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11 Day Wildlife Encounters North Island

11 Day Wildlife Encounters North Island

11 Day Wildlife Encounters North Island

11 Day Wildlife Encounters North Island

11 Day Wildlife Encounters North Island

11 Day Wildlife Encounters North Island

11 Day Wildlife Encounters North Island

ITINERARY

Day 1: Arrive Auckland
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Motel
  • Highlights: On arrival at Auckland Airport pick up your late model rental car and drive to your central city accommodation.
    Remainder of the day is at leisure. Depending on your arrival time, we suggest an optional visit to Kelly Tarltons Sea Life Aquarium to see the live penguins from the Antarctic.
Day 2: Auckland - Whale and Dolphin Cruise
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Motel
  • Highlights: The morning is at leisure.
    Discover the breath-taking Hauraki Gulf Marine Park – visited by a staggering one third of all marine-mammal species on earth and right next to Auckland City! Departing daily direct from the Viaduct Harbour in down-town Auckland, this 4.5hr afternoon eco-safari cruise offers whale, dolphin and seabird viewing while also contributing to research and conservation.
Day 3: Auckland - Tauranga - Glow Worm Kayaking
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  • Highlights: Leaving behind the bright lights of Auckland, take a leisurely drive south through Pukekohe before setting your compass east to the Lower Coromandel region. Travel on the Pacific Coast Highway through the township of Waihi, known as New Zealand's Heart of Gold. The prosperous city of Tauranga sprawls along the edge of an attractive harbour.
    This evening enjoy a truly unique experience, glow worm kayak tour with great refreshments, beautiful scenery, fantastic bird life and awesome glow worms.
    Your kayak tour guides will brief you on how to kayak effectively before launching you onto picturesque Lake McLaren at twilight to paddle your kayak to the mysterious glow worm canyon.
    The glow worms are situated in a narrow, high-sided canyon at the top of the lake so by the time you reach the glow worm canyon it is completely dark so you can see the glow worms to the best effect.

    Driving time Auckland to Tauranga, approx 2 hours, 20 mins
Day 4: Tauranga - Rotorua
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Motel
  • Highlights: Make a short detour to Matamata for an optional visit Hobbiton or meander the short drive to Rotorua. With spectacular scenery and exciting activities, there is plenty to do in Rotorua. Experience the extraordinary geothermal landscape, cultural experiences and historical sites that consistently make Rotorua one of the most visited holiday destinations in New Zealand.
    Driving time Tauranga to Rotorua approx 1 hour
Day 5: Rotorua - Whakatane - Moutohora Island Sanctuary
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Motel
  • Highlights: A short drive to Whakatane for an included half day excursion to Moutohora Island Sanctuary, one of NZs little known treasures and home to a number of rare and endangered species including plants, birds and reptiles.
    Access is highly restricted to this precious pest free island located just 9km off the Whakatane coast, just 25 mins by boat. Your guided tour includes the opportunity to see saddleback, red crowned parakeet, little brown kiwi, bellbirds, tui, grey warbler and many species of sea birds. A visit to a seal colony is also included. Dig your own hot pool on Sulphur beach where geothermal hot springs come up through the sand. Return by boat to Whakatane.
    Driving time Rotorua to Whakatane approx, 1 hour, 30 mins
Day 6: Whakatane - Gisborne - Feed Wild Stingrays
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Motel
  • Highlights: A morning drive to Gisborne, seaside city. At nearby Tatapouri enjoy a guided reef ecology tour to hand feed wild stingrays at low tide. Kitted out with "designer" waders, walk out over the reef. Regular visitors can include short-tail stingrays, eagle rays, a number of local fish species, crayfish, octopus and conger eels. Timing of this experience is dependent on low tide.
    Driving time Whakatane to Gisborne approx, 3 hours, 15 mins
Day 7: Gisborne - Napier
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  • Highlights: A scenic drive south to Napier, New Zealand's art deco city. Optional afternoon tours can be to the renowned local vineyards or a safari to the nearby gannet breeding colony at Cape Kidnappers. This is the world's largest, most accessible nesting sites where some 20,000 birds can be viewed Sept to early May.
    Driving time Gisborne to Napier approx, 3 hours
Day 8: Free day Napier
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  • Highlights: Embrace Napier's art deco heritage with a selection of guided walks and tours or pick up a local walking map to take in some of Napier's superb architecture, parks and gardens. A drive up to Bluff Hill allows for truly commanding views, the local art guide map takes you around city galleries to home studios to get a taste of the thriving artistic community or to relax and unwind, try the open air hot pools.
Day 9: Napier - Wellington
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  • Highlights: Enjoy the rolling farmland en route to Wellington. Perhaps detour to the rustic wine village of Martinborough en route. The Capital City, Wellington, sprawls the hills overlooking the sparkling harbour and boasts a sparkling arts and cafe lifestyle successfully blending with the political edge.
    Driving time Napier to Wellington approx, 4 hours, 30 mins
Day 10: Wellington - Palliser Bay Seal Colony
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  • Highlights: A full day guided Off the Beaten Track tour to Palliser Bay, visiting the largest fur seal colony in the North Island for a close up encounter, the Palliser Lighthouse, historic Lake Ferry Hotel for lunch and wine tasting at Martinborough. This tour offers unforgettable memories of diverse scenery including LOTR film site at Kaitoke.
    Return to Wellington late afternoon
Day 11: Depart Wellington
  • Highlights: Time at leisure until you drop off your rental car near Wellington Airport before your onward flight
Fares and Pricing
Tour Code: WE
 
