An unforgettable Ultimate experience of the rich culture of the North Island

9 Day Ultimate North Island Escape

Inclusions

PRE PAID ATTRACTIONS

• Kauri Museum*
• Waitangi Treaty Grounds*
• Dolphin / Hole in the Rock Cruise
• Zealong Tea Estate
• Hobbiton Movie Set Tour & Lunch
• Skyline Rotorua Gondola & Luge Ride
• Agrodome
• Thermal mud pools & geysers*
• Te Puia traditional Maori Hangi & Concert
• Hawkes Bay Napier Express
• City sights tour of Auckland, Napier & Wellington

*Guided tour.

ULTIMATE SMALL GROUP TOURING

• Return airfares from your homeport
• Ultimate Small Group Tour Coach with 20 luxury leather reclining seats on a full size vehicle, 2 door access and panoramic windows
• Professional Coach Captain
• Personalised Meet & Greet on arrival
• Return airport transfers in New Zealand
• 8 nights 4.5 star hotel accommodation
• 2 two night stays
• Hotel porterage
• 1 cruise
• All sightseeing and pre paid attractions
• GST (New Zealand Goods and Services Tax)
• Comprehensive documentation pack
BONUS Group photo

MEALS

• 8 cooked breakfasts including a specialty breakfast: Stratosfare Restaurant, Rotorua
• 7 sumptuous dinners including 2 specialty dinners: Maori Hangi & Concert, Rotorua; Farewell Dinner, selected beverages, Wellington
• 1 Shire's buffet lunch: Hobbiton

Note: Dinner on Day 1 not included for anyone arriving later than 8pm.

Itinerary

(B) Breakfast. (L) Lunch. (D) Dinner. (SD) Specialty Dinner.

DAY 1: Arrive Auckland (D)

On arrival into Auckland you will be met by a Grand Pacific Tours representative who will transfer you to your hotel. Meet your travelling companions over a complimentary pre dinner drink.

Hotel Crowne Plaza Auckland

DAY 2: Auckland - Bay of Islands (B,D)

Board the luxurious Ultimate Coach, depart Auckland and travel to the Parry Kauri Park to see a magnificent example of a Kauri Tree. Enjoy a visit and informative talk at the Kauri Museum in Matakohe, then travel via Whangarei to Paihia, situated in the heart of the beautiful Bay of Islands. Enjoy a guided tour of the Waitangi Treaty Grounds, the location of the signing of the treaty between the Maori tribes and the British. 

Hotel Scenic Hotel Bay of Islands (Deluxe Room. 2 nights)

DAY 3: Bay of Islands (Free Day) (B)

Today is a free day. Choose from the many optional activities available, including the Cape Reinga coach trip via Ninety Mile Beach, a tour of historic Russell, a classic sail on a tall ship or a spectacular scenic flight. This evening is also free and you may like to enjoy a relaxing dinner cruise (optional). 

DAY 4: Bay of Islands - Auckland (B,D)

This morning travel aboard a luxury catamaran to Cape Brett and the famous Hole in the Rock. Keep an eye out for bottlenose and common dolphins before returning to Paihia. Travel south via Whangarei to Auckland.

Hotel Crowne Plaza Auckland

DAY 5: Auckland - Rotorua (B,L,D)

This morning enjoy a city sights tour of Auckland before travelling to the Zealong Tea Estate, New Zealand’s only tea plantation for a tour & tasting. Continue through the picturesque countryside to Hobbiton for buffet lunch. This is followed by a guided tour of the Movie Set from The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies. Your guide
will recount details of how this beautiful piece of farmland was transformed into The Shire from Middle Earth. The next two nights will be spent in the geothermal capital of Rotorua.

Hotel Regent of Rotorua (2 nights)

DAY 6: Rotorua (B,SD)

Today begins with a gondola ride at the Skyline Rotorua for breakfast with champagne, spectacular views and also time for a thrilling luge ride! Next stop is the Agrodome for an action packed hour of farming entertainment and education that’s unlike anything you’ve seen before. Enjoy some free time this afternoon before travelling to Te
Puia to see the boiling mud pools and awesome geysers that Rotorua is famous for. This evening you will experience an entertaining Maori cultural performance which features the graceful poi dance or ferocious haka. This is followed by a Hangi feast prepared in the traditional way, over hot coals and buried in the ground. The evening is rounded off by visiting the Pohutu Geyser, illuminated beneath a starry sky.

DAY 7: Rotorua - Napier (B,D)

Depart Rotorua and travel along the Thermal Explorer Highway to Huka Falls and Lake Taupo. Continue to Napier known as ‘The Art Deco Capital’, where a city tour will showcase the most comprehensive collection of art deco buildings in the world. Board the Hawke’s Bay Express, a modern road train that will take you on a journey
in style and provide informative commentary on the city’s fascinating history. There is free time this afternoon to explore this city on your own or on a guided walk (optional).

Hotel Scenic Hotel Te Pania

DAY 8: Napier - Wellington (B,SD)

Travel south this morning into Wellington for a city tour of the nation’s capital which will highlight the history and culture on show here. This evening enjoy a farewell dinner including selected beverages with your new found friends.

Hotel InterContinental Wellington 

DAY 9: Depart Wellington (B)

Time to say goodbye. You will be transferred to the airport for your flight home after a memorable New Zealand holiday.

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Pricing

AUSTRALIAN TOUR PRICES

Departure
Point
Tour
Including
Airfare
  Pre
Paid
Taxes**
  Total
Per Person
Twin Share

Sydney

Melbourne

Brisbane

Gold Coast

Canberra

Cairns

Adelaide

Hobart

Launceston

Perth

$4459

$4459

$4459

$4459

$4689

$4739

$4759

$4759

$4759

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$175

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$175 

$195

$215

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$170

$170

$170

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$4634

$4634

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$4634

$4884

$4954

$4934

$4929

$4929

$5179

Land Only

Single Supplement

$4159

$1100

**Prepaid taxes are subject to change. Exact amounts will be confirmed by your travel agent at time of booking.

ALL INCLUSIVE TOUR PRICE 

Includes airfares, taxes, Ultimate 20 seat coach travel, 4.5 star hotel accommodation, most meals, sightseeing & attractions.

Stay a little longer

City Twin Share Single

Auckland

Wellington

$140

$135

$280

$270

Extra night rates are per person in Australian Dollars, and based on room only.

NON-AUSTRALIAN RESIDENTS

Land Only per person, twin share

Single Supplement

NZ$4759

NZ$1380

If you are outside of Australia please contact us for Travel Agent recommendations. They will advise pricing in your local currency.

 

9 Day Ultimate North Island Escape

An upmarket tour that hasn’t disappointed. Thanks.

G.H. (SA)

Brilliant coach – beautifully appointed, comfortable, luxurious. Won’t be able to travel any other way again!

UNKNOWN

We cannot praise the overall experience enough from the coach to the hotels and activities. The priority treatment we received was amazing and everything was superbly organised.

G&S.E. (UK)

Very pleased we opted for the 20 seat coach tour gaining access to events earlier, keys waiting for us at each hotel and similar events made it seem that we were on an ‘Ultimate Small Group’ tour!

M.A. (UK)