Grand Pacific - 11 Day Classic North Island Garden Tour Itinerary

 
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Welcome to Auckland

Welcome to Auckland!. Today is a day to relax from your flight as the next eleven days will provide some of the most pristine landscapes and thrilling experiences imaginable. Auckland City is 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. 

You will be transferred to your accommodation on arrival and after checking into your hotel, relax and take a stroll around our beautiful city, explore the highly acclaimed Waterfront Restaurant Quarter or choose one of the many activities available to give a more in depth understanding of Auckland and the surrounding area.

Meals: Dinner 

Accommodation: Auckland - 2 nights

Accommodation:
New Zealand’s premiere Auckland accommodation is a vibrant mix of London sophistication, Sydney cool and New York style. The trademark warm Kiwi hospitality is just an added bonus at Rydges Auckland Hotel! Our contemporary accommodation in Auckland provides convenience and comfort for business and leisure travellers alike. The guest rooms have modern features and amenities such as, mini-bars, safes, irons and ironing boards, coffeemakers and hairdryers.
Rydges Auckland City

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Auckland Sightseeing Tour

This morning enjoy the sights of Auckland, New Zealand’s largest city. Travel to Matakana to visit Sculptureum, an internationally unique art experience.

Enjoy time to wander through the Garden of Creative Diversity and view the hundreds of displayed works in the Galleries. This afternoon travel to the Auckland Zoo for a guided tour of Te Wao Nui, six stunning habitats showcasing the native fauna and flora of New Zealand.

This evening is free to dine at leisure.

Meals: Breakfast


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Ayrlies & Hamilton Gardens

This morning travel to Ayrlies Garden and Wetlands, one of New Zealand’s best-known gardens and a Garden of National Significance. It is characterized by sweeping lawns and informal but detailed plantings by ponds and waterways. Use of colour is a hallmark of Ayrlies, seen best in the lurid border where ‘hot’ colours are used to great effect.

This afternoon travel to Waikato’s most visited attraction, the Hamilton Gardens. A guided tour of the themed gardens will transport you from the peaceful Sung Dynasty Chinese Scholar’s garden to the Italian Renaissance garden followed by the grandeur of the Indian Char Bagh garden. Your guide will share the story of how the gardens were transformed from a rubbish dump into a Garden of International Significance. 

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Accommodation: Hamilton - 1 night

Accommodation:
Centrally located on the banks of Waikato River, Novotel Tainui Hamilton offers an award-winning restaurant, a fitness centre, a sauna and massage services. All accommodation features a flat-screen TV and an iPod docking station. All accommodation offers a desk, wardrobe and ironing facilities. Each also includes minibar, a small refrigerator and tea/coffee making facilities.
Hamilton

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Hobbiton to Rotorua

Today travel to Cambridge to visit the private garden of the Henley Hotel, nestled on 29 acres of parkland and features a camelia lined oval lawn and lakeside pavilion. You will be treated to high tea amongst the cherry blossoms (weather permitting).

Continue through picturesque countryside to Hobbiton for a buffet lunch followed by a guided tour of the Hobbiton Movie Set. Travel to Rotorua for a walk through the Rotorua Government Gardens before arriving at your hotel.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Rotorua - 2 Nights

Accommodation:
The Distinction Hotel in Rotorua is only 500 m from to the famous Whakarewarewa Thermal Reserve. This 4-star hotel offers 3 restaurants, a bar, heated spa pools and a fitness centre. Free car parking and free Wi-Fi access are provided. All rooms and suites have a modern en suite bathroom, satellite TV and broadband internet access. Many rooms have a private balcony overlooking the golf course, pool area or forest.
Distinction Hotel Rotorua

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Rotorua Sightseeing

Today begins with a Gondola Ride to the Stratosfare Restaurant where a buffet breakfast and spectacular views are on offer. There is also time for a luge ride! Next stop is Agrodome for an action-packed hour of farming entertainment and education that’s unlike anything you’ve seen before.

Travel to Te Puia for a tour of the boiling mud pools and awesome geysers that Rotorua is famous for. Enjoy some free time this afternoon before travelling to a Mãori village for an interactive and educational experience that culminates with a Cultural Performance and traditional hãngi feast.

Meals: Breakfast, Special Dinner


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Waitomo Caves - New Plymouth

Depart Rotorua and travel to Waitomo for a tour of the Glowworm Caves where tiny creatures radiate their luminescent light. Enjoy lunch in this native bushland setting before travelling to New Plymouth, home of the Taranaki Garden Festival.

This afternoon will be spent visiting one of the festival gardens...

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: New Plymouth - 2 nights

Accommodation:
Copthorne Hotel Grand Central is located in the heart of New Plymouth. The hotel is 15 to 20 minutes drive from the airport and 30 minutes drive from Mount Taranaki. Guests enjoy free unlimited WiFi. A range of spacious guest rooms and suites are available, some with spa baths or walk in showers. All rooms have cable TV with 52 plus Sky TV channels plus all sky sports and sky movies to select from. All rooms have minibars (charges apply) and free tea and coffee available to enjoy.
copthorn

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Taranaki Garden Festival

Today you will visit a variety of impressive gardens at the Taranaki Garden Festival, all set around the legendary Mount Taranaki. You will marvel at the majestic array of botanicals on display at this premier garden event which attracts thousands of visitors from New Zealand and the world.

A selection of small private gardens and larger public gardens have been chosen to showcase the unique planting and local gardeners will be on hand to share the history behind their garden.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner


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Cross Hills Rhododendron Garden - Palmerston North

Before we depart the Taranaki region, we visit one final stunning festival garden before travelling onto Whanganui for a shortstop.

This afternoon you will continue to Cross Hills Rhododendron Garden. Spanning 7 hectares, this park-like garden includes one of the world’s finest collections of rhododendrons and azaleas, which will provide a dazzling colour display. Continue to Palmerston North for your overnight stay.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Accommodation: Palmerston North - 1 night

The property also offers a fitness centre, 24-hour room service and a coin-operated guest laundry. All rooms offer a TV with satellite channels and tea/coffee making facilities. Located just a 2-minute walk from the City Centre, Copthorne Hotel Palmerston North offers free on-site parking.

Copthorne

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Palmerston North - Wellington

Travel to the nation’s capital, Wellington. Ride the Wellington Cable Car, one of the city’s most iconic attractions, to the Botanic Gardens. Enjoy time to view the protected native forest and colourful floral displays with stunning views over Wellington city.

Join your coach for an extensive city tour which will highlight the history and culture on show here. This evening is free to dine at leisure.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Wellington - 2 nights

The 5-star InterContinental Wellington is located by the harbor waterfront and just a short walk into the City Centre to experience the capital’s history, culture and shopping. It offers an exclusive club lounge, a fitness center, 2 restaurants and a bar. The elegant guest rooms are spacious and well-furnished. 
 

The InterContinental in Wellington.

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Gallipoli - Te Papa

A highlight this morning 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. Enjoy time at leisure this afternoon. This evening enjoy a final dinner with your new-found friends.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner


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Bon Voyage!

Having experienced some of the finest gardens in New Zealand, it is time to say goodbye. You will be transferred to the airport for your flight home after a memorable holiday.

Meals: Breakfast


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