9 Day Northern Escape

9 Day Northern Escape

Join us on a 9 Day tour of the North Island experiencing New Zealand, from natural wonders to wineries. Designed for smaller groups, this tour aims to keep your experience exclusive and intimate.

Some of your holiday highlights include an exclusive Lake Rotoiti cruise, a guided tour of the Hobbiton movie set and a traditional Maori Hangi (feast) & cultural evening. This tour also features 2 night stays at each hotel, giving you time to relax between destinations.

Please Note: - For all departures from September 2020 onwards, there are some minor changes to the tour itinerary. Your Relaxing Journeys consultant will advise of changes at time of booking.

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  • VALIDITY: All bookings taken 07 October – 25 November 2019
  • TRAVEL PERIOD: Valid for travel 01 September 2019 – 31 December 2019
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Tour Info

Tour Type: Small Group Tours
From: Auckland to Wellington
Departures: Oct 2019 to Apr 2021
Price: From (NZD) $4525 per person
Tour Operator: Kirra Tours
Duration: 9 Days
Tour Code: NE

Inclusions

8 nights premium hotel and lodge accommodation
Breakfasts (8), Lunches (1) & Dinners (4)
Maximum group size 24 guests
Hobbiton Movie Set Guided Tour & Lunch
Traditional Maori Hangi (feast) & Cultural Evening
Cruise by ferry to Waiheke Island
Blue & Green Lakes, Te Wairoa Buried Village
Wairakei Geothermal region & mighty Huka Falls
Guided Art Deco Walk in Napier
Te Papa National Museum
Exclusive Lake Rotoiti cruise

Please Note: - For all departures from September 2020 onwards, there are some minor changes to the tour itinerary. Your Relaxing Journeys consultant will advise of changes at time of booking.

EXCLUSIVE SAVINGS! – Save up to 15%
Book a Kirra tour with Relaxing Journeys this month and SAVE!

Last Minute Deals – Book Today !

  • Grab a Last Minute Deal on some Amazing Kirra All- Inclusive Coach Tours
  • Save Up to NZ$450 per person
  • VALIDITY: All bookings taken 07 October – 25 November 2019
  • TRAVEL PERIOD: Valid for travel 01 September 2019 – 31 December 2019
  • Discounts have been applied to departures.

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Day by Day Tour Itinerary

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Day 1
Arrive Auckland

On arrival in Auckland, you will be met by a Kirra representative and transferred to your downtown city hotel.
This evening, join your fellow travellers for a welcome dinner and drinks.

Stay: Hotel Grand Windsor (2 nights) (D)

Day 2
Waiheke Island, Devonport

After a leisurely start to the day, a brief ferry ride brings us to Waiheke Island, a haven for vineyards, olive groves, art galleries and sandy beaches. Enjoy a special lunch at the beautiful Mudbrick Winery with its spectacular views overlooking the Hauraki Gulf looking back to the city skyline. Later this afternoon, there is the opportunity to visit the historic and trendy seaside village of Devonport. (B, L)

Day 3
Auckland - Hobbiton - Rotorua

Travel south this morning to Matamata. On arrival at Shire’s Rest you embark on a guided walking tour of the Hobbiton Movie Set used in ‘The Lord of the Rings’ and ‘Hobbit’ films. This location is the largest “green set” in the world and the only part of the set remaining in New Zealand. You will see hobbit holes, the Mill and Double Arch Bridge and the Party Tree. Be sure to take a photo at the gate to Bilbo Baggins house, “Bag End”, looking out over the whole set to the hills in the distance. Later we continue our journey to the geothermal city of Rotorua.

Stay: Millennium Hotel Rotorua (2 nights) (B, D)

Day 4
Exclusive Lake Rotoiti Cruise & Te Wairoa Buried Village

Today’s highlight is an exclusive cruise across the serene, clear waters of Lake Rotoiti. Explore native bays and coves of the lake under sail on our luxury catamaran and bathe in the thermal waters of the Manupirua hot springs, accessible only by boat. This afternoon, travel past the Blue and Green Lakes to the famous buried village of Te Wairoa. This evening, we visit Tamaki Maori Village and are treated to a traditional Maori hangi (feast) and cultural performance. (B, D)

Day 5
Rotorua - Lake Taupo - Napier

Stop to view the mighty Huka Falls & Wairakei Geothermal project and then take time to wander around the popular lakeside resort of Taupo. Continue on to Napier, one of the world’s finest Art Deco cities. Here, your local guide will bring this fascinating architecture to life on your walk around the town this afternoon.

Stay: The Crown Hotel (2 nights) (B)

Day 6
At Leisure in the Hawke's Bay

Widely regarded as the ‘Tuscany of the South Pacific’, this region boasts some of New Zealand’s best wineries. Enjoy a free day to experience some of the many optional activities available or simply relax and enjoy your surroundings. This evening, we visit Mission Estate, New Zealand’s oldest winery established by a group of French missionaries in 1851. Enjoy wine tastings followed by a fine dining experience in the elegantly restored seminary with its sweeping views over the vineyards, city and the coast beyond. (B, D)

Day 7
Napier - Wairarapa - Wellington

Travel this morning through the rural heartland of the Wairarapa region en-route to Wellington, the nation’s capital, where you enjoy a brief sightseeing and orientation tour before checking into your accommodation.

Stay: The Bolton Hotel (2 nights) (B)

Day 8
Wellington at Leisure

Named the ‘coolest little capital in the world’ by Lonely Planet, Wellington is nestled between a sparkling harbour and rolling green hills and is renowned for its arts, heritage, culture and native beauty. A visit to Te Papa National Museum is highly recommended as is a ride on the famous Cable Car up the hill to Kelburn for amazing views over the city. If you like action-packed adventure activities, Wellington has it all along with beautiful walks around the harbour and surrounding hills. (B)

Day 9
Depart Wellington

Sadly, your holiday ends today and you will be transferred to the airport to connect with your onward flight. (B)

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Well put together tour. Many quality inclusions, nice hotels and every day well prepared highlights and places of interest to visit. Coach driver Kevin was fantastic while the small group (14) contributed to a very "relaxing journey".
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9 Day Northern Escape
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Tour Code: NE
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Departures: Oct 2019 to Apr 2021
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