Journey Snapshot

Uncover geothermal hotspots, discover vibrant cities and be immersed in the awe-inspiring Maori heritage that holds a special bond with this ancient land.

Embrace the Hongi touch of your Māori hosts, whose relationship with this unspoilt land is revealed on this journey. Experience natural wonders, from the luminous glowworms of the Footwhistle Cave and the native forests’ redwood giants, to the fantasy-land of The Lord of the Rings’ ‘Shire’.

  • The Endless Shores
  • New Zealand
  • 8 Days

Prices from:

Per person, in USD

  • Adult Twin $3,475

  • Single $4,655

Journey Overview

  • Start
  • End
  • Overnight Stays
  • Sightseeing

Your Journey Itinerary

Day Activity
1 Welcome to Wellington

Upon arrival at Wellington Airport you’ll be transferred to your hotel. Spend some time at leisure to relax or explore on your own. This evening, join your Journey Director for a Welcome Reception, followed by dinner.

  • Dinner with wine
  • Sofitel Wellington
2 Wellington at Leisure

Today is your choice of sightseeing: You could experience the Weta Cave, home of the creative wizards behind The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies. Go on a guided city walking tour around Wellington or a guided tour of Te Papa Museum of New Zealand. Your Journey Director can assist in booking your optional experiences.

  • Breakfast
  • Sofitel Wellington
3 Wellington – Hawke’s Bay

Travel through the dairy farming land of Manawatu to Napier in Hawke’s Bay. This evening, enjoy wine tasting and dinner at one of their world-famous wineries. Spend the evening in your accommodation surrounded by the areas majestic hills.

  • Breakfast, Local Dining Experience
  • Porters Boutique Hotel
4 Napier

After a relaxed morning, we venture out to the region of Hawke’s Bay. Relive the glamour and style of the jazz era with a luxurious vintage car tour. You’ll be met by your driver, in Art Deco costume, who will provide a fascinating commentary as you are driven in style, through Napier and surrounding areas. You’ll learn about the earthquake that destroyed the city, hear stories of the people that led the rebuild, and discover the Art Deco style. This evening, enjoy dinner at your hotel.

  • Breakfast, dinner with wine
  • Porters Boutique Hotel
5 Hawke’s Bay – Rotorua

Enjoy a leisurely start today before continuing the journey to Rotorua. Visit the spectacular Huka Falls, the only outlet of water from Lake Taupo, and then it’s on to Rotorua, where on arrival, an orientation tour takes in views of Lake Rotorua. Later, you’ll visit the Whakarewarewa Living Village for an insight into Māori life and how they interact with geothermal activity. Tonight, an evening of culture, history and scrumptious food awaits you at the Tamaki Māori Village. Wander through the ancient forest village and learn about Māori art forms and traditions, followed by a concert featuring local performers. Experience an authentic Māori Hangi meal, steamed underground in the traditional way.

  • Breakfast, Local Dining Experience
  • Pullman Rotorua
6 Rotorua – Redwoods Treewalk

Ascending to the breathtaking Redwoods Treewalk, enjoy an elevated bird’s eye view of the 115-year-old redwood giants and view the beautiful surrounds of the forest from a unique perspective. Next stop is Rainbow Springs Nature Park. Discover native flora that grows around the crystal clear mineral water springs and learn about their kiwi hatchery programme that is proudly supported by TreadRight.

  • Breakfast
  • Pullman Rotorua
7 Rotorua – Waitomo Caves – Auckland

Make your way to the famous Waitomo Caves for an exclusive 5-star Eco Glowworm experience. Your guide sets the scene for a cave experience where you will see glowworms, cave formations and appreciate the beauty of Footwhistle Cave. Later, travel through the dairy farming district of Waikato, and onto Auckland. This evening, toast your trip together at a Celebration Dinner.

  • Breakfast, Celebration Dinner
  • Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour Hotel
8 Farewell from Auckland

Say farewell to your fellow travellers as your Inspiring Journey comes to an end and we transfer you to Auckland Airport for your onward flight.

  • Breakfast
  • Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour Hotel

Unique Highlights

Authentic and Engaging Experiences

  • Discover
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    • Napier’s art deco charm
    • The magical Glowworm Grotto of the Footwhistle Cave
  • Explore
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    • The native gardens of Rainbow Springs Nature Park
    • The giant Redwood Trees on a series of 23 suspension bridges
  • Immerse
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    • Enjoy a traditional Maori experience in Rotorua
    • Take a guided walk through the sacred Waipoua Forest
  • Relax
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    • In Rotorua’s healing mineral springs
    • Wine and Dine at Napier’s top winery

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Additional Information

What's Included
  • Hand-picked accommodation, selected to immerse you in your destination
  • Most meals, including Local Dining Experiences. See Dining tab below
  • Complimentary refreshments throughout the journey
  • Travel by bespoke vehicle with reclining seats, WiFi and air-conditioning
  • A maximum of 20 guests to share your journey
  • Expert Driver Guide escorts
  • All entrance and National Park fees
  • Sustainable Travel Kit, including refillable water bottle and backpack
  • Exclusive immersive activities and interaction with local communities
  • Built-in leisure time, to explore destinations as you wish
  • Airport transfers (see Flight Information below)
What to Bring
  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Sunglasses, sunscreen and hat
  • Warm layers in cooler months and a waterproof
  • Camera
  • A sense of adventure
Fitness Requirements
  • Low level of fitness required
  • 7 Full buffet breakfasts
  • 2 Dinners with wine
  • 2 Local Dining Experiences
  • 1 Celebration Dinner
Flight Information
  • Day 1: Flights to arrive prior to 4.00pm into Wellington Airport
  • Day 8: Flights to depart anytime from Auckland Airport

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