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7 DAY ICONIC NORTH

Auckland - Tauranga - Rotorua - Wellington

Venture through the North Island from Auckland to New Zealand’s capital, Wellington and revel in New Zealand most iconic sights. Enjoy a local connection with an exclusive Be My Guest lunch on a private Waikato dairy farm. Learn insider knowledge from your experienced Travel Directors and immerse yourself in the Maori culture as you are invited for the evening at Tamaki Maori Village to experience the centuries-old traditions of New Zealand's Indigenous.

Inclusions

* Quality accommodation
* Travel in luxury coach
* Experienced Travel Director and Driver Guide
* Airport transfers (see flight information below)
* 6 Full Buffet Breakfasts
* 1 Be My Guest Lunch
* 2 Dinners with wine
* 1 Highlight Dinner

Highlights

LOCAL CONNECTION
Join Bridgette and Lance O'Sullivan on their lush Waikato dairy farm for lunch.

INSIDER KNOWLEDGE
Learn about the delicious, fascinating kiwifruit when you visit a kiwifruit orchard in Te Puke.

CULTURAL IMMERSION
A first-hand encounter with Māori culture and cuisine, where guests get to experience the centuries-old traditions of New Zealand's Indigenous people.

SUSTAINABLE FOOTPRINTS
When you visit amazing Te Puia Thermal Reserve, you help contribute to the Reserve’s Māori Arts and Crafts institute.

Itinerary

Day 1 Welcome to Auckland

Welcome to Auckland, New Zealand’s City of Sails. Flights can arrive any time prior to 4.00pm and you will be transferred to your Auckland hotel by private car. After you check in, you can head out and explore Auckland. This evening, meet your fellow travellers and your Travel Director at a welcome reception and dinner at your hotel.
Hotel: Stamford Plaza Auckland, 2 nights
Included Meals: Dinner with wine

Day 2 Auckland

A city sights tour will start your morning in Auckland. Travel around the waterfront from central city out to Mission Bay. Prepare your camera for the stop at Bastion Point and the Michael Joseph Savage Memorial, as you will get stunning shots of Auckland, the North Shore and the Waitemata.
Included Meals: Breakfast

Day 3 Auckland – Tauranga

You’re invited to a Be My Guest lunch at the home of Lance and Bridgette O’Sullivan, New Zealand horse racing royalty. Enjoy a sumptuous country-style lunch at the Red Barn on their beautiful Waikato farm. Later, travel to the harbourside city of Tauranga, located in the Bay of Plenty region. A bridge over the harbour connects Tauranga to Mount Maunganui, where you’ll have an afternoon at leisure. Why not walk up the extinct namesake volcano with winding walking paths or relax on the main beach, this glorious stretch of golden sand has been voted the best in the country. Later, enjoy dinner at your hotel.
Hotel: Trinity Wharf Tauranga
Included Meals: Breakfast, Be My Guest lunch and dinner with wine

Day 4 Tauranga – Rotorua

This morning we travel through Te Puke known as the kiwifruit capital of New Zealand with around 80% of all kiwifruit grown in New Zealand grown here. You’ll stop at Kiwifruit Country, a family owned business that is set amongst a 60-hectare orchard. Later, its onto Rotorua for an orientation tour that takes in views of Lake Rotorua. This afternoon visit Te Puia and tour through the Whakawerawera Thermal Reserve. Tonight, an evening of culture, history and scrumptious food awaits you at the Tamaki Maori Village. Wander through the ancient forest village and learn about Maori art forms and traditions, followed by a concert featuring local performers. Experience an authentic Maori Hangi meal, steamed underground in the traditional way.
Hotel: Millennium Hotel, Rotorua, 2 nights
Included Meals: Breakfast and highlight dinner

Day 5 Rotorua

Today choose from a range of Optional sightseeing experiences. You could take a fascinating guided tour through the long galleries and lofty chambers of the world-famous Waitomo Glow worm Caves. Or explore Rotorua and its three lakes in an amphibious WWII era Duck. Your Travel Director will assist you in booking all your chosen optional experiences.
Included Meals: Breakfast

Day 6 Rotorua – Wellington

Say Haere Ra (goodbye) to Rotorua this morning and journey out through pine forests and farmland to a little hidden spot, the turquoise torrent of rapids known as Huka Falls. The road ahead unfolds in a broad panorama of Lake Taupo, New Zealand’s largest lake. The stunningly blue fresh water of Lake Taupo is home to some of the best Trout fishing in the world. You will then journey south over the Central Plateau, New Zealand’s main volcanic area, and along the Kapiti Coast to New Zealand’s capital city, Wellington. Tonight, you are free to dine as you wish
Hotel: James Cook Hotel Grand Chancellor, Wellington
Included Meals: Breakfast

Day 7 Farewell from Wellington

Why not discover more of Wellington this morning? There’s time to visit the Parliament buildings and the Beehive, home to New Zealand’s politicians. Next, you’ll visit Te Papa, the Museum of New Zealand and explore the fascinating exhibits at your leisure, including their unique Marae (Meeting House). Later, you will be transferred by private car to Wellington Airport for your onward flight.
Included Meals: Breakfast

Departures:

Departures weekly from 23 September 2020

Price

From 23 September 2020 - $3475 Adult Twin - $4660 Single - $3130 Child
From 6 April 2021 - $3220 Adult Twin $4315 - Single - $2900 Child
From 22 September 2021 - $3500 Adult Twin - $4685 Single - $3150 Child
From 5 April 2022 - $3220 Adult Twin - $4315 Single - $2900 Child
From 21 September 2022 - $3500 Adult Twin - $4685 Single - $3150 Child

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