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Join us for an 11 Day Global VIP Tour of New Zealand’s North Island! Journey to the subtropical Bay of Islands and the steaming geothermal vents of Rotorua. Explore the wineries of Waiheke Islands.Journey back in time through the Maori village of 'Te Tewa Ngahere Pa'. Join us for a Global VIP experience of New Zealand. Departing from Auckland, New Zealand, and ending the great experience in Wellington, New Zealand.
 

November 13th through November 23rd
 

Itinerary Highlights Include: 

 

•    Guided visit to the Waitangi Treaty House with Cultural performances 

•    Waiheke Islands Wine Tour 

•    Waitomo Glow Worm Caves 

•    Hobbiton Farm and Movie Tour 

•    Te Papa National Museum and Weta Studios 

•    Agrodome Park Tour with farm show and sheep shearing experience 

•    Visit an evening Maori Hangi and Concert 

 

This 11 day tour of Auckland, New Zealand includes value-added amenities: 

 

•    Arrival meet-and-greet guide assistance 

•    Island transfers and transportation by private, luxury air-conditioned coach with driver* 

•    Sightseeing and admissions per itinerary 

•    Local taxes on accommodations and sightseeing tours, hotel porterage, and meals^ 

•    First Class, 4 Start hotel accommodations based on double occupancy 

 

 

Pricing starts at $2,882 per person based on double occupancy. Air and recommended travel insurance are additional. Passports are required and must be valid for six months after return date. 

 

All travel specials are subject to availability and rates are based on a group of 20. Travel insurance is highly recommended. **Transfers are additional if air does not coincide with the group arrival. Roundtrip airfare is available for additional cost. Not responsible for publishing/printing errors. Additional taxes, surcharges, and luggage fees may apply. 

Itinerary

Day 1 – 15 Nov (Sun): Arrival in Auckland, New Zealand 

Welcome to Auckland! On arrival your coach driver will meet you and transfer you for the 5 hours drive to the Bay of Islands. Steal away from 'the maiden with a thousand lovers' (aka Auckland) and become a tree-hugging hippie as you wrap your arms around NZ's botanical elder, the Kauri tree. James Cook named your next stop the 'Bay of Islands'. Instagram your first Pacific sunset then get your mind blown by the southern night sky. 

 

Optional Afternoon Dolphin Experience Viewing marine mammals and swimming with wild dolphins in their natural habitat is a privilege and a truly unique experience. In the Bay of Islands Maritime Park we encounter both Bottlenose and Common Dolphins and see a variety of whale species. The Brydes Whale is semi-resident in the bay and Killer Whales (Orca) are frequent seasonal visitors. Other species encountered on a not so regular basis are Humpback, False Killer Whales, Pilot, Minke, Sei and a rare treat are the giant Blue Whales. Regularly sighted on our trips are the Blue Penguin, Australasian Gannet, various species of ocean birds and on occasion the New Zealand Fur Seal. 

 

Day 2 – 16 Nov (Mon): Bay of Islands Treaty of Waitangi 

The Bay of Islands is big on numbers: 144 islands, 90 miles of beach in one stretch, and 100-metre high Te Paki sand dunes ready for some serious sand boarding action. 

 

Guided Visit to the Waitangi Treaty house with Cultural Performance Discover the birthplace of New Zealand where the “Treaty of Waitangi” was signed in 1840 by the Maori Chiefs and the British Crown. Set in park-like grounds overlooking the Bay of Islands, The Treaty Grounds feature the historic Treaty House, the magnificently carved meeting house, the Treaty House Museum and the world’s largest ceremonial war canoe. 

Enjoy a guided tour, your guide will bring the Treaty story to life and introduce you to some of the key personalities and events that have shaped the nation. Experience the Indoor Maori cultural performance and enjoy a fun-filled and spine-tingling performance of waiata (singing), poi, stick games, Maori weaponry, as well as the famous haka. After the show you will have the opportunity to interact with the performers, ask questions and have your photo taken with the group.  

 

Transfer back to hotel after visit to Waitangi Treaty Grounds. Welcome dinner tonight. 

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner 

 

Day 3 – 17 Nov (Tue): Bay of Islands to Auckland  

Departing Bay of Islands make two pit stops: first at the gorgeous Whangarei waterfalls and next to check the view from the top of Mt Eden. 

 

On arrival in Auckland enjoy a city overview of this city of sails. 

