Grand Pacific Tours 9 Day Ultimate North Island Escape
Small group tour escorted from Auckland to Wellington
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Grand Pacific Tours 9 Day Ultimate North Island Escape

Enjoy an unforgettable ultimate experience in the rich culture of the North Island on this all-inclusive small group holiday. This tour visits some lesser-known regions such as the Art Deco city of Napier and the wine-producing region of the Wairarapa. 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.

Tour summary and feature

Small group tour escorted

This suggested tour costs from NZD$4,669 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

 Viewed 23 times in the last 7 days

1 Lunch

7 dinners

All breakfasts

Professional Coach Captain

Rotorua Skyline Gondola with breakfast

Huka Falls Taupo

Napier City Sights Tour

Wellington City Sights Tour

Auckland City Sights Tour

Tour at a glance

At a glance - Grand Pacific Tours 9 Day Ultimate North Island Escape

Day 1: Welcome to Auckland. Accommodation: Crowne Plaza Auckland (or similar)

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: Crowne Plaza Auckland (or similar)

Day 5: Glimpse the Hobbit world as you visit the Shire. Accommodation: Regent of Rotorua (or similar)

Day 6: Adventure in a thermal wonderland. Accommodation: Regent of Rotorua (or similar)

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.

Tour full itinerary

Detailed itinerary: 9 day tour starting in Auckland

Day 1 - Welcome to Auckland

Grand Pacific Tours 9 Day Ultimate North Island Escape - Day 1
Arrive into Auckland

On arrival into Auckland, you will be met by a Grand Pacific Tours representative who will transfer you to your hotel. This evening, meet your travelling companions over a complimentary pre-dinner drink.

Your accommodation: Crowne Plaza Auckland (or similar)

Crowne Plaza Auckland is an upscale hotel ideally located in the heart of Auckland’s CBD and entertainment hub. Offering superior comfort, personal service and contemporary style and an abundance of attractions, entertainment and dining in close proximity.

Meals included: Dinner

Day 2 - See the mighty Kauri trees as you head north

Grand Pacific Tours 9 Day Ultimate North Island Escape - Day 2
Auckland to the Bay of Islands

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 Maori tribes and the British.

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 Escape - 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 and 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 Escape - Day 4
Bay of Islands

This morning you will explore the scenic beauty of the Bay of Islands aboard a luxury catamaran. Spend some time at Otehei Bay on Urapukapuka Island before you cruise to Cape Brett and the famous Hole in the Rock. On return to Paihia travel south via Whangarei to Auckland.

Your accommodation: Crowne Plaza Auckland (or similar)

Crowne Plaza Auckland is an upscale hotel ideally located in the heart of Auckland’s CBD and entertainment hub. Offering superior comfort, personal service and contemporary style and an abundance of attractions, entertainment and dining in close proximity.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 5 - Glimpse the Hobbit world as you visit the Shire

Grand Pacific Tours 9 Day Ultimate North Island Escape - 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.

Your accommodation: Regent of Rotorua (or similar)

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 and bar and spa treatments.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6 - Adventure in a thermal wonderland

Grand Pacific Tours 9 Day Ultimate North Island Escape - Day 6
Rotorua

Today begins with a gondola ride at the Skyline Rotorua for breakfast, with spectacular views and time for a thrilling luge ride! Next stop is Agrodome for an action packed hour of farming entertainment and education that's 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 Maori cultural performance which features the graceful poi dance and the ferocious haka. This is followed by a Hangi feast prepared in the traditional way, over hot coals and buried in the ground. This evening is rounded off by visiting the Pohutu Geyser, illuminated beneath a starry sky.

Your accommodation: Regent of Rotorua (or similar)

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 and bar and spa treatments.

Meals included: Breakfast, Speciality Dinner

Day 7 - Rotorua to Napier

Grand Pacific Tours 9 Day Ultimate North Island Escape - 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. There is free time this afternoon to explore this city on your own or on 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 Escape - 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 and adjacent to the scenic harbour. This famous Wellington hotel offers contemporary New Zealand cuisine at three restaurants, including the award-winning Chameleon. The hotel is the ideal base to explore the business, shopping and cultural centres of Wellington.

Meals included: Breakfast, Speciality Dinner

Day 9 - Depart Wellington

Grand Pacific Tours 9 Day Ultimate North Island Escape - 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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