Fully escorted tour presenting the North Island’s history and cultural icons

9 Day Northern Spectacular

Inclusions

PRE PAID ATTRACTIONS

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

*Guided tour is included with 1 guide per 24 travellers.

TOURING

  • Return airfares from your homeport
  • Modern coach travel with 2 door access, restroom, reclining seats and panoramic windows
  • Professional Coach Captain
  • Experienced Tour Guide
  • Personalised Meet & Greet on arrival
  • Return airport transfers in New Zealand
  • 8 nights 4 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

MEALS

  • 8 cooked breakfasts including a specialty breakfast: Stratosfare Restaurant, Rotorua
  • 7 sumptuous dinners including a specialty dinner: Maori Hangi & Concert, Rotorua
  • 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 and transferred to your hotel.

Hotel Skycity Hotel Auckland

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

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 (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. This afternoon includes a visit to Sky Tower at your leisure, one of New Zealand’s most spectacular attractions.

Hotel Skycity Hotel Auckland

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

Today enjoy a city sights tour of Auckland. Continue through the picturesque countryside to Hobbiton for a 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.

Hotel Sudima Hotel Lake Rotorua
(Superior Room. 2 nights)

DAY 6: Rotorua (B,SD)

Today begins with a gondola ride at the Skyline Rotorua where a buffet breakfast and spectacular views are on offer. There is 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 and ferocious haka. This is followed by a Hangi feast prepared in the traditional way, over hot coals and buried in the ground.

DAY 7: Rotorua - Napier - Masterton (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. Enjoy some free time to explore on your own or take a guided walk (optional). Travel to the
Wairarapa, an emerging cool-climate wine region. 

Hotel Copthorne Hotel and Resort Solway Park

DAY 8: Masterton - Greytown - Wellington (B,D)

Enjoy a leisurely start to the day before travelling to Greytown where you see the most complete examples of original Victorian wooden architecture. Drive through Featherston and through the Rimutaka Mountain Range before arriving into Wellington. Enjoy a city tour of the nation’s capital which will highlight the history and culture on show here.

Hotel James Cook Hotel Grand Chancellor

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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Guaranteed Departures

2017

Sep 12, 15, 30

Oct 5, 18, 27

Nov 5, 8, 14, 17

2018

Jan 22

Feb 6, 9, 14, 19, 24

Mar 4, 11, 14, 17, 20

Apr 9, 19, 25

May 2

SEASONAL OFFER Save $250 per person on highlighted departure dates.


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

$3299

$3299

$3299

$3299

$3529

$3579

$3599

$3599

$3599

$3849

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$175

$175

$175

$175 

$195

$215

$175

$170

$170

$170

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$3474

$3474

$3474

$3474

$3724

$3794

$3774

$3769

$3769

$4019

Land Only

Single Supplement

$2999

$880

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

ALL INCLUSIVE TOUR GUIDE

Fully escorted including airfares, taxes, modern coach travel, 4 star hotel accommodation, most meals, sightseeing & attractions.

Stay a little longer

City Twin Share Single

Auckland

Wellington

$125

$115

$250

$230

Extra night rates are per personin Australian Dollans, and based on room only.

NON-AUSTRALIAN RESIDENTS

Land Only per person, twin share

Single Supplement

NZ$3379

NZ$960

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

 

9 Day Northern Spectacular

Overall Experience Rating 9.19

This was a wonderful tour. We were able to see and experience so much of New Zealand. The hotels and activities were mostly well thought out. We were always very well taken care of. We learned a great deal about New Zealand and its people. We really appreciate all the work and planning that went on to ensure excellent service!!

I.E. (GER)

This was our first touring experience and our first visit to New Zealand. It has been so relaxing and wonderful. Organisation was ‘spot on’ and every location was showing us New Zealand so well. The variety was amazing.

P.G. (TAS)

Thoroughly enjoyed the trip in particular the experiences included on tour such as; the Hole in the Rock cruise, the Sky Tower, Gondola & Luge, the visit to Waitangi Treaty Grounds and the Maori concert and tour.

C.H. (NSW)

– What a variety of holiday experiences this tour of the North Island offered. Every day was an adventure that enabled me to broaden the mind and wonder at the ingenuity behind many of these great adventures.

G.M. (VIC)

Cannot fault. GPT can be commended on their excellence of itinerary, crew and choice of hotels.

J.C. (SA)

As a New Zealander this have been one of the most amazing experiences of my life!! To see NZ as a tourist has made me just so proud of this beautiful country that has so much to offer. The tour is so well organised and takes in activities and places that suit people of all ages. Thank you for this amazing opportunity.

L.M. (NZ)

See the highlights of the North Island on a fully escorted tour