North Island Highlights with Donut Island

North Island Highlights with Donut Island

In the North Island, visit volcanoes and shooting geysers, explore the idyllic Donut Island by kayak, visit the Hobbiton Movie Set, experience local cuisine and unique Maori culture.

North Island Highlights with Donut Island

New Zealand > North Island > Auckland > The Coromandel > Hamilton & Waikato > Rotorua > Hawke's Bay > Wellington & Martinborough 

10 Days, 7 Nights

Experience a little of everything on this seven-night North Island drive that leaves plenty of time for exploration. Discover urban delights, secluded islands and beaches, geothermal wonders and get a taste of culture in the country’s capital Wellington.

Auckland, New Zealand’s largest city is situated between two large harbors and dotted with 48 extinct volcanic cones. It’s a place to enjoy marine adventures, wine trails, forest walks and urban sophistication. Spend a day exploring the sights and sounds of central Auckland

Explore the Coromandel, home to some of the North Island’s most spectacular sights including with world famous Cathedral Cove. Here the soft white rock has eroded away to create a magnificent archway connecting two secluded coves. Not far from Cathedral Cove, you will find Hot Water Beach. Dig down into the sand a little way and create your own seaside bath from the rising natural spring beneath the surface.

As you continue on to Whangamata, stop to take a kayak tour of Whenuakura Island. This unusual island contains a tranquil lagoon at its center, due to the collapse of a volcanic blowhole.

Find yourself amid lush farmland on your way to Matamata and visit Hobbiton Movie Set to see how Peter Jackson bought this imaginary place to life before continuing on to Rotorua.

In Rotorua, geothermal activity breathes through every part of the city, from bubbling mud to erupting geysers.

Adrenaline junkies will love Rotorua’s range of adventure activities, with bungy jumping, mountain biking and zorbing just a few of the activities on offer. In the Whakarewarewa Forest, you can climb into the forest canopy and discover a completely new world with a Redwood Treewalk.

End the day with a soak at the Polynesian Spa and discover the unique culture of the Maori people with a cultural experience at Te Puia, Mitai or Tamaki Māori Villages

Napier is famous for its distinctive architecture. In 1931, a devastating earthquake nearly levelled the city. It was rebuilt in the style of the times and is now considered the Art Deco Capital of the world. Beyond the city, explore the region’s vineyards on a self-drive, chauffer driven or bicycle tour. Or, visit the gannet colony at Cape Kidnappers.

Journey through some of the North Island’s most charming provincial towns. Just before Masterton, you will find wildlife sanctuary Puhaka Mount Bruce; an essential stop for nature lovers. Carterton is a good place for paua shell souvenirs, while Greytown has many beautiful examples of Victorian architecture and a quaint museum. Continue through Martinborough, a place of exquisite wine and gourmet food.

From Martinborough, climb up and over the Rimutaka Range to Wellington, a compact and cultured city full of character. Nestled between the Harbour and the hills, the downtown area is ideal for explorations on foot. Be sure to visit the national museum, Te Papa, while you are there. Other attractions include the Wellington Cable Car, the Houses of Parliament, Zealandia and Weta Workshop.

Highlights

  • Auckland
  • Coromandel and Donut Island
  • Hobbiton Movie Set
  • Rotorua
  • Napier
  • Wellington

Inclusions

  • Round-trip airfare on United Airlines from San Francisco to Auckland
  • One-way airfare from Wellington to Auckland
  • Two nights Adina Apartment Hotel, Auckland Britomart
  • Auckland private arrival transfers, airport to hotel
  • Auckland in the Afternoon Foodie Tour
  • Six Days Group C Car Hire including GPS
  • One night Breakers Motel, Whangamata
  • Guided Kayak Tour to Whenuakura, Whangamata
  • Hobbiton Movie Set Tour, Matamata
  • Two nights Novotel Rotorua Lakeside
  • One night Scenic Hotel Te Pania, Napier
  • Afternoon Art Deco Walking Tour
  • One night Grand Mercure Wellington
  • Capital Tastes Tour, Wellington
  • US/foreign taxes & fees including September 11th Security Fee

 

Based on Double Occupancy Price per person from*
November 1, 2018 - December 10, 2018 3899
December 11, 2018 - January 31, 2018 Call for pricing
February 1, 2019 - March 15, 2019 3949

 

Group Size

Independent Vacation

Dates

November 1, 2018 - December 10, 2018

Price

From $3899 per person based on double occupancy*

Trip Terms

*Prices are quoted in USD and are ‘from’, per person, based on double occupancy. Single supplements apply. Based on non-stop flights from San Francisco and valid for departures November 1, 2018 - December 10, 2018. Advertised pricing reflects low season pricing. Seasonal surcharges apply for travel outside this season.  Must be booked by August 31, 2018. Black-out dates may apply. A weekend surcharge of US$55 applies for travel Fri-Sun each direction. Prices are current at time of posting (7/31/2018) and may differ when you book your travel and are not guaranteed until full payment is received and processed, due to fare increases and currency fluctuations. All pricing is strictly subject to availability. All prices, itineraries and routing are subject to change without notice.  Please call for our current prices. CA CST: 2076233-40 | WA ID: 601 684 531

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