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Waitomo Caves and Rotorua Day Trip from Auckland[Category: Day Trips & Excursions]
See all the highlights of the Waitomo Caves and Rotorua in one day. You'll take a guided tour of Waitomo Caves stalactites and glowworms, and see Rotorua's bubbling mud pools and geysers, and make many other interesting stops along the way. You have the option to end your tour in Rotorua or return to Auckland.
At Waitomo you'll take a guided tour through the long galleries and lofty chambers to view stalactites formed over thousands of years by the constant dripping of water. Your caves tour includes a magical boat ride through the glowworm grotto, illuminated by thousands of glowworms suspended from the cave ceiling.
Next stop is the the Agrodome for a hands-on Kiwi farming experience. You'll see sheep mustering by highly trained dogs, sheep shearing demonstrations and receive an insight into the history of dairy farm milking. Don't miss the opportunity to milk a cow, feed young animals or even be photographed with a huge bull!
Then it's on to the famous Te Whakarewarewa Thermal Reserve to see the renowned silica terraces, bubbling mud pools and unique geothermal vegetation. Exploding from the ground up to 100 feet (30 meters) high is the world-famous Pohutu Geyser, which bursts into life 10-20 times a day and has been a visitor attraction since the early 1900s.
You'll also visit the Maori Arts and Crafts Institute, to see how traditional carvings and weaving record history and customs in the Maori sacred meeting houses.
Auckland Hop-on Hop-off Tour[Category: Tours & Sightseeing]
Discover the vibrant city of Auckland with flexibility and ease on a hop-on hop-off bus across all major sites and attractions. Complete with audio commentary, you're free to hop-on and off at your leisure. If you have limited time - this is the perfect way to explore the city, especially if this is your first visit to Auckland.
The Auckland Hop-on Hop-off tour includes commentary and visits the "Big 14 Attractions" of Auckland. Buses leave every 30 minutes in summer and hourly in winter. Explore the likes of Kelly Tarlton's Sea Life Aquarium, Auckland Museum, Mt Eden and the Sky Tower to name just a few.
Valid for one or two days, the Auckland hop-on hop-off tour takes one-hour to complete an entire loop, or you can choose to hop-on and off during the day visiting Auckland's attractions along the way.
There is a comprehensive audio commentary on the bus as it travels around the loop. The audio commentary is available in English only.
Chinese, French, Korean, Japanese, Spanish and German timetable is available from the driver.
Auckland Harbour Dinner Cruise[Category: Cruises, Sailing & Water Tours]
|Dine aboard a 50-foot (15-meter) yacht, then take an evening cruise on Auckland's beautiful Waitemata Harbour to see the twinkling city lights. It's a fantastic way to spend an evening in Auckland!|
Your evening begins in the Auckland Viaduct, where you will be assisted aboard the yacht. After being welcomed onboard by the captain, you'll sail to Westhaven Marina's calm anchorage for dinner. Your three-course seafood dinner is served below decks, accompanied by a range of beverages which can purchased from the ship's bar.
After dinner you'll set sail for an exhilarating cruise on Waitemata Harbour. You can either sit back, relax and watch Auckland's fairytale city lights, or join in and help the crew sail the yacht along the picturesque harbor.
Bay of Islands Day Tour from Auckland[Category: Day Trips & Excursions]
|Tour the Bay of Islands on a full-day trip from Auckland. You'll see spectacular rural and coastal scenery en route, visit historic Waitangi, cruise from Paihia and have free time to enjoy the cafes, museums and shops of Russell, New Zealand's early capital.|
Your day trip starts with a scenic drive from Auckland to visit the Waitangi Treaty House and grounds, and see a traditional Maori meeting house and a huge waka (war canoe). Next you'll board the Bay Belle ferry to cruise from Paihia to historic Russell, a lovely town that retains the charm of its early whaling port days.
At Russell, you'll join a fascinating mini-tour of the area with a local guide. After the tour you'll have lunch (if option selected) or free time to wander and enjoy the cafes, museums and craft shops along the waterfront. You'll also have plenty of time to explore the arcades and shops in Paihia before reboarding your coach back to Auckland.
Bay Of Islands Overnight Cruise[Category: Cruises, Sailing & Water Tours]
Treat yourself on this Bay of Islands overnight cruise. Enjoy cruising the pristine tranquil waters of the Bay of Islands as you watch the sun rise and set from the privacy of your own sea view state room on this ultimate 2-day experience. You can either choose to join the cruise in Paihia or include coach transfers from Auckland.
Step aboard Ipipiri, the newly built, four storey state of the art small ship offering stylish interiors and 30 state rooms. The rooms are spread over two decks and all include full sized ensuites and seaviews allowing you to take in the Bay of Islands' spectacular scenery from the privacy of your own cabin. The two other decks offer a spacious sundeck and a 70-seat restaurant with indoor/outdoor dining and bar.
Once on board, you will be quickly submerged into the region's breathtaking beauty. Learn about the Bay of Islands historical and cultural significance as Ipipiri cruise meanders through the 144 islands of the Bay. When the ships anchors, there are opportunities to take part in many activities including snorkeling, kayaking and swimming.
As the sun sets behind the islands of the bay and your cruise ship finds a sheltered cove to moor overnight, the ambiance transforms aboard Ipipiri. New Zealand wines, local cuisine and the knowledgeable crew help create the perfect setting for an unforgettable exploration of the Bay of Islands.
