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North Island Delights

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Take in the delights of the North Island on this 12-day journey taking in all the island has to offer from the natural wonders of the beaches and volcanoes, to the culture and history of the cities to the world class vineyards.
New Zealand
Cultural
Food & Wine
Private Escorted Tours

Highlights

Sail or kayak the crystal-blue waters of Lake Taupo

Discover the Maori culture at Te Papa Museum

Taste the wines and olive oil of Waiheke Island

Indulge in the geothermal mud and sulphur waters in Rotorua

Your North Island Delights Tour starts in Auckland, where you will have the chance to explore Waiheke Island before tasting some of the quality wines and olive oil. Next you will head to Rotorua, discover the Hobbiton Movie Set and and try some tea at Zelong Tea Estate, the estate produces 100% organic award-winning tea.

Your next stop is Taupo where you will have the opportunity to sail or kayak in the crystal blue waters of Lake Taupo or if you're feeling a bit more adventurous why not try bungee jumping in the heart of Aotearoa's geothermal region. Continue onto Wellington where you have the option to explore the city's Art Deco style, cycle through the wine region or discover the magic of Cape Kidnappers. Before the tour comes to an end, you will learn about the Maori culture with a visit to Te Papa Museum.

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Included

3 nights in Auckland at Hilton Auckland - 5*
3 nights in Rotorua at Pullman Rotorua - 5*
2 nights in Taupo at Hilton Taupo - 5*
1 night in Napier at the Scenic Hotel - 4*
2 nights in Wellington at Sofitel Wellington - 5*
Meet and greet on arrival
Fully Private Escorted in Luxury Mercedes
Flight from Wellington to Auckland
Daily Full Buffet Breakfast
Waiheke Island Sightseeing & Wine Tasting Tour Private tour
Hobbiton Movie Set & High Tea at Zealong Estate Tour
Self Walk around Wellington & Guided Tour at Te Papa Museum.
Freedom of Choice Days

Freedom of Choice

For this package we have included Freedom of Choice days in the itinerary. Our per person price includes one tour on each Freedom of Choice day.

Pre-select one tour on the following days:

  • One "Freedom of Choice" tour on Day 3
  • One "Freedom of Choice" tour on Day 5
  • One "Freedom of Choice" tour on Day 8
  • One "Freedom of Choice" tour on Day 10

Expand the itinerary below for more details.

Itinerary

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Intro
Privately Escorted in Luxury Mercedes

Your luxury itinerary begins with a meet and greet at Auckland airport upon arrival by your chauffeur driver/guide. Throughout your journey, you will be privately escorted in a luxury vehicle such as the 6 seater Mercedes V-Class (pictured below) for 2 to 4 guests. 

Privately Escorted in Luxury Mercedes
Day 1
Auckland

Arrival into Auckland. Private transfer to the Hilton Auckland with the rest of the day at leisure.

Overnight stay in Auckland at Hilton Auckland in a Guest Room. 

Auckland
Auckland
Day 2
Auckland

After a full buffet breakfast enjoy your Waiheke Island Sightseeing & Wine Tasting Tour Private tour. 

Walk from your hotel to the ferry terminal (10 minutes) followed by a 40-minute ferry ride to Waiheke Island. On arrival your tour guide will be waiting at the terminal. 

On this private tour, you will visit two of Waiheke’s top vineyards and sample a range of their wines plus a olive oil tour & tasting. Along the way enjoy a commentated scenic drive, learning about the Island’s history, geography, people and culture from your knowledgeable local guide. 

After your wine tasting experience sit back, relax and purchase lunch at one of the world class vineyards, or choose a more casual affair at a beachfront café. Your guide will return you to the ferry terminal for your cruise back to Auckland. 

Overnight stay in Auckland at Hilton Auckland in a Guest Room.

