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Inspiring JourneysInspiring Journeys 11 Day The Endless Shores

Embrace the Hongi touch of your gracious Māori hosts, whose enduring relationship with this unspoilt land is revealed on this Inspiring Journey to some of New Zealand's most mesmerising natural wonders, from the luminous glow of Waitomo to the fantasy-land of the Shire.

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 New Zealand small group tour
 Starts in Wellington, finishes in Auckland
 11 days/ 10 nights
 Hotel 4 star
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At a glance - Inspiring Journeys 11 Day The Endless Shores

Day 1: Arrive into Wellington. Accommodation: Sofitel Wellington

Day 2: A day at leisure to explore New Zealand's Capital city. Accommodation: Sofitel Wellington

Day 3: Head north up the rugged Kapiti Coast, through the Volcanic Plateu of Tongariro National Park to arrive in Taupo. Accommodation: Hilton Lake Taupo

Day 4: Spend the morning in Taupo at your leisure before continuing to Rotorua. Experience a traditional Maori hangi meal tonight. Accommodation: The Princes Gate Hotel

Day 5: Visit the Redwoods Tree Walk, Rainbow Springs Nature Park and Whakarewarewa Village today. Accommodation: The Princes Gate Hotel

Day 6: Vist the famous Waitomo Glowworm Caves before continuing onto the stunning coastal Coromandel Peninsula. Accommodation: Puka Park Resort

Day 7: A leisurely breakfast before heading to Auckland the 'City of Sails'. Accommodation: Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour

Day 8: Travel north from Auckland through the Waipoua Forest and onto the Bay of Islands. Accommodation: Copthorne Hotel & Resort Bay of Islands

Day 9: A morning ferry ride to historic Russell and a free afternoon for you to enjoy the Bay of Islands. Accommodation: Copthorne Hotel & Resort Bay of Islands

Day 10: Depart the Bay of Islands for Auckland and a farewell dinner. Accommodation: Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour

Day 11: Farewell from Auckland.

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Inspiring Journeys 11 Day The Endless Shores - Detailed Itinerary  

Day 1: Arrive into Wellington

Inspiring Journeys 11 Day The Endless Shores - Day 1

Welcome to Wellington

Upon arrival at Wellington Airport you'll be transferred to your hotel. Spend some time at leisure to relax or explore on your own.

Your Accommodation: Sofitel Wellington

Ideally positioned in the Central Business District and government hub, Sofitel Wellington is within walking distance from the major tourist attractions, with many restaurants and cafes nearby. All 129 Guest Rooms are beautifully appointed in vintage gold and bronze tones and feature indulgent rain showers.

Meals included: Dinner

Sofitel Wellington

Day 2: A day at leisure to explore New Zealand's Capital city

Inspiring Journeys 11 Day The Endless Shores - Day 2

Free Day to Explore Wellington

Today is free for you to experience Wellington. Perhaps join a tour of New Zealand's Parliament buildings and the "Beehive" or take a ride on Wellington's famous cable car from the central business district up to the Kelburn lookout for stunning views of the city. You may want to experience the world of movie special effects with a tour to the Weta Cave - home of the creative wizards behind the Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies. Or learn about New Zealand's history and culture with a visit to Te Papa, Museum of New Zealand. Your Travel Director will assist you in booking your chosen experiences. This evening why not venture down to Courtenay Place or Cuba Street and dine at one of Wellington's tucked away bars or quirky cafes.

Your Accommodation: Sofitel Wellington

Ideally positioned in the Central Business District and government hub, Sofitel Wellington is within walking distance from the major tourist attractions, with many restaurants and cafes nearby. All 129 Guest Rooms are beautifully appointed in vintage gold and bronze tones and feature indulgent rain showers.

Meals included: Breakfast

Sofitel Wellington

Day 3: Head north up the rugged Kapiti Coast, through the Volcanic Plateu of Tongariro National Park to arrive in Taupo

Inspiring Journeys 11 Day The Endless Shores - Day 3

Wellington to Taupo

Today travel through the Kapiti Coast, past the dairy farms of Manawatu and over the Central Plateau, New Zealand's main volcanic area. In a country of contrasts, perhaps nothing is more striking than the three peaks of Tongariro National Park rising starkly from the surrounding plateau of tussock and near-desert. The three mountains, Tongariro, Ruapehu and Ngauruhoe that make up the National Park are all active volcanoes, and are popular in winter and summer - skiing and snowboarding on the mountainous ski fields, and amazing walks including the Tongariro Crossing. Later, arrive into Taupo, known to have some of the best Trout fishing in the world, and check into your accommodation for the night. Originally built in 1889, the Hilton Hotel is nestled among the epic scenery of Taupo with impressive views across the lake and Tongariro National Park.

Your Accommodation: Hilton Lake Taupo

Originally built in 1889 as The Terraces Hotel the property was transformed to the elegant Hilton Lake Taupo in 2009. Just minutes from the town center it features sweeping views over the largest lake in New Zealand and across to Tongariro National Park.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Hilton Lake Taupo

Day 4: Spend the morning in Taupo at your leisure before continuing to Rotorua. Experience a traditional Maori hangi meal tonight

Inspiring Journeys 11 Day The Endless Shores - Day 4

Taupo to Rotorua

Enjoy a leisurely start to your day before continuing the journey to nearby Rotorua. Visit the spectacular Huka Falls, the only outlet of water from Lake Taupo, and then it's on to Rotorua. On arrival in Rotorua an orientation tour takes in views of Lake Rotorua. Tonight, an evening of culture, history and scrumptious food awaits you at the Tamaki Family Marae. Wander through the ancient forest village and learn about Maori art forms and traditions, followed by a concert featuring local performers. Experience an authentic Maori Hangi meal, steamed underground in the traditional way.

