9 days/8 nights North Island Discovery Tour
Day 1 | Arrive in Auckland
On arrival into Auckland, you will be transferred to your city hotel.
This afternoon meet your local tour representative who will provide a tour briefing and confirm tomorrow’s departure details.
Hotel: Grand Chancellor Auckland City
Day 2 | Auckland | (B,D)
Following breakfast join your group for a morning sightseeing tour of Auckland City. You will explore the City’s beautiful waterside setting, travel to the beachside neighbourhoods to the east of the city and take advantage of great views at Bastion Point. A highlight of the tour will be a visit to the Sky Tower where you will ascend 220 metres above the ground to view the vast Auckland Skyline. The morning tour will conclude at Auckland’s Viaduct Harbour, formally the commercial hub of Auckland’s waterfront – but now a pedestrian friendly development of apartments, restaurants and open spaces for the public to enjoy.
Dinner is included this evening.
Day 3 | Auckland to Rotorua via Waitomo | (B,D)
Leaving Auckland this morning your tour travels south towards the south Waikato region of Waitomo, where much of the area’s natural wonders can be found below the earth’s surface as rolling hills and unspoilt native bush gives way to subterranean limestone caverns. Millions of years in the making, Waitomo’s (wai meaning water and tomo meaning hole into the ground in Maori) visually awe-inspiring cave network draws people looking for adventure and those looking for a sense of wonder. Enjoy an intimate guided tour of a glow worm cave.
Then onto Rotorua, a volcanic wonderland where the ground steams, mud and waters bubble and geysers erupt high into the sky and a place rich in New Zealand’s Māori culture and history.
Dinner is included this evening at your hotel.
Hotel: Distinction Rotorua Hotel
Day 4 | Rotorua | (B)
This morning enjoy a City Tour including a visit to Te Puia - Whakarewarewa geothermal valley where you will have the opportunity to see our native kiwi birds, learn about Maori history & culture and explore the 60 hectare Geothermal Valley, showcasing the famous Rotorua mud pools and over 500 geothermal wonders, including the Pohutu Geyser, the Southern Hemisphere’s largest active geyser. A ride on the Gondola to Skyline Rotorua is also included to experience spectacular views of lake Rotorua, the city and steaming geothermal landscapes.
The afternoon is yours to explore Rotorua, or perhaps you would like to take in a scenic flight (additional cost) over Rotorua City, the Geothermal Parks or Mt Tarawera to view spectacular craters and domes formed by the 1886 eruption.
This evening you may choose to join a local Maori Cultural show with a Hangi influenced meal (additional cost). Your Coach Captain will assist you with your booking.
Day 5 | Rotorua to Napier via Taupo | (B,D)
Travel to Taupo to explore this picturesque lakeside town. Time will be allowed for shopping and lunch (own expense). On route you will stop at Wairakei and Huka Falls on the mighty Waikato River. In the afternoon continue south on State Highway 5 through to the Hawkes Bay and the Art Deco city of Napier.
Dinner is included this evening at your hotel.
Hotel: Scenic Te Pania Hotel
Day 6 | Napier | (B)
Napier, on the eastern coast of the North Island is surrounded by the fabulous and award winning Hawkes Bay wine region. The city was rebuilt in the 1930’s following a devastating earthquake in 1931. The result is one of the best collections of Art Deco architecture in the world. You will have a chance to explore the buildings in detail with a morning walking tour in the city centre.
This afternoon is yours to enjoy at leisure. You may choose to enjoy a local wine tour or visit some of the retro antique stores in the town centre. Your Coach Captain will assist you with any tour bookings you would like to make.
Day 7 | Napier to Wellington | (B)
Head south today, along State Highway 2. The tour will pass through the towns of Dannevirke, with it’s strong Scandinavian heritage and Mangatainoka with its famous Tui Brewery building.
In the afternoon visit Pukaha National Wildlife Centre at Mt Bruce in the Wairarapa. Here you will learn about their conservation work with native New Zealand wildlife including rare birds such as Kiwi, Kokako and Takahe. Continue to Wellington.
Hotel: Distinction Hotel Wellington
Day 8 | Wellington | (B,D)
This morning enjoy a Wellington City Sightseeing tour and see the New Zealand Houses of Parliament including the iconic Beehive building. You will also head up Mt Victoria for spectacular views over Wellington City and it’s Harbour. This afternoon is yours to enjoy at leisure – you may choose to visit the National Museum – The Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, or enjoy a walk along the well laid out waterfront.
Enjoy a farewell dinner this evening.
Day 9 | Depart Wellington | (B)
Your tour will conclude today following breakfast and your transfer to the Airport.
Domestic Air Fares
Additional /Optional Tour Costs
Hotel Mini Bar
Other Sightseeing & Meals not specified in Itinerary
$2490.00 Per Person on a Share Twin Basis
Additional $790.00 per person
Valid for departures between 26 Sep 2020 and 10 Apr 2021
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Payment Terms & Conditions
A non-refundable deposit of $200 per person is required at the time of booking.
The balance of the tour price is required 45 days prior to your travel date. If you book inside 45 days, full payment will be required at the time of booking. Payment can be made by bank transfer. We also accept Visa and Mastercard at an additional fee of 3.1%.
If you cancel between 21 and 45 days 30% of your tour cost will be charged. If you cancel between 8 and 20 days prior to your tour departure you will be charged 50% of your tour cost. Cancellations within 7 days of departures will incur a 100% cancellation charge.
Inspired New Zealand Tours recommends purchasing travel insurance, even when travelling within New Zealand.
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When a booking is made it is accepted that these are agreed to. They include the following: Itineraries are correct when initially published, however are subject to change due to circumstances outside our control. Flights are the responsibility of the passenger and Inspired New Zealand Tours takes no responsibility for costs involved for any changes to flights that might be required due to necessary amendments in itineraries.