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- Auckland Welcome Dinner – Sky Tower
- Auckland City Tour – By Foot
- Auckland Museum and Art Gallery
- Waiheke Island – Day Trip
- Waiheke Island – Wine Tour and Tasting
- Coromandel Peninsula – Sightseeing
- Cathedral Cove – Kayak from Hahei Beach
- Rotorura – Hot Springs
- Polynesian Spa – Bathing
- Taurunga Hobbiton – The Hobbit movie set (optional)
- Mount Tarawera – Extinct Volcano
- Mount Tarawera – Helicopter Ride over the Volcano
- Authentic Maori Experience – Whakarewarewa Māori Village
- Huka Falls
- Napier – City tour
- Napier – Winery Tour
- Yoga and Breathing Workshop
- Hastings – A foodie’s delight
- Cape Kidnappers – Gannet Colony
- Nature Excursion
- Hawke’s bay – Winery Tour and Tasting
- Martinborough – Boutique wine region
- Wellington –Botanic Gardens and City Sights
- Wellington – Te Papa Museum
- Wellington –Farewell Dinner
- Private transfers to/from Airport
Welcome to New Zealand!!
Upon arrival, your tour director and driver will meet and assist you at Auckland international airport. Settle into your hotel, centrally located in the CBD, and take a stroll and get acquainted with Auckland. It is New Zealand’s biggest city with approx. 1.5 million inhabitants, a multi-cultural city known as the City of Sails. It offers everything big cities around the globe offer their visitors – great shopping, fabulous restaurants, exciting museums and art galleries. On top of this, Auckland is built on 50-60 extinct volcanoes making the undulating landscape quite unique.
Tonight we invite you to enjoy a welcome dinner with your fellow travellers and your tour director at the Sky Tower, one of the Southern Hemisphere’s tallest buildings. Enjoy the views from approx. 190 meters above sea level whilst sipping fabulous New Zealand wine with dinner.
Hotel Grand Windsor MGallery, Auckland | Welcome Dinner with wine included
AUCKLAND BY FOOT | AUCKLAND MUSEUM AND ART GALLERY
Savour the delightful warm autumn Auckland air by foot today. We will enjoy a slow paced walking tour visiting some of the many highlights of the city. Including a visit to Auckland Museum, located in an iconic heritage building it’s regarded as one of the finest museums in the Southern Hemisphere. The museum tells a story of New Zealand as a nation; from award-winning natural history exhibits to galleries which display the countries cultural origins.
We will also take our time musing at the Auckland Art gallery. Including outstanding works by Māori and Pacific Island artists, as well as European paintings and sculptures. With a collection of over 1500 works, modern and contemporary, the list goes on.
Enjoy dinner in Auckland tonight at your leisure; your tour director can recommend some local favourites.
Hotel Grand Windsor MGallery, Auckland | Meals: B
DAY TRIP TO WAIHEKE ISLAND | WINE TASTING
After breakfast we embark on a full day tour to the stunning Waiheke Island. Only a scenic 35 minute ferry ride from Auckland’s CBD, the island boasts olive groves, pristine beaches and beautiful vineyards. Waiheke is a local escape for locals and tourists alike, a haven that feels a world away.
With a local driver/guide and your tour director we will explore the alluring landscapes, taste award-winning wines and enjoy lunch at one of the island’s famous wineries. New Zealand wines are said to be some of the best in the world and the wineries on this gem of an island will not disappoint.
Hotel Grand Windsor MGallery, Auckland | Meals: B, L
Today we will travel to the Coromandel Peninsula renowned for its natural beauty. The awe dropping scenery on the road to Coromandel is a route that clings to the edges of the coastlines and offers incredible vistas like no other. The Peninsula is known for its hundreds of natural hideaways and pristine golden beaches.
The town of Coromandel in the northern part of the peninsula is a former timber and gold-mining town. Today, it is a haven for craftsmen, artists and conservationists.
We will enjoy some of the amazing scenery and our resort before having a group dinner at a local restaurant.
Grand Mercure Puka Park Resort | Meals: B,D
COROMANDEL | KAYAK TRIP TO CATHEDRAL COVE FROM HAHEI BEACH
You can never have enough of sight seeing in this stunning peninsula. Thus, we will keep exploring.
Today, we will also enjoy a leisurely kayak trip from Hahei Beach to Cathedral Cove. This truly is the most spectacular stretch of the coast in the peninsula, some would even say in of all New Zealand. You will paddle through sea caves, explore rock gardens and marvel at a procession of beaches.
Cathedral cove is only accessible by sea or foot. The dramatic archways and cliff faces are beyond beauty; a portrait that will be imprinted in your memory for a lifetime.
