Welcome to Auckland!!
‘Haere Mai’ … welcome to New Zealand. Now you can relax - you are officially on holiday.
Enjoy a relaxing day exploring Auckland, also known as the ‘City of Sails’. Situated amongst a cluster of extinct volcanic cones, next to a large harbour that bustles with life, both on water and on land. The Auckland isthmus straddles a slim piece of land with coastline facing both the Pacific Ocean, and, on the wild West Coast, the Tasman Sea. Relax you are on holiday, take time to stroll around the Viaduct Harbour, sit in a cafe and enjoy your surroundings - this is a friendly easygoing city.
This evening enjoy a welcome reception with your Travel Director.
Some Activities and sightseeing options if you have time:
|Explore Waiheke Island||Island Kayaking Adventure||America’s Cup Sailing|
|Auckland's Sky Tower||Relax on the Beach||Rangitoto Island Cruise & Walk|
|West Coast Wine Tour||Whale and Dolphin Safari||Muriwai Surf Beach|
Accommodation: Auckland - 1 night
The Beautiful 'Bay of Islands'
Say goodbye to the ‘City of Sails’ as you journey north to New Zealand’s dramatic Bay of Islands from Auckland – 140 droplets of land ringed by turquoise sea. It’s undeniably beautiful, but it also holds a special historical secret: this is where the Treaty of Waitangi was signed in 1840, between Captain William Hobson and Māori chiefs. Your guide, likely an ancestor of one of the original signatories, will explain the significance of the site, while pointing out the world’s largest ceremonial war canoe and a carved meeting house.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Accommodation: Paihia - 2 nights
Free Day to explore the Bay
Today is a free day to explore. Why not visit historic Russell, only a 10 minute ferry ride away, Russell is a favourite destination for holidaying New Zealanders, with outstanding beaches and opportunities for boating. Settle in and enjoy while indulging in a fine dining experience at one of the seafront restaurants in Russell.
Excursions available if you want to get 'Out and About' are:
|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|
City of Sails
Today we head South through the city of Whangarei and down thriugh through the Johnstone's Hill Tunnel, soon Auckland and its majestic harbour soon come into view.
Suggested Sight Seeing: Visit to the summit of the Skytower. At 328m (1076 ft) one of the tallest buildings in the Australasia, offering spectacular panoramic views across the city and its two harbours, what will surprise you is the 48 volcanoes in the Auckland volcanic field, all within about 20 km of the city centre.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Accommodation: Auckland - 1 night
Waitomo Caves & Rotorua Cultural Feast
Waitomo – the name coming from the Maori words wai (water) and tomo (hole) is home to an astonishing landscape. Hidden under the green hills of Waitomo lies a labyrinth of caves, sinkholes and underground rivers. The caves were carved by underground streams pushing through soft limestone over thousands of years.
Tour the amazing limestone caverns and sail through the still waters of the sparkling Waitomo Glow Worm Grotto - with plenty of time for your eyes to adjust to the darkness - intensifying the effect of thousands of softly shining glow worms.
Tonight enjoy a traditional Maori Hangi Feast and Concert.
Meals: Breakfast, Highlight Dinner
Accommodation: Rotorua - 2 nights
Rotorua Free Time
Today is at leisure, you may wish to relax lakeside, or you may prefer to choose from one of the varied Optional Experiences on offer. Your Travel Director will assist you in booking all of your chosen optional experiences.
Recommended excursions in and around Rotorua:
|See Geysers & Boiling Mud||Polynesian Hot Springs||Whirinaki Forest Walk|
|Thermally Active Golf||Biking the Mighty Forests||Flight to Volcanic Island|
|Museum of Art & History||Evening Cultural Experience||White Water Rafting|
Great Lake Taupo & Wellington
The road this morning takes us to a grand view of Lake Taupo, New Zealand’s largest lake. The stunningly blue fresh water of Lake Taupo is sitting in the South Pacific's largest volcanic crater. Heading further South we follow the Desert Road and enjoy amazing views of Tongariro National Park’s Volcanoes. The landscape becomes dominated by rivers and valleys. The Mangaweka Gorge is a scenic masterpiece and as you follow the state highway, the Kapiti Coast becomes New Zealand’s capital city, Wellington.
Wellington is a compact, cultured and full of character. Nestled between the harbour and the hills, the downtown area is ideal for explorations on foot. Enjoy cafes, restaurants, museums, theatre and all kinds of shops. Dance, theatre and musical performances are a Wellington specialty. As New Zealand’s capital, this city is rich in political history.
Accommodation: Wellington - 1 night
City Tour & Bon Voyage
Your special packed lunch today won’t only be wholesome, it will also feed a Kiwi child who may otherwise go without, through the charity ‘Eat My Lunch’. This morning enjoy a city tour of Wellington, taking in panoramic views from the summit of Mt. Victoria. There’ll be time to explore the Parliament buildings and the ‘Beehive’, home to New Zealand’s politicians, as well as the many fascinating exhibits at Te Papa Museum of New Zealand. Your holiday ends in the early afternoon.
Meals: Breakfast and Lunch
- Tour of Waitangi Treaty Grounds
- Relax in the Bay of Islands
- Explore Auckland’s city sights
- Discover the fascinating Glowworm Grotto at Waitomo Caves
- Explore ancient limestone caves
- Immerse yourself in Maori culture at a Hangi & concert
- Experience farm life at the Agrodome Farm Show
- View mighty Huka Falls
- Marvel at crystal clear Lake Taupo
- Journey through spectacular scenery of Tongariro National Park
- Discover New Zealand’s capital Wellington on a city tour
- Breathtaking views over Wellington from Mt. Victoria
- Explore Te Papa, Museum of New Zealand
- Comfortable accommodation
- Travel by luxury coach
- Experienced Travel Director and Driver Guide
- 7 Full Buffet Breakfasts
- 1 Lunch
- 1 Dinner
- 1 Highlight Dinner