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Taste of New Zealand's North Island Coach Tour

Designed for the time conscious traveler, this tour showcases the North Island's iconic attractions and geothermal hotspots. Travel in a custom built luxury coach and immerse yourself in the wonders of the North island including capitol city Wellington, cultural Rotorua, the beautiful Bay of Islands and cosmopolitan Auckland.

Skyline Rotorua Gondola and Luge Ride, Agrodome, Thermal Mud Pools and Geysers, Traditional Maori Concert and Dinner, Dolphin Cruise, Kauri Museum, City Tour of Wellington and Auckland

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Itinerary

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Welcome to New Zealand

‘Haere Mai’ … Welcome to Wellington!

Upon arrival in New Zealand's capital city you will be met by our friendly tour representative and transferred to your hotel. Depending what time you'll arrive, you will then have some time to explore the city of Wellington before meeting your travel companions for dinner.

Meals: Dinner

Accommodation Ibis Hotel Wellington 2 nights 

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WELLINGTON - Our cool little Capital

Enjoy an extensive city tour of New Zealand's capital city, Wellington. Visit our contempary national museum - Te Papa where fascinating exhibitions, interactive experiences and stories shed light on New Zealand’s colourful culture and history. The rest of the afternoon is yours, so take time to stroll along the fabulous waterfront and through the busy streets of this buzzing wee city or simply get lost admiring the heritage houses along one of the many improbably steep streets. You are spoilt for choice for places to dine this evening, so take your pick.

Suggested outings in and around Wellington.

National Museum - Te Papa Visit Cuba Street Weta Workshop Tour
Zealandia Wildlife Reserve  Wellington Cable Car
 
Carter Observatory 

Meals: Breakfast

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Taupo & Rotorua

Depart Wellington and view the snow capped peaks of Mt Ruapehu and Mt Tongariro as you make your way to Lake Taupo. Visit the spectacular Huka Falls then travel along the Thermal Explorer Highway to the geothermal wonderland of Rotorua.

Meals: Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation Sudima Hotel Lake Rotorua 2 nights

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Rotorua - The Pacific Rim of Fire

The day begins with a Gondola Ride and breakfast at Skyline Rotorua. Next stop is the Agrodome for a unique New Zealand farm experience. Visit Te Puia to see the boiling mud pools and awesome Geysers that Rotorua is famous for. Afterwards, enjoy some free time in the afternoon to explore and discover the abundant Geothermal Energy surrounding the village that’s used for cooking, heating, and communal bath houses. Immerse yourself in a Maori cultural experience on the grounds of a historic Maori Village. Participate in a pōwhiri (welcoming ceremony), and learn about the history of the marae (village) and the Rotorua from a local Maori guide. This evening experience an entertaining Traditional Maori Hangi.

Meals: Breakfast & Dinner

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Auckland & Bay of Islands

This morning travel North to Auckland for a short stop, then continue via Whangarei to the heart of the Bay of Islands. Here you can enjoy an introduction to this special area, location of the signing of the treaty between Maori tribes and the British.

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Accommodation Kingsgate Hotel 2 nights

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Bay of Islands

This morning cruise through the beautiful Bay of Islands on board a luxury catamaran to Cape Brett and the famous Hole in the Rock. Keep an eye out for bottlenose and common dolphins, before returning via Russell to Paihia for a free afternoon.

The beaches in this region are considered some of the world's finest with their perfect white sand and crystal-clear water. Rich in culture, history and natural resources, Paihia is the place of friendly locals, happy cafes and people enjoying life, whether it is swimming with dolphins, taking in a spot of retail therapy, bush walking or just relaxing on the beach. The Bay of Islands, aptly named for the 144 islands located in the area, has plenty of recreational activities including sailing, fishing, swimming, diving, kayaing and more. Paihia is the perfect stepping stone to begin exploring this spectacular area.

 Excursions available around the Bay of Islands

Historical Island Cruise Diving Rainbow Warrior 4WD Adventure Cape Reinga
Sailing the Islands Dolphin Swimming Giant Kauri Forest Walk
Cultural Tour of Waitangi Golf at Kauri Cliffs Sea Kayaking the Bay
 

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

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Wild West Coast | Auckland

Depart the Bay of Islands this morning and travel via Whangarei and Dargaville to Matakohe. Enjoy a visit and informative talk at the Kauri Museum before continuing to Auckland for a city sights tour. This evening you will be treated to a farewell dinner with your group.

Meals: Breakfast and Specialty Dinner

Accommodation Copthorne Auckland City 1 night (or similar)

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Depart Auckland

"Haere rā" Goodbye! and Bon Voyage!

Time to say goodbye. You will be transferred to the airport for your flight home.
We know you enjoyed the 'New Zealand Taste of the North Island Tour' and our promise to make your travels through New Zealand as hassle-free and hospitable as possible - ensuring that today you leave with lots of photos and huge smiles on your faces when recalling your time in New Zealand! Have a great homeward journey, farewell and hope to see you again soon.

Meals: Breakfast