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Grand Pacific Tours

Grand Pacific 9 Day Signature North Island

If you're looking for a great tour of New Zealand's North Island this is it. Grand Pacific has years of experience showing guests around. They will make sure no one misses the best attractions and remove any travel concerns. Locations included on this journey are the Bay of Islands, Auckland, Rotorua, Napier and the capital city of Wellington.

Tour special blurb

Signature Mid-Size Group Touring is an exciting new style of touring in the Grand Pacific portfolio.

Due to COVID-19, Grand Pacific has been unable to extensively launch and market these tours, hence with the exception of two departures (16 Day Signature Highlights & 10 Day Signature South Island Christmas), emphasis will now be placed on the promotion of dates commencing September 2022 to May 2023.

Stay tuned for the launch of the 2022/23 scheduled departure dates which will include an expanded lineup of Signature Tours, offering premium economy comfort on a full-size coach with only 32 seats.

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New Zealand escorted tour

This suggested tour costs from NZD$4,339 per person (twin share, low season)

Starts in Auckland, finishes in Wellington

9 days/8 nights

Hotel 4 star

 Pre and post tour options? YES

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This tour also includes

Complimentary pre-dinner welcome drink

Matakohe Kauri Museum

Waitangi Treaty Grounds

Te Puia Maori Hangi & Concert

Entrance to Agrodome and show

Rotorua Skyline Gondola

Napier City Sightseeing

Huka Falls

Wellington City Tour

8 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 4 dinners

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Brief itinerary - Grand Pacific 9 Day Signature North Island

Day 1: Welcome to Auckland, transfer to your hotel and rest of day at leisure. Accommodation: Sudima Auckland City

Day 2: Auckland to the spectacular Bay of Islands on your way visit the magnificent Kauri forests. Accommodation: Scenic Hotel Bay of Islands (or similar)

Day 3: Explore Bay of Islands. Accommodation: Scenic Hotel Bay of Islands (or similar)

Day 4: Bay of Islands cruise then south to Auckland. Accommodation: Sudima Auckland City

Day 5: Enjoy Hobbiton then on to the thermal playground of Rotorua. Accommodation: Pullman Rotorua

Day 6: Enjoy breakfast up the gondola before an exciting day in Rotorua. Accommodation: Pullman Rotorua

Day 7: Take a look up close at New Zealand's Art Deco capital. Accommodation: Copthorne Hotel & Resort Solway Park Wairarapa (or similar)

Day 8: From the Wairarapa valley head south to the bustling capital of "cool". Accommodation: James Cook Hotel Grand Chancellor (or similar)

Day 9: Depart Wellington today.

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Day 1 - Welcome to Auckland, transfer to your hotel and rest of day at leisure

Grand Pacific 9 Day Signature North Island - Day 1
Grand Pacific 9 Day Signature North Island

This fully escorted 9-day tour gives you access to the outstanding beauty of New Zealand's North Island, Hobbiton, the Bay of Islands and the quirky capital Wellington.

SUGGESTED ACTIVITY - Grand Pacific Merchandise

Quality merchandise is great value for money and will provide a special memento of your holiday for years to come. Merchandise items must be ordered at the time of booking and are not available for purchase in New Zealand.

TOUR JACKET
Unisex black waterproof shell jacket with embroidered logos, silver reflective piping, fleece-lined collar, hood, inside mesh lining, adjustable Velcro cuff, front pockets, and inside mobile phone pocket. Compact, lightweight, ideal for touring.

Available in sizes XS to XXXL

TOUR CAP
Black wool blend cap with a pre-curved suede peak, six-panel structure with a fabric Velcro strap, and embroidered logo. One size.

Arrive into Auckland

On arrival into Auckland, you will be met by a Grand Pacific Tours representative and transferred to your hotel. This evening enjoy a complimentary pre-dinner drink when you meet your Tour Leader and travelling companions for dinner.

Your accommodation: Sudima Auckland City

Conveniently located within easy walking distance of Auckland’s bustling shopping, arts, dining and entertainment precincts and opposite the New Zealand International Convention Centre.

Meals included: Dinner

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Day 2 - Auckland to the spectacular Bay of Islands on your way visit the magnificent Kauri forests

Grand Pacific 9 Day Signature North Island - Day 2
Auckland to the Bay of Islands

Depart Auckland and travel to the Parry Kauri Park to see a magnificent example of a Kauri Tree. Enjoy a visit and informative talk at the Kauri Museum in Matakohe, then travel via Whangarei to Paihia, situated in the heart of the beautiful Bay of Islands. Enjoy a guided tour of the Waitangi Treaty Grounds, the location of the signing of the treaty between the Maori tribes and the British.

