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.

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Tour Info

Tour Type: Small Group Tours
From: Auckland to Wellington
Departures: Oct 2018 to Nov 2020
Price:
From (NZD) $4065 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
Exclusive Lake Rotoiti cruise
Travel wallet, comprehensive customised itinerary, bound map book, accommodation & activity vouchers and local travel guides

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Day by Day Tour Itinerary

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Day 1
Arrive Auckland

‘Haere Mai’… Welcome to Auckland, New Zealand! On arrival, you will be transferred to our downtown city hotel.

Stay: Pullman Hotel Auckland (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 to Matamata, home to the famous Hobbiton Movie Set. Situated on private farmland, you’ll be treated to a fun and interesting guided tour before continuing on 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 Pools, accessible only by boat. This afternoon, travel past the Blue & Green Lakes to the famous buried village of Te Wairoa. This evening, we visit Te Whakarewarewa Thermal Reserve 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 and oldest 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 Craggy Range Winery in the stunning Tuki Tuki Valley for a sumptuous dinner in its French bistro inspired restaurant, ‘Terroir’. (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

Recently 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

Your holiday ends today and you will be transferred to Wellington airport to connect with your onward flight home. (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 2018 to Nov 2020
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