Monday, 21 October 2013

Northern Splendour

This experience is all about discovering a new world with its heritage and culture. It’s about exploring and discovering of nature’s best gifts to human kind. A journey that will set your senses free and your soul enriched.


On arrival in Auckland, 'The City of Sails', seat in coach passengers you will be met by our local representative and privately transferred to your hotel. Self drive passengers will collect your rental car at the airport and drive to your hotel. Today feel free to relax and energies yourself for what awaits you. There is a scenic relief for your eyes, and history and heritage to refresh your mind.


Today you will travel south to arrive at Waitomo for a guided tour of the world famous Waitomo Glowworm Caves. It is a must see on everyone’s wish-list. Thousands of these tiny creatures radiate their unmistakable luminescent light as our expert guides provide informative commentary on the Caves' historical and geological significance. Enjoy the world famous boat ride under thousands of magical glowworms and become a part of over 120 years of cultural and natural history.
From here you continue over the Mamaku Ranges to reach the 'Thermal City' of Rotorua.


Rotorua is part of the Volcanic Zone, a geothermal field extending from White Island off the Bay of Plenty coast to Mount Ruapehu in the central North Island. You will visit Te Puia Thermal Reserve, here the environment alone is of enormous geological significance, with thermal activity ranging from boiling mud to the world famous 30-metre (100-foot) Pohutu geyser, erupting up to 20 times each day. Hot springs, boiling sulphurous pools, silica terraces and bubbling mud pools are among the natural wonders.

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. The afternoon is at leisure. In the evening you will go back in time at a Maori village. In the depths of the forest, you will gain a clear picture of Maori lifestyle and traditions - with singing, dancing and a traditional hangi feast to enjoy.


Travel south to reach Taupo travelling over rugged mountain ranges and well cultivated farmland to arrive in the 'Art Deco' city of Napier. This small city has its own charm and sometimes feels fictional.  Napier, was rebuilt in the early 1930s following a massive Richter 7.8 Earthquake. Subsequent fires destroyed most of its commercial heart. By the end of the decade, Napier was the newest city on the globe.
No where else can you see such a variety of buildings in the styles of the 1930s - Stripped Classical, Spanish Mission, and above all Art Deco, the style of the 20th Century making it unique, with Maori motifs.


The morning is set aside for your leisure. You can explore Napier and its uniqueness on your own and meet and greet the locals. The afternoon is booked for a wine tour in which you will not just visit but also indulge in wine tastings at 3 local wineries. Napier wine tours showcases the best in fine wines made at top wineries and vineyards in New Zealand. Some of the internationally acclaimed wines such as Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Riesling, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot are from here.


Today is a visual delight for you in the laps of nature. You are going to travel through the Manawatu Gorge to Palmerston North, down the Kapiti Coast to finally arrive in the 'Capital City' of Wellington. This drive is going to leave you mesmerized.


On the last day you with head back home after a relaxing vacation full of memories and experiences to last a lifetime.

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