9 Day Ultimate North Island

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This Ultimate Small Group Touring itinerary is specifically tailored to provide a Business Class level of comfort, service and quality without compromise. Travel in style on a full-size, state-of-the-art coach with a maximum of only 20 travellers and enjoy extensive onboard features and VIP extras.

Tour Highlights

  • Waitangi Treaty Grounds
  • Hole in the Rock Dolphin Cruise
  • Hobbiton™ Movie Set Tour and Lunch
  • Skyline Rotorua Gondola and Luge Ride
  • Agrodome
  • Thermal mud pools and geysers
  • Te Puia traditional Mãori Hãngi and Concert
  • City sights tour of Auckland, Napier and Wellington
  • Professional Coach Captain
  • 2 specialty dinners: Mãori Hãngi and Concert, Rotorua; Intimate Farewell Dinner, selected beverages, Wellington
  • 1 Shire’s buffet lunch: Hobbiton™

Tour Itinerary

(B) Breakfast (L) Lunch (D) Dinner (SD) Specialty Dinner

1:
Arrive Auckland (D)
Day 1:
Arrive Auckland (D)
On arrival into Auckland you will be met by a Grand Pacific Tours representative and transferred to your hotel. This evening enjoy a complimentary pre-dinner drink as you meet your travelling companions.
Crowne Plaza Auckland
Located right in the centre of the bustling Auckland CBD.
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2:
Auckland - Bay of Islands (B, D)
Day 2:
Auckland - Bay of Islands (B, D)
Board the luxurious Ultimate Coach, depart Auckland and travel to the Parry Kauri Park to see a magnificent example of a Kauri Tree (for all departures up to April 2024). 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 Mãori tribes and the British.
Scenic Hotel Bay of Islands
Conveniently situated only a short walk from Paihia's village centre and the wharf.
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3:
Bay of Islands Free Day (B)
Day 3:
Bay of Islands Free Day (B)
Today is a free day. Choose from the many optional activities available, including the Cape Reinga coach trip via Ninety Mile Beach, a spectacular scenic flight over the crystal-clear turquoise waters of the Bay of Islands or you might be interested to sail in a classic tall ship. This evening is also at leisure, you may like to enjoy a relaxing dinner cruise (optional) or try one of the waterfront restaurants.
Scenic Hotel Bay of Islands
Conveniently situated only a short walk from Paihia's village centre and the wharf.
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4:
Bay of Islands - Auckland (B)
Day 4:
Bay of Islands - Auckland (B)
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 via Whangarei before returning to Auckland.
Crowne Plaza Auckland
Located right in the centre of the bustling Auckland CBD.
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5:
Auckland - Rotorua (B, L, D)
Day 5:
Auckland - Rotorua (B, L, D)
An Auckland city sights tour includes a visit to Sky Tower, one of New Zealand’s most spectacular attractions. Standing at 328 metres tall, it has become an iconic landmark in Auckland’s skyline. 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.
Regent of Rotorua
A modern boutique hotel right in the city centre.
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6:
Rotorua (B, SD)
Day 6:
Rotorua (B, SD)
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 you will experience an entertaining Mãori cultural performance which features the graceful poi dance and ferocious haka. This is followed by a Hãngi feast, prepared in the traditional way, over hot coals and buried in the ground.
Regent of Rotorua
A modern boutique hotel right in the city centre.
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7:
Rotorua - Napier (B, D)
Day 7:
Rotorua - Napier (B, D)
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 of the city’s fascinating history. Enjoy some free time this afternoon to explore the city, you might choose to do a guided walk (optional).
Scenic Hotel Te Pania
Located right on the waterfront of Napier's Marine Parade and only a short walk from the main street of shopping and cafes.
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8:
Napier - Wellington (B, SD)
Day 8:
Napier - Wellington (B, SD)
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. For departures after April 2024 A highlight this afternoon will be time to explore Gallipoli: A Scale of War exhibition at Te Papa, New Zealand’s National Museum. Cutting edge technology brings these stories to life through the eyes of New Zealanders who found themselves in extraordinary circumstances. This evening enjoy a farewell dinner including selected beverages with your new found friends.
Hotel Intercontinental Wellington
A central Wellington location close to all the city's main sights.
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9:
Depart Wellington (B)
Day 9:
Depart Wellington (B)
Time to say goodbye. You will be transferred to the airport for your flight home after a memorable New Zealand holiday

Inclusions

Attractions Included

  • Kauri Museum
  • Waitangi Treaty Grounds
  • Hole in the Rock Dolphin Cruise
  • Sky Tower
  • Hobbiton™ Movie Set Tour and Lunch
  • Skyline Rotorua Gondola and Luge Ride
  • Agrodome
  • Thermal mud pools and geysers*
  • Te Puia traditional Mãori Hãngi and Concert
  • City sights tour of Auckland, Napier and Wellington
    *Guided tour.

