9 Day Northern Sensations

From the kaleidoscope of sights and sounds in New Zealand’s largest city, to the creative hum of the world’s southernmost capital, you’ll enjoy a satisfying serving of Middle-earth in an action-packed week.

from NZ$1,988 pp - Twin Share

Inclusions

  • 8 nights accommodation including breakfast
  • 9 days car rental (excess applies)
  • Private airport transfer on arrival into Auckland
  • Waiheke Island Wine Tasting Tour
  • Hobbiton movie set tour
  • Rotorua Volcanic Air Safari
  • Te Whakarewarewa Thermal Reserve
  • Traditional Maori Hangi and Cultural Experience
  • Guided Art Deco Tour Napier
  • Please note that self-drive holidays depart on rolling start dates.

Itinerary

On arrival, you will be met and transferred to your downtown city hotel. The rest of today is at leisure to enjoy New Zealand’s 'City of Sails'. Take a stroll around the Viaduct Harbour or visit the Auckland Sky Tower, providing amazing 360-degree views.

After a leisurely start to the day, a short ferry ride will take you to Waiheke Island, a haven for vineyards, olive groves, art galleries and sandy beaches. Your trip to paradise begins with a warm greeting as you step off the ferry where jaw-dropping vistas await. Learn about local Maori history and island life before enjoying some of Waiheke's award winning wineries. Take time for a relaxed lunch before boarding your ferry back to Auckland.

Collect your rental car this morning and travel south to Matamata, home to the famous Hobbiton Movie Set. Situated on private farmland, you’ll be treated to a fun and interesting guided tour before continuing on to the geothermal city of Rotorua.

Today’s highlight is a helicopter flight over Rotorua and beyond the crater rim. Enjoy spectacular views of the hidden lakes district, distant volcanoes and local geothermal activity in this captivating overview of this stunning area. Later today, travel past the Blue and Green Lakes to the famous buried village of Te Wairoa. This evening, visit Te Whakarewarewa Thermal Reserve and be treated to a traditional Maori Hangi (feast) and cultural performance.

Leave Rotorua this morning and travel south to Lake Taupo. Stop to view the mighty Huka Falls and Wairakei Geothermal project, then take time to wander around the popular lakeside resort of Taupo. Continue on to Napier, one of the world’s finest Art Deco cities. Here, your local guide will bring this fascinating architecture to life on your walk around the town this afternoon.

Widely regarded as the ‘Tuscany of the South Pacific’, this region boasts some of New Zealand’s best and oldest wineries. Enjoy a free day to experience some of the many optional activities available or simply relax and enjoy your surroundings.

Travel this morning through the rural heartland of the Wairarapa region enroute to Wellington, the nation’s capital. On arrival, enjoy an afternoon at leisure to explore this vibrant city.

Recently named the ‘coolest little capital in the world’ by Lonely Planet, Wellington is nestled between a sparkling harbour and rolling green hills and is renowned for its arts, heritage, culture and native beauty. A visit to Te Papa National Museum, a ride on the famous Cable Car or a visit to Weta Workshop is highly recommended. If you like action-packed adventure activities, Wellington has it all along with beautiful walks around the harbour and surrounding hills.

It's time to head home today. Drop your rental car at Wellington Airport in time for your return flight home.

Please Note: Prices are per person twin/double share and subject to availability. For other room types or more information please enquire.

Conditions: Prices are per person, twin/double share and subject to availability. Prices were correct at the time of submission (OCT17) but are subject to change without notice. Valid for travel 01 September 2017 – 31 August 2018. Blackout periods and surcharges may apply. Car hire excess fees of NZ$3000 + GST applies. This will be imprinted on a credit card upon collecting the vehicle. Excess reduction options are available at an additional cost per day. Airport/Ferry pick up fee of NZ$45+ GST applies. This must be paid direct in New Zealand. Car parking fees may apply in some locations. Please enquire for more information.