On arrival in Auckland, ‘The City of Sails’, seat in coach passengers will be met by our local representative and privately transferred to your hotel. Self drive passengers will collect your rental car at the airport and drive to your hotel. Auckland, based around 2 large harbours, is a major city in the north of New Zealand’s North Island. In the centre, the iconic Sky Tower has views of Viaduct Harbour, which is full of superyachts and lined with bars and cafes. Auckland Domain, the city’s oldest park, is based around an extinct volcano and home to the formal Wintergardens. Near Downtown, Mission Bay Beach has a seaside promenade. Overnight stay at hotel in Auckland.
After breakfast, today enjoy a Total Sky Tower Experience. Experience includes admission to both sky deck and the main observation deck of Sky Tower. At 328 metres tall Sky Tower is the 12th tallest tower in the world (taller than the Eiffel Tower in Paris or Sydney's AMP Tower). Proceed for tour including Victoria Park Market, Westhaven Marina and the volcanic crater of Mt Eden for views of the city and harbour. Tour the city highlights from the heritage architecture of Queen Street to Auckland’s famed Viaduct Harbour. Drive through the city’s oldest park, Auckland Domain, whose vegetation thrives from the soil of an ancient volcano. Follow a waterfront route to your final destination of Mission Bay via Tamaki Drive. Complete your sightseeing at Michael Joseph Savage Memorial Park, which boasts picturesque views over Whenua Rangatira, Auckland and Waitemata Harbour. Overnight in Auckland.
After breakfast, travel south through the fertile Waikato region to arrive at Waitomo. Enjoy a guided tour of the famous Glowworm Caves including an underground boat ride. World renowned and a magnet for both local and overseas visitors, the Waitomo Glowworm Caves occupy a high placing in almost everyones New Zealand vacation wish-list. The Waitomo glowworm, Arachnocampa luminosa, is unique to New Zealand. Thousands of these tiny creatures radiate their unmistakable luminescent light as the expert guides provide informative commentary on the Caves' historical and geological significance. Over your 45 minute guided tour, you'll take in the spectacular Glowworm Cave with its majestic and ornate cave decorations, the deep limestone shaft known as the Tomo and the equally magnificent Cathedral cavern where New Zealands own opera diva Kiri Te Kanawa once performed. After which continue to Rotorua, the Thermal land. Rotorua - With its unique volcanic landscape, living Maori culture, natural hot springs and plenty of options for adventure, Rotorua is one of New Zealand's most famous destinations. Overnight at Rotoura.
After breakfast enjoy some sightseeing in Rotorua. The region was the birthplace of New Zealand tourism in the 1800s, when people flocked here from around the world to see the amazing Pink and White Terraces - vast, naturally formed silica terraces that cascaded into a volcanic lake. The Te Arawa people were their local guides. The terraces were destroyed in the 1886 Mt Tarawera eruption, but Rotorua's fame as a fascinating travel destination continued to grow. Today Maori guides can often be seen at the city's iconic attractions, following in the footsteps of their ancestors. Today enjoy sightseeing in Rotorua including below; Te Puia Thermal Reserve - This geothermal valley is a special place, home to Te Arawa people for generations. The environment alone is of enormous geological significance, with thermal activity ranging from boiling mud to the world-famous 30-metre (100-foot) Pohutu geyser, erupting up to 20 times each day. Hot springs, boiling sulphurous pools, silica terraces and bubbling mud pools are among the natural wonders. Skyline Skyrides - Conveniently located just minutes from Rotorua's City centre, on the side of Mount Ngongotaha, Skyline Skyrides can carry you to 487 metres above sea level to a fun park environment. Providing panoramic views of Rotorua City, Lake Rotorua and the surrounding area, Skyline Skyrides is an all weather attraction, and is open every day of the year. Operating hours are from 9.00am daily until end of operation each night. Polynesian Spa - Polynesian Spa is New Zealand’s leading international day spa, providing a unique thermal spa experience on the shore of Lake Rotorua. Overnight at the hotel in Rotorua.
Travel south to reach Taupo before travelling over rugged mountain ranges and well cultivated farmland to arrive in the ‘Art Deco’ city of Napier. Rebuilt after a 1931 earthquake, the city is known for art deco landmarks like the zigzag-patterned Daily Telegraph Building. Along the tree-lined waterfront promenade the Marine Parade, the Pania of the Reef statue depicting a Maori maiden, is a symbol of the city. Overnight stay at Napier.
Today discover four boutique wineries, with fine handcrafted red & white premium and reserve medal winning wines. Fine-tune your appreciation of New Zealand wine on this afternoon tour of the Hawkes Valley wine region from Napier. Sample regional wines and champagne at the Church Road Winery, then enjoy tours and tastings at the Esk Valley Estate and Mission Estate, New Zealand's oldest winery. After strolling the vineyards of the Linden Estate, end the day with wine, cheese and a panoramic view over Hawkes Bay. Overnight stay at Napier.
Travel through the Manawatu Gorge to Palmerston North, before arriving in the ‘Capital City’ of Wellington. Wellington is New Zealand’s capital city, and it’s also known as our arts and culture capital. A special blend of heritage buildings, museums and galleries, fine food and live entertainment opportunities make this city a great place to visit in any season. Part of Wellington’s charm is its close proximity to nature. The central city is nestled between a beautiful harbour and forested hills. Wildlife sanctuaries, islands, seaside villages, ocean beaches and regional parks provide huge scope for outdoor fun. Many visitors choose to base themselves in the vibrant inner city, where it’s easy to walk to boutique shops, art galleries, trendy cafés and restaurants. Dominating the spectacular waterfront is Te Papa Tongrewa - the interactive, innovative museum that’s one of New Zealand’s key cultural attractions. At night, the city stays up late to enjoy live theatre, music and dance performances. Overnight in Wellington.
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