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9 days / 8 nights
The classic reimagined, a side order of art, indulgence and scenery
A North Island road trip
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Dates:
  • 24 Oct – 01 Nov Sold out
  • 28 Nov – 06 Dec Special Christmas edition
Trip Duration:9 days / 8 nights
Start:Auckland / Hamilton
Finish:Auckland / Hamilton
Price:
  • Adult NZD 3975 per person
  • Child NZD 2650 per person
  • Single Supplement NZD 1290
20% deposit will secure a place on this trip.
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TRIP HIGHLIGHTS
  • A Xmas special immerse yourself in hot pools 
  • Backcountry exploration of lakes & natural springs 
  • Afternoon tea overlooking an alpine landscape nestled in the Victorian grandeur of the Chateau Tongariro
  • Gentle flat alpine walks in TONGARIRO NATIONAL PARK
  • Taupo experience a 4WD journey where you are introduced to food foraging with the reward of a delicious hangi afterwards
  • 8x breakfast, 1x lunch, 6x dinner, 1x afternoon tea tasting
TRIP INCLUDES
  • 1 night hotel accommodation in Okoroire Hot Springs Hotel
  • 2 nights motel accommodation in Turangi / Parklands Motor Lodge
  • 2 nights hotel accommodation in Taupo / Hilton Hotel
  • 3 nights hotel accommodation in Rotorua / Prince’s Gate Boutique Hotel
  • 8x breakfasts, 2x lunch, 6x dinner, 1x afternoon tea tasting
  • Entry Fee of Matamata Firth Tower, Okoroire Hot Springs, Tokaanu Hot Springs, Lava Glass Studio, Craters of the Moon, Maori Rock Carvings Sail Trip, Orakei Korako Geothermal Park & Cave, Waikite Valley Thermal Pools, Te Puia Admission and Geyser by Night, Wingspan National Bird Centre, Zealong Tea Estate tea tour
  • Commentaries provided by your experienced escort, drivers and local guides
  • Comfortable air-conditioned coaches with panoramic windows

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    ITINERARY
    About Trip
    The classic reimagined,
    a side order of art, indulgence and scenery
    A North Island road trip

    Auckland, Tirau, Okoroire Hot Springs, Tokaanu, Taupo, Chateau Tongariro, Rotorua, Ngongotaha, Zeelong Tea Planation, Auckland

    Start the adventure memorised by pure piercing deep blue ribbons of spring water. Then it’s off to the best art gallery in a small town. Together we find, tucked into the backcountry a historic hotel where the earth’s core has a private treat in store for us with warm natural thermal pools. Next visitors are given a front row seat to observe displays of natural Central Plateau energy. You will find rare endangered blue ducks (whio) adorable and the acquarium where eels and trout content for crumbs fun. Rotorua is reimagined for locals with nooks and corners explored. Guaranteed privacy, far from the tourist crowds. Interspersed with art galleries, delicious farm to plate cuisine and the joy of new discoveries the trip is where the ordinary becomes extraordinary. Bliss.

    @waikitevalleythermalpools

    DAY 1
    Auckland - Tirau
    Let’s jump right into the “Must Kiwi Destinations”

    Highlights of the day

    • Hamilton Gardens, horticulturist & gardening enthusiast insights
    • LOTR – Lord of the Rings Movie Set Tour or Matamata, Firth Tower Reserve and Museum
    • Hot Springs Hotel, relax and soak in your private hotel mineral pools

    The day starts with a garden as an art form. From Hamilton guests have an opportunity to find some movie magic. The story of the countryside is aptly recounted at Matamata’s Firth Tower. Enjoy the atmosphere of a historic hotel with its own private hot springs pools overlooking the bush clad hills. Join us and experience the real Middle-earth™ at the Hobbiton™ Movie Set, where you can step into the lush pastures of the Shire™, as seen in The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies.

    Hamilton gardens @Matthew Xavier Lehnsherr

    Stay

    @okoroirehotel

    Okoroire Hot Springs Hotel

    The Okoroire Hot Springs Hotel, 1889 and listed with the Heritage Association of New Zealand, has had a significant refresh. The hotel’s extensive property is 70 plus acres of natural beauty, including a wonderful country style nine-hole golf course. A highlight is the onsite historical and natural hot springs. Okoroire Hot Springs Hotel has the distinction of being one of New Zealand’s most historic hotels still in existence.

