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Hidden Gems of the North with Wendy Wu

11 day / 10 night tour from $4280 per person share twin

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11 day / 10 night tour from
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An 11 day tour of the North Island's unique and hidden gems.

Start with the capital city’s fascinating Weta studios and tranquil Zealandia ecosanctuary and then travel north by luxury coach to take in the beautiful vistas of Taranaki and New Plymouth. Head over to Tongariro National Park for a scenic mountain ride on the new Sky Waka. An art deco experience in Napier follows, with a visit to one of the wonderful Hawke’s Bay wineries. Explore the stunning and unique Hamilton Gardens, and visit the Zealong Tea Estate. Finish in Auckland with an Asian cooking class at Sachie’s Kitchen. Everything’s included – transport, accommodation, meals and a fun sociable group of like-minded New Zealanders, all keen to experience the scenic beauty of our very own North Island.

Deal Includes 
All meals
 All transportation & transfers
Escort throughout
All accommodation

Hidden Gems of the North

From $4280 per person share twin
From $5680 per single room

Tour dates: 


Day 1: Arrive Wellington
On arrival, transfer to your hotel. After a welcome briefing, take a stroll to Courtney Place for a welcome dinner in the dining and entertainment hub of Wellington.
Accommodation: Copthorne Hotel Wellington Oriental Bay or similar
Meals:  Dinner

Day 2: Wellington
After breakfast head to Weta Workshop, the award-winning design studio that has created special effects for many blockbuster movies such as Lord of the Rings and Avatar. Our private tour will unlock some of the movie magic!  Afterwards it’s a short drive to the tranquil urban forests of Zealandia Ecosanctuary for lunch and some time to enjoy a scenic walk.  The Ecosanctuary is home to a huge variety of native birds and you may even spot a tuatara in the wild! On our way back to the hotel, you will have the option of being dropped off at the Botanical Gardens, for those who want to experience the Cable Car ride down to the city centre (at own expense). Dinner tonight will include a chance to taste some famous Wellington microbrewery beers.
Accommodation: Copthorne Hotel Wellington Oriental Bay or similar
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 3: Wellington to New Plymouth
Leaving Wellington, travel north along the west coast, stopping for a tour of the iconic Foxton Windmill, a full-size replica traditional 17th century Dutch flour mill.  Our next stop will be the amazing Tawhiti Museum, widely acclaimed as the best private museum in the country. The creation of artist Nigel Ogle, the museum uses life size exhibits and minutely- detailed historical dioramas to present our heritage in a series of engaging  displays. Enjoy lunch in the museum’s Wind in the Willows-themed café and a tour of the museum. Later this afternoon, arrive at our accommodation in New Plymouth with time for a stroll along the impressive waterfront before dinner.
Accommodation: Millennium or similar
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 4: New Plymouth
After breakfast this morning, take an optional bike ride along the beautiful coastal cycleway to Te Rewa Bridge to meet our coach. If you do not cycle, you can opt for a scenic waterfront walk at the Bridge, a New Plymouth landmark that is reminiscent of a whale skeleton or a breaking wave. Drive to the famous Pukeiti Gardens at the foot of Mt Taranaki, for lunch in the Founders Café and a tour of the rhododendrons and exotics garden.  This afternoon, drive back to New Plymouth to visit the architecturally- stunning Govett-Brewster Gallery, that celebrates the extraordinary work of Len Lye, modernist filmmaker and kinetic artist.
Accommodation: Millennium or similar
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 5: New Plymouth to Tongariro National Park
Relax and enjoy a scenic drive through some of the most untouched parts of New Zealand. Our first stop will be for a unique lunch and alpaca experience at Nevelea Alpacas, nestled in the hills of the King Country on the adventure highway. Afterwards continue our scenic drive, with stops at Raurimu Spiral and Taumarunui, to the mountains at the heart of Tongariro National Park. Tonight, we will stay and dine close to the mountains.
Accommodation: Chateau Tongariro or similar
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 6: Tongariro National Park to Taupo
This morning is at leisure before we head up the mountain for lunch. We’ll ascend Mt Ruapehu on the new Sky Waka, New Zealand’s largest gondola, enjoying the panoramic views of our three volcanoes. Lunch will be at the Knoll Ridge Chalet, New Zealand’s highest dining experience. This afternoon head to the National Trout Centre, a fascinating museum, aquarium and hatchery near Turangi. Dinner tonight will be in Taupo.
Accommodation: Suncourt Taupo or similar
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 7: Taupo to Hawkes Bay
After breakfast take a scenic drive to Napier to enjoy an Art Deco Highlights Vintage Car Tour. Head to Havelock North for lunch at the picturesque Birdwoods Gallery with time to stroll their sculpture garden and enjoy a browse through their unique store. After checking into your hotel this afternoon, there will be time for a stroll around the pretty town of Havelock North. Dinner tonight will be at a stunning local winery.
Accommodation: Porters or similar
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 8: Hawkes Bay to Hamilton
This morning, after a scenic drive back to Taupo, take a walk along the magnificent Huka Falls, before heading to one of the best thermal reserves in New Zealand, Orakei Korako. Lunch will be at their lakefront café, followed by a short boat ride across the lake to explore the thermal park.  This afternoon drive to Hamilton for our two night stay.
Accommodation: Novotel or similar
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 9: Waikato 
Explore the wonderful themed gardens at the award-winning Hamilton Gardens, including their recently completed surrealist garden. Lunch will be at New Zealand’s premier tea plantation, Zealong Tea Estate in their luxuriously appointed restaurant. This afternoon will visit the ‘enchanting village of Hobbiton’ – one of the locations used in the Lord of the Rings trilogy. Dinner tonight is back in Hamilton.
Accommodation: Novotel or similar
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 10: Auckland
Our last day of touring takes us up to Auckland, where we will stop at the tranquil Fo Guang Shan Buddhist Temple, located in Flat Bush.  Designed in the architectural style of the Tang Dynasty, the temple is one of Auckland’s hidden gems. Head over to Half Moon Bay marina for lunch before we board our ferry to Auckland. After checking into our Auckland hotel, this evening enjoy a farewell dinner that we will all be cooking at Sachie’s Kitchen, famous for their award-winning Asian cooking classes.  
Accommodation: Grand Mercure or similar
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 11: Auckland
After breakfast, your tour ends, and we will transfer you back to Auckland Airport, if required.

