Presenting the North Island’s history and cultural icons

9 Day Northern Spectacular

TOUR CODE: GPS9

Inclusions

PREPAID ATTRACTIONS

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

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

TOURING

  • Return airfares from your homeport
  • Personalised Meet and Greet on arrival
  • Return airport transfers in New Zealand
  • 48 seat modern coach travel, 2 door access,restroom, reclining seats and panoramic windows
  • Professional Coach Captain and Tour Leader
  • 8 nights 4 star accommodation
  • 2 two night stays
  • Hotel porterage
  • 1 cruise
  • All sightseeing and prepaid attractions
  • Comprehensive documentation pack

MEALS

  • 8 cooked breakfasts including a specialty breakfast: Stratosfare Restaurant, Rotorua
  • 6 sumptuous dinners including a specialty dinner: Mãori Hãngi and 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

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 Mãori tribes and the British.

Hotel Scenic Hotel Bay of Islands or similar (2 nights)

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

Today is a free day to explore the stunning Bay of Islands. Your Coach Captain and Tour Leader will be on hand to assist with the many optional activities available including the Cape Reinga coach trip via Ninety Mile Beach, a spectacular scenic flight over the crystal-clear turquoise waters found in the Bay of Islands or a tour of historic Russell. This evening is also free, you may like to enjoy a relaxing dinner cruise (optional).

DAY 4: Bay of Islands - Auckland (B)

This morning cruise through the beautiful Bay of Islands aboard a luxury catamaran to Cape Brett, where a historic lighthouse keeps watch over Piercy Island, or as it is popularly known, the ‘Hole in the Rock’. Return to Paihia and travel south via Whangarei to Auckland. This afternoon includes a visit to Sky Tower at leisure, one of New Zealand’s most spectacular attractions. This evening is also free to explore the many eateries surrounding your hotel.

Hotel SkyCity Hotel

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 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 Mãori cultural performance which features the graceful poi dance and ferocious haka. This is followed by a Hãngi 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 an impressive collection of art deco buildings. Enjoy some free time to explore the fascinating architecture before travelling through 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 to see the most complete example of original Victorian wooden architecture. Drive through the scenic Rimutaka Mountain Range into Wellington, enjoy a city tour of the nation’s capital which will highlight’s the history and culture on show here.

Hotel James Cook Hotel Grand Chancellor (Executive Room)

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

2020

Sep 12, 15, 30

Oct 12, 18, 27

Nov 5, 14, 18

2021

Jan 22

Feb 6, 9, 14, 19, 21

Mar 4, 11, 14, 20, 28

Apr 9, 14, 25

May 2

SEASONAL OFFER Save $200 per person on highlighted departure dates.


Pricing

TOUR PRICES including airfares

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

Sydney

Melbourne

Brisbane

Gold Coast

Canberra

Cairns

Adelaide

Hobart

Launceston

Perth

$3739

$3739

$3739

$3739

$3969

$4019

$4039

$4039

$4039

$4289

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$195

$195

$195

$195 

$245

$245

$195

$180

$180

$170

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$3934

$3934

$3934

$3934

$4214

$4264

$4234

$4219

$4219

$4459

Land Only

Single Supplement

$3439

$1130

Prices are in Australian Dollars. **Airline taxes are subject to change. Exact amounts will be confirmed by your travel agent at time of booking.

The above pricing is in Australian dollars and relevant to traveller’s ex Australia only. International travellers will be quoted in local currency by a travel provider based on New Zealand dollar pricing.


ALL INCLUSIVE TOUR Price

Fully escorted tour includes airfares, taxes, transfers in NZ, modern coach travel, 4 star accommodation, most meals, sightseeing and attractions.

pre/post stays

City Twin Share Single

Auckland

Wellington

$150

$155

$300 

$310

Extra night rates are per person and based on room only. Subject to availability.

 

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)

This was our first coach tour and we loved every minute. The activities were interesting and covered a range of interests. The travel was comfortable and we felt well cared for.

UNKNOWN

An excellent way to see many/most highlights in NZ North Island in a very comfortable and well organised tour. NZ is a beautiful and well presented country, we were impressed!

R&H.M. (VIC)

Grand Pacific Tours offer excellent travel destination with A-one accommodation and exceptional service. Definitely one of the best in the industry. Hope to do one with you again next year

I.J. (PHL)