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5 days / 4 nights
KIWI PLACES, QUIRKY STORIES
Travel the scenic side roads of the North Island
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Dates:16-20 October 2021
Trip Duration:5 days / 4 nights
Start:Wellington
Finish:Taupo
Price:
  • Adult NZD 2255 per person
  • Child NZD 1295 per person
  • Special price for 2 people – $4510 $3890
  • Single Supplement NZD 795
20% deposit will secure a place on this trip
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TRIP HIGHLIGHTS
  • Rolling hills, pastoral postcard scenery
  • Special places where artists create kiwi inspired treasures
  • Passionate locals, side road stories imbue visitors with a sense of place

To indulge

  • Shared dinner with welcome talk by professional historian / guide
  • Heritage vineyard (Mission Estate) where hospitality is embraced (lunch)
To browse

  • Carterton a look at wool 
  • Greytown Victorian streetscape boutique shops
  • Half day exploring Napier’s heritage quarter, art galleries and boutique stores
To inspire

  • Stonehenge Aotearoa where polynesian star compass is revealed
  • Waipukara forest of memories,contemplative scenic reserve
  • Pukaha National Wildlife Centre
  • Trelinnoe Woodland Park
To enjoy

  • Featherston Museum dedicated to a single locomotive engine
  • Tui’s historic brewery & gift shop
  • Waipawa’s settlers museum with 19th century parlour
  • Eketahuna’s streetscape, 3D art mural and quirky shops
  • Ongaonga the village that stood still
TRIP INCLUDES
  • 4 nights accommodation (Copthorne Hotel, Scenic Hotel, Fergusson’s Lodge)
  • Daily breakfast & dinner*
  • Entry Fee of The Wool Shed National Museum, Pukaha National Wildlife Reserve, Featherston Military Camp (Fell Locomotive Museum), Stonehenge Aotearoa, TUI Brewery Visit and Tasting, Central Hawkes Bay Museum, CHB Municipal Theatre, Tasting and Tour, Trelinnoe Park
  • Commentaries provided by your experienced escort, drivers and local guides
  • Comfortable air-conditioned coaches with panoramic windows
  • Door to door transfer included*

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    ITINERARY
    About Trip
    KIWI PLACES, QUIRKY STORIES
    Travel the scenic side roads of the North Island

    The quintessential kiwi personality is alive and flourishing in the tiny places and quiet corners of New Zealand.

    There are tea shops where coffee could be instant and the beat of the economy continues to be on the back of a sheep or milk pail (churn).

    You will pass through places where locals outnumber visitors and the town might only have a permanent population of 300 people.

    There is a fierce pride in the story of places, their origins and the landscapes creating unique moments in the holiday experience.

    Te Mata Park @pajaros.volando

    DAY 1
    Wellington - Masterton
    Quirky Towns, Heritage Sites, Observatory

    Highlights of the day

    • Featherston Military Camp
    • Fell Locomotive Museum
    • Stonehenge Aotearoa
    • Greytown Victorian heritage main street
    • Carterton a look at wool
    • Evening Talk

    Featherston has a museum dedicated to a single locomotive engine that transversed the Rimutaka incline as well as a solemn message about the loss of dignity in wartime with the tale of Japanese prisoners of war interred in Featherston. Greytown is a historic fronted picturesque delight married to urban polished boutique stores. There are gems such as Miss Maude, one of New Zealand’s premier fabric retailers or Imperial Productions military tin toy soldiers. For devotees of the traditional bicycle the former council buildings are now home to Blackwell & Sons, hand crafted British bikes. Today is about contrast within several kilometres making for a varied palate of things to do and see.

    @stonehenge.aotearoa

    Stay

    @copthornesolwayparknz

    Stay near beautiful landscapes of one of the best Wairarapa hotels.

    Located on the outskirts of Masterton, Wairarapa’s largest town, Copthorne Hotel & Resort Solway Park Wairarapa is a refreshing retreat in New Zealand.

    Our Wairarapa luxury retreat boasts 102 bedrooms with leisure and business facilities. This includes a relaxing heated indoor pool, tennis courts, and even a kids’ playground. With sophisticated design integrated throughout the property, it’s always a relaxing stay.

