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11 Days

This wonderful journey takes in the stunning sights of the North Island starting with the sparkling Pacific waters of the Bay of Islands. Further south you’ll visit the Art Deco town of Napier and enjoy the wonderful wines of the Hawke’s Bay region before arriving in Wellington, ‘The coolest little capital in the world’.

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Day 1 - Auckland

Fable, Auckland

Haere mai – welcome! Arrive into Auckland where you will be met and transferred to your accommodation. The rest of the day is yours to relax exploring the ‘City of Sails’.

Day 2 - Auckland to Bay of Islands

Duke of Marlborough Hotel, Russell


We leave via the iconic Harbour Bridge and break our journey at A. H. Reed Memorial Park to walk through part of an original kauri forest on an elevated canopy walkway. We also visit the picturesque Whangarei Falls formed more than 2 million years ago, before continuing to the Bay of Islands. Regarded as the birthplace of New Zealand this region is rich in both Maori culture and early European history. We are welcomed to the Waitangi Treaty Grounds, to learn the story of the signing of the 1840 treaty between Maori tribes and British settlers, visit the magnificent carved meeting house, the interactive museum and the war canoe (waka). After our visit we take a ferry to the seaside village of Russell where we spend two nights at the historic Duke of Marlborough Hotel.

Day 3 - Bay of Islands

Duke of Marlborough Hotel, Russell


Today you have the choice of two excursions:

a) Discover the Far North of New Zealand

Journey along the magnificent 90 Mile Beach to Cape Reinga, the very tip of New Zealand, where the Tasman Sea collides with the Pacific Ocean. This full day tour includes a visit to the ancient Puketi Kauri forest and lunch.

b) Enjoy a Hole in the Rock cruise

On the way to the Cape Brett Lighthouse, now hold your breath as the skipper skilfully navigates through the famous Hole in the Rock and into Grand Cathedral Cave (conditions permitting).

Return to Russell to meet a local guide for an insight into this historic town’s rip-roaring past!

Day 4 - Bay of Islands to Auckland

Fable, Auckland


Head south through rural towns and past delightful beaches before arriving in Auckland; New Zealand’s largest and most cosmopolitan city to enjoy a sightseeing tour of the ‘City of Sails’ including panoramic views from Bastion Point; trendy Parnell Village; the lovely bays of the waterfront drive; and the vibrant Viaduct Harbour area. We also enjoy a guided tour of the Auckland Museum which gives an excellent introduction to the artistic legacy and cultures of the indigenous peoples of the Pacific.

Day 5 - Auckland to Coromandel Peninsula

Oceans Resort, Whitianga


Travel across the fertile Hauraki Plains to Thames then head up the western side of the Coromandel Peninsula. This coastal drive is quite spectacular and on a clear day, keep an eye out for the SkyTower which can be seen across the Firth of Thames. Visit the nearby Driving Creek Railway climbing 120m on a narrow-gauge line to the ‘EyeFull’ Tower for panoramic views of the surrounding countryside and back over the Hauraki Gulf. Drive east across the Peninsula through beautiful scenery to reach the resort of Whitianga on Mercury Bay.

Day 6 - Coromandel Peninsula

Oceans Resort, Whitianga


Enjoy the white cliffs, golden beaches, turquoise waters and green forests of the Coromandel today. Rightly famous is Hot Water Beach, where warm springs bubble up through the sand, and when the tide is right you can dig out your very own ‘spa’ pool for a wallow in the warm waters. Walk down into Cathedral Cove – your efforts are rewarded with one of the most photogenic beaches in New Zealand. Take a water taxi back to Hahei where your driver will be waiting to take you to Cooks Beach – named after Captain James Cook and famous for its long golden sandy beach.

From Cooks Beach you can choose to catch the short ferry ride back to Whitianga and walk to your accommodation – OR - travel back with your driver.

Day 7 - Coromandel Peninsula – Rotorua

Prince’s Gate Hotel, Rotorua


We take the Pacific Coast Highway through beachside towns of the beautiful Bay of Plenty before turning inland for a bush walk at Okere Falls. Then on to Rotorua, the epicentre not only of New Zealand’s geothermal activity but of Maori heritage. Te Puia is a unique active geothermal site and the nation’s centre for indigenous arts and crafts. It is part of the Maori culture to welcome, guide, entertain, and welcome you like part of the family and you are treated to a private guide throughout your time at Te Puia.

Day 8 - Rotorua

Prince’s Gate Hotel, Rotorua


Today you have the choice of two excursions:

a) Visit the Waimangu Volcanic Valley

Site of the devastating eruption of Mt. Tarawera in 1886. Explore this ever-changing landscape; walk beside boiling craters and jewel-coloured lakes and take a boat across Lake Rotomahana and hear the story of Guide Sophia.

b) Experience the real Middle-earth

Visit the Hobbiton Movie Set for a guided tour of The Shire that featured in Peter Jackson’s films; The Lord of the Rings trilogy and The Hobbit film series. Your tour includes the Party Tree, a visit to Bag End and you can even have a drink in the Green Dragon!

