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North New Zealand Encounter

Price $6,406* per person

Tour & Return Economy Class Flights From $6,699* per person

Dates: 26 Nov - 6 Dec 2019

Fully escorted from Brisbane

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Duration: 11 days

 

 

Join our North New Zealand Encounter as we spend 11 days travelling from Auckland to Wellington enjoying the Land of the Long White Cloud.

Highlights

  • City of Sails – Auckland
  • Waitangi Treaty House
  • Bay of Islands
  • Waitomo Caves
  • Rotorua
  • Maori Hangi Dinner
  • Te Pauia
  • Huka Falls
  • Lake Taupo
  • Wellington

For more information, or to secure your place, call us today at 1300 044 444

 

 

 

 

11 DAYS
Fully Escorted

Departing Brisbane 26 November 2019
Departing Auckland 26 November 2019

Pricing

$6,406* per person
$6,699* per person inclusive of return economy class airfares from Brisbane – ask us about departing from other capital cities.

Inclusions

  • Economy class airfares including taxes*
  • Private single rooms in quality accommodation
  • Meals as per itinerary – 10 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 8 Dinners
  • Sightseeing tours and transfers as per itinerary
  • Tour Escort – travels with group from/to Brisbane
  • Local English speaking Drive/Guide

Exclusions

  • Any meals, tours, flights, excursion or transfers other than mentioned above or in the itinerary
  • Items of a personal nature i.e. laundry, drinks, phone calls, etc
  • Travel Insurance

*Please note: Airport Transfers are only available with the group flights. 

For more information, or to secure your place, call us today at 1300 044 444

 

 

Day 1

Brisbane – Auckland   (D)

Today we meet our Tour Escort and fellow travellers at Brisbane International Airport for our flight to Auckland.

On arrival, at Auckland International Airport, we will be met by our Driver/Guide who will accompany us to the awaiting vehicle to take us to our hotel.

We will meet for our Welcome Dinner tonight in the hotel restaurant.

Hotel – Best Western President or similar

Day 2

Auckland  (B,L)

This morning after breakfast we take a sightseeing tour of the ‘City of Sails’ which includes the panoramic city and harbour views from Bastion Point; trendy Parnell Village; the lovely bays of the waterfront drive and the vibrant Viaduct Harbour area.

We will visit the Auckland Museum which gives an excellent introduction to the artistic legacy and cultures of the peoples of the Pacific; the monumental carvings, buildings, canoes and taonga (treasures) of the Maori; and the diversity of cultures which now combine to form the rich tapestry of race, nationality and creed which is modern New Zealand.

This evening is at leisure to sample Auckland’s excellent restaurants, cafés and bars. Our escort will let everyone know their plans and anyone is welcome to join them.

Hotel – Best Western President or similar

Day 3

Auckland – Bay of Islands   (B,D)

After breakfast we will depart Auckland to travel north over the Auckland Harbour Bridge to first visit the Parry Kauri Park. Here we will view some fine examples of Giant Kauri Trees.

Continuing on we visit the Matakohe Kauri Museum, at Otamatea. Here we gain an insight to the early New Zealand pioneer history, which helped form the New Zealand that we see today.

We then travel north through the Waipoua Forest surrounded by giant Kauri Trees and along the shores of the Hokianga Harbour to Paihia in the beautiful Bay of Islands.

Upon arrival we will check into our hotel and have time to freshen up before we meet for dinner.

Hotel – Kingsgate Autolodge Paihia or similar

Day 4

Bay of Islands   (B,D)

This morning after breakfast enjoy a guided tour of the Waitangi Treaty House where New Zealand’s history began.

This afternoon is at your leisure – perhaps take a cruise (additional cost) through game fishing waters to the Cape Brett Lighthouse, visiting Motukokako Island, majestic Grand Cathedral Cave and passing through the famous ‘Hole in the Rock’ (conditions permitting). This cruise is a wonderful opportunity to see some of the beautiful islands which give this area its name. Dolphins frolicking around the boat are a common sight. On the return journey enjoy an island stopover on beautiful Urupukapuka Island where there will be time for a swim or scenic walk before returning to Paihia.

This evening we will meet for dinner.

Hotel – Kingsgate Autolodge Paihia or similar

Day 5

Bay of Islands – Auckland   (B,D)

After breakfast we depart Paihia and travel south through undulating farmlands and the small settlements of Kawakawa and Hikurangi to the city of Whangarei.

