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5 DAY CHRISTMAS IN THE BAY

Auckland - Rotorua - Tauranga - Auckland

Leave Auckland for the delights of the Bay of Plenty staying two nights on Lake Rotoiti with Christmas lunch and a buffet dinner at your 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.

Inclusions

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

All meals are Included:
* All breakfasts (B).
* All lunches (L): Including Christmas day lunch and a sausage sizzle on the Awakeri Rail Line.
* All dinners (D): Christmas buffet dinner at VR Hotel Lake Rotoiti and Trinity Wharf Hotel.

All Activities & Entrance Fees Are Included.
* Relax on a private cruise sailing across Lake Rotoiti on the 16 metre catamaran “Tiua”.
* Walk through redwoods to Hamurana Spring, the deepest spring in the North Island.
* Visit Wingspan to see and hear about our native birds of prey.
* 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.

Included Sightseeing & Exploring
* Take time out for lunch in Cambridge as we travel through the Waikato countryside.
* Touring Rotorua's sights: Ohinemutu, Kuirau Park and the Government Gardens.
* Take a picturesque drive around the top of Lake Rotorua and through Paradise Valley.
* See the beautiful white sandy beaches of the Bay of Plenty coastline.
* Explore the remnants of the gold mining era at the site of the Karangahake mines.

Highlights

* Relax on a private cruise sailing across Lake Rotoiti on the 16 metre catamaran “Tiua”.
* Walk through redwoods to Hamurana Spring, the deepest spring in the North Island.
* Visit Wingspan to see and hear about our native birds of prey.
* 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.
* Touring Rotorua's sights: Ohinemutu, Kuirau Park and the Government Gardens.
* Take a picturesque drive around the top of Lake Rotorua and through Paradise Valley.
* See the beautiful white sandy beaches of the Bay of Plenty coastline.
* Explore the remnants of the gold mining era at the site of the Karangahake mines.

Itinerary

Day 1: Auckland - Cambridge - Rotorua - Lake Rotoiti

We depart Auckland for Cambridge where we stop for lunch on our way to our hotel at Okawa Bay on the shores of Lake Rotoiti. Just across the hotel's lawn the large, luxury catamaran "Tuia" waits at the jetty. We set sail to explore the lake's secluded reaches on our own private Christmas Eve cruise.
We call into Manupirua Hot Pools, reached only by water, for a late afternoon soak in the hot pools. We cruise back down the lake to the hotel's jetty and dine in this evening at our hotel our home for two nights.

Accommodation: LAKE ROTOITI - VR LAKE RESORT

Day 2: Rotorua Christmas Day Sightseeing

We visit beautiful Hamurana Spring, the deepest freshwater spring in the North Island and walk through the magnificent redwoods before heading back to our hotel for a Christmas lunch.
This afternoon we sightsee in Rotorua to Kuirau Park's steaming mud pools and ride the Skyline gondola up Mount Ngongotaha to enjoy the spectacular views of Rotorua and its steaming geothermal landscape.
We return to our hotel to relax and enjoy the Christmas buffet.

Accommodation: LAKE ROTOITI - VR LAKE RESORT

Day 3: Lake Rotoiti – Wingspan, Paradise Valley - Tauranga

Handler and falcon at the Wingspan National Bird of Prey Centre near Rotorua
This morning at Wingspan, the National Bird of Prey Centre, in Paradise Valley we watch the native Falcon (Karearea) on a flight training display.
After lunch we head over to Tauranga to take a guided tour of a hidden gem, The Elms Mission homestead completed in 1847 and surrounded by gardens of National Significance.
We check into our hotel, Trinity Wharf, for two nights on the harbour's edge and dine in both evenings.

Accommodation: TAURANGA - TRINITY WHARF HOTEL

Day 4: Tauranga – Mount Maunganui – Papamoa – Awakeri Station

After breakfast we drive across to Mount Maunganui to take a stroll along the beach boardwalk. Then we head further east to Papamoa to check out this fast-growing beachside town.
Near Te Puke, at Awakeri Station we meet Paul for a fun adventure. We hop on board his rail carts and take a leisurely scenic ride along the tracks towards Taneatua, stopping for a picnic lunch along the way. We return to Tauranga in the mid afternoon.

Accommodation: TAURANGA - TRINITY WHARF HOTEL

Day 5: Tauranga - Waihi - Karangahake Gorge - Auckland

We leave Tauranga and stop in Waihi through the Karangahake Gorge where rusting machinery is the only sign of the gorge's fascinating gold-mining past.
At the Victoria Battery local guide George shows us through the Mining Museum’s collections. We stop to view nearby Owharoa Falls and lunch nearby at The Falls Retreat for lunch. In the mid afternoon we return to Auckland over the Hauraki Plains.

Departures:

24 Dec 2020 - 28 Dec 2020 - FILLING FAST

Price

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

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