North Island 5 day Waitomo, Rotorua and Napier Experience
Journey through the heart of the North Island on this 5 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.
Included in this tour package
- Accommodation: 4 nights, Hotel 4 star
- Includes: All coach tour transport as specified in this tour package
- Includes: All breakfasts
- Includes: 1 dinner
- Includes: Private train station transfers
- Includes: Te Puia Maori Arts & Crafts
- Includes: Entrance to Agrodome and show
- Includes: Mitai Maori Village Concert & Buffet Dinner, Rotorua
- Includes: Waitomo Glow Worm Caves
- Includes: Napier Whirlwind Tour
At a glance - North Island 5 day Waitomo, Rotorua and Napier Experience
Day 1: Welcome to Auckland, transfer to hotel. Accommodation: SkyCity Hotel Auckland
Day 2: Auckland to Waitomo Caves to Rotorua with Rotorua experience. Accommodation: Millennium Hotel Rotorua
Day 3: Rotorua to Napier by Intercity coach, then enjoy an afternoon city tour of Napier. Accommodation: Art Deco Masonic Hotel
Day 4: Napier then to Wellington by Intercity coach. Accommodation: Bolton Hotel Wellington
Day 5: Depart Wellington today.Back to top
Day 1: Welcome to Auckland, transfer to hotel
Private transfer Auckland airport to your accommodation
On arrival, you will be met by a private driver and transferred to your Auckland accommodation.
SUGGESTED ACTIVITY - Auckland City Sights Afternoon Tour with GreatSights
Discover first-hand why Auckland is regarded as one of the best places in the world to live, with a half-day tour of its scenic highlights. Travel through the city centre, including Auckland's famous Queen Street, Karangahape Road with its checkered past and eclectic vibe and fashionable Ponsonby. Cross over the Auckland Harbour Bridge, enjoying views of the Hauraki Gulf and city skyline, and visit the Viaduct Harbour and the revitalised Silo Park waterfront precinct. See historic buildings around the University of Auckland before continuing over Grafton Bridge to the Auckland Domain. The Domain is the city's oldest park and, at 75 hectares, one of its largest. Developed around an extinct volcano, it features tropical gardens, duck ponds and public art, and is also home to the Auckland War Memorial Museum. After visiting the Domain, the tour continues through the boutique shopping area of Parnell Village, where you'll stop for a short afternoon tea break and along the scenic waterfront route of Tamaki Drive.
Your Auckland city tour ends with a trip back along the waterfront, finishing in downtown Auckland.
Your Accommodation: SkyCity Hotel Auckland
This modern and spacious hotel allows you to relax in style while enjoying the world-class casino, more than 20 restaurants, cafes and bars, a theatre, free live entertainment on selected nights and the iconic Sky Tower - all right on your doorstep!
Day 2: Auckland to Waitomo Caves to Rotorua with Rotorua experience
Auckland to Rotorua including Waitomo and Rotorua Experience with GreatSights
Departing early, 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
Millennium Hotel is Rotorua's largest 4-star deluxe hotel. 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: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 3: Rotorua to Napier by Intercity coach, then enjoy an afternoon city tour of Napier
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 a boutique winery. 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.
The Twilight Odyssey Tour includes sightseeing of the region with fully guided commentary, a progressive three course dinner at one of New Zealands top winery restaurants, wine tasting, champagne, wine with dinner, dessert wine, tea and coffee.
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
Day 4: Napier then to Wellington by Intercity coach
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 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.
Private transfer Wellington train station to hotel
You will be met on arrival into Wellington train station and transferred to your hotel.
Your Accommodation: Bolton Hotel Wellington
The Bolton Hotel offers contemporary apartment-style accommodation in the heart of Wellington. Just steps from the Parliament buildings and central business district, Bolton Hotel is conveniently close to the best of the city's shops, cafes and restaurants and is within walking distance of Wellington's vibrant waterfront.
Meals included: Breakfast
Day 5: Depart Wellington today
Private transfer Wellington hotel to Airport
You will be collected from your Wellington hotel and transferred to the airport.