9 Day Northern Escapade

9 Day Northern Escapade

This tour travels from Auckland to Wellington with stopovers en route in the unspoilt haven of Coromandel, thermal Rotorua, art deco Napier as well as the opportunity to taste and explore Hawke's Bay's fantastic wines and wineries.

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 Wellington
Departures: May 2018 to March 2019
Price:
From (NZD) $2518 per person
Tour Operator: Relaxing Journeys
Duration: 9 Days
Tour Code: GNNS

Inclusions

8 nights accommodation
2 night stopovers in Rotorua, Napier & Coromandel
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
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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* Prices shown are per person (based on two people travelling).
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Day by Day Tour Itinerary

Day 1
Arrive Auckland

On arrival at Auckland airport, you will be personally met by our representative and 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.

Your choice of accommodation

Day 2
Auckland - Coromandel

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)

Your choice of accommodation

Day 3
Coromandel

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 or 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 and personality, ‘Kiwi Dundee’.

Your choice of accommodation

Day 4
Coromandel - 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 regions crystal clear lakes en route to Rotorua. You have time to spend a relaxing afternoon exploring Rotorua. (2 nights)

Your choice of accommodation

Day 5
Rotorua Sightseeing

Free time to explore 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 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.

Your choice of accommodation

Day 6
Rotorua - Lake Taupo - Napier

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)

Your choice of accommodation

Day 7
Napier

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.

Your choice of accommodation

Day 8
Napier - Wellington

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.

Your choice of accommodation

Day 9
Depart Wellington

Sadly, your holiday is at an end and you will drive to Wellington 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.

Your choice of accommodation

4.9/5.0

There are 13 reviews of this tour from past clients of Relaxing Journeys, averaging 4.9 out of 5.

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5
26/03/2018
Marie did an excellent job with her suggestions and planning for our trip to New Zealand. The accommodations were very good and the route was excellent. We arrived in Auckland and for three weeks we traveled down to Queenstown experiencing the culture, wine, and beauty New Zealand had to offer. The Kruze GPS was a wonderful tool that was very informative and enjoyable with the Maori history. We had one glitch with the GPS freezing but Kruze was very prompt with helping us correct the problem. Depending on what time of year you are going you might want to forgo Mt. Cook because the weather is very "iffy". The trip was everything we expected and I would highly recommend using Relaxing Journeys to plan your trip to New Zealand!
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18/03/2018
It was wonderful, you have a beautiful country. The Kruze navigation system taught us so much as we drove.
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03/11/2017
Toni could not have been more helpful throughout the whole booking process and right until the day we left the U.K.
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5
16/02/2017
We had an unbelievable time in New Zealand. First off, our only regret since coming home is we wish we would have had more vacation time!! So much to see. After a brief miscommunication as to where and who had our travel documents, everything went perfectly and better then we could have imagined. At our B&B accommodations, it was like meeting old friends. We felt very welcomed everywhere we stayed. Having the vouchers and reservations for the attractions was very helpful. When I asked Marie if it was possible to make an adjustment in our package to make a slight detour to Hobbiton, it was no problem. We had a difficult time reaching our destinations in the time indicated in the itinerary. Roads in New Zealand are very narrow and wind every which way, sometimes with very little room to spare for error. So after the first day of driving, we took this into consideration in the remaining days of our trip and allowed extra time to be sure we made our tour reservations on time.
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5
29/01/2017
Really enjoyed the hotels on North Island. It was a pity about the TranzAlpine express but when we contacted you about this the response was prompt but we decided that another long coach trip was not what we wanted so made our own arrangements for which you provided good connections and the refund was prompt.
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5
17/10/2016
Amazing trip! Everything went as planned, we felt very spoiled and overall we were very happy with every aspect of the holiday.
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5
17/01/2016
We loved the trip and everything went pretty much to plan, even the weather behaved wonderfully. We had to change cars at the start to fit all of our luggage (note to self for next time, either order a bigger car or take less baggage), but everything else was fantastic. The pace of the tour was OK for a 1st time introduction, but if we did do it again, we would definitely opt for an additional day in the major locations. All of the information and itinerary provided everything that we needed. The Cruise GPS was great for providing information, particularly the cultural information, however from a navigation perspective, would prefer a normal GPS or Google Maps which provide details of the trip length and time, available alternatives etc. We largely relied on noting the towns that we wanted to pass through and followed the road signs. Here's or breakdown on the accommodation:
  • Auckland - Heritage Hotel, 2 Bedroom Suite. Perfect for short stay with the family and great pool. Would stay there again
  • Whitianga - Marina Park, 2 Bed Apartment. Very nice and roomy for the family. Loved the location and facilities, suitable for a longer stay. Would definitely stay there again.
  • Rotorua - Novatel Lakeside, 2 x Rooms (adjoining). Nice, great view of the lake. Great facilities and location. Great for a short stay. For a longer stay would probably opt for a 2 bed apartment. Would stay there again.
  • Napier (Ahuriri) - Crown Hotel, 2 Bed Apartment. Nice apartment, perhaps a little petite for our family (when compared to the Marina Park Apartments), but the facilities were good and had everything we needed, nice location. Would be happy to stay there again, but would opt for a larger apartment if staying longer.
  • Wellington - City Life. We were upgrade to a 3 Bedroom apartment, so no issues there. Great location.
Overall Rating - Excellent. I would recommend to friends and we would look to use Relaxing Journeys for future trip covering the South Island.
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09/01/2016
We were so impressed at the level of detail and care taken in our itinerary - it was so perfectly timed and well thought out! Everything ran like clockwork, and although we chose the \"budget\" option, 4 out of 5 of the accommodations we stayed at felt much more than budget. The helpful suggestions of things to do along the way were brilliant and we felt we saw much more than if we had planned the trip ourselves - and it was much less stressful. Thank you so much for making this a wonderful holiday.
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15/03/2015
My family had a great time in New Zealand. We are experienced travelers, and are accustomed to booking and planning everything on our own, but on this trip Relaxing Journeys took care of all the details and bookings which made my life a lot easier. We just gave them a structure of the trip and they did the rest. We were pleased with all the accommodations they reserved and booking activities through Relaxing Journeys meant less standing in line once we got to our activity. New Zealand is a beautiful country. We look forward to visiting again.
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13/10/2014
We chose the 9 Day Northern Escapade and extended it to 15 days to include the Coromandel area with 2/3 nights at each stop. We opted for apartment living so we were able to complete the tour at our own relaxed pace Thanks to Leanne everything went very smoothly, airport pick-up, accommodation, car hire, voucher system for accommodation and tours worked well and was all very efficient. Thanks Leanne and Relaxing Journeys you really designed us a great holiday.
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9 Day Northern Escapade
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Tour Code: GNNS
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