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8 Day Intrepid Premium New Zealand North Island

8 days 7 nights
Auckland to Wellington
from NZD$5,085pp
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This is natural beauty on the biggest scale – soaring volcanoes, vast lakes and never-ending caves. Spend eight incredible days exploring the best of New Zealand’s North Island with the guidance of a passionate local leader. On a journey from Auckland to Wellington, sip local wine on Waiheke Island, explore the mythical world of Hobbiton, marvel at the geothermal delights of Rotorua, relax on the shores of Lake Taupo, explore the volcanic landscapes of Tongariro and sail across Wellington Harbor. This is an adventure that surprises at every turn.

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This Tour Also Features

  • Return Ferry to Waiheke Island
  • Winery Visits and Tastings with Lunch
  • Hobbiton Movie Set Tour
  • Drink at The Green Dragon (Hobbiton)
  • Ruakuri Glow Worm Caves
  • Visit to Te Puia Geothermal Area with Local Guide and Hangi Lunch
  • Ahua Gallery and Kiwi Conservation Centre
  • Mt Ruapehu Sky Waka (Gondola)
  • Wellington Harbour Evening Cruise
  • Meals included: 7 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners
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Itinerary
Day One - Welcome to Auckland
Tour day 1
8 Day Intrepid Premium New Zealand North Island - Day 1
Auckland

Welcome to the North Island! Your adventure begins in Auckland, New Zealand’s most populated city, fringed with beaches, harbours, volcanoes and farmland. You’ll be collected from the airport and transferred to your hotel. A welcome meeting will take place here at 6pm, where you’ll meet your local leader and the other travellers joining you on this adventure. If you arrive in Auckland with time to spare, you may like to uncover the story of New Zealand rugby during an interactive All Blacks experience where you’ll learn about the heritage of the sport and find out what it takes to wear the famous black jersey. After your meeting, get to know your group over dinner at an atmospheric local bistro in the heart of the city, championing New Zealand producers.

Accommodation: Fable Auckland Hotel or similar
Accommodation type: Premium
Meals included: Dinner
Located right on Queen Street the Fable Hotel Auckland is boutique and stylish property with an ideal location to enjoy and explore the vibrant heart of the 'City of Sails'.

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Day Two - Wineries of Waiheke
Tour day 2
8 Day Intrepid Premium New Zealand North Island - Day 2
Waiheke Island / Auckland

Leave the bustle of the big city behind and head offshore to Waiheke Island, famed for its sandy beaches and glorious wine. Board a ferry from Auckland – if you’re really lucky you may even see dolphins or orcas along the way. The day will be spent sipping your way around the island, stopping off at three unique wineries to learn about their production methods, and of course tasting the goods yourself. You’ll also enjoy an included lunch on the island, not to mention a few scenic drives with plenty of opportunities for beautiful photos. Return to Auckland in the late afternoon with an evening free for your own discoveries of the city.

Accommodation: Fable Auckland Hotel or similar
Accommodation type: Premium
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch
Located right on Queen Street the Fable Hotel Auckland is boutique and stylish property with an ideal location to enjoy and explore the vibrant heart of the 'City of Sails'.

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Day Three - Glow Worms and Hobbits
Tour day 3
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Waitomo / Hobbiton / Rotorua

After breakfast this morning, hit the road and drive to the Waitomo Glow Worm Caves, an extensive underground network of tunnels and caverns decorated with stalactites, stalagmites and luminous glow worms. Join a local expert for an in-depth tour of the Ruakuri Cave, descending a spiral entrance to a magical world below. Discover fascinating limestone formations, hear the roar of subterranean waterfalls and learn about the glow worms that light up the caves. Continue to Hobbiton, where the epic Lord of the Rings movies were shot. Take a tour around the set with a local guide, hear stories about the production of these iconic films, explore Hobbit holes and enjoy a drink at the mythical Green Dragon Inn. Finally, travel to Rotorua, where you will spend the evening.

Accommodation: Millennium Hotel Rotorua (or similar)
Accommodation type: Hotel 4 star
Meals included: Breakfast
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.