Grand Mercure Puka Park Resrot | Meals: B
ROTORUA | TAURANGA, HOBBITON (optional) | POLYNESIAN SPA
En route to the famous geothermal town of Rotorua we will visit the coastal city of Tauranga. It was settled by Māori in the 13th century and later by the Europeans in the 19th century. Being the most populated city in the Bay of Plenty it’s known as the sunny city filled with marine adventures.
Before arriving in Rotorua you may wish to enjoy an optional tour of the world-famous Hobbiton – the movie set known from The Lord of the Rings trilogy and the Hobbit trilogy.
Rotorua is located in a geothermal wonderland boasting a buried village, hot mineral springs for ultimate relaxation, dramatic geysers and replenishing mud pools. Today it is one of New Zealand’s top destinations thanks to the natural scenery and the many exciting activities on offer.
This afternoon you will have time to relax at The Polynesian Spa before we enjoy a group dinner at a local restaurant.
Princes Gate Rotorua | Meals: B, D
MT. TARAWERA – EXTINCT VOLCANO HALF-DAY TOUR | HELICOPTER RIDE ABOVE THE VOLCANO | AUTHENTIC MĀORI EXPERIENCE AT WHAKAREWAREWA MĀORI VILLAGE
After an early breakfast it is time to really get in touch with nature on today’s half day tour to an extinct volcano. With spectacular views from the top you will even have the chance to go into the crater. Mount Tarawera is the volcano with one of the largest eruptions in the history of New Zealand’s volcanic activity.
Enjoy a helicopter ride with luxury birds eye views of the crater from above, a truly unforgettable experience.
After a quick lunch stop we will enjoy an authentic Māori experience; learning about Māori traditions and engage with the local Maoris at the Whakarewarewa village. A truly unique experience.
Retreat to Rotorua after our exciting excursions and enjoy the city at your leisure.
Princes Gate Rotorua | Meals: B
TAUPO | HUKA FALLS, NAPIER WINERY EXPERIENCE AND CITY TOUR
Today we will travel to Hawke’s bay, New Zealand’s second biggest wine region, on the east coast of the North Island. We have several very scenic stops along the way including a short walk along the stunning Huka falls. We will enjoy our lunch break in Taupo, a town on the shores of Lake Taupo, the country’s biggest lake and the result of one of the world’s largest volcanic eruptions.
Before arriving in Napier, our home for the next three nights, we will indulge in a winery experience to learn more about New Zealand wine. At the end of the day, enjoy a short guided walk in Napier famed for its amazing Ar Decó architecture.
Napier has a plethora of fine restaurants and we will enjoy a group dinner at one of them.
Masonic Hotel | Meals: B,D
YOGA & BREATHING WORKSHOP | HASTINGS | FREE HALF DAY
This morning enjoy a 3 hour yoga and breathing workshop to relax any travel tensions and calm your inner senses mid tour.
We will then visit Hastings and Havelock North, both towns are a foodie’s delight in the heart of Hawke’s Bay. The region is home to 72 wineries and an abundance of artisan delicacies and fruit orchards.
Enjoy the rest of the day and evening at your leisure in Napier.
Masonic Hotel | Meals: B
CAPE KIDNAPPERS AND GANNET COLONY | NATURE EXCURSION | WINE TASTING
Cape Kidnappers Gannet reserve is home to the world’s largest and most accessible Gannet nesting spot. The geological cliff formations are beyond spectacular as is the beautifully carved coastlines. It’s truly a nature lover’s delight, a walk to remember.
Rest your feet with a delicious lunch and wine tasting in the coastal settlement of Te Awanga, home to some of Hawke’s Bay’s most famous wineries. We will taste some delightful wine and enjoy lunch at a winery nestled amongst the vines.
Masonic Hotel | Meals: B, L
After breakfast we check out of our hotel and depart for a picturesque drive through the lovely countryside. Early afternoon we will arrive in Wairarapa, one of the country’s small and boutique wine regions especially known for Pinot Noir. But before we get there we will make a few memorable stops along the way.
Wairarapa is located at the lower right-hand corner of the North Island, approximately an hour north-east of Wellington. The winemaking area is divided into three main sub-regions: Masterton to the north, Gladstone in the middle and Martinborough to the south – with the latter being the most famous.
Our hotel is in Martinborough – a town with real colonial charm.
We will share dinner at a local favourite this evening, sure to excite your taste buds.
Martinborough Hotel | Meals: B,D
WELLINGTON | BOTANIC GARDENS AND CITY SIGHTS
This morning we depart for Wellington, the capital of New Zealand. Along the way we will have a few scenic photo stops as well as a walk around Greytown, a lovely little gourmet and lifestyle town. Here, it’s a must to taste the famous Schoc Chocolate.