The Vessel's specifications
- Type: Catamaran
- Length: 46 metres (circa 150 feet)
- Width: 13 metres (circa 40 feet)
- Height: 11metres (circa 30 feet)
- Decks: 4 decks
- Two identical accommodation decks
- One dining/bar deck with indoor/outdoor flow
- One sundeck
- Cabins: 30 identical King sized state rooms with full sized ensuite's and sea views
Auckland Harbour Bridge Climb[Category: Sightseeing Tickets & Passes]
|Here's your chance to be Spiderman as you climb aboard Auckland's Harbour Bridge. In just 90 mintues you'll traverse the walkways accompanied by a local guide, while Auckland's incredible sights are showcased below you. Don't miss this exhilarating experience suitable for all fitness levels. It's the ultimate high!|
Step onto a dynamic bridge which has grown up with New Zealanders. Stylishly converted paths make for an easier trip, with ladder-like walkways and kindly curving arches adding to the thrill of being 67 meters (200 feet) above the water. Well informed guides share the bridge's colorful secrets, amazing architectural features and the myth and legend surrounding this New Zealand landmark.
And way above it all, stretching into the distance, the 360 degree views from the bridge's summit are a spectacular reward. Magnificent picture postcard views of a bustling harbor, island landscapes and vibrant city skyline make Auckland Bridge Climb truly the ultimate high"!
3-Day Waitomo Caves, Rotorua and Taupo Trip from Auckland[Category: Multi-day & Extended Tours]
Discover the best attractions of the North Island on this 3-day trip from Auckland. See thousands of tiny glowworms on an underground boat ride at Waitomo Caves, explore the picturesque lakeside setting of Taupo and the amazing Huka Falls, and experience the geothermal wonders of Rotorua.
Day 1 - Auckland to Waitomo, Rotorua
You'll be picked up from your centrally located Auckland hotel to travel to Rotorua by road via the Waitomo Glowworm Caves. Enjoy a guided tour of the Waitomo Caves and the famous Glowworm Grotto, featuring an underground boat ride. Leaving the caves, a stop will be made at The Big Apple for lunch (cost included). Your afternoon journey to Rotorua continues through the lush Waikato Plains, the Fitzgerald Glade and Mamaku Hills. On arrival in Rotorua you will be transferred to your accommodation: Sudima Hotel Lake Rotorua or similar.
Day 2 - Rotorua to Taupo
This morning you will explore Rotorua's geothermal wonderland and discover the unique culture of New Zealand's Maori people. Your Rotorua morning sightseeing tour includes admission to Te Puia, Rainbow Springs and Agrodome Sheep Show. In the afternoon you'll travel by road to Lake Taupo and on arrival you will be transferred to your accommodation: Suncourt Motor Hotel or similar.
Day 3 - Taupo to Auckland
Your morning starts with a 2.5-hour tour of Taupo including the Taupo Marina, Huka Falls, Wairakei Geothermal Power Station, the Craters of the Moon and the famous Aratiatia Rapids. In the afternoon you will depart Taupo for Auckland by road. The tour returns to your Auckland hotel at approximately 6:30pm.
Sudima Hotel Lake Rotorua is the largest hotel in Rotorua, set on the shores of Lake Rotorua. Rooms feature a mini fridge, tea and coffee-making facilities, Sky TV, hairdryer and wireless broadband internet access. Hotel facilities include 24-hour reception, currency exchange, restaurant and bar, pool and separate private spa pools and massage services.
Suncourt Motor Hotel (4-star) is located on the shore of Lake Taupo. Facilities include Sky TV, telephone, tea and coffee making facilities and views of the lake and/or mountains.
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Auckland to Rotorua via Waitomo Glowworm Caves One-Way Tour[Category: Day Trips & Excursions]
Explore New Zealand?s famous Waitomo Glowworm Caves on a one-way day trip from Auckland to Rotorua! Along the way, you?ll have morning tea in historic Rangiriri, stop in Ngaruawahia, ride a boat through the Glowworm Grotto, see the Karapito Dam and drive under the Fitzgerald Glade.
On this fascinating one-way day trip from Auckland to Rotorua, you?ll make stops at some of the North Island of New Zealand?s natural wonders and historic sites, including a stop at the famous Waitomo Glowworm Caves.
Your tour departs Auckland for Rangiriri, where you?ll stop for morning tea. This historic township was the site of important battles between New Zealand?s native Maori and the invading British. Your guide will captivate you with the stories of these fierce conflicts as you learn of their importance to the birth of modern New Zealand.
You?ll leave Rangiriri and head to the Waitomo Glowworm Caves, with a stop on the way in Ngaruawahia, the home of the Maori king. At Waitomo, a guide will lead you beneath the earth?s surface and into the caves? long galleries and lofty chambers, including the famous Cathedral Chamber.
You?ll marvel at the limestone shafts and the stalactites that hang from the cave?s ceiling while your guide points out their interesting formations. You?ll then board a boat and ride through the Glowworm Grotto, a giant rock chamber illuminated by the phosphorescent light of thousands of glowworms. This experience is like no other and is a must-see for anyone traveling to the New Zealand.
Back in the coach, you?ll drive by the Karapiro Dam. The ultra-modern dam contrasts with the lush, natural greenery surrounding Lake Karapiro, making for great photo opportunities.
You?ll then drive through another of the North Island?s natural wonders, the Fitzgerald Glade, a section of Highway 5 where the native brush grows up and over the side of the road, and the trees make a canopy with their interlocking branches, forming a tunnel over the road.
