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APT ToursAPT Tours 13 day North Island Wonders Small Group Tour

The North Island's sweeping countryside landscapes and cultural wonders await on this unmissable jaunt.  Leave no stone unturned as you explore Auckland's beautiful Waiheke Island before you delve into the Kauri forests.  For the second half of your journey, pause to reflect at the Hawke's Bay wine region, later stopping in the historic Martinborough region.
Travelling with a maximum of 19 other guests this trip is perfect for a deeper exploration of the local area, cultures and seeing New Zealand off the usual tourist trail.

 New Zealand small group tour
 Starts in Auckland, finishes in Wellington
 13 days/ 12 nights
 Hotel 4 star
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Included in this tour package

  • Accommodation: 12 nights, Hotel 4 star
  • Includes: 10 dinners
  • Includes: All breakfasts
  • Includes: 1 Lunch
  • Includes: Airport transfers
  • Includes: Huka Falls Taupo
  • Includes: Traditional Maori Hangi & Cultural Evening
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At a glance - APT Tours 13 day North Island Wonders Small Group Tour

Day 1: Arrive into Auckland and adventure to Waiheke. Accommodation: M Social Hotel Auckland

Day 2: Discover Auckland city. Accommodation: M Social Hotel Auckland

Day 3: Auckland north to Hokianga. Accommodation: The Heads Luxury Villas

Day 4: Enjoy the coastal breeze in Hokianga. Accommodation: The Heads Luxury Villas

Day 5: Cruise out to Cape Brett this morning before heading back to Auckland. Accommodation: M Social Hotel Auckland

Day 6: Auckland through the rolling hills to Rotorua. Accommodation: The Princes Gate Hotel

Day 7: Exploration in Rotorua. Accommodation: The Princes Gate Hotel

Day 8: Rotorua to Havelock North via Taupo and Napier. Accommodation: Porters Boutique Hotel

Day 9: A day in Havelock North. Accommodation: Porters Boutique Hotel

Day 10: Havelock North to the wonderful wine growing region, Martinborough. Accommodation: Peppers Parehua, Martinborough

Day 11: Time in Martinborough. Accommodation: Peppers Parehua, Martinborough

Day 12: From Martinborough to Wellington. Accommodation: QT Wellington

Day 13: Depart Wellington.

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APT Tours 13 day North Island Wonders Small Group Tour - Detailed Itinerary  

Day 1: Arrive into Auckland and adventure to Waiheke

APT Tours 13 day North Island Wonders Small Group Tour - Day 1

Arrive into Auckland

You'll be met on arrival and transferred to your boutique hotel overlooking the Princess Wharf.  This afternoon is yours at leisure to either relax or explore.  At twilight, celebrate on a scenic cruise to Waiheke Island, where you will enjoy a wine tasting, vineyard tour and welcome dinner overlooking the stunning Auckland City skyline. 

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You will receive all the information about your tour when you arrive at your first New Zealand hotel.

Your Accommodation: M Social Hotel Auckland

A contemporary hotel for the curious, the explorers and those who thrive on new experiences. Functionally chic, this contemporary hotel overlooks the vibrant Princes Wharf that is home to a good array of dining, entertainment and shopping experiences.

Meals included: Dinner

M Social Hotel Auckland

Day 2: Discover Auckland city

APT Tours 13 day North Island Wonders Small Group Tour - Day 2

Auckland

On your first full morning in New Zealand, discover the "City of Sails" on a city sights tour of Auckland. Visit Ponsonby, Parnell Village and the Rose Gardens. You will also see other iconic sites including Auckland University, Viaduct Basin and The Strand.  This afternoon, you have a choice of sightseeing. Perhaps experience the true and untamed New Zealand with a guided exploration, where you'll venture through lush rainforest and rare black sand beaches. Alternatively, feel the thrill of sailing an authentic America's Cup yacht with a hands-on adventure on Waitemata Harbour.  Here, take the helm to help steer on a course or work hard on the grinders to hoist the mainsail.

