With beaches, culture, big city vibes to caves and endless landscapes, get ready to explore New Zealand’s voluptuous, volcanic North Island. Absorb all its natural beauty and tradition as you embark on a journey from Auckland, through the Bay of Islands, Waitomo and Wellington, and over to Christchurch on the South Island. This amazing trip has got adrenalin-fuelled activities, historic landmarks and incredible natural geothermal wonders, getting you completely under the North Island’s skin.
New Zealand is one of the top holiday countries in the world with its clean green natural image, scenery, adventure, culture, friendly people and value for money.
South Island’s west coast feels a lot like the edge of the world. The beaches are violent and rocky, and the lush vegetation gives it a primal, wild sort of atmosphere. Punakaiki is a tiny settlement that exists for no purpose other than to service the hordes that come to see the area’s most striking feature: a unique coastal rock formation called Pancake rocks.
As it spills out of Lake Taupo, the Waikato is an unreal blue color. It’s so vivid, it almost looked fake to me, like it was an elaborate, river-shaped swimming pool. Taupo’s Bungee Jump is situated above a picturesque bend in the Waikato.
The Coromandel is a wild, green peninsula shaped vaguely like a hand giving the middle finger to nearby metropolis Auckland. Supposedly it’s the region where the first human beings landed in New Zealand a thousand years ago. Understandably, they never went home.
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List of Not Included items for your package:
- Bed Type: One King plus one sofabed
- Children Policy: Children two and under are permitted within maximum occupancy at no additional cost using existing bedding. Up to two children three to 12 are permitted in addition to the double occupancy for $40 per child, per night, using existing bedding or a roll-away bed (for an additional cost).
- Additional Adult Policy: Up to two adults 13 and over are prmitted in addition to the double occupancy for $40 per adult, per night, using existing bedding or a roll-away bed (for an additional cost).Roll-away beds are based on availability and cannot be guaranteed; they can be requested for $5 per bed, per night.
- Additional Person: and bedding fees will be collected by the property. For additional person and bedding requests, please highlight in the Special Instructions field after purchase.
- Handicap-Accessible: No, the resort is not accesible by wheel chair.
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- Day 1-2: Auckland / Bay of Islands
Volcanoes, islands and a stunning harbour greet you as you arrive in Auckland – the ‘City of Sails’, once home to the world-famous boat race; the America’s Cup. Admire the imposing Sky Tower before heading out across the Harbour Bridge, absorbing the full-on natural beauty of your surroundings. It’s then off to Parry Kauri Park where you’ll be surrounded by the native ancient kauri trees, standing over 50m tall and 8m around. Back on the road you’ll head off to the tiny coastal town of Paihia, considered the gateway to the Bay of Islands, which is one of New Zealand’s most iconic natural playgrounds for travellers. On Day 2, soak up Paihia’s endless vibes and chill out on its beach. You can also visit the sacred Maori tribal lands to uncover NZ’s fascinating history or do as the locals do and try your hand at some watersports. Finish the day with a kiwi favorite; fish ‘n’ chips for dinner.
- Day 3: Bay of Islands / Auckland
This morning head back to Auckland’s bright lights, where you’ll see the city sights before jetting up its iconic Sky Tower for amazing 360° views. Later on, a VIP pass for a local nightspot will set you and your mates up for an awesome night out, Auckland style!
- Day 4: Auckland / Waitomo
See New Zealand’s iconic bird at Otorohanga’s Kiwi House and Nature Park before you reach Waitomo. Soak up Waitomo’s adrenalin cave activities before a barbecue dinner tonight.
- Day 5-6:Waitomo / Rotorua
It’s off to Rotorua this morning where you’ll check out its geothermal sights and an Agrodome farm show, where you can try your hand at sheep shearing! Get face-to-face with some local Maoris tonight and indulge in a traditional hangi followed by a Maori dance performance, not something you’d see every day! On Day 6 get an in-depth look at Maori culture and history as you check out Ohinemutu village with a local and enjoy free time to see Rotorua’s bubbling mud pools and geysers and treat yourself to a spa or treatment.
- Day 7: Rotorua / Lake Taupo
Enjoy your last few hours in Rotorua before heading to Taupo, via the raging awesomeness of the Huka Falls. Here there is a chance to take a ride on the famous Huka Jet, a heart-pumping but incredible experience! After this, take a look at Lake Taupo – New Zealand’s largest lake – where you can try your hand at fishing; enjoy an optional dinner and party well into the night. Enjoy cruising on the lake to take in the beautiful natural surroundings.
- Day 8-9: Lake Taupo / Wellington
If you’re a fan of the ‘Lord of the Rings’ trilogy, the next part of this trip is for you as you drive along the Desert Road and the Kapiti Coast, passing the dramatic volcanic landscapes made famous by the films. Drive past Mt. Ruapehu, and then it’s on to the capital, Wellington – a funky cultural and political centre with plenty going on. As you arrive into ‘Welly’, enjoy an orientation tour and check out the awesome views from Mt. Victoria or check out the incredible national museum, Te Papa, before enjoying a VIP night out on the town. On Day 9, hit the trendy shops of Lambton Quay, Courtney Place or Cuba Street Mall. With its street performers and cool local characters you’re sure to be kept fully entertained! Round the day off with some people watching and a flat white.
- Day 10-11: Wellington / Hanmer Springs / Christchurch
It’s then time to board the Interislander ferry and cruise to the South Island through Cook Strait and Marlborough Sounds to Picton. You’ll pass through New Zealand’s largest wine-producing region before hitting the beautiful Kaikoura coastline and hopefully seeing one of the many seal colonies in this area. It’s then back on the road to the incredible Hanmer Springs where you’ll unwind this evening in its hot pools. On your last day on tour you’ll head for the ‘Garden City’ of Christchurch where your tour ends on arrival.
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