As your journey comes to an end, you?ll drive over Mamaku Saddle pass and descend into Rotorua, where you?ll be transferred to your hotel. This tour is one of the most engaging and interesting coach tours on New Zealand?s North Island ? don?t miss it.
Waitomo Caves and 'The Lord of the Rings' Hobbiton Movie Set Day Trip from Auckland[Category: Day Trips & Excursions]
See two magical places come to life on this day tour from Auckland. First explore the Waitomo Glowworm Caves and be entranced by the thousands of twinkling lights in the glowworm grotto. Then visit the Hobbiton Movie Set, the filming location of the village of Bilbo Bagins and his fellow hobbits in ?The Lord of the Rings? movie trilogy. As you explore Hobbiton, you can pose for pictures in front of the hobbit holes, the pond and the Green Dragon Inn.
Leave Auckland behind and enjoy the scenic drive through the Waikato and King Country regions of New Zealand?s North Island. Enjoy a snack on the coach and admire the rolling hills and lush farmlands, as you travel through Rangariri, where a fierce battle for land rights between British colonialists and the Maori took place. You?ll soon arrive in Waitomo, home to the renowned Waitomo Glowworm Caves.
Take a guided tour through the caves and see the amazing limestone formations created over the centuries. Then board a boat for a short ride along the river to witness the magic of the glowworms. As you enter the grotto, you will see thousands of tiny lights flashing in the darkness, each one a glowworm, creating a mystical fairyland.
Next, enjoy a picnic lunch (included) before continuing on toward Rotorua, driving across the Kaimai Ranges, and making your way to Matamata, where you?ll visit the Hobbiton Movie Set! Discover how this working sheep farm was transformed into JRR Tolkien?s fictional village of Hobbiton ? part of the Shire and home of Bilbo Bagins ? for The Lord of the Rings movie series. Have your photo taken in front of a hobbit hole and see the Green Dragon Inn, the Mill and other locations that you?ll recognize from the three movies, all of which were filmed around New Zealand
Coast and Rainforest Walk Eco-Tour from Auckland[Category: Day Trips & Excursions]
This full day tour goes firstly to the Arataki Visitor Information Centre situated within Auckland's largest regional park, Waitakere Ranges Regional Park. The breathtaking panoramic views from the sweeping decks extend from the Tasman Sea to the Pacific Ocean. Absorb the area's history and admire the magnificent traditional Maori carvings that stand guard there.
Continue further West with your knowledgeable and highly experienced guide to New Zealand's wild and rugged West Coast where you get to experience the isolation of the area. The guides walk you through an area of Auckland's coastal rainforest where they explain the local flora and fauna of the area with its giant tree ferns growing alongside picturesque streams in regenerating rainforest. You then get the opportunity to visit a magnificent rugged West Coast beach where you can stroll along and experience the uniqueness of the black sand and the clear ocean breeze.
A kiwi style picnic lunch at a scenic location, before your journey takes you to an area of untouched original rainforest with mature 1000 year old Kauri trees. New Zealand has existed for millions of years separate from the rest of the world so has evolved in isolation to produce its own unique flora and fauna - 70% of the native plants are found nowhere else in the world. The guides explain about native species as you walk amongst New Zealand's famous Kauri trees and native birds.
This unique small group tour operator is a Qualmark Endorsed Visitor Activity and provides expert guided eco-tours in the greater Auckland region - a company delivering a quality product focusing on the natural and cultural heritage of the area. Winner of the New Zealand 2007 Small Tourism Business Operator Award.
Auckland's Whale and Dolphin Safari Cruise[Category: Cruises, Sailing & Water Tours]
|The ultimate Auckland cruise where you can experience scenic highlights of Auckland and it's surrounding islands plus it's marine mammals including dolphins and whales in the beautiful Hauraki Gulf.|
Considered one of the most biologically and geographically diverse marine parks in the world, 22 species of marine mammal have been identified in the Hauraki Gulf, almost 1/3 of the entire world's population of species.
Auckland's Whale and Dolphin Cruise highlights:
You may be spellbound by the spectacle of a feeding frenzy involving sea birds, whales, and dolphins or see small pods of dolphins playing around the boat. Wherever the most exciting whale and dolphin activity is, we aim to find it for you. Plus show you some of the most significant cultural and historical parts of this amazing maritime park.
- Dolphins viewed on over 90% of trips, whales viewed on 75%
- Cruise and commentary, culture and history of Auckland's Hauraki Gulf
- Fully licensed bar and snacks available to be purchase on the cruise
With six years of continued scientific programmes undertaken on board, the crew are probably New Zealand's most experienced and knowledgeable. On Auckland's Whale and Dolphin cruise you will experience the Gulf from the most comfortable and stable whale watching vessel in New Zealand. The luxury 20m high speed catamaran is designed specifically for the sea conditions of this unique area.
Waitakere Ranges Wilderness Experience Eco-Tour from Auckland[Category: Day Trips & Excursions]
Explore and admire Auckland's largest regional park, the Waitakere Ranges on this afternoon eco-tour.
You'll be picked up from your centrally located Auckland hotel before traveling 30-minutes west to the Arataki Centre, the gateway to the breathtaking Waitakere Ranges. From the Arataki Center take in panoramic views extending from the Tasman Sea to the Pacific Ocean and absorb the area's history and admire the magnificent traditional Maori carvings that stand guard there.