Your accommodation: Scenic Hotel Bay of Islands (or similar)

Scenic Hotel Bay of Islands expansive sub-tropical gardens and extensive guest facilities, enhances the welcoming atmosphere of this resort-style hotel. It's the perfect base from which to explore the beautiful and historic Bay of Islands.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

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Day 3 - Explore Bay of Islands

Grand Pacific 9 Day Signature North Island - Day 3
Bay of Islands free day

Today is a free day. Choose from the many optional activities available, including the Cape Reinga coach trip via Ninety Mile Beach or a spectacular scenic flight. This evening is also free and you may like to enjoy a relaxing dinner cruise (optional).

Your accommodation: Scenic Hotel Bay of Islands (or similar)

Scenic Hotel Bay of Islands expansive sub-tropical gardens and extensive guest facilities, enhances the welcoming atmosphere of this resort-style hotel. It's the perfect base from which to explore the beautiful and historic Bay of Islands.

Meals included: Breakfast

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Day 4 - Bay of Islands cruise then south to Auckland

Grand Pacific 9 Day Signature North Island - Day 4
Bay of Islands to Auckland

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". Keep an eye out for dolphins and other marine life. Return to Paihia and travel south via Whangarei to Auckland. This evening is also free to explore the many eateries surrounding your hotel.

Your accommodation: Sudima Auckland City

Conveniently located within easy walking distance of Auckland’s bustling shopping, arts, dining and entertainment precincts and opposite the New Zealand International Convention Centre.

Meals included: Breakfast

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Day 5 - Enjoy Hobbiton then on to the thermal playground of Rotorua

Grand Pacific 9 Day Signature North Island - Day 5
Auckland to Rotorua

This morning enjoy a city sights tour including a visit to Sky Tower, one of New Zealand's most spectacular attractions. Continue through the picturesque countryside to Hobbiton for a buffet lunch. This is followed by a guided tour of the Movie Set from The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies. Your guide will recount details of how this beautiful piece of farmland was transformed into The Shire from Middle Earth.

Your accommodation: Pullman Rotorua

Pullman Rotorua is surrounded by surreal scenery and iconic attractions. Discover shooting geysers, bubbling mud, natural hot springs and magical forests.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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Day 6 - Enjoy breakfast up the gondola before an exciting day in Rotorua

Grand Pacific 9 Day Signature North Island - Day 6
Rotorua

Today begins with a gondola ride and breakfast at Skyline Rotorua. There is also time for a luge ride! Next stop is the Agrodome for an action packed hour of farming entertainment and education that's unlike anything you've seen before. Enjoy some free time this afternoon before travelling to Te Puia to see the boiling mud pools and awesome geysers that Rotorua is famous for. This evening experience an entertaining Maori Hangi and Concert.

Your accommodation: Pullman Rotorua

Pullman Rotorua is surrounded by surreal scenery and iconic attractions. Discover shooting geysers, bubbling mud, natural hot springs and magical forests.

Meals included: Breakfast, Speciality Dinner

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Day 7 - Take a look up close at New Zealand's Art Deco capital

Grand Pacific 9 Day Signature North Island - Day 7
Rotorua to Taupo to Napier to Masterton

Depart Rotorua and travel along the Thermal Explorer Highway to Huka Falls and Lake Taupo. Continue to Napier known as “The Art Deco Capital”, where a city tour will showcase an impressive collection of art deco buildings. Enjoy some free time to explore the fascinating architecture before travelling through the Wairarapa, an emerging cool-climate wine region.

Your accommodation: Copthorne Hotel & Resort Solway Park Wairarapa (or similar)

Nestled in the lush Wairarapa valley, framed by the towering Tararua Ranges, Copthorne Resort Solway Park is set in 24 acres of landscaped grounds on the southern outskirts of Masterton.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

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Day 8 - From the Wairarapa valley head south to the bustling capital of "cool"

Grand Pacific 9 Day Signature North Island - Day 8
Masterton to Greytown to Wellington

Enjoy a leisurely start to the day before travelling to Greytown where you see the most complete example of original Victorian wooden architecture. Drive through the scenic Rimutaka Mountain Range into Wellington, then enjoy a city tour of the nation’s capital which will highlight the history and culture on show here.

Your accommodation: James Cook Hotel Grand Chancellor (or similar)

At the heart of Wellington's commercial and retail districts, the James Cook Hotel Grand Chancellor has 260 well-appointed rooms and suites.

Meals included: Breakfast, Speciality Dinner

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Day 9 - Depart Wellington today

Grand Pacific 9 Day Signature North Island - Day 9
Farewell from Wellington

Time to say goodbye. Your tour finishes following breakfast (included) this morning and you will be transferred to the airport for your onward journey (if required).

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