• Gimblett Gravels Winegrowing District, Hawkes Bay
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  • Traditional Maori canoe, Rotorua
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Twin Coast, Geysers & Wineries - Auckland to Wellington

Twin Coast, Geysers & Wineries - Auckland to Wellington
• Explore the history of the beautiful Bay of Islands before discovering Waitomo’s stunning glowworms

• Feel the embrace of Maori culture & admire bubbling mud pools & geysers

• Enjoy Art Deco Napier & the wineries of the Hawke's Bay

ITINERARY (10 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: 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: Bed & Breakfast
Day 3 - Bay of Islands

Accommodation: 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: Hotel
Day 5 - Auckland - Waitomo - Rotorua (approx 6:00 hours driving time)

Continue your journey south to Rotorua New Zealands cultural capital, via the Waitomo Caves where you can take a subterranean boat excursion to see the glowworms amongst the sculpted limestone caves.

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: Bed & Breakfast
Day 6 - Rotorua

Activity: Evening Maori Cultural Experience including Hangi (Dinner)

Accommodation: Bed & Breakfast
Day 7 - Rotorua - Taupo - Napier (approx 4:00 hours driving time)

Travel through expansive exotic forests and pass enthralling thermal activity before arriving at Lake Taupo, New Zealand's largest lake.

Relax and enjoy the scenic views of live smoking volcanoes in the Tongariro National Park , before your leisurely journey into the heart of the Hawkes Bay wine growing district 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: Bed & Breakfast
Day 8 - Napier

Accommodation: Bed & Breakfast
Day 9 - 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: Hotel
Day 10 - Wellington

Spend your last day in Wellington sightseeing or shopping for those last minute gifts and unique New Zealand products, until you return your vehicle at the airport before catching your departure flight.

Map of Twin Coast, Geysers & Wineries - Auckland to Wellington
Twin Coast, Geysers & Wineries - Auckland to Wellington

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   CAR - Intermediate
$ 2329
$ 3352
   CAR - Full size
$ 2447
$ 3468
   4WD - Intermediate
$ 2491
$ 3509
Prices are per person and valid to 30 September 2018
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.
A high season rental surcharge will apply during Christmas and New Year period and all of February.

1 October 2018 - 30 September 2019 prices provided on request.
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