Hotel
Motel
Self drive - small car
Share Twin
$2440
$2330
Self drive - medium car
Share Twin
$2495
$2285
 
4 Share
N/A
N/A
Self drive - large car
Share Twin
$2550
$2340
 
4 Share
N/A
N/A
Prices valid from Prices valid from 01 January 2018 to 31 March 2019 and are priced in NZ$ per person
Includes:
*10 nights' accommodation in 3.5 and 4 star hotels/motels (as selected) on a share twin/double room basis
*11 days rental car hire (as selected) with unlimited km and standard insurance (excess applies)
*Auckland Whale and Dolphin Cruise Safari
*Waimarino Evening Glow Worm Kayak Tour
*Dive Tatapouri Reef Experience Feed the Stingrays
*Guided cruise and walk Motohoura Island Sanctuary
*Off the Beaten Track guided tour to Palliser Bay Seal Colony
*Itinerary planning and reservations service
*15% Goods and Services Tax (GST)
*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. Feel free to ask us!
  • *10 nights' accommodation in 3.5 and 4 star hotels/motels (as selected) on a share twin/double room basis
    *11 days rental car hire (as selected) with unlimited km and standard insurance (excess applies)
    *Auckland Whale and Dolphin Cruise Safari
    *Waimarino Evening Glow Worm Kayak Tour
    *Dive Tatapouri Reef Experience Feed the Stingrays
    *Guided cruise and walk Motohoura Island Sanctuary
    *Off the Beaten Track guided tour to Palliser Bay Seal Colony
    *Itinerary planning and reservations service
    *15% Goods and Services Tax (GST)
    *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. Feel free to ask us!
Includes:
  • 10 nights' accommodation in 3.5 and 4 star hotels/motels (as selected) on a share twin/double room basis
  • 11 days rental car hire (as selected) with unlimited km and standard insurance (excess applies)
  • Auckland Whale and Dolphin Cruise Safari
  • Waimarino Evening Glow Worm Kayak Tour
  • Dive Tatapouri Reef Experience Feed the Stingrays
  • Guided cruise and walk Motohoura Island Sanctuary
  • Off the Beaten Track guided tour to Palliser Bay Seal Colony
  • Itinerary planning and reservations service
  • 15% Goods and Services Tax (GST)
  • 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. Feel free to ask us!