Your Accommodation: M Social Hotel Auckland

A contemporary hotel for the curious, the explorers and those who thrive on new experiences. Functionally chic, this contemporary hotel overlooks the vibrant Princes Wharf that is home to a good array of dining, entertainment and shopping experiences.

Meals included: Breakfast

M Social Hotel Auckland

Day 3: Auckland north to Hokianga

APT Tours 13 day North Island Wonders Small Group Tour - Day 3

Auckland to Hokianga

Wave goodbye to Auckland today, as you depart for the Hokianga region. Along the way, stop in at the Kauri Museum for a visit, which details the story of pioneering settlers of the Kauri industry, as well as the legacy of Kauri forests. Later, be welcomed by the friendly staff at The Heads Omapere, situated on the beautiful shores of Hokianga Harbour.

Your Accommodation: The Heads Luxury Villas

At The Heads, the region's untouched beauty is on your doorstep. Walk where ancestors once roamed and soak up the sun on the golden sands of Omapere beach. You can explore the Waipoua Forest, brimming with scenic walks and home to the mighty Tāne Mahuta, estimated at more than 2500 years old and the largest Kauri known to stand today.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

The Heads Luxury Villas

Day 4: Enjoy the coastal breeze in Hokianga

APT Tours 13 day North Island Wonders Small Group Tour - Day 4

Hokianga

Today, discover Hokianga your own way. Perhaps learn the Maori art of flax weaving with an interactive workshop, or delight in a scenic coastal walk. Perhaps embark on a Footprints Waipoua tour, where you will experience the affinity that early Maori had with the surrounding forests, as well as the fauna that inhabits this pristine area.

Your Accommodation: The Heads Luxury Villas

At The Heads, the region's untouched beauty is on your doorstep. Walk where ancestors once roamed and soak up the sun on the golden sands of Omapere beach. You can explore the Waipoua Forest, brimming with scenic walks and home to the mighty Tāne Mahuta, estimated at more than 2500 years old and the largest Kauri known to stand today.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

The Heads Luxury Villas

Day 5: Cruise out to Cape Brett this morning before heading back to Auckland

APT Tours 13 day North Island Wonders Small Group Tour - Day 5

Hokianga to Auckland

Today, explore the Bay of Islands on a dolphin-watching cruise to Cape Brett and the famous Hole in the Rock. Meander through the inner islands, admiring the beaches and rocky outcrops. Later, return to Auckland and be checked into the M Social Auckland. 

Your Accommodation: M Social Hotel Auckland

A contemporary hotel for the curious, the explorers and those who thrive on new experiences. Functionally chic, this contemporary hotel overlooks the vibrant Princes Wharf that is home to a good array of dining, entertainment and shopping experiences.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

M Social Hotel Auckland

Day 6: Auckland through the rolling hills to Rotorua

APT Tours 13 day North Island Wonders Small Group Tour - Day 6

Auckland, Matamata to Rotorua

Head to Matamata and experience Middle-earth during a tour of the Hobbiton Movie Set, which explores the making of the Lord of the Rings trilogy, as well as lunch at the Green Dragon Inn.  Later, arrive in Rotorua.

Your Accommodation: The Princes Gate Hotel

The most famous hotel in Rotorua built in 1897 this 107 year old beautiful hotel is privately owned and operated. The Prince's Gate Hotel is not just a hotel but also an attraction and proudly deserves the phrase 'a hotel so good; they built the City around it.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

The Princes Gate Hotel

Day 7: Exploration in Rotorua

APT Tours 13 day North Island Wonders Small Group Tour - Day 7

Rotorua

After breakfast this morning, it's time to explore Rotorua on one of your included selected sightseeing activities. Perhaps experience the icons of Rotorua at the famed Agrodome Farm Show, complete with a live sheep shearing demonstration, then make your way to Rainbow Springs Nature Park. Here you will visit a kiwi nursery and learn about the conservation endeavours to protect these extraordinary and endangered birds.  Alternatively, be driven through a unique mix of forest and farmland to visit New Zealand's largest boiling mud pool and a series of colourful hot springs at the calming Wai-O-Tapu. Tonight, be welcomed in the wonderful home of a local as you are treated to an authentic Maori dinner to gain a fascinating insight into the Maori culture. Afterwards, embark on a magnificent guided Redwood Treewalk with a  local guide.