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Day Four - A Geothermal Wonderland
Tour day 4
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Rotorua

Wake up in Rotorua to the unmistakable scent of sulphur coming off the town’s many geothermal pools. After breakfast, pay a visit to Te Puia, over 70 hectares of land within the Te Whakarewarewa Geothermal Valley, dotted with hot springs, mud pools and geysers. A local expert will take you on a walk to learn about these geothermal wonders, including Pohutu, the largest geyser in the southern hemisphere. Next experience the Kiwi Conservation Centre where you’ll have the chance to observe the beloved nocturnal bird in a darkened enclosure and learn about the sanctuary’s efforts to protect them. Swing by the Ahua Gallery and watch culturally significant Maori carving and weaving demonstrations. Lunch is a treat today - a traditional hangi feast cooked beneath the earth in traditional style. In the evening, perhaps consider an optional tour of the geysers by night.

Accommodation: Millennium Hotel Rotorua (or similar)
Accommodation type: Hotel 4 star
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch
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.

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Day Five - A free day to explore Taupo and all it has to offer
Tour day 5
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Taupo

Say goodbye to Rotorua and drive on to Taupo, sitting on the shores of Lake Taupo – the largest lake in New Zealand. The rest of the day is yours to discover all that this picturesque part of the country has to offer. One of the best ways to enjoy the lake is to get on its waters – speak to your leader to find out about the sustainable sailing and cruising options available to you this afternoon. You may like to try your hand at fishing, or perhaps take a flight over the spectacular Tongariro National Park.

Accommodation: Millennium Hotel or similar
Accommodation type: Premium
Meals included: Breakfast
Set on the shores of the country’s largest lake, this is one of Taupo luxury hotels with uninterrupted views of the magnificent lake and mountains. Many of Taupo’s famous attractions are just minutes away, including Huka Falls, water and snow skiing, hot mineral pools, golf courses, and lake cruises. The charming Edgewater Restaurant is a superb choice for savouring award-winning cuisine as swans gracefully swim by.

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Day Six - Volcanoes and Mountains
Tour day 6
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Tongariro National Park

Today will be spent uncovering the natural wonders of Tongariro National Park, as spiritually significant as it is spectacular. Your leader will guide you on a scenic two-hour walk to the Taranaki Falls, an impressive 20-metre cascade tumbling over volcanic cliffs. Then it’s time for a ride with a view – take the Sky Waka gondola up the top of Mt Ruapehu and be treated to some truly unforgettable scenes on the way. Later in the day, head to your Feature Stay accommodation at the Powderhorn Chateau and settle in. The chateau provides a stunning base for the evening, surrounded by the soaring peaks of Ruapehu, Ngauruhoe and Tongariro – the views are simply unbeatable.

Please note the Sky Waka Gondola is closed for maintenance in October and November.

Accommodation: Powderhorn Chateau or similar
Accommodation type: Premium
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch
The Powderhorn Chateau is a fantastic retreat for all seasons, and for those traveling between Auckland and Wellington or visiting the Central Plateau it provides the perfect stop-over. Whether you’re seeking adventure, a family holiday or a romantic getaway, there is a variety of accommodation available to suit your needs.

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Day Seven - Wellington exploration day
Tour day 7
8 Day Intrepid Premium New Zealand North Island - Day 7
Wellington

This morning, make tracks for Wellington, New Zealand’s trendy capital city. After settling in, hop aboard a private catamaran and get to know the city on an evening cruise around Wellington Harbour. Return to land after an hour and join your group for dinner at a fantastic waterfront restaurant – the perfect chance to reminisce about your North Island adventure.

Accommodation: QT Hotel Wellington or similar
Accommodation type: Premium
Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
Welcome to your private viewing where art meets soul. With abstract lines and playful patterns, we’re setting you up for eclectic dreams. Your Wellington hotel room is surrounded by urban hills and harbour views, landscapes of true visual indulgence. In a capital alive with expressive aesthetic, here you can let it soak in. This unusual accommodation in Wellington is your own creative hideaway.

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Day Eight - Farwell from Wellington
Tour day 8
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Wellington

Your North Island adventure comes to an end after breakfast this morning. If you would like to spend more time exploring Wellington, just get in touch in advance and we’d be happy to arrange additional accommodation (subject to availability). Alternatively, combine this trip with Premium New Zealand South Island for the ultimate tour of this special land. Search Premium New Zealand Encompassed PHPZC, or speak with your booking agent for more details.

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