9 Day Northern Escape
Starts in: Auckland Ends in: Wellington
Combining cultural and scenic highlights with unique and exclusive experiences, you will discover why New Zealand’s North Island is a magical place.
Enjoy lunch on Auckland’s Waiheke Island before heading south for a guided tour of the Hobbiton movie set, a location featured in the Lord of the Rings & Hobbit movies. In Rotorua, where Maori culture thrives in an active geothermal landscape we sail aboard a luxury catamaran on the pristine waters of Lake Rotoiti and visit the buried village of Te Wairoa. In the evening, experience a traditional Maori hangi (feast) and cultural performance including song, dance & the famous ‘haka’. From the Art Deco city of Napier, travel through the picturesque Wairarapa region to Wellington, ‘the coolest little capital in the world’.
- 2 night stopovers in Auckland, Rotorua, Napier & Wellington
- Geothermal Rotorua
- Art Deco Napier
- Wellington & Te Papa National Museum
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‘Haere Mai’ …. Welcome to New Zealand. On arrival you will be met by a Kirra representative and transferred to your downtown city hotel.
After a leisurely start to the day, a brief ferry ride brings us to Waiheke Island, a haven for vineyards, olive groves, art galleries and sandy beaches. Enjoy a special lunch at the beautiful Mudbrick Winery with its spectacular views over the Hauraki Gulf looking back to the city skyline. Later this afternoon, there is the opportunity to visit the historic and trendy seaside village of Devonport.
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. Tonight, enjoy a lakeside BBQ at our hotel.
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. This afternoon, travel past the Blue & Green Lakes to the famous buried village of Te Wairoa. This evening, we visit Te Whakarewarewa Thermal Reserve and are treated to a traditional Maori hangi (feast) and cultural performance.
Stop to view the mighty Huka Falls & Wairakei Geothermal project and 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. This evening, we visit Craggy Range Winery in the stunning Tuki Tuki Valley for a sumptuous dinner in its French bistro inspired restaurant, ‘Terroir’.
Travel this morning through the rural heartland of the Wairarapa region en-route to Wellington, the nation’s capital, where you enjoy a brief sightseeing and orientation tour before checking into your accommodation.
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 is highly recommended as is a ride on the famous Cable Car up the hill to Kelburn for amazing views over the city. If you like action-packed adventure activities, Wellington has it all along with beautiful walks around the harbour and surrounding hills.
Sadly, your holiday ends today and you will be transferred to Wellington airport to connect with your onward flight home.