The Endless Shores

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 traditional greeting 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 forest redwood giants, to an eco-tour of Jurassic rainforest.

  • $5,355 Single

  • $4,295 Adult Twin

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Journey Overview

  • Start
  • End
  • Overnight Stays
  • Sightseeing

Your 24/25 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.

  • MEALS - Dinner with wine
  • HOTEL - QT Wellington, 2 nights
2 Wellington at Leisure

Discover Wellington your way. You could visit the urban eco-sanctuary of Zealandia/Te Māra a Tāne, home to some of New Zealand's most rare and extraordinary wildlife. Go on a guided city walking tour around Wellington or explore the country’s fascinating culture, nature, heritage and art at Te Papa, the Museum of New Zealand.

  • MEALS - Breakfast
3 Wellington – Hawke’s Bay

Travel through the dairy farming land of Manawatu to Napier in Hawke’s Bay. This evening, enjoy dinner with wine at Craggy Range winery, in the shadow of the spectacular Te Mata Peak. Spend the evening in your accommodation surrounded by the area’s majestic hills.

  • MEALS - Breakfast, Local Dining Experience
  • HOTEL - Porters Boutique Hotel, 2 nights
4 Napier 'Relaxed Start'

Relive the glamour and style of the jazz era with a luxurious vintage car tour. Your driver will provide fascinating commentary as you are driven in style through Napier and surrounding areas. You’ll learn about the earthquake that destroyed the city in 1931 and hear stories of the people that led the rebuild of Napier in the Art Deco style.

  • MEALS - Breakfast, Dinner with wine
5 Hawke’s Bay – Rotorua

Enjoy a leisurely start before continuing the journey to Rotorua. This afternoon you will have a guided cultural eco-tour of Whirinaki Forest, a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience. Armed with a packed lunch and with your local expert guide discover this vast, Jurassic, podocarp rainforest on a guided cultural walking tour, including Rongoa trail, rakau rangatira, history, possibly sight some native and endangered birds, whakatauki, forest bathing and hot kawakawa tea to end.

  • MEALS - Breakfast, lunch
  • HOTEL - Pullman Rotorua, 2 nights
6 Rotorua - Redwoods Treewalk

Ascending to the breathtaking Redwoods Treewalk, enjoy an elevated bird’s eye view of the 120-year-old redwood giants and view the beautiful surrounds of the forest from a unique perspective. Next stop is the National Kiwi Hatchery Aotearoa, the national leader in kiwi husbandry, and learn about their kiwi hatchery programme that is proudly supported by TreadRight. Tonight, visit Te Pā Tū Māori Experience. Tū Te Rā is a celebration of the abundant harvest of this season, and explores concepts, rituals, and stories of ancient Māori warfare and peace in a feast of culture and cuisine. Enjoy a forest kai horotai (seasonal canapés) and complementary chef choice aperitif, and a seasonal three-course dinner.

  • MEALS - Breakfast, Local dining experience
7 Rotorua – Caveworld Waitomo - Auckland

Make your way to the famous Caveworld Waitomo 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 on to Auckland. This evening, toast your tour together at a Celebration Dinner.

  • MEALS - Breakfast, Celebration Dinner
  • HOTEL - QT Auckland
8 Farewell from Auckland

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

  • MEALS - Breakfast

Unique Highlights

Authentic and Engaging Experiences

  • Immerse
    3 Immerse Waimangu Volcanic Valley 1200 900

    Immerse

    Walk through a Jurassic rainforest on a cultural eco-tour, and embrace the traditional greeting of your hosts at Te Pā Tū Māori Experience.

  • Indulge
    4 Indulge Craggy Range Restaurant 1200 1000

    Indulge

    In the shadow of the spectacular Te Mata Peak, enjoy an unforgettable dining experience at Craggy Range winery in Hawke’s Bay, a region blessed with fertile soils.

  • Explore
    5 Explore Redwoods Treewalk Altidue 1200 1000

    Explore

    Walk high among giant 120 year old Redwood trees, and discover the luminous shimmer of the breathtaking Fottwhistle Glowworm Cave.

  • Relax
    6 Relax Craggy Range LodgeCourtyard 1200 1000

    Relax

    Cruise the streets of New Zealand’s Art Deco capital in style in the comfort of a luxurious vintage car driven by your expert guide.

The Endless Shores

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Additional Information

What's Included
  • 12 meals including 7 breakfasts, 5 dinners, Welcome Drinks
  • Specialist team of two highly experienced Journey Director and Driver Guide
  • Local Specialists (Guides)
  • Mixture of boutique, unique and 5-star hotels
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
  • 7 Full buffet breakfasts
  • 5 Dinners with wine
Flight Information

Flights are not included in holiday price.

  • 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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