Arrive in Auckland
‘Haere Mai’ and welcome to New Zealand.
Upon arriving at Auckland Airport you will be picked up and transferred to your hotel. Check in and freshen up before spending the remainder of the day exploring the ‘City of Sails’. Stroll the walkways of the Viaduct, peruse the boutique shops of the central city. Boutique shopping, Pacific-inspired markets and a passionate cafe culture make this city a charming place, enjoy an ice cream as you stroll the Mission Bay Beach board walk, choose to discover Auckland’s sparkling harbour and emerald islands on a boat cruise or ferry ride.
This evening enjoy a complimentary pre-dinner drink when you meet your Tour Leader and travelling companions for dinner.
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
Auckland - Bay of Islands
Travel to the Parry Kauri Park to see a magnificent example of a Kauri Tree. Enjoy an informative talk at the Kauri Museum, then travel to Paihia, situated in the heart of the beautiful Bay of Islands. The Bay of Islands is a New Zealand enclave encompassing over 100 subtropical islands and is known for its undeveloped deserted beaches.
This afternoon enjoy a guided tour of the Historical Waitangi Treaty Grounds.
Meals: Breakfast and Dinner
Accommodation: Bay of Island - 2 nights
Bay of Islands - A Coastal Paradise
Today is a free day. Choose from the many optional activities available, including the Cape Reinga coach trip via Ninety Mile Beach or a spectacular scenic flight. This evening is also free and you may like to enjoy a relaxing dinner cruise (optional).
Excursions available in the Bay of Islands:
|Diving Rainbow Warrior||4WD Adventure Cape Reinga|
|Dolphin Swimming||Giant Kauri Forest Walk|
|Golf at Kauri Cliffs||Sea Kayaking the Bay|
Bay of Islands at Leisure - Auckland
This morning cruise through the beautiful Bay of Islands aboard a luxury catamaran to Cape Brett, where a historic lighthouse keeps watch over Piercy Island, or as it is popularly known, the ‘Hole in the Rock’. Keep an eye out for dolphins and other marine life. Return to Paihia and travel south via Whangarei to Auckland. This evening is also free to explore the many eateries surrounding your hotel.
Accommodation: Auckland - 1 night
Hobbiton Movie Set / Rotorua
Today enjoy a city sights tour of Auckland including a visit to the Sky Tower. 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.
This afternoon continue to Rotorua
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Accommodation Rotorua - 2 nights
Exploring Rotorua - Haka - Hangi Feast
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! The next stop is 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.
Meals: Breakfast, Specialty Dinner
Rotorua- Napier - Wairarapa
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 the fascinating architecture before travelling through the Wairarapa, an emerging cool-climate wine region.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Accommodation Masterton - 1 night
Masterton - 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 then through the Rimutaka Mountain Range into Wellington. Enjoy a city tour of the nation’s capital which highlights the history and culture on show here.
Here are some sight seeing and activity suggestions while in Wellington:
|National Museum - Te Papa||Visit Cuba Street||Weta Workshop Tour|
|Zealandia Wildlife Reserve||Carter Observatory|
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Accommodation Wellington - 1 night
Haere rā and Bon Voyage!
We are sure you will enjoy this tour and our promise is to make your travels through New Zealand as hassle-free and hospitable as possible - ensuring that today you leave with a memory card full 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 in Aotearoa, New Zealand.
Valid: Sep 2021 – May 2022
TOUR CODE - SGPNI9
9 Day Signature North Island
Enjoy authentic experiences of New Zealand’s North Island
STYLE Signature Mid-Size Group
COACH 32 seat Premium Economy
ACCOMMODATION 4 star
NO HIDDEN EXTRAS
- Kauri Museum
- Waitangi Treaty Grounds
- Hole in the Rock Dolphin Cruise
- Sky Tower
- Hobbiton™ Movie Set Tour and Lunch
- Skyline Rotorua Gondola and Luge Ride
- Thermal mud pools and geysers*
- Te Puia traditional Mãori Hãngi and Concert
- City sights tour of Auckland, Napier, Wellington
*Guided tour is included with 1 guide per 24 travellers.
- 32 Premium Economy Comfort seats on a full-size coach
- 2 door access; seat back tray table; cup holder
- Restroom; daily onboard Wi-Fi allowance
- Professional Coach Captain and Tour Leader
- Return airport transfers in New Zealand
- Personalised Meet and Greet on Arival
- 8 nights 4 star accommodation
- 2 two night stays
- Hotel porterage
- 1 cruise
- All sightseeing and prepaid attractions
- Extensive Optional Tours Programme
- Classic documentation pack
- 8 cooked breakfasts including a specialty breakfast: Stratosfare Restaurant, Rotorua
- 6 sumptuous dinners including Complimentary pre-dinner drink at the Welcome Dinner and 2 specialty dinners: Mãori Hãngi and Concert, Rotorua; Farewell Dinner including pre-dinner drink, Wellington
- 1 Shire’s buffet lunch: Hobbiton
Dinner on Day 1 not included for anyone arriving later than 8pm.