    DAY 2
    Masterton - Waipukurau
    Hidden Gems and Forgotten Places of New Zealand

    Highlights of the day

    • Queen Elizabeth Park Masterton
    • The Wool Shed National Museum
    • Pukaha National Wildlife Centre
    • Pahiatua Marae
    • TUI Brewery Visit
    • Dannevirke
    • Ormondville Station

    The back of the sheep and the industry that supported one of New Zealand major agribusiness achievements is heralded in the Wool Shed. An authentic wool shed is an appropriate venue for a fun yet educational tour. There is a great gift shop attached. Next is Pukaha wildlife centre, one of the older sanctuaries for Aotearoa’s flightless birds. Today there is every effort to ensure visitors obtain a chance to glimpse the elusive kiwi through the gloom of a shaded nightlight world.

    @Pūkaha National Wildlife Centre

    Stay

    Fergusson’s Motor Lodge

    As the newest motel in Waipukurau we are conveniently located to the local shops and restaurants all within easy walking distance from our complex.

    Situated in Peel Street it is easy to find and has the amenities for a relaxing stay.

    Within the easy commute of Hastings and Napier but far enough away to ensure you are in a relaxing environment.

    DAY 3
    Waipukurau - Napier
    Exclusive Winery Estate Lunch, Memorials, History

    Highlights of the day

    • Forest of Memories
    • Central Hawkes Bay Museum
    • CHB Municipal Theatre
    • Exclusive Winery Lunch, Tasting and Tour

    It is a very special moment when we introduce visitors to the concept of the forest of memories. Instead of memorial plaques in a cemetery, living trees foster comfort for grieving family and friends. Then it’s on to a museum where you feel you’ve just walked into a nineteenth century parlour. The day is complete with a delicious lunch at a Hawkes Bay original vineyard and winery, Mission Estate. It’s a pleasure to wander through the heritage monastic estate with a monk / vintner explaining the importance of wine making as a viable way to support the Catholic church in its new home of New Zealand.

    Hawkes Bay @limerockwines

    Stay

    @ScenicHotelTePania

    We invite you to enjoy quality 4-star hotel accommodation of an international standard. From the moment you step into our spacious, light-filled lobby, you will experience our commitment to quality and customer service.

    If you fancy waking up to serene ocean views, Scenic Hotel Te Pania is the perfect place to start your day in Hawke’s Bay.

    DAY 4
    Napier
    Hot Spots of Hawke’s Bay

    Highlights of the day

    • Otatara Pa
    • Te Mata Peak
    • Bluff Hill
    • Napier Art Deco Walking Tour

    Napier is a highlight for this tour with its art deco pastel beauty. There are numerous photo opportunities in and around heritage Napier. The significant presence of Maori occupation reaching back into the mists of time is present with Otatara a part of the day’s experiences. Te Mata Park provides panoramic views of the district as well as evidence of extensive settlement.

    @napiercity

    DAY 5
    Napier - Taupo
    Waterfalls, Museums, Cathedral

    Highlights of the day

    • MTG Hawke’s Bay
    • National Aquarium
    • Waiapu Cathedral
    • Trelinnoe Park
    • Waipunga Falls

    The high passes of the Napier Taupo highway have hidden delights from a subalpine arboretum with its mature trees and rhododendrons to waterfalls a short easy walk from the car park. The sweeping road was a feat in construction giving Napier a vital overland link to the central North Island. The Opepe Reserve, just before the entrance to Taupo is a relic of the NZ Land Wars with its colonial cemetery and the relics of the nineteenth century sawmilling which saw the destruction of ancient forests. The road is a story of NZ’s growth in the twentieth century as well as a reflection on the past. The road follows, in part, traditional Maori routes.

    Waipunga Falls @captures_by_chris

    Trip includes / Trip exludes / Important notes

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    TRIP INCLUDES

    • 4 nights accommodation (Copthorne Hotel, Scenic Hotel, Fergusson’s Lodge)
    • All meals included*
    • Entry Fee of The Wool Shed National Museum, Pukaha National Wildlife Reserve, Featherston Military Camp (Fell Locomotive Museum), Stonehenge Aotearoa, TUI Brewery Visit and Tasting, Central Hawkes Bay Museum, CHB Municipal Theatre, Tasting and Tour, Trelinnoe Park
    • Commentaries provided by your experienced escort, drivers and local guides
    • Comfortable air-conditioned coaches with panoramic windows
    • Door to door transfer included*
    ADD-ONS

    @ScenicHotelTePania

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    • Single Supplement

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