Grand Pacific 11 Day Classic North Island Garden Tour
Escorted coach tour from Auckland to Wellington
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Grand Pacific 11 Day Classic North Island Garden Tour

Discover an array of beautiful and unique gardens on this 11 day tour of the North Island. Escorted through the many glorious gardens of the North and to New Zealand's premier garden event, the Taranaki Garden Festival. You will visit Ayrlies Garden and Wetlands, the private garden of the Henley Hotel with its beautiful lakeside pavilion among many classic New Zealand experiences like Te Puia, the Agrodome, Hobbiton and the Waitomo Glowworm Caves. A unique one-off tour this departure has limited spaces available and will be sure to fill up quickly.

Tour summary and feature

Escorted coach tour

This suggested tour costs from NZD$4,655 per person (twin share, low season)

Starts in Auckland, finishes in Wellington

11 days/10 nights

Hotel 4 star

 Pre and post tour options? YES

 Viewed 8 times in the last 7 days

2 Lunches

All breakfasts

8 dinners

Private airport transfers

Professional Coach Captain & Tour Guide

Ayrlies Garden Guided Tour

Rotorua Government Gardens

Taranaki Garden Festival

Auckland City Sights Tour

Traditional Maori Hangi & Cultural Evening

Wellington City Sights Tour

Tour at a glance

At a glance - Grand Pacific 11 Day Classic North Island Garden Tour

Day 1: Arrive into Auckland. Accommodation: Rydges Hotel Auckland (or similar)

Day 2: Explore New Zealand's biggest city. Accommodation: Rydges Hotel Auckland (or similar)

Day 3: Stop at the spectacular Hamilton Gardens. Accommodation: Novotel Tainui Hamilton

Day 4: Journey into the Shire today. Accommodation: Sudima Lake Rotorua

Day 5: Admire the government gardens in Rotorua and some Maori culture. Accommodation: Sudima Lake Rotorua

Day 6: Admire the glowworms at Waitomo. Accommodation: Copthorne Hotel Grand Central New Plymouth

Day 7: Taranaki Garden Festival. Accommodation: Copthorne Hotel Grand Central New Plymouth

Day 8: Pass by the impressive Rhododendron garden at Cross Hill. Accommodation: Copthorne Hotel Palmerston North

Day 9: Your last travel day to Wellington. Accommodation: InterContinental Wellington (or similar)

Day 10: Adventure around the capital. Accommodation: InterContinental Wellington (or similar)

Day 11: Depart Wellington.

Tour full itinerary

Detailed itinerary: 11 day tour starting in Auckland

Day 1 - Arrive into Auckland

Grand Pacific 11 Day Classic North Island Garden Tour - Day 1
Grand Pacific 11 day North Island Garden Tour

Discover an array of beautiful and unique gardens on this 11 day tour of the North Island. Escorted through the many glorious gardens of the North and to New Zealand's premier garden event, the Taranaki Garden Festival. You will drive from Auckland south passing many beautiful gardens, visit Hobbiton, Rotorua and the famous Waitomo Glow Worm Caves. Plus you'll receive a bonus Garden Book: Flourish - New Zealand women and their extraordinary gardens.

Grand Pacific offer quality merchandise which will provide a special memento of your holiday for years to come. Choose between a Tour Jacket, a tour cap or there is a discounted combo price for both, ask us about purchasing these items. Merchandise items must be ordered at the time of booking and are not available for purchase in New Zealand.

Arrive into Auckland

On arrival into Auckland, you will be met by a Grand Pacific Tours representative and transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day is yours to explore. 

Your accommodation: Rydges Hotel Auckland (or similar)

Nestled in the heart of Auckland's CBD, Rydges Auckland offers an ideal location. The hotel is a short stroll from business and retail districts, the Casino, the America's Cup Viaduct Village and superb waterfront restaurants.

Meals included: Dinner

Day 2 - Explore New Zealand's biggest city

Grand Pacific 11 Day Classic North Island Garden Tour - Day 2
Auckland Sightseeing

This morning enjoy the sights of Auckland, New Zealand’s largest city. Travel to Matakana to visit Sculptureum, an internationally unique art experience. Enjoy time to wander through the Garden of Creative Diversity and view the hundreds of displayed works in the Galleries. This afternoon travel to the Auckland Zoo for a guided tour of Te Wao Nui, six stunning habitats showcasing the native fauna and flora of New Zealand. This evening is free to dine at leisure.

Your accommodation: Rydges Hotel Auckland (or similar)

Nestled in the heart of Auckland's CBD, Rydges Auckland offers an ideal location. The hotel is a short stroll from business and retail districts, the Casino, the America's Cup Viaduct Village and superb waterfront restaurants.

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 3 - Stop at the spectacular Hamilton Gardens

Grand Pacific 11 Day Classic North Island Garden Tour - Day 3
Auckland to Hamilton Rotorua via Matamata

This morning travel to Ayrlies Garden and Wetlands, one of New Zealand’s best-known gardens and a Garden of National Significance. It is characterized by sweeping lawns and informal but detailed plantings by ponds & waterways. Use of colour is a hallmark of Ayrlies, seen best in the lurid border where ‘hot’ colours are used to great effect. This afternoon travel to Waikato’s most visited attraction, the Hamilton Gardens. A guided tour of the themed gardens will transport you from the peaceful Sung Dynasty Chinese Scholar’s garden to the Italian Renaissance garden followed by the grandeur of the Indian Char Bagh garden. Your guide will share the story of how the gardens were transformed from a rubbish dump into a Garden of International Significance.

