Grand Pacific Tours 9 Day Ultimate North Island
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Grand Pacific Tours 9 Day Ultimate North Island

Enjoy an unforgettable ultimate experience in the rich culture of the North Island on this small group holiday. This tour visits some lesser-known regions such as the Art Deco city of Napier. Scrumptious dinners including a speciality Maori Hangi & Concert in Rotorua all included. Visit the Hobbiton Movie Set and embrace the beauty of the thermal mud pools and geysers in Rotorua.

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Small group tour escorted

This suggested tour costs from NZD$4,795 per person (twin share, low season)

Starts in Auckland, finishes in Wellington

9 days/8 nights

Hotel 4 star

 Pre and post tour options? YES

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Complimentary pre-dinner welcome drink
Auckland City Tour
8 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 7 dinners, 2 special dinners
Tour at a glance

Day 1: Welcome to Auckland
Accommodation: Sudima Auckland City

Day 2: See the mighty Kauri trees as you head north
Accommodation: Scenic Hotel Bay of Islands (or similar)

Day 3: A day to enjoy
Accommodation: Scenic Hotel Bay of Islands (or similar)

Day 4: Cruise out to the hole in the rock and maybe see some wildlife
Accommodation: Sudima Auckland City

Day 5: Glimpse the Hobbit world as you visit the Shire
Accommodation: Regent of Rotorua

Day 6: Adventure in a thermal wonderland
Accommodation: Regent of Rotorua

Day 7: Rotorua to Napier
Accommodation: Scenic Hotel Te Pania (or similar)

Day 8: Don't get blown away as you reach "windy Wellington"
Accommodation: InterContinental Wellington (or similar)

Day 9: Depart Wellington

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Detailed itinerary: 9 day tour starting in Auckland

Day 1 - Welcome to Auckland
Grand Pacific Tours 9 Day Ultimate North Island - Day 1
Grand Pacific 9 Day Ultimate North Island

Enjoy an unforgettable ultimate experience in the rich culture of the North Island on this small group holiday. This tour visits some lesser-known regions such as the Art Deco city of Napier. Scrumptious dinners including a speciality Maori Hangi & Concert in Rotorua all included. Visit the Hobbiton Movie Set and embrace the beauty of the thermal mud pools and geysers in Rotorua.

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 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 be transferred to your hotel. This evening enjoy a complimentary pre-dinner drink as you meet your travelling companions.

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Your accommodation: Sudima Auckland City

Conveniently located within easy walking distance of Auckland’s bustling shopping, arts, dining and entertainment precincts and opposite the New Zealand International Convention Centre.
Meals included: Dinner
Day 2 - See the mighty Kauri trees as you head north
Grand Pacific Tours 9 Day Ultimate North Island - Day 2
Auckland to the Bay of Islands

Board the luxurious Ultimate Coach and enjoy a city tour of Auckland, dubbed the ‘City of Sails’, before travelling to Matakohe to enjoy a visit and informative talk at the Kauri Museum. Travel via Whangarei to Paihia, situated in 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.

Matakohe Kauri Museum

The Kauri Museum is located approximately 90 minutes drive north of Auckland, in the rural backdrop of Matakohe. Offering insight into the region's pioneering history, It charts the rise and fall of the great Kauri forests with stunning displays and detailed exhibitions including: The largest collection of Kauri Gum in the world, a fully furnished 1900's era Kauri house, the largest collection of Kauri furniture in the world, a huge 22 metre long Kauri slab and a magnificent collection of original photographs and pioneering memorabilia.

Waitangi Treaty Grounds Guided Tour and Cultural Performance

Waitangi is one of New Zealand's most historic sites where the Treaty of Waitangi was signed in 1840 between the local Maori and the British Government. This two day pass allows you access to the Treaty of Waitangi Grounds and includes admission to the Te Kōngahu Museum and Te Rau Aroha Museum and a Maori Cultural performance. During your guided tour, you'll learn about the history of the treaty and discover the stories and events that shaped New Zealand. The cultural performance inside the carved meeting house includes waiata (singing), poi, a display of Maori weaponry and the haka - a war dance New Zealand is well known for.

Your accommodation: Scenic Hotel Bay of Islands (or similar)

Scenic Hotel Bay of Islands expansive sub-tropical gardens and extensive guest facilities, enhances the welcoming atmosphere of this resort-style hotel. It's the perfect base from which to explore the beautiful and historic Bay of Islands.
Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 3 - A day to enjoy
Grand Pacific Tours 9 Day Ultimate North Island - Day 3
Bay of Islands

Today is a free day. Choose from the many optional activities available, including the Cape Reinga coach trip via Ninety Mile Beach or a spectacular scenic flight. This evening is also free, you may like to enjoy a relaxing dinner cruise (optional).

Your accommodation: Scenic Hotel Bay of Islands (or similar)

Scenic Hotel Bay of Islands expansive sub-tropical gardens and extensive guest facilities, enhances the welcoming atmosphere of this resort-style hotel. It's the perfect base from which to explore the beautiful and historic Bay of Islands.
Meals included: Breakfast
Day 4 - Cruise out to the hole in the rock and maybe see some wildlife
Grand Pacific Tours 9 Day Ultimate North Island - Day 4
Bay of Islands to Auckland

This morning you will explore the scenic beauty of the Bay of Islands 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, call into the Parry Kauri Park to see a magnificent example of a Kauri Tree before arriving in Auckland.

