Hidden Gems of the North

Experience some of the North Island’s lovely hidden gems on one of the exciting new Wendy Wu ‘NZ Edition’ tours.


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11 Days from $5,680 per person twin share

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.

Inclusions:

  • International flights and current taxes
  • 10 nights in 3+ star accommodation
  • 10 breakfasts, 9 lunches, 10 dinners
  • Touring with guides and entrance fees
  • Domestic transportation

Departure Dates:

  • 29 Oct 2021
  • 19 Nov 2021
  • 11 Feb 2022
  • 04 Mar 2022



Itinerary

 

Day 1: Fly to Wellington

Fly to 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.

Meals Included: 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! Dinner tonight will include a chance to taste some famous Wellington microbrewery beers.

Meals Included: 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.

Meals Included: 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.

Meals Included: 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.

Meals Included: 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.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner


Day 7: Napier

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.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner


Day 8: Napier 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.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner


Day 9: Hamilton

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.

Meals Included: 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.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner



Day 11: Depart Auckland

After breakfast, we will transfer you back to Auckland Airport for your flight to Australia.

Meals Included: Breakfast

 


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