5 Day Essential North Island
5 Day Essential North Island
A lively five day independent coach tour of New Zealand's North Island including trips to the Waitomo Glowworm Caves and sightseeing in Rotorua, before finishing in the nation's capital of Wellington.
|Tour Type:||Independent Coach Tour|
|From:||Auckland to Wellington|
|Departures:||Jan 2020 - March 2021|
|Price:||From (NZD) $1392 per person|
|Tour Operator:||Relaxing Journeys|
|4 nights accommodation|
|All Coach, Ferry & Rail Transport & Transfers|
|Waitomo Glowworm Caves|
|Maori Village Experience, Hangi & Concert in Rotorua|
|Te Puia Geothermal Experience|
|Rainbow Springs Nature Park|
|Agrodome Farm Show|
Prices are per person based on twin-share, and are subject to availability. Prices are correct at the time of submission but are subject to change without notice. Valid for travel January 2020 – March 2021. Blackout periods may apply. A non-refundable deposit of $250 per person is required at time of booking.
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Day by Day Tour Itinerary
Welcome to Auckland! Pass through customs, collect any baggage and be met by one of our friendly representatives, ready to whisk you away to your city accommodation. After checking in and getting yourself settled, turn your roving eye outside and enjoy a free afternoon in the City of Sails. Auckland has so much to offer, from deserted islands just off the coast, lush native bush out west and sophisticated inner city streets ideal for shopping as well as dining.
With an early morning departure from Auckland head south along the Southern Motorway to reach the market garden area of Pukekohe. Continue through Hamilton – New Zealand’s fourth largest city and the fertile Waikato region to arrive at Waitomo.
For over 100 years, Waitomo Glowworm Caves have attracted millions of people from all over the world. The moment you enter this subterranean wonderland, you’ll discover an ancient underground labyrinth of limestone caves and grottos. You’ll experience a boat trip like no other, journeying through the starry expanse of the Glowworm cave while your way is lit by a multitude of tiny glow worm lights.
On completion of this tour, you will continue over the forested Mamaku Ranges to reach the “thermal city” of Rotorua, arriving early afternoon for your two night stay. Tonight, you’ll be treated to a Maori feast, this cultural experience promises hours of fun, thought and Maori kai (indigenous food). After a formal Maori welcome, relax and enjoy a captivating performance by the local people, including traditional songs as well as the renowned haka. Following a truly delectable dinner, you will be transported by people movers to enjoy the spectacular lighting of the Whakarewarewa Geothermal Valley and an essential hot chocolate. (D) (2 nights)
This morning you will experience Maori culture and the amazing thermal wonderland at Te Puia. Te Puia is also home to the Arts and Crafts Institute where the ancient teachings of Maori ancestors have been preserved and continue to thrive. Continue on to the Rainbow Springs Nature Park, an attraction like no other. Set in 22 acres of beautiful native trees and streams you will see a huge variety of New Zealand’s most precious inhabitants including the Kiwi Conservation Centre.
New Zealand’s thriving agricultural industry is on show at the Agrodome, where you will witness a sheep shearing display and sheep dog trials. The afternoon is at leisure.
Journey south this morning to Wairakei – wreathed by steam, then onto Lake Taupo. Skirt the lake and cross the volcanic landscape of the Desert Road past the majestic peaks of Tongariro, Ngaruahoe and Ruapehu. Continue across the fertile plains of the Manawatu and along the rugged Kapiti coastline to Wellington. Arrive late afternoon for your overnight stay. If you’d like more time to explore Wellington just ask us to add extra night!
Sadly your trip has come to an end. We hope that you have thoroughly enjoyed your tour through the North Island. Today you will be met at your accommodation and transferred to the airport for your onward journey. Have a safe trip home.
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