9 Day Northern Escape

9 Days / 8 Nights
From NZ$4,120 per person Per Person, Twin Share
Per Person, Twin Share

Visit our capital city and Auckland, our largest city in NZ, with stops in between at Napier to admire its Art Deco, beautiful Lake Taupo & geothermal Rotorua.

Starts:  Auckland
Ends:    Wellington

Maximum number 24 travellers.

Highlights

  • Geothermal Rotorua
  • Art Deco Napier
  • Te Papa National Museum
  • Dine at some of New Zealand's leading wineries

 

Departure Dates

2017: Oct 21, Nov 18. Jan: 6 & 20, Feb 3, Mar 10 & 24, Apr 7.

Day 1:  Arrive Auckland
On arrival in Auckland you will be met and transferred to your downtown city hotel.

Day 2:  Waiheke Island, Devonport
After a leisurely start to the day, a brief ferry ride takes you to Waiheke Island, a haven for vineyards, olive groves, art galleries and sandy beaches.  Enjoy a special lunch at the beautiful Mudbrik Winery with its spectacular views overlooking the Hauraki Gulf looking back to the city skyline.

Day 3:  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.

Day 4:  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 a luxury catamaran and bathe in the thermal waters of the Manupirua Pools, accessible only by boat.  In the afternoon you will travel past the Blue & Green Lakes to the famous buried village of Te Wairoa.  In the evening you will visit Te Whakarewarewa Thermal Reserve for a traditional Maori Hangi (feast) and cultural performance.

Day 5:  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.

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.  

Day 7:  Wairarapa, Wellington
Travel this morning through the rural heartland of the Wairarapa region enroute to Wellington, where you will take a brief sightseeing tour before checking into your accommodation.

Day 8:  Explore the Nation's Capital
Recently named the 'coolest little capital in the world' by Lonely Plant, Wellington is nestled between a sparkling harbour and rolling green hills and is renowned for its arts, heritage, culture and native beauty.

Day 9:  Depart Wellington
Sadly, your holiday ends today and you will be transferred to Wellington airport to connect with your onward flight home.

 

  • 8 nights premium hotel accommodation
  • Full breakfasts daily, 1 lunch & 3 dinners
  • Complimentary private airport transfers on arrival & departure
  • Traditional Maori Hangi (feast) & Cultural Evening
  • Exclusive Lake Rotoiti cruise
  • Cruise to Waiheke Island
  • Hobbiton Movie Set tour
  • Guided Art Deco Walk, Napier

Description & Highlights

Visit our capital city and Auckland, our largest city in NZ, with stops in between at Napier to admire its Art Deco, beautiful Lake Taupo & geothermal Rotorua.

Starts:  Auckland
Ends:    Wellington

Maximum number 24 travellers.

Itinerary

Day 1:  Arrive Auckland
On arrival in Auckland you will be met and transferred to your downtown city hotel.

Day 2:  Waiheke Island, Devonport
After a leisurely start to the day, a brief ferry ride takes you to Waiheke Island, a haven for vineyards, olive groves, art galleries and sandy beaches.  Enjoy a special lunch at the beautiful Mudbrik Winery with its spectacular views overlooking the Hauraki Gulf looking back to the city skyline.

Day 3:  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.

Day 4:  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 a luxury catamaran and bathe in the thermal waters of the Manupirua Pools, accessible only by boat.  In the afternoon you will travel past the Blue & Green Lakes to the famous buried village of Te Wairoa.  In the evening you will visit Te Whakarewarewa Thermal Reserve for a traditional Maori Hangi (feast) and cultural performance.

Day 5:  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.

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.  

Day 7:  Wairarapa, Wellington
Travel this morning through the rural heartland of the Wairarapa region enroute to Wellington, where you will take a brief sightseeing tour before checking into your accommodation.

Day 8:  Explore the Nation's Capital
Recently named the 'coolest little capital in the world' by Lonely Plant, Wellington is nestled between a sparkling harbour and rolling green hills and is renowned for its arts, heritage, culture and native beauty.

Day 9:  Depart Wellington
Sadly, your holiday ends today and you will be transferred to Wellington airport to connect with your onward flight home.

 

Included In Package

  • 8 nights premium hotel accommodation
  • Full breakfasts daily, 1 lunch & 3 dinners
  • Complimentary private airport transfers on arrival & departure
  • Traditional Maori Hangi (feast) & Cultural Evening
  • Exclusive Lake Rotoiti cruise
  • Cruise to Waiheke Island
  • Hobbiton Movie Set tour
  • Guided Art Deco Walk, Napier
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