Best of North Island, New Zealand

Best of North Island

12 Days


HIGHLIGHTS

  • Auckland highlights
  • Sky Tower
  • Coromandel Peninsula
  • Hunua Falls
  • Rapaura Watergardens
  • Cathedral Cove Walk
  • Karangahake Gorge
  • Waikite Valley Thermal Pools
  • Rotorua Museum
  • Government Gardens.
  • Huka Falls
  • Tongariro National Park
  • Laka Taupo
  • Hawke’s Bay
  • Te Papa Tongarewa
  • Zealandia
  • New Plymouth
  • Cape Egmont
  • Whanganui National Park
  • Mt. Tatanaki
  • The Glowworm Caves of Waitomo
  • Bay of Islands
  • Hole in the Rock
  • Waitangi Treaty Grounds
  • Waipoua Forest
  • 90 Mile Beach
  • Cape Reinga

Best of North Island

12 Days


Dates

  • 12 Days

Pricing

  • Tour Pricing: Please Contact Us for pricing on this tour

Best of North Island

12 Days


Inclusions

  • All accommodations (2-3 star)
  • All meals
  • Transportation throughout tour
  • Airport transfers
  • Personal guide

Exclusions

  • International airfare
  • Entrance fees to museums and other attractions not listed in ‘Inclusions’
  • Personal items: Laundry, shopping, etc.
  • Traveler’s insurance

Best of North Island


DAY 1: WELCOME TO AUCKLAND!

​Board your flight to Auckland International Airport (CHC) – not included. The “City of Sails” offers the best city life in New Zealand, being an international hub and access point to the country. Enjoy a Maori Cultural Performance and learn more of New Zealand’s history at the Auckland Museum. Enjoy the shopping center of Auckland in the Parnell Village and use the remainder of the day exploring the highlights of Auckland. Visit the Sky Tower, the harbor and any of the spectacular gardens and parks.

DAY 2: COROMANDEL PENINSULA

The Coromandel Peninsula contains pristine beaches and exquisite forests. Enjoy a scenic drive to the peninsula. Stop at the thundering Hunua Falls and explore the largest mainland forest in the Auckland region. Continue to Thames to witness the spectacular Rapaura Watergardens. End the day with a stroll along the Cathedral Cove Walk and dip your toes in the soothing waters of Mercury Bay.

DAY 3: ROTORUA

​Rise early for a full day of North Island's natural wonders. Rotorua is the geothermal center of all of New Zealand. Enjoy the bubbling hot pots, the natural wonders of geothermal activity. Visit the historic walkway that follows an old railway at Karangahake Gorge. Take a tip in the Waikite Valley Thermal Pools. If time permits, explore the Rotorua Museum or the Government Gardens. Continue to Taupo for more grand nature sights.

DAY 4: TAUPO

Enjoy a full day in Taupo. Visit Huka Falls and watch as the turquoise water cascade over the lively green flora. Wander along the ancient shores and take in the scenic views of Lake Taupo, the largest lake in the North Island. Not only is this lake the largest lake in the North island This lake happens to be located in a caldera from a super eruption 26,500 years ago. Explore the Tongariro National Park, the 4th National Park in the world, full of history in nature and culture. Keep your eyes peeled for the brown kiwi and the whio (blue duck) who are both indigenous to this area.

DAY 5: NAPIER

​After the large earthquake that rocked New Zealand’s North Island, Napier became the Art Deco center of NZ. Explore the architectural wonders. Take an evening stroll on the beach of Hawke’s bay.

DAY 6: WELLINGTON

​Spend the day in the capital and second largest city of New Zealand. Visit Zealandia, an extraordinary urban ecosanctuary. Enjoy the afternoon learning about Maori culture at the Museum of New Zealand: Te Papa Tongarewa. Learn the history and clashes of a strong and vibrant culture. Enjoy a relaxing evening dinner downtown and take in the city nightlife.

DAY 7: NEW PLYMOUTH

​​Start the journey back towards Auckland. Head North up the coast and spend the day in New Plymouth. Visit Cape Egmont and its lighthouse. Drive through Whanganui National Park and spot the picturesque Mt. Tatanaki in the distance. Relax on the shores of the Tasman Sea and end the day with an immaculate sunset.

DAY 8: WAITOMO - AUCKLAND

Visit the most phenomenal natural wonder nature has to offer: The Glowworm Caves of Waitomo. Your tour will guide you through the caves on a boat while explaining the natural phenomenon of these tiny creatures. Continue through the rolling countryside of Hamilton and check out gorgeous, landscaped Hamilton Gardens. Rest in Auckland for the night before proceeding north to the Bay of Islands.

DAY 9-11: BAY OF ISLANDS

It can be said that the Bay of Islands came straight out of a fairy tale. The beaches and wildlife are unparalleled. Get up close and personal to dolphins and bird colonies by taking a short cruise to the Hole in the Rock natural site. Experience history and culture at the Waitangi Treaty Grounds. If time permits, visit the oldest tree in New Zealand at the Waipoua Forest. Walk along the 90 Mile Beach to Cape Reinga and experience the fairy tale first hand.

DAY 12: DEPART-TOUR ENDS

Although no group activities have been scheduled today your Volant guide will ensure timely arrivals to the Auckland International Airport (AKL) where you will depart home. Thank you for choosing Volant and safe travels!

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Auckland, New Zealand

Thames, New Zealand

Rotorua, New Zealand

Taupo, New Zealand

Napier, New Zealand

Wellington, New Zealand

New Plymouth, New Zealand

Bay of Islands, New Zealand

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