Spectacular North

8 Day Small Group Tour from Wellington to Auckland with Kirra

Book online and enjoy exclusive savings on Kirra's 8 Day Spectacular North. This 8 day North Island journey of discovery leaves from the cosmopolitan city of Wellington, recently voted as the 'coolest little capital in the world' by Lonely Planet. Stay in Martinborough, a boutique wine village in the rural heartland...read more

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Small Group Tour Starts In
Starts In
Wellington
Small Group Tour Ends In
Ends In
Auckland
Accomodation
Accomodation
4 - 4.5 Star
24
Max Group Size
24
Small Group
Trip Style
Small Group
Scenic / Cultural
Trip Style
Scenic / Cultural
Countries Explored:
New Zealand
Trip Operated By:
Kirra
Kirra
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Trip Code:
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Itinerary

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1 Arrive Wellington
Kia Ora. Welcome to Wellington, New Zealand. A Kirra representative will greet you at the airport and transfer you to your hotel. Stay: The Bolton Hotel
2 Martinborough Wine Village
Today begins with a guided tour of Te Papa, the Museum of New Zealand. Travel on to Martinborough, located at the centre of the Wairarapa wine region and a popular weekend destination for locals. Many boutique wineries are within an easy walk of the town square and the region is particularly well known for its production of Pinot Noir wines. Enjoy a wine tasting at the awardwinning Palliser Estate vineyard before checking into your accommodation. Stay: Peppers Parehua Country Estate (B/D)
3 Pukaha Mount Bruce, Taupo
This morning, enjoy a guided tour of the Pukaha Mount Bruce Wildlife Centre, a captive-breeding sanctuary for some of the country's most threatened wildlife and home to the only white kiwi in captivity. Travel along Desert Road, skirting Tongariro National Park to arrive at Taupo, a popular lakeside resort. Stay: Millennium Hotel & Resort Manuels (B/D)
4 Taupo, Rotorua
Stop to view the mighty Huka Falls and fascinating Wairakei Geothermal Project before arriving at the thermal wonderland of Wai-O-Tapu. Sculptured out of volcanic activity and thousands of years in the making, this uniquely different natural landscape is considered to be New Zealand’s most colourful and diverse geothermal sightseeing attraction Tonight, visit the award winning Tamaki Village and enjoy a traditional Maori hangi (feast) and cultural performance featuring Maori songs, chants and dance, including the stirring haka. Stay Two Nights: Millennium Rotorua (B/D)
5 Lake Rotoiti Cruise & Redwood Treetop Walk
Today's highlight is an exclusive cruise across the serene, clear waters of Lake Rotoiti. Explore native bays and coves of the lake under sail on our luxury catamaran and bathe in the thermal waters of the Manupirua Pools, accessible only by boat. Later, enjoy a suspended treetop eco-walk amongst Rotorua's gentle giants in the Redwood Forest and get a unique bird's eye perspective of these 110 year old trees and the lush flora below. (B)
6 Rotorua, Hobbiton, Auckland
Cross the Mamaku Ranges this morning and leave Rotorua behind, travelling into the lush farmlands of the Waikato, a peaceful and idyllic area noted for dairy farming and its horse studs. Arrive into Matamata and meet your guide who will escort your group on a fun and interesting Hobbiton Movie Set and Farm Tour, taking in the picturesque set locations and providing a deeper look behind the scenes of the filming for the Hobbit and Lord of the Rings Trilogy. After your tour enjoy a a fully themed Marquee Festive Feast. Later travel onto Auckland the "City of Sails" for a City Sights Tour before arriving at your hotel for an evening at leisure. Stay Two Nights: Pullman Auckland Hotel (B)
7 At leisure in Auckland
Today is free to explore New Zealand’s largest and most vibrant city. Perhaps take the ferry to Waiheke Island and enjoy lunch at one of the many superb vineyards, stroll around the trendy suburbs of Parnell and Ponsonby or sail Waitemata Harbour aboard a genuine America’s Cup racing yacht. Your options are many. This evening, join your friends for a farewell dinner and drinks while reliving the many great experiences shared. (B/D)
8 Depart Auckland
Sadly, your holiday ends after breakfast this morning. Here we bid you farewell and hope you leave with many happy memories of your stay. (B)
1 Arrive Wellington
‘Haere Mai' Welcome to New Zealand. On arrival, you will be met by a Kirra Tours representative and transferred to your city hotel. The rest of your day is free to explore the nation's vibrant capital city. We highly recommend a visit to Te Papa, the Museum of New Zealand, or riding the famous Cable Car up the hill to Kelburn for amazing views. Wellington is also known for its foodie scene, so get out to try any of the fantastic restaurants downtown this evening. Stay: The Bolton Hotel (1 night)
2 Pukaha Mt Bruce, Napier
We stop at the Mount Bruce Wildlife Centre, a captive breeding sanctuary for the country's most endangered birds and home to the only white kiwi in captivity. Arriving into Napier in the late afternoon, there is time to stroll amongst the perfectly preserved Art Deco facades and view the Sea Walls murals painted on more than 50 walls around the city. Stay: The Crown Hotel / Scenic Hotel Te Pania (2 nights) (B)
3 At leisure in Napier
Widely regarded as the ‘Tuscany of the South Pacific', this region boasts some of New Zealand's best wineries. Enjoy a free day to experience some of the many optional activities available or simply relax and enjoy your surroundings. This evening, we visit Mission Estate, New Zealand's oldest winery established by a group of French missionaries in 1851. Enjoy wine tastings followed by a fine dining experience in the elegantly restored seminary with its sweeping views over the vineyards, city and the coast beyond. (B/D)
4 Taupo, Rotorua
Stop to view the might Huka Falls on the way through Taupo before arriving at the geothermal wonderland of Wai-O-Tapu. Sculptured by volcanic activity and thousands of years in the making, this uniquely different natural landscape is considered to be New Zealand's most colourful, diverse geothermal sightseeing attraction. Tonight, enjoy a traditional Maori hangi (feast) and cultural performance featuring Maori songs, chants and dance, including the stirring haka. Stay: Regent of Rotorua / Prince's Gate Hotel (2 nights) (B/D)
5 Lake Rotoiti Cruise
Today's highlight is an exclusive cruise across the serene, clear waters of Lake Rotoiti. Explore native bays and coves of the lake under sail on our luxury catamaran and bathe in the thermal waters of the Manupirua hot springs, accessible only by boat. This afternoon we see the Blue and Green Lakes before spending the rest of the afternoon at leisure in Rotorua. For dinner tonight we highly recommend checking out Eat Streat, a collection of top-notch restaurants and bars with an all-weather al fresco dining area. (B)
6 Waiuku
After a leisurely breakfast, we cross the Mamaku Ranges into the lush farmlands of the Waikato district. We will stop to stretch our legs and wander through the award-winning Hamilton Gardens. Reaching our peaceful coastal retreat in the afternoon, you can venture out for a walk along the black sand beach below the resort or opt to relax with a spa treatment before enjoying a delicious dinner with stunning panoramic views of the Tasman Sea. Stay: Castaways Resort (1 night) (B/D)
7 Auckland
We drive into Auckland and enjoy a city tour showcasing the highlights of NZ's largest city. You'll cross the Harbour Bridge for wonderful view of the city skyline across the Hauraki Gulf, explore the lookout at Bastion Point and visit the city's oldest park, the Auckland Domain with its elegant Wintergardens. Afterwards, you are free to explore further on your own. This evening, re-join your friends for a final farewell dinner to relive the many great experiences of the last week. Stay: Hotel Grand Windsor (1 night) (B/D)
8 Depart Auckland
Sadly, your holiday ends after breakfast this morning. Here we bid you farewell and hope you leave with many happy memories of your stay. You will be transferred to Auckland Airport to connect with your onward flight. (B)

