11 Days


11 DAYS: Auckland, Bay of Island, Coromandel Peninsula, Rotorua, Napier & Wellington.

Tour Overview:

This Small Group Tour takes in the stunning sights of the North Island starting with a journey to the sparkling Pacific waters of the Bay of Islands. Further south you’ll visit the Art Deco town of Napier and enjoy the wonderful wines of the Hawke’s Bay region before arriving in Wellington, ‘The coolest little capital in the world’.

Day 1 – Arrive Auckland

Haere mai – welcome! Arrive into Auckland where you will be met and transferred to your accommodations. Spend the afternoon and evening at your leisure exploring the ‘City of Sails’.

Day 2 – Auckland / Bay of Islands

Travel north via Auckland’s iconic Harbour Bridge visiting the Reed Memorial Park. Here walk along an elevated canopy walkway through a remnant of the original kauri forests – some kauri trees are known to be at least 500 years old. Take in the picturesque Whangārei Falls formed more than 2 million years ago, before continuing to the Bay of Islands, a stunning region of 144 sub-tropical islands scattered through warm shallow waters and bays abundant in natural wonders and marine life. Regarded as the birthplace of New Zealand, the Bay of Islands is rich in both Māori culture and early European history. You are welcomed to the Waitangi Treaty Grounds, to learn the story of Waitangi including the signing of the 1840 treaty between Māori tribes and British settlers; the magnificent meeting house; the interactive and contemporary museum; and the war canoe (waka). Next, take a ferry to the seaside village of Russell spending the next two nights at the historic Duke of Marlborough Hotel. (B)

Day 3 – Bay of Islands

Today you have the choice of two excursions:
a) Discover the Far North of New Zealand Journey along the magnificent 90 Mile Beach to Cape Reinga the very tip of New Zealand, where the Tasman Sea collides with the Pacific Ocean. This full day tour includes a picnic lunch.
b) Enjoy a Hole in the Rock cruise On the way to the Cape Brett Lighthouse, now hold your breath as the skipper skilfully navigates through the famous Hole in the Rock and into Grand Cathedral Cave (conditions permitting). Return to Russell to meet a local guide for an insight into this historic town’s rip- roaring past! (B)

Day 4 – Bay of Islands / Auckland

Head south through rural towns and past delightful beaches before arriving in Auckland;New Zealand’s largest and most cosmopolitan city to enjoy a sightseeing tour of the ‘City of Sails’ including panoramic views from Bastion Point; trendy Parnell Village; the lovely bays of the waterfront drive; and the vibrant Viaduct Harbour area. We also enjoy a guided tour of the
Auckland Museum which gives an excellent introduction to the artistic legacy and cultures of the indigenous peoples of the Pacific. (B)

Day 5 – Auckland / Coromandel Peninsula

Travel across the fertile Hauraki Plains to Thames then head up the western side of the Coromandel Peninsula.  This coastal drive is quite spectacular and on a clear day, keep an eye out for the SkyTower which can be seen across the Firth of Thames.  Visit the nearby Driving Creek Railway climbing 120m on a narrow-gauge line to the ‘EyeFull’ Tower for panoramic views of the surrounding countryside and back over the Hauraki Gulf. Drive east across the Peninsula through beautiful scenery to reach the resort of Whitianga on Mercury Bay. (B)   

Day 6 – Coromandel Peninsula

White cliffs, golden beaches, inviting turquoise waters and green forests are the colours of the Coromandel, with scarlet highlights courtesy of the flowers of Pohutukawa trees in summer, making
this one of our favourite regions. Rightly famous is Hot Water Beach, where warm springs bubble up through the sand, and when the tide is right you can dig out your very own ‘spa’ pool for a wallow in the warm waters. Walk down into Cathedral Cove – your efforts are rewarded with one of the most photogenic beaches in New Zealand. Depart by water taxi back to Hahei where your driver will be waiting to take you to Cooks Beach – named after Captain James Cook who sailed on the HMS
Endeavour into Mercury Bay in 1769 – famous for its long golden sandy beach which is now a popular retreat for Kiwis during summer months. From Cooks Beach you can choose to catch the short ferry ride back to Whitianga and walk to your accommodation or travel back with your driver. (B)

Day 7 – Coromandel Peninsula / Rotorua

Taking the Pacific Coast Highway through the beachside towns of Whangamatā and Tauranga in the
beautiful Bay of Plenty before turning inland to visit a well-formed bushwalk with scenic lookouts over Okere Falls. Rotorua is the epicentre, not only of New Zealand’s geothermal activity but of Māori heritage. No visit to Rotorua would be complete without including Te Puia, not only an active geothermal site, but the nation’s centre for indigenous arts and crafts and a Kiwi conservation project. At Te Puia it’s part of their culture to welcome, guide, entertain, and treat you like part of the family and you are treated to a private guide throughout your time here. (B)

