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Kirra Tours 7 Day Northern Explorer

Discover some of New Zealand’s best-kept secrets on this 7 day Northern Explorer Tour. As well as those must-see bucket-list destinations. You’ll have the chance to learn more about Maori culture at Lake Aniwhenua, experience life on a high country farm at Blue Duck Station and sample some magnificent wines in Napier – just to name a few things.

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New Zealand escorted tour

This suggested tour costs from NZD$2,499 per person (twin share, low season)

Starts in Auckland, finishes in Wellington

7 days/6 nights

Hotel 4 star

 Pre and post tour options? YES

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This tour also includes
Kohutapu Lodge Tribal Tour
6 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 2 dinners
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Brief itinerary - Kirra Tours 7 Day Northern Explorer

Day 1: Arrive in Auckland. Accommodation: Nesuto Stadium Hotel and Apartments (or similar)

Day 2: Head south to Rotorua via Okere Falls. Accommodation: Distinction Rotorua Hotel (or similar)

Day 3: Free day in Rotorua. Accommodation: Distinction Rotorua Hotel (or similar)

Day 4: Journey from Rotorua to Taupo via Lake Aniwhenua. Accommodation: Hilton Lake Taupo (or similar)

Day 5: Journey further south to Art Deco capital, Napier. Accommodation: Scenic Hotel Te Pania

Day 6: Head towards the 'capital of cool', Wellington. Accommodation: Novotel Wellington (or simliar)

Day 7: Say farewell and depart Wellington.

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Day 1 - Arrive in Auckland

Kirra Tours 7 Day Northern Explorer - Day 1
Kirra Tours Northern Explorer - Arrival day to Auckland

Haere Mai and Welcome to Tāmaki Makaurau (Auckland) the city of sails, the city is the largest in New Zealand home to over 2 million people. The magic of Auckland is the diversity of Auckland is immense from culture to the environment, there are over 44 volcanoes in the area, 2 harbours one on the east coast and the other just 8kms away on the west coast hence the name City of Sales which dates back to when the Maori arrived. Take the afternoon or early evening to explore after you make your way to the Quadrant Hotel in central Auckland.

Your accommodation: Nesuto Stadium Hotel and Apartments (or similar)

Nesuto Stadium offers 4.5 star self-contained apartment accommodation in downtown Auckland City. Located a short walk from Britomart Transport and Entertainment Precinct, Auckland Waterfront and Ferries, Queen Street and Vector Arena, Nesuto Stadium is in a wonderful location to visit all of Auckland Cities attractions.

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Day 2 - Head south to Rotorua via Okere Falls

Kirra Tours 7 Day Northern Explorer - Day 2
Auckland to Rotorua

This morning, leave Tāmaki Makaurau (Auckland) and head for the Rotorua region. The first stop today is the Okere Falls. The falls lie on the Kaituna River which has cultural significance to the local iwi (tribes) in the area. Currently, the River is used for tourism, specifically white water rafting and sledging. Stop by the Falls and see if you can spot some brave rafters going over the falls in their raft.
Next, continue on, skirting around the edge of Lake Rotorua to a lookout point where you’ll have a view of the infamous Mount Tarawera, once the home of the renowned pink and white terraces before a violent eruption destroyed them in 1886. This evening, arrive in Rotorua township and check into the hotel, enjoy a delicious dinner and then settle in for a luxurious night’s sleep at the Distinction Rotorua.

Your accommodation: Distinction Rotorua Hotel (or similar)

Distinction Rotorua Hotel is located in a beautiful garden setting, with relaxing outdoor heated swimming pool. Just a short drive to the city centre and across the road from the great mountain bike trails of Whakarewarewa Forest.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

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Day 3 - Free day in Rotorua

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Free day in Rotorua

Known as the North Island's geothermal hot spot and hub for all the very best adventure activities, Rotorua is definitely one of the best places to explore… even if your nostrils tell you otherwise! There is so much to see and experience here and you have a full free day to see as much as you like. If you want to see some geothermal activity for free, we recommend taking a walk around Kuirau Park to see boiling mud pools and steaming lakes. You can book a multitude of tours via your Tour Guide and with options such as white water rafting, ziplining through the trees, relaxing at the Polynesian Spa and taking a Gondola up to see the amazing Rotorua Skyline you truly are spoilt for choice.