Continue further west with your knowledgeable and highly experienced guide to New Zealand's wild and rugged West Coast where you get to experience the power of nature. Feel the black sand beneath your feet as you stroll along one of the most awe-inspiring beaches the world has to offer.
Your tour concludes with a short journey to the lush rainforest where you can walk the easy bush tracks amongst New Zealand's giant tree ferns and hear native birds.
This unique group tour operator has won the 2007 New Zealand Small Tourism Business Operator Award
Auckland Discovery City Tour[Category: Tours & Sightseeing]
Take in all the highlights of Auckland on a half-day city tour. See the yachts bobbing in the harbor, heritage listed buildings and parkland that offer stunning panoramic views over the city. Enjoy morning tea at the quaint village of Parnell, travel through Auckland Domain and cross the Harbor Bridge to the north shore. The city tour starts in the morning, leaving the afternoon free to relax or to combine with other great attractions. Choose from wine tasting, lunch on the Pride of Auckland yacht, museum and cultural performances, and much more!
The tour begins with a short trip over the Harbour Bridge to the North Shore before returning to the central city to visit Queen Street and the Auckland Viaduct.
Next we travel through the city?s oldest park, the Auckland Domain, which is situated on an ancient volcano. Stop in the quaint village of Parnell for morning tea stop and wander around the historic buildings many of which have been transformed into fashionable boutiques, antique, craft and specialty shops.
End your tour by taking the scenic waterfront route of Tamaki Drive to the Michael Joseph Savage Memorial Park, in Mission Bay. Here you will see a memorial to the first Labour Prime Minister of New Zealand and the founder of the welfare state. The park has panoramic views over Whenua Rangatira, Auckland city and Waitemata Harbour and is great for photo opportunities.
This mornings tour is also available with the following options:
Experience King and Gentoo Penguins then travel through the Underwater World and come face-to-face with giant stingrays and ferocious sharks!
Venture across Auckland's beautiful harbour and immerse yourself in Devonport's unique heritage, wide range of restaurants, cafes, beaches, art galleries and shopping.
Fullers Harbour Cruise
Escape the city and cruise the sparkling waters of Auckland's beautiful harbour. Highlights include historic Devonport, the harbour bridge and the NZ Naval base.
Maori Cultural Performance and Museum
Visit the Auckland War Memorial Museum and enjoy a cultural performance from local Maori performers.
At 328m in height, Sky Tower is the tallest free standing structure in the Southern Hemisphere. Take in the 360 degree views from the top!
Pride of Auckland Sailing Cruise with Lunch
Sit back and relax or try your hand at sailing on the peaceful waters of the Waitemata Harbour. Take in the sights and sounds of the City of Sails from onboard this purpose built sailboat as we cruise the sheltered waters. A delicious picnic lunch box is included.
Wine on Waiheke - November to March
An unforgettable guided tour of three premier wineries - Mudbrick, The Goldie Room and Te Whau. Taste the many varieties of gorgeous wines and take-in outstanding panoramic views of front the city skyline to the Hauraki Gulf. You must be over 18 year of age to participate
3-Day Bay of Islands Trip from Auckland[Category: Multi-day & Extended Tours]
This comprehensive 3-day tour of the Bay of Islands is ideal for the first time visitor to New Zealand. With natural beauty, rocky islets and pristine beaches, the Bay of Islands is the water playground of the North Island. Learn about Maori culture, travel to the northernmost point of New Zealand and take a cruise through the famous "Hole in the Rock".
Day 1 - Auckland to Bay of Islands
Depart Auckland on an air-conditioned coach via the Auckland Harbour Bridge, heading north along the Hibiscus Coast to the beautiful Bay of Islands. Arriving in the town of Paihia, also known as the jewel of the Bay of Islands, you'll visit the historic Waitangi Treaty Grounds. It was here that the 1840 treaty was signed between Maori and the British Crown. Spend the rest of your day at your own leisure. Accommodation at the Scenic Hotel Bay of Islands or similar.
Day 2 - Cape Reinga, Bay of Islands
Your tour departs this morning and takes you through Puketi Kauri Forest, an ancient subtropical rainforest. You'll travel along the aptly named Ninety Mile Beach to the northernmost point of New Zealand, Cape Reinga. A BBQ lunch is included, followed by an afternoon museum visit before returning to Paihia. Accommodation at the Scenic Hotel Bay of Islands or similar.
Day 3 - Bay of Islands to Auckland
This morning you will board the Fullers Cruise for a memorable trip to Cape Brett and Piecy Island, traveling through the famous "Hole in the Rock" (weather permitting). On your return, disembark in Russell, the first capital of New Zealand, and enjoy a sightseeing tour of this historic township. Board the ferry back to Paihia, then rejoin your coach for the return to Auckland, where your tour concludes.
Accommodation: The Scenic Hotel Bay of Islands has a sub-tropical resort ambience and is situated at the entrance to the seaside town of Paihia. It is a pleasant stroll into town to access the main wharf, visitor activities, fine dining and shopping. All rooms include Sky TV, minibar, fridge, telephone, high-speed internet access, hair dryer and ironing facilities. Hotel facilities include 24-hour reception, swimming pool, internet kiosk, lounge bar and restaurant.