Your accommodation: Novotel Tainui Hamilton

Located in the heart of Hamilton City on the Banks of the Waikato River. This hotel is close to river walks, cafes, shops & nightlife.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 4 - Journey into the Shire today

Grand Pacific 11 Day Classic North Island Garden Tour - Day 4
Hamilton to Rotorua

Today travel to Cambridge to visit the private garden of the Henley Hotel, nestled on 29 acres of parkland and features a camelia lined oval lawn and lakeside pavilion. You will be treated to High Tea amongst the cherry blossoms (weather permitting). Continue through picturesque countryside to Hobbiton for a buffet lunch followed by a guided tour of the Hobbiton Movie Set. Travel to Rotorua for a walk through the Rotorua Government Gardens before arriving at your hotel.

Your accommodation: Sudima Lake Rotorua

Sudima Hotel Lake Rotorua boasts a location that is second-to-none, right on the shores of beautiful Lake Rotorua. Adjacent to the world-famous Polynesian Spa complex and just a short stroll to all the attractions in Rotorua.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5 - Admire the government gardens in Rotorua and some Maori culture

Grand Pacific 11 Day Classic North Island Garden Tour - Day 5
Rotorua Sightseeing

Today begins with a gondola ride to the Stratosfare Restaurant where a buffet breakfast and spectacular views are on offer. There is also time for a luge ride! Next stop is Agrodome for an action-packed hour of farming entertainment and education that’s unlike anything you’ve seen before. Travel to Te Puia for a tour of the boiling mud pools and awesome geysers that Rotorua is famous for. Enjoy some free time this afternoon before travelling to a Mãori village for an interactive and educational experience that culminates with a cultural performance and traditional Hãngi feast.

Your accommodation: Sudima Lake Rotorua

Sudima Hotel Lake Rotorua boasts a location that is second-to-none, right on the shores of beautiful Lake Rotorua. Adjacent to the world-famous Polynesian Spa complex and just a short stroll to all the attractions in Rotorua.

Meals included: Breakfast, Speciality Dinner

Day 6 - Admire the glowworms at Waitomo

Grand Pacific 11 Day Classic North Island Garden Tour - Day 6
Rotorua to New Plymouth via Waitomo

Depart Rotorua and travel to Waitomo for a tour of the Glowworm Caves where tiny creatures radiate their luminescent light. Enjoy lunch in this native bushland setting before travelling to New Plymouth, home of the Taranaki Garden Festival. This afternoon will be spent visiting one of the festival gardens.

Your accommodation: Copthorne Hotel Grand Central New Plymouth

The Copthorne Hotel Grand Central New Plymouth is conveniently located in the heart of the City. Strolling distance to the Central Business District, the main shopping centre, beaches, restaurant bars and cafes.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7 - Taranaki Garden Festival

Grand Pacific 11 Day Classic North Island Garden Tour - Day 7
Taranaki Garden Festival

Today you will visit a variety of impressive gardens all set around the legendary Mount Taranaki. You will marvel at the majestic array of botanicals on display at this premier garden event which attracts thousands of visitors from New Zealand and the world. A selection of small private gardens and larger public gardens have been chosen to showcase the unique planting and local gardeners will be on hand to share the history behind their garden.

Your accommodation: Copthorne Hotel Grand Central New Plymouth

The Copthorne Hotel Grand Central New Plymouth is conveniently located in the heart of the City. Strolling distance to the Central Business District, the main shopping centre, beaches, restaurant bars and cafes.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 8 - Pass by the impressive Rhododendron garden at Cross Hill

Grand Pacific 11 Day Classic North Island Garden Tour - Day 8
New Plymouth to Palmerston North

Before we depart the Taranaki region, we visit one final stunning festival garden before travelling onto Whanganui for a shortstop. This afternoon continues to Cross Hills Rhododendron Garden, spanning 7 hectares, this park-like garden includes one of the world’s finest collections of rhododendrons and azaleas, which will provide a dazzling colour display. Continue to Palmerston North for your overnight stay.

Your accommodation: Copthorne Hotel Palmerston North

Copthorne Hotel Palmerston North is situated on the banks of the Manawatu River, just a short stroll from the city centre and offers an ideal base to explore Palmerston North.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 9 - Your last travel day to Wellington

Grand Pacific 11 Day Classic North Island Garden Tour - Day 9
Palmerston North to Wellington

Travel to the nation’s capital, Wellington. Ride the Wellington Cable Car, one of the city’s most iconic attractions, to the Botanic Gardens. Enjoy time to view the protected native forest and colourful floral displays with stunning views over Wellington city. Join your coach for an extensive city tour which will highlight the history and culture on show here. This evening is free to dine at leisure.

Your accommodation: InterContinental Wellington (or similar)

Stay in modern luxury in the heart of New Zealand’s capital city, adjacent to the scenic harbour. This hotel offers contemporary New Zealand cuisine at three restaurants, including the award-winning Chameleon. An ideal base to explore the business, shopping and cultural centres of Wellington.

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 10 - Adventure around the capital

Grand Pacific 11 Day Classic North Island Garden Tour - Day 10
Wellington

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. Enjoy time at leisure this afternoon. This evening enjoy a final dinner with your new-found friends.

Your accommodation: InterContinental Wellington (or similar)

Stay in modern luxury in the heart of New Zealand’s capital city, adjacent to the scenic harbour. This hotel offers contemporary New Zealand cuisine at three restaurants, including the award-winning Chameleon. An ideal base to explore the business, shopping and cultural centres of Wellington.

Meals included: Breakfast, Speciality Dinner

Day 11 - Depart Wellington

Grand Pacific 11 Day Classic North Island Garden Tour - Day 11
Farewell from Wellington

Having experienced some of the finest gardens in New Zealand, it is time to say goodbye. You will be transferred to the airport for your flight home after a memorable holiday.

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