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9 Day Ultimate North Island Escape Small Group Tour

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9

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$4379

North Island
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Overview

9 Day Ultimate North Island Escape MapJoin us on an unforgettable experience of the diverse culture of North Island. Travel in comfort and style in this 9 day Ultimate North Island escape small group coach.

From the energetic city of Auckland, you will journey to the “winterless north” and stay in the Bay of Islands. Visit the Kauri Museum and the historic Waitangi Treaty Grounds in Paihia. You will have a free day in the Bay of Islands and you’re free to explore its many beautiful beaches or you can take a tour to Cape Reinga.

Travel back southwards and visit the Hobbiton Movie Set in Matamata before you continue to Rotorua, the geothermal paradise of New Zealand. In Rotorua, you will start your day with a gondola ride and a breakfast at the Skyline restaurant. Visit other attractions like the Agrodome, Te Puia, and witness a Maori cultural performance.

Visit Napier, the “Art Deco Capital” of the country and get on board the Hawke’s Bay Express where you will learn about the region’s fascinating history. Before you say goodbye to New Zealand, spend some time in the capital city of Wellington.

Ultimate North Island Escape

Cape Reinga, Northland

Ultimate North Island Escape

Hole in the Rock cruise, Bay of Islands

Ultimate North Island Escape

Auckland yachts

Ultimate North Island Escape

Te Puia, Rotorua

Ultimate North Island Escape

Agrodome, Rotorua

Ultimate North Island Escape

Art Deco architecture, Napier

Ultimate North Island Escape

Wellington by night

Ultimate North Island Escape

The ultimate way to travel

Ultimate North Island Escape

Business Class Coach

Ultimate North Island Escape

Business Class seats

Ultimate North Island Escape

Ultimate view

Ultimate North Island Escape

Ultimate North Island Escape

Ultimate North Island Escape

Itinerary

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Day 1Arrive Auckland (D)

On arrival into Auckland you will be met by our representative who will transfer you to your hotel. Meet your travelling companions over a complimentary pre dinner drink.
Hotel Crowne Plaza Auckland

Day 2Auckland - Bay of Islands (B,D)

Board the luxurious Ultimate Coach, depart Auckland and travel to the Parry Kauri Park to see a magnificent example of a Kauri Tree. Enjoy a visit and informative talk at the Kauri Museum in Matakohe, then travel via Whangarei to Paihia, situated in the heart of the beautiful Bay of Islands. Enjoy a guided tour of the Waitangi Treaty Grounds, the location of the signing of the treaty between the Maori tribes and the British.
Hotel Scenic Hotel Bay of Islands (Deluxe Room. 2 nights)

Day 3Bay of Islands (Free Day) (B)

Today is a free day. Choose from the many optional activities available, including the Cape Reinga coach trip via Ninety Mile Beach, a tour of historic Russell, a classic sail on a tall ship or or a spectacular scenic flight. This evening is also free and you may like to enjoy a relaxing dinner cruise (optional).

Day 4Bay of Islands - Auckland (B,D)

This morning travel aboard a luxury catamaran to Cape Brett and the famous Hole in the Rock. Keep an eye out for bottlenose and common dolphins before returning to Paihia. Travel south via Whangarei to Auckland.
Hotel Crowne Plaza Auckland

Day 5Auckland - Rotorua (B,L,D)

This morning enjoy a city sights tour of Auckland before travelling to the Zealong Tea Estate, New Zealand’s only tea plantation for a tour & tasting. Continue through the picturesque countryside to Hobbiton for buffet lunch. This is followed by a guided tour of the Movie Set from The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies. Your guide will recount details of how this beautiful piece of farmland was transformed into The Shire from Middle Earth. The next two nights will be spent in the geothermal capital of Rotorua.

Hotel Regent of Rotorua (2 nights)

Day 6Rotorua (B,SD)

Today begins with a Gondola ride at the Skyline Rotorua for breakfast with champagne, spectacular views and also time for a thrilling luge ride! Next stop is the Agrodome for an action packed hour of farming entertainment and education that’s unlike anything you’ve seen before. Enjoy some free time this afternoon before travelling to Te Puia to see the boiling mud pools and awesome Geysers that Rotorua is famous for. This evening you will experience an entertaining Maori cultural performance which features the graceful poi dance or ferocious haka. This is followed by a Hangi feast prepared in the traditional way, over hot coals & buried in the ground. The evening is rounded off by visiting the Pohutu Geyser, illuminated beneath a starry sky.

Day 7Rotorua - Napier (B,D)

Depart Rotorua and travel along the Thermal Explorer Highway to Huka Falls and Lake Taupo. Continue to Napier known as “The Art Deco Capital”, where a city tour will showcase the most comprehensive collection of art deco buildings in the world. Board the Hawke’s Bay Express, a modern road train that will take you on a journey in style and provide informative commentary on the city’s fascinating history. There is free time this afternoon to explore this city on your own or on a guided walk (optional).
Hotel Scenic Hotel Te Pania

Day 8Napier - Wellington (B,SD)

Travel south this morning into Wellington for a city tour of the nation’s capital which will highlight the history and culture on show here. This evening enjoy a farewell dinner including selected beverages with your new found friends.
Hotel InterContinental Wellington

Day 9Depart Wellington (B)

Time to say goodbye. You’ll be transferred to the airport for your flight home after a memorable New Zealand holiday.

