No 5. Golden Breeze

 

7 Day Itinerary

 

Day 1: Auckland. *(D)

Welcome to Auckland, often referred to as the 'City of Sails', because one out of every six residents owns a boat!  New Zealand's largest city and the international gateway for all flights arriving from northern hemisphere.  Your tour guide will welcome you at the Auckland Airport arrivals.  You will then continue on to the Copthorne Hotel in Parnell to freshen up before spending the afternoon enjoying some of our southern ocean marine life at Kelly Tarlton’s underwater world.  Then discover some of the great names of New Zealand's aviation and motor history at the Museum of Transport and Technology (motat for short).

This evening is free to relax and settle in.

Accommodation:  Copthorne Hotel, Auckland. 

 

Day 2: Auckland Paihia *(B, D)

This morning we head towards the beautiful ‘Jewel of the Bay of Islands’ Paihia, where a sub-tropical welcome awaits you.  We visit Whangarei Falls, which is considered one of the most picturesque waterfalls in New Zealand.  Visit Whangarei Museum & Kiwi House, where you can view New Zealand’s famous bird the Kiwi. Explore the blue, green and gold world of local beaches, bays and forests.

Accommodation:  Copthorne Hotel, Bay of Islands. 

 

Day 3: Paihia - Bay of Islands *(B, D)

Today we cruise out to Cape Brett and the Grand Cathedral Cove or more known as the ‘Hole in the Rock’. On the return voyage, you may have a chance to swim with the dolphins (weather permitting).  We also visit the Waitangi Treaty Grounds, where the Treaty of Waitangi was first signed back in 1840.  This evening is free to enjoy a walk around sightseeing or to relax in the spectacular surroundings.

Accommodation:  Copthorne Hotel, Bay of Islands. 

 

Day 4: Paihia Cape Reinga *(B, D)

After an early breakfast, we head for Cape Reinga the most northern tip of the north island.  This is where the Pacific and Tasman seas collide.  Discover the ‘leaping-place of the spirits', where Maori spirits begin their final journey.

Accommodation:  Copthorne Hotel, Bay of Islands

 

Day 5: Paihia Auckland *(B, D)

Today we depart for Auckland.  On our way back we take the scenic route, enjoying the untamed beaches of Hokianga Harbour.  Visit Waipoua Forest, find Tane Mahuta, ‘Lord of the forest’, the largest Kauri tree in New Zealand, at a young 2000 years old.  Back in Auckland, you will make your way up Auckland’s Skytower, the southern hemispheres tallest building at 328 meters, offering breathtaking views for up to 80 kilometres in every direction on a clear day.  Have a go at beating the machines in the casino before heading back up the tower for a buffet dinner.

 Accommodation: Copthorne Hotel, Auckland. 

 

Day 6: Auckland Rotorua *(B, D)

This morning we travel south towards the limestone landscape of the Waitomo Caves, which has been artfully sculpted by water and time. See glow-worms light the caves, like constellations in the night skies - definitely worth the visit. Next, the geo-thermal city of Rotorua, right in the heart of the North Island, discover the volcanic phenomena and learn about New Zealand's Maori culture.  Later unwind at The Polynesian Spa, voted one of the top 10 health spas of the world in 2004-2007 and 2009.  There is an enticing range of spa therapies, including massage, mud baths and body wraps.

Accommodation: Millennium Hotel, Rotorua  

 

Day 7: Rotorua Auckland USA *(B)

(Flight times are required, to liaise with the flight from Auckland to your destination depending on time). 

 

Total     $3709

 

Approx distance 1100 km

If a single room is required for accommodation an extra $500 cost is added to the tour .

*Breakfast (B), Lunch (L), Dinner (D) provided, where stated.  

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