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5 Day Essential North Island

Relaxing Journeys Independent Coach Tour starting in Auckland and finishing in Wellington

Tour Description

A lively five day independent coach tour heading south through the North Island including trips to the Waitomo Caves and sightseeing in Rotorua finishing in the nation's capital Wellington.

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Independent Tour Information
  • Independent New Zealand Tours

    Independent tours are an ideal way to explore New Zealand if you don't wish to drive. We pre-book all your travel arrangements including coach, rail and ferry transport, accommodation, transfers between your transport and key sightseeing activities. We can add and take off days in the middle, start or end of your tour and you can choose whether to add breakfasts. While the coaches do not have dedicated tour guides, the multi-talented coach drivers provide excellent onboard commentary.

  • Accommodation Levels

    Your tour accommodation is in specially chosen properties, centrally located and of a high standard. Choose from 3 levels of accommodation on every itinerary! Motels & Apartments, Mid Range Hotels & Premium Hotels. All accommodation is subject to availability at the time of booking so get in early!

  • Daily Departures

    Our independent coach tours operate every day, using regular coach, train, airline and ferry services. This provides you with excellent flexibility when planning your tour to fit in with your flights and any other holiday arrangements.

  • Coastal Pacific Train Journey

    If your itinerary includes the Coastal Pacific train, then please be aware it does not operate from May to September and will be replaced by a coach journey during this period. This amendment to the itinerary is factored into our winter pricing.

  • Coach Commentary

    Coaches do not have dedicated tour guides, however the multi-talented coach drivers provide excellent onboard commentary on most routes. There are a few of routes between cities in NZ where no commentary is provided. See FAQ's below for a list of routes without commentary.

  • Transfers

    We organise all your transfers and these are are by shuttle service. If you'd prefer to be picked up by a private driver service please request this at time of booking as prices are not too much more in most cases.

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Tour Itinerary - Day by Day
  • Day1

    Arrive in Auckland

    Welcome to Auckland, New Zealand’s largest city and a hub for shopping and dining. On arrival you will be met and transferred to your accommodation. Enjoy the opportunity to explore this fascinating city. 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 and dining. Take some time to explore Auckland's vibrant waterfront this afternoon, and even better if time permits add an extra day in Auckland to experience a slice of what this city has to offer.

    Motels & Apartments: Quest Auckland
    Mid Range: Scenic Hotel Auckland
    Premium: SkyCity Hotel Auckland

  • Day2

    Auckland - Waitomo Caves - Rotorua (2 nights)

    With an early morning departure from Auckland you will be travelling southbound towards the Waitomo Caves via the city of Hamilton which sits on the banks of the Waikato River. Enjoy a guided tour of the caves with a silent boat ride through the Glowworm Grotto - a subterranean cavern lit up by the lights of thousands of tiny glowworms. You will arrive at Rotorua early afternoon for your two night stay. Tonight you will attend a hangi (feast) and concert, an authentic and intimate Maori experience. (D)

    Motels & Apartments: BK's Rotorua Motor Lodge
    Mid Range: Novotel Rotorua Lakeside
    Premium: Millennium Rotorua

  • Day3

    Rotorua Sightseeing

    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.

  • Day4

    Rotorua to Wellington

    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!

    Motels & Apartments: Gilmer Apartment Hotel
    Mid Range: Novotel Wellington
    Premium: Copthorne Oriental Bay

  • Day5

    Depart Wellington

    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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Tour Reviews

View all 4 reviews of this tour from past clients of Relaxing Journeys, averaging 4.5 out of 5.

  • 5Really enjoyed how seamless everything was and the various activities organised for us. Toni was very helpful in accommodating our requests. It made for a stress free start to our holiday.

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    - 17/12/2018
  • 5The tour was excellent and provided us with an insight into New Zealand's beautiful scenery on the journey to Wellington. From our time of arrival at the Airport everything was so well organised that we didn't have to worry about anything at all. Every activity was good and hotel accommodation was excellent. If we came to New Zealand again we would use your services. Many thanks Mani for all your help organising this tour.

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    - 06/02/2014
  • 4Probably the best trip my wife and I have ever taken to any place in the World. We were on an unescorted tour. What we really appreciated is that we were on two trains and no less than 7 buses. Both trains and the buses were all on time to the minute in departing and arriving. The activities we visited were incredible. We would use this same type of trip to other parts of New Zealand if we ever have the chance to visit NZ again. Thanks.

    - 14/04/2010
  • 4Everyting went smoothly. Our hotels were comfortable and the service was great. We started in Aukland to Waitomo, then to Rotorua 2 nights then down to Wellington. All tour personel were extra friendly. We totally enjoyed the trip and hope to return to see more of the south island. Thank you and Kia Ora.

    - 03/01/2010

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