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The Endless Shores with Insight Vacation

Explore New Zealand's North Island on this escorted Luxury Gold tour with Insight Vacations

Book by Dec 31, 2017

Visit the cities Auckland and Wellington, that resound with a friendly welcome normally felt in small towns. Travel into the rustic, unspoilt coastal regions of the Coromandel and the Bay of Islands, where dazzling white beaches and historic villages are the norm.

Endless Shores | 13 days from Wellington to Auckland 

Tour Highlights

  • Bay of Islands: Take your morning of leisure to explore the beautiful area of Hawke's Bay
  • Rotorua: Visit the Rainbow Springs Nature Park to see a working kiwi nursery and hatchery
  • Waitomo: Discover the native glowworms in the Waitomo Cave
  • Waipoua Forest: Walk with a Maori guide and learn about the history and legend behind the Kauri tree

Detailed Itinerary

DAY 1 - WELCOME TO WELLINGTON

On arrival at Wellington International Airport you'll be driven by complimentary transfer to your hotel. Spend some time at leisure to relax or explore on your own. This evening, meet your Travelling Concierge and get to know your fellow travellers during your Welcome Dinner.

 

Hotel: Sofitel Wellington. Meals: Dinner with Wine

 

DAY 2 - RELAXED START - WELLINGTON YOUR WAY

Explore Wellington Your Way with an included choice of sightseeing. You can experience Weta Cave, home of the creative wizards behind The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies, join a local guide for city walking tour around Wellington or learn about New Zealand’s history and culture during a guided visit to Te Papa, New Zealand’s incredible national museum and art gallery.

 

Hotel: Sofitel Wellington. Meals: Breakfast

 

DAY 3 - WELLINGTON TO HAWKE'S BAY.

Travel through the dairy farming land of Manawatu to Napier in Hawke's Bay.

 

Hotel: Porters Boutique Hotel, Havelock North, Hawke's Bay. Meals: Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

 

DAY 4 - RELAXED START - EXPLORING NAPIER

Enjoy a relaxed start before venturing out to explore the surrounding area. Join a local guide for a tour of the city and see the varying art deco architecture, the style in which Napier was rebuilt after a devastating Earthquake in 1931. In the evening, enjoy a wine tasting and three-course dinner at Craggy Range Winery, one of the region's world-famous wineries.

 

Hotel: Porters Boutique Hotel, Havelock North, Hawke's Bay. Meals: Buffet Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

 

DAY 5 - GEOTHERMAL ROTORUA

Travel past Lake Taupo, the largest lake in New Zealand, and visit the spectacular Huka Falls. Then it’s on to Rotorua where on arrival a sightseeing tour offers the chance to take in views of Lake Rotorua. Experience local customs like the Hongi greeting and learn some customary phrases when you visit the Whakarewarewa Living Village set amongst a highly active landscape erupting with geothermal activity. Savour the unique flavours of a Māori Hāngī feast, a meal cooked in the ground using geothermal steam, followed by a traditional concert, at the Tamaki Family Marae.

 

Hotel: Pullman, Rotorua. Meals: Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

 

DAY 6 - THE SIGHTS OF ROTORUA

Your first stop is Rainbow Springs Nature Park, where you'll discover the native beauty around the crystal clear mineral water springs. Take a behind-the-scenes tour through a working kiwi nursery and hatchery dedicated to the conservation of the national icon. Continue to Redwoods Treewalk which consists of 21 suspension bridges traversing between 22 Californian Coastal Redwoods. It provides a unique view of the native undergrowth below from up to 12 metres above the ground, and with a 553-metre-long walk there is plenty of time to appreciate the beauty of the forest. The rest of the afternoon is free for you to continue exploring at your leisure or perhaps relax at your state-of-the-art hotel.

 

Hotel: Pullman, Rotorua. Meals: Breakfast

 

DAY 7 - FOOTWHISTLE CAVE AND AUCKLAND

Begin your day with a dazzling show during an exclusive five-star Eco Glowworm experience at Waitomo Caves. During your five-star, exclusively guided, Eco Glowworm experience, admire the magical subterranean world of Footwhistle Cave. Later in New Zealand's largest city, Auckland, embark on an afternoon sightseeing tour before having the rest of the day at your leisure to enjoy the city as you wish. Toast your travels at your Celebration Dinner in the company of a former New Zealand All Black rugby player.

 

Hotel: Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour. Meals: Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

 

DAY 8 - FAREWELL AUCKLAND.

Bid farewell to your fellow travellers after breakfast, as your journey comes to an end with a transfer to Auckland Airport for your onward flight.

 

Meals: Breakfast

 

INCLUSIVE LUXURY GOLD SERVICES

- You will be escorted by one of our fine Travelling Concierges, handpicked to serve as your expert guide, consummate organiser, and friend overseas.

 

- Luxury Gold is proud to offer various modes of transportation, from luxury coach to safari jeep and more, so that you always travel in comfort and experience your journey and destination in the best possible and most appropriate way.

 

- Personal radio headsets give you the freedom to wander during visits to famous highlights, without missing any of your Local Expert's fascinating commentary, available on departures with 15 or more guests.

 

- At every hotel, you'll be treated to seamless baggage handling, with prompt delivery inside your room.

 

- Hotel and restaurant tips are included - you'll never have to worry about how much to give, nor search for foreign currency. We also include all taxes and porterage charges at hotels.

 

- Stay connected with friends and family with our complimentary coach and hotel Wi-Fi (where available).

 

- From time to time, your Travelling Concierge will enchant you with a Luxury Gold Flourish, which is a local speciality representing the destination.

 

- Complimentary, private airport transfers are included on start and end dates and when additional accommodation has been booked through Luxury Gold.

 

We believe that travel is not just about going to incredible places, but really connecting with them in an authentic way. Travel in its truest sense is both a joy and a personal passion for every member of our team. In our luxury customized coaches, you have twice the legroom, and twice the view. We want you to feel entirely at ease and relaxed throughout your Insight vacation. So let us take care of the driving while you sit back and enjoy the journey, worry-free. We believe that where you stay makes the difference between a good vacation and an unforgettable one. This is why we take the greatest possible care in choosing hotels that are truly excellent in terms of style, location and service.

Terms & Conditions

Vacation departures, itineraries and prices are subject to change. A non-refundable, non-transferable deposit per person per vacation is required to reserve space for you. Charges not included in the land vacation price: airfare to/from the start/end of your vacation; airline baggage fees including checked and/or excess baggage fees; Federal inspection fees for the Federal Customs and Immigrations; agricultural tax; GST/HST/PST or other per person taxes imposed by government entities; applicable cruise taxes, fees, fares and port charges; passports; visas and vaccinations; transfers; tips to your Tour or Cruise Director, Local Host, driver, Local Guides, and/or ships& crew; gratuities on ferries, trains, and cruise ships; laundry; telephone; minibar; alcohol, beverages, and food outside of the contracted menu as presented at a hotel or restaurant (these extra items will be billed to you before leaving the hotel, ship, or restaurant); additional excursions and activities not listed as included&a in the itinerary; porterage at airports or train stations; Travel Insurance premiums; and all other items of a personal nature.