This evening travel to a Marae (Maori Village) to experience a formal welcome (powhiri), a powerful cultural performance, storytelling and Hangi (feasting).

Day 9 - Rotorua to Napier

Scenic Hotel Te Pania, Napier


Visit the powerful Huka Falls then view the vast Lake Taupo. Across the lake stands the mighty volcanic peaks of Ruapehu, Ngauruhoe and Tongariro. Onto Napier to view one of the world’s most complete examples of Art Deco architecture, second (arguably) only to Miami Beach. This afternoon our local guide brings history and architecture alive with entertaining stories as you discover Napier on foot. Today’s journey has brought us to the North Island’s wine country, so this evening’s treat is dinner at New Zealand’s oldest winery, Mission Estate.

Day 10 - Napier to Wellington

James Cook Hotel Grand Chancellor, Wellington


Travel through the vineyards and orchards of Hawke’s Bay and the bush-clad ranges of the Wairarapa into New Zealand’s capital city, Wellington. On arrival view New Zealand’s magnificent Parliament Buildings including the iconic ‘Beehive’ building. From the Kelburn lookout take the Wellington Cable Car down into the central city precinct before visiting Te Papa – one of the most exciting museums in the world.

Day 11 - Depart Wellington

Haere ra – farewell from New Zealand. Today you are transferred to the Wellington Airport for your return home taking with you fond memories of your time in New Zealand. Alternatively, should you wish to extend your stay, we can assist you with additional travel arrangements.

Koromiko Featured Experiences

• Entry to Waitangi Treaty Grounds

• Journey along 90 Mile Beach – or – take a Hole in the Rock cruise

• A scenic cruise from Auckland to the Coromandel Peninsula

• Narrow-gauge railway journey through native Coromandel bush

• Visit Hot Water Beach and photogenic Cathedral Cove

• A private guide around a geothermal valley with geysers, mud pools and hot springs

• Visit Waimangu Volcanic Valley – or – experience Hobbiton Movie Set

• Delve into Maori life and enjoy a powerful cultural performance and feast

• Enjoy an evening meal at Mission Estate in Napier

• Travel on Wellington’s famous Cable Car and visit Te Papa museum

Our Small Group Tours are perfect for those seeking a truly unique New Zealand holiday experience

Your overnight stays are an important way of experiencing the character of your destination so we carefully hand-pick our accommodations, choosing one-of-a-kind hotels or unique properties that are expressions of the region or have a particular vibe or attraction of their own.

Please note that occasionally we need to substitute accommodation to that of a similar standard, based on availability.
Fable, Auckland

Be transported back to the 1920s in this elegant Art Deco heritage hotel right in the heart of Auckland city. Unlike anything you have experienced before, the Fable was created to be something treasured. Close to the city’s central shopping precinct and the Viaduct Harbour’s vibrant hospitality scene, your stay at this luxury hotel will make your holiday something to remember.

Duke of Marlborough Hotel, Russell

The Duke of Marlborough began its life in 1827 as “Johnny Johnston’s Grog Shop” and was one of the first land sales to a European in New Zealand. In the 1930s Johnny changed the name of his hotel to the Duke of Marlborough, as at the time the Duke of Marlborough was the world’s richest man, so the name sought to bring respect, elegance and opulence to the “Hell Hole of the Pacific”.

Oceans Resort, Whitianga

Nestled on the western shore of the beautiful Mercury Bay and only a stone’s throw from the golden sands of Buffalo Beach, you will find the relaxed luxury Whitianga Apartments of Oceans Resort in the heart of popular Whitianga. The resort is only a short stroll to the ferry and the picturesque marina or wander through the town centre where you will find an abundance of cafés, restaurants and bars, and boutique stores. Please note these are self-contained apartments and there is no restaurant onsite.

Prince’s Gate Hotel, Rotorua

This boutique property is a prominent showpiece in the heart of Rotorua. Originally built in the gold mining town of Waihi, in 1917 nail by nail and board by board, the hotel was dismantled and transferred by horse-drawn wagon to the Waihi Railway Station and the timber and fittings were duly taken by rail to Rotorua. It is now sited opposite the entrance to the stunning Government Gardens. A visit to the Princes Gate Hotel is an exciting escape back in time.

Scenic Hotel Te Pania, Napier

The hotel enjoys a premium waterfront location on Napier’s Marine Parade and is a short stroll from the main art deco style street. Styled to complement its remarkable location the hotel boasts design awards and is perfectly sited to enjoy the famous sunrises of the Hawke’s Bay - one of the first places in the world to see the light each day.

James Cook Hotel Grand Chancellor, Wellington

Located in the heart of Wellington this hotel is minutes from popular landmarks and activities such as the Cable Car, Parliament buildings, and Lambton Quay’s shopping district. A perfect balance between elegance and comfort, the hotel has two renowned restaurants, bars, a day spa and fitness room – so all your comforts and needs should be covered!

