13 Day North Island Wonders

13 Day North Island Wonders

The North Island's sweeping countryside landscapes and cultural wonders await on this unmissable jaunt. Leave no stone unturned as you explore Auckland’s beautiful Waiheke Island, before you delve into the Kauri forests. For the second half of your journey, pause to reflect at the Hawke’s Bay wine region, before stopping in the historic Martinborough region.

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Tour Info

Tour Type: Premium Coach Tour
From: Auckland to Wellington
Departures: Oct 2019 to Mar 2020
Price: From (NZD) $7870 per person
Tour Operator: APT Tours
Duration: 13 Days
Tour Code: nsgn13


13 nights in premium accommodation
23 meals – 12 breakfasts (B), 1 lunch and 10 dinners (D)
In Auckland, board a scenic cruise to Waiheke Island for a welcome dinner.
Embark on a dolphin-watching cruise to Cape Brett and the Hole in the Rock.
Immerse yourself in Māori culture at a hāngī feast in Rotorua
Savour a special dinner at Malo Restaurant.

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Day by Day Tour Itinerary

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Day 1
Arrive Auckland

We’ll meet you on arrival and transfer you to your boutique hotel. At twilight, celebrate onboard a scenic cruise to Waiheke Island, where you will enjoy a wine tasting and a welcome dinner overlooking the city skyline.

Stay: Two Nights, M Social Auckland (2 nights) (D)

Day 2
Auckland - Freedom of Choice Touring

Enjoy a city sights tour, before you’ll choose to explore Auckland’s wilderness or embark on an America’s Cup sailing experience. (B)

Day 3
Auckland - Hokianga

Depart Auckland for the Hokianga region today. Along the way, visit the Kauri Museum, which details the story of pioneering settlers of the Kauri industry, as well as the legacy of Kauri forests. Later, arrive at your retreat, situated on the shores of Hokianga Harbour.

Stay: The Heads Omapere, Hokianga (2 nights) (B, D)

Day 4

Choose your sightseeing today. Perhaps learn the Māori tradition of flax weaving with an interactive workshop, or nature lovers will delight with a scenic coastal walk. Or embark on a Footprints Waipoua tour, where you will experience the affinity that early Māori had with the surrounding forests, as well as the fauna that inhabits this pristine area. (B, D)

Day 5
Hokianga - Bay of Islands - Auckland

Explore the Bay of Islands on a dolphin-watching cruise to Cape Brett and the famous Hole in the Rock. Meander through the inner islands, admiring the beaches and rocky outcrops. Enjoy your Signature Experience, then later, return to Auckland.

Stay: Two Nights, M Social Auckland (B, D)

Day 6
Auckland - Rotorua

Head to Matamata and experience Middle-earth during a tour of the Hobbiton Movie Set, as well as lunch at the Green Dragon Inn. Travel through the lush Waikato farmland to Cambridge and then continue south to Rotorua.

Stay: Princes Gate Hotel, Rotorua (2 nights) (B, L)

Day 7
Rotorua - Freedom of Choice Touring

Choose your activity today. Enjoy a farm show at the Agrodome followed by a kiwi encounter and a visit to Te Puia, or visit Wai-O-Tapu. Alternatively, see some of the sets from the Lord of the Rings or learn about the region’s history at the Rotorua Museum.

Tonight, be welcomed into the home of a local as you are treated to an authentic Māori dinner and gain a fascinating insight into Māori culture. Afterwards, embark on a guided Redwood Treewalk. (B, D)

Day 8
Rotorua - Taupō - Havelock North

This morning you will depart Rotorua and stop at the charming town of Taupō, set alongside New Zealand’s largest lake and boasting stunning views. After taking in the surrounds of Taupō, enter the Hawke’s Bay wine region with a stop in Napier on the way to Havelock North.

This evening, savour an inspired menu at Malo Restaurant at your hotel, showcasing New Zealand’s freshest cuisine, accompanied by some of the finest New Zealand wines.

Stay: Porters Hotel, Havelock North (2 nights) (B, D)

Day 9
Havelock North

Today, choose your included sightseeing activity. Perhaps explore the rugged coastline of the pristine Gannet Beach, or alternatively, enjoy a traditional Art Deco experience in Napier. (B, D)

Day 10
Havelock North - Martinborough

Today, travel to the picturesque wine village of Martinborough. Here, delight in a stay at a country estate set amongst picturesque vineyards, with sweeping gardens and panoramic views.

Stay: Peppers Parehua, Martinborough (2 nights) (B, D)

Day 11

Select your included sightseeing activity. Should you be feeling active, perhaps enjoy a bike ride through the surrounding vineyards then savour a picnic lunch. Alternatively, browse the quaint shops in the charming Greytown. (B, D)

Day 12
Martinborough - Wellington - Freedom of Choice Dining

Travel to Wellington and visit New Zealand’s national museum, Te Papa Tongarewa,as you take a look at the fascinating history of this country through the museum’s studded walls. Afterwards, visit the Weta Workshop and gain a behind-the-scenes glimpse into the award-winning design studio behind The Lord of the Rings trilogy and Avatar. This evening, savour a delicious dinner.

Stay: QT Museum Wellington (2 nights) (B, D)

Day 13

After breakfast, your New Zealand adventure comes to an end with a transfer to the airport. (B, D)

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13 Day North Island Wonders
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Tour Code: nsgn13
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Departures: Oct 2019 to Mar 2020

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