Upon arrival in Wellington we will enjoy lunch at The Botanic Garden’s café overlooking the rose garden boasting 106 species. However, at this time of the year they may not be blooming. We will mosey around and then engage in a bit of sightseeing in what is known as “the coolest little capital” before checking into our accommodation.
The Bolton hotel is conveniently located in the heart of Wellington. Close to cafes, the shopping district and within walking distance to the water front, there’s plenty to keep you occupied. Otherwise simply enjoy relaxing in your quaint room.
The evening is at your leisure but we suggest you check out Wellington’s funky bar and restaurant scene. Your tour director will happily provide you with a list of suggestions.
Bolton 5 star Boutique Hotel | Meals: B,L
WELLINGTON | TE PAPA NATIONAL MUSEUM | FAREWELL DINNER
“Te Papa Tongarewa” is widely translated as “the place of treasures on this land”. It is an interactive and innovative museum, telling stories of this country, rich in history, and the innate creativity of artists. Located on Wellington’s waterfront it’s a fascinating cultural attraction.
After a guided tour of the museum you may choose to stay and explore more aspects of the museum or you may wonder around the CBD for some final retail therapy.
This evening join your group for a farewell dinner at one of Wellington’s popular restaurants where you can all reflect on the fabulous journey and enjoy the friendships you’ve made along the way.
Bolton 5 star Boutique Hotel | Meals B,D (wine included)
Breakfast will be served at the hotel before your departure. You will be transported by private car to Wellington International Airport.
You do not need a visa to visit New Zealand if you are:
- A New Zealand or Australian citizen or resident
- A UK citizen and/or passport holder (you can stay up to six months)
- A citizen of a country which has a visa waiver agreement with New Zealand (you can stay up to three months).
If you don’t meet the above, then you’ll need a visitor visa, which allows you to holiday in New Zealand for up to nine months. If you’re applying as an individual, the easiest and cheapest way to apply for a visitor visa is online. If you’re travelling with a partner, family or group, you should submit a paper application.
Before travelling to New Zealand, you need to make sure your passport is valid for at least three months longer than your expected departure date. If you come from a country that needs a New Zealand visa to enter, please be sure to apply in advance.
If you have a biometric ordinary passport (or electronic passport) and are over 12 years old, you may be able to use New Zealand Customs eGate service. This allows you to complete your Customs and Immigration checks faster so you can get on with enjoying your visit to New Zealand.
You will need to provide flight information at the time of booking to your tour so we can arrange your private transfer to our first meeting point.
Our driver and or guide will be waiting for you with a sign at the designated waiting area of the arrivals terminal, where you will be assisted with your luggage.
Hotel Grand Windsor MGallery by Sofitel
58-60 Queen Street, Auckland, New Zealand, 1001
+64 9 309 9979
Check in is from 2pm. If you want to arrive earlier this is absolutely fine, however please note that you may not be able to check into your room until 2pm. You are more than welcome to leave your bags in the foyer and the hotel staff can provide recommendations whilst you wait.
You will need a reasonable level of fitness to enjoy this trip. You can expect a healthy amount of time spent walking each day.
It is generally uncommon for locals (resident Kiwis) to tip except for very exceptional service.
It is not customary and not required, however, for exceptional service (particularly with Concierges or in restaurants and cafes) a tip is always appreciated. The amount is at the discretion of the tipper and would generally be in the range of 10% according to the value of the meal/services.
You are not expected to tip your guide or drivers, but guests may wish to do so to the amount of their discretion. Our guides always strive to provide you with the highest level of service and can certainly cater to any odd requests you may have during your stay
12 Bolton Street
+64 800 996 622
The official currency of New Zealand is the New Zealand dollar (NZD). For the latest exchange rates please check www.xe.com/ucc
The most convenient and cheapest way to acquire money is via an Automated Teller Machine (ATM). This allows you to draw funds from your personal account at a superior exchange rate. Most ATMs will also give you a cash advance on your credit card but be wary of high fees imposed by banks for this service. Bank fees for these withdrawals can be either a flat rate or a percentage of the amount withdrawn. Check with your bank for information on their international fees. There are ATMs (which accept both Visa and MasterCard) throughout the main stops on our itinerary and these are also accepted by the majority of local service providers. When leaving home don't forget your PIN number and make sure you know the telephone number for cancelling your card if it is stolen.
It is a smart idea to take some of your money in travellers' cheques of a major brand in a major currency ($US, GBP, $AUD and EURO are all fine). Travellers' cheques have security advantages although please be aware that the exchange rates may not be favourable and that it is difficult to change travellers' cheques in remote locations, on weekends and public holidays.
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