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Great Journeys of New Zealand

Great Journeys of New Zealand - Classic Northern Highlights Tour

Join this guided scenic tour through the North Island passing mountain peaks, icy rivers, and engineering marvels. Encounter the volcanic peaks of Middle Earth in Ruapehu, witness the engineering marvels of the Raurimu Spiral, experience the mesmerising coastal views of the Kapiti Coast, and explore New Zealand’s city life in Auckland and Wellington.

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Guided Coach & Train Tours

This suggested tour costs from NZD$3,299 per person (twin share, low season)

Starts in Auckland, finishes in Wellington

6 days/5 nights

Hotel 3 star

 Pre and post tour options? YES

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This tour also includes
Northern Explorer Scenic Train from Auckland to National Park
Northern Explorer Scenic Train from Tongariro National Park to Wellington
Wellington City Tour
5 breakfasts, 2 dinners
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Great Journeys of New Zealand - Classic Northern Highlights Tour - Day 1
Explore Auckland

Kia ora! Welcome to Auckland, New Zealand’s City of Sails! Auckland is known for its multi-cultural hub of food, music, arts, and culture. Your great journey will officially begin the moment you check into your hotel room. After reading your welcome letter from your Journey Director, head out and explore all that Auckland has to offer. This is the perfect opportunity to visit the Sky Tower or shop along bustling Queen Street. You may even fancy a drink in one of the charming bars or eateries of Vulcan Lane.
After an exciting day on the town, join your fellow travellers as well as the Journey Director at this evening’s welcome reception.

Your accommodation: 3-3.5 Star Hotel

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Great Journeys of New Zealand - Classic Northern Highlights Tour - Day 2
A Scenic Journey to Ohakune

Today you will marvel at rural New Zealand’s lush landscapes from the comfort of your seat onboard the Northern Explorer scenic train journey. From the green pastures of the Waikato to the icy mountain streams of Ruapehu, you won’t want to miss a moment. If you are interested in culture and history, enjoy the audio commentary as you cross historic viaducts and traverse up the Raurimu Spiral. This experience is one like no other.
For the next two nights, you will stay in Ohakune. This charming town is the adventure base for the Tongariro National Park - home to three volcanic mountains. Tongariro National Park is also recognised by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.

Your accommodation: 3-3.5 Star Hotel

Meals included: Breakfast

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Great Journeys of New Zealand - Classic Northern Highlights Tour - Day 3
Discover Ohakune, Ruapheu or Tongariro National Park

Today is free for you to discover one of Ohakune’s exciting excursions. Choose from the many optional activities on offer and personalise your perfect holiday. Perhaps you will hop aboard a historical rail cart journey or join a horse trekking experience that takes you along expansive hills, mountains, rivers, and into the native bush.
If you're after an active day, why not explore Ohakune’s historical cycle trail? Rent e-bikes and discover old viaducts, tunnels, old settlers’ camps, and reclaimed native forests along the Old Coach Road!
For dinner, we recommend taking a casual stroll around town. Grab some kai (food) and a drink alongside the locals at the pub in true Kiwi fashion.

Your accommodation: 3-3.5 Star Hotel

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

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Great Journeys of New Zealand - Classic Northern Highlights Tour - Day 4
Ohakune to Wellington on the Northern Explorer Train

After breakfast, we begin our day by travelling from National Park to Mt Ruapehu. You won't want to leave this mini excursion to Middle Earth without a panoramic photo in hand!
Joining the Northern Explorer train once again, you will wave goodbye to this UNESCO World Heritage Site as you settle into your uber-comfortable seat. Don’t get too comfortable though; dramatic rivers, gorges and ravines are just around the bend! Stretch your legs and explore the open-air carriage to acquire the best views from the train.
As you glide through rich green farmland and past a dramatic coastline, indulge in afternoon tea while drinking in the views. All too soon, the train will arrive into Wellington, leaving the picturesque Porirua Harbour behind you.
Arriving at Wellington Railway Station, you are just a stone’s throw from downtown, the Beehive, and Parliament Buildings. Welcome to New Zealand’s Capital City! You won't want to waste a moment of time after checking into the hotel – your evening is free to explore this award-winning cultural and culinary capital from Queen's Wharf to Cuba Street and beyond.

Your accommodation: 3-3.5 Star Hotel

Meals included: Breakfast

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Great Journeys of New Zealand - Classic Northern Highlights Tour - Day 5
Explore Wellington

The perfect day does exist – and it includes exploring Wellington! Today is free for you to experience vibrant Wellington as you please. Start by joining our Wellington City introduction tour and then heading off to explore Cuba street’s cafes, bookstores, and eccentric shops. Get cultured at the Te Papa Museum or Zealandia to uncover the rich stories of Aotearoa New Zealand. You won’t get bored with the plethora of activities on offer. From urban eco-sanctuary, cable cars, botanical gardens and more, the list goes on! If you need any suggestions or recommendations, just reach out to your experienced Journey Director.

Your accommodation: 3-3.5 Star Hotel

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

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Great Journeys of New Zealand - Classic Northern Highlights Tour - Day 6
Depart Wellington

Your journey will end after enjoying a final breakfast with your fellow travellers. You will be transferred to Wellington Airport for your departing flight.

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