Introduction

This 8 day North Island journey of discovery leaves from the cosmopolitan city of Wellington, recently voted as the ‘coolest little capital in the world’ by Lonely Planet.

Stay in Martinborough, a boutique wine village in the rural heartland of the Wairarapa region, with many vineyards within walking distance of the town square. Visit Pukaha Mt Bruce Wildlife Centre, a captive breeding sanctuary for some of the country’s most threatened wildlife. Enjoy a visit to the Tongariro National Park, dominated by the active volcanic cone of Mt Ruapehu. In the geothermal wonderland of Rotorua you will see boiling mud pools, exploding geysers and learn about Maori culture. Experience an exclusive cruise across the pristine waters of Lake Rotoiti and walk amongst the gentle giants of the Redwood Forest. Enjoy a guided tour of the ‘Hobbitton’ movie set before continuing your journey to the ‘City of Sails’.

Please Note: Prices correct as at 1 December 2018. “Super Early Bird Deals” is valid for all new bookings for all coach departures for travel from 01 September 2019 onwards. A deposit of $200 per person is due within 10 days of booking confirmation. Book and pay in full by 31 March 2019 to be eligible for the offer.

Highlights
  • Wellington, the nation’s capital
  • Boutique wine village of Martinborough
  • Stay in the Tongariro National Park
  • Thermal Wonderland of Rotorua
  • Spectacular Coromandel Peninsula
  • Auckland, the City of Sails

What's included

  • Tour Group Size

    Maximum 24 travellers

  • Accommodation

    7 nights luxury accommodation

  • Dining

    Full breakfasts daily (B), 1 lunch & 4 dinners (D)

Travel
  • Travel by 5 star luxury touring coach
  • Accompanied throughout by professional, experienced Coach Captain
  • All sightseeing, excursions and entrance fees as shown
  • Hotel porterage
  • Complimentary airport transfers on arrival & departure
Featured Experiences
  • Pukaha Mount Bruce Wildlife Centre
  • Exclusive Lake Rotoiti cruise
  • Authentic Maori Hangi & Cultural Performance
  • Guided Tour of Te Papa Museum
Iconic Sightseeing
  • Wine tasting Martinborough
  • Te Puia Thermal Reserve
  • Treetop eco-walk amongst the Redwoods
  • Hobbiton Movie & Farm Tour

Itinerary

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  • Duration:  8 days & 7 nights
  • Area:  North Island
  • Meals:  Full breakfasts daily, 1 lunch & 4 dinners
  • Starts in:  Wellington
  • Ends in:  Auckland

On arrival at Wellington airport, a Kirra representative will greet you and transfer you to your city hotel.

  • stay at The Bolton Hotel Wellington

This morning enjoy a guided tour of Te Papa Museum followed by a city sights tour of Wellington. The town of Martinborough is located at the centre of the Wairarapa wine region and because of its close proximity to Wellington, makes it a popular weekend destination for locals. Many boutique wineries are within an easy walk of the town square and the region is particularly well known for its production of Pinot Noir wines.

  • stay at Peppers Parehua

This morning, enjoy a guided tour of the Pukaha Mount Bruce Wildlife Centre, a captive-breeding sanctuary for some of the country’s most threatened wildlife and home to the only white kiwi in captivity. Continue north along the Desert Road to Tongariro, New Zealand’s oldest national park and a dual World Heritage area.

  • stay at The Chateau Tongariro

First stop today is Taupo where you will enjoy time to stroll around this popular lakeside resort. View the mighty Huka Falls & Wairakei Geothermal Project before arriving at the thermal resort of Rotorua. This evening, we enjoy a tour of Te Puia Thermal Reserve and are treated to a traditional Maori hangi (feast) and cultural performance featuring Maori songs, chants and dance including the stirring haka.

  • stay at Millennium Hotel Rotorua (2 nights)
Optional Sightseeing ActivitiesFrom Price (NZD)*
Polynesian Spa$50 pp
City and Lakes Tour$69 pp
Mt Tarawera by Floatplane$330 pp
Crater Lakes by Floatplane$165 pp
Mt Tarawera by Helicopter with Volcanic Landing$395 pp
Crater Lakes by Helicopter$195 pp
White Island by Floatplane with Volcanic Landing$595 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.

Today’s highlight is an exclusive cruise across the serene, clear waters of Lake Rotoiti. Explore native bays and coves of the lake under sail on our luxury catamaran and bathe in the thermal waters of the Manupirua Pools, accessible only by boat. Later, enjoy a suspended treetop eco-walk amongst Rotorua’s gentle giants in the Redwood Forest and get a unique bird’s eye perspective of these 110 year old trees and the lush flora below.

  • stay at Millennium Hotel Rotorua

After a leisurely breakfast, we travel to Matamata and experience a guided tour of Hobbiton, the movie set used in the block-busting ‘Lord of the Rings’ and ‘Hobbit’ films. Enjoy a festive lunch at The Green Dragon Inn before travelling on to Auckland, the ‘City of Sails.

  • stay at Pullman Hotel Auckland (2 nights)

Today is free to explore New Zealand’s largest and most vibrant city. Perhaps take the ferry to Waiheke Island & enjoy lunch at one of the many superb vineyards, stroll around the trendy suburbs of Parnell and Ponsonby or sail Waitemata Harbour aboard a genuine America’s Cup racing yacht. Your options are many. This evening, join your friends for a farewell dinner with dinks and relive the many great experiences of the last eighteen days.

  • stay at Pullman Hotel Auckland
Optional Sightseeing ActivitiesFrom Price (NZD)*
Bay of Islands Day Tour with Hole in the Rock Dolphin Cruise$258 pp
Discover Waitomo including Lunch$256 pp
Essence of Waiheke Wine Tour$120 pp
SkyJump$225 pp
Skywalk 360$150 pp
Wilderness Experience Tour$155 pp
America’s Cup Sailing Experience$180 pp
Auckland Harbour Dinner Cruise$140 pp
Auckland Harbour Sailing Cruise$99 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.

Sadly, your holiday ends after breakfast this morning. Here we bid you farewell and hope you leave with many happy memories of your stay.

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