9 Day Northern Spectacular
9 Day Northern Spectacular
This coach tour is ideal for the time conscious traveller and offers unbeatable value and provides 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 Type:||Premium Coach Tour|
|From:||Auckland to Wellington|
|Departures:||May 2018 to May 2019|
|Tour Operator:||Grand Pacific Tours|
|8 nights quality hotel accommodation|
|7 sumptuous dinners including 2 specialty dinners: Haggis Ceremony - Dunedin, Walter Peak Homestead - Queenstown|
|Haggis Ceremony & Gift|
|Guided tour of Larnach Castle|
|Milford Sound Cruise & 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 & activity vouchers and local travel guides|
Day by Day Tour ItineraryView Tour PDF
Fly from your homeport to Auckland where you will be met by a tour representative and transferred to your hotel (flight optional).
Stay: Skycity Hotel (D)
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 the Maori tribes and the British.
Stay: Scenic Hotel Bay of Islands (2 nights) (B, D)
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)
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 Sky Tower at your leisure, one of New Zealand’s most spectacular attractions.
Stay: Skycity Auckland (B, D)
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 The 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)
Today begins with a Gondola ride at the 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 Maori cultural performance which features the graceful poi dance and ferocious haka. This is followed by a Hangi feast prepared in the traditional way, over hot coals and buried in the ground. (B, SD)
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 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 & Resort Solway Park (B, D)
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 Rimutaka Mountain Range into Wellington. Enjoy a city tour of the nation’s capital which highlights the history and culture on show here.
Stay: James Cook Grand Chancellor (B, D)
Time to say goodbye. You’ll be transferred to the airport for your flight home after a memorable New Zealand holiday. (B)
There are 27 reviews of this tour from past clients of Relaxing Journeys, averaging 4.3 out of 5.
No tour is ever going to satisfy anyone 100%, but the criticisms we do have are all minor, and wouldn\'t prevent us from recommending others to take the same tour. Some stops were regretfully brief, especially when the time to explore was further reduced by having to find and eat lunch. Comfort stops were often similarly rushed, but that was mainly due to the inability of serving staff to cope with a sudden influx of customers. Some of the optional extras were over-priced, but that is not the fault of Grand Pacific or Relaxing Journeys. The included highlights were many, interesting and enjoyable. We heard many favourable comments from passengers who were surprised and delighted by the \'value for money\' aspect of the tour.
Accommodation also frequently exceeded expectation, with even the poorest example being perfectly adequate, whilst the best examples bordered on luxurious. New Zealand is a great place to take a vacation, with the best of everything one looks for around the world all conveniently found within easy reach. From pristine beaches to rolling green hills and snow-capped mountains, the scenery is spectacular. The people are welcoming, laid back and possess a good sense of humour. Yes, a wonderful country. And Relaxing Journeys offers a fantastic way to discover for oneself the Land of the Long White Cloud. Thank you Relaxing Journeys, we\'ll be back.
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