13 Day Northern Circle
13 Day Northern Circle
Discover the North Island of New Zealand in our round trip from Auckland. Stopovers on the Coromandel Peninsula, thermal Rotorua, Napier, the nations capital city of Wellington and Ruapehu in the Tongariro National Park.
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) $3362 per person
|Tour Operator:||Relaxing Journeys|
|12 nights accommodation|
|Rental vehicle of your choice|
|2 night stopovers in Rotorua, Coromandel, Napier, Wellington & Tongariro National Park|
|Driving Creek Railway|
|Admission to the Te Puia geothermal region|
|Te Po - Maori cultural experience with traditional hangi|
|Admission to the Wai-O-Tapu geothermal region|
|Half day wine tour in Napier|
|Optional guided trek of the famous Tongariro National Park Crossing|
|Admissions outlined in the Itinerary|
|Airport transfers to/from your accommodation|
|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
On arrival at Auckland airport, you will be personally met by our representative & transferred in an executive sedan to your accommodation. The ‘City of Sails’ is New Zealand’s largest and most vibrant, offering an exciting array of cosmopolitan experiences. Built on an isthmus of 48 volcanoes, Auckland’s fertile valleys and islands 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.
Take delivery of your rental car this morning. Today depart Auckland and enjoy a leisurely drive on The Pacific Coast Highway. Traversing the spectacular East Coast of the North Island, it is classed as one of the great touring routes in the world. Linking the Coromandel with Auckland, The Pacific Coast Highway travels through a unique region where land and sea intermingle. Depart on the Driving Creek Railway in innovatively designed trains. Travel over viaducts (including the unique, double decker), 2 spirals, 3 reverses, tunnels and enjoy a magnificent view from the ridge-top terminus. Here a talk is given about local history, ecology and activities including the potteries. The train also passes through a native Kauri Forest replanting project. Continue across the main divide to your accommodation for tonight. (2 nights)
There are many beautiful places in the world and the Coromandel Peninsula is an unspoilt haven. Today you may choose to enjoy the stunning beaches of Cathedral Cove and Hahei and dig your own spa pool using the thermal waters in the sand at Hot Water Beach, which is only a 30 minute drive from your hotel. We highly recommend a guided tour with local expert & personality, ‘Kiwi Dundee’.
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. The afternoon is at leisure. (2 nights)
Free time to explore Rotorua this 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 make Rotorua famous as New Zealand’s thermal city. This evening experience Te Po, Te Puia’s cultural experience. It is a feast of cultural storytelling, entertainment and Maori kai (indigenous food). After 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. (D)
This morning depart Rotorua and head to Wai-O-Tapu. Walk at your own pace and marvel at the reserve’s unique features that include the world famous Champagne Pool, geysers, bubbling mud, steaming ground, expansive vistas, huge volcanic craters and sinter terrace formations. Stop at the mighty Huka Falls and Wairakei Geothermal project then wander around the popular lakeside resort of Taupo. Continue on to Napier, one of the world’s finest Art Deco cities. (2 nights)
You have the morning to relax or explore Napier at your leisure. Hawke’s Bay has also become well known as a leading food and wine region in New Zealand, so we have booked you in for a wine tour this afternoon. Meet like- minded people and share an appreciation of Hawke’s Bay’s fantastic wines.
Drive south today to the Wairarapa, a rural retreat in the very heart of New Zealand. Stop in at Martinborough, a unique wine village with over 20 boutique vineyards before continuing onto Wellington, the nation’s capital. (2 nights)
The city boasts many fine museums, libraries, art galleries & theatres and there are a number of parks in a greenbelt around the city. Dining, shopping, entertainment & nightlife is centred on Courtney Place and New Zealand’s only working cable car provides panoramic views over the harbour and city. A visit to Te Papa, the national museum, is highly recommended today.
Travel north along the Kapiti Coast on State Highway 1 & through the prosperous farming regions of Horowhenua, Manawatu & Rangitikei to Tongariro National Park, centred around the volcanoes of Ruapehu, Tongariro & Ngauruhoe. The park is only one of a handful of sites in the world that has dual World Heritage status in recognition of both its natural & cultural values. (2 nights)
The Tongariro Crossing Track is often regarded as New Zealand’s most popular one day walks. Ask your consultant to add this in if you would like to enjoy a guided tour today & experience active volcanoes, mountain springs, lava flows, emerald lakes and stunning views – a once in a lifetime experience so remember your camera! Includes picnic lunch. A reasonable level of fitness is required. If you prefer, take the day to relax and explore the area at your own pace. Fly fishing, thermal pools and a visit to the Tongariro National Trout Centre are some of the choices on offer.
After a leisurely breakfast, make your way back to Auckland. You might like to travel via Matamata & stop to tour ‘Hobbiton’, one of the film sets for the award-winning ‘Lord of the Rings’ & ‘Hobbit trilogies.
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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