Spectacular New Zealand - 11 day North Island Tour

Eleven Days

This tour is available and flexible throughout the year for individuals or groups, but stated price may vary.

 

Come with us behind the facade tourist usually see, meet local people in their surrounds, folk we know you will love.

For maps go to www.backpack-newzealand.com/mapofnewzealand.html

You or your travel agent will have arranged your arrival in Auckland, and contacted us with those arrangements. We can provide flexible airport pickups.

Day 1

Some may have arrived earlier others.   Most will be ready to check into our hotel. Lazing around and sleeping will be on most minds. Those awake enough may enjoy a little more time enjoying some of Auckland’s other sights and attractions. Accommodation for two nights will be right in City Center.

 

Day 2

Auckland city of sails, with more boats per capita than any other city in the world. www.aucklandnz.com/ It is built between and around two harbours the Manukau on the West Coast (The airport runway you landed on juts into the Manukau) and the Waitemata on the East Coast, Today's activities will include a harbour cruise, (not included in price). Visit to Auckland’s museum, which has a brilliant collection of cultural history and art.  We visit Sky Tower the tallest building in the Southern Hemisphere followed by a buffet dinner in the Fortuna Restaurant. This is adjacent to Sky City Casino for any wishing to chance their luck.

Day 3

Today we follow the beautiful coast North through Whangarei to Paihia. Tonight our accommodation is in one of Paihia's leading resort Hotels. The Bay of Islands is in the Northland region in the far north of the North Island of New Zealand. The Bay of Islands is a stunningly beautiful length of sand and rock coastline that circles a sea pierced by 150 islands. Wherever you are in the Bay of Islands, it's impossible to escape the lure of the sea.  Immerse yourself in the blue-green world of island and beach.

 

Day 4

A boat cruise in the Bay of Islands is a must, even though some may have already cruised the Auckland Harbour. We suggest today the 'Hole in the Rock' cruise to the tip of Cape Brett.

Navigate the famous "Hole in the Rock"

See marine wildlife such as Dolphins and Penguins 
 Urupukapuka Island stopover (1 hour)

This is the most popular cruise in the Bay for a good reason! The modern high-speed catamaran escorts you in comfort around the Bay, past sandy beaches, rocky outcrops and the many varied island landscapes as you make your way out to the Cape Brett Lighthouse.

You will then pass through the famous Cape Brett "Hole in the Rock" at Motukokako Island and on to view the majestic Grand Cathedral Cave.

The crew share with you local history and ecology and you will often see a variety of marine wildlife including Whales, Seals, Dolphins, Penguins, and other sea and bird life.  Relax on the beach and take in the magic of the island.

Perhaps indulge in some traditional Kiwi fish and chips for lunch on the beach.  Back to our motel for a rest before heading of for the evening meal and discover Paihia by evening.

Day 5

Today we visit the Treaty House where the Treaty of Waitangi was signed in 1840. This is still the basis for our race relationship policies today.  There are several interesting places to visit and things to do. 

 

Day 6

Just a short drive over to the West Coast and the Hokianga Harbour. This was the centre of our Kauri exporting trade when we supplied timber to many nations for the tall ships of yesteryear. A lovely wee spot called Omapere where we stay in harbour side villas for just one night.

Day 7

South through the largest Kauri Forest left in NZ, we stop for a look at NZ's largest tree Tane Mahuta, and then carry on to the Kauri Museum at Matakohe. We have never had anyone disappointed in what this has to offer. It is dedicated to the old Kauri logging days.  Tonight we head back to your hotel in Auckland.

Day 8

Breakfast at your leisure, but we do need to be on the road by 10.00 am. We leave Auckland and head East along a beautiful coastline to the Coromandel.

The rugged volcanic hills are cloaked in native rainforest, and more than 400 kilometers of spectacular coastline promises you can find the beach of your dreams. The Coromandel is a place where bush and beach are both easily accessible. In the same day, you can experience the blue dazzle of the Pacific Ocean and calming greenness of the kauri forest.  

And from here we head to Tauranga and Mount Maunganui in the Bay of Plenty. This region is one of countries premiere holiday destinations surrounded by over 100kms of glittering white sand as far as the eye can see, crystal clear, rolling surf beaches, beautiful harbours and an unbeatable lifestyle. Relax, unwind and take in the beauty of the surroundings. Check in to your beach side accommodation at Mount Maunganui where we will stay for the next two nights. Indulge in your evening meal overlooking the majestic Pacific Ocean.

      

Day 9

Beach lifestyle dictates that from here on everything is at a leisurely pace. So after a cooked breakfast we will get orientated with the Mount and Tauranga. www.bayofplenty.com Your host will give you a tour and introduction to some of the activities available to you while here. Activities are varied and many suiting everybody to there abilities and interests. Your host will endeavor to make any of your desires possible. Your accommodation is located within a very short distance of the main shopping center, with its many bars, cafes, theatre, and services. Enjoy, I know you will have a fabulous time before sitting down to another fantastic evening meal. Perhaps meander along the beach by moonlight, or a soak in the healing salt-water pools located near your accommodation.  

Day 10

 

Today we follow the coastline before heading inland to Rotorua where we check into our hotel. We shall be visiting some of the regions majestic lakes on our way. www.rotoruanz.com From the moment you enter Rotorua you know you are somewhere like nowhere else. Lazy drifts of steam are emitted from cracks and crevices. This is nature’s spa of the Pacific. Spiritual home of the Maori.  We enter Hells Gate.  This is a 50-acre thermal reserve. You will understand how playwright, George Bernard Shaw looked in awe at the “hell like” landscape and gave the Reserve its famous name. Walk past steaming fumaroles and pools of boiling mud so violent they are unnerving. We also visit a farm show that is well worth the experience.

