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
  • 8 Days

Prices from:

Per person, in USD

  • Adult Twin $3,475

  • Single $4,655

Journey Overview

  • Start
  • End
  • Overnight Stays
  • Sightseeing
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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 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.

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

Travel through the dairy farming land of Manawatu to Napier in Hawkes Bay. This evening, enjoy dinner at your hotel.

  • Full buffet breakfast, dinner with wine
  • Porters Boutique Hotel
4 Napier

Enjoy a relaxed start before we venture out to explore the region of Hawkes 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 wine tasting and dinner at one of their world-famous wineries.

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

Enjoy a leisurely start to before continuing the journey to nearby Rotorua. Visit the spectacular Huka Falls, the only outlet of water from Lake Taupo, and then it’s on to Rotorua. On arrival in Rotorua 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.

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

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. 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. 

  • Full buffet breakfast
  • Pullman Rotorua
7 Rotorua – 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.

  • Full buffet breakfast, Celebration Dinner
  • Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour Hotel
8 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

    • 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
  • 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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