8 Day Spectacular North

8 Day Spectacular North

This 8 day North Island journey of discovery leaves from the cosmopolitan city of Wellington, recently voted as the coolest little capital in the world by Lonely Planet.

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Tour Info

Tour Type: Small Group Tours
From: Wellington to Auckland
Departures: Jan 2020 to Apr 2021
Price: From (NZD) $3574 per person
Tour Operator: Kirra Tours
Duration: 8 Days
Tour Code: SN

Inclusions

7 nights premium hotel accommodation
Breakfasts (7) & Dinners (4)
Maximum group size 24 guests
Pukaha Mount Bruce Wildlife Centre guided tour
Wine tasting and fine dining at Mission Estate vineyard
Authentic Maori Hangi (feast) & Cultural Performance
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Reserve
Lake Rotoiti cruise
See the Blue & Green Lakes
Hamilton Gardens
Auckland City Tour

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Day by Day Tour Itinerary

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Day 1
Arrive Wellington

‘Haere Mai’ Welcome to New Zealand. On arrival, you will be met by a Kirra Tours representative and transferred to your city hotel. The rest of your day is free to explore the nation’s vibrant capital city. We highly recommend a visit to Te Papa, the Museum of New Zealand, or riding the famous Cable Car up the hill to Kelburn for amazing views. Wellington is also known for its foodie scene, so get out to try any of the fantastic restaurants downtown this evening.

Stay: The Bolton Hotel Wellington

Day 2
Wellington - Pukaha Mt Bruce - Napier

We stop at the Mount Bruce Wildlife Centre, a captive breeding sanctuary for the country’s most endangered birds and home to the only white kiwi in captivity. Arriving into Napier in the late afternoon, there is time to stroll amongst the perfectly preserved Art Deco facades and view the Sea Walls murals painted on more than 50 walls around the city.

Stay: The Crown Hotel/Scenic Hotel Te Pania (2 nights) (B)

Day 3
At leisure in Napier

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 4
Napier - Taupo - Rotorua

Stop to view the might Huka Falls on the way through Taupo before arriving at the geothermal wonderland of Wai-O-Tapu. Sculptured by volcanic activity and thousands of years in the making, this uniquely different natural landscape is considered to be New Zealand’s most colourful, diverse geothermal sightseeing attraction. Tonight, enjoy a traditional Maori hangi (feast) and cultural performance featuring Maori songs, chants and dance, including the stirring haka.

Stay: Regent of Rotorua/Prince’s Gate Hotel (2 nights) (B, D)

Day 5
Rotorua - Lake Rotoiti Cruise - Rotorua

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 we see the Blue and Green Lakes before spending the rest of the afternoon at leisure in Rotorua. For dinner tonight we highly recommend checking out Eat Streat, a collection of top-notch restaurants and bars with an all-weather al fresco dining area. (B)

Day 6
Rotorua - Waiuki

After a leisurely breakfast, we cross the Mamaku Ranges into the lush farmlands of the Waikato district. We will stop to stretch our legs and wander through the award-winning Hamilton Gardens. Reaching our peaceful coastal retreat in the afternoon, you can venture out for a walk along the black sand beach below the resort or opt to relax with a spa treatment before enjoying a delicious dinner with stunning panoramic views of the Tasman Sea.

Stay: Castaways Resort (B, D)

Day 7
Waiuki - Auckland

We drive into Auckland and enjoy a city tour showcasing the highlights of NZ’s largest city. You’ll cross the Harbour Bridge for wonderful view of the city skyline across the Hauraki Gulf, explore the lookout at Bastion Point and visit the city’s oldest park, the Auckland Domain with its elegant Wintergardens. Afterwards, you are free to explore further on your own. This evening, re-join your friends for a final farewell dinner to relive the many great experiences of the last few weeks.

Stay: Hotel Grand Windsor (B, D)

Day 8
Depart Auckland

Sadly, your holiday ends after breakfast this morning. Here we bid you farewell and hope you leave with many happy memories of your stay. You will be transferred to Auckland Airport to connect with your onward flight. (B)

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There are 1 reviews of this tour from past clients of Relaxing Journeys, averaging 3 out of 5.

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21/03/2018
Good safe driver . Think having a choice of things to do on a couple of stops would make the tour better for most. For example not everyone is interested in wine tasting etc . We were delivered to our hotel in Rotorua around lunch time so it would have been nice to have a quick tour around that town instead of leaving the next day having seen nothing except the cultural centre, which was lovely. But having said this we were happy to have done the tour. Cheers.
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8 Day Spectacular North
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Tour Code: SN
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Departures: Jan 2020 to Apr 2021
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