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North Island Indulgence - Auckland to Auckland

North Island Indulgence - Auckland to Auckland
Highlights:
• Combine history and golden beaches in the Bay of Islands

• Admire bubbling mud pools, warm Maori culture and NZ's largest lake

• Savour delicious wine in Hawke's Bay, visit Wellington and see thousands of glowworms at Waitomo
Itinerary
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ITINERARY (16 days)
Day 1 - Arrive Auckland

Welcome to the 'City of Sails'.

You will be met by our representative on arrival and receive your travel documents before transferring to your central city accommodation.

New Zealand's largest city is spread around 48 dormant volcanoes. With its scenic harbours and beaches, Auckland is host to a huge range of water sports especially around the islands of the Hauraki Gulf Maritime Park.

Relax on a harbour cruise or ferry ride to delightful Devonport, visit eclectic Viaduct Basin site of the America's Cup village, enjoy the amazing views and Auckland skyline from atop the Sky Tower.

Accommodation
Quality style: Mid-range Hotel
Superior style: Superior class Hotel
Day 2 - Auckland - Bay of Islands (approx 4:15 hours driving time)

This morning you will be transferred to pick-up your rental vehicle.

Begin your journey travelling to the beautiful Bay of Islands one of our most popular holiday regions with its bush clad islands, transparent waters and white sandy beaches.

This is the cradle of European settlement in New Zealand. You can visit many fine historic buildings and sites including the Treaty House and Kerikeri's famous old stone store.

Take a cruise out through the famous Hole in the Rock or experience the thrill of swimming with dolphins in this stunning maritime playground.

Accommodation:
Quality style: Quality Bed & Breakfast
Superior style: Superior Bed & Breakfast
Day 3 - Bay of Islands

Accommodation:
Quality style: Quality Bed & Breakfast
Superior style: Superior Bed & Breakfast
Day 4 - Bay of Islands - Waipoua Kauri Forest - Auckland (approx 5:00 hours driving time)

Return down the Kauri Coast passing the long indented Hokianga Harbour with its turbulent bar which has claimed many a vessel.

Follow the Wairoa River from Dargaville to Kaipara Harbour, our largest harbour and once the busiest waterway in the country shipping out kauri timber and gum. See New Zealand's largest living trees in the Waipoua Forest and visit the Kauri Museum at Matakohe to learn about the gum-diggers.

Accommodation
Quality style: Mid-range Hotel
Superior style: Superior class Hotel
Day 5 - Auckland - Coromandel Peninsula (approx 4:00 hours driving time)

It's an easy drive today through rolling farmland to the forested Coromandel Peninsula with its captivating beaches, inlets and coastal bays.

Glimpse the early gold rush as you tour underground gold mines and pan for your own gold from the streams.

Board the Driving Creek Railway through the kauri forest to a mountain top lookout. Explore the many walking trails into the forests to hidden waterfalls and rocky outcrops.

Scoop out a pool in the sand at Hot Water Beach where warm springs bubble up at the sea's edge.

Check out the arts and craft galleries which abound in this inspirational region.

Accommodation
Quality style: 4-5* self catering Motel
Superior style: Superior Bed & Breakfast
Day 6 - Coromandel Peninsula

Accommodation
Quality style: 4-5* self catering Motel
Superior style: Superior Bed & Breakfast
Day 7 - Coromandel Peninsula - Rotorua (approx 4:00 hours driving time)

Continue your journey south through the rich horticultural region of the Bay of Plenty to Rotorua, New Zealand's cultural capital on the shores of Lake Rotorua.

In Rotorua you can stand on active volcanoes, massive craters, see boiling mud pools, exploding geysers, a traditional Maori village buried by volcanic ash and the sacred green and blue lakes, as well as experience traditional Maori culture and entertainment.

Accommodation:
Quality style: Quality Bed & Breakfast
Superior style: Superior Bed & Breakfast
Day 8 - Rotorua

Activity: Evening Maori Cultural Experience including Hangi (Dinner)

Accommodation:
Quality style: Quality Bed & Breakfast
Superior style: Superior Bed & Breakfast
Day 9 - Rotorua - Taupo (approx 1:00 hour driving time)

Travelling to Taupo stop and view the many attractions en route including the famous Huka Falls and Wairakei geothermal village.

