Hidden Gems of the North

Kicking off in our capital city with Weta Studios and Zealandia Ecosanctuary, we head north by luxury coach, visiting the beautiful vistas of Taranaki and New Plymouth. Head over to Tongariro National Park for a scenic mountain ride on the new Sky Waka, New Zealand’s highest gondola before popping into Napier for an Art Deco tour and a visit to one Hawkes Bay wonderful wineries. Explore the stunning and unique Hamilton Gardens before ending our tour in Auckland with an Asian cooking class at Sachie's Kitchen.


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11 Days from $6,290* per person, twin share

Inclusions:

  • Return international economy flights, taxes and current fuel surcharges (unless a land only option is selected)
  • 10 nights in 4 star accommodation
  • Meals: 10 Breakfasts, 9 Lunches, 10 Dinners
  • All sightseeing and entrance fees
  • All transportation and transfers
  • English speaking National Escort
  • Comprehensive travel guides

Highlights: 

  • Weta Workshop
  • Zealandia Ecosanctuary
  • Pukeiti Gardens
  • Govett-Brewster Art Gallery
  • Huka Falls & National Trout Centre
  • Ruapehu’s new Sky Waka Gondola
  • Napier Art Deco Vintage Car Tour
  • Hawkes’s Bay Winery
  • Hobbiton & Zealong Tea Estate



Itinerary

 

Day 1: Fly to Wellington

Fly to Wellington, on arrival, transfer to your hotel. After a welcome briefing, take a stroll to Courtney Place for a welcome dinner in the dining and entertainment hub of Wellington.

Meals Included: Dinner


Day 2: Wellington Weta Workshop & Zealandia Ecosanctuary

After breakfast head to Weta Workshop, the award-winning design studio that has created special effects for many blockbuster movies such as Lord of the Rings and Avatar. Our private tour will unlock some of the movie magic! Afterwards it’s a short drive to the tranquil urban forests of Zealandia Ecosanctuary for lunch and some time to enjoy a scenic walk. The Ecosanctuary is home to a huge variety of native birds and you may even spot a tuatara in the wild! Dinner tonight will include a chance to taste some famous Wellington microbrewers.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner



Day 3: Wellington To New Plymouth Foxton Windmill & Tawhiti Museum

Leaving Wellington, travel north along the west coast, stopping for a tour of the iconic Foxton Windmill, a full-size replica traditional 17th century Dutch flour mill. Our next stop will be the amazing Tawhiti Museum, widely acclaimed as the best private museum in the country. The creation of artist Nigel Ogle, the museum uses life size exhibits and minutely-detailed historical dioramas to present our heritage in a series of engaging displays. Enjoy lunch in the museum’s Wind in the Willows-themed café and a tour of the museum. Later this afternoon, arrive at our accommodation in New Plymouth with time for a stroll along the impressive waterfront before dinner.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner


Day 4: New Plymouth – Pukeiti Gardens & Govett – Brewster Art Gallery

After breakfast this morning, take an optional bike ride along the beautiful coastal cycleway to Te Rewa Bridge to meet our coach. If you do not cycle, you can opt for a scenic waterfront walk at the Bridge, a New Plymouth landmark that is reminiscent of a whale skeleton or a breaking wave. Drive to the famous Pukeiti Gardens at the foot of Mt Taranaki, for lunch in the Founders Café and a tour of the rhododendrons and exotics garden. This afternoon, drive back to New Plymouth to visit the architecturally-stunning Govett-Brewster Gallery, that celebrates the extraordinary work of Len Lye, modernist filmmaker and kinetic artist.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner


Day 5: New Plymouth – Lake Taupo

Relax and enjoy a scenic drive through some of the most untouched parts of New Zealand. Our first stop will be for a unique lunch and alpaca experience at Nevelea Alpacas, nestled in the hills of the King Country on the adventure highway. Before arriving at our hotel in Taupo this afternoon, we'll stop and take a short walk to the magnificent Huka Falls where more than 220,000 litres of water per second barrel over an 11 m high waterfall. Dinner tonight will be in Taupo itself.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 6: Tongariro National Park

On our drive to Tongariro National Park this morning, we'll make a stop at the National Trout Centre - a fascinating museum, aquarium and hatchery near Turangi. Afterward, we'll continue on our journey into the National Park and ascend Mt Ruapehu on the new Sky Waka, New Zealand’s largest gondola, enjoying the panoramic views of its three volcanos. Lunch will be at the Knoll Ridge Chalet - New Zealand’s highest dining experience. Later this afternoon, enjoy some free time back at the hotel (perhaps in the pool!) before heading to dinner in the township of Taupo again.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner


Day 7: Taupo – Napier

After an early breakfast, take a scenic drive to Napier where you'll enjoy an Art Deco Vintage Car Tour of the city. Some wine tastings and lunch will also be had at one of Hawkes Bay’s leading wineries before checking into your hotel later this afternoon. Take the time to wander around Napier’s waterfront, botanical gardens and boutique shops. Dinner tonight will be at a local restaurant in the city.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner


Day 8: Napier – Hamilton

On our journey to Hamilton today, we'll stop and explore one of the best thermal reserves in New Zealand, Orakei Korako. Before lunch at their lakefront café, we'll take a short boat ride across the lake to explore the thermal park itself. Dinner tonight will be in the city, walking distance from our hotel.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner


Day 9: Hamilton Gardens, Zealong & Hobbiton

Explore the themed gardens at the award-winning Hamilton Gardens, including their recently completed Surrealist Garden. Lunch will be at New Zealand's premier tea plantation, Zealong Tea Estate, in their luxuriously appointed restaurant. This afternoon we'll visit the enchanting village of Hobbiton – one of the locations used in the Lord of the Rings trilogy. Dinner tonight is back in Hamilton.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner


Day 10: Hamilton – Auckland

Our last day of touring in the North Island is very special indeed - starting with a guided tour through NZ’s famous glowworm caves in Waitomo. After lunch, we travel up to Auckland and check into our hotel located right in the CBD. This evening, we’ll experience a bit of sailing, and our Farewell Dinner, on Waitematā Harbour.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner



Day 11: Depart Auckland

After breakfast, we will transfer you back to Auckland Airport for your flight to Australia.

Meals Included: Breakfast

 


*Terms and Conditions: Valid for new bookings only. Price and itinerary correct as of 01 Jun 2022. Prices are per person based on twin share accommodation. Price based on departures from Sydney, Melbourne & Brisbane. Departures from Adelaide, Perth and other cities + flight upgrades available upon request. Prices, offers and inclusions are strictly subject to availability and can change at any time, without notice. Booking, payment and cancellation conditions apply. Contact your travel agent for full details. SUPPLIER: Wendy Wu Tours