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Thrifty ToursNorth Island 3 day Waitomo, Rotorua and Napier Experience

Journey through the heart of the North Island on this 3 day tour from Auckland to the capital city of Wellington.  Highlights along the way include Waitomo Caves, the unique Maori culture and the art deco city of Napier.

 New Zealand independent tour
 Starts in Auckland, finishes in Wellington
 3 days/ 2 nights
 Hotel 4 star
  Customisable? YES Enquire Enquire
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Included in this tour package

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Hobbiton, Lord of the Rings
Te Puia, Maori culture

At a glance - North Island 3 day Waitomo, Rotorua and Napier Experience

Day 1: Auckland to Waitomo Caves to Rotorua with Rotorua experience. Accommodation: Millennium Hotel Rotorua

Day 2: Rotorua to Napier by Intercity coach, then take a whirlwind tour of Art Deco Napier. Accommodation: Art Deco Masonic Hotel

Day 3: Free time to explore Napier this morning, then to Wellington by Intercity coach.

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North Island 3 day Waitomo, Rotorua and Napier Experience - Detailed Itinerary  

Day 1: Auckland to Waitomo Caves to Rotorua with Rotorua experience

North Island 3 day Waitomo, Rotorua and Napier Experience - Day 1

Auckland to Rotorua including Waitomo and Rotorua Experience with GreatSights

This full day tour has it all! From the magical glowworms and world-famous limestone formations of Waitomo to the rich cultural heritage and geothermal bounty of Rotorua. Includes a visit to the glowworm caves, a Māori cultural performance, a visit to the Agrodome and bubbling mud pools and geysers.

Mitai Maori Village

An evening at Mitai will give you an awe-inspiring introduction to the indigenous Maori culture. Marvel at the beautiful bush setting and see warriors in traditional dress who paddle an ancient warrior canoe (waka) down the Wai-o-whiro stream while trout and eels swim beneath the surface. Enjoy a traditionally cooked hangi meal and round your evening off with a spectacular cultural performance that tells the story of the Maori people, their past, carvings, and ta Moko -Tattoo art. Be captivated by the displays of weaponry and combat and be amazed by the spine tingling Haka finale. Truly an experience to remember.

Your Accommodation: Millennium Hotel Rotorua

Rotorua's largest 4 star deluxe hotel is perfectly situated in the heart of the city overlooking Lake Rotorua. Five levels of accommodation offer guests a wide variety of scenic views.

Meals included: Lunch, Dinner

Millennium Hotel Rotorua

Day 2: Rotorua to Napier by Intercity coach, then take a whirlwind tour of Art Deco Napier

North Island 3 day Waitomo, Rotorua and Napier Experience - Day 2

Rotorua Accommodation to Rotorua Intercity Depot

You will be collected from your accommodation and transferred to Rotorua Intercity Coach Depot.

Rotorua to Napier by InterCity Coach

From Rotorua you travel along the geothermal highway and past the edge of the largest man-made radiate pine forest in the world - the Kaingaroa Forest towards Taupō. Your coach travels past Taupō which sits on the shores of New Zealand's largest lake, Lake Taupō. From Taupō you'll travel over the Ahiminawa Ranges to Napier. Napier has the highest concentrations of Striped Classical, Spanish Mission and Art Deco building styles in the world. The commercial centre was completely rebuilt following a catastrophic earthquake in 1931. Napier is also at the centre of one of the largest and most vibrant wine-producing areas in New Zealand.

Napier Whirlwind Tour

This 2 1/2 hour tour takes in all the history, from early settlement, through to the huge 1931 earthquake and the rebuilding of the City to the Art Deco Capital of the World to what it is today. You also visit the historic area of Ahuriri, National Tobacco Building and the famous Mission Estate Winery. As you return to Napier City, you will also tour an Art Deco Housing Estate. Experience many stops for photos from lookouts to famous landmarks etc. This is a compact tour, it is really for those that are spending the one night here in Napier and still wish to see the City highlights.

SUGGESTED ACTIVITY - Twilight Odyssey Progressive Winery Dinner

Take a scenic drive through the vineyards as you learn about the region and its wines. Enjoy a full interactive wine tasting alongside gourmet platters at Vidal. Take in the breathtaking panoramic views from Te Mata Peak while enjoying a glass of bubbles as the sun sets from 399m above sea level (overlooking the glimmering lights of the Twin Cities in winter).

Your Accommodation: Art Deco Masonic Hotel

The Art Deco Masonic Hotel occupies a significant historic building on Napier’s waterfront and has been richly refurbished in keeping with the Art Deco architecture. With its central location and decadent décor, this is the best place to experience what Napier is famous for.

Meals included: Breakfast

Art Deco Masonic Hotel

Day 3: Free time to explore Napier this morning, then to Wellington by Intercity coach

North Island 3 day Waitomo, Rotorua and Napier Experience - Day 3

Super Shuttle Transfer

Take your connecting super shuttle transfer.

Napier to Wellington by InterCity Coach

Leaving the 1930's inspired city of Napier you will travel through the countryside of the Hawke's Bay and Manawatu. Travelling along the Kāpiti Coast coast line into the capital city of Wellington. Wellington sits on a wonderful deep natural harbour and is surrounded by bush clad hills. The city centre itself is quite compact (only around 1 square kilometre) and exploring on foot is relatively easy. You can easily stroll the famous cafes and restaurants within the city and New Zealand's national museum, Te Papa, is also close by.

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