Inspiring Journeys - 11 day Endless Shores Itinerary

 
1

WELCOME TO WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND!

‘Haere Mai’ … Welcome to New Zealand!

Upon arrival in Wellington you will be met by a tour representative and transferred to your hotel. Depending on what time you arrive, you will then have some time to explore. Visit Te Papa, New Zealand's national museum, take a walk along Lambton Quay and immerse yourself in the city's famous coffee culture or meander along the waterfront following the Wellington Writer’s Walk - quotes from Kiwi writers are carved in large stone sculptures. This evening meet your Guide and fellow travellers for a welcome drink and dinner at your hotel.

Meals: Dinner

Accommodation: Wellington - 2 Nights

Accommodation:

The Sofitel Wellington is a Luxury 5 Star Hotel on the Terrace with Views of the Botanic Gardens. This hotel features 129 guest rooms, each with vintage-inspired gold and bronze colored decor and a luxurious rain shower. They offer an LCD TV and a BOSE sound system, Free Wifi and downstairs the Jardin Grill Restaurant. Guests can visit a variety of local restaurants and cafes, within 15 minutes' walk.

Sofitel Wellington

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WELLINGTON - OUR COOL LITTLE CAPITAL

Today you are free to select your choice of sightseeing. Perhaps join a tour of New Zealand’s Parliament buildings and the ‘Beehive’ or experience Weta Cave - where the creative talent behind the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit trilogies were created. Your Travel Director will assist you in booking all of your chosen optional experiences. This evening why not venture down to Courtenay Place or Cuba Street and dine at one of Wellington’s tucked-away bars or quirky cafés.

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


3

Wellington to Hawkes Bay

Travel past the dairy farms of the Manawatu through to Napier in Hawkes Bay. Relax after the days adventures - take a wander in the picturesque village of Havelock North, before joining your group for Dinner

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Accommodation: Porters Boutique Hotel - 2 Nights


4

Napier Hawkes Bay

This morning join a local guide for a city tour. You'll see the pervasive Art Deco flavor - as the city of Napier was rebuilt following the devasting 1931 earthquake. This evening you will taste Hawkes Bay - famed for outstanding produce and wine at one of the renowned wineries of the region

Meals: Breakfast, Local Dining Experience

 


5

ROTORUA - THE PACIFIC RIM OF FIRE

You'll travel past Lake Taupo and the Huka Falls before continuing on to cultural Rotorua for a sightseeing visit. Visit Whakarewarewa Living Village, where oyou will meet the local 'iwi'  - people and learn about their special bond with this land. This evening enjoy a traditional Maori Hangi dinner, a meal cooked in the ground using geothermal steam. See the Hangi pit and savour the unique flavours that the Maori have enjoyed for hundreds of years.

Meals: Breakfast, Local Dining Experience

Accommodation: The Pullman Hotel - 2 Nights

Accommodation:

A brand new build completed in late 2018, the Pullman hotel in Rotorua boasts panoramic views of the city and lake area and feature a sophisticated executive lounge - a hallmark of every Pullman hotel - business lounge, chill-out lounge, restaurant and bar, gymnasium, car parking as well as five meeting rooms catering for conference and events - This is Rotorua's latest 5 Star property.

Pullman Hotel Rotorua

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ROTORUA

Visit the crystal clear waters of Rainbow Springs. You will have time for a unique encounter with the flightless Kiwi in the nocturnal enclosure - a rare opportunity to view this shy creature. Next up to the Tree Tops as you walk amongst the giant Redwoods - enjoying an elevated view with a series of 23 suspension bridges linking these majestic trees.

Meals: Breakfast


7

AUCKLAND

Begin your day in the subterranean wonder of Waitomo - with a 5 star Eco Glowworm experience at Footwhistle, led by an expert. You’ll travel on to New Zealand’s largest city, Auckland. Take an afternoon sightseeing tour and then the rest of the day is at leisure. Visit the grand  Sky Tower for 360° views of the region and surrounding volcanic hills. Amble down Queen Street to the main shopping precinct or on to the Viaduct Harbour and the Auckland Waterfront region. This recently developed area of central Auckland has cafés and restaurants galore. Take a seat in the sunshine, enjoy a glass of one of New Zealand’s famous Sauvignon Blancs and watch the maritime activity on Waitemata Harbour.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Sofitel - 1 Night

