I will pick you up from the Airport and take you to your accommodation in Auckland for the night.
Today I will take you on a short city tour around Auckland and then over the Auckland Bridge to Devonport and to Mt Victoria with great views of the City and then on to North Head with more views out to the Islands and Rangitoto the largest of the volcanic islands in the Hauraki Gulf . There is also a naval museum for those who are interested to have a look at. We will then make our way over to the West of the Island for lunch at the Riverside Historic Hotel before making our way to Murawai with a stunning coastline and a short walk to view the Gannet Colony which is the home to thousands of Gannets who perch themselves here on the side of cliffs.
Night in Auckland
Today we will drive to Paihia the heart of the Bay of islands. We will stop off at various attractions along the way. The afternoon will be spent at the Waitangi Treaty Grounds, one of the most historic parts of New Zealand history. You can enjoy a guided tour and also some time strolling around these panoramic grounds with fabulous views across to the Bay of Islands. We will return to Paihia for your night's accommodation.
Today we will make our way up to historic Kerikeri where in 1814 Reverend Samuel Marsden arrived in the Bay of Islands and held New Zealand's first church service.
The Stone Store and the Mission House (Kemp House) built by Marsden’s early missionaries are New Zealand’s oldest standing European buildings. It is now known as the Mission Stonehouse Store and well worth a visit. We will then make our way to Wairere Boulders the only known basalt boulder valley world-wide with huge rocks in the middle of clay country. The rocks are over 2 million years old and there are some lovely short walks to explore this very unusual region in New Zealand. We will then make our way across to Opononi on the West Coast for your night's accommodation,
Your night's accommodation will be in Whakatane.
Your tour today takes you through Arapuni Village and a short walk on the 152 metre long swing bridge that crosses the Waikato River with incredible views of the Arapuni Power Station below. Afterwards we will drive to Otorohonga to the Kiwi House and and native Bird park for a close up of the National icon and join a tour to see the Kiwis being fed. We will then make our way to Waitomo Caves where you will join a 45 minute tour through the glow worm caves. We will then make our way back to Rotorua for your night's accommodation
The Total Cost For This Tour :
2 Persons - NZ $10365.00 each
4 Persons - NZ $6565.00 each
18 Nights 4-5 Star accommodation with 14 breakfasts (Self contained other accommodation)
18 Days Private Flexible Touring including Airport Transfers
Kiwi House Entry & Native Bird Park
Hole In the Rock Cruise
Treaty of Waitangi Grounds