9-Day Escape from $5,019 AUD ppts
An unforgettable ultimate experience of New Zealand’s cultural North Island.
ULTIMATE SMALL GROUP TOURING
(B) Breakfast. (L) Lunch. (D) Dinner. (SD) Specialty Dinner.
DAY 1: ARRIVE AUCKLAND (D)
On arrival into Auckland you will be met by a Grand Pacific Tours representative who will transfer you to your hotel. This evening, meet your travelling companions over a complimentary pre-dinner drink.
Hotel Crowne Plaza Auckland
DAY 2: AUCKLAND - BAY OF ISLANDS (B,D)
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 Mãori tribes and the British.
Hotel Scenic Hotel Bay of Islands (2 nights)
DAY 3: BAY OF ISLANDS (FREE DAY) (B)
Today is a free day. Choose from the many optional activities available, including the Cape Reinga coach trip via Ninety Mile Beach, a spectacular scenic flight over the crystal-clear turquoise waters of the Bay of Islands or you
might be interested to sail in a classic tall ship. This evening is also at leisure, you may like to enjoy a relaxing dinner cruise (optional) or try one of the waterfront restaurants.
DAY 4: BAY OF ISLANDS - AUCKLAND (B,D)
This morning you will explore the scenic beauty of the Bay of Islands aboard a luxury catamaran. Spend some time at Otehei Bay on Urapukapuka Island before you cruise to Cape Brett and the famous Hole in the Rock. On return to Paihia travel south via Whangarei to Auckland.
Hotel Crowne Plaza Auckland
DAY 5: AUCKLAND - ROTORUA (B,L,D)
An Auckland city sights tour includes a visit to Sky Tower, one of New Zealand’s most spectacular attractions. Standing at 328 metres tall, it has become an iconic lankmark in Auckland’s skyline. Continue through the picturesque countryside to Hobbiton for a 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.
Hotel Regent of Rotorua or similar (2 nights)
DAY 6: ROTORUA (B,SD)
Today begins with a gondola ride at the Skyline Rotorua where a buffet breakfast and spectacular views are on offer. This is also time for a thrilling luge ride! Next stop is 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 Mãori cultural performance which features the graceful poi dance and ferocious haka. This is follow by a Hãngi feast, prepared in the traditional way, over hot coals and buried in the ground.
DAY 7: ROTORUA - NAPIER (B,D)
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 the most comprehensive collection of art deco buildings in the world can be found. Board the Hawke’s Bay Express and hear informative commentary on the city’s fascinating history. Enjoy some free time this afternoon to explore the city, you might choose to do a guided walk (optional).
Hotel Scenic Hotel Te Pania
DAY 8: NAPIER - WELLINGTON (B,SD)
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.
Hotel InterContinental Wellington (Deluxe Room)
DAY 9: DEPART WELLINGTON (B)
Time to say goodbye. You will be transferred to the airport for your flight home after a memorable New Zealand holiday.
Valid for Travel on selected dates until 16 May 2021