Discover elegance on Auckland’s Viaduct where service and style are always in sync. The Sofitel Auckland has a global reach and a French luxury experience for its guests. Enjoy the marinas ambience from your own balcony, relax at the hotel’s spa by day and socialise at the champagne bar by night. Some of our world class amenities include: Fitness Center, Swimming Pool, World Class So Spa, Panoramic Ocean Views.
Sofitel Auckland

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BAY OF ISLANDS

Travel to Orewa and the scenic Hibiscus Coast, the birthplace of Sir Edmund Hillary. Then continue to the Waipoua Forest, a sanctuary that is home to many native trees including the largest Kauri tree in existence, Tane Mahuta (over 2,000 years old). A Maori guide will walk you through the native bush and explain the history and legend behind the mighty Kauri. Head to your waterfront resort in the heart of the beautiful Bay of Islands. Tonight it’s dinner at the resort.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Accommodation: Copthorne Resort - 2 Nights

This four star hotel offers uninterrupted Bay views surrounded by 60 acres of subtropical gardens and the historic Waitangi Treaty Grounds. It features a spectacular, lagoon style swimming pool and rock pools of cascading water. The hotel’s 180 guest rooms have individual patios or balconies from which to enjoy the water or garden views. Taking inspiration from nature, rooms have been designed to blend into the natural environment whilst offering a serene escape.
Copthorne Hotel and Resort Bay of Islands

9

RUSSELL / A DAY OF LEISURE

Check with your Journey Director for options today. You may like to take a ferry across the harbour to historic Russell, where a local guide will take you on a walking tour of the first European settlement and what was once the first capital of New Zealand.  Perhaps head out on to the water on a dolphin watching cruise, and maybe even jump in the water for a swim with these magnificent creatures. Experience sailing aboard a historic tall ship or enjoy wine tasting around Kerikeri. Your Travel Director will assist you in booking all of your chosen optional experiences.

Excursions available from Russell if you want to get 'Out and About'

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


10

'HOLE IN THE ROCK' CRUISE

This is the most popular dolphin watching cruise in the Bay of Islands, and for good reason! Board your cruise in Paihia or Russell and take in the stunning views as we glide out through the islands and along the Rakaumangamanga Peninsula to Cape Brett, where a historic lighthouse keeps watch over Piercy Island/Motukōkako, or as it is popularly known the 'Hole in the Rock'. This four-hour cruise includes an island stopover, dolphin viewing and the Hole in the Rock. Morning cruises depart daily and afternoon cruises are available on Saturdays and Sundays.

Meals: Breakfast, Farewell Dinner

Accommodation Sofitel

Discover elegance on Auckland’s Viaduct where service and style are always in sync. The Sofitel Auckland has a global reach and a French luxury experience for its guests. Enjoy the marinas ambience from your own balcony, relax at the hotel’s spa by day and socialise at the champagne bar by night. Some of our world class amenities include: Fitness Center, Swimming Pool, World Class So Spa, Panoramic Ocean Views.
Sofitel Auckland

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FAREWELL AUCKLAND

Your holiday concludes this morning after breakfast, time to say goodbye. You will be transferred to the airport for your onward flight.

Haere rā and Bon Voyage!

We are sure you enjoyed this tour of New Zealand and our promise 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.

Meals: Breakfast


NOTES

Included Highlights 

  • Roam through New Zealand’s capital Wellington on a guided tour
  • Wander the shores of New Zealand’s largest lake, Taupo
  • Feast on a Maori Hangi at a unique dinner experience with the Tamaki family
  • Experience farm life at the Agrodome Sheep Show
  • Visit a working kiwi nursery and meet some of New Zealand’s national icons
  • Relive the history of a Maori Village with stories from a guide who calls the village home
  • Discover the fascinating glowworms of Waitomo Glowworm Grotto
  • Roam the colonial streets of Russell, the first capital of New Zealand
  • Cruise through the ‘Hole in the Rock’ in the Bay of Islands
     

Inclusions

  • Experienced Travel Director and Driver Guide
  • Hand-picked accommodation
  • Comprehensive documentation pack
  • Travel in a luxury vehicle with no more than 20 guests
  • Airport transfers 

Dining 

  • Full buffet breakfasts (10)
  • Dinners with wine (4)
  • Highlight dinner (1)
  • Farewell dinner (1)

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What Shelly says about this tour: I recommend this trip to guests wanting a smaller group, with luxury transport and accommodation. The insights into kiwi culture and history are complemented by the sea and lake cruises, caving and exploring the natural environment.
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