Introduction

Join us on an 8 day Coach Tour through the centre of the North Island experiencing New Zealand’s natural wonders such as the geothermal region of Rotorua before enjoying the vineyards of Hawkes Bay and the cafes and shops of Wellington.

During the course of the tour you will also have free time in Rotorua and Paihia (Bay of Islands) to experience some of the unique and regional optional sightseeing activities including a Float Plane or Helicopter flight to Mt Tarawera or Cape Reinga Day Trip from Paihia as well as many more options for those wishing to explore further.

Please Note: Prices correct as at 01 July 2018. “SPRING INTO SUMMER SALE” is valid for all new bookings for all coach departures for travel from 01 September 2018 – 31 December 2018. Sale ends 31 October 2018.

Highlights
  • Historic Bay of Islands
  • Thermal Wonderland of Rotorua
  • Napier, the Art Deco Capital of the World
  • Wellington, the nation’s capital

What's included

  • Tour Group Size

    Maximum 48 travellers

  • Accommodation

    7 nights accommodation in premium hotels

  • Dining

    7 fully cooked breakfasts (B) & 5 dinners (D)

Travel
  • Travel by luxury touring coach
  • Guided by a professional Coach Captain
  • Services of an Onboard Tour Concierge
  • All sightseeing, excursions and entrance fees as shown
  • Hotel porterage
  • Complimentary private airport transfers
Featured Experiences
  • Authentic Maori Village, Hangi & Cultural Performance
Iconic Sightseeing
  • City tours of Auckland & Wellington
  • Cape Brett ‘Hole in the Rock’ Cruise
  • Entry to Waitangi Treaty Grounds
  • Entry to Auckland Sky Tower
  • Agrodome Farm Show
  • Rainbow Springs Park
  • Skyline Gondola & Luge
  • Locally guided Art Deco walking tour

Itinerary

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  • Duration:  8 days & 7 nights
  • Area:  North Island
  • Meals:  7 fully cooked breakfasts & 5 dinners
  • Starts in:  Auckland
  • Ends in:  Wellington

“Haere Mai”…. Welcome to New Zealand. A Kirra Holidays representative will greet you at the airport with transport waiting to take you to your downtown city hotel. Tonight, enjoy a welcome drinks party with your fellow travellers.

Leaving the city behind, we travel across the Auckland Harbour Bridge and drive north to Paihia in the Bay of Islands, a seaside town nestled on the foreshore of this National Maritime Park. On arrival, meet your local Maori guide who will provide an insight into the local history before visiting Waitangi, the location of the signing of the treaty between the Maori people and the British. Enjoy a self-guided tour through the Treaty House, the Maori Meeting House and war canoe. Later this afternoon, board your launch for the scenic cruise to the Cape Brett Lighthouse and the famous ‘Hole in the Rock’.

  • stay at Copthorne Bay of Islands (2 nights)

Today is a free day to explore and enjoy the beauty of the Bay of Islands. Your Coach Captain will happily assist with arranging optional activities for you. Why not try a full day tour to Cape Reinga, New Zealand’s northern most point. Alternatively, explore the township of Russell, New Zealand’s first settlement and visit its historic Church, Mission House and Museum.

Optional Sightseeing ActivitiesFrom Price (NZD)*
Discover Cape Reinga and Ninety Mile Beach including Lunch$149 pp
Giants and Glow Worms$129 pp
Discovery Kerikeri$60 pp
R. Tucker Thompson Tall Sailing Ship$149 pp
Cape Reinga Fly/Drive Half-Day Tour by Aeroplane$425 pp
Bay of Islands Coastal Discovery by Helicopter$335 pp

* Prices shown are in NZD and were correct at time of submission (JUL 18) but are subject to change without notice. To be paid directly to supplier whilst touring New Zealand. If you wish to pre-book any tours please contact your local travel agent.

Leaving Paihia, travel south through Whangarei to Warkworth and on to Auckland. Visit the Sky Tower, at 328m the tallest free-standing structure in the Southern Hemisphere and enjoy panoramic 360 degree views across the city and its two majestic harbours. Later, cross the Bombay Hills to the lush farmlands of the Waikato. On to the geothermal wonderland of Rotorua, the centre of Maori culture and famous for its geysers, boiling mud pools and steaming craters.

Today begins with a visit to the Agrodome to see a unique New Zealand farm show. This is followed by a visit to Rainbow Springs to learn about native flora and fauna, including the famous Kiwi bird. The spectacular Skyline Gondola offers superb views over the city, lake and mountains and for those wanting a little excitement, why not try a Luge ride with our compliments. Enjoy some free time this afternoon before visiting Tamaki Village for an evening of fun and culture. You will experience a traditionally prepared Maori Hangi (feast) followed by a cultural performance featuring Maori songs, chants and dance including the stirring haka.

Optional Sightseeing ActivitiesFrom Price (NZD)*
Polynesian Spa$50 pp
Mokoia Island Experience$99 pp
Crater Lakes by Floatplane$165 pp
Crater Lakes by Helicopter$195 pp
Mt Tarawera by Helicopter with Volcanic Landing$395 pp

* Prices shown are in NZD and were correct at time of submission (JUL 18) but are subject to change without notice. To be paid directly to supplier whilst touring New Zealand. If you wish to pre-book any tours please contact your local travel agent.

View the mighty Huka Falls and the Wairakei Geothermal project before stopping at Lake Taupo, the largest in New Zealand. Continue on to Napier, often regarded as the world’s Art Deco capital. On arrival, enjoy a locally guided walking tour of the city.

Orchards and vineyards give way to farmland as you travel into the rural heartland of the Wairarapa region. Stop at historic Greytown to view excellent examples of Victorian colonial architecture before travelling over the Rimutaka Ranges to Wellington, the nation’s capital, where you enjoy a city tour on arrival.

It’s time to bid farewell to your fellow travellers today. You will be transferred to the airport to join your onward flight. If you choose to stay in Wellington a little longer, we’ve created a list of optional sightseeing activities to supercharge your holiday – check it out below.

Optional Sightseeing ActivitiesFrom Price (NZD)*
Weta Cave Workshop ‘There & Back Again’ Tour$85 pp
An Evening with Weta & CoCo$145 pp
Lord of the Rings Half Day Tour$95 pp
Zealandia$55 pp
Walking Gourmet Tour$185 pp
Capital Tastes Tour$299 pp

* Prices shown are in NZD and were correct at time of submission (JUL 18) but are subject to change without notice. To be paid directly to supplier whilst touring New Zealand. If you wish to pre-book any tours please contact your local travel agent.

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