The Endless Shores

Embrace the Hongi touch of your Māori hosts, whose relationship with this unspoilt land is revealed on this Inspiring Journey. Experience mesmerizing natural wonders, from the luminous glowworms of the Footwhistle Cave and the native forests’ redwood giants, to the fantasy-land of The Lord of The Rings’ ‘Shire’.

Price Includes

11 Day Inspiring Journey
Hand-picked accommodation
Complimentary refreshments throughout the journey
Airport transfers

Highlights:
Exciting Wellington city
Magical Waitomo Glowworm Grotto
The expansive shores of Lake Taupo
Lush forests of Tongariro National Park
Rotorua’s healing mineral springs
Enjoy a traditional Māori experience in Rotorua
Learn about the history of European settlers in Russell
Guided walk through the sacred Waipoua Forest
Cruise the beautiful Bay of Islands
Stay in eco-friendly tree hut chalets
Swim at pristine Pauanui Beach

Travel dates:
25 Jan, 01 Feb, 15 Feb, 22 Feb, 01 Mar, 08 Mar, 15 Mar, 29 Mar, 05 Apr, 18 Oct, 25 Oct, 22 Nov, 06 Dec and 20 Dec 2019
Seasonal surcharges may apply.

Bonus

Helloworld Travel Exclusive Offer 
Up to $300* discount per person

Up to 10% Early Bird Saving

Room/Cabin information
Twin share
Offer Ends

31 Oct 18,

unless sold out prior. Availability is limited.

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Day 1: Welcome to Wellington 
On arrival in the culinary capital of New Zealand you’ll have time to relax. Perhaps enjoy a literary encounter with New Zealand’s great writers on the famed Wellington Writers’ Walk. Meet your Journey Director for a Welcome Reception and dinner this evening at your hotel. (D)
Hotel: Sofitel, Wellington, 2 nights 

Day 2: Wellington Journey Select 
Today, select your choice of sightseeing: you may wish to experience Weta Cave, home of the creative wizards behind The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies. Take a walking tour around Wellington with a local guide or join a guide who will reveal the stories behind the exhibitions at Te Papa Museum of New Zealand. (BB)
 
Day 3: Wellington – Hawke’s Bay 
Travel through the dairy farming land of Manawatu to Napier in Hawke’s Bay. Enjoy time to relax after the day’s adventures before joining your Journey Director for dinner at your hotel. (BB, D)
Hotel: Porters Boutique Hotel, Hawke’s Bay, 2 nights 

Day 4: Hawke’s Bay
Join a local guide for a city tour. You’ll see several types of Art Deco architecture, the style in which Napier was rebuilt after a devastating earthquake in 1931. This evening, enjoy wine-tasting and dinner at one of the renowned wineries in Hawke’s Bay. (BB, D)

Day 6: Rotorua 
Rotorua’s natural splendour is revealed in the crystal-clear mineral springs and native flora of Rainbow Springs Nature Park. You’re sure to catch a glimpse of the shy, iconic national bird in the park’s nocturnal kiwi enclosure, on a ‘behind the scenes tour’. Next up, ascending to the Redwoods Treewalk, enjoy an elevated view of these redwood giants from a series of 23 suspension bridges linking the majestic trees, a completely unique perspective. (BB) 

Day 7: Rotorua – Auckland 

Begin your day by exploring the iridescent Waitomo Caves on an exclusive five-star Eco Glowworm experience with a Local Expert. Admire the magical subterranean world of Footwhistle Cave before you continue your journey to Auckland, the ‘City of Sails’. Get your bearings during a sightseeing city tour, then spend the rest of the day discovering why Auckland is deemed one of the world’s most liveable cities.  (BB)
Hotel: Sofitel, Auckland 

Day 8: Auckland – Bay of Islands 
The golden sands of Orewa seem to stretch endlessly heading north to the native forest of Waipoua. Join a local Māori guide and head deep into the forest of Waipoua, a sanctuary that is home to many native trees including the largest Kauri tree in existence, Tane Mahuta (over 2,000 years old). Finally, journey to your waterfront resort in the Bay of Islands.  (BB, D)
Hotel: Copthorne Resort, Bay of Islands, 2 nights 

Day 9: Bay of Islands
 Free Time Make the most of your extended stay in the Bay of Islands with a choice of optional experiences. Why not sail aboard a historic tall ship, enjoy wine tasting around Kerikeri, or discover Russell on a highlights tour of this small township? Your Journey Director can assist you in booking your choice of activity. (BB) 

Day 10: Bay of Islands Cruise – Auckland 
This morning cruise through the Bay of Islands Maritime Park and explore some of the 144 islands in the bay. Later, head through the small towns of Northland, over the Harbour Bridge and into Auckland city. This evening toast your inspiring journey at a memorable Celebration Dinner. (BB, D)
Hotel: Sofitel, Auckland

 Day 11: Farewell from Auckland
 Bid a fond farewell to your travel companions this morning as your North Island Inspiring Journey comes to an end.  (BB)

BB = Buffet Breakfast
L = Lunch
D = Dinner

 

Helloworld Terms & Conditions

*Conditions apply. Prices correct as at 03 Oct but may fluctuate if surcharges, fees, taxes or currency change. Offers subject to availability. Agents may charge service fees, rates vary. Payments by credit card will incur a surcharge. Airfare not included. All savings are included in the advertised price. Bookings with Early Bird Savings must be paid in full by 31 January 2019. Discount applicable to tour portion only. Single travellers must pay single supplement fee. Valid for travel on selected departures until 31 December 2019. Blackout departure dates may apply. For new bookings only. Offers may be withdrawn without notice and are not combinable with any other offers unless stated. Please check all prices, availability and other information before booking. AAT Kings and Inspiring Journeys, and Helloworld Travel booking terms and conditions apply, see in store for details.