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8 Day Nature's North - North Island

Auckland

Rotorua

Taupo

Wellington

ITINERARY

Day 1: Arrive Auckland
Hotel
Motel
  • Highlights: Pick up your rental car on arrival at Auckland Airport. The remainder of the day free to explore the city and harbour. Take time to enjoy vibrant Viaduct Harbour, Princes Wharf and Wynyard Quarter's waterfront cafes, designer stores at the Britomart or perhaps a harbour cruise.
Day 2: Auckland - Whitianga and Coromandel Peninsula
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Motel
  • Highlights: Take in the fertile dairy farmlands of the Hauraki Plains, historic gold mining town of Thames and volcanic hills of the Coromandel Range. Spend the afternoon at leisure, enjoying the shimmering beaches & wilderness bush walks.
    Auckland to Whitanga driving time: approx. 2 hours, 45 mins
Day 3: Whitianga - lots of leisure activities
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Motel
  • Highlights: Included this morning is a scenic cruise featuring Shakespeare's Cliff, Lonely Bay, Cooks Blowhole, Cathedral Cove and The Hole in the Rock. View fish in the Marine reserve an Gemstone Bay. Then to the Orua Sea Cave to hear the amazing acoustics when we play music or you can make your own on a Conch Shell or Didgeridoo before stopping for a short swim or snorkel if desired.
    This afternoon time to enjoy the fabulous beaches, crystal clear ocean and native bush or perhaps try sea kayaking the many beautiful bays and coves. Visit Hot Water Beach and spectacular Cathedral Cove.
Day 4: Whitianga - Rotorua, volcanic and cultural mecca
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Motel
  • Highlights: Morning drive through lush emerald forests to sparkling Lake Rotorua. Heartland of Maori culture, spouting geysers & steaming hot pools.
    Whitianga to Rotorua driving time: approx. 3 hours, 40 mins
Day 5: Free Day in Rotorua
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Motel
  • Highlights: Eco tours, adventure & steaming hot thermal pools. Perhaps go off-roading in a tough 4WD, take a spectacular scenic flight over Mt Tarawera and surrounding lakes or visit Rainbow Springs Nature Park & Kiwi Encounter, nursery for kiwi chicks. Explore the art galleries for traditional and contemporary Maori art.
    Take a blissful soak in the hot thermal pools at Polynesian Spa (included)
    Included this evening is an authentic Maori cultural experience at Mitai Maori Village, with traditional entertainment and hangi dinner.
Day 6: Rotorua - Taupo, volcano country
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Motel
  • Highlights: Short morning drive to sparkling Lake Taupo, scenic alpine town on the lakefront.
    Optional side trips to Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Reserve and Waimangu Thermal valley en route. Taupo is famous for abundant trout fishing, lake cruises, adventure river jetboating, tandem skydiving and more.
    Rotorua to Taupo driving time: approx. 1 hour, 15 mins
Day 7: Taupo - Wellington
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Motel
  • Highlights: Travel south to Wellington, skirting beautiful Lake Taupo and cross the vast volcanic plateau.
    Wellington is a cosmopolitan, harbour city of abundant cafes and culture. Perhaps a visit Te Papa National Museum
  • very worthwhile.
    Taupo to Wellington driving time: approx. 5 hours, 10 mins
Day 8: Depart Wellington
Hotel
Motel
  • Highlights: Enjoy time at leisure until you drop off your rental car at Wellington Airport on departure.
Fares and Pricing
Tour Code: TR A2
 
Hotel
Motel
Self drive - small car
Share Twin
$1540
$1345
Self drive - medium car
Share Twin
$1580
$1385
 
4 Share
N/A
N/A
Self drive - large car
Share Twin
$1620
$1425
 
4 Share
N/A
N/A
Prices valid from 01 January 2017 to 31 March 2018 and are priced in NZ$ per person
Includes:
  • 8 days rental car hire, as selected, unlimited kms & standard insurance (with excess)
  • 7 nights' hotel/motel accommodation as selected
  • Whitianga Scenic and Sounds Experience scenic cruise
  • Traditional Maori cultural experience and hangi dinner at Mitai Maori Village
  • admission to Polynesian Spa hot pools for 2 adults
  • Itinerary planning and reservations service
  • 15% Goods and Services Tax
  • Complimentary ticket wallet with your travel vouchers and driving maps

    Bonus:
  • 10% discount for travel between 01 May and 30 Sept

    This itinerary can be modified for families. The itinerary can be customised if you prefer shorter or longer duration, larger car size, different style of accommodation etc. Just ask us.
Includes:
  • 8 days rental car hire, as selected, unlimited kms & standard insurance (with excess)
  • 7 nights' hotel/motel accommodation as selected
  • Whitianga Scenic and Sounds Experience scenic cruise
  • Traditional Maori cultural experience and hangi dinner at Mitai Maori Village
  • admission to Polynesian Spa hot pools for 2 adults
  • Itinerary planning and reservations service
  • 15% Goods and Services Tax
  • Complimentary ticket wallet with your travel vouchers and driving maps

    Bonus:
  • 10% discount for travel between 01 May and 30 Sept

    This itinerary can be modified for families. The itinerary can be customised if you prefer shorter or longer duration, larger car size, different style of accommodation etc. Just ask us.