Taupo township is located beside sparkling Lake Taupo, New Zealand's largest lake, renown for its trout fishing. Unwind in the thermal hot pools. Take a lake cruise and perhaps catch a trout.

Accommodation
Quality style: 4-5* self catering Motel
Superior style: Superior Bed & Breakfast
Day 10 - Taupo

Accommodation
Quality style: 4-5* self catering Motel
Superior style: Superior Bed & Breakfast
Day 11 - Taupo - Napier (approx 2:00 hours driving time)

It's a leisurely drive into the heart of the Hawkes Bay wine growing region and the city of Napier with its classic and colourful art deco architecture.

Follow the wine trails, sample award-winning vintages or visit Cape Kidnappers gannet colony.

Accommodation:
Quality style: Quality Bed & Breakfast
Superior style: Superior Bed & Breakfast
Day 12 - Napier

Accommodation:
Quality style: Quality Bed & Breakfast
Superior style: Superior Bed & Breakfast
Day 13 - Napier - Wellington (approx 5:00 hours driving time)

Today you will pass through some of New Zealand's most substantial agricultural areas, before arriving in Wellington.

Our capital city is set on a magnificent harbour ringed by hills. Take in the views from the top of the Cable Car, visit Te Papa Tongarewa the spectacular national museum, and see Parliament Buildings with its unique 'Beehive'. This is a vibrant cosmopolitan city offering a myriad of restaurants, bars, entertainment and shops.

Accommodation
Quality style: Mid-range Hotel
Superior style: Superior class Hotel
Day 14 - Wellington

Accommodation
Quality style: Mid-range Hotel
Superior style: Superior class Hotel
Day 15 - Wellington - New Plymouth (approx 5:00 hours driving time)

Travelling through the lower and mid North Island offers you a myriad of contrasting landscapes; spectacular views of the Kapiti coast, the rugged and dramatic Tararua ranges, lush green sheep and dairy pastures, the picturesque river city of Whanganui and the symmetrical cone, Mount Taranaki.

In New Plymouth enjoy a relaxing stroll along the award-winning coastal walkway and visit Pukekura Park , one of a number of gardens of 'national significance' located in the Taranaki region.

Accommodation
Quality style: 4-5* self catering Motel
Superior style: Superior Bed & Breakfast
Day 16 - New Plymouth - Waitomo - Auckland (approx 5:00 hours driving time)

Your leisurely journey back to Auckland passes through a number of seaside villages, before veering eastwards through a mixture of farmland, forest and rugged mountain country.

At Waitomo you can take a subterranean boat excursion to see the glowworms amongst the sculptured limestone caves, before proceeding on to return your rental car and catch your departure flight.


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Map of North Island Indulgence - Auckland to Auckland
North Island Indulgence - Auckland to Auckland

Style
Quality
Superior
Share Twin NZ$
Share Twin NZ$
   CAR - Intermediate
$ 3462
$ 5242
   CAR - Full size
$ 3650
$ 5428
   4WD - Intermediate
$ 3766
$ 5544
Prices are per person and valid to 30 September 2017
What's Included

Meet & Greet and transfer to hotel on arrival

Automatic intermediate (medium), full size car or intermediate 4WD

Quality style - Quality Bed & Breakfasts, mid-range hotels, 4-5* self-catering motels

Superior style - Superior Bed & Breakfasts, superior class hotels

Evening Maori cultural experience with hangi (dinner)

New Zealand touring information - distances, times, directions between destinations, map

Price Information

Prices are in New Zealand dollars and include 15% GST (Government Goods & Services Tax). Click Here for an online currency converter to convert prices to your own currency (approximate only).

Prices are per person and based on two persons sharing a Bed & Breakfast, hotel or motel room/unit.

Please enquire for prices for single travellers or up to four persons vacationing together.

Rental vehicle hire includes basic insurance.

1 October 2017 - 30 September 2018 prices provided on request.
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