8 Day Northern Discovery

8 Day Northern Discovery

Join us on an 8 day coach tour through the centre of the North Island. Experience New Zealand's natural wonders such as the rainforests of Coromandel Peninsula and the geothermal region of Rotorua, before enjoying the vineyards of Hawkes' Bay and the cafes and shopping of Wellington.

During the course of the tour you will also have free time in Rotorua and Paihia (Bay of Islands) to experience some of the (optional) unique sightseeing activities, including a float plane or helicopter flight to Mt Tarawera, a Cape Reinga day trip from Paihia, plus many more options for those wishing to explore further.

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Tour Info

Tour Type: Premium Coach Tour
From: Auckland to Wellington
Departures: May 2018 to Dec 2019
Price:
From (NZD) $2624 per person
Tour Operator: Kirra Tours
Pace: Relaxing
Duration: 8 Days
Tour Code: px

Inclusions

7 nights superior superior hotel accommodation
7 fully cooked breakfasts (B) and 5 dinners (D)
Entry to Waitangi Treaty Grounds
Cape Brett Bay of Islands Cruise
Entry to Auckland's Sky Tower
Agrodome Farm Show
Rainbow Springs Nature Park
Skyline Gondola and Luge
Locally guided Art Deco walking tour
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

Haere mai! Welcome to New Zealand. A Kirra Tours representative will greet you at the airport with transport waiting to take you to your downtown city hotel.

Stay: Rydges Hotel

Day 2
Auckland - Bay of Islands

Leaving the city behind, we travel across the Auckland Harbour Bridge and drive north to Paihia in the Bay of Islands, a seaside town nestled on the foreshore of this National Maritime Park. On arrival, meet your local Māori guide who will provide an insight into the local history before visiting Waitangi, the location of the signing of the treaty between the Māori and the British. Enjoy a self-guided tour through the Treaty House, the Meeting House and war canoe. Later this afternoon, board your launch for the scenic cruise to the Cape Brett Lighthouse and famous Hole in the Rock.

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

Day 3
Bay of Islands

Today is a free day to explore and enjoy the beauty of the Bay of Islands. Your Coach Captain will happily assist with arranging optional activities for you. Why not try a full day tour to Cape Reinga, New Zealand’s northernmost point? Alternatively, explore the township of Russell, New Zealand’s first European settlement, and visit its historic church, mission house and museum. (B)

Day 4
Bay of Islands - Auckland - Rotorua

Leaving Paihia, travel south through Whangarei to Warkworth and on to Auckland. Visit the Sky Tower – at 328m, the tallest free-standing structure in the Southern Hemisphere – and enjoy panoramic 360-degree views across the city and its two majestic harbours. Later, cross the Bombay Hills to the lush farmlands of the Waikato. On to the geothermal wonderland of Rotorua, the centre of Māori culture and famous for its geysers, boiling mud pools and steaming craters.

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

Day 5
Rotorua

Today begins with a visit to the Agrodome to see a unique New Zealand farm show. This is followed by a visit to Rainbow Springs to learn about native flora and fauna, including the famous kiwi bird. The spectacular Skyline Gondola offers superb views over the city, lake and mountains, and for those wanting a little excitement, why not try a luge ride with our compliments. Enjoy some free time this afternoon before visiting Tamaki Māori Village for an evening of fun and culture. You will experience a traditionally prepared hāngī feast followed by a cultural performance featuring Māori songs, chants and dance, including the stirring haka. (B, D)

Day 6
Rotorua - Taupō - Napier

View the mighty Huka Falls and the Wairakei geothermal project before stopping at Lake Taupō, the largest in New Zealand. Continue on to Napier, often regarded as the world’s Art Deco capital. On arrival, enjoy a locally guided walking tour of the city.

Stay: Scenic Te Pania Hotel, Napier (B, D)

Day 7
Napier - Wairarapa - Wellington

Orchards and vineyards give way to farmland as you travel into the rural heartland of the Wairarapa region. Stop at historic Greytown to view excellent examples of Victorian colonial architecture before travelling over the Remutaka Range to Wellington, the nation’s capital, where you enjoy a city tour on arrival.

Stay: Ibis Wellington (B, D)

Day 8
Depart Wellington

It’s time to bid farewell to your fellow travellers today. You will be transferred to the airport to join your onward flight. (B)

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There are 3 reviews of this tour from past clients of Relaxing Journeys, averaging 5 out of 5.

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25/11/2009
I booked this tour because I had a limited window in which to explore the North Island (not enough time for both islands) and wanted a tour that would take me to the main sights without having to waste time finding them myself and sorting out my own accomodation. I was NOT disappointed. The small group (17 for most of the trip) were all friendly - although I was lucky that there was one other single traveller in my age group so I didn't feel isolated at all. The coach captain, Ross, was fantastic! His extensive knowledge and almost continuous commentary, along with the frequent sight-seeing and comfort stops, made the long journeys pass in no time. The hotels were all of a high standard, and the food very nice and plentiful - especially in the Paihia and Rotorua hotels. The highlight for me was the Bay of Islands. Stunning weather and scenery, and I thoroughly recommend the optional half-day plane flight to Cape Reinga through Salt Air. That experience will stay with me forever. Well worth the extra money. Of course there are a couple of things that could've improved the tour. The visit to Rainbow Springs in Rotorua was boring and a complete waste of time (nothing of interest to see, very contrived) and instead of having a free afternoon in Rotorua, which doesn't have much to offer as a city, we all agreed we would prefer to have spent more time in Taupo, where we only spent two hours as a lunch stop. An overnight stay there would've given us time to explore the town and area more. But thats my only complaint; otherwise it was a fantastic tour. I booked my tour through Relaxing Journeys. They (especially Georgina Walpole) were helpful, patient and thorough throughout the booking process, answering all my questions to help me find the tour that suited me best. Overall, a fantastic way of seeing the North Island if you are limited for time.
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06/05/2009
I enjoyed the trip and driver was very informative and professional. Coach was comfortable and most of the hotels were good especially the Sudima. However the Angus was absolutely horrible! I also would have preferred that we stay in Napier and have some extra time to wander around. I was also disappointed when we arrived in Paihai to be offered another bus trip to go to the top of the North Island (the tour to take when you are already on tour). I did not think that on only the second day of tour we needed a whole day break, and would have liked a few more hours in Rotorua. Thought the itinerary was good and gave a good introduction to the North Island.
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29/04/2009
It was an excellent tour - right from where we were met by Barbara at Auckland Airport. Rydges Hotel excellent - in fact all accommodation and meals were very good. It all went very smoothly and we thoroughly enjoyed the whole tour - only complaint - not long enough. Will have to return.
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8 Day Northern Discovery
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Departures: May 2018 to Dec 2019
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