Kirra Inclusions

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Journey Highlights
  • Pukaha Mount Bruce Wildlife Centre guided tour
  • Exclusive Lake Rotoiti cruise
  • Traditional Maori Hangi (feast) & Cultural Evening
  • Boutique wine village of Martinborough
  • Stay in the Tongariro National Park
  • Auckland, the City of Sails
  • Thermal Wonderland of Rotorua
  • Wellington, the nation’s capital
Trip Inclusions
  • 7 nights luxury hotel and boutique accommodation
  • Full breakfast daily (B) 1 lunch (L) & 4 dinners (D)
  • Travel by purpose built, luxury Platinum Touring coach
  • Guided by a professional Driver Guide
  • All sightseeing, excursions and entrance fees as shown
  • Hotel porterage
  • Complimentary airport transfers on arrival and departure
Iconic Sightseeing
  • Wine tasting, Martinborough
  • Te Puia Thermal Reserve
  • Treetop eco-walk amongst the Redwoods
  • Hobbiton Movie Set Guided Tour & Lunch
  • Wairakei Geothermal region & mighty Huka Falls
Trip Notes
  • Accommodation, itinerary and inclusions subject to change.
  • Disruptions to itinerary may occur
Journey Highlights
  • Pukaha Mount Bruce Wildlife Centre
  • Wine tasting and fine dining at Mission Estate vineyard
  • Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Reserve
  • Authentic Maori hangi & cultural experience
  • Lake Rotoiti cruise
  • See the Blue & Green Lakes
  • Hamilton Gardens
  • Auckland City Tour
Trip Inclusions
  • 7 nights luxury hotel and boutique accommodation
  • Full breakfast daily (B) 1 lunch (L) & 4 dinners (D)
  • Travel by purpose built, luxury Platinum Touring coach
  • Guided by a professional Driver Guide
  • All sightseeing, excursions and entrance fees as shown
  • Hotel porterage
  • Complimentary airport transfers on arrival and departure
Trip Notes
  • Accommodation, itinerary and inclusions subject to change.
  • Disruptions to itinerary may occur

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