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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.

 New Zealand small group tour
 Starts in Wellington, finishes in Auckland
 11 days/ 10 nights
 Hotel 4 star
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Auckland city, New Zealand

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, and East to the Hawke's Bay area. Accommodation: Porters Boutique Hotel

Day 4: Exploration day in Hawke's Bay. Accommodation: Porters Boutique Hotel

Day 5: Visit the Redwoods Tree Walk, Rainbow Springs Nature Park and Whakarewarewa Village today. Accommodation: Novotel Lakeside Rotorua

Day 6: Vist the famous Waitomo Glowworm Caves before continuing onto Auckland. Accommodation: Novotel Lakeside Rotorua

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, and East to the Hawke's Bay area

Inspiring Journeys 11 Day The Endless Shores - Day 3

Wellington to Hawke's Bay

Travel through the fertile farming land of Wairarapa on to Napier in Hawke's Bay. Enjoy time to relax after the day's adventures before joining your journey director for dinner at your hotel.

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 4: Exploration day in Hawke's Bay

Inspiring Journeys 11 Day The Endless Shores - Day 4

Hawke's Bay

Join a local guide for a city tour. You'll see several types of Art Deco architecture, the style in which Napier was rebuilt after a devastating earthquake in 1931. This evening, enjoy wine-tasting and dinner at one of the region's renowned wineries.

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, Speciality Dinner

Porters Boutique 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

Hawke's Bay to Rotorua

Travel past Lake Taupo and visit spectacular Huka Falls before you arrive in Rotorua. Visit Whakarewarewa Living village for insights into the lives of the Maori community and their special bond with this ancient land. This evening, enjoy a Maori Hangi feast and concert at Tamaki Maori Marae.

Your Accommodation: Novotel Lakeside Rotorua

Novotel Lakeside Rotorua is a 4.5 star property located on the picturesque shores of Lake Rotorua and set in park surroundings. Just minutes from the city centre, cafes and restaurants plus the numerous tourist attractions including water activities on the lake, a golf course, museum, and thermal reserves.

Meals included: Breakfast, Speciality Dinner

Novotel Lakeside Rotorua

Day 6: Vist the famous Waitomo Glowworm Caves before continuing onto Auckland

Inspiring Journeys 11 Day The Endless Shores - Day 6

Explore Rotorua

Your first stop today is Rotorua's natural splendour Rainbow Springs Nature Park.  Next up, ascending to the Redwoods Treewalk, enjoy an elevated view of these redwood giants from a series of 23 suspension bridges linking teh majestic trees, a completely unique perspective.

Your Accommodation: Novotel Lakeside Rotorua

Novotel Lakeside Rotorua is a 4.5 star property located on the picturesque shores of Lake Rotorua and set in park surroundings. Just minutes from the city centre, cafes and restaurants plus the numerous tourist attractions including water activities on the lake, a golf course, museum, and thermal reserves.

Meals included: Breakfast

Novotel Lakeside Rotorua

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

Inspiring Journeys 11 Day The Endless Shores - Day 7

Rotorua to Auckland

Begin your day with a dazzling show during an exclusive five-star Eco Glowworm experience. Later in Auckland, get your bearings during a city tour, then spend the rest of the day at leisure to explore.

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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