Continuing south through the rural townships of Warkworth and Wellsford we then pass the delightful beaches of the Hibiscus Coast before arriving in Auckland, New Zealand’s largest and most cosmopolitan city.

After we’ve checked in and had time to freshen up we will meet for dinner tonight in the hotel restaurant.

Hotel – Auckland City Hotel or similar

Day 6

Auckland – Waitomo – Rotorua  (B,D)

This morning after breakfast we will depart Auckland and travel south, crossing the Bombay Hills through the dairy rich Waikato countryside to arrive at the famous Waitomo Caves.

Here a guide will take us underground to view the amazing limestone caves featuring stalagmites and stalactites, which have taken centuries to form. Continue to walk down to an underground stream to board a small boat to view the glow-worm grotto – an underground cavern featuring millions of glow-worms.

From Waitomo we make our way to the thermal wonderland of Rotorua, the Sulphur City. Rotorua has the most energetic thermal activity in the country with bubbling mud pools, gushing geysers, beautiful coloured hot springs and terrace formations created by mineral water. Rotorua also has a large Maori population whose cultural activities are interesting and accessible as will be witnessed tomorrow evening.

We check in to our hotel and then meet tonight for dinner.

Hotel – Copthorne Hotel or similar

Day 7

Rotorua  (B,D)

This morning enjoy a leisurely breakfast before we have the day at leisure to explore Rotorua. We have an Optional Touring Booklet that will give us plenty of options on how to spend our time.

This evening we will be treated to a traditional Hangi (feast) and Maori Concert.

We are transferred from our hotel to visit Tamaki Maori Village for a Cultural Experience and Hangi Dinner. Experience the warmth of the Maori people during an evening of ceremonial rituals, powerful cultural performance, storytelling & hangi feasting. Enter the pre-European Maori village, witness the earth being scraped carefully away from the hangi pit and enter their ancestral Meeting House to relax as their family entertain you with a powerful cultural performance before dining on the traditional hangi buffet dinner (Maori feast) cooked the traditional Maori way in an earth oven.

Hotel – Copthorne Hotel or similar

Day 8

Rotorua – Napier  (B,L)

This morning after breakfast we visit Te PuiaThe New Zealand Maori Arts and Crafts Institute and Whakarewarewa Thermal Valley featuring the famous Pohutu Geyser.

Departing Rotorua, we travel via New Zealand’s largest pine tree forests to Taupo. En-route we make a stop at the Wairakei Geothermal Steam Field. This was a world-first, generating electricity by tapping a natural steam field then channelling the steam to a nearby power generation plant.

Our next stop is to view the mighty Huka Falls. Huka in Maori translates to “snow”, as the water here has the appearance of snow falling as it is forced along from Lake Taupo through the falls on its journey along the Waikato River.

This afternoon we travel around the shores of Lake Taupo, which is New Zealand’s largest lake and a world renowned trout fishery.

Continuing on, we cross the Rangitaiki Plains to Hawke’s Bay, and the seaside city of Napier. Napier was devastated by an earthquake in 1931 and was rebuilt during the period when Art Deco Architecture was fashionable. The area is also one of New Zealand’s top grape growing regions with some of the country’s best-known wines coming from the Hawke’s Bay.

This evening is at leisure. We can enjoy the exceptional dining options at nearby restaurants or choose to dine at the hotel.

Hotel – Scenic Te Pania Hotel or similar

Day 9

Napier – Wellington   (B,D)

Enjoy a leisurely breakfast at the hotel this morning before we travel south through Hastings, passing through the wine growing and farming region of the Wairarapa Valley and drive into Wellington, the Capital City of New Zealand and Seat of Parliament.

Once we’ve arrived and checked into our hotel the remainder of the day is at leisure.

We will meet this evening for dinner.

Hotel – Bay Plaza Hotel or similar

Day 10

Wellington   (B,D)

This morning we enjoy an informative sightseeing tour including visits to St Pauls – the original cathedral built entirely of wood, the modern city centre and the rose garden at the Botanic Gardens.

We return to the hotel and have the the rest of the afternoon free to explore Te Papa (Our Place), New Zealand’s national museum.

Early evening we come together for our Farewell Dinner.

Hotel – Bay Plaza Hotel or similar

 

Day 11

Wellington – Brisbane   (B)

After breakfast we prepare to bid New Zealand farewell and will be transferred from the hotel to Wellington International Airport for our flight to Brisbane.

For more information, or to secure your place, call us today at 1300 044 444

 

 

 

 

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