8 Day Taste of the North Island

8 Day Taste of the North Island

Join the Taste of the North Island coach tour with Grand Pacific and spend 8 days touring the North Island. Visit cultural Rotorua and the beautiful Bay of Islands, then finish the tour in Auckland, the 'City of Sails'.

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Tour Info

Tour Type: Low Cost Coach Tour
From: Wellington to Auckland
Departures: Feb 2018 to May 2019
Price:
From (NZD) $2299 per person
Tour Operator: Grand Pacific Tours
Pace: Comfortable
Duration: 8 Days
Tour Code: GPNI08

Inclusions

7 nights quality hotel accommodation
7 breakfasts (B) and 5 dinners (D), including 2 specialty dinners (SD): Māori Hāngī and Concert - Rotorua, Farewell Dinner - Auckland
Te Papa Museum of New Zealand
Skyline Gondola and Luge
Agrodome
Thermal mud pools and geysers guided tour
Traditional Māori hāngī and concert
Dolphin and Hole in the Rock Cruise
Travel wallet, comprehensive customised itinerary, bound map book, accommodation and activity vouchers, and local travel guides

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Day by Day Tour Itinerary

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Day 1
Arrive Wellington

On arrival into Wellington you will be met by a Grand Pacific Tours representative who will transfer you to your hotel.

Stay: Ibis Wellington (2 nights) (D)

Day 2
Wellington at Leisure

A highlight this morning will be time to explore Te Papa, with exhibits that embrace both Māori and European views. Re-board your coach for an extensive city tour that showcases the history and culture on show. Enjoy free time this afternoon and this evening is also free to choose your own dining arrangements. (B)

Day 3
Wellington - Taupō - Rotorua

Depart Wellington and view the peaks of Ruapehu, Ngāuruhoe Tongariro as you travel along the Desert Road to Lake Taupō. Visit the spectacular Huka Falls, then travel along the Thermal Explorer Highway to the geothermal wonderland of Rotorua.

Stay: Sudima Hotel Lake Rotorua (2 nights) (B, D)

Day 4
Rotorua

Today begins with a gondola ride and breakfast at Skyline Rotorua where spectacular views are on offer. There is also time for a luge ride! Travel to the Agrodome for an action-packed hour of farming entertainment and education that’s 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, then this evening you will experience an entertaining Māori hāngī and concert. (B, SD)

Day 5
Rotorua - Auckland - Bay of Islands

This morning depart Rotorua and travel north to Auckland for a short stop. Continue via Whangarei to the beautiful Bay of Islands. Enjoy an introduction to the Bay of Islands, location of the signing of the treaty between the Māori and the British.

Stay: Kingsgate Hotel Autolodge (2 nights) (B, D)

Day 6
Bay of Islands

This morning cruise through the beautiful Bay of Islands on board a luxury catamaran to Cape Brett and the famous Hole in the Rock. Keep an eye out for bottlenose and common dolphins before returning via Russell to Paihia for a free afternoon. A range of optional activities are available or you may choose to relax and enjoy the pleasant atmosphere of the waterfront. (B)

Day 7
Bay of Islands - Auckland

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 you will be treated to a special farewell dinner with your new friends.

Stay: Rydges Auckland (B, D)

Day 8
Depart Auckland

Time to say goodbye. You will be transferred to the airport for your flight home after a memorable New Zealand holiday. (B)

3.8/5.0

There are 4 reviews of this tour from past clients of Relaxing Journeys, averaging 3.8 out of 5.

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5
26/10/2017
Our driver was excellent, and we enjoyed seeing the countryside with someone else driving. A very enjoyable trip!
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28/02/2017
The tour was great! We enjoyed very much the sights, history and the people. The driver, Rod, did excellent job.
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22/11/2016
Journey from Wellington to Rotorua and from Rotorua to Bay of Islands is too long, it is better to split it up, accommodation & meals are average, there is no tour director. Our tour consultant Toni is very helpful, thanks Toni.
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22/11/2016
Distance between destinations quite long. One can only watch so much pasture & cattle/sheep. Coach Captain Cole excellent. Extremely disappointed with start of tour at Ibis Hotel. No welcome pack available & no name badges. Welcome pack was eventually provided but no name badges ever supplied. This made balance of tour inconvenient having to constantly reintroduce ourselves.
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8 Day Taste of the North Island
Low Cost Coach Tour
Tour Code: GPNI08
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Departures: Feb 2018 to May 2019
Rating:
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