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Cape Brett 'Hole in the Rock' Cruise departs Auckland[Category: Day Trips & Excursions]
|Jump aboard a catamaran to Cape Brett Lighthouse and the Hole in the Rock on Motukokako Island. It's the Bay of Islands' most popular cruise!|
Departing Auckland, you'll head north over the Auckland Harbour Bridge and enjoy spectacular rural and coastal scenery en route to the Bay of Islands. On arrival in the Bay, you'll visit the Waitangi Treaty House and grounds, and see a traditional Maori meeting house and a huge waka (war canoe).
You'll then experience the Hole in the Rock from the water: a sightseeing cruise by high-speed catamaran across the waves. Bring your camera to capture the marvelous scenery and variety of wildlife including whales, seals, dolphins, penguins and other marine life.
Small-Group Tour: The Lord of the Rings Hobbiton Movie Set Tour from Auckland[Category: Day Trips & Excursions]
|Enter the magical world of ?the Shire? on this small-group movie set tour to Hobbiton from Auckland. See where the The Lord of the Rings trilogy was filmed and pose for pictures in front of hobbit holes. See the party tree, Green Dragon Inn and Bilbo Baggins? house, and learn from your guide about the making of the films. Afterward, enjoy lunch at The Shire?s Rest Caf?. This is a must-do tour for any The Lord of the Rings movie lovers!|
After morning pickup from your Auckland hotel, travel south over the Bombay Hills to the rich farmland of the Waikato region. Stretch your legs and enjoy morning tea (own expense) in the heritage town of Cambridge, with its tree-lined streets, quaint colonial architecture and beautiful rolling hills.
Arrive in Hobbiton, where your movie set tour begins. Explore the magical world of ?the Shire? as your guide entertains you with stories about the making of The Lord of the Rings movie trilogy. See the hobbit holes, the mill and the double-arch bridge, the party tree and the Green Dragon Inn. Pose for pictures at the door of Bilbo Baggins? house and see stunning views overlooking the largest ?outdoor set? in the world!
After your tour of Hobbiton, enjoy lunch (included) at The Shire?s Rest Caf? before traveling back to Auckland.
Auckland Harbour Bridge Bungy Jump[Category: Outdoor Activities]
Experience the adventure of Bungy in Auckland with our 40 meter Bungy Jump from the Auckland Harbour Bridge. This unforgettable 40-minute experience involves jumping from the purpose-built jump pod suspended over the sparkling Waitemata Harbour. As part of the Bungy, you'll enjoy an exclusive bridge walk to the "Bungy Pod".
Auckland is home to the worlds first Harbour bridge Bungy Jump and is operated by the Bungy originals. As part of the Bungy experience you'll enjoy an exclusive bridge walk out to the specially-constructed and sensationally-suspended retro "Bungy Pod". It's here you'll build up the courage to leap out over the Waitamata Harbour.
The Ultimate Challenge is Bungy, go from nervous to completely elated in five seconds. 99% of clients say it's the best thing they have ever done. Once airborne take time to enjoy the views of the Harbour, that is if you can keep your eyes open long enough. There's a variety of Bungy options available with the optional 'water touch' being the favorite. You won't be able to capture the true spirit of Auckland without giving this Bungy a go.
- New Zealand's only Harbour bridge Bungy
- Variety of Bungy methods
- Water touch option
- The fastest way of getting to see Waitamata Harbour
4-Day Bay of Islands Tour from Auckland including Overnight Cruise[Category: Multi-day & Extended Tours]
Explore the natural beauty and the historical and cultural significance of New Zealand's North Island on this 4-day Bay of Islands trip from Auckland. You'll spend a night on board a luxurious catamaran, travel to Cape Reinga, New Zealand's northernmost point, and visit a legendary kauri forest, one of the great natural highlights of New Zealand.
See the great outdoors of New Zealand?s North Island on this 4-day Bay of Island trip from Auckland. First, you?ll board a comfortable motor-coach in Auckland and travel to the tiny resort town of Paihia. From there, you?ll head to the town of Opua and board the luxurious, four-story catamaran. As you cruise through the Bay of Islands, you?ll learn about the historical and cultural significance of the Bay of Islands while enjoying the amenities of this fully apportioned luxury vessel. Snorkel, swim or kayak near the 144 islands of the bay, and dine on delicious gourmet meals prepared fresh in the catamaran?s galley.
The following morning watch the sun rise from the privacy of your own sea-view state room, then enjoy breakfast in the catamaran?s restaurant that offers indoor/outdoor dining. On return to Paihia, you will be transferred to your hotel where you will stay for the next two nights. The rest of your day is free to explore the lovely resort town of Paihia.
On day three, you?ll board a coach and travel to the legendary Puketi forest, where giant kauri trees, sacred to the Maori people, tower in solid, sylvan silence. You?ll move among their trunks through a series of walkways before returning to the coach and continuing to Cape Reinga, the northernmost tip of New Zealand. Here you will see the Pacific Ocean collide with the Tasman Sea. In support of New Zealand?s conservation program, you will have the opportunity to purchase a tree to plant. After Cape Reinga, you?ll head to Ninety Mile Beach. This stretch of coastline is known for its rough roads and austere, rugged beauty. For the adventurous, there?s sand-boarding atop the massive dunes that flank the beach. Or you can relax and enjoy the scenery. Your day concludes back at your Paihia hotel.
The next morning, you have a little more time to eat breakfast in Paihia and wander the town before boarding the coach for the ride back to Auckland.
