The Endless Shores (Summer 2019)
from $6150
Duration: 11 Days
Explore New Zealand’s North Island with no more than 20 like-minded travellers. Visit the cities Auckland and Wellington, that resound with a friendly welcome normally felt in small towns. Travel into the rustic, unspoilt coastal regions of the Coromandel and the Bay of Islands, where dazzling white beaches and historic villages are the norm.
Day 1
Welcome to Wellington.
On arrival at Wellington International Airport you'll be driven by complimentary transfer to your hotel. Spend some time at leisure to relax or explore on your own. This evening, meet your Travelling Concierge and get to know your fellow travellers during your Welcome Dinner.(Dinner with Wine)
Day 2
Wellington Your Way.
Explore Wellington Your Way with an included choice of sightseeing. You can experience Weta Cave, home of the creative wizards behind The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies, join a local guide for city walking tour around Wellington or learn about New Zealand’s history and culture during a guided visit to Te Papa, New Zealand’s incredible national museum and art gallery.(Breakfast)
Day 3
Wellington to Hawke's Bay.
Travel through the dairy farming land of Manawatu to Napier in Hawke's Bay. In the evening, enjoy a wine tasting and three-course dinner at Mission Estate Winery, one of the region's world-famous wineries.(Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)
Day 4
Exploring Napier.
Enjoy a relaxed start before venturing out to explore the surrounding area. Join a local guide for a tour of the city and see the varying art deco architecture, the style in which Napier was rebuilt after a devastating Earthquake in 1931.(Buffet Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)
Day 5
Geothermal Rotorua.
Travel past Lake Taupo, the largest lake in New Zealand, and visit the spectacular Huka Falls. Then it’s on to Rotorua where on arrival a sightseeing tour offers the chance to take in views of Lake Rotorua. Experience local customs like the Hongi greeting and learn some customary phrases when you visit the Whakarewarewa Living Village set amongst a highly active landscape erupting with geothermal activity. Savour the unique flavours of a Māori Hāngī feast, a meal cooked in the ground using geothermal steam, followed by a traditional concert, at the Tamaki Family Marae.(Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)
Day 6
The Sights of Rotorua.
Your first stop is Rainbow Springs Nature Park, where you'll discover the native beauty around the crystal clear mineral water springs. Take a behind-the-scenes tour through a working kiwi nursery and hatchery dedicated to the conservation of the national icon. Continue to Redwoods - The TreeWalk which consists of 21 suspension bridges traversing between 22 Californian Coastal Redwoods. It provides a unique view of the native undergrowth below from up to 12 metres above the ground, and with a 553-metre-long walk there is plenty of time to appreciate the beauty of the forest. The rest of the afternoon is free for you to continue exploring at your leisure or perhaps relax at your state-of-the-art hotel.(Breakfast)
Day 7
Footwhistle Cave and Auckland.
During your five-star, exclusively guided, Eco Glowworm experience, admire the magical subterranean world of Footwhistle Cave. Later in New Zealand's largest city, Auckland, embark on an afternoon sightseeing tour before having the rest of the day at your leisure to enjoy the city as you wish.(Breakfast)
Day 8
Auckland to Bay of Islands.
Travel to Orewa and the scenic Hibiscus Coast. Continue to the Waipoua Forest, a sanctuary and home to many native trees including the largest Kauri tree in existence, Tane Mahuta, which is over 2,000 years old. A Māori guide will walk you through the native bush and explain the history and legend behind the mighty Kauri. Head to your waterfront resort in the heart of the beautiful Bay of Islands.(Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)
Day 9
Bay of Islands at Your Leisure.
With a full day at your leisure, make the most of your extended stay in the Bay of Islands. Why not sail aboard a historic tall ship, enjoy wine tastings around Kerikeri, or discover Russell, the first European settlement and capital of New Zealand, on a highlights tour of this small township? Your Travelling Concierge can assist you with booking your choice of activity.(Breakfast)
Day 10
Cruise the Bay of Islands and onto Auckland.
Cruise through the Bay of Islands Maritime Park and explore some of the 144 islands in the bay. Your journey continues through the small towns of Northland and over the Harbour Bridge as you return to Auckland. Toast your travels together at your Celebration Dinner.(Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)
Day 11
Farewell Auckland.
Bid farewell to your fellow travellers after breakfast, as your journey comes to an end with a transfer to Auckland Airport for your onward flight.(Breakfast)
  • Hawke's Bay: Indulge in a wine tasting followed by a 3-course dinner at Mission Estate Winery, one of the region's world famous wineries.
  • Rotorua: Gather round for a feast of succulent meats and vegetables, cooked in a Hāngi and prepared using the traditional Māori method of cooking over geothermal steam coming from the earth.
  • Auckland: Celebrate in style at an elegant Celebration Dinner with wine in Auckland.
  • Dining Summary: 10 Breakfasts (B) and 6 Dinners with Wine (DW).
  • Wellington: Take a cruise on Queen Charlotte Sound to cross Cook Strait.
  • Wellington: See the sights of New Zealand's capital during your orientation.
  • Wellington: Explore Wellington Your Way with a choice of visiting Weta Cave, home of the creative wizards behind The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies, joining a local guide for a city walking tour around Wellington or a guided visit to Te Papa, New Zealand’s incredible national museum and art gallery.
  • Napier: Take part in a guided tour of the city of Napier.
  • Hawke's Bay: Take your morning of leisure to explore the beautiful area of Hawke's Bay.
  • Huka Falls: Take a visit to the beautiful Huka Falls that drains from Lake Taupo.
  • Rotorua: Learn about the city of Rotorua when you embark on a sightseeing tour.
  • Rotorua: Visit the Whakarewarewa Living Village and gain an insight into the lives of the Māori community and their special bond with this ancient land.
  • Rotorua: Visit the Rainbow Springs Nature Park to see a working kiwi nursery and hatchery and learn more about the conservation of this national creature.
  • Rotorua: During your visit to Redwoods - The TreeWalk, enjoy the unique perspective from 12 metres above the ground.
  • Waitomo Cave: Discover the native glowworms, fascinating, bright creatures of Waitomo Cave, with your Local Expert.
  • Auckland: Enjoy a sightseeing tour around the city of Auckland.
  • Waipoua Forest: Visit the Waipoua Forest which is home to the largest Kauri tree in existence.
  • Waipoua Forest: Walk with a Maori guide and learn about the history and legend behind the Kauri tree.
  • Bay of Islands: Cruise through some of the 144 islands in the Bay of Islands Maritime Park and view some very unique wildlife.
  • Wellington: Forming part of an exclusive collection of luxury hotels, the vintage-inspired Sofitel Wellington places you in the heart of the city near lush botanical gardens, stately parliamentary buildings and a collection of museums.
  • Hawke's Bay: Porters Boutique Hotel is a privately owned, boutique hotel that delivers a luxurious experience.
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