New Zealand North Island Tour is 5-day tour visiting Auckland, Rotorua, Matamata and Waitomo and discover first-hand why Auckland is regarded as one of the best places in the world to live, with a tour of its scenic highlights..
Arrive at Auckland InternationalAirport. Your airport private coach transfer will take you to your hotel in Auckland.
Tonight, enjoy a buffet dinner at Fortuna Restaurant (2nd level Sky City Hotel Auckland).
The rest of today is free at own leisure.
Overnight at Hotel
Discover first-hand why Auckland is regarded as one of the best places in the world to live, with a tour of its scenic highlights.
Travel through the city centre, including Auckland's famousQueen Street, Karangahape Road with its chequered past and eclectic vibe and fashionable Ponsonby. Cross over theAuckland Harbour Bridge, enjoying views of the Hauraki Gulf and city skyline, and visit theViaduct Harbour and the revitalisedSilo Park waterfront precinct. See historic buildings around theUniversity of Auckland before continuing over Grafton Bridge to theAuckland Domain.
The Domain is the city's oldest park and, at 75 hectares, one of its largest. Developed around an extinct volcano, it features tropical gardens, duck ponds and public art, and is also home to the AucklandWar Memorial Museum.
After visiting the Domain, the tour continues through the boutique shopping area ofParnell Village, where you will make a brief morning tea stop, and along the scenic waterfront route ofTamaki Drive. Just above Mission Bay is one of the scenic highlights of your tour:Michael Joseph Savage Memorial Park. Named after one of New Zealand's most revered Prime Ministers, the park, with its formal gardens and tranquil atmosphere, offers stunning views over the picturesque Eastern Bays, Auckland city and the Waitemata Harbour.
Your Auckland city tour ends and continue your journey to Rotorua after lunch. Teppanyaki Lunch is included.
Rotorua a geothermal wonderland of boiling mud pools and spectacular geysers awaits visitors. Marvel at the natural wonders of Te Puia and explores its thermal valley of geysers, streams of boiling water and hot mud pools. Tonight, enjoy Te Po, the Maori Hangi Dinner and Cultural Show through a traditional performance.
Discover two of Rotorua's best visitor attractions on this morning Rotorua sightseeing tour.
See our agricultural industry in action at the Agrodome, a working organic farm where you can find out all about farming life in New Zealand, watch a sheep shearing display and see sheep dog trials where the hard-working farm dogs show off their amazing skills.
New Zealand wildlife and natural scenery is on display atRainbow Springs Nature Park, where you can get up close to all kinds of native flora and fauna including the famous kiwi, a flightless native bird. Wander through native forest and discover New Zealand birds, fish and lizards (including the ancient tuatara), as well as exotic animals from around the world.Buffet Lunch is included.
After visiting the top Rotorua sights, set out across the countryside to a very special New Zealand destination –the Hobbiton Movie Set, constructed on a beautiful 1,250 acre farm near Matamata. Take a guided tour of Hobbiton and learn how this working farm was transformed into The Shire from Middle-earth for the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit movies. Your guide will show you locations like Hobbit holes, the Green Dragon Inn and the Mill –and maybe even let you in on some secrets from filming! After your Hobbiton Movie Set tour, After the tour, continue journey to Rotorua.Buffet Dinner is included.
Take a sightseeing day tour from Rotorua to Auckland, including a guided tour of the fascinating Waitomo Glowworm Caves.
Leaving the geothermal wonderland of Rotorua in the morning, we travel through lush farmland into the King Country region.
Along the way, enjoy your driver guide's commentary on the area's history and highlights, and enjoy spectacular sights likeFitzgerald Glade, where the trees arch overhead to form a tunnel of natural greenery.
After arriving in the small town of Waitomo, you'll be taken on a 45-minute guided tour through the world-famous Glowworm Caves, which were discovered in 1887 and are now one of New Zealand's most popular tourist destinations. Wander through subterranean caverns and learn how the stalagmites, stalactites and other spectacular limestone rock formations were formed over millions of years. To end your tour, travel through theGlowworm Grotto on a magical boat ride, surrounded by the twinkling lights of thousands of glowworms.
After your Glowworm Caves tour, you'll have leisure time at the Waitomo visitor complex. A BBQ Lunch is included at Roselands BBQ Restaurant. Enjoy the stunning views and learn more about the region in the discovery centre.
We journey on through the beautiful Waikato region, the dairy farming capital of New Zealand, and northward to Auckland, where your tour concludes on arrival in the afternoon.
Breakfast from your hotel.Free until check out time from your hotel. You will be transferred to Auckland International Airport for your flight homebound. Take with you the most unforgettable and lasting memories of a wonderful New Zealand.