Your accommodation: Distinction Rotorua Hotel (or similar)

Distinction Rotorua Hotel is located in a beautiful garden setting, with relaxing outdoor heated swimming pool. Just a short drive to the city centre and across the road from the great mountain bike trails of Whakarewarewa Forest.

Meals included: Breakfast

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Day 4 - Journey from Rotorua to Taupo via Lake Aniwhenua

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Rotorua to Lake Aniwhenua to Taupo

This morning, venture off the beaten track to the shores of Lake Aniwhenua in Murupara. Kohutapu Lodge is owned by a local Maori family who is passionate, not only about showcasing their Maori tribal heritage but also about making a difference in the local area.
Murupara is an impoverished community that has been transformed for the better through tourism and commercial development. Through community-driven initiatives and a clear vision to provide more opportunities for the local youth, Kohutapu Lodge has paved the way for change in the area.
Begin the experience with a guided tour of the sacred Maori rock carvings before arriving at the Lodge to witness the preparation of ground cooked hangi and tasting it for yourself!
After lunch, you’ll depart for the lush, green Whirinaki rainforest for a guided tour along the Rongoa trail. Spot native endangered birds and ancient medicinal plants, and learn more about the history of the forest, including the myths and legends before enjoying a hot kawakawa tea in the forest and a final karakia.
This evening, your destination is Taupo. First, stop at the spectacular Huka Falls to see more than 22,000 litres of water per second thundering into the Waikato River. Then you’ll continue on to our hotel, the fabulous Hilton Taupo, a 19th-century building that combines Victorian charm with modern decor. The resort-style hotel houses a tennis court, a fitness centre, and swimming pools.

Your accommodation: Hilton Lake Taupo (or similar)

Just minutes from the town centre this accommodation features sweeping views over the largest lake in New Zealand and across to Tongariro National Park.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

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Day 5 - Journey further south to Art Deco capital, Napier

Kirra Tours 7 Day Northern Explorer - Day 5
Taupo to Napier

After a delicious breakfast, it’s time to leave Taupo and travel along the Napier-Taupo Highway to what is widely regarded as the 'Tuscany of the Southern Pacific'. The stunning Hawke's Bay region boasts some of the best wineries around and a visit here would not be complete without a trip to Church Road Winery. Established in 1897, the team at Church Road was the first in New Zealand to craft an exceptional Bordeaux-style Red Wine.
After a wine tasting, you'll sit down for lunch in the magnificent Tom McDonald cellar to enjoy an afternoon of delicious food and exceptional wines and soak up the ambience and heritage of this historic building. Later, it's an easy drive into the beautiful coastal town of Napier. Known for its perfectly preserved Art Deco facades, Napier is often referred to as a 1930's film set. You have the option to stroll along the tree-lined promenade this evening and sample some fresh seafood from one of the many restaurants.

Your accommodation: Scenic Hotel Te Pania

Scenic Hotel Te Pania offers 4-star accommodation of a truly international standard. The hotel's slender curved form echoes the shape of the bay, and guests enjoy sweeping views out over the water from a premium waterfront location on Marine Parade.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

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Day 6 - Head towards the 'capital of cool', Wellington

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Napier to Wellington

Today it’s time to leave the Art Deco capital and journey down to Wellington, the sparkling capital city, where modern business style blends with a cultured, bohemian spirit. On the way, you’ll stop in Greytown, Wairarapa's oldest town, for a spot of lunch. A picturesque village with restored Victorian buildings, Greytown is a charming place to stop, refuel and do some boutique window shopping before you continue your journey to Wellington.
With a population of fewer than 200,000 people, there is no capital city on earth that marries relaxed and refined better than Wellington. The afternoon is free but we highly recommend a visit to the national museum Te Papa and your entrance fee is included. This evening is yours to explore Wellington.

Your accommodation: Novotel Wellington (or simliar)

Novotel Wellington is conveniently located in the heart of the city, close to the Te Papa Museum, Convention Centre, Parliament, Westpac Stadium and the waterfront as well as the many other attractions of the city.

Meals included: Breakfast

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Day 7 - Say farewell and depart Wellington

Kirra Tours 7 Day Northern Explorer - Day 7
Wellington Departure Day

All good things must come to an end. Enjoy breakfast at leisure before checking out of your hotel or decide to stay in Wellington for a few extra days, we hope you leave with many happy memories of your trip.

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