Breakfast
Auckland
Waiheke Island
Day 3
Auckland

After a full buffet breakfast, enjoy your pre-selected tour from our Freedom of Choice options:

  • Self-walk to Sky Tower (approximately 15 minutes): Weta Workshop Unleashed tour & All blacks Experience (group tour) - Weta Workshop Unleashed invites visitors of all ages into a fantastical film effects facility, inspired and built by the award-winning design and effects company,  Weta Workshop. Inside Unleashed, extraordinary worlds blur the line between fantasy and reality. From the curious to the creative, to thrill seekers, there’s something for everyone here. Join us on a guided journey through three original movie projects. Our workrooms and creative corridors will soon give way to wonderfully wacky adventures down the proverbial rabbit hole. 

    The All Blacks Experience will include a 45 minute guided tour where you learn what it takes to make, shape and be an All Black. This will include learning the story and feeling the passion behind the All Blacks haka, up close and personal. You can then test your rugby skills against All Blacks and Black Ferns in our hands on, interactive zone. 

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  • Auckland City’s beaches & volcanoes (private tour) -  Your private tour guide will pick you up in a luxury vehicle for this amazing trip around Auckland. Discover the beautiful East Coast beaches on our way to Achilles Point where you will capture some amazing photos with Rangitoto Island. Visit the famous MJ Savage Memorial also known as Bastion Point. Explore Auckland’s posh shopping in central Parnell Village & Newmarket. Enjoy the scenery while we cross the iconic Harbour Bridge that connects Auckland City to the suburb of North Shore while you learn about the history of the location. Explore Devonport, one of Auckland’s most historically authentic villages. It’s a place where time slows down and where boutique shops fill the spaces of Victorian-era buildings.  Climb the summit of Mount Victoria where you’ll discover Devonport’s Disappearing Gun, one of only a few left in the world. Tour ends by drop off back at your hotel. 

Overnight stay in Auckland at Hilton Auckland in a Guest Room.

Breakfast
Auckland
All Blacks Experience
Day 4
Auckland → Rotorua

After a full buffet breakfast, check out from the hotel and enjoy Hobbiton Movie Set & High Tea at Zealong Estate (private transfer & group tour).  

Tour starts as you are picked up in a luxury vehicle from your hotel. You will enjoy a private two-hour scenic drive south of Auckland into Waikato, with a scenic stop for amazing photos and any other stops if needed. 

Visit Zealong Tea Estate, the only commercial tea estate in New Zealand, producing 100% organic award-winning tea, and a world-leading destination for tea, art and hospitality.  Enjoy a Signature High Tea showcasing the freshest, locally sourced ingredients to compliment your Zealong tea served amidst breath-taking views of the Waikato region. 

Next stop is your Middle Earth Journey. Your Hobbiton tour guide will take you to The Hobbit Village where you’ll enjoy a two-hour guided group tour through The Hobbit Holes, The Mill, The Double Arched Bridge & a complimentary drink at The Green Dragon Inn.  Sit back, relax and enjoy the ride in your private transfer to your hotel in Rotorua.

Overnight stay in Rotorua at Pullman Rotorua in a Superior Room.

Breakfast
Auckland → Rotorua
Zealong Tea Estate
Day 5
Rotorua

After a full buffet breakfast, enjoy your pre-selected tour from our Freedom of Choice options:

  • Geothermal Walk and Mud Spa (private transfer & group tours) - Take part in the guided geothermal walk before indulging in our geothermal mud and sulphur waters, experiencing the healing properties local Maori have been using for centuries. It’s a Rotorua experience you’ll never forget. Geothermal walk which takes between one and one and a half hour, as well as Maori carving. Then bathe in our world-famous mud baths and soak in the sulphur spas and cool plunge pool. 

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  • Skyline Gondola and Luge rides (private transfer & group tours) - Your guide will pick you up and take you to Skyline where you will jump onboard the eight-seater Gondola cabins and experience spectacular views of Lake Rotorua, the city and steaming geothermal vistas. The 900-metre long Doppelmayr cableway system will transport you and your friends on a gentle, scenic ride up to the Skyline Rotorua complex. Jump on the exciting luge rides.

Overnight stay in Rotorua at Pullman Rotorua in a Superior Room.

Breakfast
Rotorua
Skyline Gondola
Day 6
Rotorua

After a full buffet breakfast at the hotel, enjoy the day at your leisure in Rotorua.