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 Princes 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, Speciality Dinner

The Princes Gate Hotel

Day 5: Visit the Redwoods Tree Walk, Rainbow Springs Nature Park and Whakarewarewa Village today

Inspiring Journeys 11 Day The Endless Shores - Day 5

Rotorua Sights

Ascending to the breathtaking Redwoods Treewalk, enjoy an elevated bird's eye view of the 115-year-old redwood giants and view the beautiful surrounds of the forest from a unquie perspective. Next stop is Rainbow Springs Nature Park. Discover native flora that grows around the crystal clear mineral water springs and you might even spot a kiwi or two! To complete your day you'll visit the Whakarewarewa Living Village for an insight into Maori life and how they interact with geothermal activity.

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 Princes 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

The Princes Gate Hotel

Day 6: Vist the famous Waitomo Glowworm Caves before continuing onto the stunning coastal Coromandel Peninsula

Inspiring Journeys 11 Day The Endless Shores - Day 6

Rotorua to Coromandel

Make your way to the famous Waitomo Caves for an exclusive 5-star Eco Glow Worm experience. Your guide sets the scene for a cave experience where you will see glow worms, cave formations and appreciate the beauty of Footwhistle Cave. Later, travel through the dairy farming district of Waikato, and now you're off to the Coromandel to Puka Park Resort, where you'll stay in Tree Hut Chalets, set among the native bush.

Your Accommodation: Puka Park Resort

Puka Park Resort is situated on the eastern side of the Coromandel Peninsula. Nestled amongst 25 acres of New Zealand's most beautiful native bush this prestigious hideaway offers luxury and seclusion at its best.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Puka Park Resort

Day 7: A leisurely breakfast before heading to Auckland the 'City of Sails'

Inspiring Journeys 11 Day The Endless Shores - Day 7

Coromandel to Auckland

After a leisurely breakfast, you will travel over the Coromandel Forest Park towards Auckland. Journey over the Bombay Hills as you make your way into the heart of New Zealand's largest city, you will stop at Bastion Point and the Michael Joseph Savage Memorial, as you will get stunning shots of Auckland, the North Shore and the Waitemata Harbour. After a sightseeing tour, you're at leisure to explore the town and try out the Auckland restaurant scene.

Your Accommodation: Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour

Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour is located in the heart of Auckland on the unique and vibrant Viaduct Harbour and close to the new Wynyard Quarter.

Meals included: Breakfast

Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour

Day 8: Travel north from Auckland through the Waipoua Forest and onto the Bay of Islands

Inspiring Journeys 11 Day The Endless Shores - Day 8

Auckland to the Bay of Islands

This morning depart Auckland City and travel north over the Harbour Bridge past the sprawling suburbs of the North Shore of Auckland. Then continue to the Waipoua Forest, home to the largest Kauri tree in existence, Tane Mahuta (over 2,000 years old). You'll take a break before a Maori guide walks you through the native bush and explains the history and legend behind the mighty Kauri. Then head to your waterfront resort in the heart of the Bay of Islands and tonight its dinner at the resort.

Your Accommodation: Copthorne Hotel & Resort Bay of Islands

Copthorne Hotel & Resort Bay of Islands is located within the Waitangi Treaty grounds, surrounded by native bush and the beautiful Bay of Islands Harbour.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Copthorne Hotel & Resort Bay of Islands

Day 9: A morning ferry ride to historic Russell and a free afternoon for you to enjoy the Bay of Islands

Inspiring Journeys 11 Day The Endless Shores - Day 9

Bay of Islands Sights

This morning you'll take a ferry across the harbour to historic Russell and enjoy a guided tour of the first European settlement in New Zealand. A local guide will also take you on a walking tour of the town. Later, why not visit the historic Waitangi Treaty Reserve, where New Zealand's founding document, the Treaty of Waitangi, was signed. As you stroll through the reserve, you will see highlights such as the Waka - Maori War Canoe and an intricately carved Marae or Meeting House. (Optional Experience - own expense). Tonight, you are free to dine as you wish.

Your Accommodation: Copthorne Hotel & Resort Bay of Islands

Copthorne Hotel & Resort Bay of Islands is located within the Waitangi Treaty grounds, surrounded by native bush and the beautiful Bay of Islands Harbour.

Meals included: Breakfast

Copthorne Hotel & Resort Bay of Islands

Day 10: Depart the Bay of Islands for Auckland and a farewell dinner

Inspiring Journeys 11 Day The Endless Shores - Day 10

Bay of Islands to Auckland

This morning experience spectacular scenery as you cruise through game fishing waters to Cape Brett and, weather permitting, through the famous "Hole in the Rock" formation. The return cruise to Paihia meanders through picturesque islands - see deserted sandy beaches and secluded bays and keep your eyes peeled for the marine life. Later, you'll have some free time in Paihia before you travel back to Auckland. Celebrate tonight with new-found friends at a farewell dinner.

Your Accommodation: Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour

Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour is located in the heart of Auckland on the unique and vibrant Viaduct Harbour and close to the new Wynyard Quarter.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour

Day 11: Farewell from Auckland

Farewell From Auckland and Transfer to Airport

Say farewell to your fellow travellers as your Inspiring Journey comes to an end and you'll be transferred to Auckland Airport for your onward flight.

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