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.

Book and pay your deposit by 31 December 2018 to receive a 5% discount off your independent coach tour price for this month

Tour Info

Tour Type: Independent Coach Tour
From: Auckland to Wellington
Departures: Feb 2018 to May 2019
Price:
From (NZD) $1292 per person
Tour Operator: Relaxing Journeys
Duration: 5 Days
Tour Code: RJ104

Inclusions

4 nights accommodation
All Coach, Ferry & Rail Transport & Transfers
Optional Breakfasts
Daily Departures
Waitomo Glowworm Caves
Maori Village Experience, Hangi & Concert in Rotorua
Te Puia Geothermal Experience
Rainbow Springs Nature Park
Agrodome Farm Show

Conditions

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 May 2018 – March 2019. Blackout periods may apply. A non-refundable deposit of $500 per person is required at time of booking.

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Book and pay your deposit by 31 December 2018 to receive a 5% discount off your independent coach tour price for this month

* Note: Prices shown are per person (based on two people travelling). Prices are valid for travel until March 2019

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Day by Day Tour Itinerary

Day 1
Arrive Auckland

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.

Day 2
Auckland - Waitomo Caves - Rotorua

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)

Day 3
Rotorua

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.

Day 4
Rotorua - 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!

Day 5
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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There are 4 reviews of this tour from past clients of Relaxing Journeys, averaging 4.5 out of 5.

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17/12/2016
Really 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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06/02/2014
The 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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14/04/2010
Probably 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.
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03/01/2010
Everyting 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.
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New Zealand has a great deal of things to see and do, why not add one of our optional sightseeing activities to your trip. Prices are per adult (we'll adjust your quote for any children).

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Tour Code: RJ104
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