    DAY 2
    Tirau - Turangi
    Blue Springs, Country Landscapes, Lunch at the lake, Hot Springs

    Highlights of the day

    • Tirau / little quirky town
    • Putaruru Blue Springs & Te Waihou walkway
    • Lunch at the lake
    • Tokaanu Jetty / Historical Wharf
    • Pihanga Art Gallery
    • Tokaanu Thermal Walks / Hot Springs

    Corrugated iron sculptures festoon Tirau, we check the side roads for a cheeky toilet stop. Then it’s off to view pure deep blue ribbons of spring water where over 65% of New Zealand’s bottled water is sourced. Next is a glorious lake to hear stories of settlement, valour and commerce as we relax into Taupo time. Find out about a quiet backwater that once rivalled Taupo with its busy wharf. Now the crowds have disappeared with the occasional fishing buff enjoying the peace of the lake.

    @PihangaGallery

    Stay

    @parklandsmotorlodge

    Parkland Motor Lodge / Turangi

    Offering accommodation with free Wi-Fi, Parklands Motor Lodge is located near the popular trout fishing waters of the Tongariro River, in the shadow of Mt.

    Pihanga Volcano.

    DAY 3
    Tongariro National Park
    Three active volcanic mountains, iconic and majestic landscapes, waterfalls

    Highlights of the day

    • Ka Mate Haka / the birthplace of the All Blacks Haka
    • Tawhai Falls (Gollum’s pool LOTR)
    • Sky Waka – Mt Ruapehu Gondola add ons
    • Taranaki Falls
    • Afternoon tea at the iconic Chateau Tongariro Hotel
    • Whakapapa Nature Walk

    Guests will enjoy landscapes where the earth’s core has shaped the mountains, rivers and waterfalls. New Zealand and Iceland are contenders for displays of natural energy with the Central Plateau giving guests a front row seat. As you swoop up and over the plateau you will see why the area is popular year round with summer tramps and winter skiing. A highlight is the delicious high tea where enormous picture windows capture the views of wild natural New Zealand.

    @ChateauTongariro

    DAY 4
    I Love Taupo
    Geothermal Wonderland

    Highlights of the day

    • Tongariro River & the story of trout
    • Lava Glass – Glassblowing Studio, Sculpture Garden, Art Gallery
    • Craters of the Moon

    The lake defines Taupo and its massive, inland freshwater body with its own currents, eddies and waves. The lake fills a volcanic crater which indicates the sheer enormity of the ancient volcanic explosion. The scenery is glorious. Action in Taupo does not mean jet boating (lots of fun) or screaming in delight as you jump off a very large platform (bungee jumping) it can mean memorizing sheer water surging against dam walls or a walk among a lunar landscape. Let’s relax in one of New Zealand’s premier holiday destinations.

    @lavaglassnz

    Stay

    @HiltonLakeTaupo

    A resort-style heritage hotel near Lake Taupo

    Enjoy views over Lake Taupo and the surrounding volcanic scenery from our hotel on New Zealand’s North Island. Our 19th-century building combines Victorian charm with modern styling and is just 10 minutes from Taupo town center. There are swimming pools, tennis courts, a fitness center, and lakeside views from the restaurant balcony.

    DAY 5
    The largest lake in Australasia - Taupo
    Indepth exploration of the lake district

    Highlights of the day

    • Historic boat cruise on lake – Maori Rock Carvings
    • Otumuheke stream
    • Huka Falls
    • Kai Waho Experience (optional)
    • Ngatoroirangi Mine Bay – Maori Rock Carvings

    A very special opportunity to go food foraging and enjoy the results of your finds with a delicious hangi (hot rock oven). The custodians of the area escort guests around their private forest and bush while ensuring we have plenty of supplies for the upcoming feast. Guests enjoy a day on the lake exploring Maori rock carvings, the bays and inlets that make up the lake. The majesty of the Huka Falls never fails to please with the option to soak in another well known natural hot spring.

    Otumuheke stream @Lovetauponz

    DAY 6
    Taupo - Rotorua
    The Hidden Valley, Beekeeping Tour

    Highlights of the day

    • Huka Honey Hive beekeeping tour (add ons)
    • Orakei Korako Geothermal Park & Cave
    • Waikite Valley Thermal Pools
    • Okere Falls Track

    Find a spot in the hidden valley by the lake and wriggle your toes in the warm hot springs quietly flowing into the lake. Orakei Korako is suitable for all fitness levels with seating throughout giving guests a chance to focus on the orange / yellow mineralised rock faces glittering colours. There’s a chance to sweeten the day with a visit to a honey hive and the day is capped with a visit to a nature reserve where a cafe surveys hot pools amidst peaceful surroundings. Bliss.

