Ultimate North Island Escape [UGPNI9] - About New Zealand
9 Days: Ultimate North Island Escape [UGPNI9]
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Guaranteed Departures


Sep* 1, 24
Nov 3
Dec 19


Jan 9
Feb 8
Mar 13
Apr 11

*Discounted price available, please inquire


  • All inclusive
  • 9 Days/8 Nights
  • Fully escorted small group luxury coach travel with reclining seats and panoramic windows
  • Small group tour of 20 maximum guests
  • 4.5 star accommodations
  • Hotel porterage (we’ll handle your luggage for you!)
  • 1 cruise included
  • Personalized meet and greet on arrival


  • Accommodation – Auckland – Crowne Plaza Auckland (1 Night), Bay of Islands – Scenic Hotel Bay of Islands (2), Auckland – Crowne Plaza Auckland (1), Rotorua – Regent of Rotorua (2), Napier – Scenic Hotel Te Pania (1), Wellington – InterContinental Wellington (1)
  • Meals – 8 cooked breakfasts including a specialty breakfast: Stratosfare Restaurant, Rotorua; 6 sumptuous dinners including 2 specialty dinners: Maori Hangi & Concert, Rotorua; Farewell Dinner with selected beverages, Wellington; 1 lunch: Shire’s buffet lunch, Hobbiton
  • Day Tours – Bay of Islands: Kauri Museum, Waitangi Treaty Grounds, Hole in the Rock Dolphin Cruise; Auckland: City Sights Tour, Sky Tower; Hobbiton Lord of the Rings Movie Set Tour; Rotorua: Skyline Gondola & Luge Ride, Agrodome, Thermal Mud Pools & Geysers, Te Puia Traditional Maori Hangi & Concert; Napier: City Sights Tour; Wellington: City Sights Tour, Te Papa National Museum of New Zealand
  • Transfers – Airport to Hotel and Hotel to Airport

Tour Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive Auckland

On arrival into Auckland you will be met by your tour director who will transfer you to your hotel. Meet your traveling companions over a complimentary pre-dinner drink.

Hotel Crowne Plaza Auckland

Dinner included

Day 2: Auckland – Bay of Islands

Board the luxurious Ultimate Coach, depart Auckland and travel to the Parry Kauri Park to see a magnificent 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.

Hotel Scenic Hotel Bay of Islands (2 nights)

Breakfast & Dinner included

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 town, a classic sail on a tall ship or a spectacular scenic flight over the idyllic Bay of Islands. 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 you will explore the scenic beauty of the Bay of Islands aboard a luxury catamaran. Cruise to Cape Brett and the famous ‘Hole in the Rock’, keep an eye out for dolphins and other marine life. On return to Paihia travel south via Whangarei before returning to Auckland.

Hotel Crowne Plaza Auckland

Breakfast & Dinner included

Day 5: Auckland – Rotorua

This morning enjoy a city sights tour including a visit to Sky Tower, one of New Zealand’s most spectacular attractions. 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 of Middle Earth.

Hotel Regent of Rotorua (2 nights)

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner included

Day 6: Rotorua

Today begins with a gondola ride and breakfast at Skyline Rotorua where spectacular views are on offer. There is also time for a thrilling luge ride! Next stop is Agrodome for an action-packed hour of farming entertainment and education that is 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 enjoy a Hāngi feast, prepared in the traditional way, over hot coals and buried in the ground. This is followed by an entertaining Māori cultural performance which features the graceful poi dance and ferocious haka.

Breakfast & Specialty 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).

Hotel Scenic Hotel Te Pania

Breakfast & Dinner included

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. A highlight this afternoon will be time to explore Gallipoli: A Scale of War exhibition at Te Papa, New Zealand’s National Museum. Cutting edge technology brings these stories to life through the eyes of New Zealanders who found themselves in extraordinary circumstances. This evening enjoy a farewell dinner including selected beverages with your newfound friends.

Hotel InterContinental Wellington (Premium Room)

Breakfast & Specialty 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).