11 Day Bush & Beach

11 Day Bush & Beach

A great summer tour showcasing New Zealand's best North Island beaches and attractions. Visit the Bay of Islands, Coromandel, Rotorua and the magical Waitomo Caves.

Book and pay your deposit by 30 November 2018 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) $3529 per person
Tour Operator: Relaxing Journeys
Duration: 11 Days
Tour Code: GNBB

Inclusions

10 nights accommodation
Rental vehicle of your choice
3 night stopover in the Bay of Islands
Waitangi Treaty Grounds day pass including guided tour & cultural experience
Hole in the Rock & Cape Brett cruise
Admission to Matakohe Kauri Museum
Kiwi Dundee Adventures
Admission to the Te Puia geothermal region
Te Po - Maori cultural experience with traditional hangi
Entry & guided tour of Waitomo Caves & Glowworm Grotto
Travel wallet, comprehensive customised itinerary, bound map book, accommodation & activity vouchers and local travel guides

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 30 November 2018 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

“Haere Mai” Welcome to Auckland – the ‘City of Sails’. On completion of formalities, you will be personally met by our representative and transferred in an executive sedan to your accommodation. The remainder of the day is at leisure to explore what Auckland has to offer.

Auckland is built on an isthmus of 48 volcanoes, fertile valleys and islands that are home to award-winning wineries. Family attractions abound and the city has plenty of adrenaline for adventure lovers. Indulge in Auckland’s shopping, nightlife and unrivalled cuisine. Discover why Auckland is one of the best places in the world to live – and visit.

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Day 2
Auckland - Bay of Islands

Take delivery of your rental car this morning. Travel north over the Harbour Bridge and along the Hibiscus Coast to arrive in Paihia, a seaside town nestled on the shores of the National Maritime Park in the Bay of Islands. On arrival visit the historic Waitangi Treaty Grounds, New Zealand’s most historic site where the Treaty was signed between the Maori Chiefs and the British Crown. (3 nights)

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Day 3
Bay of Islands - Cape Reinga Tour - Bay of Islands

Today you will cruise to the famous Hole in the Rock and Cape Brett. Board the luxury catamaran which 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” where you’ll make a passage through the Hole and on to the Grand Cathedral Cave. On the return journey the cruise takes its time and meanders through the inner islands. View sandy beaches, beautiful bays and marine wildlife as your skipper gives an informative commentary. Included is an island stopover on beautiful Urupukapuka Island.

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Day 4
Bay of Islands at Leisure

Today you can spend at your leisure and enjoy all that this natural playground has to offer. We’d suggest a quick ferry ride across the water to the charming, elegant township of Russell. This tranquil place was once known as “the hell hole of the Pacific” when it was the shore leave destination for sailors, whalers and traders during the 19th century.

Historic buildings to visit include the Catholic Mission “Pompallier” and Christ Church, which still carries the bullet holes from the Maori Wars. Discover Russell’s exciting past by visiting the museum, cafés, restaurants and craft galleries, while appreciating its colonial architecture.

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Day 5
Bay of Islands - North Auckland

Head south from Paihia this morning and at Whangarei, take the turn-off to Dargaville, which is the kumara capital of the world. New Zealand’s own sweet potato comes in two varieties, golden and red. However, Dargaville has more strings to its bow, especially its history. It was home to the original Dalmatian gum diggers and kauri loggers who made the area their own in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, and whose lives are charted in the local museum.

Approximately 40 kms south of Dargaville is Matakohe, home to the Kauri Museum (admission included). This amazing museum tells the fascinating story of the pioneering days through the use of kauri timber and kauri gum. Explore the many exceptional displays and galleries inside the museum from the magnificent collection of antique kauri furniture and the largest collection of kauri gum in the world to restored machinery including New Zealand’s earliest tractor, a 1929 Cat 60, and a turning steam sawmill.

Leaving Matakohe, rejoin the main highway and make your way towards Auckland.

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Day 6
North Auckland - Coromandel Peninsula

This morning you continue your journey to the Coromandel along the the Pacific Coast Highway, one of the great touring routes in the world, traversing the spectacular east coast of the North Island. The Pacific Coast Highway is well signposted along the entire route, giving a safe and easy way to navigate through some of the most spectacular coastal scenery New Zealand has to offer. (2 nights)

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Day 7
Explore The Coromandel with Kiwi Dundee

Enjoy a full-day guided tour today with local expert and personality, ‘Kiwi Dundee’. Enjoy the scenic beauty of the area while learning about the flora, fauna and history of the Coromandel region. Kiwi Dundee Adventures is internationally recognised as one of New Zealand’s top guiding companies.

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Day 8
Coromandel Peninsula - Rotorua

Depart today and travel along the Bay of Plenty coastline through the subtropical orchards of kiwi fruit and citrus. Head inland through massive pine forests, passing many of the region’s crystal clear lakes en route to Rotorua. You will arrive with time to spend a relaxing afternoon exploring Rotorua. (2 nights)

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Day 9
Rotorua Sightseeing

Make the most of exploring Rotorua today. You may like to visit the Agrodome or take a gondola ride to the top of Mt Ngongotaha for spectacular views of Rotorua.

Later this afternoon visit Te Puia geothermal area to view the boiling mudpools and cascading Pohutu geyser that makes Rotorua famous as New Zealand’s thermal city. This evening experience Te Po, a feast of cultural storytelling, entertainment and Maori kai (indigenous food). Following a formal Maori welcome, relax and enjoy a performance including the beautiful songs, haka and poi dance.

