7 Day Cultural Discovery

7 Day Cultural Discovery

The perfect self-drive itinerary for those visitors who want to immerse themselves in the culture of New Zealand. Visit historically significant areas like the Waitangi Treaty Grounds and Rotorua the spiritual home to the Maori of Te Arawa.

Book and pay your deposit by 31 January 2019 to receive a 5% discount off your tour price for this month

Tour Info

Tour Type: Self Drive Tours
From: Auckland to Auckland
Departures: May 2018 to March 2019
Price: From (NZD) $1381 per person
Tour Operator: Relaxing Journeys
Duration: 7 Days
Tour Code: GNCD


6 nights accommodation
Rental vehicle of your choice including airport collection charges
Entrance to the Treaty House at Waitangi
Cruise out to the ‘Hole in the Rock’
Admission to the Te Puia geothermal region
Te Po - Maori cultural experience with traditional hangi
Guided tour of Ruakuri Cave


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 January 2019 to receive a 5% discount off your tour price for this month

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Day by Day Tour Itinerary

Day 1
Arrive Auckland

Welcome to Auckland! Pass through customs, collect any baggage. Once you have collected your rental car please make your way to your accommodation. After checking in and getting yourself settled, turn your roving eye outside and enjoy a free afternoon in the City of Sails. Auckland is New Zealand’s largest city, with plenty of sights, shopping and street appeal for even the pickiest of travellers.

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Day 2
Auckland - Bay of Islands

After a day of exploration in Auckland, it’s time to depart the city and head north to the Bay of Islands. If you’re something of an arts, crafts or history buff, a visit to Kerikeri is certainly worth it, as one of the oldest buildings in the country still stands solid – aptly named the stone store.

The Bay of Islands is also one of New Zealand’s most historically significant areas, most notably for the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840 between the Maori chiefs and the British.

A day pass is included to the Waitangi Treaty Grounds with admission to the new Museum of Waitangi, a guided tour and a Maori cultural performance. The reserve also houses the Whare Runanga, a Maori meeting house and the 100ft long war canoe or waka. (2 nights)

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Day 3
Bay of Islands

This morning board the luxury “Dolphin Seeker” catamaran for the most popular cruise in the Bay of Islands. The high speed vessel will whisk you on a comfortable journey out through game fishing waters to the Cape Brett Lighthouse.

Next is Motukokako Island and the famous “Hole in the Rock”, the excitement grows as you make a passage through the Hole and on to the majestic Grand Cathedral Cave. On the return journey time is taken to meander through the inner islands. View sandy beaches, beautiful bays and marine wildlife as your skipper gives an informative commentary.

An island stopover is also included on beautiful Urupukapuka Island (Morning Cruise Only) where there are numerous activities. Enjoy the coastal walks and magnificent beaches or browse through the Maori Arts and Crafts centre.

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Day 4
Bay of Islands - Rotorua

A big day of driving today, but lots to see on the way. (If you would prefer to break this trip up with a stop in or around Auckland, please ask your consultant to add this to your itinerary).

Head south early to Rotorua, which sits squarely on the Pacific Ring of Fire, which means that volcanic activity is part of the city’s past and present. The city is also the tribal home of the Te Arawa people, who settled in lakeside geothermal areas more than 600 years ago. (2 nights)

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Day 5

Today, you’ll discover just how volatile this region used to be, when Rotorua fell victim to an expected pyroclastic event. On June 10th, 1886, Mt Tarawera erupted, putting the world’s youngest geothermal valley of Waimangu on the global radar, destroying the legendary Pink and White Terraces in a devastating surge of lava. You’ll be guided through this historic entry moment by moment, as Rotorua’s landscape comes to life through stories and commentary. With unmatched scenic vistas and 360 panoramic views, this experience is ideal for all ages and includes an optional run into the heart of the volcanic crater.

As the evening settles in and the stars brighten the sky, you’ll be treated to a Maori feast, as Te Po’s 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 and 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. (D)

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Day 6
Rotorua - Ruakuri Cave - Auckland

Make your way back north to Auckland, stopping at the famous Ruakuri Caves – your admission is included in the package price. First discovered by local Maori between 400 and 500 years ago, the cave takes its name from the wild dogs that made their home in the entrance – beyond, they explored what is now one of Waitomo’s most compelling subterranean experiences.

Get ready to get up close to glowworms, elaborate cave formations, underground rivers, myths, legends and sacred Maori sites – it’s an experience unlike any other.

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Day 7
Depart Auckland

Schedule some last-minute sightseeing or shopping before making your way to Auckland airport. Leave your car at the rental depot located at the airport today for your onward flight.

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There are 2 reviews of this tour from past clients of Relaxing Journeys, averaging 4.5 out of 5.

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The itinerary was great. The activities and tours selected for us were fantastic. The on board GPS commentary while driving was informative and enjoyable. We had a great time. The only negative was when we picked up the tour package at Thrifty the satchel containing the vouchers, maps and other documents was water damaged (still wet). It didn't spoil our trip at all we still had a great time.
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Would like to thank Mani for arranging the trip at a short notice. Everything went pretty smoothly. One thing I would like to suggest is that one should get an internet data plan, because that would seriously improve the whole trip. But in general I've enjoyed my trip! Kudos to Relaxing Journeys!
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