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9 Days: North Island Spectacular [GPS9]
Starting at
$2,700

Guaranteed Departures

2019

Mar 4, 8, 11, 14, 20, 24
Apr 9, 14, 25*
May 2*
Sep 12*, 15*, 30*
Oct 12, 18, 27
Nov 5, 14, 18

2020

Jan 22
Feb 6, 9, 14 19, 21
Mar 4, 11, 14, 20, 24
Apr 9, 14, 25*
May 2*

*Seasonal offer: Save $142 per person departure dates

Highlights

  • All inclusive
  • 9 Days/8 Nights
  • Fully escorted modern coach travel
  • 4 star accommodations
  • Hotel porterage (we’ll handle your luggage for you!)
  • 1 cruise included
  • Personalized meet and greet

Inclusions

  • Accommodation – Auckland – Skycity Hotel Auckland (1 Night), Bay of Islands – Scenic Hotel Bay of Islands or similar (2), Auckland – Skycity Hotel Auckland (1), Rotorua – Sudima Hotel Lake Rotorua (2), Masterton – Copthorne Hotel and Resort Solway Park (1), Wellington – James Cook Hotel Grand Chancellor (1)
  • Meals – 8 cooked breakfasts including a specialty breakfast: Stratosfare Restaurant, Rotorua; 7 sumptuous dinners including a specialty dinner: Maori Hangi & Concert, Rotorua; 1 Shire’s buffet lunch: Hobbiton
  • US Domestic Flights – (Not included, but can be added to your quote)
  • International Flights – Los Angeles to Auckland, Wellington to Los Angeles (Not included, but can be added to your quote)
  • Day Tours – Auckland: Kauri Museum, City Sights Tour; Bay of Islands: Dolphin / Hole in the Rock Cruise, Waitangi Treaty Grounds; Hobbiton: Movie Set from Lord of the Rings; Rotorua: Skyline Gondola & Luge Ride, Te Puia Geothermal Reserve, Maori Hangi Dinner and Concert; Napier: City Sights Tour; Wellington: City Sights Tour
  • Transfers – Airport to Hotel and Hotel to Airport
  • All Taxes and Fuel Levies (Except where noted)

Tour Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive Auckland

On arrival into Auckland you will be met by your tour representative who will transfer you to your hotel.

Hotel Skycity Hotel Auckland 

Dinner Included

Day 2: Auckland – Bay of Islands

Depart Auckland and travel to the Parry Kauri Park to see a magnificent Kauri Tree and learn about its significance. 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 & Dinner included

Hotel Scenic Hotel Bay of Islands or similar (2 nights)

Day 3: Bay of Islands 

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. This afternoon includes a visit to Sky Tower at your leisure, one of New Zealand’s most spectacular attractions.

Hotel Skycity Hotel Auckland

Breakfast & Dinner included

Day 5: Auckland – Rotorua

Today enjoy a city sights tour of Auckland. 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 Sudima Hotel Lake Rotorua (Superior Room) (2)

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner included

Day 6: Rotorua

Today begins with a gondola ride at the Skyline Rotorua where a buffet breakfast and spectacular views are on offer. There is 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 traveling 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 and ferocious haka. This is followed by a Hangi feast prepared in the traditional way, over hot coals and buried in the ground.

Breakfast & Specialty Dinner included

Day 7: Rotorua – Napier – Masterton

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. Enjoy some free time to explore on your own or take a guided walk (optional). Travel to the Wairarapa, an emerging cool-climate wine region. 

Hotel Copthorne Hotel and Resort Solway Park

Breakfast & Dinner included

Day 8: Masterton – Greytown – Wellington

Enjoy a leisurely start to the day before travelling to Greytown where you see the most complete examples of original Victorian wooden architecture. Drive through Featherston and through the Rimutaka Mountain Range before arriving into Wellington. Enjoy a city tour of the nation’s capital which will highlight the history and culture on show here.

Hotel James Cook Hotel Grand Chancellor

Breakfast & Dinner included

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

All prices are USD$/person. Subject to availability and seasonality. Other Conditions Apply (see Terms and Conditions).