11 Day North Island Garden Tour

11 Day North Island Garden Tour

A 10 night fully escorted coach tour featuring an array of unique gardens and the Taranaki Garden Festival

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Gardens Visited:

  • Ayrlies Garden and Wetlands*, Auckland.
  • Hamilton Gardens*, Hamilton.
  • Henley Hotel Private Garden, Cambridge.
  • Rotorua Government Gardens, Rotorua.
  • Private Garden Visits, Taranaki Garden Festival.
  • Cross Hills Rhododendron Garden, Kimbolton.
  • Wellington Botanic Gardens.

Tour Info

Tour Type: Special Interest Coach Tour
From: Auckland to Wellington
Departures: Oct 2020 to Nov 2020
Price: From (NZD) $4749 per person
Tour Operator: Grand Pacific Tours
Duration: 10 Days
Tour Code: GPNI11GT


48 seat modern coach travel, 2 door access, restroom, reclining seats and panoramic windows
10 nights 4 star accommodation
10 cooked breakfasts including a specialty breakfast: Stratosfare Restaurant, Rotorua
8 sumptuous dinners including 1 specialty dinner: Mãori Hãngi and Concert, Rotorua
2 lunches including a Shire’s Buffet lunch, Hobbiton
1 delicious High Tea: Henley Hotel, Cambridge
Sculptureum Experience
Te Wao Nui*, Auckland Zoo
Hobbiton™ Movie Set Tour and Lunch
Skyline Rotorua Gondola and Luge Ride
Thermal Mud Pools and Geysers
Tamaki Mãori Experience
Waitomo Glowworm Caves
Wellington Cable Car
Te Papa, NZ’s National Museum
City sights tour Auckland and Wellington

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Day by Day Tour Itinerary

Day 1
Arrive Auckland

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

Stay: Rydges Hotel Auckland (2 nights) (D)

Day 2
Auckland Sightseeing

This morning enjoy the sights of Auckland, New Zealand’s largest city. Travel to Matakana to visit Sculptureum, an internationally unique art experience. Enjoy time to wander through the Garden of Creative Diversity and view the hundreds of displayed works in the Galleries. This afternoon travel to the Auckland Zoo for a guided tour of Te Wao Nui, six stunning habitats showcasing the native fauna and flora of New Zealand. This evening is free to dine at leisure. (B)

Day 3
Auckland - Hamilton

This morning travel to Ayrlies Garden and Wetlands, one of New Zealand’s best-known gardens and a Garden of National Significance. It is characterized by sweeping lawns and informal but detailed plantings by ponds & waterways. 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 Waikato’s most visited attraction, the Hamilton Gardens.

A guided tour of the themed gardens will transport you from the peaceful Sung Dynasty Chinese Scholar’s garden to the Italian Renaissance garden followed by the grandeur of the Indian Char Bagh garden. Your guide will share the story of how the gardens were transformed from a rubbish dump into a Garden of International Significance.

Stay: Novotel Hamilton (B,D)

Day 4
Hamilton - Matamata - Rotorua

Today travel to Cambridge to visit the private garden of the Henley Hotel, nestled on 29 acres of parkland and features a camelia lined oval lawn and lakeside pavilion. You will be treated to High Tea amongst the cherry blossoms (weather permitting). Continue through picturesque countryside to Hobbiton for a buffet lunch followed by a guided tour of the Hobbiton Movie Set. Travel to Rotorua for a walk through the Rotorua Government Gardens before arriving at your hotel.

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

Day 5
Rotorua Sightseeing

Today begins with a gondola ride to the Stratosfare Restaurant where a buffet breakfast and spectacular views are on offer. There is also time for a luge ride! Next stop is Agrodome for an action-packed hour of farming entertainment and education that’s unlike anything you’ve seen before. Travel to Te Puia for a tour of the boiling mud pools and awesome geysers that Rotorua is famous for. Enjoy some free time this afternoon before travelling to a Mãori village for an interactive and educational experience that culminates with a cultural performance and traditional Hãngi feast. (B,D)

Day 6
Rotorua - Waitomo - New Plymouth

Depart Rotorua and travel to Waitomo for a tour of the Glowworm Caves where tiny creatures radiate their luminescent light. Enjoy lunch in this native bushland setting before travelling to New Plymouth, home of the Taranaki Garden Festival. This afternoon will be spent visiting one of the festival gardens.

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

Day 7
Taranaki Garden Festival

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

Day 8
New Plymouth - Palmerston North

Before we depart the Taranaki region, we visit one final stunning festival garden before travelling onto Whanganui for a shortstop. This afternoon continue to 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. Continue to Palmerston North for your overnight stay.

Stay: Copthorne Palmerston North (B,D)

Day 9
Palmerston North - Wellington

Travel to the nation’s capital, Wellington. Ride the Wellington Cable Car, one of the city’s most iconic attractions, to the Botanic Gardens. Enjoy time to view the protected native forest and colourful floral displays with stunning views over Wellington city. Join your coach for an extensive city tour which will highlight the history and culture on show here. This evening is free to dine at leisure.

Stay: InterContinental Hotel (Deluxe Room. 2 nights) (B)

Day 10

A highlight this morning will be time to explore Gallipoli: A Scale of War exhibition at Te Papa, New Zealand’s National Museum. Cutting edge technology brings these stories to life through the eyes of New Zealanders who found themselves in extraordinary circumstances. Enjoy time at leisure this afternoon. This evening enjoy a final dinner with your new-found friends. (B,D)

Day 11
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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11 Day North Island Garden Tour
Special Interest Coach Tour
Tour Code: GPNI11GT
From (NZD) $4749 per person
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Departures: Oct 2020 to Nov 2020

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