What you’ll love

  • Weta Workshop
  • Zealandia Ecosanctuary
  • Pukeiti Rhododendron Gardens
  • Len Lye Galllery
  • Ruapehu’s new Sky Waka
  • Napier Art Deco Vintage Car tour
  • Hawke's Bay winery
  • Hamilton Gardens
  • Hobbiton and Zealong Tea Estate

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Please note that full terms and conditions apply - see your House of Travel consultant for details. 

• $99pp deposit due at time of booking, refundable up to 45 days prior to departure.  Full payment required 45 days from departure date. 
• Valid for sales until sold out
• Valid for travel as specified
• Items of a personal expenditure e.g. drinks, optional excursions, insurance of any kind, and early check in or late check out at at an extra cost.
• All prices and products are subject to availability at time of reservation. 
• Prices may vary due to a number of factors including tax and surcharge increases, exchange rate movements and availability.
• Prices are per person in NZ dollars for cash or cheque purchase only. 
• Some surcharges and closeouts may apply. Surcharges may apply over special event periods and over school holidays.  
• To travel on any of our tours requires a reasonable level of fitness, but it’s more about spending time on your feet rather than covering large distances. You’ll be getting on and off coaches and boats, walking around the sights and climbing steps. Our National Escort will always endeavour to provide the highest level of service and assistance; however, they cannot be expected to cater for customers who are unfit to complete the  itinerary.
• Inclusions are subject to change based on operational capabilities, and the order of events or sightseeing may change as local
conditions dictate.
• Cancellation and Amendment fees apply. 
• Airfares are not included and are an additional cost. Please ask your House of Travel consultant for the best option to suit your needs.

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