Day 8 – Rotorua

Today you have the choice of two excursions:
a) Visit the Waimangu Volcanic Valley Site of the eruption of Mt. Tarawera in 1886 the devasting eruption buried local Māori villages and destroyed the world-famous ‘Pink and White’ silica terraces, once considered to be the eighth wonder of the world. This catastrophic event changed the landscape forever and created the valley you can now walk through, past boiling craters and jewel-coloured steaming lakes. Take a cruise across Lake Rotomahana to the site of the old silica terraces, hear the story of Guide Sophia and see the new terraces of silica slowly forming.
b) Experience the real Middle-earth with a visit to the Hobbiton Movie Set
Visit the delightful setting for The Shire that featured in Peter Jackson’s films, The Lord of the Rings trilogy and The Hobbit film series. Your Hobbiton guide will escort you through the ten- acre site recounting fascinating details of how the movie set was created. The Hobbit holes,
Green Dragon Inn, The Millhouse and other structures created for the films can be viewed, and you will see how this beautiful piece of Waikato farmland was transformed into The Shire from Middle-earth. This evening visit Tamaki Māori Village for Te Pā Tū. The evening experience and feast is aligned to and changes with the maramataka (Māori lunar calendar). Feast on Māori song, tradition, and divine seasonal kai (cuisine) within the forest Pā (village) amidst towering Tawa trees, blazing bonfires, and forest-formed amphitheatre. Hākari (feasting) begins with forest horotai (canapes) and culminates in a lavish 4-course fusion feast. Hāngī is featured in varied seasonal menus designed by Māori chefs served to table, al fresco when warm, or in the wharekai (dining room) if cooler. During summer months, Tū Te Rā celebrates harvest and concepts concerning ancient Māori warfare and peace. Over winter months, Tū Te Ihi celebrates the Matariki star cluster with mystical ritual, energy, and passion. Return hotel transfers included – other travellers will be on board. (BD)

Day 9 – Rotorua / Napier

Visit the powerful Huka Falls then view the vast Lake Taupō – more inland sea than lake, though its fresh waters teem with trout. Across the lake stands the mighty volcanic peaks of Ruapehu, Ngāuruhoe and Tongariro within the Tongariro National Park. Onto Napier to view one of the world’s most complete examples of Art Deco architecture, second (arguably) only to Miami Beach.
This joyful seaside town had a tragic birth, being virtually levelled by fierce fires that followed the devastating 1931 earthquake. Napier was rebuilt in the most up-to-date style of the time, which today is referred to as Art Deco. This afternoon our local guide brings history and architecture alive with entertaining stories as we discover Napier on foot. Today’s journey has brought us to the North Island’s wine country, so this evening’s treat is dinner at New Zealand’s oldest winery, Mission Estate, where you enjoy dinner in the restored seminary buildings with sweeping views of Napier. (BD)

Day 10 – Napier / Wellington

Travel through the vineyards and orchards of Hawke’s Bay and the bush-clad ranges of the Wairarapa into New Zealand’s capital city, Wellington. On arrival view New Zealand’s magnificent Parliament Buildings including the iconic ‘Beehive’ building. From the Kelburn lookout take the Wellington Cable Car down into the central city precinct before visiting Te Papa – one of the most exciting museums in the world, featuring New Zealand insights; the shaping of its land, the spirit of its diverse peoples, its unique wildlife, landscapes and its distinctive popular culture. (B)

Day 11 – Depart Wellington

Haere rā – farewell from New Zealand. After breakfast you are transferred to the Wellington Airport for your return home, taking with you your fond memories of your time in New Zealand. Alternatively, should you wish to extend your stay, we can assist you with additional travel
arrangements. (B)

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Dates Dbl Sgl
Jan 10 - Jan 20 SOLD OUT
Jan 24 -Feb 03 CAD 7,405 CAD 9435
Feb 07 -Feb 17 CAD 7,405 CAD 9435
Feb 21 - Mar 02 SOLD OUT
Mar 02 -Mar 12 CAD 7,405 CAD 9435
Apr 17 -Apr 27 CAD 6,935 CAD 8,780
May 08 - May 18 SOLD OUT
Sep 18 - Sep 28 CAD 6,745 CAD 8,620
Oct 23 - Nov 02 CAD 7,215 CAD 9185
Nov 20 - Nov 30 CAD 7,685 CAD 9,840
Dates Dbl Sgl
Jan 15 -Jan 25 CAD 7,935 CAD 10,155
Jan 22 - Feb 01 CAD 7,935 CAD 10,155
Feb 12 -Feb 22 CAD 7,935 CAD 10,155
Feb 19 - Feb 29 CAD 7,935 CAD 10,155
Mar 05 -Mar 15 CAD 7,935 CAD 10,155
Mar 19 -Mar 29 CAD 7,935 CAD 10,155
Apr 16 -Apr 26 CAD 7,470 CAD 9,495
May 07 -May 17 CAD 6,970 CAD 8,905
Auckland M Social
Bay of Islands Duke of Marlborough Hotel, Russell
Coromandel Peninsula Oceans Resort, Whitianga
Rotorua Millennium Hotel (or Regal Palms Resort)
Napier Scenic Hotel Te Pania
Wellington Double Tree by Hilton
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Inclusions & Highlight

  • 10 nights accommodation in First Class Hotels
  • 12 meals included – 10 breakfasts & 2 dinners
  • Entry to Waitangi Treaty Grounds
  • Journey along 90 Mile Beach – or – take a Hole in the Rock cruise
  • Visit the Auckland Museum
  • Narrow-gauge railway journey through native Coromandel bush
  • Visit Hot Water Beach and photogenic Cathedral Cove
  • A private guide around a geothermal valley with geysers, mud pools and hot springs
  • Visit Waimangu Volcanic Valley – or – experience Hobbiton Movie Set
  • Delve into Māori life and enjoy a powerful cultural performance and feast
  • Discover Napier’s history and architecture on foot during a tour from a local guide
  • Enjoy an evening meal at Mission Estate in Napier
  • Travel on Wellington’s famous Cable Car and visit Te Papa museum

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