9 Day Ultimate North Island

9 Day Ultimate North Island

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: Sep 2021 to May 2022
Price: From (NZD) $4669 per person
Tour Operator: Grand Pacific Tours
Duration: 9 Days
Tour Code: GPNI09

Inclusions

8 nights 4.5 star accommodation
8 cooked breakfasts including a specialty breakfast: Stratosfare Restaurant, Rotorua
7 sumptuous dinners* including Complimentary pre-dinner drink at the Welcome Dinner and 2 specialty dinners: Mãori Hãngi and Concert, Rotorua; Intimate Farewell Dinner, selected beverages, Wellington
1 Shire’s buffet lunch: Hobbiton
Kauri Museum
Waitangi Treaty Grounds
Hole in the Rock Dolphin Cruise
Sky Tower
Hobbiton™ Movie Set Tour and Lunch
Skyline Rotorua Gondola and Luge Ride
Agrodome
Thermal mud pools and geysers guided tour
Te Puia traditional Mãori Hãngi and Concert
City sights tour of Auckland, Napier and Wellington

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Day by Day Tour Itinerary

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Day 1
Arrive Auckland

On arrival into Auckland you will be met by a tour representative and transferred to your hotel. This evening enjoy a complimentary pre-dinner drink as you meet your travelling companions.

Stay: Crowne Plaza Auckland or similar (D)

Day 2
Auckland - Bay of Islands

Board the luxurious Ultimate Coach, 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 via Whangarei 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 the Mãori tribes and the British.

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

Day 3
Bay of Islands - Free Day

Today is a free day. Choose from the many optional activities available, including the Cape Reinga coach trip via Ninety Mile Beach, a spectacular scenic flight over the crystal-clear turquoise waters of the Bay of Islands or you might be interested to sail in a classic tall ship. This evening is also at leisure, you may like to enjoy a relaxing dinner cruise (optional) or try one of the waterfront restaurants. (B)

Day 4
Bay of Islands - Auckland

This morning you will explore the scenic beauty of the Bay of Islands aboard a luxury catamaran. Cruise to Cape Brett and the famous ‘Hole in the Rock’, keep an eye out for dolphins and other marine life. On return to Paihia travel south via Whangarei before returning to Auckland.

Stay: Crowne Plaza Auckland or similar (B, D)

Day 5
Auckland - Rotorua

An Auckland city sights tour includes a visit to Sky Tower, one of New Zealand’s most spectacular attractions. Standing at 328 metres tall, it has become an iconic landmark in Auckland’s skyline. 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 The Hobbit trilogies. Your guide will recount details of how this beautiful piece of farmland was transformed into The Shire from Middle-earth.

Stay: Hotel Regent of Rotorua or similar (2 nights) (B, L, D)

Day 6
Rotorua

Today begins with a gondola ride and breakfast at Skyline Rotorua, where spectacular views are on offer. There is also time for a thrilling luge ride! Next stop is Agrodome for an action-packed hour of farming entertainment and education that is 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 Mãori cultural performance which features the graceful poi dance and ferocious haka. This is followed by a Hãngi feast, prepared in the traditional way, over hot coals and buried in the ground. (B, SD)

Day 7
Rotorua - Napier

Depart Rotorua and travel along the Thermal Explorer Highway to Huka Falls and Lake Taupo. Continue to Napier known as ‘The Art Deco Capital’, where the most comprehensive collection of art deco buildings in the world can be found. Hear informative commentary of the city’s fascinating history. Enjoy some free time this afternoon to explore the city, you might choose to do a guided walk (optional).

Stay: Scenic Hotel Te Pania (B, D)

Day 8
Napier - Wellington

Travel south this morning into Wellington for a city tour of the nation’s capital which will highlight the history and culture on show here. This evening enjoy a farewell dinner including selected beverages with your new found friends.

Stay: InterContinental Wellington – Deluxe Room (B, SD)

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)

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There are 28 reviews of this tour from past clients of Relaxing Journeys, averaging 4.3 out of 5.

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21/02/2019
Everything went as planned. The coach was comfy and the guide/driver was excellent. The accommodation was very good.
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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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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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9 Day Ultimate North Island
Premium Coach Tour
Tour Code: GPNI09
From (NZD) $4669 per person
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Departures: Sep 2021 to May 2022
Rating:
28 reviews (4.3/5)

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