9 Day Northern Spectacular

9 Day Northern Spectacular

This coach tour is ideal for the time-conscious traveller, offering unbeatable value and providing an excellent coverage of the North Island. The great thing about this tour is that it is fully inclusive, which means you are not constantly putting your hand in your pocket once on tour. This tour is part of the 19 Day Grand Tour. It provides an excellent range of superior hotel accommodation, luxury coach travel with a professional Coach Captain, cooked breakfasts and dinners, plus a comprehensive range of prepaid activities including a number of specialty evening meals.

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Tour Info

Tour Type: Premium Coach Tour
From: Auckland to Wellington
Departures: May 2018 to May 2019
Price:
From (NZD) $2989 per person
Tour Operator: Grand Pacific Tours
Duration: 9 Days
Tour Code: GPNI09

Inclusions

8 nights quality hotel accommodation
7 sumptuous dinners including 2 specialty dinners: Haggis Ceremony – Dunedin, and Walter Peak Homestead – Queenstown
Haggis Ceremony and gift
Guided tour of Larnach Castle
Milford Sound cruise and lunch
Cruise Lake Wakatipu on the TSS Earnslaw
Coast-to-coast TranzAlpine train journey through the Southern Alps
Lakes District Museum
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 Auckland

Fly from your homeport to Auckland where you will be met by a tour representative and transferred to your hotel (flight not included).

Stay: Skycity Hotel (D)

Day 2
Auckland - Bay of Islands

Depart Auckland and travel to the Parry Kauri Park to see a magnificent example of a kauri tree. Enjoy a visit and informative talk at the Kauri Museum in Matakohe then travel to Paihia, situated in the heart of the beautiful Bay of Islands. Enjoy a guided tour of the Waitangi Treaty Grounds, the location of the signing of the treaty between Māori and the British.

Stay: Scenic Hotel Bay of Islands (2 nights) (B, D)

Day 3
Bay of Islands - Free Day

Today is at leisure for you to explore an array of exciting activities available in the beautiful Bay of Islands (own expense). Perhaps you would enjoy a day tour to the very top of New Zealand including a drive along the sands of Ninety Mile Beach before visiting the lighthouse at Cape Reinga, or you may wish to partake in a spectacular scenic flight. There are also many water activities. Swim with dolphins, sail on a tall ship, or try your hand at fishing. The choice is yours and your Coach Captain will be available to assist. This evening is also free and you may like to enjoy a relaxing dinner cruise (optional). (B)

Day 4
Bay of Islands - Auckland

This morning travel aboard a luxury catamaran to Cape Brett and the famous Hole in the Rock. Keep an eye out for bottlenose and common dolphins before returning to Paihia. Travel south via Whangarei to Auckland. This afternoon includes a visit to the Sky Tower at your leisure, one of New Zealand’s most spectacular attractions.

Stay: Skycity Auckland (B, D)

Day 5
Auckland - Rotorua

Today enjoy a city sights tour of Auckland. Continue through the picturesque countryside to Hobbiton for a buffet lunch. This is followed by a guided tour of the movie set from the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit trilogies. Your guide will recount details of how this beautiful piece of farmland was transformed into The Shire from Middle-earth.

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

Day 6
Rotorua

Today begins with a gondola ride at Skyline Rotorua, where a buffet breakfast and spectacular views are on offer. There is also time for a thrilling luge ride! Next stop is the Agrodome for an action-packed hour of farming entertainment and education that’s unlike anything you’ve seen before. Enjoy some free time this afternoon before travelling to Te Puia to see the boiling mud pools and awesome geysers that Rotorua is famous for. This evening you will experience an entertaining Māori cultural performance which features the graceful poi dance and ferocious haka. This is followed by a hāngī feast prepared in the traditional way, over hot coals buried in the ground. (B, SD)

Day 7
Rotorua - Napier - Masterton

Depart Rotorua and travel along the Thermal Explorer Highway to Huka Falls and Lake Taupō. Continue to Napier, known as the ‘Art Deco Capital’, where a city tour will showcase the most comprehensive collection of Art Deco buildings in the world. Enjoy some free time to explore on your own or take a guided walk (optional). Travel to the Wairarapa, an emerging cool-climate wine region.

Stay: Copthorne Hotel and Resort Solway Park (B, D)

Day 8
Masterton - Greytown - Wellington

Enjoy a leisurely start to the day before travelling to Greytown, where you see the most complete examples of original Victorian wooden architecture. Drive through Featherston then through the Remutaka Ranges into Wellington. Enjoy a city tour of the nation’s capital which highlights the history and culture on show here.

Stay: James Cook Hotel Grand Chancellor (B, D)

Day 9
Depart Wellington

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

4.3/5.0

There are 27 reviews of this tour from past clients of Relaxing Journeys, averaging 4.3 out of 5.

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4
25/04/2018
A very interesting tour, reasonably paced most of the time but a long day form Rotorua to Masterton - may have been better to stop in Napier for the night. Coach driver was excellent (both driving and commentary) and tour guide adequate.
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4
06/02/2018
With excellent tour guide and driver, Dennis and Chris, we were well looked after and informed as we travelled. Hotels were all 4 star as stated however there were differences. The best for service and food was the James Cook in Wellington. We were moved to a lesser hotel in Paihia which was adequate but not what was expected. The hotel in Rotorua needs some care and attention. A/C unit not working and as it was the weekend they could get no one to fix it. Out of everyone's control was the weather. Standing at Cape Reinga in the wind and rain I could have been standing at the north end of Scotland (ha ha). Same at the Bay of Islands with rain reducing visibility to about 1km. So it looks like I will have to come back again in the future! As always in New Zealand the staff in hotels were friendly and helpful at all times. I shall return!
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28/01/2018
Very well organised, the driver was excellent and gave an informative commentary throughout the trip. The tour manager was very helpful with all the different resorts and hotels we stayed in. It was a very full tour and met my expectations.
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5
09/04/2017
We had a fantastic time and would recommend this tour. The tour host Nick H and bus driver Chris where accommodating and very personable. They make a good team and made our trip memorable.
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27/03/2017
Well-organized and well-paced. Capable tour director (Dianne Stanford) with a good sense of humor. Our bus driver, Cole, offered thoughtful insights into NZ's indigenous history. Perfect balance of organized visits and free time. Comfortable accommodations. Interesting for us to be the only Americans in a group of Australians and to have only 13 in the group. Well-chosen visits and commentaries.
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09/02/2017
Very enjoyable. The sights and experiences were terrific. Enjoyed everything. Thanks!
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01/01/2017
Bit of mix up on arrival at Auckland airport - we waited at least an hour for another couple off our flight from Melbourne to discover later that they were flying in from Adelaide! The general travelling and touring was fine. Our only gripe was that the evening meal arrangements were a bit too regimented for us - eating between 6.30pm to 7.00pm - we would have preferred a bit more flexibility but I don't know whether that would be possible.
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5
17/11/2016
We had a great time. Every thing was well organised. The tour guide and the Coach driver were very informative, helpful, courteous and happy.
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04/04/2016
We had a wonderful holiday. The coach captain Cole and guide Rangi were full of knowledge about the places we visited. We also had a good crowd on the coach and made some new friends.
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14/03/2016
This was a fabulous tour. The guide and coach driver were very knowledgeable, the hotels were great and the food delicious and plentiful.
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9 Day Northern Spectacular
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Tour Code: GPNI09
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Departures: May 2018 to May 2019
Rating:
27 reviews (4.3/5)

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