Overnight stay in Rotorua at Pullman Rotorua in a Superior Room.
 

Breakfast
Rotorua
Lake Rotorua
Day 7
Rotorua → Taupo

After a full buffet breakfast, your driver will pick you up and take you to Taupo. 

Overnight stay in Taupo at Hilton Taupo.

Breakfast
Rotorua → Taupo
Lake Taupo
Day 8
Taupo

After a full buffet breakfast, enjoy your pre-selected tour from our Freedom of Choice options:

  •  Eco-Sailing to the Maori Carving Rock (private transfer with group tour) - Set sail on New Zealand's only commercial electric yacht on the crystal-blue waters of Lake Taupo. Feel the sun on your face and enjoy the gentle lake breezes as you cast off and head out to make new friends and new discoveries. Kick back and relax as you skim across the surface, the crystal-clear waters gliding quietly beneath you, and you investigate the hidden bays and dramatic coastline that tell the story of Taupo's volcanic past. Take in the stunning vistas that spread out before you, the distant peaks of majestic mountains rising high above the lake, guarding the Taupo caldera as they have for ages.

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  • Kayaking in Lake Taupo (private transfer with group tour) - Beginning in the sheltered waters of Acacia Bay, come out and explore the secluded Rock Carvings at Mine Bay. Paddle below native bush, past steep cliffs and mini inlets that can only harbour a kayak before the amazing 14 metre-high carvings come into view. Your experienced guide will explain the carving’s cultural significance to the Lake and surrounding areas while you float beneath them. On the return, stop for gourmet refreshments, where you can take the opportunity to swim in the clear waters of our beautiful lake. If the breeze comes up, we can raft our kayaks together and sail back – bliss! 

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  • Bungee Jumping Experience (private transfer) - Turn up the heat with a Bungy in the heart of Aotearoa’s geothermal region. Hanging off a cliff-top high over the Waikato River is Taupo Bungy and Swing. Famed for its awe-inspiring location, it provides all the adventure and adrenaline you’ll ever need and only five minutes from central Taupo.

Overnight stay in Taupo at Hilton Taupo.

Breakfast
Taupo
Bungee Jumping Experience Credit: Mead Norton
Day 9
Taupo → Napier

After a full buffet breakfast in the hotel, check out and drive to Napier via a private transfer.

Overnight stay in Napier at the Scenic Hotel in a Superior Room

Breakfast
Taupo → Napier
Napier
Day 10
Napier → Wellington

After breakfast, enjoy your pre-selected tour from our Freedom of Choice options followed by a scenic drive to Wellington:

  • Art Deco Vintage Tour (private tour) - You’ll be met by your driver, in Art Deco costume, who will provide a fascinating commentary as you are driven in style, through Napier and surrounding areas.  You’ll learn about the earthquake that destroyed the city, hear stories of the people that led the rebuild, and discover the Art Deco style.  En route you will stop in Ahuriri and visit one of the most photographed buildings in New Zealand, the National Tobacco Company building.  You’ll return to the Art Deco centre or your central Napier hotel filled with a new appreciation for the city and the people who survived New Zealand’s worst natural disaster in modern times. 

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  • Cycling Winery self-guided Tour - This is a very diverse, flexible tour which can be adapted to suit how far you want to ride and what you want to see. A great family-friendly option with lots of features including wineries, estuary trails, Art Deco buildings and coastal pathways. Finish off in Ahuriri with a visit to Urban Winery or one of many restaurants and bars in this relaxed coastal village. Do all the route or just a part, this ride is tailored to you. 

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  • Cape Kidnappers Beach Gannet Tour (Group tour) - Discover the magic of Cape Kidnappers/Te Kauwae-a-Māui – the ocean, the majestic cliffs and the glorious gannets.  Join our experienced guides and visit the largest mainland gannet colony in the world! Tour is then followed by a private transfer to Wellington and check in at your hotel. 

Overnight stay in Wellington at the Sofitel Hotel in a Classic Room.

