Taste of the North Island
Explore the wonders of New Zealand's North Island, experience bubbling mud pools and raging geysers in geothermal Rotorua and taste the delicacy of a traditional Maori Hangi. Visit Te Papa, New Zealand's National museum and cruise the famous Hole in the Rock on this enticing 8 day adventure.
- Enjoy an informative city tour of Wellington and Auckland
- Ride the Skyline Rotorua Gondola and enjoy a thrilling luge ride
- Take a morning cruise through the beautiful Bay of Islands
Taste of the North Island
Day 1 : Arrive Wellington
On arrival into Wellington, you will be met by a Grand Pacific Tours representative who will transfer you to your hotel.
Hotel Ibis Wellington (2 nights)
Day 2 : Wellington
A highlight this morning 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. Reboard your coach for an extensive city tour. Enjoy free time this afternoon and this evening is also free to choose your dining arrangements.
Day 3 : Wellington - Taupo - Rotorua
Depart Wellington and view the snow-capped peaks of Mt Ruapehu and Mt Tongariro as you travel to Lake Taupo. Visit the spectacular Huka Falls then travel along the Thermal Explorer Highway to the geothermal wonderland of Rotorua.
Hotel Sudima Hotel Lake Rotorua (2 nights)
Day 4 : Rotorua
Today begins with a gondola ride and a buffet breakfast at the Skyline Rotorua, offering spectacular views. There is also time for a thrilling luge ride! Next stop is Agrodome for an action-packed hour of farming entertainment and education that’s unlike anything you’ve seen before. Visit Te Puia to see the boiling mud pools and awesome geysers that Rotorua is famous for. Enjoy some free time this afternoon. This evening experience an entertaining Māori Hāngi and Concert.
Day 5 : Rotorua - Auckland - Bay Of Islands
Depart Rotorua and travel via Auckland. Continue to Paihia, situated in the heart of the beautiful Bay of Islands. Enjoy an introduction to the Bay of Islands, location of the signing of the treaty between the Māori tribes and the British.
Hotel Kingsgate Hotel Autolodge (2 nights)
Day 6 : Bay of Islands
This morning cruise through the beautiful Bay of Islands aboard a luxury catamaran to Cape Brett, where a historic lighthouse keeps watch over Piercy Island, or as it is popularly known the ‘Hole in the Rock’. On return to Paihia, the afternoon is free, a range of optional activities are available including a tour of historic Russell, a classic sail on a tall ship or a spectacular scenic flight. This evening is also free, you may like to enjoy a relaxing dinner cruise (optional).
Day 7 : Bay of Islands - Auckland
Depart the Bay of Islands this morning and travel via Whangarei and Dargaville to Matakohe. Enjoy a visit and informative talk at the Kauri Museum before continuing to Auckland for a city sights tour. This evening enjoy a final dinner with your new found friends.
Hotel Rydges Auckland
Day 8 : Depart Auckland
Time to say goodbye. You will be transferred to the airport for your flight home after a memorable New Zealand holiday.