Join us on an 8 day Coach Tour through the centre of the North Island experiencing New Zealand’s natural wonders such as the geothermal region of Rotorua before enjoying the vineyards of Hawkes Bay and the cafes and shops of Wellington.
During the course of the tour you will also have free time in Rotorua and Paihia (Bay of Islands) to experience some of the unique and regional optional sightseeing activities including a Float Plane or Helicopter flight to Mt Tarawera or Cape Reinga Day Trip from Paihia as well as many more options for those wishing to explore further.
8 Days / 7 Nights – Starting Auckland finishing Wellington
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Seat rotation plan
When you travel on a Kirra Coach Tour your Coach Captain maintains a daily seat rotation plan to ensure you get to know
all your travelling companions and enjoy the scenery from a different vantage point each day.
All our coach tours are smoke free and are restricted to smoking during the frequent sightseeing, photographic and comfort stops. We request non-smoking hotel rooms for the comfort of our entire tour group. Travellers who prefer accommodation without such limitations are asked to make their preference known when making reservations and again at the beginning of their tour.
As a single traveller we give you the option of a guaranteed single room when you purchase the single supplement. Alternatively, as a single traveller not paying the single supplement, we will match you with another traveller on a twin share basis of the same gender. There may be instances that there are no other single travellers on the tour and in these cases we will provide you with a single room at no extra cost.
When sharing a triple room a saving of 5% applies to your tour price. If you also require pre and post accommodation
we have prices available on request. Please note most room configurations are double or twin in which case the third bed is likely to be a rollaway. We are unable to cater for 4 adults wishing to share one room. A triple discount does not apply to tours including the Milford Sound or Doubtful Sound Overnight Cruise
Welcome to New Zealand and Auckland, New Zealand’s City of Sails. You will be met with a smile and transferred to your hotel by a Kirra Tours representative. As you travel into the city center you will spot Skytower, Auckland’s iconic landmark. Your accommodation this evening is less than half a block from this landmark.
Cross Auckland’s Harbour Bridge and drive north along the Hibiscus Coast skimming past the many seaside villages on the Whangaporoa Peninsula. Continue north through Kawakawa to Paihia, regarded as the birthplace of New Zealand. On arrival into Paihia we meet our local Maori guide, who will provide a comprehensive insight and history of the Bay of Islands before a visit to New Zealand’s birthplace, Waitangi. A self guided tour through the famous Treaty House, the Maori Meeting House and giant war canoe all set in spectacular grounds overlooking the bountiful Bay of Islands.Â
This afternoon you will experience a launch cruise through the sheltered waters of the Bay of Islands to Cape Brett. Cruise past many of the islands of the Bay. Enjoy the views as you cruise past the Cape Brett Lighthouse, before arriving at the majestic Hole in the Rock. Your Kirra Tours Coach Captain will meet you at the wharf to transfer to your accommodation this evening.
Optional Extra: Bay of Islands Overnight Cruise Option
A day free for you to relax and enjoy the many optional activities available. Your Kirra Tours Coach Captain will happily assist with all details. We highly recommend a full day tour to Cape Reinga, New Zealand’s northern most point. At Cape Reinga you view the blending of the Tasman Sea and the Pacific Ocean, and an understanding of the Maori myths and legends of the area, go sand boarding down the giant sand dunes and travel along Ninety Mile Beach the highway of the north.
Other recommended optional tours are “Discover Hokianga”, “Discover KeriKeri”, “Russell Mini Tour”, or go swimming with the dolphins on a “Dolphin Eco Experience”. Tonight you can choose the optional activity “Culture North Night Show”, a re-enactment of the story of The Maori & European forefathers set in the meeting house of the Waitangi Treat Grounds with dramatic lighting, a powerful script and uplifting music & songs. Duration is 2 hours and afterwards you can mingle with the cast.
Bid farewell to the 144 islands of the Bay of Islands. Your journey will take you south past scenic native forests and sub-tropical bush and towns of Whangarei and Warkworth before crossing the Auckland Harbour Bridge and arriving into Auckland City. Your tour will visit the summit of the iconic Skytower, at 328m the tallest building in the Southern Hemisphere for panoramic views across the city and its two harbours, and you can view the ground through the glass floors!