Cost per person twin share

September 2018 - May 2019  
Land Only AU$4,379
Single Supplement AU$1,190
September 2019 - May 2020
Land Only AU$4,549
Single Supplement AU$1,290
Extra nights accommodation Pre/Post Tour
City  Twin Share Single
Auckland  AU$155 AU$310
Wellington  AU$155 AU$310
Extra night rates are per person in Australian Dollars, based on room only. 

* Please Note*

Prices are correct at time of printing, but are subject to exchange rate variations and component price changes.

PAYMENT

  • Deposit: $600 per person on booking
  • Full Payment: 60 Days before travel
  • Airfares (if applicable): Paid in full on booking

CANCELLATION CHARGES

  • 60 days or more prior to departure, loss of deposit plus the cost of the airline ticket if issued.
  • Between 7 and 59 days prior to departure, 50% of the tour package price.
  • Less than 7 days prior to departure, 100% of the tour package price.

If a traveller wishes to cancel their existing booking and transfer to a new departure date, the above cancellation fees still apply.

Itinerary

Open All
Day 1Arrive Auckland (D)

On arrival into Auckland you will be met by our representative who will transfer you to your hotel. Meet your travelling companions over a complimentary pre dinner drink.
Hotel Crowne Plaza Auckland

Day 2Auckland - Bay of Islands (B,D)

Board the luxurious Ultimate Coach, depart Auckland and travel to the Parry Kauri Park to see a magnificent example of a Kauri Tree. Enjoy a visit and informative talk at the Kauri Museum in Matakohe, then travel via Whangarei to Paihia, situated in the heart of the beautiful Bay of Islands. Enjoy a guided tour of the Waitangi Treaty Grounds, the location of the signing of the treaty between the Maori tribes and the British.
Hotel Scenic Hotel Bay of Islands (Deluxe Room. 2 nights)

Day 3Bay of Islands (Free Day) (B)

Today is a free day. Choose from the many optional activities available, including the Cape Reinga coach trip via Ninety Mile Beach, a tour of historic Russell, a classic sail on a tall ship or or a spectacular scenic flight. This evening is also free and you may like to enjoy a relaxing dinner cruise (optional).

Day 4Bay of Islands - Auckland (B,D)

This morning travel aboard a luxury catamaran to Cape Brett and the famous Hole in the Rock. Keep an eye out for bottlenose and common dolphins before returning to Paihia. Travel south via Whangarei to Auckland.
Hotel Crowne Plaza Auckland

Day 5Auckland - Rotorua (B,L,D)

This morning enjoy a city sights tour of Auckland before travelling to the Zealong Tea Estate, New Zealand’s only tea plantation for a tour & tasting. Continue through the picturesque countryside to Hobbiton for buffet lunch. This is followed by a guided tour of the Movie Set from The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies. Your guide will recount details of how this beautiful piece of farmland was transformed into The Shire from Middle Earth. The next two nights will be spent in the geothermal capital of Rotorua.

Hotel Regent of Rotorua (2 nights)

Day 6Rotorua (B,SD)

Today begins with a Gondola ride at the Skyline Rotorua for breakfast with champagne, spectacular views and also time for a thrilling luge ride! Next stop is the Agrodome for an action packed hour of farming entertainment and education that’s unlike anything you’ve seen before. Enjoy some free time this afternoon before travelling to Te Puia to see the boiling mud pools and awesome Geysers that Rotorua is famous for. This evening you will experience an entertaining Maori cultural performance which features the graceful poi dance or ferocious haka. This is followed by a Hangi feast prepared in the traditional way, over hot coals & buried in the ground. The evening is rounded off by visiting the Pohutu Geyser, illuminated beneath a starry sky.

Day 7Rotorua - Napier (B,D)

Depart Rotorua and travel along the Thermal Explorer Highway to Huka Falls and Lake Taupo. Continue to Napier known as “The Art Deco Capital”, where a city tour will showcase the most comprehensive collection of art deco buildings in the world. Board the Hawke’s Bay Express, a modern road train that will take you on a journey in style and provide informative commentary on the city’s fascinating history. There is free time this afternoon to explore this city on your own or on a guided walk (optional).
Hotel Scenic Hotel Te Pania

Day 8Napier - Wellington (B,SD)

Travel south this morning into Wellington for a city tour of the nation’s capital which will highlight the history and culture on show here. This evening enjoy a farewell dinner including selected beverages with your new found friends.
Hotel InterContinental Wellington

Day 9Depart Wellington (B)

Time to say goodbye. You’ll be transferred to the airport for your flight home after a memorable New Zealand holiday.

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