Coach Features

  • 20 Business Class seats on a full-size coach
  • 2 door access; dedicated seat side storage with tray table; cup holder
  • Restroom; daily onboard Wi-Fi allowance

Experiences Included

  • Professional Coach Captain
  • Personalised Meet and Greet on arrival
  • Return airport transfers in New Zealand
  • 8 nights 4.5 star accommodation
  • 2 two night stays
  • Hotel porterage
  • 1 cruise
  • All sightseeing and prepaid attractions
  • Extensive Optional Tours Programme
  • Deluxe Documentation Pack

Meals Included

  • 8 cooked breakfasts including a specialty breakfast: Stratosfare Restaurant, Rotorua
  • 6 sumptuous dinners including Complimentary pre-dinner drink at the Welcome Dinner and 2 specialty dinners: Mãori Hãngi and Concert, Rotorua; Intimate Farewell Dinner, selected beverages, Wellington
  • 1 Shire’s buffet lunch: Hobbiton™
  • Enjoy GPT Wine Time (discounted drinks)
    Dinner on Day 1 not included for anyone arriving later than 8pm.

Visited Locations

  • Auckland
    Auckland, or Tāmaki Makaurau in Maori, is New Zealand’s largest city. It is based around 2 large and picturesque harbours. 'The City of Sails' is known as such because of the many yachts often seen on those harbours.
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  • The Bay of Islands
    The Bay of Islands is a subtropical micro-region in the north of the North Island. It is known for its beauty, stunning beaches, deep sea fishing & importance to New Zealand history. It is paradise for those that love beaches and water activities with a little colonial history thrown in.
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  • Rotorua
    Rotorua is an inland city that is famous for its geothermal activity, Maori culture experiences, 18 lakes, and three major rivers in a beautiful natural environment.
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  • Napier
    Napier is a beautiful coastal city on the East Coast of Aotearoa's North Island. It is your gateway to the renowned wine-producing region of Hawke's Bay and its array of gourmet delighting food and wine experiences.
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  • Wellington
    Wellington is New Zealand’s capital city and the location of our parliament. Located at the bottom of the North Island it sits on the Cook Straight, which divides the North and South Islands.  Strong winds through the Cook Strait give it the nickname "Windy Wellington".
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Attractions

  • City sights tour of Auckland, Napier and Wellington
  • Kauri Museum
    The Kauri Museum is located midway between Auckland and the Bay of Islands in Matakohe. Discover the history and the legacy of New Zealand's ancient kauri forest, and the associated industries.
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  • Waitangi Treaty Grounds
    The Waitangi Treaty Grounds in the Bay of Islands is one of New Zealand’s most important historic sites. Here, Aotearoa's founding document, the Treaty of Waitangi, was signed in 1840. Today there is lots to see and do that connects visitors to that history.
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  • Hole in the Rock Dolphin Cruise
    Board your cruise and take in the stunning views of the Bay of Islands. You'll glide out through the islands and along the Rakaumangamanga Peninsula to Cape Brett. Here a historic lighthouse keeps watch over Piercy Island/Motukōkako or, as it is popularly known, the “Hole in the Rock”.
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  • Auckland Sky Tower
    The iconic Sky Tower has stood tall at 328 metres, owning Auckland’s skyline for over 20 years. It’s an exciting hub of adrenaline activities, sky-high events, superb dining and breath-taking views.
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  • Hobbiton Movie Set Tour & Lunch
    Experience the real Middle-Earth™ at the Hobbiton™ Movie Set. Step into the lush pastures of the Shire™ — as seen in The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies — in NZ's Waikato region. And have lunch at the world-famous Green Dragon in after your tour.
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  • Skyline Rotorua Gondola & Luge
    Skyline Rotorua is an iconic all-weather attraction in Rotorua. It is one of the most spectacular ways to take in the 180-degree views of Lake Rotorua, the city and surrounding district.
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  • Agrodome
    The world-renowned Agrodome farm show is a must on any visit to Rotorua.  It is set in 350-acres of lush farmland, only 10 minutes from Rotorua city centre.
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  • Te Puia Thermal Mud Pools & Geysers
    Discover one of New Zealand’s most magnificent geothermal wonderlands near Rotorua at Te Puia. See dramatic geysers, bubbling mud and beautiful native bush.
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  • Te Puia Traditional Maori Hangi & Concert
    Experience a fantastic evening cultural experience at Te Puia. Prepare for a feast of storytelling, entertainment and Maori cuisine. Experience an authentic Maori welcome, an in-depth experience of the customs and traditions of Maori.
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01 Sep 2024 - 09 Sep 2024 Guaranteed Departure $5,231.20$6,791.20
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9 Day Ultimate North Island
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