4 Day Northbound Central Tour

A fantastic tour for those wishing to travel one way taking in the thermal & cultural highlights of the North Island. Visit Lake Taupo – the largest freshwater lake in Australasia before heading to the roaring cultural smorgasbord that is Rotorua. Experience the Maori culture on a visit to Te Puia and enjoy the Agrodome & Rainbow Springs before taking in thousands of tiny glow worm illuminating the ceiling at the famous Waitomo Caves. All this before reaching the "City of Sails", Auckland.

4 Day Northbound Central Tour

A four day coach tour departing from Wellington exploring the central North Island popular destinations of Taupo & Rotorua.
Tour Type: Independent Tours
From: Wellington to Auckland
Departs: Daily
Duration: 4 days
Tour Code: 4N

Regions Visited

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Wellington, Taupo, Rotorua, Waitomo, Auckland

Tour Inclusions

  • All transport & transfers
  • 3 nights accommodation
  • Superior accommodation includes breakfast
  • Rotorua Sightseeing Tour
  • Waitomo Glow Worm Caves

Day By Day Itinerary

Lake Taupo, North Island Tours

Board your coach for your journey north out of the capital city, along the Kapiti Coast and over the Manawatu Plain to Palmerston North before skirting the volcanic plateau to Taupo. Arriving in Taupo early afternoon you have the rest of the afternoon to explore at your leisure.

Stay: Taupo

Taupo Day Tour

This morning is free for optional sightseeing. We suggest a visit to Huka Falls or maybe some early morning lake fishing. Taupo is internationally recognised for its prized trophy-sized trout. We are happy to include optional sightseeing into your itinerary. In the afternoon depart Taupo for your journey to Rotorua.

Stay: Rotorua

Waitomo and Rotorua Experience Tour

This morning enjoy a fabulous sightseeing tour. First stop, the Agrodome, an organic working farm where you can learn all about farming in New Zealand. Take a tour of the Agrodome farm in an all-terrain vehicle, see how sheep are shorn and watch a live sheep dog trial.

Leaving the Agrodome, we make our way to Te Puia, one of New Zealand’s foremost cultural venues. At Te Puia’s marae (meeting house) you will receive a traditional welcome and be invited to experience a Māori cultural performance, in which ancient and modern stories are told through song, dance, poi and stick games. You’ll gain an understanding of this unique culture and its history and be thoroughly entertained by the talented and charismatic performers.

Next to Te Puia is the famous Whakarewarewa Thermal Valley. Take a guided tour of its active geysers and boiling mudpools. See the world-famous Pohutu geyser unleash vapour jets up to 30 metres high. Your tour also includes entry to Te Puia’s woodcarving and weaving schools, where you can see apprentices being trained in these traditional skills. This afternoon is at leisure.

Stay: Rotorua

New Zealand Tours

Depart Rotorua travelling north to the Waitomo Caves. Visit the Glow Worm Grotto for a spectacular display of tiny lights emitted by these unique life forms deep in the cave grotto. Continue onto Auckland, the ‘City of Sails’ where your tour ends mid afternoon.

Average Score: 5 (1 rating)
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Kia Ora Tess, We are back in Auckland, ready to head to Bangkok tomorrow.

We have been In NZ three weeks and have had a wonderful time. We had been doing things on our own in Auckland, Dunedin, Queenstown, and Wellington, which worked out fine. So your part of our trip was the only “scripted” itinerary, and we were happy we did it. It was convenient not to worry about connections and pick ups (especially in the rain — we had just a little) and we would not have seen so many things in Rotorua without your schedule. All the drivers, especially Bryan and Barry with Great Sights were terrific. The hotels were also great, with a wonderful view of Lake Taupo and the Hotel Ibis was a perfect location.

We really enjoyed the Mitai Hangi. So, well done, and thank you. New Zealand is a beautiful country with wonderful people. Happy trails to you.

Prices valid from 1st October 2020

Accommodation Standard Superior  
Twin/Double $1,083 NZD $1,261 NZD Enquire / Book
Triple $1,027 NZD $1,162 NZD Enquire / Book
Single $1,388 NZD $1,668 NZD Enquire / Book
Prices are per person and in New Zealand Dollars.
Frequently Asked Questions – Independent Tours

What is an Independent Tour?
Independent Tours are not escorted group tours - they are for independent travellers. What this means is that it is not the same group of people traveling on their own coach with a tour leader/escort looking after you. You are traveling independently.  However, you are picked up and dropped off at your accommodation each morning and evening and interesting commentary is provided on many sectors.

What dates do your tours depart?
The Pacific Travel Independent Tour programme operates on a daily basis (with daily departures) using the services of Great Sights, InterCity, Interislander and KiwiRail. All tours are subject to availability at time of booking.

What is included in the tour cost?
All tours 2+ days in length include coach travel, transfers, accommodation and sightseeing activities where specified. A detailed travel wallet with your travel vouchers and comprehensive itinerary will be sent to you or delivered to your pre tour accommodation for you to collect on check in.

What is not included in the tour cost?
Expenses of a personal nature such as meals (except where stated in the itinerary), beverages, travel insurance, laundry and optional sightseeing (except where stated in the itinerary) are not included in the tour cost.

