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5 DAY CHRISTMAS IN TARANAKI

Auckland - Tongariro - New Plymouth - Auckland

Stay three nights at New Plymouth’s Waterfront Hotel with the Festival of Lights at Pukekura Park and celebrate Christmas lunch at the Nice Hotel. Chaddy’s lifeboat cruise and the Forgotten World Highway are special attractions.

Inclusions

General Inclusions
* All transport by comfortable, air conditioned coach (maximum of 18 travellers).
* Services of your knowledgeable MoaTrek Kiwi guide.
* Quality accommodation chosen for a “sense of place".

All Meals Are Included
* All breakfasts(B).
* All lunches(L) including special lunches at: Christmas lunch, Table Restaurant at the Nice Boutique Hotel; lunch at the historic Whangamomona Hotel; lunch at Cross Hills farm.
* All dinners(D) including dinner at:The Chateau Tongariro, Tongariro National Park.

All Activities & Entrance Fees Are Included
* See Pukekura Park transformed by the Festival of Lights.
* Cruise around the Sugar Loaf Islands Marine Park.
* Tour the Len Lye centre.
* Visit Puke Ariki museum.
* A specialist guide joins our coach tour to New Plymouth's historic places.
* Morning tea at Cairnhill Farm and Garden.
* Enjoy the stunning views from The Chateau Tongariro.
* Lunch with Debbie and Fraser Robertson at Cross Hills Farm

Included Sightseeing & Exploring
* Travel through the heart of the Waikato dairy farmlands.
* Drive through the limestone country of the Awakino Gorge.
* Len Lye’s Wind Wand kinetic sculpture and the waterfront boardwalk in New Plymouth.
* See lush rainforest on the lower slopes of Mt Taranaki.
* Journey the remote and mysterious Forgotten World Highway.
* The dramatic landscape of the Central Plateau.
* Take the mountain road to the Top of the Bruce to enjoy the panoramic view.

Highlights

* See Pukekura Park transformed by the Festival of Lights.
* Cruise around the Sugar Loaf Islands Marine Park.
* Tour the Len Lye centre.
* Visit Puke Ariki museum.
* A specialist guide joins our coach tour to New Plymouth's historic places.
* Morning tea at Cairnhill Farm and Garden.
* Enjoy the stunning views from The Chateau Tongariro.
* Lunch with Debbie and Fraser Robertson at Cross Hills Farm
* Travel through the heart of the Waikato dairy farmlands.
* Drive through the limestone country of the Awakino Gorge.
* Len Lye’s Wind Wand kinetic sculpture and the waterfront boardwalk in New Plymouth.
* See lush rainforest on the lower slopes of Mt Taranaki.
* Journey the remote and mysterious Forgotten World Highway.
* The dramatic landscape of the Central Plateau.
* Take the mountain road to the Top of the Bruce to enjoy the panoramic view.

Itinerary

Day 1: Auckland - Piopio - New Plymouth

Walking on the Te Rewa Rewa Bridge New Plymouth
We depart Auckland and travel south to the King Country, stopping for lunch in Piopio.
Continuing through the scenic Awakino Gorge to the Tasman coast and south to Mokau, we traved over bush clad Mt Messenger, reaching New Plymouth in the late afternoon.
Your hotel is right on the seafront just across from Len Lye’s Wind Wand kinetic sculpture and the waterfront boardwalk. We dine in the hotel's restaurant this evening.

Accommodation:NEW PLYMOUTH - THE WATERFRONT HOTEL

Day 2: New Plymouth - Christmas lunch - Festival of Lights

Festival of Lights - Christmas in Taranaki Tour
Enjoy a leisurely breakfast in your hotel then cross the road to take a stroll along the boardwalk that stretches right along the coastline.
We celebrate Christmas with lunch at the Table Restaurant at the Nice Boutique Hotel with host Terry Parkes.
We return to The Waterfront Hotel to refresh and relax and this evening we drive a few streets away to catch the Christmas night atmosphere at the once a year event when Pukekura Park is transformed by the Festival of Lights.

Accommodation: NEW PLYMOUTH - THE WATERFRONT HOTEL

Day 3: Boxing Day - New Plymouth harbour cruise - Sightseeing

Cruise on Chaddy's lifeboat New Plymouth. A specialist guide joins our coach to tell us the stories of the city's historic places as we sight see around the town. We call into the Len Lye Centre and lunch next door at Monica's .
In the afternoon we meet our skipper Chaddy and take a one hour cruise on a classic English lifeboat built in the Isle of Wight in 1953. Our cruise takes us out to the Sugar Loaf Islands Marine Park.The seven islands in the group are the eroded remnants of a volcano, are home to an array of birds and wildlife including the northern-most fur seal colony.

Accommodation: NEW PLYMOUTH - THE WATERFRONT HOTEL

Day 4: New Plymouth - Cairnhill Farm - Whangamomona - The Chateau Tongariro

We drive to Stratford and turn onto SH43 - the “Forgotten World Highway". We hear the stories of the highway over morning tea at Cairnhill Farm with Colin and June Lees before continuing to Whangamomona where in 1988 residents declared the town a republic after boundary changes put half the district into the Manawatu.

We lunch at Whangamomona Hotel then travel on to Laurens Lavender Farm and Taumarunui. We arrive at The Chateau Tongariro in time to enjoy the views of the Tongariro National Park before dining in this landmark hotel.

Accommodation: TONGARIRO NATIONAL PARK - CHATEAU TONGARIRO

Day 5: The Chateau - Aramatai Gardens - Crosshills Farm - Auckland

Chateau Tongariro and Mt Ruapehu
There’s a leisurely start this morning. If the weather is clear we drive to the Top O' the Bruce for more expansive views. Then we’re bound for Taumarunui to visit Jill Mouat at Aramatai gardens.
Leaving the mountains we head north to lunch with Debbie Robertson at Crosshills Farm Garden.
We continue north through the Waikato farmlands to Auckland arriving in the late afternoon.

Departures:

23 Dec 2020 - 27 Dec 2020 - ALMOST FULL
24 Dec 2020 - 28 Dec 2020 - SORRY IT'S FULL

Price

$2690 (NZD) pp twin
$3190 (NZD) pp single

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