Explore the North Island’s iconic attractions and geothermal hotspots

8 Day Taste of the North Island

TOUR CODE: GPN8

Inclusions

PREPAID ATTRACTIONS

  • Te Papa, NZ’s National Museum
  • Skyline Rotorua Gondola and Luge Ride
  • Agrodome
  • Thermal mud pools and geysers*
  • Traditional Mãori Hãngi and Concert
  • Hole in the Rock Cruise
  • Kauri Museum
  • City sights tour of Wellington and Auckland

*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
  • 7 nights 3.5 star accommodation
  • 3 two night stays
  • Hotel porterage
  • 1 cruise
  • All sightseeing and prepaid attractions
  • Comprehensive documentation pack

MEALS

  • 7 cooked breakfasts including a specialty breakfast: Stratosfare Restaurant, Rotorua
  • 5 sumptuous dinners including 1 specialty dinner: Mãori Hãngi and Concert, Rotorua

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 Wellington (D)

On arrival into Wellington, you will be met by a Grand Pacific Tours representative and transferred to your hotel.

Hotel Ibis Wellington (2 nights)

DAY 2: Wellington (B)

A highlight this morning will be time to explore Gallipoli: A Scale of War exhibition at Te Papa, New Zealand’s National Museum. Cutting edge technology brings these stories to life through the eyes of New Zealanders who found themselves in extraordinary circumstances. Reboard your coach for an extensive city tour which showcases the history and culture on show. Enjoy free time this afternoon and this evening is also free to choose your own dining arrangements.

DAY 3: Wellington - Taupo - Rotorua (B,D)

Depart Wellington and view the snow-capped peaks of Mt Ruapehu and Mt Tongariro as you travel to Lake Taupo. Visit the spectacular Huka Falls then travel along the Thermal Explorer Highway to the geothermal wonderland and cultural capital of New Zealand, Rotorua.

Hotel Sudima Hotel Lake Rotorua or similar (2 nights)

DAY 4: Rotorua (B,SD)

Today begins with a gondola ride and breakfast at the Skyline Rotorua. 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. Visit Te Puia to see the boiling mud pools and awesome geysers that Rotorua is famous for. Enjoy some free time this afternoon. This evening experience an entertaining Mãori Hãngi and Concert.

DAY 5: Rotorua - Auckland - Bay of Islands (B,D)

This morning depart Rotorua and travel north via Auckland. Continue via Whangarei to Paihia, situated in the heart of the beautiful Bay of Islands. Enjoy an introduction to the Bay of Islands, location of the signing of the treaty between the Mãori tribes and the British.

Hotel Kingsgate Hotel Autolodge (2 nights)

DAY 6: Bay of Islands (B)

Today you will 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’ before returning to Paihia for a free afternoon. A range of optional activities are available or you may choose to relax and enjoy the pleasant atmosphere of the waterfront. This evening is also free, you may like to enjoy a relaxing dinner cruise (optional).

DAY 7: Bay of Islands - Auckland (B,D)

Depart the Bay of Islands this morning and travel via Whangarei and Dargaville to Matakohe. Enjoy a visit and informative talk at the Kauri Museum before continuing to Auckland for a city sights tour. This evening enjoy a final dinner with your new found friends.

Hotel Rydges Auckland

DAY 8: Depart Auckland (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 18, 27

Oct  8, 15, 22, 26

Nov 4, 11, 16, 21, 26

 

 

2021

 Jan 16, 26

 Feb 10, 13, 16, 20, 22, 27

 Mar 3, 10, 12, 14, 19, 24, 30

 Apr 3, 5, 14, 16, 22

 May 3, 10

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

 


Pricing

tour price 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

$3139

$3139

$3139

$3139

$3369

$3419

$3439

$3439

$3439

$3689

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$195

$195

$195

$195 

$245

$245

$195

$180

$180

$170

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$3334

$3334

$3334

$3334

$3614

$3664

$3634

$3619

$3619

$3859

Land Only

Single Supplement

$2839

$830

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, 3.5 star accommodation, most meals, sightseeing and attractions.

pre/ post stays

City Twin Share Single

Wellington

Auckland

$115

$140

$230

$280

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

 

8 Day Taste of the North Island

Overall Experience Rating 9.05

First trip for me, just perfect, loved it all. New Zealand is a lovely place, people are very friendly, would like to do the trip again sometime

B.H. (TAS)

A very social and entertaining way for older people to enjoy a holiday. The organisation was very professional.

UNKNOWN

– Extremely well organised. Grand Pacific Tours are like a ‘well-oiled’ machine – everything works like clockwork. There is nothing I could be critical of. Congratulations on doing such a wonderful tour. I have loved every moment of it!

M.E. (VIC)