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9 Day Platinum Northern Escape Guided Tour

Enjoy lunch on Auckland’s Waiheke Island before heading south for a guided tour of the Hobbiton Movie Set. Sail aboard a luxury catamaran on the pristine waters of Lake Rotoiti and visit the buried village of Te Wairoa. From the Art Deco city of Napier, travel through the picturesque Wairarapa region to Wellington, ‘the coolest little capital in the world’.

9 Day Platinum Northern Escape Guided Tour

Combining cultural and scenic highlights with unique and exclusive experiences, you will discover why New Zealand’s North Island is a magical place.

Super Earlybird Offer!

Valid for all new bookings for all coach departures for travel from 01 September 2019 onwards. Book and pay in full by 31 March 2019 to be eligible for the offer. Terms & conditions apply - ask us for details & departure dates.

Tour Type: Group Tours
From: Auckland to Wellington
Departs: Selected dates
Duration: 9 days
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Regions Visited

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Auckland, Waiheke Island, Hobbiton, Rotorua, Taupo, Napier, Wellington

Tour Inclusions

  • 8 nights luxury accommodation
  • Full breakfast daily, 1 lunch & 4 dinners
  • Welcome drinks & dinner on arrival
  • Travel by luxury touring coach
  • Professional coach captain
  • Hotel porterage
  • Complimentary airport transfers on arrival & departure
  • Welcome dinner with drinks
  • Dine at some of New Zealand’s leading wineries
  • Traditional Maori Hangi (feast) & Cultural Evening
  • Exclusive Lake Rotoiti cruise
  • Cruise & tour of Waiheke Island
  • Tour the famous Hobbiton Movie set
  • Te Wairoa Buried Village
  • Mighty Huka Falls
  • Guided Art Deco Walk, Napier
  • Te Papa National Museum

Day By Day Itinerary

DAY 1: ARRIVE AUCKLAND

‘Haere Mai’ …. Welcome to New Zealand. On arrival, you will be transferred to your downtown city hotel. This evening, join your fellow travellers for a welcome drink & dinner.

Accommodation: Pullman Hotel

DAY 2: WAIHEKE ISLAND

After a leisurely start to the day, a brief ferry ride brings us to Waiheke Island, a haven for vineyards, olive groves, art galleries and sandy beaches. Enjoy a tour of the island before sitting down to a special lunch at the beautiful Mudbrick Winery, with its spectacular views over the Hauraki Gulf looking back to the city skyline.

Accommodation: Pullman Hotel

DAY 3: HOBBITON / ROTORUA

Travel south this morning to Matamata. On arrival at Shire’s Rest you embark on a guided walking tour of the Hobbiton Movie Set used in ‘The Lord of the Rings’ and ‘Hobbit’ films. This location is the largest “green set” in the world and the only part of the set remaining in New Zealand. You see 44 hobbit holes, the Mill and double arch bridge and the party tree. At this stunning location you can take a photo at the gate to Bilbo’s house, “Bag End”, looking out over the whole set to the hills in the distance. Later we continue on to the geothermal city of Rotorua.

Accommodation: Millennium Hotel

DAY 4: EXCLUSIVE LAKE ROTOITI CRUISE & TE WAIROA BURIED VILLAGE

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. This afternoon, travel past the Blue & Green Lakes to the famous buried village of Te Wairoa. This evening, we visit Te Wharewarewa Thermal Reserve and are treated to a traditional Maori hangi (feast) and cultural performance.

Accommodation: Millennium Hotel

DAY 5: LAKE TAUPO / NAPIER

Stop to view the mighty Huka Falls & Wairakei Geothermal project and then take time to wander around the popular lakeside resort of Taupo. Continue on to Napier, one of the world’s finest Art Deco cities. Here, your local guide will bring this fascinating architecture to life on your walk around the town this afternoon.

Accommodation: The Crown Hotel

DAY 6: AT LEISURE IN THE HAWKE'S BAY

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.

Accommodation: The Crown Hotel

DAY 7: WAIRARAPA / WELLINGTON

Travel this morning through the rural heartland of the Wairarapa region en-route to Wellington, the nation’s capital, where you enjoy a brief sightseeing and orientation tour before checking into your accommodation.

Accommodation: The Bolton Hotel

DAY 8: EXPLORE THE NATION'S CAPITAL

Recently named the ‘coolest little capital in the world’ by Lonely Planet, Wellington is nestled between a sparkling harbour and rolling green hills and is renowned for its arts, heritage, culture and native beauty. A visit to Te Papa National Museum is highly recommended as is a ride on the famous Cable Car up the hill to Kelburn for amazing views over the city. If you like action-packed adventure activities, Wellington has it all along with beautiful walks around the harbour and surrounding hills.

Accommodation: The Bolton Hotel

DAY 9: DEPART WELLINGTON

Sadly, your holiday ends today and you will be transferred to Wellington airport to connect with your onward flight home.

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