Hole in the Rock Cruise

Board your cruise and take in the stunning views as you glide out through the islands and along the Rakaumangamanga Peninsula to Cape Brett, where a historic lighthouse keeps watch over and Piercy Island/Motukōkako, or as it is popularly known the ‘Hole in the Rock’. According to Māori legend, local warriors used to paddle through the Hole in the Rock in their canoes before departing for battle. Drops of water from the cave roof above were a good omen. If conditions permit, your skipper will expertly guide the ship through the narrow space. Keep an eye out for common and bottlenose dolphins, whales and other marine life during your cruise, and have your camera ready as you get up close to the action. The purpose-built catamaran is licensed by DOC (the Department of Conservation) for dolphin viewing and the crew have years of experience locating dolphins in these waters. Dolphin Seeker has indoor and outdoor seating available, and the largest outdoor viewing decks in the Bay of Islands.

Your accommodation: Sudima Auckland City

Conveniently located within easy walking distance of Auckland’s bustling shopping, arts, dining and entertainment precincts and opposite the New Zealand International Convention Centre.
Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 5 - Glimpse the Hobbit world as you visit the Shire
Grand Pacific Tours 9 Day Ultimate North Island - Day 5
Auckland to Rotorua via Hobbiton

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.

Auckland Sky Tower Admission

Standing at 328 metres (just over 1000 feet) - the Sky Tower is the tallest man-made structure in New Zealand and offers panoramic views of the Auckland landscape. Travel in the glass-fronted lift to one of three spectacular viewing platforms, or for a little more excitement do a SkyWalk - an outside loop around the pergola 192 metres (just over 600 feet) above ground. If you're really bold, Take the quick way down and SkyJump off the tower - a controlled free fall to the base.
Inside, the Sky Lounge offers coffee and light meals while the iconic Orbit Restaurant is Auckland's only 360 degree revolving dining experience.

Hobbiton Movie Set tour from Shires Rest

Become immersed in the The Lord of the Rings and Hobbit films when you visit the actual Hobbiton movie set. Located just outside of Matamata in the heart of the lush Waikato farming region, your tour will begin with a drive through a picturesque sheep farm. You'll then be taken through Hobbit Holes, the Green Dragon Inn, the Mill and the Party Tree while your guide shares behind-the-scenes tales and insight into the making of the films.

Your accommodation: Regent of Rotorua

Regent of Rotorua Boutique Hotel & Spa occupies a great location within walking distance of the lakefront, the government gardens and the city centres shops and restaurants. Luxury rooms are well equipped and on-site facilities include a swimming pool, restaurant, bar and spa treatments.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 6 - Adventure in a thermal wonderland
Grand Pacific Tours 9 Day Ultimate North Island - Day 6
Rotorua

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 experience an entertaining Mãori Hãngi and Concert.

Skyline Gondola Rotorua and 1 Luge Ride

Take the Skyline Scenic Gondola ride up the side of the dormant volcano Mount Ngongotaha (487 metres above sea level) where you can experience spectacular views of the city and lake. At the top, you will find the INZPIRED Store, the Jelly Belly Store, and the Market Kitchen or Stratosfare Restaurant. As well as the famous Luge, here you can whizz down a choice of 3 purpose built tracks.

Agrodome Farm Show

Set on a 350-acre working sheep and cattle farm with 1200 sheep and 120 beef cattle, the Agrodome gives its visitors a hands-on, live farming experience. The Farm Show stars a cast of talented animals – not just sheep! The remarkable farm dogs will amaze you, as they demonstrate their ability to respond to commands and keep those sheep (and ducks!) in line. Pet and have your photo taken with cute lambs and other baby farm animals. Then pop across to the herding area to watch a free live dog trial after the show!

Te Pō - Indigenous Evening Experience

Enjoy an in depth experience of the customs and traditions of Māori, with a traditional pōwhiri (Māori welcoming ceremony), a warrior's challenge and a full kapa haka (Māori performing arts) concert. Feeding guests is regarded by Māori as an honour and a sign of a tribe's mana (standing), so a sumptuous banquet is provided during the evening. This banquet combines contemporary cuisine with a traditional hangi (earth-cooked oven meal). Following dessert, you will be transported to enjoy the spectacular lighting of the Te Whakarewarewa Geothermal Valley. Guests can wander around the illuminated natural attractions, including the world famous Pohutu geyser, while enjoying more Māori-inspired delicacies and a hot drink.

Your accommodation: Regent of Rotorua

Regent of Rotorua Boutique Hotel & Spa occupies a great location within walking distance of the lakefront, the government gardens and the city centres shops and restaurants. Luxury rooms are well equipped and on-site facilities include a swimming pool, restaurant, bar and spa treatments.
Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner, Speciality Dinner
Day 7 - Rotorua to Napier
Grand Pacific Tours 9 Day Ultimate North Island - Day 7
Rotorua to Napier

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 on the city's fascinating history. Enjoy some free time this afternoon to explore the city, you might choose to do a guided walk (optional).

Your accommodation: Scenic Hotel Te Pania (or similar)

Scenic Hotel Te Pania offers 4-star accommodation of a truly international standard. The hotel's slender curved form echoes the shape of the bay, and guests enjoy sweeping views out over the water from a premium waterfront location on Marine Parade.
Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 8 - Don't get blown away as you reach "windy Wellington"
Grand Pacific Tours 9 Day Ultimate North Island - Day 8
Napier to Wellington

Travel south this morning into 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 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, Dinner, Speciality Dinner
Day 9 - Depart Wellington
Grand Pacific Tours 9 Day Ultimate North Island - Day 9
Farewell from Wellington

Time to say goodbye. Your tour finishes following breakfast (included) this morning and you will be transferred to the airport for your onward journey (if required).

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