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11 Day North Island Garden Tour

Grand Pacific Special Interest Tour starting in Auckland and finishing in Wellington

Tour Description

This fully escorted 11 Day North Island Garden Tour features an array of unique gardens and The Taranaki Garden Festival. The 2016 tour is being escorted by Paul McFadden, editor-in-chief of Vasiliís Garden to Kitchen Magazine. The tour departs on 26 October 2016 and includes a cruise to Waiheke Island, a visit to the Zeelong Tea Estate, the Waitomo Glow Worm Caves and much more!

From NZNZ $3,969Per Person
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Tour Info
Regions Visited
Garden Visits
  • Ayrlies Garden
  • Waiheke Island Gardens
  • Hamilton Gardens
  • Rotorua Government Gardens
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  • Taranaki Garden Festival - 5 Garden visits
  • Cross Hills Rhododendron Garden
  • Wellington Botanic Gardens
Attractions Included
Touring Included
  • Luxury coach travel with 2 door access, restroom, reclining seats and panoramic windows
  • Professional Coach Captain
  • Tour Guide
  • Personalised Meet & Greet on arrival
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  • Return airport transfers in New Zealand
  • 10 nights superior hotel accommodation
  • 4 two night stays
  • Hotel porterage
  • 2 cruises
  • All sightseeing and pre paid attractions
  • Comprehensive documentation pack
Bon Appétit!
  • 10 cooked breakfasts including a specialty breakfast at Stratosfare Restaurant - Rotorua
  • 9 sumptuous dinners including 2 specialty dinners: Maori Hangi & Concert - Rotorua, Farewell dinner - Wellington
  • 3 lunches including a specialty lunch at Longlands Dairy Farm & Restaurant - Matamata

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2016

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Jacket $NZ 79, Cap $NZ 25, Both $NZ 99

Tour Itinerary - Day by Day
  • Day1

    Arrive Auckland

    On arrival into Auckland you will be met by a Grand Pacific Tours representative and transferred to your hotel (flight optional).

    Stay: Grand Millennium Auckland (2 nights)

  • Day2

    Auckland - Waiheke Island

    This morning enjoy a city sights tour of Auckland, New Zealand's largest city. A short ferry ride will take you to Waiheke Island, with over 30 vineyards, olive groves, native bush and laid back seaside villages. You will visit two local gardens and enjoy lunch at Stoneyridge Vineyard including tastings. Enjoy the return cruise back to Auckland across the beautiful Hauraki Gulf. (B, L, D)

  • Day3

    Auckland - Hamilton

    This morning travel to Ayrlies Garden, one of New Zealand's best known gardens and a Garden of National Significance. It is characterised by sweeping lawns and informal but detailed plantings. Use of colour is a hallmark of Ayrlies, seen best in the Lurid Border where hot colours are used to great effect. This afternoon travel to the Waikato's most visited attraction, the Hamilton Gardens. A guided tour of this Internationally Significant Garden will take you on a journey from the peaceful Sung Dynasty Chinese Scholar's garden into an Italian Renaissance Garden followed by the grandeur of the Indian Char Bagh Garden.

    Stay: Novotel Hamilton (B, D)

  • Day4

    Hamilton - Matamata - Rotorua

    This morning visit the unique Zealong Tea Estate where you'll learn the fascinating story behind New Zealand's only tea plantation, see how tea is made and experience a traditional tea ceremony whilst enjoying stunning views. Continue to Longlands Farm & Restaurant and enjoy a delicious home cooked lunch hosted by a rural New Zealand family. This afternoon you will experience the real Middle-earth with a visit to the Hobbiton Movie Set. Continue onto Rotorua where there is time to visit the Government Gardens.

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

  • Day5

    Rotorua

    Today begins with a Gondola ride and breakfast at Skyline Rotorua. There is also time for a luge ride! Continue to Rainbow Springs, with over 200 different species of native plants, trees and ferns and made up of 22 acres of beautiful forest. As you make your way around the park you will walk amongst the towering kauri, rimu and imported giants such as the Californian redwoods. 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 experience an entertaining Maori Hangi and Concert. (B, SD)

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  • Day6

    Rotorua - Waitomo - New Plymouth

    Depart Rotorua and travel to Waitomo for a tour of the Glow Worm Caves where tiny creatures radiate their luminescent light. Enjoy lunch before travelling to New Plymouth where the afternoon will be spent visiting one of the local gardens featured in the Taranaki Garden Festival.

    Stay: Copthorne New Plymouth (2 nights) (B, L, D)

  • Day7

    Taranaki Garden Festival

    Today enjoy a visit to a variety of impressive gardens all set around the legendary Mount Taranaki. You will marvel at the majestic array of botanicals on display at this premier garden event which attracts thousands of visitors from right around New Zealand and the world. A selection of private and public gardens will be chosen to showcase the unique planting and local gardener's will be on hand to share the history behind their garden. (B, D)

  • Day8

    New Plymouth - Palmerston North

    As you depart the Taranaki region, visit one final stunning garden before travelling onto Whanganui to board the P.S. Waimarie, a unique turn of the century paddle steamer which has been lovingly restored. Enjoy commentary as you travel down the Whanganui River. Continue to Palmerston North for your overnight stay.

    Stay: Copthorne Palmerston North (B, D)

  • Day9

    Palmerston North - Wellington

    Today visit Cross Hills Rhododendron Garden, spanning 7 hectares, this park like garden includes one of the world's finest collections of rhododendrons and azaleas, which will provide a dazzling colour display. This afternoon continue to the nation's capital, Wellington, where a highlight will be a visit to Te Papa, New Zealand's National Museum, with exhibits that embrace both the Maori and European views. This evening is free to dine at leisure.

    Stay: James Cook Hotel Grand Chancellor (2 nights) (B, D)

  • Day10

    Wellington

    This morning take the Wellington Cable Car, one of the cities most iconic attractions, to the Botanic Gardens. Enjoy time at leisure to view the protected native forest, specialised plant collections, colourful floral displays and views over Wellington city. Join your coach for an extensive city tour which will highlight the history and culture on show here. This afternoon is at leisure. This evening enjoy a farewell dinner with your new found friends. (B, SD)

  • Day11

    Depart Wellington

    Having experienced some of the finest gardens in New Zealand, it is time to say goodbye. You will be transferred to the airport for your flight home after a memorable holiday. (B)

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