Bay of Islands to Rotorua

 

Friday 13 November - Tuesday 17 November 2020

 

ITINERARY

DAY 1 - AUCKLAND TO BAY OF ISLANDS

Friday 13 November

Guests will be collected from their downtown Auckland accommodation (actual pick up times yet to be advised). As we make our way to Paihia we will stop at the Puhoi Organic Distillery for a presentation and tastings and then at the Whangarei Native Bird Recovery Centre for a guided tour - this is your chance to see, up close, some of New Zealand's endemic and native birds.  Once you have settled into your accommodation the group will meet for dinner.

Accommodation: Kingsgate Hotel Paihia, Bay of Islands.

Included: Distillery tasting, guided tour of the Whangarei Native Bird Recovery Centre, group dinner.

Guests to supply meeting organisers with their downtown Auckland accommodation details and any dietary requirements they may have.  

 

DAY 2 - BAY OF ISLANDS

Saturday 14 November

Today we will travel by ferry from Paihia to Russell for a guided tour of Pompalier House. You will then be free to explore Russell before meeting back up with the group for the Hole in the Rock Dolphin Cruise. Following the Cruise we will return to Piahia where you will have free time to explore Paihia. 

Accommodation: Kingsgate Hotel Paihia, Bay of Islands.

Included: Breakfast, ferry transfers, guided tour of Pompalier House, Hole in the Rock Dolphin Cruise.

 

DAY 3 - BAY OF ISLANDS TO HAMILTON

Sunday 15 November

Departing early, we will travel from the Bay of Islands to Hamilton. We will stop at the Zealong Tea Estate, just outside of Hamilton, for a high tea lunch followed by a tea tour and tasting. In the afternoon we will enjoy a guided tour of Hamilton Gardens. You will have the evening free to explore Hamilton. 

Accommodation: Novotel Tainui Hotel, Hamilton.

Included: Breakfast, Zealong Tea Estate high tea lunch, tour and tasting, guided tour of Hamilton Gardens. 

 

DAY 4 - HAMILTON TO ROTORUA

Monday 16 November

Today we will travel from Hamilton to Hobbiton for a 2 hour guided tour of this largest green movie set in the world. Following the tour we will travel to Rotorua for a guided tour of Rainbow Springs Wildlife Centre and a guided tour of The National Kiwi (bird) Hatchery Aotearoa, which is the largest kiwi hatchery in the world. Once you have settled into your accommodation we will travel to Te Puia for a guided tour (geysers, mud pools, hot springs, Maori wood carving and Maori weaving schools) followed by a Maori cultural performance and hangi dinner.

Accommodation: Novotel Rotorua Lakeside Hotel, Rotorua.

Included: Breakfast, guided tours of Hobbiton, Rainbow Springs Wildlife Centre, National Kiwi Hatchery Aotearoa, and Te Puia, Maori cultural performance, Hangi dinner.

 

DAY 5 - ROTORUA TO AUCKLAND

Tuesday 17 November

This morning we will travel from Rotorua to Waitomo Caves for a guided tour of the glow worm and limestone caves. Following the tour we will travel back to Auckland, approximate arrival time in Auckland is 4:00pm.

Accommodation: Guests to provide their downtown Auckland hotel details so that they can be dropped off at their hotels.

Included: Breakfast, guided tour of Waitomo Caves.

 

INCLUSIONS

Per person prices include accommodation, meals and road transport as per itinerary, tour guide, Puhoi Organic Distillery presentation and tastings, guided tour of National Bird Recovery Centre, passenger ferry from Paihia to Russell, guided tour of Pompallier House, Hole in the Rock Dolphin Cruise, Zealong Tea Estate high tea lunch, tour and tasting, guided tour of Hamilton Gardens, guided tour of Hobbiton, guided tour of Rainbow Springs Wildlife Centre, guided tour of The National Kiwi Hatchery Aotearoa, guided tour of Te Puia followed by Maori cultural performance and hangi dinner, guided tour of Waitomo Caves, drop off at accommodation in downtown Auckland and New Zealand Goods and Services Tax at 15%.

Not included in the per person prices are free time activities, non-specified meals, flights, travel insurance, gratuities, laundry charges, communication charges.

Price on a twin or double share basis is NZD$2,300.00 per person.

Price on a single basis is NZD$2,875.00 per person.

  

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