11 Day Volcanoes & Glowworms
11 Day Volcanoes & Glowworms
Bask in the beauty of the Bay of Islands; explore the hidden corners of Auckland and delve into Rotorua's volcanic history on this 11 day walking tour of a lifetime. Perfect for the adventurous couple, older family or retired small group, you'll see New Zealand's north island in all of its splendour. Don't you deserve a break?
Book your self drive tour this month and receive an Earlybird Discount of 10%. Make full payment by 31 July 2018 to qualify or receive a discount of 7.5% if you pay by 30 September 2018.
|Tour Type:||Self Drive Tours|
|From:||Auckland to Auckland|
|Departures:||May 2018 to March 2019|
From (NZD) $2845 per person
|Tour Operator:||Relaxing Journeys|
|10 nights accommodation|
|Rental vehicle of your choice including airport and ferry port collection charges|
|Half day Bay of Islands walking adventure|
|Guided tour of Ruakuri Cave|
|Guided full day Kiwi Dundee nature walk|
|Half day guided walk on Mt Maunganui|
|Half day Mt Tarawera 4WD guided walk|
|Te Po - Maori cultural experience with traditional hangi|
|Travel wallet, comprehensive customised itinerary, bound map book, accommodation & activity vouchers and local travel guides|
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* Prices shown are per person (based on two people travelling).
* 2 Bedroom Motel pricing also available with Exclusive Specials. Please request a quote for prices.
Day by Day Tour Itinerary
Welcome to Auckland! Once you’ve moved through customs and collected your baggage, it’s time to sign for your rental car and check-in at your accommodation. You’ve landed on the doorstep of New Zealand’s largest city, an idyllic setting overlooking the forested Waitakere Ranges, the sheltered Manukau Harbour and the island-studded Hauraki Gulf to the north. No wonder over a million people choose to live here! Beautiful beaches and dreamy offshore islands are just half an hour from the city. In fact, the sea is so much a part of the place that an unusually high number of people own their own boats giving the city its moniker of the ‘City of Sails’.
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. Strap back in for the easy drive to Paihia, the idyllic seaside gateway to the whole Bay of Islands region. (2 nights)
After a leisurely alarm and a brilliant breakfast, you’ll notice a delicious variety of walking tracks, suited to all fitness and difficulty levels. Don’t worry about missing out on gorgeous views and splendid panoramas, the natural beauty to physical fitness ratio doesn’t discriminate here – no matter where you walk, every step will be worthwhile.
- Choose your own walking adventure from these three options:
Roberton Island: A picturesque 15-minute walk to Cooks lookout, including a short climb to the top of the Island for breath taking 360º views of the Bay.
- Motorua Island, Palm Beach to Army Bay: A beautiful 45-minute walk from beach to beach with a moderate hill climb in-between.
- Urupukapuka Island: Drop off at Entico Bay and walk around Urupukapuka’s beaches to Otahei Bay (1-3 hours depending on which route you take). Return cruise to Paihia.
Exploration is the order of the day, as you travel south again and search for camera-worthy stops along the way – because we care about making your adventure easy, we’ll give you a few tips to get you started:
- Relax – Dip, bathe and relax in Waiwera’s thermal springs.
- Sights – Turn left to Waipu Cove and add Lang’s Beach to your laid-back bucket list.
- Eat Well – Puhoi has a few local cheeses you just have to try, paired perfectly with a New Zealand red.
- Walk – Take the detour from Warkworth to do the Tawharanui Ridge Walk. It’s an easy walk of about 4 hours that will reward you with spectacular views.
Today, travel south to the Coromandel Peninsula, a beautiful rugged area fringed with dozens of excellent beaches that separate the Pacific Ocean from the Hauraki Gulf. Many Kiwis choose the Coromandel to escape the hustle and hype of city life, providing a home haven for many artists who seek a slow-paced lifestyle.
A visit to the quaint town is highly recommended and if you have time, we suggest riding the Driving Creek narrow gauge railway to a wonder-inducing creative colony. Then cross the divide to the eastern side of the peninsula for your overnight stay. (2 nights)
Take a guided walk with Kiwi Dundee and explore a pristine rainforest surrounded by giant rock faces, rugged volcanic peaks, ancient Kauri, Rimu and Rata trees. Wonder at the world’s largest tree ferns and capture crystal clear rivers on camera. Visit old historic gold caves, home to hundreds of glittering glowworms and learn more about forest biodiversity. Enjoy your picnic lunch by the rock pools or in the mountains, letting the world go by, one bird call at a time.
Difficulty: Moderate challenge, uneven surface
Depart the Coromandel area this morning and head south along the coastal highway. Visit the gold mining town of Waihi and drive through the mural town of Katikati, before arriving at the popular beachside resorts of Tauranga and Mount Maunganui. “The Mount” is the casual name for Mount Maunganui, a relaxed beach town that occupies a peninsula at the southern end of Tauranga Harbour.
Enjoy a guided climb to the summit of Mauao (The Mount) or amble around the base track, listening to local legends of the area and learning more about how the local people identify with their mountain. Identify significant landmarks, archaeological sites, harbour activities and wildlife habitats. Roam or relax at the top to enjoy a bird’s eye view of the Tauranga region and enjoy a refreshing drink.
Head inland through massive pine forests, passing crystal clear lakes en-route to Rotorua. Don’t be afraid to use the stopping areas to take a break and snap some pictures – you don’t want to forget anything!
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)
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.
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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