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 Maori hosts, whose relationship with this unspoilt land is revealed on this Inspiring Journey. Experience mesmerising natural wonders, from the luminous glowworms of the Footwhistle Cave, the native forests’ redwood giants, to the healing mineral springs of Rotorua. 

  • The Endless Shores
  • New Zealand
  • 11 Days

Prices from: Per person, in USD

  • Adult Twin $4,850

  • Single $6,510

  • Child $4,850

Journey Overview

  • Start
  • End
  • Overnight Stays
  • Sightseeing
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Your Journey Itinerary

Day Activity
1 Welcome to Wellington

On arrival in the culinary capital of New Zealand you’ll have time to relax. Perhaps enjoy a literary encounter with New Zealand’s great writers on the famed Wellington Writers’ Walk. Meet your Journey Director for a Welcome Reception and dinner this evening at your hotel.

  • Dinner with wine
  • Sofitel Wellington
2 Wellington Journey Select

Today, select your choice of sightseeing: you may wish to experience Weta Cave, home of the creative wizards behind The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies. Take a walking tour around Wellington with a local guide or join a guide who will reveal the stories behind the exhibitions at Te Papa Museum of New Zealand.

  • Full buffet breakfast
  • Sofitel Wellington
3 Wellington – Hawke’s Bay

Travel through the dairy farming land of Manawatu to Napier in Hawke’s Bay. Enjoy time to relax after the day’s adventures before joining your Journey Director for dinner at your hotel.

  • Full buffet breakfast, dinner with wine
  • Porters Boutique Hotel
4 Hawke’s Bay

Join a local guide for a city tour. You’ll see several types of Art Deco architecture, the style in which Napier was rebuilt after a devastating earthquake in 1931. This evening, enjoy wine-tasting and dinner at one of the renowned wineries in Hawke’s Bay.

  • Full buffet breakfast, Local Dining Experience
  • Porters Boutique Hotel
5 Hawke’s Bay – Rotorua

You’ll travel past Lake Taupo and visit spectacular Huka Falls before you arrive in Rotorua, the cultural capital, for a sightseeing tour. Visit Whakarewarewa Living Village, where you’ll be introduced to members of the Maori community and learn about their special bond with this ancient land. This evening, indulge in the mouthwatering flavours of a traditional Hangi feast cooked underground using geothermal steam at the Tamaki Maori Marae.

  • Full buffet breakfast, Local Dining Experience
  • Pullman Rotorua
6 Rotorua

Rotorua’s natural splendour is revealed in the crystal-clear mineral springs and native flora of Rainbow Springs Nature Park. You’re sure to catch a glimpse of the shy, iconic national bird in the park’s nocturnal kiwi enclosure,  ‘behind the scenes tour’ - an exclusive TreadRight experience. Next up, ascending to the Redwoods Treewalk, enjoy an elevated view of these redwood giants from a series of 23 suspension bridges linking the majestic trees, a completely unique perspective.

  • Full buffet breakfast
  • Pullman Rotorua
7 Rotorua – Auckland

Begin your day by exploring the iridescent Waitomo Caves on an exclusive five-star Eco Glowworm experience with a Local Expert. Admire the magical subterranean world of Footwhistle Cave before you continue your journey to Auckland, the ‘City of Sails’. Get your bearings during a sightseeing city tour, then spend the rest of the day discovering why Auckland is deemed one of the world’s most liveable cities.

  • Full buffet breakfast
  • Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour Hotel
8 Auckland – Bay of Islands

The golden sands of Orewa seem to stretch endlessly heading north to the native forest of Waipoua. Join a local Maori guide and head deep into the forest of Waipoua, a sanctuary that is home to many native trees including the largest Kauri tree in existence, Tane Mahuta (over 2,000 years old). Finally, journey to your waterfront resort in the Bay of Islands.

  • Full buffet breakfast, dinner with wine
  • Copthorne Resort Bay of Islands, Water View Rooms
9 Bay of Islands Free Time

Make the most of your extended stay in the Bay of Islands with a choice of optional experiences. Why not sail aboard a historic tall ship, enjoy wine tasting around Kerikeri, or discover Russell on a highlights tour of this small township? Your Journey Director can assist you in booking your choice of activity.

  • Full buffet breakfast
  • Copthorne Resort Bay of Islands, Water View Rooms
10 Bay of Islands Cruise – Auckland

This morning cruise through the Bay of Islands Maritime Park and explore some of the 144 islands in the bay. Later, head through the small towns of Northland, over the Harbour Bridge and into Auckland city. This evening toast your inspiring journey at a memorable Celebration Dinner.

  • Full buffet breakfast, Celebration Dinner
  • Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour Hotel
11 Farewell from Auckland

Bid a fond farewell to your travel companions this morning as your North Island Inspiring Journey comes to an end.

  • Full buffet breakfast
  • Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour Hotel

Unique Highlights

Authentic and Engaging Experiences

  • Discover
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    Discover

    • Napier’s art deco charm
    • The magical Glowworm Grotto of the Footwhistle Cave
  • Explore
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    Explore

    • The native gardens of Rainbow Springs Nature Park
    • The giant Redwood Trees on a series of 23 suspension bridges
  • Immerse
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    Immerse

    • Enjoy a traditional Maori experience in Rotorua
    • Take a guided walk through the sacred Waipoua Forest
  • Relax
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    Relax

    • Cruise the beautiful Bay of Islands
    • 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 Journey Director and 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
Dining
  • 10 Full buffet breakfasts
  • 3 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 11: Flights to depart anytime from Auckland Airport

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