Boutique 10 Day North Island Tour

Waitomo Caves

Specifically designed for groups of up to 6 people, our Boutique New Zealand North Island Tours are the ultimate way to explore and enjoy all that our North Island has to offer.

Our Private Luxury Tours are based on escorting small groups throughout New Zealand and include elite on-land, water and air activities, along with distinctive cultural experiences, all complimented by 5 star Boutique Accommodation.

We provide the most comfortable transport in the market so for groups of friends or family who determine they want to be escorted throughout their tour of the North Island, these private tours are ideal.

Day 1 - Arrival into Auckland

‘Haere Mai’ … Welcome to New Zealand

Having cleared customs & immigration formalities, you will be met by our representative & transferred by limousine to your city hotel.

The 'City of Sails' is New Zealand's largest and most vibrant city, offering an exciting array of cosmopolitan experiences. Imagine an urban environment where everyone lives within half an hour of beautiful beaches, hiking trails and a dozen enchanted holiday islands. Add a mild climate, a background rhythm of Polynesian culture and a passion for outstanding food, wine and shopping and you’re beginning to get the picture of Auckland.

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One Nights Accommodation at Mollies in Auckland. To cross the threshold at Mollies small luxury boutique hotel in Auckland City is to enter another world ... this boutique hotel reflects the owners passion for opera, attention to detail and their fine antiques, combined with sleek modern furniture, results in a wonderfully eclectic, romantic hotel.

Day 2 - Auckland – Waipoua via the West Coast (B/D)

Today’s journey will have you travelling north via the beautiful Matakana Coast to Matakohe, you will visit the Kauri Museum, renown for its exhibits depicting the mighty kauri tree and faithfully charting the history of the people, area and community. We will then continue the journey towards the Hokianga harbour via Dargaville and the Mighty Waipoua Forest.

In the evening you will meet up with a local Maori guide for a personalised tour of Waipoua, the world’s largest kauri forest, protecting three quarters of New Zealand’s remaining kauri tress.

One Nights Accommodation at Waipoua Lodge. Luxury five star accommodation that is nestled on a ridge overlooking the vast Waipoua Forest. There are extensive gardens to explore, a Jacuzzi to soak in by candlelight under the stars, a bush walk at the bottom of the garden and birdsong to fill the silence. Not to forget superb food and wine that incorporates the traditions of New Zealand cooking, with organic vegetables, traditional Maori herbs and the finest meats and sea foods from our shores.

Day 3 - Bay of Islands (B/D)

You will re-commence your journey inland, travelling east to Paihia and the Bay of Islands. The natural beauty of the Bay of Islands has to be seen to be believed. It’s an aquatic playground lavishly furnished with 144 islands and a myriad of secluded beaches. Every bay, shore and cove has a story to tell. The townships of this historic bay are alive with memories of the area’s colourful past, both Maori and European. Wherever you are in the Bay of Islands, it’s impossible to escape the lure of the sea. The remainder of the day is yours to enjoy the activities and beauty of the Bay of Islands.

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One Nights Accommodation at Flagstaff Lodge in Russell - This renovated and restored 1912 villa is just a minutes walk from Russell’s cafes, restaurants and waterfront. The Lodge has been stylishly designed with attention to detail and provides a welcoming and serene environment. Guests are assured personal attention and privacy.

Day 4 - Bay of Islands - Waiheke Island (B/L/D)

Return to Auckland and board the ferry bound for Waiheke Island. Cruise down the beautiful Auckland harbour past Browns Island, Motutapu and Motuhei Islands and onto the tranquil island of Waiheke (The name means "Cascading Waters" in Maori).

Waiheke Island is an eclectic mix of cultures, vineyards, cafes, art galleries, beautiful beaches, scenic walking tracks and much, much more. It’s a perfect relaxing, romantic escape; family holiday at the beach or weekend away. There are many outdoor activities and plenty to see and do, no matter what your interests or energy levels.

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One nights Accommodation at Delamore Lodge on Waiheke Island - From the moment you arrive at this Lodge your senses and soul will awaken to the ultimate in relaxation and romance. Inspired by hours spent on the land, the timeless romance of the Mediterranean, and the image of a Maori bone fishhook (matau), a local architect has designed a remarkable building that affords breathtaking views.

Day 5 - Waiheke – Waitomo – Rotorua (B/L/D)

Waitomo glowworm caves

Today you will return to the mainland and drive to Waitomo. The caves at Waitomo are one of New Zealand's most commanding wonders – a celebration of nature's work over the last one hundred thousand years. There are hundreds of miles of labyrinthine caves, glow-worms, under ground lakes, stalactites and stalagmites, and all manner of limestone crustaceans - a lost world waiting to be discovered.

