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Best of the North Island

Auckland, Bay of Islands, Coromandel, Rotorua, Taupo, Napier, Martinborough, Wellington
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  • Indirect international flights
  • 15 nights in 4-5* hotels & hand picked accommodation
  • 11 days' car hire
  • Hobbiton Movie Set tours
  • Hole in the Rock Cruise
  • More tours as suggested in itinerary
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White-sand beaches, volcano-sculpted landscapes, the very vibrant Maori culture, unique architecture and award-winning wines - the experiences on offer in New Zealand’s North Island are as varied as its incredible landscapes. This journey is designed to make sure you don’t miss a thing.

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Days 1-2

Fly from the UK to Auckland.

Days 3-4

Auckland

On arrival to Auckland, collect your hire car from the airport and make your way to your hotel. Once you’ve settled in, get out and explore this sensational city. Explore uptown Auckland on foot and appreciate the area’s rich heritage, take a scenic boat ride around the harbour and ascend the Sky Tower for the best views in town. While you’re here catch the ferry to beautiful Waiheke Island where you’ll find independent boutiques, galleries and wineries as well as sandy beaches and emerald waters. The evening can be spent in one of Auckland’s fantastic restaurants overlooking Viaduct Harbour.

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4.5* SKYCITY Hotel Auckland

Days 5-7

Paihia

Head on to Paihia, the gateway to the beautiful Bay of Islands, a collection of almost 150 islets dotted among glittering turquoise waters. While you’re here, you’ll set sail on a Hole in the Rock Cruise, included as part of your Journey. Experience natural wonders and stunning scenery on this voyage of discovery and view the iconic Hole in the Rock on Motukokako Island, and don’t forget to keep a look out for wild dolphins splashing in the waves.

Included Excursion:
Hole in the Rock Cruise
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4* Scenic Hotel Bay of Islands

Days 8-9

Coromandel

Say goodbye to Auckland and drive south to the Coromandel Peninsula. Renowned for its natural beauty, rural farmland and pristine golden beaches, Coromandel is blessed with numerous natural hideaways and idyllic spots. Later on, take to the seas for a fun half day’s kayaking on the clear blue waters, paddling through the sea caves to Cathedral Cove for a cappuccino on the beach as part of your Cathedral Cove Classic tour.

Included Excursion:
Cathedral Cove Classic Tour
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Grand Mercure Puka Park Resort

Days 10-11

Rotorua

Drive to the unique geothermal wonderland of Rotorua. Sitting within the Pacific Rim of Fire, Rotorua boasts bubbling mud pools, clouds of steam and natural hot springs, perfect for a relaxing soak. The city is also the centre of Maori culture in New Zealand so take the opportunity to learn more about the traditions and way of life of the Maori people. While you’re in town, you’ll take part in a Hobbiton Movie Set tour, visiting the set from the Lord of the Rings and taking look inside a real Hobbit hole.

Included Excursion:
Hobbiton Movie Set Tour
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Days 12-13

Taupo

With incredible views across to the volcanoes of nearby Tongariro National Park, the town of Lake Taupo is truly breath-taking. The lake itself was created nearly two thousand years ago by a huge volcanic explosion and its sheer size makes it more like an inland sea than a lake. Lake Taupo is a great spot to try water-skiing, sailing and kayaking while the surrounding forests offer numerous hiking and mountain bike trails. In the evening, set off on a two hour Sunset Walk in Tongariro National Park on a gentle track on Mt Ruapehu. On reaching the ridge, watch the sunset with a glass of New Zealand’s finest wines.

Included Excursion:
Tongariro Sunset Guided Walk
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5* Hilton Taupo

Day 14

Napier

Napier is located in the lush region of Hawke’s Bay, one of New Zealand’s warmest and driest areas, which produces some of the country’s best wines. In the afternoon, follow Hawke’s Bay food and wine trail and discover numerous wineries on your Classic Afternoon wine tour, which also includes a cheeseboard. The next day, visit the traditional farmers market in Hastings and enjoy the beautifully preserved art-deco architecture in Napier.

Included Excursion:
Classic Afternoon Tour (wine tour)
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Day 15

Martinborough

Located at the heart of the Classic New Zealand Wine Trail, Martinborough boasts excellent restaurants and spectacular local wines. From the picturesque village square you can walk to 30 nearby vineyards, making a fantastic walking-wine trail. Many of the wineries are open year-round for tastings and many have cafes or restaurants serving local food to match your wine preferences. Your charming accommodation here is found right in the heart of Martinborough.

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5* Peppers Parehua Martinborough

Days 16-17

Wellington

New Zealand’s capital city of Wellington is your last stop. Situated beside a beautiful harbour and surrounded by impressive green hills, this capital city is known for its art, heritage and culture. Take a stroll along Oriental Parade to admire the waterfront, continue up Mount Victoria to enjoy panoramic views over the city or explore the walking trails in the surrounding hills.

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Days 18-19

Depart Wellington and return to the UK.

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