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Grand Pacific UltimateGrand Pacific 9 Day Ultimate North Island Escape

Enjoy an unforgettable experience in the rich culture of the North Island on this all inclusive small group holiday. This tour visits a few lesser known regions of the north, including the Art Deco city of Napier and the beautiful wine producing region of the Wairarapa. Enjoy 7 delicious dinners including a traditional Maori hangi feast and concert, visit the Hobbiton movie set and embrace the beauty of the thermal mud polls and geysers in Rotorua.

 New Zealand small group tour
 Starts in Auckland, finishes in Wellington
 9 days/ 8 nights
 Hotel 4 star
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At a glance - Grand Pacific 9 Day Ultimate North Island Escape

Day 1: Welcome to Auckland. Accommodation: Crowne Plaza Auckland

Day 2: Auckland to Bay of Islands. Accommodation: Scenic Hotel Bay of Islands

Day 3: Bay of Islands free day. Accommodation: Scenic Hotel Bay of Islands

Day 4: Bay of Islands cruise then to Auckland. Accommodation: Crowne Plaza Auckland

Day 5: Auckland to Rotorua. Accommodation: Regent of Rotorua

Day 6: Rotorua. Accommodation: Regent of Rotorua

Day 7: Rotorua to Taupo to Napier. Accommodation: Scenic Hotel Te Pania

Day 8: Napier to Wellington. Accommodation: InterContinental Wellington

Day 9: Depart Wellington.

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Grand Pacific 9 Day Ultimate North Island Escape - Detailed Itinerary  

Day 1: Welcome to Auckland

Grand Pacific 9 Day Ultimate North Island Escape - Day 1

Arrive into Auckland

On arrival into Auckland you will be met by a Grand Pacific Tours representative who will transfer you to your hotel.

Your Accommodation: Crowne Plaza Auckland

Crowne Plaza Auckland is an upscale hotel ideally located in the heart of Auckland’s CBD and entertainment hub. Offering superior comfort, personal service and contemporary style and an abundance of attractions, entertainment and dining in close proximity.

Meals included: Dinner

Crowne Plaza Auckland

Day 2: Auckland to Bay of Islands

Grand Pacific 9 Day Ultimate North Island Escape - 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

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

Scenic Hotel Bay of Islands

Day 3: Bay of Islands free day

Grand Pacific 9 Day Ultimate North Island Escape - Day 3

Bay of Islands

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

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

Scenic Hotel Bay of Islands

Day 4: Bay of Islands cruise then to Auckland

Grand Pacific 9 Day Ultimate North Island Escape - Day 4

Bay of Islands to Auckland

This morning travel aboard a luxury catamaran to Cape Brett and the famous Hole in the Rock. Keep an eye out for bottlenose and common dolphins before returning to Paihia. Travel south via Whangarei to Auckland.

Your Accommodation: Crowne Plaza Auckland

Crowne Plaza Auckland is an upscale hotel ideally located in the heart of Auckland’s CBD and entertainment hub. Offering superior comfort, personal service and contemporary style and an abundance of attractions, entertainment and dining in close proximity.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Crowne Plaza Auckland

Day 5: Auckland to Rotorua

Grand Pacific 9 Day Ultimate North Island Escape - Day 5

Auckland to Rotorua via Hobbiton

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: Regent of Rotorua

Regent of Rotorua Boutique Hotel & Spa occupies a great location within walking distance of the lakefront, the government gardens and the city centres shops and restaurants. Luxury rooms are well equipped and on site facilities include a swimming pool, restaurant and bar and spa treatments.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Regent of Rotorua

Day 6: Rotorua

Grand Pacific 9 Day Ultimate North Island Escape - Day 6

Rotorua

Today begins with a gondola ride at the Skyline Rotorua for breakfast, with spectacular views and time for a thrilling luge ride! Next stop is 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 you will experience an entertaining Maori cultural performance which features the graceful poi dance and the ferocious haka. This is followed by a Hangi feast prepared in the traditional way, over hot coals and buried in the ground. This evening is rounded off by visiting the Pohutu Geyser, illuminated beneath a starry sky.

Your Accommodation: Regent of Rotorua

Regent of Rotorua Boutique Hotel & Spa occupies a great location within walking distance of the lakefront, the government gardens and the city centres shops and restaurants. Luxury rooms are well equipped and on site facilities include a swimming pool, restaurant and bar and spa treatments.

Meals included: Breakfast, Speciality Dinner

Regent of Rotorua

Day 7: Rotorua to Taupo to Napier

Grand Pacific 9 Day Ultimate North Island Escape - Day 7

Rotorua to Napier

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 the most comprehensive collection of art deco buildings in the world. Board the Hawke's Bay Express, a modern road train that will take you on a journey in style and provide informative commentary on the city's fascinating history. There is free time this afternoon to explore this city on your own or on a guided walk (optional).

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, Dinner

Scenic Hotel Te Pania

Day 8: Napier to Wellington

Grand Pacific 9 Day Ultimate North Island Escape - Day 8

Napier to Wellington

Travel south this morning into Wellington for a city tour of the nation’s capital which will highlight the history and culture on show here. This evening enjoy a farewell dinner including selected beverages with your new found friends.

Your Accommodation: InterContinental Wellington

Stay in modern luxury in the heart of New Zealand’s capital city and adjacent to the scenic harbour. This famous Wellington hotel offers contemporary New Zealand cuisine at three restaurants, including the award-winning Chameleon. The hotel is the ideal base to explore the business, shopping and cultural centres of Wellington.

Meals included: Breakfast, Speciality Dinner

InterContinental Wellington

Day 9: Depart Wellington

Farewell from Wellington

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

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