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Continue onto Rotorua; passing through a mixture of farmland, lakeland and forest. You’ll know you’ve arrived in the city of Rotorua when you see (and smell!) the geothermal steam plumes. You will be transferred to your accommodation Kawaha Point Lodge where you can enjoy pre-dinner drinks and a gourmet five course dinner.

Two Nights Accommodation at Kawaha Point Lodge in Rotorua.  Kawaha Point Lodge’s luxury lodge accommodation comprises 8 beautifully appointed super king/twin guest suites with stunning views over the lake or gardens. Each suite, named after one of the lakes in the area, has its own balcony to enable guests to enjoy their panoramic view in private. Dining is also a memorable experience with guests invited to eat al fresco in the lakeside gardens, in the conservatory, at the chandelier-lit Lodge table, or in one of the other private areas in the lodge.

Day 6 - Rotorua (B/D)

Rotorua geysers

Geysers, mud pools and thermal springs have been attracting visitors to Rotorua since the 1800s and the living, breathing landscape never fails to amaze. Perched on the edge of a large lake, in the crater of an ancient volcano, this picturesque city is also the heartland of New Zealand's Maori culture. With 16 sparkling lakes within 20 minutes drive of the city, as well as magnificent forests surrounding, Rotorua has earned the reputation as the North Islands outdoors adventure centre. Today is at your own leisure, you may wish to participate in one of many exciting activities available.

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This evening is Te Pō; Te Puia’s authentic evening cultural experience – a feast of food, culture and friendship. Beginning with a welcome; a challenge by our fierce warriors, a karanga (call) from our women welcoming you onto our marae, and a whaikorero (welcome speech). Then you can relax and enjoy a performance of songs, haka and poi dance before enjoying a traditional hangi (earth-cooked oven meal). Following dessert, you will be transported to enjoy the spectacular lighting of the Whakarewarewa Geothermal Valley.

Day 7 - Rotorua – Taupo – Napier (B/D)

This morning you depart your hotel for your journey to Napier, travelling through Taupo, a township located on the edge of Lake Taupo.

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After the adrenalin rush of the jet boat ride down the Mighty Waikato River we continue onto Napier. Napier is the centre of the Hawke’s Bay region and renowned for both its Art Deco architecture and also for its wine industry.

Two nights Accommodation at McHardy Lodge in Napier - This exclusive 5 star property is a renovated, single storey 1890's residence, nestled in a quiet cul-de-sac on Napier Hill.   Relax by the secluded swimming pool whilst enjoying superb views of the Pacific Ocean and surrounding mountain ranges.

Day 8 - Napier – Free Day (B/D)

The Art Deco capital of New Zealand, Napier, is renowned for a beautiful coastline, a multitude of nearby wineries and 1930's art deco architecture. Today eighteen wine producers produce one third of the national grape harvest and many are open for wine tasting and lunch.

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Day 9 - Napier – Martinborough – Wellington (B)

This morning we depart Napier for the arts capital of New Zealand, Wellington, travelling via the Wairarapa district known for its excellent wine.

The Wairarapa is a well-known area for wine making and whilst the production from the area may be small, the region has had outstanding international success across a broad range of varieties. Many of New Zealand’s finest wines at the premium end of the market originate from the region. Stop at the Martinborough Hotel for a relaxing lunch, in a beautiful historic hotel before visiting Vynfields Winery, an Organic and Biodynamic Vineyard. Continue onto today’s destination, Wellington.

One Nights Accommodation at the Ohtel Wellington. Located in the Capital city's exclusive seaside neighbourhood of Oriental Bay, this boutique Hotel  is a stunning, contemporary 4 storey concrete structure, embedded into the base of a steep coastal cliff face. 'Mid-Century' furnishings adorn the interior spaces of Ohtel  provides true international class Urban Chic.

Day 10 - Wellington (B/L)

Wellington city tours

Known as New Zealand’s cafe capital, Wellington is ideal for the Zest Walking Gourmet tour. Visit a boutique coffee roaster and cafe, enjoy tastings at Wellington’s best specialist gourmet food stores. Meet owners, baristas, coffee roasters and chefs and savour a delicious, light, three course tasting lunch with matched New Zealand wines at a top Wellington restaurant or cafe.

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VIRTUAL TOUR & DOSSIER

Please take the time to view our “Virtual Tour” for the 10 Day Boutique North tour or download/print the detailed “Tour Dossier”. Both can be found on the right hand column of this page. Alternatively you can simply contact us. For a comprehensive list of all activities available in each location featured in this tour, please refer to the "Destination Guide" found at the top of this page.

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