Christmas in the Bay

5 days / 4 nights
From NZ$2,690 Twin per person NZ$3,190 Single
NZ$3,190 Single

Leave Auckland for the delights of the Bay of Plenty staying two nights on Lake Rotoiti with a celebratory special Christmas lunch at the hotel. In Tauranga we stay at Trinity Wharf on the harbour’s edge. Special off-the-beaten-track highlights include a cruise on a luxury catamaran on Lake Rotoiti and riding the rail carts at Awakeri.

 

Highlights

  • Take time out in Tirau and Cambridge as we travel through the Waikato countryside
  • Visit Ohinemutu, Kuirau Park and Rotorua’s Government Gardens.
  • Take a picturesque drive around the top of Lake Rotorua and through Paradise Valley
  • Explore the beautiful white sandy beaches of the Bay of Plenty coastline
  • Travel the pretty back country road leading to the Waterlily Gardens
  • Explore the remnants of the gold mining era at the site of the Karangahake mines

Departure Dates

24 Dec 2019

Day 1:  Auckland - Rotorua
We depart Auckland for the speciality shops of Cambridge and Tirau before a visit to Wingspan in Paradise Valley, the home of native birds of prey. We then take a little tiki tour of Rotorua to Ohinemutu Maori village, the Museum gardens and Kuirau Park. In the afternoon we head to our hotel on the shores of Lake Rotoiti our home for the next two nights. 
Accommodation:  Lake Rotoiti - VR Lake Resort x 2 nights

Day 2:  Rotorua Sightseeing
We take a leisurely sightseeing  tour out past the Green and Blue Lakes to Lake Tarawera before heading back to the hotel for a Christmas lunch.
In the afternoon we drive around Lake Rotorua to ride on the Skyline gondola for views of Lake Rotorua and its steaming geothermal landscape. Later we visit beautiful Hamurana Spring, the deepest freshwater spring in the North Island. We dine in at the hotel this evening.  

Day 3:  Lake Rotoiti - Tauranga
We stroll down to Okawa Bay on the shores of Lake Rotoiti and board the luxury catamaran “Tiua” to explore the lake, cruising the bays. Returning to Okawa we head towards Tauranga taking a guided tour of a hidden gem, The Elms mission homestead completed in 1847 and surrounded by gardens of National Significance. We dine in at Trinity Wharf on the harbour's edge this evening.
Accommodation:  Trinity Wharf Hotel x 2 nights

Day 4:  Tauranga - Awakeri Station
After a leisurely breakfast we drive across to Mount Maunganui to stroll along the beach boardwalk and around “the Mount”. We tour down to Papamoa to check out this fast-growing beachside town.
At Awakeri Station we meet Paul and hop on board rail carts for a scenic ride along the tracks towards Taneatua. We head back to Tauranga for a relaxed afternoon.

Day 5:  Tauranga - Auckland
Leaving Tauranga we travel a pretty back country road which leads to the Waterlily Gardens for lunch and a wander among the waterlily ponds. After lunch we travel through the Karangahake Gorge where rusting machinery is the only sign of its fascinating gold-mining past. At the Victoria Battery local guide George shows us through the Mining Museum’s collections. We return to Auckland over the Hauraki Plains. 

 

  • Air conditioned, comfortable coach transport
  • Quality accommodation chosen for a "sense of place"
  • Daily breakfasts & dinners
  • Daily lunches including special Christmas day lunch, lunch at the Waterlily Gardens, sausage sizzle on the
    Awakeri Rail Line
  • Visit Wingspan to see and hear about our native birds of prey.
  • Relax on a private cruise sailing across Lake Rotoiti on the 16 metre catamaran “Tiua”.
  • Stroll around the beautiful Waterlily Gardens with our host Rachael.
  • A guided tour of The Elms historic Mission house and gardens in Tauranga.
  • Take a ride on the Awakeri rail carts for an adventure on the tracks.
  • A guided visit with George at the Victoria Battery Museum in the Karangahake Gorge.

Description & Highlights

Leave Auckland for the delights of the Bay of Plenty staying two nights on Lake Rotoiti with a celebratory special Christmas lunch at the hotel. In Tauranga we stay at Trinity Wharf on the harbour’s edge. Special off-the-beaten-track highlights include a cruise on a luxury catamaran on Lake Rotoiti and riding the rail carts at Awakeri.

 

Itinerary

Day 1:  Auckland - Rotorua
We depart Auckland for the speciality shops of Cambridge and Tirau before a visit to Wingspan in Paradise Valley, the home of native birds of prey. We then take a little tiki tour of Rotorua to Ohinemutu Maori village, the Museum gardens and Kuirau Park. In the afternoon we head to our hotel on the shores of Lake Rotoiti our home for the next two nights. 
Accommodation:  Lake Rotoiti - VR Lake Resort x 2 nights

Day 2:  Rotorua Sightseeing
We take a leisurely sightseeing  tour out past the Green and Blue Lakes to Lake Tarawera before heading back to the hotel for a Christmas lunch.
In the afternoon we drive around Lake Rotorua to ride on the Skyline gondola for views of Lake Rotorua and its steaming geothermal landscape. Later we visit beautiful Hamurana Spring, the deepest freshwater spring in the North Island. We dine in at the hotel this evening.  

Day 3:  Lake Rotoiti - Tauranga
We stroll down to Okawa Bay on the shores of Lake Rotoiti and board the luxury catamaran “Tiua” to explore the lake, cruising the bays. Returning to Okawa we head towards Tauranga taking a guided tour of a hidden gem, The Elms mission homestead completed in 1847 and surrounded by gardens of National Significance. We dine in at Trinity Wharf on the harbour's edge this evening.
Accommodation:  Trinity Wharf Hotel x 2 nights

Day 4:  Tauranga - Awakeri Station
After a leisurely breakfast we drive across to Mount Maunganui to stroll along the beach boardwalk and around “the Mount”. We tour down to Papamoa to check out this fast-growing beachside town.
At Awakeri Station we meet Paul and hop on board rail carts for a scenic ride along the tracks towards Taneatua. We head back to Tauranga for a relaxed afternoon.

Day 5:  Tauranga - Auckland
Leaving Tauranga we travel a pretty back country road which leads to the Waterlily Gardens for lunch and a wander among the waterlily ponds. After lunch we travel through the Karangahake Gorge where rusting machinery is the only sign of its fascinating gold-mining past. At the Victoria Battery local guide George shows us through the Mining Museum’s collections. We return to Auckland over the Hauraki Plains. 

 

Included In Package

  • Air conditioned, comfortable coach transport
  • Quality accommodation chosen for a "sense of place"
  • Daily breakfasts & dinners
  • Daily lunches including special Christmas day lunch, lunch at the Waterlily Gardens, sausage sizzle on the
    Awakeri Rail Line
  • Visit Wingspan to see and hear about our native birds of prey.
  • Relax on a private cruise sailing across Lake Rotoiti on the 16 metre catamaran “Tiua”.
  • Stroll around the beautiful Waterlily Gardens with our host Rachael.
  • A guided tour of The Elms historic Mission house and gardens in Tauranga.
  • Take a ride on the Awakeri rail carts for an adventure on the tracks.
  • A guided visit with George at the Victoria Battery Museum in the Karangahake Gorge.
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