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Duration: 11 days Visiting: New Zealand
Explore New Zealand’s North Island with no more than 20 like-minded travellers. Visit the cities Auckland and Wellington, that resound with a friendly welcome normally felt in small towns. Travel into the rustic, unspoilt coastal regions of the Coromandel and the Bay of Islands, where dazzling white beaches and historic villages are the norm.
Welcome to Wellington.
On arrival at Wellington International Airport you'll be driven by private car to your hotel. Spend some time at leisure to relax or explore on your own. This evening, meet your Travelling Concierge and get to know your fellow travellers during your Welcome Dinner.
Wellington Your Way.
Explore Wellington Your Way with an included choice of sightseeing. You can experience Weta Cave, home of the creative wizards behind The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies, join a local guide for city walking tour around Wellington or learn about New Zealand’s history and culture during a guided visit to Te Papa, New Zealand’s incredible national museum and art gallery.
Wellington to Hawke's Bay.
Travel through the dairy farming land of Manawatu to Napier in Hawke's Bay. In the evening, enjoy a wine tasting and three-course dinner at Mission Estate Winery, one of the region's world-famous wineries.
Enjoy a relaxed start before venturing out to explore the surrounding area. Join a local guide for a tour of the city and see the varying art deco architecture, the style in which Napier was rebuilt after a devastating Earthquake in 1931.
Travel past Lake Taupo, the largest lake in New Zealand, and visit the spectacular Huka Falls. Then it’s on to Rotorua where on arrival a sightseeing tour offers the chance to take in views of Lake Rotorua. Experience local customs like the Hongi greeting and learn some customary phrases when you visit the Whakarewarewa Living Village set amongst a highly active landscape erupting with geothermal activity. Savour the unique flavours of a Māori Hāngī feast, a meal cooked in the ground using geothermal steam, followed by a traditional concert, at the Tamaki Family Marae.
The Sights of Rotorua.
Your first stop is Rainbow Springs Nature Park, where you'll discover the native beauty around the crystal clear mineral water springs. Take a behind-the-scenes tour through a working kiwi nursery and hatchery dedicated to the conservation of the national icon. Continue to Redwoods - The TreeWalk which consists of 21 suspension bridges traversing between 22 Californian Coastal Redwoods. It provides a unique view of the native undergrowth below from up to 12 metres above the ground, and with a 553-metre-long walk there is plenty of time to appreciate the beauty of the forest. The rest of the afternoon is free for you to continue exploring at your leisure or perhaps relax at your state-of-the-art hotel.
Footwhistle Cave and Auckland.
During your five-star, exclusively guided, Eco Glowworm experience, admire the magical subterranean world of Footwhistle Cave. Later in New Zealand's largest city, Auckland, embark on an afternoon sightseeing tour before having the rest of the day at your leisure to enjoy the city as you wish.
Auckland to Bay of Islands.
Travel to Orewa and the scenic Hibiscus Coast. Continue to the Waipoua Forest, a sanctuary and home to many native trees including the largest Kauri tree in existence, Tane Mahuta, which is over 2,000 years old. A Māori 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.
Bay of Islands at Your Leisure.
With a full day at your leisure, make the most of your extended stay in the Bay of Islands. Why not sail aboard a historic tall ship, enjoy wine tastings around Kerikeri, or discover Russell, the first European settlement and capital of New Zealand, on a highlights tour of this small township? Your Travelling Concierge can assist you with booking your choice of activity.
Cruise the Bay of Islands and onto Auckland.
Cruise through the Bay of Islands Maritime Park and explore some of the 144 islands in the bay. Your journey continues through the small towns of Northland and over the Harbour Bridge as you return to Auckland. Toast your travels together at your Celebration Dinner.
Bid farewell to your fellow travellers after breakfast, as your journey comes to an end with a transfer to Auckland Airport for your onward flight.
Wellington (Contemporary) - New Zealand
Forming part of an exclusive collection of luxury hotels, the vintage-inspired Sofitel Wellington places you in the heart of the city near lush botanical gardens, stately parliamentary buildings and a collection of museums.
Havelock North, Hawke's Bay (Boutique) - New Zealand
Porters Boutique Hotel is a privately owned, boutique hotel that delivers a luxurious experience.
Rotorua (Contemporary) - New Zealand
Rotorua (Scenic) - New Zealand
Auckland (Contemporary) - New Zealand
Copthorne Hotel & Resort Bay of Islands.