No 6. Thermal Experience

 

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 has a boat! This is New Zealand's largest city and the international gateway for all flights arriving from northern hemisphere. Your tour guide will meet you at arrivals, before boarding the bus and heading to the Copthorne Hotel in Parnell to freshen up.  Spend the rest of the afternoon relaxing or enjoying some of our southern ocean marine life at Kelly Tarlton’s 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).

A free night to relax and settle in.

Accommodation:  Copthorne Hotel, Auckland. 

 

Day2: Auckland *(B,D)

Today we take a short ferry ride to Waiheke Island (45 min), one of the many Islands around Auckland.   Taste boutique wines, sample olive oils and honey on a vineyard & winery tour. Back on the mainland, we visit Auckland Museum.  Recognised as holding national and international significant collections and tells the story of New Zealand and its place in the pacific and its people.  Then make your way up Auckland’s Skytower, the southern hemispheres tallest building at 328 meters.  Offering breathtaking views for up to 80 kilometers 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 3: Auckland – Rotorua *(B,D)

Today we head south to the geo-thermal city of Rotorua, right in the heart of New Zealand’s North Island. Stopping at the incredibly unique "globe riding" adventure activity ‘Zorbing’, roll down a massive hill at high speeds, if you dare!  Once in Rotorua you will travel up Rotorua’s Skyline Gondola for stunning panoramic views over the lakes and town.  For the adventurous, ride the thrilling luge down 1 or all 3 tracks.

Accommodation:  Millennium Hotel, Rotorua.  

 

Day 4: Rotorua *(B,D)

This morning we visit Rainbow Springs Kiwi Wildlife Park, featuring kiwi, trout, tuatara, pigs, sheep, native birds and trees and New Zealand’s only ‘open to view’ kiwi hatchery and rearing facility.  Then it’s off to Agrodome for a unique farming experience.  Later, unwinding at The Polynesian Spa, which was 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 5: Rotorua – Taupo *(B,D)

This morning a short drive brings you to Taupo.  Visit Orakei Karako ‘possibly the best thermal area left in the world’ and only accessible by boat.  Once in Taupo you’ll visit New Zealand’s only prawn farm and Huka Honey Hive for a taste of their liquid gold.  We then cruise the mighty Waikato River, getting sensational views of Huka falls, New Zealand's highest volume waterfall.  Then take a short walk and view 220,000 litres of water per second go through a 20 metre crevice, that make up the falls.

Accommodation:  Lakeland Resort Hotel, Taupo.

 

Day 6: Taupo - Waitomo – Auckland

Today we leave for the spectacular limestone landscape of the Waitomo Caves, which has been artfully sculpted by water and time.  See glow-worms light up the caves like constellations in the night skies.  Back on the bus we make your way back up to Auckland, stopping at Otorohanga, New Zealand’s ‘self-made’ kiwiana town.  Visit Hamilton’s Lake Domain and Ngaruawahia Marae for a brief insight into maori culture.  Take a quick view of Huntly Power Station.

Back in Auckland you have a free night to relax and pack your bags.

Accommodation: Copthorne Hotel, Auckland.

 

Day 7: Auckland

 After breakfast and depending on time, some last minute shopping / sightseeing, before boarding your plane.

 

Total     $3647

 

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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