Time to explore the culture of New Zealand's North Island
|10/04/2024 - 21/04/2024
After a hugely successful South Island tour in 2023, I am delighted announce that our “2024 New Zealand – Ultimate North Island Adventure” is sold out.
Departing 10th April, 2024 for 12 days, our tour includes economy airfares flying with Air New Zealand, transfers in NZ, Ultimate 20 seat coach travel in a full size coach with luxury leather reclining seats, 4.5 star accommodation, breakfast daily, and other meals as shown, sightseeing and attractions, Waitangi Treaty Grounds, Hole in the Rock Dolphin Cruise, Sky Tower in Auckland, Hobbiton movie set tour and lunch, Thermal mud pools and geysers in Rotorua, Auckland, Napier and Wellington city sights tours, traditional Mãori Hãngi and concert and so much more.
We will have 1 x 3 night stay in Auckland, 3 x 2 night stays in Bay of Islands, Rotorua and Wellington and 1 night stays in Napier and another in Auckland. This beautiful itinerary will showcase New Zealand’s culturally diverse and beautiful North Island.
This much anticipated trip sold out very quickly with 65% of places being sold to ladies who travelled to the South Island in 2023 and the remaining places to ladies who were on the waitlist for 2023 and missed out so got first option for the remaining places on this tour.
Depart Brisbane (or other capital cities) for Auckland. On arrival you will be met by a Grand Pacific Tours representative and transferred to our hotel where you begin your ultimate escape to New Zealand’s beautiful North Island.
Today is a free day to relax and unwind and explore this exciting city. Enjoy breakfast at your leisure and explore the sights of Auckland.
After breakfast enjoy an introductory city sights tour of Auckland before some free time in the afternoon. This evening enjoy a complimentary pre-dinner drink as you meet your travelling companions for dinner.
Board your 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 Mãori tribes and the British.
Today is a free day to explore the Bay of Islands. Your Coach Captain will 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 of the Bay of Islands or you might be interested to sail in a classic tall ship. This evening is also at leisure, you may like to enjoy a relaxing dinner cruise (optional) or try one of the waterfront restaurants.
This morning you will explore the scenic beauty of the Bay of Islands including an island visit aboard a luxury catamaran. Cruise to Cape Brett and the famous ‘Hole in the Rock’, keep an eye out for dolphins and other marine life.
On return to Paihia travel south via Whangarei before returning to Auckland.
This morning enjoy a city sights tour including a visit to Sky Tower, one of New Zealand’s most spectacular attractions. 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.
Today begins with a gondola ride and breakfast at Skyline Rotorua where 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 is 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.
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 the most comprehensive collection of art deco buildings in the world can be found. Hear informative commentary of the city’s fascinating history. Enjoy some free time this afternoon to explore the city, you might choose to do a guided walk. (optional)
Travel south this morning to 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 newfound friends.
Enjoy breakfast at leisure and explore the sights of Wellington at your own pace and do as little or as much as you choose.
Time to say goodbye. After breakfast and at the appropriate time, transfer to the airport for your homeward journey after a memorable New Zealand holiday.