Experience the top destinations of New Zealand’s North Island on this luxury guided tour. Your private guide will meet you at the airport and take you on one the best New Zealand escorted tours on the market, with luxury accommodation and special personalised experiences that will elevate your holiday experience to something truly incredible.
Your fantastic guided holiday begins in New Zealand’s largest city, Auckland. Home to one third of New Zealand’s population and bordered by two stunning harbours, Auckland is thriving, diverse city surrounded by natural wonders.
Explore Auckland with your guide, visiting top attractions such as the Sky Tower, Mt Eden’s volcanic crater, Waiheke Island, Sea Life Kelly Tarlton’s Aquarium, or Piha Beach.
The white sandy beaches at Oneroa, Palm Beach and Onetangi slope gently down into the Hauraki Gulf and are perfect for swimming, kayaking, or having a picnic. You may also like to explore the islands trails which meander along cliff tops, down to the beaches and into cool enclaves of native forest. At the eastern end of the island, the Stony Batter walkway leads you to a system of World War II gun emplacements and underground tunnels.
Stay 1 night in Auckland.
Travel time Auckland to Bay of Islands – 3 hours
Leave the city behind as your tour continues north to the Bay of Islands, a stunning stretch of coastline with secluded beaches, forested hills, and fantastic marine wildlife.
Stay 2 nights in Paihia.
Board your premium cruise ‘Discover the Bay’ and see for yourself the best of what the Bay of Islands has to offer. Journey to the Hole in the Rock and if weather permits, sail through it. See marine wildlife including Dolphins and stop off at Otehei Bay on Urupukapuka Island to have a swim, go for a walk, have a bite to eat and relax. Your Discover the Bay Cruise includes a delicious picnic lunch or dinner.
In the afternoon, relax on one of the many warm, secluded beaches and explore the area. You have the opportunity to experience Maori culture by visiting Waitangi’s treaty house, gardens and national marae (meeting house).
Travel time Bay of Islands to Auckland – 3 hours
Return to the City of Sails for an afternoon in town.
In the evening, enjoy a decadent harbour dinner cruise on Auckland’s Waitemata Harbour.
Stay 2 nights in Auckland.
Visit the stunningly beautiful boutique wine region of Waiheke Island today on a full-day tour which includes a 5-star restaurant lunch, three superb wine tastings, and a scenic ferry ride to and from the island.
In the afternoon you may also like to do a touch of shopping, as Auckland is a shopaholic’s paradise, with everything from top-end designers to open air street markets. Discover the diverse range of cafes and restaurants offering cuisine from around the globe and check out the buzzing nightlife of the central city. Favourite spots include Wynyard Quarter, the Viaduct Harbour, the Britomart precinct and City Works Depot.
Travel time Auckland to Tauranga – 3 hours
The Bay of Plenty is one of the most popular summer holiday destinations in New Zealand. Located along the idyllic Pacific Coast Highway, it offers a great mix of activities, beaches and dining experiences. Tauranga is the main centre, whilst the coastal suburb of Mt Maunganui is the region’s seaside resort.
Downtown Tauranga has several historically significant areas to view during a scenic walk around the area. The Strand waterfront area is modern and always buzzing, and is home to a number of cafés, restaurants and pubs. Across the road on the water’s edge, children are easily entertained at the local playground. Imaginations run wild as they clamber over the Hairy Maclary bronze sculptures featuring the beloved characters from Tauranga author Dame Lynley Dodd’s famous children’s books.
Stay 2 nights in Tauranga.
Today, join Aerius Helicopters for an unforgettable excursion – a helicopter tour of Mount Tarawera and Rotorua Lakes. Enjoy views of the Tauranga region before heading over vast expanses of flourishing native and pine forests to view Mt Tarawera; the site of New Zealands largest volcanic eruption. Gaze in awe at the changed landscape created by the 1886 destruction that created a huge gaping chasm in the sacred Mt Tarawera and destroyed the 8th wonder of the world – the Pink & White Terraces. Return via the beautiful Tarawera Falls and the many Rotorua Lakes. You’ll see the beauty and power of New Zealand’s volcanic landscape from a unique perspective on this amazing flight.
Travel time Tauranga to Rotorua – 1 hour
Your geothermal experience will continue as you enjoy the short drive to Rotorua. Tour the exciting geothermal attractions with your guide, visiting sulphur springs, mud pools, geysers, and sinter terraces.
In the evening, enjoy a sumptuous dinner at Rotorua’s most spectacular location – the top of the Skyline Gondola!
After dinner you have the option to visit the Redwoods Treewalk, which features 23 suspension bridges through 115-year-old redwood trees, or explore the Government Gardens and Museum, located on the waterfront of Lake Rotorua.
Stay 2 nights in Rotorua.
Stroll through Hell’s Gate Geothermal Reserve in the morning, where you will have the opportunity to experience the rich Maori culture and view the exciting geothermal features. Afterwards, smooth your skin with silky mud in a private mud bath and soak in a relaxing sulphur spa.
Travel time Rotorua to Waitomo Caves – 2.5 hours
Venture off the beaten track as your guide takes you on a scenic drive to the Waitomo Caves. The land is wilder around here, with limestone outcroppings emerging from farmland and densely forested hills rising all around, but the wildest landscape of all lies underground.
Witness the marvels of these vast caverns as you explore the Waitomo Glowworm Caves, where you will be dazzled by a galaxy of glowworms overhead.
Travel time Waitomo Caves to Hamilton – 1 hour
After your Waitomo Caves experience, journey to Hamilton for the evening.
Stay 1 night in Hamilton.
Travel time Hamilton to Auckland – 2 hours
Your guide will deliver you to Auckland Airport for your departing flight.
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