Then you will drive past the Domain, the central city area, the Waterfront Drive with its numerous yacht marinas and nearby residential suburbs. Cross the Bombay Hills to the lush farmlands of the Waikato region noted for its horse studs and the famous Waikato River, which is New Zealand’s longest river. Drive past the bush clad Mamaku Ranges to Rotorua, famous for it’s geothermal activity, thrilling activities, Maori culture and it’s lakes.
An action packed day today with many included sightseeing activities. First a visit to Agrodome an exciting and informative insight into the world of New Zealand agriculture, featuring 19 breeds of sheep, sheep shearing, cow milking, lamb feeding and sheepdog demonstrations. Next stop is at Rainbow Springs Park, where you will see pools of brown and rainbow trout and native birds including the Kiwi. Last activity is the spectacular Skyline Gondola, offering superb views over city, lake and mountains. and for a little excitement, try a Luge ride with our compliments, the Luge is a fun filled ride on a three-wheel cart with a unique braking and steering system providing the rider full control and allowing them to travel as fast or slow as they wish.
This evening you are in for a cultural treat. Watch in awe as two warriors perform a formal Powhiri (welcome), be thrilled by the Haka (war dance), see the skilful Poi dances. You will even be given the opportunity to try to perform the Haka or the Poi dance. The concert is complemented by mouth-watering buffet selections of Eastern and Western cuisine and divine desserts, including the very ‘Kiwi’ Pavlova.
Skirt some of the world’s largest man made pine forest as you travel to Wairakei where natural steam is harnessed to generate electricity. Next pause at the mighty Huka Falls where the full force of the Waikato River pours through a narrow chasm and crashes into the river below, before a quick stop at Lake Taupo, the largest lake in New Zealand and world famous for its trout fishing. Continue across the Central Plateau noted for its intensive forestry development to the Hawkes Bay region and the city of Napier, claimed to be the Art Deco capital of the world. Here you can view the much photographed bronze statue ‘Pania of the Reef’, erected in 1954 to pay homage to the ancient legend of Pania, a beautiful reef siren from the Napier area who fell in love with the son of a Maori Chief. Later watch as orchards and vineyards give way to lush farmlands as you pass through Hastings, Dannevirke and Woodville, before enjoying an afternoon stop at Mangatainoka, home to Tui Brewery. You will stop at Masterton tonight. (B, D)
A leisurely day as we travel south over the Rimutaka ranges into the capital city, Wellington.
A city tour will incorporate the summit of Mt Victoria for panoramic views of the city and harbour, the Houses of Parliament and the distinctive “Beehive”, Wellington Cathedral, city centre and Oriental Bay. There is ample time for you to explore the city yourself. Don’t miss Te Papa, the “Museum of New Zealand” or take a ride on the famous Cable Car. Your Kirra Tours coach captain will be more than happy to assist you with any additional sightseeing.