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Waitomo Glowworm Caves Discovery Tour from Auckland[Category: Day Trips & Excursions]
|Escape the hustle and bustle of the city and travel to the famous Waitomo Glowworm Caves. Sit back, relax and enjoy the picturesque scenery as your coach travels through the rich farmland of the Waikato region|
Wander through the long galleries and lofty chambers of the Glowworm Caves as your guide provides commentary and points out all the highlights and best photo opportunities. Then, board a boat for a short ride down the river and into the Glowworm Grotto, where you will marvel at the illumination emitted by the glow worms suspended from the ceiling. Each tiny strand is a living glowworm that gives off light.
After your tour enjoy a buffet lunch (if option selected) or spend some time in the visitor center before returning to Auckland in the afternoon.
America's Cup Sailing on Auckland's Waitemata Harbour[Category: Cruises, Sailing & Water Tours]
|A unique opportunity to experience sailing an America's Cup grand prix racer. Become part of the crew and be encouraged to take the helm, exert energy on the grinders or simply sit back and enjoy the action as you sail down the Auckland Harbor.|
The America's Cup is the world's oldest and most prestigious sporting trophy and ultimate yachting regatta. Usually the domain of billionaires and elite professional yachties, NZL 40 and NZL 41 offer the unique opportunity for everyone to participate sailing on these grand prix racing machines. With the America's Cup being sailed here in 2000 and 2003, no trip is complete without experiencing the real Auckland, 'City of Sails'.
There are two sailing options available - choose to join a two hour sailing experience or a three hour match race (begins October).
- Individual 2 hour Sailing Experience: An unforgettable two hour sailing experience. A unique opportunity to participate as crew on an actual America's Cup yacht. Take the helm, exert energy on the grinders or simply sit back and enjoy the ride as we sail the beautiful Waitemata Harbour.
- Individual 3 hour Match Racing: For the ultimate thrill join the crew and participate match racing America's Cup style. Your three hour experience begins in the Viaduct Harbour where you will meet the crew and go through a short race and safety briefing. The yachts then depart the Viaduct Harbour and after a period of practice, the action really starts, when we line up in the pre-start and compete head to head. Sailings subject to weather and minimum numbers apply. No experience necessary.
Auckland Highlights combined with Wilderness Experience Eco-Tour[Category: Day Trips & Excursions]
Experience the best sights of Auckland City in the morning combined with an afternoon wilderness experience.
Auckland is set on 48 dormant volcanic cones and between two harbors, the sparkling Waitemata and the brooding Manukau. Known as the City of Sails, it's New Zealand's largest and busiest city. Your morning tour is a journey of discovery designed to explore the history and sights as well as see how Aucklanders live and play.
Join the wilderness experience in the afternoon to continue your tour. Just 30 kilometres from downtown Auckland is the city's largest Regional Park - the Waitakere Ranges. Visit the Arataki Centre where you enjoy spectacular views back to the city and of both harbours. Admire the magnificent Maori carvings that stand guard there. Continue on to the wild and rugged west coast where you have the opportunity to stroll on an unspoiled beach. Here you learn about the fascinating local history and flora and fauna of the region from your guide. A short journey brings you to the lush rainforest where you walk amongst giant tree ferns and hear native birds. This gives a true insight and feel for our unspoiled native forest, a classic Kiwi experience. Visit a magnificent specimen of New Zealand's famous Kauri trees.
This unique small group tour operator is a Qualmark Endorsed Visitor Activity and provides expert guided eco-tours in the greater Auckland region a company delivering a quality product focusing on the natural and cultural heritage of the area. Winner of the New Zealand 2007 Small Tourism Business Operator Award.
Auckland Maori Tour and Cultural Performance[Category: Cultural & Theme Tours]
|Experience Auckland from a Maori perspective! The Auckland Maori Tour takes you through the Tamaki Makaurau area (Auckland) with a highly knowledgeable Maori guide. You?ll be immersed in New Zealand?s indigenous tikanga (culture), and learn about a rich cultural heritage dating back hundreds of years, as well as Maori leaders who helped shape New Zealand into a modern nation.|
On this full day, Maori-guided tour, you and a small group of a maximum of ten participants, will get a highly-personalized experience of Auckland?s most famous sights, exploring the city and its surroundings from a first-hand Maori viewpoint. Your guide will lead you through the Te Wao Nui o Tiriwa forest, where you?ll learn about the native flora and fauna and their significance to Te Aao Maori (the Maori World). You?ll see the black sand beaches and windswept cliffs of the famous ?Wild West Coast? of Taihauauru, as well as Mount Victoria, the final resting place of Patuone, one of the chief negotiators and signatories of Aotearoa/ New Zealand?s founding document.
In Auckland proper, you?ll take the Tamaki Drive, one of the most scenic roads in the world, and at the Auckland museum, you?ll get a chance to see the Maori Cultural Performance, including the famous Haka War Dance.
Small-Group Coromandel Peninsula Day Trip from Auckland[Category: Day Trips & Excursions]
Enjoy a small-group day trip out of Auckland and visit Coromandel Peninsula, with its stunning landscapes of rugged mountain terrain nestled against idyllic beaches. Take a train ride through native kauri forest for panoramic views over the Hauraki Gulf. Enjoy lunch at a local caf? and take a dip in a thermal pool on Hot Water Beach.
The Coromandel Peninsula is renowned for its beautiful white- and golden-sand beaches, rugged mountain terrain and pristine rain forest. First discovered by two great navigators, Kupe and Cook, the area is popular among locals and tourists alike.
