On arrival in Auckland, 'The City of Sails', seat in coach passengers will be met by our local representative and transferred to your hotel. Self drive passengers will collect their rental car at the airport and drive to their hotel.
Travel south to arrive at Waitomo for a guided tour of the world famous Waitomo Glowworm Caves. The glow worm, Arachnocampa luminosa, is unique to New Zealand. Thousands of these tiny creatures radiate their unmistakable luminescent light as your expert guide provides informative commentary on the Caves' historical and geological significance. You will enjoy the boat ride under thousands of magical glow worms.
Continue over the Mamaku Ranges to reach the 'Thermal City' of Rotorua.
Evening is at leisure, overnight at Rotorua.
Visit Te Puia Thermal Reserve to see boiling mudpools and roaring geysers. Following this, visit Rainbow Springs to see New Zealand's trout, birds and wildlife before continuing to the Agrodome for a New Zealand farm show featuring sheep dog demonstrations, cow milking and an introduction to the stars of our sheep industry.
Afternoon is at leisure. This evening enjoy an authentic Maori Hangi (feast) and Concert.
Travel south to reach Taupo before travelling over rugged mountain ranges and well cultivated farmland to arrive in Napier, known as the 'Art Deco' city. Napier has the most comprehensive collection of inner-city art deco buildings in the world. Every February, thousands of people flock to Napier to celebrate the Art Deco Weekend Summer Festival.
Napier is one of New Zealand's most attractive cities, Palm trees line the inner-city streets and the wonderfully sculpted Marine Parade runs along the shore of the city. Along Marine Parade various parks, gardens and memorials give the water's edge its distinct character.
This morning is at your leisure to explore Napier, before joining an afternoon wine tour that will include visit and tastings at 3 local wineries. Napier is the home of New Zealand wine, housing the oldest wineries and wine-making establishments in the country.
Travel through the Manawatu Gorge to Palmerston North, travelling down the Kapiti Coast to arrive in the 'Capital City' of Wellington. Situated at the southern end of the North Island, Wellington was recently named "the coolest little capital in the world" by Lonely Planet.
Nestled between a sparkling harbour and rolling green hills, New Zealand's capital city is renowned for its arts, heritage, culture and native beauty.
Enjoy a delicious breakfast at the hotel and transfer to the airport for your homeward or onward journey. We trust you enjoyed your New Zealand Vacation with us!