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8 Day Taste of the North Island Coach Tour

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8

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$2839

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Overview

8 Day Taste of the North Island Coach Tour Map

Explore the iconic attractions and geothermal wonders of the North Island of New Zealand. This 8 Day Taste of the North Island coach tour will take you across this diverse region from Wellington all the way up to the Bay of Islands.

Explore the capital city of Wellington with its lively cultural and music scene and visit the national museum of Te Papa. Travel to Lake Taupo and enjoy views of the snow-capped peaks of Mt Ruapehu before you arrive in the thermal wonderland of Rotorua. Start your day with a skyline gondola ride and enjoy a luge, if you’re interested. You will also visit Agrodome, Te Puia, and experience a traditional Maori hangi and concert in the evening.

In the Bay of Islands, go on a “Hole in the Rock” cruise on board a luxury catamaran and get a chance to see dolphins. Back in Auckland, you will join a city sights tour and be treated to a farewell dinner in the evening.

Taste of the North Island Coach Tour

Kids doing a hongi (a traditional Maori greeting)

Taste of the North Island Coach Tour

Te Puia, Rotorua

Taste of the North Island Coach Tour

Auckland yachts

Taste of the North Island Coach Tour

Hole in the Rock cruise, Bay of Islands

Taste of the North Island Coach Tour

Te Papa Museum, Wellington

Taste of the North Island Coach Tour

Professional tour guides

Itinerary

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Day 1Arrive Wellington (D)

On arrival into Wellington, you will be met by a Grand Pacific Tours representative and transferred to your hotel. This evening meet your Tour Leader and travelling companions.

Hotel Ibis Wellington (2 nights)

Day 2Wellington (B)

A highlight this morning will be time to explore Gallipoli: A Scale of War exhibition at Te Papa, New Zealand’s National Museum. Cutting edge technology brings these stories to life through the eyes of New Zealanders who found themselves in extraordinary circumstances. Reboard your coach for an extensive city tour which showcases the history and culture on show. Enjoy free time this afternoon and this evening is also free to choose your own dining arrangements.

Day 3Wellington - Taupo - Rotorua (B,D)

Depart Wellington and view the snow-capped peaks of Mt Ruapehu and Mt Tongariro as you travel to Lake Taupo. Visit the spectacular Huka Falls then travel along the Thermal Explorer Highway to the geothermal wonderland and cultural capital of New Zealand, Rotorua.

Hotel Sudima Hotel Lake Rotorua (2 nights)

Day 4Rotorua (B,SD)

Today begins with a gondola ride and breakfast at Skyline Rotorua. There is also time for a thrilling luge ride! Next stop is Agrodome for an action-packed hour of farming entertainment and education that is unlike anything you’ve seen before. Visit Te Puia to see the boiling mud pools and awesome geysers that Rotorua is famous for. Enjoy some free time this afternoon. This evening experience an entertaining Mãori Hãngi and Concert.

Day 5Rotorua - Auckland - Bay Of Islands (B,D)

This morning depart Rotorua and travel north via Auckland. Continue via Whangarei to Paihia, situated in the heart of the beautiful Bay of Islands. Enjoy an introduction to the Bay of Islands, location of the signing of the treaty between the Mãori tribes and the British.

Hotel Kingsgate Hotel Autolodge (2 nights)

Day 6Bay of Islands (B)

Today you will explore the scenic beauty of the Bay of Islands aboard a luxury catamaran. Cruise to Cape Brett and the famous Hole in the Rock, keep an eye out for dolphins and other marine life. Return to Paihia for a free afternoon where a range of optional activities are available or you may choose to relax and enjoy the pleasant atmosphere of the waterfront. This evening is also free, you may like to enjoy a relaxing dinner cruise (optional).

Day 7Bay of Islands - Auckland (B,D)

Depart the Bay of Islands this morning and travel via Whangarei and Dargaville to Matakohe. Enjoy a visit and informative talk at the Kauri Museum before continuing to Auckland for a city sights tour. This evening enjoy a final dinner with your new found friends.

Hotel Rydges Auckland

Day 8Depart Auckland (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 2021 - May 2022  
Land Only
AU$2,839
Single Supplement
AU$830
Extra nights accommodation Pre/Post Tour
City  Twin Share Single
Wellington  AU$115 AU$230
Auckland  AU$140 AU$280

* Please Note*

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

PAYMENT

  • Deposit: $300 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 Wellington (D)

On arrival into Wellington, you will be met by a Grand Pacific Tours representative and transferred to your hotel. This evening meet your Tour Leader and travelling companions.

Hotel Ibis Wellington (2 nights)

Day 2Wellington (B)

A highlight this morning will be time to explore Gallipoli: A Scale of War exhibition at Te Papa, New Zealand’s National Museum. Cutting edge technology brings these stories to life through the eyes of New Zealanders who found themselves in extraordinary circumstances. Reboard your coach for an extensive city tour which showcases the history and culture on show. Enjoy free time this afternoon and this evening is also free to choose your own dining arrangements.

Day 3Wellington - Taupo - Rotorua (B,D)

Depart Wellington and view the snow-capped peaks of Mt Ruapehu and Mt Tongariro as you travel to Lake Taupo. Visit the spectacular Huka Falls then travel along the Thermal Explorer Highway to the geothermal wonderland and cultural capital of New Zealand, Rotorua.

Hotel Sudima Hotel Lake Rotorua (2 nights)

Day 4Rotorua (B,SD)

Today begins with a gondola ride and breakfast at Skyline Rotorua. There is also time for a thrilling luge ride! Next stop is Agrodome for an action-packed hour of farming entertainment and education that is unlike anything you’ve seen before. Visit Te Puia to see the boiling mud pools and awesome geysers that Rotorua is famous for. Enjoy some free time this afternoon. This evening experience an entertaining Mãori Hãngi and Concert.

Day 5Rotorua - Auckland - Bay Of Islands (B,D)

This morning depart Rotorua and travel north via Auckland. Continue via Whangarei to Paihia, situated in the heart of the beautiful Bay of Islands. Enjoy an introduction to the Bay of Islands, location of the signing of the treaty between the Mãori tribes and the British.

Hotel Kingsgate Hotel Autolodge (2 nights)

Day 6Bay of Islands (B)

Today you will explore the scenic beauty of the Bay of Islands aboard a luxury catamaran. Cruise to Cape Brett and the famous Hole in the Rock, keep an eye out for dolphins and other marine life. Return to Paihia for a free afternoon where a range of optional activities are available or you may choose to relax and enjoy the pleasant atmosphere of the waterfront. This evening is also free, you may like to enjoy a relaxing dinner cruise (optional).

Day 7Bay of Islands - Auckland (B,D)

Depart the Bay of Islands this morning and travel via Whangarei and Dargaville to Matakohe. Enjoy a visit and informative talk at the Kauri Museum before continuing to Auckland for a city sights tour. This evening enjoy a final dinner with your new found friends.

Hotel Rydges Auckland

Day 8Depart Auckland (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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