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Watch the sunset with a glass of wine in Tongariro National Park
19 days priced at 2649, flight and hotel inclusive
Tailor-made Journey

19 days from £2649pp

Highlights

Some of the highlights included are:

  • Kayak along the beautiful beaches and sea caves of Cathedral Cove
  • Sample some of New Zealand’s finest vintages in Martinborough
  • Watch the sunset with a glass of wine in Tongariro National Park
  • Have a drink in The Green Dragon on a tour of the Hobbiton movie set

Holiday Type

Fly-drive
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Active
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Wildlife & Nature
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What's included
  • International flights with Air New Zealand
  • 15 nights in 4-5* hotels & hand picked accommodation
  • 11 days' car hire
  • Hole in the Rock Cruise
  • Cathedral Cove kayaking
  • Hobbiton Movie Set tours
  • Tongariro Sunset Guided Walk
  • Classic Afternoon wine tour in Napier
Need to know
  • Arrives: Auckland Airport (AKL)
  • Time difference: GMT+13
  • Visa requirements: British passport holders do not require a visa
  • Language: English and Maori
  • Currency: New Zealand dollar (NZD)
  • Flying time from UK: around 27 hours
  • Plug type: 3-prong flat blade plug
  • Voltage: 240 volts/50 cycles
Your route
 

Itinerary

Days 1-2
Fly from UK to
Days 3-4
Auckland

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.

4.5* VR Queen Street Hotel

Day 5
Hokianga

It’s natural wonders galore here – take a look at the giant Koutu Boulders, smooth rocky spheres up to three metres wide, or check out the nearby sand dunes. For a touch of culture head to the Mangungu Mission House, where the Treaty of Waitangi, declaring British sovereignty over New Zealand, was signed by Maori chiefs on 6th February 1840.

3* Copthorne Hotel & Resort

Days 6-7
Bay of Islands

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.

4* Sea Spray Suites

Hole in the Rock Cruise

Days 8-9
Coromandel

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.

4* Marina Park Apartments

Cathedral Cove Classic Tour

Days 10-11
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.

4.5* Novotel Rotorua Lakeside

Hobbiton Movie Set Tour

Days 12-13
Taupo

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.

5* Hilton Taupo

Tongariro Sunset Guided Walk

Day 14
Napier

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.

4* Scenic Hotel Te Pania

Classic Afternoon Tour (wine tour)

Day 15
Martinborough

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.

4* Martinborough Hotel

Days 16-17
Wellington

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.

4* Distinction Wellington

Days 18-19
Depart Wellington and return to the UK

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