This morning, travel to the Coromandel township and the home of Barry Brickell, a potter, engineer and conservationist. Ride the train that Barry built through replanted native kauri forest, over viaducts and through tunnels as it climbs up the mountain to the viewing station. From here you will have panoramic views over the island-dotted Hauraki Gulf.
Then take a guided walk through the pristine rain forest to view some of the magnificent kauri trees which once covered the peninsula. Next, travel across the mountain divide and down to the beach, and enjoy lunch at a local caf?. After lunch, wander along the aptly named Hot Water Beach, and take a dip in one of the naturally occurring thermal pools in the sand or dig your own!.
At the end of the day, visit the famous Cathedral Cove and see where the Pacific Ocean washes through a natural arch.
Please note: The walk down to the arch is over uneven surfaces and dependent on weather conditions
Jet Boat Ride on Waitemata Harbour[Category: Water Sports]
|Feel the wind in your hair as you power down Waitemata Harbour in a supercharged jet boat. See Auckland's iconic landmarks from a different perspective, and experience the thrill of on-water maneuvers like 360-degree spins, fishtails and power brakes.|
Start your Auckland jet boat adventure with a safety briefing before boarding the jet boat and heading out into Waitemata Harbour for the ride of your life.
The jet boat has incredible acceleration, speed and maneuverability and is sure to give you a hair-raising, heart-thumping, adrenaline-charged ride. Hold on tight as the boat fishtails, spins 360degrees and performs power brakes.
As your tear down the harbor at speeds up to 62 miles (100 kilometers) per hour, see Auckland's iconic landmarks and sights whiz past, including the Sky Tower, the Harbour Bridge and the Hauraki Gulf Volcanoes in the distance.
Auckland City Highlights Tour[Category: Day Trips & Excursions]
|See the best of Auckland on a half-day sightseeing coach tour that showcases the city?s highlights, from heritage -listed buildings to the stunning Viaduct Harbour to great views. This 3-hour tour allows you to choose either a morning or afternoon departure and is the perfect choice if you are short on time.|
Start your coach tour with a short trip over the Harbour Bridge to the North Shore, where you will have great panoramic views of Auckland?s city skyline. Then, return to the city center to visit famed Queen Street ? home to lovely heritage architecture ? and on to the picturesque Viaduct Harbour.
Next, travel through Auckland Domain, the city?s oldest park, which sits upon an ancient volcano. Stop in the quaint village of Parnell and to have a cup of coffee if you wish (own expense) or take a stroll around the historic buildings, many of which have been transformed into fashionable boutiques, antique stores and specialty shops.
Your tour concludes with a drive along the scenic waterfront route of Tamaki Drive to the Michael Joseph Savage Memorial Park, in Mission Bay. The park offers panoramic views over Whenua Rangatira, Auckland and Waitemata Harbour ? it?s a fabulous stop to take photos.
During your tour, listen to your driver?s commentary to learn all about the sights you see!
Small-Group Kumeu Wine Country Tour from Auckland[Category: Food, Wine & Nightlife]
Explore Kumeu Wine Country, just outside Auckland, and taste wines from the region?s top vineyards on this half-day or full-day tour. As you sample wine and artisan cheese at each winery, your guide will teach you about the history of the region, from the early Croatian settlers who planted the first vines to the region?s award-winning wines now popular around the world. Take in spectacular views from the cliff tops overlooking the Tasman Sea and take a stroll along Muriwai Beach. On the half-day tour, you?ll visit three wineries; on the full-day tour, visit four wineries and enjoy lunch.
On this small-group half-day or full-day tour, visit up to four award-winning wineries in New Zealand?s picturesque Kumeu Wine Country, located in the small town of Kumeu just 15.5 miles (25 km) north west of Auckland.
After pickup from your Auckland hotel, head to Nobilo Wines, the second-largest wine producer in New Zealand well-known for its pioneering wine brands. Taste some popular wines from the Marlborough, Hawkes Bay and Gisborne regions while sampling a cheese platter, which you?ll enjoy at each winery you visit.
Learn from your guide about the history of the region, which was originally settled by Croatian immigrants in the early 1900s. Hear about the first planting of grape vines in the 1930s and the wine-making legacy that has become renowned around the world.
Continue to Matua Valley Wines, a small, family-run winery established in 1974 that quickly gained a reputation for innovative wines. Taste premium wines that have been specially crafted for cellaring or sample the popular, ready-to-drink wines.
Next, travel to the breathtaking coastline of Muriwai Beach, one of the few mainland gannet-nesting sites in the world. From August to April, more than 1,000 pairs of adult gannets come to breed, and you may be able to get amazing close-up views of these birds in their natural environment! Learn about this site from your guide before strolling along the beach.
Finally, head to West Brook Winery which overlooks rows of vines and an idyllic duck pond. Taste wines that reflect the unique varietals of the region before relaxing on the drive back to your Auckland hotel.
On the full-day tour, after Matua Valley, you'll make a stop at award-winning Soljans Estate Winery. Learn about the skillful marriage of traditional and modern techniques as you savor some richly flavored wines popular in New Zealand.
At the restaurant at Soljans, enjoy a delightful Mediterranean-style lunch with a New Zealand twist, showcasing fresh seasonal produce from around the region. Your tour will then continue with the above itinerary.