What is the size of New Zealand?

New Zealand is 266,200 square kilometres - similar in size to Great Britain or Japan, but unlike these countries New Zealand has a population of less than 5 million. The country comprises of two main islands; the North Island (Te Ika-a-Maui), and the South Island (Te Waipounamu).

Do I need a passport or visa to enter New Zealand?

All visitors to New Zealand must carry a passport that is valid for at least three months beyond the date they intend to leave the country. Some visitors must have an Electronic Travel Authority and pay an International Visitor Conservation and Tourism Levy before travelling to New Zealand. For more information about visas and visitor regulations, visit www.immigration.govt.nz.

When is the best time to come to New Zealand?

New Zealand really is an all-year round destination as it enjoys a mild climate ranging from temperate areas at the bottom of the South Island to sub-tropical regions in the upper North Island. We have designed our Small Group Tours around the most popular times to visit, through spring, summer and autumn.

What is the typical age group of the people that travel on your tours?

Our Small Group Tours appeal to a broad range of ages but typically our clients are in the 50+ age group.

Luggage Allowance

Luggage is restricted to one suitcase and one small item of hand luggage per person. Baggage handling of one suitcase per person, at each hotel, is included in the trip price. Due to limited storage capacity in the smaller vehicles used for these tours, each case should have dimensions not exceeding 30” x 18” x 10” (76x46x25cm) and 62 linear inches (157cm) and weight not exceeding 50lbs (23kg). Please note that some airlines restrict checked luggage allowance – please check this with your airline. Carry-on/hand luggage is restricted to one piece per person, not exceeding 12” x 11” x 6” (30x28x14cm) in order to fit under your coach seat. Carry-on/hand luggage handling is the responsibility of each guest and must be taken on and off the motorcoach by you each day of the trip. Please note that carry-ons with telescopic handles and wheels will not fit under seats and therefore cannot be accepted as carry-on luggage for safety reasons.

What sort of clothing should I bring with me?

When on tour in New Zealand dress is generally relaxed and casual with an informal dress standard on most occasions. Casual wear is recommended for travelling with something a little more formal for evening dining. If taking part in outdoor activities, make sure you have a waterproof coat, comfortable footwear and dress in layers to help you adjust to any sudden changes in climate. Be prepared for New Zealand’s powerful sun, even on cold windy days, bringing a hat, sunglasses and sunscreen.

Do I need any vaccinations?

All passengers must adhere to the entry and health requirements set in place at the time of travel by the New Zealand Government, immigration and health authorities. For more information please refer to the New Zealand Government official website. covid19.govt.nz/international-travel

What currency should I bring with me?

The official currency is the New Zealand Dollar (NZD$). Foreign currency can easily be exchanged at banks, some hotels and Bureau de Change kiosks which are found at international airports and in most city centres. All major credit card can be used in New Zealand, with Visa and MasterCard accepted most widely. ATM ’s are generally available in all except the most rural areas.

Can I use my mobile phone in New Zealand?

Many international mobile phones will work in New Zealand although higher rates can often apply, please check with your phone/network provider before leaving home to confirm. Alternatively, prepaid SIM cards are available to purchase when you arrive in New Zealand. Mobile coverage is extensive across most of the country but not available in some remote and rural areas.

Is tipping expected?

Tipping is not obligatory or expected in New Zealand but if you choose to reward a job well done it is always greatly appreciated.

What are the legislations around smoking?

It is now illegal to smoke indoors in workplaces and hospitality venues including restaurants, bars, cafes, casinos and hotel lobbies. If you wish to smoke, you will need to smoke outdoors.

Does New Zealand have any dangerous animals?

New Zealand does not have any poisonous snakes, dangerous animals and only one poisonous spider – the Katipo which is very rare and only found in certain coastal areas and Katipo bites are rare. If travelling to Fiordland, insect repellent is strongly recommended as the sand-flies are large and determined!

Do I need travel Insurance?

While New Zealand’s medical facilities, both private and public, provide a high standard of treatment and care, it is strongly recommended that all travellers hold comprehensive travel insurance (including full medical, cancellation and repatriation) before departing their home country. Visitors to New Zealand are covered for subsidised treatment for personal injury caused by accident under the Government-run ACC scheme. However ACC does not cover any medical treatment relating to illness. Visitors should have their own medical insurance cover.

Departure Date Price Single Supplement Availability
Wed 12 Oct 2022 $4,320 USD $1,430 USD Tour Unavailable
Wed 23 Nov 2022 $4,320 USD $1,430 USD Tour Unavailable
Wed 18 Jan 2023 $4,320 USD $1,430 USD Tour Unavailable
Wed 08 Feb 2023 $4,690 USD $1,490 USD Available
Wed 22 Feb 2023 $4,690 USD $1,490 USD Available
Wed 22 Mar 2023 $4,690 USD $1,490 USD Available
Wed 05 Apr 2023 $4,320 USD $1,430 USD Available
Wed 10 May 2023 $3,750 USD $1,220 USD Available
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