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10 Day North Island Luxury Guided Tour

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 Private Tour Guide/Driver & Vehicle
 4* Accommodation 10 Nights, 11 Days Touring
 Included North Island Tours: Hole in the Rock Cruise Dinner Cruise Auckland Waiheke Island Wine Tour White Island Helicopter Tour Skyline Rotorua Gondola & Dinner Rotorua Spa & Private Mud Bath Waitomo Glowworm Caves Tour

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.

10 Day North Island Luxury Guided Tour Itinerary

Day 1 Auckland

cruises from auckland
Cruises from Auckland

Your fantastic guided holiday begins in New Zealand’s largest city, Auckland. Home to 1/4 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, Kelly Tarlton’s Underwater World, 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.

Day 2 Bay of Islands

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.

Day 3 Bay of Islands Hole in the Rock Cruise

hole in the rock
Hole in the Rock Cruise

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).

Day 4 Dinner Cruise Auckland

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.

Day 5 Waiheke Island Wine Tour

waiheke island wineries
Waiheke Island Wine Tour

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.

Day 6 Tauranga

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.

Day 7 White Island Helicopter Tour

white island
White Island Helicopter Tour

Today, join Aerius Helicopters for an unforgettable excursion – a helicopter tour to the volcanic White Island. Words cannot express the experience that is walking on the active crater floor of White Island. White Island is New Zealand’s most active volcano and was once home to factory workers who mined the island for sulphur. Ruined remains of this hard life still exist today. Enjoy a 30-minute scenic helicopter flight to the island before taking a 1-hour guided walking tour of the active volcanic crater. Get close to the acidic Crater Lake, bubbling mud pools, and sulphur-lined fumaroles.

Day 8 Rotorua + Skyline Rotorua Gondola & Dinner + Tree Top Walk

Travel time Tauranga to Rotorua – 1 hour 

tree top walk
Tree Top Walk

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.

Day 9 Rotorua Spa + Private Mud Bath

Stroll through Hells 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.

Day 10 Waitomo Glowworm Caves + Hamilton

Travel time Rotorua to Waitomo Caves – 2.5 hours

waitomo glowworm caves
Waitomo Glowworm Caves

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.

Stay 1 night in Hamilton.

Day 11 Depart Auckland

Travel time Hamilton to Auckland – 2 hours

Your guide will deliver you to Auckland Airport for your departing flight.

Take a look at our 10-day South Island Tour or our 14-day Guided Tour.

Pricing

As our Guided Tour prices are split between travellers, pricing will vary depending on the number of travellers on the tour. Please make a tour enquiry to receive your personal quote.

11 + Travellers: Please enquire for your custom quote
10 Travellers: NZD$8599 per adult | NZD$8099 per child
9 Travellers: NZD$8799 per adult | NZD$8299 per child
8 Travellers: NZD$8899 per adult | NZD$8399 per child
7 Travellers: NZD$9199 per adult | NZD$8699 per child
6 Travellers: NZD$9599 per adult | NZD$9099 per child
5 Travellers: NZD$10,149 per adult | NZD$9649 per child
4 Travellers: NZD$10,949 per adult | NZD$10,449 per child
3 Travellers: NZD$12,349 per adult | NZD$11,849 per child
2 Travellers: NZD$15,099 per adult | NZD$14,599 per child
1 Traveller: NZD$26,349

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