Today is goodbye to all your new found friends before you make your homeward journey. You will be transferred to Wellington Airport to join your flight home. (B)
|Tour Starts||Tour Ends||Tour Status||Normal Rate||Acrossnz Discount Rate|
|Tue 17 Mar 2015||Tue 24 Mar 2015||GUARANTEED||NZ $2,644.00||NZ $2,512.00|
|Tue 31 Mar 2015||Tue 07 Apr 2015||GUARANTEED||NZ $2,644.00||NZ $2,512.00|
|Tue 14 Apr 2015||Tue 21 Apr 2015||OPEN||NZ $2,644.00||NZ $2,512.00|
|Tue 21 Apr 2015||Tue 28 Apr 2015||GUARANTEED||NZ $2,644.00||NZ $2,512.00|
|Tue 12 May 2015||Tue 19 May 2015||GUARANTEED||NZ $2,490.00||NZ $2,366.00|
|Tue 02 Jun 2015||Tue 09 Jun 2015||OPEN||NZ $2,490.00||NZ $2,366.00|
|Tue 21 Jul 2015||Tue 28 Jul 2015||OPEN||NZ $2,490.00||NZ $2,366.00|
|Tue 25 Aug 2015||Tue 01 Sep 2015||OPEN||NZ $2,490.00||NZ $2,366.00|
|Tue 08 Sep 2015||Tue 15 Sep 2015||OPEN||NZ $2,490.00||NZ $2,366.00|
|Tue 22 Sep 2015||Tue 29 Sep 2015||GUARANTEED||NZ $2,490.00||NZ $2,366.00|
|Tue 20 Oct 2015||Tue 27 Oct 2015||GUARANTEED||NZ $2,680.00||NZ $2,546.00|
|Tue 03 Nov 2015||Tue 10 Nov 2015||GUARANTEED||NZ $2,680.00||NZ $2,546.00|
|Tue 17 Nov 2015||Tue 24 Nov 2015||GUARANTEED||NZ $2,680.00||NZ $2,546.00|
|Tue 01 Dec 2015||Tue 08 Dec 2015||OPEN||NZ $2,680.00||NZ $2,546.00|
|Tue 15 Dec 2015||Tue 22 Dec 2015||GUARANTEED||NZ $2,680.00||NZ $2,546.00|
|Tue 22 Dec 2015||Tue 29 Dec 2015||GUARANTEED||NZ $2,680.00||NZ $2,546.00|
|Tue 29 Dec 2015||Tue 05 Jan 2016||OPEN||NZ $2,680.00||NZ $2,546.00|
|Tue 05 Jan 2016||Tue 12 Jan 2016||GUARANTEED||NZ $2,680.00||NZ $2,546.00|
|Tue 12 Jan 2016||Tue 19 Jan 2016||OPEN||NZ $2,680.00||NZ $2,546.00|
|Tue 19 Jan 2016||Tue 26 Jan 2016||GUARANTEED||NZ $2,680.00||NZ $2,546.00|
|Tue 02 Feb 2016||Tue 09 Feb 2016||GUARANTEED||NZ $2,680.00||NZ $2,546.00|
|Tue 16 Feb 2016||Tue 23 Feb 2016||GUARANTEED||NZ $2,680.00||NZ $2,546.00|
|Tue 23 Feb 2016||Tue 01 Mar 2016||GUARANTEED||NZ $2,680.00||NZ $2,546.00|
|Tue 01 Mar 2016||Tue 08 Mar 2016||GUARANTEED||NZ $2,680.00||NZ $2,546.00|
|Tue 15 Mar 2016||Tue 22 Mar 2016||GUARANTEED||NZ $2,680.00||NZ $2,546.00|
|Tue 29 Mar 2016||Tue 05 Apr 2016||GUARANTEED||NZ $2,680.00||NZ $2,546.00|
|Tue 12 Apr 2016||Tue 19 Apr 2016||OPEN||NZ $2,680.00||NZ $2,546.00|
|Tue 19 Apr 2016||Tue 26 Apr 2016||GUARANTEED||NZ $2,680.00||NZ $2,546.00|
|Tue 10 May 2016||Tue 17 May 2016||GUARANTEED||NZ $2,545.00||NZ $2,418.00|
|Tue 07 Jun 2016||Tue 14 Jun 2016||OPEN||NZ $2,545.00||NZ $2,418.00|
|Tue 19 Jul 2016||Tue 26 Jul 2016||OPEN||NZ $2,545.00||NZ $2,418.00|
|Tue 23 Aug 2016||Tue 30 Aug 2016||GUARANTEED||NZ $2,545.00||NZ $2,418.00|
|Tue 06 Sep 2016||Tue 13 Sep 2016||OPEN||NZ $2,545.00||NZ $2,418.00|
|Tue 20 Sep 2016||Tue 27 Sep 2016||GUARANTEED||NZ $2,545.00||NZ $2,418.00|
|Tue 04 Oct 2016||Tue 11 Oct 2016||GUARANTEED||NZ $2,545.00||NZ $2,418.00|