    @waikitevalleythermalpools

    Stay

    @princesgateofficial

    Prince’s Gate Hotel

    The Princes Gate is a historical, boutique-style hotel in the centre of Rotorua. This classical 4-star hotel is opposite the Polynesian Spa and the famous Government Gardens. The hotel dates back to 1897 and is situated in the historical area of the city. The hotel is only 100 m from the lakefront and city centre and is also within easy reach of the Convention Centre.

    The hotel has 52 stylish guest rooms and apartments, all decorated in a traditional and classical style. Each room is air-conditioned and beautifully furnished with a luxurious en suite bathroom and a range of personal toiletries.

    Property offers three thermally heated pools, a private plunge pool and sauna. Guest laundry facilities are available. There is a restaurant and bar on-site offering breakfast, lunch, High Tea and dinner.

    DAY 7
    Redwoods Forest Walk,
    Living Village, Night Tour (Geyser)
    The classic Rotorua experience: hot pools, boiling geysers

    Highlights of the day

    • Redwoods Forest Walk
    • Whakarewarewa Living Village add ons
    • Rotovegas – Skyline Gondola
    • Te Puia – Geyser by night
    • Buffet Dinner – Fine dining with Kiwi Flavours

    Rotorua is an experienced host, discover why visitors continue to return to one of the world’s renown natural attractions. Rotorua creates a personalised holiday experience. A spectacular natural world, a stunning backdrop of forest and lake are the setting for holiday magic. From geothermal classics such as a relaxing massage in warm pools. Therapeutic mud to pamper the skin and restore your glow. Extraordinary natural displays of geotectonic energy from boiling mud pools to sheets of steaming pink fused water coating hillsides a delicate pink.

    @SkylineRotorua

    DAY 8
    Timeless classics to discover
    Government Gardens and Wingspan National Bird Centre

    Highlights of the day

    • Government Gardens
    • Sulphur Point
    • Meet a Morepork
    • Kuirau Park

    Government Gardens is a timeless classic where returning visitors always have something new to enjoy. The earth tones, black, charcoal, burnt orange have imbued Rotorua architecture with a building landscape that is uniquely Polynesian / Maori in tenor. Government House with its tudor facade and local architectural influences is set in the sweeping grounds of a park and is a glorious homage to a spa town.

    Sulphur Bay boardwalk is tucked behind the well known Government Buildings. It’s a gem. The Wingspan National Bird of Prey Centre is a place where people can visit and see birds of prey up close during interactive flying displays, hosted by the country’s leading experts. Meet a Morepork.

    Kuirau Park @WOWabouts

    DAY 9
    Return to Auckland
    Luxury at a Tea Estate, memorable leafy streets

    Highlights of the day

    • Cambridge, the town of trees and champions
    • Inspirit Gallery and Studio
    • Zealong Tea Estate

    A leisurely return to Auckland with an opportunity to explore a traditional Chinese tea estate located outside Hamilton. An afternoon high tea complete with silver service caps off a great holiday. For shoppers Cambridge and Inspirit Gallery are two treats where one of a kind objects will entice. Memorable holidays and memorable pieces.

    @InspiritGallery

    Trip includes / Trip excludes / Important notes

    @ChateauTongariro

    TRIP INCLUDES

    • 1 night hotel accommodation in Okoroire Hot Springs Hotel
    • 2 nights motel accommodation in Turangi / Parklands Motor Lodge
    • 2 nights hotel accommodation in Taupo / Hilton Hotel
    • 3 nights hotel accommodation in Rotorua / Prince’s Gate Boutique Hotel
    • 8x breakfasts, 2x lunch, 6x dinner, 1x afternoon tea tasting
    • Entry Fee of Matamata Firth Tower, Okoroire Hot Springs, Tokaanu Hot Springs, Lava Glass Studio, Craters of the Moon, Maori Rock Carvings Sail Trip, Orakei Korako Geothermal Park & Cave, Waikite Valley Thermal Pools, Te Puia Admission and Geyser by Night, Wingspan National Bird Centre, Zealong Tea Estate tea tour
    • Commentaries provided by your experienced escort, drivers and local guides
    • Comfortable air-conditioned coaches with panoramic windows
    • Tax included
    ADD-ONS

    @Hobbitontours

    TRIP ADD-ONS

    • Single Supplement
    • Gondola Ride – Tongariro National Park
    • Kai Waho Experience
    • Skyline Gondola
    • Whakarewarewa Living Village

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