Your Accommodation: The Princes Gate Hotel

The most famous hotel in Rotorua built in 1897 this 107 year old beautiful hotel is privately owned and operated. The Prince's Gate Hotel is not just a hotel but also an attraction and proudly deserves the phrase 'a hotel so good; they built the City around it.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

The Princes Gate Hotel

Day 8: Rotorua to Havelock North via Taupo and Napier

APT Tours 13 day North Island Wonders Small Group Tour - Day 8

Rotorua to Havelock North

After breakfast, you'll follow the Thermal Explorer Highway to the heart of New Zealand's North Island with a stop at Lake Taupo. Enter the Hawkes Bay wine region, with a stop in Napier on the way to Havelock North. This evening, savour an inspired menu at Malo Restaurant at your hotel, showcasing New Zealand's freshest cuisine, accompanied by some of the finest New Zealand wines.

Your Accommodation: Porters Boutique Hotel

Porters Boutique Hotel offers luxury accommodation located in the heart of Havelock North village, nestled at the foot of Te Mata Peak. This is a thriving hub of cafes, restaurants, wineries and boutique shopping.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Porters Boutique Hotel

Day 9: A day in Havelock North

APT Tours 13 day North Island Wonders Small Group Tour - Day 9

Havelock North

Today, perhaps explore the coastline of the pristine Gannet Beach, or alternatively, enjoy the traditional Art Deco architecture of Napier on a guided tour.

Your Accommodation: Porters Boutique Hotel

Porters Boutique Hotel offers luxury accommodation located in the heart of Havelock North village, nestled at the foot of Te Mata Peak. This is a thriving hub of cafes, restaurants, wineries and boutique shopping.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Porters Boutique Hotel

Day 10: Havelock North to the wonderful wine growing region, Martinborough

APT Tours 13 day North Island Wonders Small Group Tour - Day 10

Havelock North to Martinborough

Welcome to the picturesque wine village of Martinborough today. Here, delight in a stay at a country estate set amongst vineyards, with sweeping gardens and panoramic views.

Your Accommodation: Peppers Parehua, Martinborough

On the edge of Martinborough lies Peppers Parehua – a meticulous sprawling country estate, with large sweeping gardens, luxury accommodation and panoramic views. Each unique cottage has been individually designed with attention to detail that has to be seen to be believed.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Peppers Parehua, Martinborough

Day 11: Time in Martinborough

APT Tours 13 day North Island Wonders Small Group Tour - Day 11

Martinborough

Should you be feeling active, enjoy a bike ride through the vineyards, then savour a picnic lunch, Alternatively, browse the charming village of Greytown.

Your Accommodation: Peppers Parehua, Martinborough

On the edge of Martinborough lies Peppers Parehua – a meticulous sprawling country estate, with large sweeping gardens, luxury accommodation and panoramic views. Each unique cottage has been individually designed with attention to detail that has to be seen to be believed.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Peppers Parehua, Martinborough

Day 12: From Martinborough to Wellington

APT Tours 13 day North Island Wonders Small Group Tour - Day 12

Martinborough to Wellington

Once in Wellington, drop into New Zealand's National Museum, Te Papa Tongarewa, renowned for its interactivity. Later, visit the Weta Workshop, the design studio behind The Lord of the Rings trilogy and Avatar. Tonight, a delicious farewell dinner awaits.

Your Accommodation: QT Wellington

The QT Wellington is superbly situated opposite Te Papa, Museum of New Zealand and Wellington's waterfront. The luxury rooms are just a few minutes walk from the cafes restaurants, theatres, galleries and shopping of the vibrant Courtenay Quarter.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

QT Wellington

Day 13: Depart Wellington

APT Tours 13 day North Island Wonders Small Group Tour - Day 13

Depart Wellington

After breakfast this morning your New Zealand adventure concludes. We say goodbye before we transfer you to the airport for your flight.

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