Features Overview

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One of New Zealand’s top destinations, the Bay of Islands, is located north of  Auckland. Bay of Islands a subtropical aquatic wonderland made up of 144  islands and also home to the Waitangi Treaty Grounds. Depart Auckland by road  and see the small rural townships and rolling countryside as you make your way to  Paihia. Enjoy a guided tour through part of the 506 hectare Waitangi National Trust  Estate which was gifted to the nation in 1932. The site of the historic treaty that was signed in 1840 between the Maori and European people that shaped the nation.  View a magnificent Maori Meeting house and a large war canoe the largest war ca noe in the world. After a short ferry ride you will be transported from the vibrant  seaside resort of Paihia to the historical town-ship of Russell, once the hub of  European settlement and now a big-game fishing base. Originally the first capital of  New Zealand and a busy whaling community, Russell is a popular destination  where visitors can enjoy a local sightseeing tour and hear the interesting stories of  it’s past. Return to Paihia by ferry with time to explore the busier side of the bay  with its shops and arcades. You may even see a big game fish being weighed in at  the wharf, before rejoining your coach for the return journey to Auckland in the early evening.    

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Pickup from Auckland and travel across to the spectacular Coromandel Peninsular along some of New Zealand's most beautiful coastline. We rest in the town of Coromandel (an old Gold mining town with a rich history) and visit the Driving creek Railway and enjoy a 1 hour return trip on this scenic narrow gauge mountain rail-way. Traveling through regenerating and replanted native kauri forest where unique pottery sculptures line the track. The train includes 2 spirals, 3 short tunnels, 5 re-versing points and several large viaducts. At the top there are panoramic views out over the island studded Hauraki Gulf. 
After which we travel down the east coast stopping for lunch at a beachside restau-rant (various menu options available) afterward we travel to the fascinating 309 rd where we visit various points of interest including the kauri cove Waiau Falls & the Kauri Grove Walk. 
Early evening we arrive at Mercury Bay and the town of Whitianga to check into your accomodation. 
After which you have the evening to yourself with some very fine restaurants to choose from for your Evening Meal. 

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Pickup from Hotel to travel south out of the Coromandel and on to the Bay of Plenty region here we  have the chance to experience and discover about the infamous Kiwi Fruit Orchards and join a Kiwi Cart Tour after which we can experience the different types of kiwi fruits in a testing session comprising of green & gold kiwi fruit, kiwi berry’s, fruit juices wines, ice-cream and products you would never of thought this incredible fruit was used for! 
From here we have chance to visit the only permanent active volcano in       New Zealand. 

Boat Tour of White Island to experienced guides will lead you on a 1 - 1.5 hour exploration of the inner crater, providing a fascinating commentary on the geology of the island as well as stories of attempts to mine sulphur. Along with volcanic and geothermal features, you will see the remains of the sulphur factory which have survived multi-ple eruptions since being abandoned in the 1930s. 
Once back aboard there may be time for a swim from the boat before being served a light packed lunch which can be enjoyed while viewing the outer walls of the is-land where Pohutukawa forests grow and large Australasian Gannet colonies exist.                                                                                                Our journey home often provides the opportunity
to spend time viewing dolphins, whales and other marine life. We hold the necessary government
permits to interact with these animals and it’s a
great way to end an already amazing day. 
From her we journey to Rotorua to check in to your Hotel!

In the evening an evening an Authentic Traditional Maori Experience!

An evening at Mitai will give you an authentic introduction to Maori culture leaving you amazed and in awe. Enter the world of Mitai. Be enthralled by the natural bush setting, see warriors in traditional dress paddle an ancient warrior canoe (waka) down the Wai-o-whiro stream, and don’t miss your only opportunity in the Rotorua area to see glow worms in their natural habitat. 
Marvel at the crystal clear water full of eels and trout, flowing directly from the earth at the sacred Fairy Spring. See your traditionally cooked hangi meal being lifted from the ground. During our cultural performance, you’ll learn about our past, carv-ings and ta moko (tattoo art). 
Be captivated by the displays of weaponry and combat, coupled with the grace and beauty of the poi dance. You’ll be amazed by the spine tingling haka finale. The Mi-tai family is proud to have created a sacred and spiritual place that offers you an indigenous cultural experience like no other. 