Breakfast
Napier → Wellington
Cape Kidnappers Beach Credit: Graeme Murray
Day 11
Wellington

After a full buffet breakfast, enjoy a Self Walk around City & Guided Tour at Te Papa Museum.

Learn how Aotearoa New Zealand came to be, and what the future holds for this island nation, on a private guided tour of the national museum. Explore our diverse natural environment, the continued growth of Maori culture, and what the national art collection has to say about living in New Zealand. 

Overnight stay in Wellington at the Sofitel Hotel in a Classic Room.

Breakfast
Wellington
Wellington
Day 12
Wellington → Auckland

After a full buffet breakfast check out of the hotel. Your driver will pick you up and drop you off at the airport for your flight to Auckland. 

Breakfast

Additional information

Official language
English, Māori and New Zealand Sign Language
Local currency
New Zealand Dollar (NZD)
Private Escorted Tour

These packages are much more intimate and include a private guide/driver that will be with you throughout the duration of your stay.

11 nights
from AUD9,784
per person, twin share
New Zealand
Auckland
Auckland
Cultural, Food & Wine
Private Escorted Tours
01 June 2021 - 31 March 2022

Hotel options

Hilton Auckland
Hilton Auckland

Auckland
On the oceanfront, 5 minutes from the business district, Hilton Auckland has a lap pool, gym, restaurant and bar. Bellini Bar is situated in prime location to enjoy a drink and a bite to eat while watching the harbour activity. Ask about Bellini’s signature Cocktail Classes, or their delicious Twisted High Tea. Served with spectacular harbour views, FISH restaurant features warm timber tones and an outdoor deck with fireplace for alfresco dining. At FISH Restaurant, sustainable, local produce comes first and ensures the finished product is of the highest possible quality. 

 

Pullman Rotorua
Pullman Rotorua

Rotorua
Pullman Rotorua is located in the city and only moments away from the lakefront. It is surrounded by surreal scenery and iconic attractions. Discover shooting geysers, bubbling mud, natural hot springs and magical forests. The hotel has 130 rooms and suites, a gym, vibrant restaurant, chic bar and 5 dynamic meeting rooms with internet connectivity. The perfect base to explore the region's geothermal paradise.

Hilton Taupo
Hilton Taupo

Taupo
Enjoy views over Lake Taupo and the surrounding volcanic scenery from our hotel on New Zealand’s North Island. Our 19th-century building combines Victorian charm with modern styling, just 10 minutes from Taupo town centre. We have swimming pools, tennis courts, a fitness centre, and lake-view dining from our restaurant balcony.

 Scenic Hotel Te Pania
Scenic Hotel Te Pania

Napier
Styled to complement its remarkable location on the edge of the beautiful Hawke's Bay, Napier's Scenic Hotel Te Pania is one of the most recognisable hotels in Napier, boasting design awards for its style and offering an unmatched level of service to leisure travellers and conference guests. awke's Bay is one of the first places in the world to see the light each day, with our Napier hotel enjoying a premium waterfront location on Napier's Marine Parade. The hotel’s slender curved form echoes the shape of the bay and guests are treated to sweeping views out over the water. A fresh, contemporary style hotel, Scenic Hotel Te Pania is just a short stroll from Napier’s main art deco style street and is located in close proximity to many of Napier's attractions.

Sofitel Wellington
Sofitel Wellington

Wellington
Surrounded by lush botanicals and ideally positioned in Wellington’s business and government hub, Sofitel Wellington blends the French ‘art de vivre’ with the pure beauty of New Zealand’s capital. Sofitel Wellington is in close proximity to Wellington’s exciting attractions: The Beehive and Parliament Buildings, Te Papa Museum, Wellington Botanical Gardens, Cable Car, Sky Stadium, Mount Victoria, Wellington Zoo, the Zealandia Sanctuary, Weta Workshop and Cuba Street.

Important notes

Why are international flights not included?

Following customer feedback, we do not include international flights in our holiday packages. Many prefer the flexibility to book flights with Frequent Flyer points or travel on specific airlines.  

However, we are able to assist, so please just notify us during the booking process or contact our team.

Blackout dates may apply during festive season.

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