Shared Arrival Transfer: Auckland Airport to Hotel[Category: Transfers & Ground Transport]
|Book an arrival transfer from the airport to your hotel in Auckland, so you won't spend extra time waiting for a taxi or other transportation. Transfers operate 24 hours a day, 7 days a week in modern, comfortable minivans operated by a team of professional, trained and courteous drivers. |
Book your shared arrival transfer from Auckland Airport to your Auckland accommodation and enjoy a hassle-free way to begin your stay! When you leave the baggage claim area, make your way to the meeting point conveniently located outside the arrivals hall at either the international or domestic terminal. Your professional driver will then assist you with your luggage. Settle into your seat, relax and enjoy a comfortable ride straight to your hotel.
When making a booking for this shared arrival transfer from Auckland airport to your hotel, you will need to advise your flight details and your hotel details or residential address. Your transfer will be confirmed at the time of booking, and you will be provided with a travel voucher to present to the driver. It's that easy!
Auckland Must Do Three Attractions Afternoon Tour[Category: Tours & Sightseeing]
Visit Auckland's leading three attractions on this guided afternoon tour. See New Zealand's largest collection of animals at the Auckland Zoo, enjoy a scenic harbour cruise onboard a yacht and take in spectacular views of Auckland from the Sky Tower, the tallest building in the southern hemisphere.
You'll be picked up from your centrally located Auckland hotel and taken to Auckland Zoo to showcase New Zealand's native species. Experience a close encounter with a silent flight of the Morepork (owl), a tame kiwi scavenging for food, the Kereru (wood pigeon) swallowing large native fruit, and the cold clammy stare of a living dinosaur - the Tuatara.
There's no escaping the lure of the ocean. The next stop is Auckland's famous Waitemata Harbor. Enjoy a cruise aboard a Pride of Auckland yacht, going where the wind and tide conditions suggest. Sit back, relax and take in the sights, listen to informative commentary or try your hand at sailing. You will be treated to complimentary tea or coffee and homemade muffins, freshly baked.
Finish your Auckland experience at the top of the Sky Tower, the tallest building in the Southern Hemisphere at 328 meters (1000ft), is built to take you to an all time high. Stand on the glass floor panels and see Auckland at your feet - if you dare! Sky Tower has glass-fronted lifts, touch screen computers, audio guides and an outdoor observation deck. Part of Sky City - New Zealand's most popular 24-hour entertainment complex.Tour Highlights include:
- Auckland Zoo
- Pride of Auckland Sailing Coffee Cruise
- Sky Tower - the tallest building in the Southern Hemisphere
Great Barrier Island Tour including return flights from Auckland[Category: Day Trips & Excursions]
Travel to the remote and untamed Great Barrier Island, a short 30-minute flight from Auckland. Walk through graveled tracks and boardwalks, past natural thermal springs and be surrounded by beauty on this day trip from Auckland.
A thirty minute flight by light plane over the sparkling waters of the Hauraki Gulf brings you to majestic Great Barrier Island. After breakfast at a local cafe take an easy half hour walk on tracks and boardwalks past giant Nikau palms and rare native flora and fauna over unique wetlands to the Kaitoke natural thermal springs.
The adventure continues as you are driven past native bush and rugged peaks to a private homestead, where you can enjoy a relaxed kiwi style picnic lunch. A short drive takes you to a sweeping, often deserted stretch of pristine white sand. There is time here for a swim or a meander along the beach to visit the graves of those drowned in one of New Zealand's worst shipwrecks. Visit the only working cattle and sheep farm on Great Barrier Island, where relics of the past remain. Here the world's largest population of Brown Teal can be found, a friendly little duck on the verge of extinction. At a nearby stream, monster eels come when called and can be fed if you dare!
This unforgettable day is rounded off with a climb to the top of Windy Canyon, a spectacular short walk. The path winds around rocky outcrops and past sheer cliffs coated with rata vines and takes in breathtaking views of the island and beyond.
This unique small group tour operator is a Qualmark Endorsed Visitor Activity and provides expert guided eco-tours in the greater Auckland region - a company delivering a quality product focusing on the natural and cultural heritage of the area. Winner of the New Zealand 2007 Small Tourism Business Operator Award
Small-Group Matakana Coast Food and Wine Tour from Auckland[Category: Food, Wine & Nightlife]
Discover the Matakana Coast, located less than an hour's drive from Auckland and the premier destination on New Zealand's North Island for food, wine and arts and crafts. On this Matakana Coast Food and Wine Small-Group Tour, be prepared to have your taste buds tantalized as you visit three wineries, taste delectable chocolates and try delicious honeys. Visit Morris and James Pottery to see craftsmen at work and admire the outdoor gallery at Brick Bay Sculpture Park. This tour has it all!
Start your small-group tour with a visit to the family-run Honey Centre. See New Zealand?s largest display of live bees at work making delicious honeys that you can taste, as well as mead (honey wine) and fruit wine. Next it is off to a local winery for a wine tasting, where you will taste award-winning wines. Then enjoy a visit to Morris and James Pottery to admire the colors, sculpture and designs of the local craftsmen.
Admire the contemporary architecture and stunning pastoral views as you sit down to a delicious lunch at Mahurangi River Winery. Tour the winery and visit the barrel room for a tasting of wine made from their locally grown grapes.
Next, visit the Brick Bay Sculpture Park an outdoor sculpture gallery set among towering native trees, large majestic palms and green pastures. Enjoy another wine tasting in the unique Glass House building overlooking the celebrated Brick Bay Vineyard.
Finish the day at Chocolate Brown and indulge in a tasting of delectable, handmade chocolates.
Please note: Winery tours and lunch venue are subject to change due to seasonality
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