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Inspiring JourneysInspiring Journeys 11 Day The Endless Shores 2019/20

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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At a glance - Inspiring Journeys 11 Day The Endless Shores 2019/20

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 2019/20 - Detailed Itinerary  

Day 1: Arrive into Wellington

Inspiring Journeys 11 Day The Endless Shores 2019/20 - 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, this evening join your Journey Director for a welcome reception.

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 2019/20 - 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 2019/20 - 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 2019/20 - 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 2019/20 - Day 5

Hawke's Bay to Rotorua

Enjoy a leisurely start to 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. Later, you'll visit the Whakarewarewa Living Village for an insight into Maori life and how they interact with geothermal activity. 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: 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 2019/20 - Day 6

Explore Rotorua

Rotorua's natural splendour is revealed in the crystal-clear mineral springs and native flora of Rainbow Springs Nature Park. You're sure to catch a glimpse of the shy, iconic national bird in the park's nocturnal kiwi enclosure, on a 'behind the scenes tour. Next up, ascending to the breathtaking Redwoods Treewalk, enjoy an elevated bird's eye view of the 115-year-old redwood giants from a series of 23 suspension bridges linking the 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 2019/20 - 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 2019/20 - 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 2019/20 - Day 9

Bay of Islands Sights

Make the most of your extended stay in the Bay of Islands. Why not visit the historic Waitangi Treaty Reserve, or venture out on a wine tour. Your Journey Director will assist in tailoring an option for you. 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 2019/20 - 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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