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A fully guided tour of Whakarewarewa – The Living Māori village

Pickup from your hotel and travel to one of New zeal ands first Tourist venues op-erating since the Pink and white Terraces were destroyed with the Mount Tarawera eruption in 1886. 
A fully guided tour of Whakarewarewa – The Living Māori village . (with The prince of wales Feather's and Pohutu geysers, steam vents and mud pools) where you are invited to share in the everyday life of The Tohourangi - Ngati Wahiao people. Expe-rience the sights, smells and observe first-hand a unique cultural way of living in one of the few untapped natural geothermal fields in New Zealand. Steeped in his-tory, traditions and cultures that spans hundreds of years, the people of this village have lived surrounded by geothermal activity (geysers, steam vents and mud pools) which they utilise in their everyday life for cooking, bathing and heating. Indulge in their foods cooked with the bubbling hot pools and steaming vents with a geothermal hangi for lunch.  
Experience one of Rotorua's leading maori cultural performance groups as they serenade you with a song and dance including the world famous haka as performed by our New Zealand's sports team. For centuries Whakarewarewa village has been home to the Tuhourangi Ngati Wahiao people. As New Zealand's original tourist attraction, They have hosted visitors from around the world since the mid 1800’s 

The Hobbiton Movie set with Festive feast Lunch buffet 

After which we travel through the countryside to visit The Hobbiton movie set, here we will start with a themed Marque Festive feast Buffet Lunch (all you can eat and drink) then we visit the shire and the start of this extraordinary journey".  
The Hobbiton Movie Set is a wonderful opportunity to see the original
location, which was rebuilt for the latest hobbit film "an unexpected Journey". This was the original setting for Peter Jackson’s famous film trilogy “The Lord of the Rings”. You will learn all about how this location was chosen as the Hobbiton Movie Set (which is a great story in itself!) and how it was made plus which scenes were filmed here. 

You will have an official guide to show you around the Hobbit holes including Bilbo's and Frodo's home. Wander around the vegetable patches where Hobbits grow their food including giant pumpkins. Learn about the movie secrets and the attention to detail that is truly mind-boggling. Your guide will tell you how in Tolkien's books, there is a reference to Hobbits sitting under plum trees and how in New Zealand plum trees grow too big to be the right scale for a hobbit so Peter Jackson had apple and pear trees, stripped of their fruit and replaced them with fake plums. As for the oak tree on the hill? Also fake, with 376,000 artificial leaves imported from Taiwan and wired onto the tree. When the leaves faded in the sun, someone was employed to repaint them, one by one. Walk past the Mill and the famous Party Tree that were created for "The Lord of the Rings” and "The Hobbit" films. At the end of the tour of the Hobbiton Movie Set there will be a complimentary drink waiting for you to enjoy in the Green Dragon Inn (Alcohol and non-alcohol available) 
Drop off at your hotel in Rotorua 

Waitomo Glowworm caves! 

Early pickup from hotel traveling to Waitomo Glowworm caves! 
World renowned and a magnet for both local and overseas visitors, the Waitomo Glowworm Caves occupy a high placing in the New Zealand vacation wish-list. 

The glow worm, Arachnocampa luminosa, is unique to New Zealand. Thousands of these tiny creatures radiate their unmistakable luminescent light as our expert guides provide informative commentary on the Caves' historical and geological sig-nificance. 
Waitomo Glowworm Caves are a must see for any traveller. Enjoy the world famous boat ride under thousands of magical glowworms and become a part of over 120 years of cultural and natural history. 
Marvel at Mother Nature's light display as you glide silently through the starry won-derland of the Glowworm Grotto. Meander underground along the Waitomo River and gaze in silence at the myriad of glow worm lights that make up the Glowworm Grotto. As you enter this galaxy of tiny living lights, you'll immediately experience a serene ambience and be fascinated and intrigued by tiny glowworms that light your way. 

After the glowworms we drive on to Taupo our next destination stopping off to  experience Huka Falls!! which forms part of the mighty Waikato River here the river narrows from approximately 100 metres across into a canyon only 15 metres across with over 200,000 litres of water per second flowing through! 
On a arrival in Taupo we take a cruise around the scenic bays of Lake Taupo and admire the Maori Rock Carvings during this 1.5-hour boat tour. Aboard the boat, lis-ten to informative commentary about the ecology, volcanology and cultural history of the area. Admire the impressive views of the snowy mountain tops of the  UNESCO World Heritage-listed Tongariro National Park and Lake Taupo's pic-turesque shores. See the Maori Rock Carvings depicting the legends of the local Tuwharetoa tribe.  
We check in to our Hotel, in the evening your free to walk the lakes side with its many restaurants and bars or have a quick look at the DC 3 Mc Donalds restaurant (where a genuine DC3 has been set up as the seating area for mc Donalds)!