I am travelling alone – can I pay the triple or twin share rate and be linked with other travellers?
No, unfortunately. You must pay the single room – per person cost.

I am travelling with children, what price will I pay?
Please contact us for information on child fares, as these vary based on the specific product you require. Some sightseeing activities are unsuitable for children.

Are any meals included in the tour cost?
Our Superior accommodation option includes breakfast. No other meals are included in the tour cost except where stated in the itinerary. The coach makes various refreshment / comfort stops throughout the day where food can be purchased. Each evening you are free to relax and dine at you choice of restaurant either on site if you choose Superior accommodation, or just a short walk into town if staying in Standard accommodation.

Is Halal food available in New Zealand?
Along with a small population of Muslims, New Zealand has an increasing number of Muslim visitors. Halal food and restaurants are now found in many areas of the country.

Do Independent Tours have a tour escort?
As these tours are Independent, you do not have an escort traveling with you. However all coach drivers are experienced professionals. They will share their vast knowledge of our country with you by providing an informative commentary on most routes.

Can I add in additional nights to a tour?
Yes you can. All tours are very flexible. Please ask one of our Travel Consultants for extra nightly rates.

What is the difference between Standard & Superior accommodation? 
Standard:  Motor Lodge, apartment style accommodation, self-contained accommodation, ensuite bathrooms.
Superior: 4 star hotel accommodation, includes breakfast.

Note all accommodation is reviewed regularly by staff, we have high standards and good relationships with all our providers. We endeavour where possible to book accommodation that is within easy walking distance of the centre of town.

What if I cannot find exactly what I am looking for on the website?
Let us know what is on your wish list to see and do and we are more than happy to help you plan a customised tour.

How much luggage can I take on my tour?
Each passenger may take 2 pieces of luggage (max 25kg each). For safety reasons, each passenger is limited to one carry on item (max 5kg). We also advise you check the maximum baggage allowance with your chosen airline.

How do I make a payment for a tour?
For bookings made more than 30 days prior to travel, Pacific Travel require a deposit of NZ$50 per person. This deposit is non-refundable. Balance of payment is due 30 days prior to travel. For bookings made 30 days or less prior to travel, full payment is required at the time of booking. Visa & MasterCard are accepted forms of payment. A 2.5% Credit Card Fee applies to all payments by credit card. You may pay via direct bank transfer to avoid the credit card fee. Bank details will be on your booking advice. All prices advertised are in New Zealand dollars and are GST inclusive.

What is your cancellation policy?
If after your booking has been confirmed you wish to cancel, the following cancellation fees will apply:
Cancellations 30 or more days prior to travel: Your deposit.
Cancellations 0 – 29 days prior to travel: no refund.
Booking amendments made by you. An amendment fee may be charged, to cover our administration and communication costs. We may also need to pass on any amendment/cancellation fees imposed by our suppliers.

Conditions of travel
Pacific Travel reserves the right to alter fares, amend itineraries, book alternative accommodation or to cancel tours. Pacific Travel Ltd shall not be held responsible for any loss or damage to luggage or personal effects and/or damage resulting in death or personal injury, which may arise whilst travelling with Pacific Travel Ltd or its nominated suppliers. All transportation, both land and sea, is subject to the terms and conditions of the company providing the transport, some of which limit or exclude liability. These are available from the carriers concerned on request.

Will I need travel insurance?
We strongly recommend you purchase travel insurance. Factors may arise that require you to cancel or amend your holiday, so it is essential you are covered for any costs that may be incurred. We recommend purchasing your travel insurance locally at the same time as you book your tour and flights. Pacific Travel Ltd does not sell travel insurance.

Do I need to tip in New Zealand?
If you wish to reward someone for a job well done it is always much appreciated.

Do I need a visa to visit New Zealand?
Most visitors to New Zealand do not require a visa to enter for the purpose of a holiday or vacation under the visa waiver program. If you do need a visa to visit New Zealand then you should contact the New Zealand consulate in your home country well before your departure date. We recommend you also check with your local travel agent or airline for any visa requirements to New Zealand particularly if you are passing through Australia. Information on the New Zealand Electronic Travel Authority (NZeTA) can be found here: https://www.immigration.govt.nz/new-zealand-visas/apply-for-a-visa/about-visa/nzeta

What currency is used in New Zealand?
The New Zealand dollar is the only legal tender in New Zealand. View a guide between your local currency and the New Zealand dollar. Please note: Your tour and all purchases using a credit card in New Zealand will be charged in New Zealand Dollars (NZD) at the current exchange rate at the time of purchase.

4 Day Northbound Central Tour

Tour Type: Independent Tours Tour Code: 4N From $1,027 Per Person Departs: Daily A fantastic tour for those wishing to travel one way taking in the thermal & cultural highlights of the North Island. Visit Lake Taupo – the largest freshwater lake in Australasia before heading to the roaring cultural smorgasbord that is Rotorua. Experience the Maori culture on a visit to Te Puia and enjoy the Agrodome & Rainbow Springs before taking in thousands of tiny glow worm illuminating the ceiling at the famous Waitomo Caves. All this before reaching the "City of Sails", Auckland. Enquire about this tour

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