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 $4,196

  • Single $5,292

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
  • QT Wellington, 2 nights
2 Wellington at Leisure

Today see Wellington your way! Perhaps visit Weta Workshop, home to the creative wizards behind ‘The Lord of the Rings’ and ‘The Hobbit’ trilogies or learn about New Zealand history and culture on a visit to Te Papa - Museum of New Zealand. Your Journey Director can assist in booking your optional experience.

  • Breakfast
3 Wellington – Hawke’s Bay

Continue north today, travelling through the dairy farming land of Manawatu to Napier in Hawkes Bay. 

Tonight, enjoy dinner with wine matching at Craggy Range Winery, one of the regions world famous wineries situated in the shadow of the spectacular Te Mata Peak. 

  • Local Dining Experience
  • Porters Boutique Hotel, Havelock North, Hawkes Bay, 2 nights
4 Hawkes Bay 'Relaxed Start'

Enjoy a relaxed start before we venture out to explore the Hawkes Bay region. Relive the glamour and style of the jazz era with a luxurious vintage car tour. Your driver will provide a fascinating commentary as you are driven in style, through Art Deco 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. Tonight, enjoy dinner at your hotel. 

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

Enjoy a leisurely start before continuing the journey to Rotorua.  This afternoon visit Waimangu Volcanic Valley where you will connect with the beating heart of the world’s youngest geothermal valley, it’s unique history and legacy.   Along the guided walk you’ll experience geothermal activity, hot springs, volcanic craters, nature and wildlife. Followed by a relaxing 45-minute cruise around the tranquil waters of Lake Rotomahana see stunning geothermal activity only accessible by boat as well as rare native birdlife.  Immerse in the stories of the Mt Tarawera volcanic eruption and the resulting dramatic landscape changes that created this amazing part of the world. 

  • Breakfast
  • Pullman Rotorua, 2 nights
6 Rotorua

Ascending to the breathtaking Redwoods Treewalk, enjoy an elevated bird’s eye view of the 115-year-old redwood giants and the beautiful surrounds of the forest from a unique perspective. Next stop is Rainbow Springs Nature Park for a behind the scenes look at the National Kiwi Hatchery. Tonight, an evening of culture, history and scrumptious food awaits you at Tamaki Maori Village. Wander through the ancient forest village and learn about Maori art forms and traditions, followed by a cultural performance. Experience an authentic Maori Hangi meal, steamed underground in the traditional way.

  • Breakfast, Local dining experience
7 Rotorua – Auckland

Begin your day with a dazzling show during an exclusive five-star Eco Glow Worm experience at Caveworld Waitomo.  Your guide sets the scene for a cave experience where you will see glow worms, cave formations and appreciate the beauty of Footwhistle Cave. Later, travel through the dairy farming district of Waikato, and onto Auckland. Tonight, Toast your trip together tonight at a Celebration Dinner.

  • Breakfast, Celebration Dinner
  • QT Auckland
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

Unique Highlights

Authentic and Engaging Experiences

  • Indulge
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    Indulge

    • Indulge in a traditional Maori Hangi feast of succulent meats and vegetables at Tamaki Maori Village
    • Indulge in the seasonal fresh produce of the Hawkes Bay, with a delectable dinner at Craggy Range Winery. Many of the herbs, fruits and vegetables are grown in the extensive kitchen garden.
  • Explore
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    Explore

    • Escape the crowds and explore the Footwhistle Glow-worm Caves on an intimate small group cave experience.
    • Walk high amongst giant 118-year-old Redwood trees as you explore the Redwoods Forest across eco-suspended bridges and platforms intricately designed to honour and accentuate the stunning natural environment.
  • Immerse
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    Immerse

    • Come on a journey of discovery and immerse yourself into the sights, smells, sounds and stories of the Waimangu Volcanic Valley. The world’s youngest geothermal valley and a truly unique environment. Take a cruise on Lake Rotomahana, the final resting place of the Pink & White Terraces.
    • Immerse yourself into Maori culture as you are swept away by master storytellers who will share customs, traditions and their way of life at Tamaki Maori Village.
  • Relax
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    Relax

    • Relax at Polynesian Spa, New Zealand’s original and iconic geothermal bathing experience, the ultimate relaxation experience.
    • Sit back and relax as you explore the Art Deco capital of New Zealand with your guide in a Vintage Car.

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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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