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6 Day Northern Highlights Tour

A 6-day tour joining the major highlights of New Zealand’s North Island. The itinerary includes the stunning Bay of Islands and day trip of Cape Reinga, Maori hangi (underground oven meal) and concert, Rotorua’s Thermal Wonderland, sightseeing tour of Auckland, art deco city of Napier, wonderful Lake Taupo and New Zealand’s capital – Wellington.
01 May 2008 to 30 Sep 2008 $1,465.00 (based on twin share)
01 Oct 2008 to 30 April 20089 $1,595.00 (based on twin share)
01 May 2009 to 30 Sep 2009 $1,495.00 (based on twin share)
Breakfast (5) Supplement add $90.00
Dinner (4) Supplement add $125.00
Single Room Supplement add $395.00

Tour Itinerary

Day 1
Auckland/Bay of Islands

Your tour departs from Rydges Hotel, Federal Street, City at 7.30am. Cross Auckland’s distinctive Harbour Bridge to drive north along the Hibiscus Coast, through Kawakawa to Paihia in the Bay of Islands. A guided visit to Waitangi with its Treaty House and Maori war canoe. This afternoon enjoy a launch cruise on the Bay
crossing the areas world renowned game fishing grounds to the Cape Brett Lighthouse and famous “Hole in the Rock”. Return through the inner islands with their beautiful sandy beaches, sparkling waters and marine life.
Hotel Paihia (2 nights)

Day 2
Bay of Islands

A day free for you to relax and enjoy the many optional activities available. Your Coach Captain will happily assist with details. A full day Tour to Cape Reinga, New Zealand’s northern most point and Ninety Mile Beach or explore historic Russell, New Zealand’s first settlement and visit its original Church, Mission House and Museum.

Day 3
Bay of Islands/Rotorua

South through the city of Whangarei to Warkworth, passing the satellite tracking station. Auckland and its majestic harbour soon come into view and a tour will visit the summit of Skytower, at 328m the tallest building in the Southern Hemisphere, for panoramic views across the city and its two harbours, the Domain, the central city area, the Waterfront Drive with its numerous yacht marinas and nearby residential suburbs. Cross the Bombay Hills to the lush farmlands of the Waikato noted for its horse studs. Cross the bush clad Mamaku Ranges to Rotorua.
Lake Plaza Hotel (2 nights)

Day 4

A sightseeing tour visits the Agrodome for a display featuring New Zealand’s various sheep breeds with a shearing demonstration. See pools of brown and rainbow trout at Rainbow Springs Park and even native birds including the Kiwi. The spectacular Skyline Gondola offers superb views over city, lake and mountains and for a little excitement, try a Luge ride with our compliments. Time for optional activities this afternoon before a Maori hangi (meal) with selection of traditionally prepared meats and vegetables plus conventional dishes, followed by a concert featuring Maori songs, chants and the stirring haka.

Day 5

Visit Whakarewarewa, the Maori Arts and Crafts Centre and Thermal Reserve, with boiling mud, silica terraces and Pohutu Geyser. Skirt some of the worlds largest pine forest to Wairakei where natural steam is harnessed to generate electricity, view Huka Falls and pause at Lake Taupo, the largest lake in New Zealand. Continue across the Central Plateau to the Hawkes Bay and then Napier, claimed to be the art deco capital of the world. A city tour will encompass the Marine Parade and foreshore, plus many of the city’s art deco buildings. A visit to the Hawkes Bay Museum is included. A few minutes drive to Hastings, the fruit bowl of New Zealand.
Angus Hotel (1 night)

Day 6

Orchards and vineyards give way to lush farmlands as you pass through Hastings, to Dannevirke and Woodville, for an early afternoon arrival in the Capital, Wellington.
A city tour includes the summit of Mount Victoria for views over the city and Harbour. See the Houses of Parliament and distinctive “Beehive”, Wellington Cathedral, the central city area and Oriental Bay. Also explore the city yourself. Don’t miss Te Papa, the “Museum of New Zealand”, or take a ride on the famous Cable Car. Your tour will conclude at approximately 5.30pm.



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