Meals: Breakfast 

 

Day 4 – 18 Nov (Wed) Waiheke Islands Wine Tour 

Depart Auckland on the Waiheke Fullers ferry and on arrival your charter coach with depart for Mudbrick Winery for a tour & tasting. Continue to Rangihoua Olive Estate for wine tasting and then on to Batch Winery for tour & tasting + light lunch quiche & salad. 

 

After lunch travel via Onetangi and arrive at Stonyridge winery for your last tour & tasting before boarding the ferry for your ride back to Auckland city. 

Meals: Breakfast and Lunch 

 

Day 5 – 19 Nov (Thu): Auckland to Waitomo Glow worm caves to Rotorua 

Depart Auckland City through the Waikato farmlands heading for the Waitomo Glow Worm Caves. 

Included in your admission is a guided tour of the limestone cave and a boat ride through the darkness of the Glowworm Grotto where thousands of insects glow reflecting off the water. 

 

After cave tour, re-board coach for transfer to Rotorua 

 

Rotorua sits in the middle of a vast thermal belt, where waters and mud are heated below ground under immense natural pressure.  The result is that Rotorua's 60,000 residents, along with many visitors, are treated to a continuous geothermal spectacle of erupting geysers and turbulent, swirling pools of mud. 

 

Evening Maori Hangi & Concert Take a journey back in time through the Maori village of ‘Te Tawa Ngahere Pa’. Experience the pre-European lifestyle and customs of the ancient Maori ancestors as the village comes alive with tribal songs, dances and activities. Enjoy a night of truly authentic, traditional culture and entertainment. Feast on a selection of foods cooked the traditional Maori way on hot stones in an authentic earthen oven. Tour includes transport to and from accommodation with coach commentary and Maori guide to instruct you on protocol. 

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner 

 

Day 6 – 20 Nov (Fri): Rotorua Hobbiton & Agrodome 

Morning Hobbiton Farm & Movie Tour Discover the real Middle-earth on the most picturesque private farmland near Matamata in the North Island of New Zealand, where you can visit the Hobbiton Movie Set from The Lord of the Rings film trilogy in a fascinating two-hour guided tour. There are spectacular views across to the Kaimai Ranges from the rolling green hills of the movie set, which is still a working sheep and beef farm. 

 

Continue to the Agrodome Park for Farm show and sheep shearing…Agrodome is a 160 hectare working-sheep-and-cattle-farm with 1,200 sheep and 120 beef cattle. It gives international visitors to New Zealand an extra ordinary, real hands-on, live experience of farming and a total interaction with our commercially farmed animals such as sheep, goats, cattle, deer, alpacas and ostriches, plus the world famous Sheep show. 

Meals: Breakfast and Lunch 

 

Day 7 – 21 Nov (Sat): Rotorua Via Lake Taupo to Wellington 

Lake Taupo, New Zealand’s largest lake, is the result of an immense volcanic eruption, which in AD186 diverted the mighty Waikato River from the east coast to the west coast. Snowy mountains, sparkling rivers leading into a mighty lake, thermal outlets where hot water steams and above all, trout are the features of this district. 

Continue to Wellington. 

 

Wellington, capital of New Zealand, lies at the southern end of the North Island.  On the shores of a magnificent harbor, and surrounded by the rugged beauty of green hills, it is one of the most scenic of cities.  Some of the best vistas are obtained from the hilltops, and Mount Victoria lookout. 

Meals: Breakfast 

 

Day 8 – 22 Nov (Sun): Wellington Te Papa National Museum & Weta Studios  

Enjoy a brief overview of the city before being dropped off at Te Papa Museum a guide will accompany you for a 90 minutes highlights tour. 

 

Te Papa is New Zealand's innovative and interactive national museum. Explore the great treasures and stories of New Zealand – its unique natural environment, Maori culture, art heritage, and fascinating history. Enjoy a Te Papa Highlights tour which explores Maori treasures and The Marae.  

 

Afternoon Weta Studio Tours: Step inside a converted area of Weta Workshop, where we house props, costumes, creatures and vehicles created for the big screen. Learn how Weta Workshop designs and manufactures practical effects for films like The Lord of the Rings, The Chronicles of Narnia and District 9. Your guide, a Weta Workshop crew member, will spill behind-the-scenes secrets from the Workshop floor! 

 

Farewell dinner tonight at Foxglove Bar & Kitchen (2 course meal) 

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner 

 

Day 9 – 23 Nov (Mon) – Fly Wellington to Auckland, Fly Auckland to home 

The morning is at leisure for last minute shopping. This afternoon transfer to the airport for your flight home. 

Meals: Breakfast 

 




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