After dinner you will be transported by people movers to enjoy the spectacular lighting of the Whakarewarewa Geothermal Valley and hot chocolate.

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Day 10
Rotorua - Waitomo Caves - Auckland

Journey over the Mamaku Saddle and through Fitzgerald Glade as you make your way to the famous Waitomo Caves this morning. Here you will enjoy a guided tour through the long galleries and lofty chambers to view stalactites formed over thousands of years by dripping water.

The tour ends with a boat ride through the glowworm grotto, illuminated by thousands of tiny lights emitted by glowworms suspended from the cave ceiling. Return to Auckland later this afternoon.

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Day 11
Depart Auckland

Time for some last minute sightseeing or shopping before making your way to Auckland airport. Sadly, your holiday is at an end and you leave your car at the rental depot located at the airport today for your onward flight. Here, we bid you a fond farewell and hope you leave with many happy memories of your stay in Aotearoa, New Zealand.

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4.4/5.0

There are 9 reviews of this tour from past clients of Relaxing Journeys, averaging 4.4 out of 5.

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28/12/2016
In no particular order: the pickup service was terrific, particularly Rosen the driver. Sky City have a Co-op Taxi Rank at the hotel. We were told that the car that was ordered was not available and we had to take a 4x4 Hilux ute which id cause some grief. It appeared that the car was not booked till 19th December. We could change it later if we went to a specific Thrifty hire places if there was one available. Because of holidays Rotorua was the only possible option. The three highlights were Waitangi Treaty Grounds, the Kauri Museum and Kiwi Dundee. If we had have come last year the stairs would have been a problem at the Puka Resort. Given the traffic situation I would advise people not to go to that part of NZ over the Christmas break period. Traffic impacted quite a bit on the pace of the trip. We did not go to the Glow Worms cave on the drive to Auckland as it would have made the day very long in part because of the traffic situation and we had seen glow worms earlier in the trip.
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17/11/2016
'Relaxing Journeys' deserves its company name. However, I would suggest renaming it into 'Super Dooper Magical Awesome Exciting and Relaxing Journeys'. I am aware that suggestion is too long, but let me explain. I made my booking inquiry quite spontaneously and at very short notice, only three weeks in advance of my desired date of departure. After several hours, staff members from Relaxing Journeys suggested me an itinerary and sent all relevant information. They arranged every detail, adapted the original route to my personal wishes so that I was able to visit a friend in Whangarei (make sure to visit this beautiful city if you have time), and offered continuous and professional support throughout the booking process. The Bush & Beach package is just wonderful. I suggest the journey to everyone who enjoys admiring natural wonders and the diversity one may only find in New Zealand. Thank you for making a dream come true.
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07/12/2014
Overall this is a well organized trip by Relaxing Journeys. It was a joyful journey with very good exposure to New Zealand which is indeed a very beautiful country. Thank you again for Mani (our tour consultant) and Relaxing Journeys.
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23/12/2013
The tour you organised for us was excellent. Everything went to plan except for a minor hiccup with Ipipiri when Fullers, in error, cancelled our booking. Thanks to Christine she must have reminded Fullers about customer service because not only did we get to do the cruise, we got $50 spend on board as well, excellent. The highlight of our accommodation was The Sanctuary at Bay of Islands. I'd like to give special thanks to Glennis & Yogi who made us feel at home. Next would be to thank Chris & Mark at Stafford Villa, they were really amazing hosts, again fantastic. We also wish them a happy retirement. We could go on and on as all the accommodation was first class, and the people really friendly & helpful. The car hired through Thrifty was great, and driving around was easier than I thought it would be. It helps that every mile travelled reveals a picture postcard landscape, whether it was raining or sunny. To close, we thoroughly enjoyed the tour you organised for us, we loved New Zealand, & would love to come back. We will definitely recommend Relaxing Journeys to our friends & family. Thank you, Mani.
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25/11/2013
Well organised with very good accommodation. The bottom line is that we would certainly recommend the tour to others.
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05/08/2012
Thoroughly enjoyed our trip. Everyone we met was more than helpful and the welcome in most places was great. Even the rain couldn't dampen our enjoyment.
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03/01/2011
We really enjoyed our NZ experience. Your service was wonderful and it was really great to be greeted at the airport. This is a really nice touch. The accommodation was terrific and all tours organised by you on our behalf were very enjoyable. We would recommend Kiwi Dundee to anyone and Pure Cruise was really beautiful. We also appreciated the information on places we might like to visit between stops. This was particularly helpful. Such a pity we had to come home. We will certainly be coming again and would be more than happy to organise travel thru you again. Many thanks for a truly enjoyable and worry free experience.
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20/12/2010
First of all, we would like to say thank for the wonderful arrangements. Everything was very well planned & organised. I have already one colleague planning to go at the end of this year whom I have gratefully recommended Relaxing Holidays. New Zealand is a fantastic & beautiful country to visit. We really enjoyed everything we saw and did and wish we had more time there to do more! We certainly would love to go back again one day! Happy New Year to you all!
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09/02/2010
Jarrod, we were delighted with our tour and have no complaints at all. In fact we have been at pains to tell all our friends how well it all went. A particular thanks to Ian of Kiwi Dundee who gave us a wonderful day's excursion. From a purely personal observation I would say that the Grand Mercure Puka Park should be recommended only to the fit twenty somethings who can readily scale the 39 steps to their tree chalet after negotiating the near vertical path from the restaurant. With thanks. Nan Peterkin
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