for a city tour of the nation’s capital which will highlight the history and culture on show here. This evening enjoy a farewell dinner including selected beverages with your new found friends. Breakfast and dinner included.

Hotel: InterContinental Wellington

DAY 9: DEPART WELLINGTON 
Time to say goodbye. You will be transferred to the airport for your flight home after a memorable New Zealand holiday. Breakfast included.

 

THE ULTIMATE COACH

Be dazzled by this state of the art full size coach which would normally house 48 seats and has been configured with only 20 luxury leather seats complete with incredible amenities. Onboard the coach, the luxuries extend through a wide range of features including:

  • 20 luxury leather fully reclining seats with extra-width with adjustable headrest and calf support for added comfort.
  • Panoramic viewing, air conditioning and seat belts.
  • Wood grain timber tray table with built in cup holder.
  • Seat side personal storage area providing easy access to your travel bag.
  • Personal audio control unit with multiple music channels and a complimentary set of headphones.
  • Individual USB point for charging your camera, mobile phone, iPod and iPad.
  • Stylish centre galley area equipped with refrigerated drinking fountain and fridge units.
  • Complimentary daily on board Wi-Fi allowance.
  • Onboard restroom.

9 day Small Group Tour from £2629


Small Group Adventures

Join a small group on an exclusive and personal journey around New Zealand and uncover some of the country's hidden gems.

Your small group tour includes:

  • Max 20 passengers
  • Luxury hotel accommodation
  • Luxury air conditioned coach
  • Arrival/departure transfers
  • Breakfast daily
  • Knowledgeable guide
  • Sightseeing included

 

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