   

Tonight is a must; we visit Tamaki Tours www.maoriculture.co.nz and take a Maori Cultural trip back through time to before the Pakeha (European) arrived. We attend a Maori Concert and dine on Hangi. (Traditional Maori meal)

 

 Day 11

Unfortunately we say goodbye. As we take you back to Auckland airport to meet your afternoon/evening flight home.

Group Size
We limit our groups to five, plus driver. Per vehicle.

Tour package includes
Accommodation, Breakfasts, Some Evening Meals, Arranged Land Transport (Transport is complimentary as part of your package), Specified Attractions, Specified Sightseeing, a helping hand, a smiling face and a shoulder to lean on whenever you need it.

Tour package does not include
Drinks, Lunches, morning/afternoon teas, personal and sundry costs, laundry/dry-cleaning, personal care, medical costs, taxis, personal transport or trips, attractions arranged but not specified in cost.

Attractions Included
Sky tower, Auckland Museum, Auckland harbour cruise, Waitangi treaty grounds visit, Hells Gate, Tamaki Hangi and Concert.

Attractions arranged but not included
Fullers bay of islands cruise. We are flexible and often able to arrange other activities in line with your personal interests.

Accommodation
We use high standard resort and hotel accommodation in the larger centres. In some of the more rural areas we use the best there is with suitable access facilities. In some cases those paying a single supplement may be asked to share a two-bedroom unit. They will have their own bedroom but share common shower, toilet and lounge facilities. In some instances we may not have sufficient fully accessible accommodation. The most accessible will be allocated on need, we apologize in advance if occasionally you may have to improvise somewhat, and ask for your understanding on such matters. We can assure you, we are there to help. You will manage just fine. Circumstances can occasionally mean changing accommodation for a variety of reasons.

Meals
There are a wide variety of meals provided with the itinerary, some in top hotels and restaurants. Some with a much more local flavour.

Who Can Come?
Anyone. Accommodation, transport and most attractions are wheelchair accessible. Behavioural problems that could cause embarrassment to others is one special need our company is not set up to cater for.

The itinerary
is at a real easy pace. Late check outs, help with your baggage, absolutely stress free, with several days suitable as rest days.

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is a Wheelchair hoist fitted 8 seater minibus,Approximate driving time total is mentioned in itinerary, does not include rest time and stops. We do our best to schedule stops at least every two hours driving.

An experienced Escort
will be along to assist in general terms. However, personal carers are not part of the package. We can provide personal care, this can save on airfares if you need to bring a caregiver along but would incur extra cost and need to be discussed with us personally before the tour starts. We can often arrange one attendant able to care for two or even three on tour, allowing them to split the cost. This is depending on individual needs. Some activities may not be suitable for the entire group.

Extra Costs
Tipping is not expected. There are no hidden tax costs indeed in some cases overseas visitors can get a tax refund on some products. Lunches and sundry expenses are not great, probably ten to twenty dollars (NZ) a day would be ample. Scenic flights and other attractions not included in price of tour can vary, we can give estimates if required. Any not wishing to take part in specific attractions can be discounted the appropriate amounts, provided that we are made aware prior to payment.  Ballpark, our dollar is just above half of an American Dollar and about a third of a pound.

Contact
On tour we can be contacted on our cell phone 02040127701 while it is in coverage, a message can be left if not. All hotel contact numbers are included in case any friends or relatives at home want to keep in touch. Numbers are given as if ringing from inside NZ, overseas caller use NZ code 64 and drop the first zero.

Medical Backup
Our staff is experienced in managing and looking after people with various special medical, mobility and other needs. Even though we complain about our Health System here in NZ we do have a good network of doctors, medical centres, and hospitals. As long as we are aware of your needs we can plan ahead to make sure they are fully met. We are the only company in New Zealand offering this depth of service. New Zealand does have some kind of a reciprocal arrangement with the UK in health care delivery.

Insurance
ACC (Accident Compensation Commission) provides cover for accident while in NZ, your safety and wellbeing are our prime concern but we insist you take out personal travel insurance even before putting a deposit down in case for reasons beyond your control you are unable to make the trip.

Conditions
We have an application form that we like everyone to fill in; the reasons are explained on the form. We do our very best, we go much further than "the extra mile" your safety and enjoyment are our main concern, so we need to know of any special needs. If for any reason an attraction included in tour cost does not go ahead, that portion will be refunded. (This does not include someone deciding they don't want to do it once the tour has started)  Tour is subject to minimum numbers. 

Liability
Your Safety, wellbeing and enjoyment are our prime responsibility and concern. New Zealand’s Accident Compensation Commission covers your personal medical needs in the event of accident. If however something spoils your trip. Accident, departure from itinerary, bad weather, or whatever. We want you to be assured we have done our very best, in no way can we personally or our company accept liability for anything beyond our control, or the result of a decision we or any of our staff made at the time believing it would be for the best.  Our vehicles are all in very good order and well serviced, however the nature of our tours means we may not quickly be able to have a fully suitable replacement vehicle available. Should a breakdown necessitate a hold up or departure from itinerary, we would do our very best for you but once again could not be expected to make refund or be liable.  Before tour starts we need your assurance you understand, and accept these conditions.

 

TOUR COST

“ Between” $6,500 To $9,000 NZ Total package.
Based on a twin share.

 

OR

$7,000  to  $10,000 NZ Single supplements.

FLIGHTS NOT INCLUDED

 

To secure a booking we require $500 NZ per person.

Full payment to be made two months prior to tour departure. 

Unless dealing through an agent we prefer payment in the form of Bank Draft or Telegraphic Transfer into our nominated account, and strongly urge travel insurance to be taken out before any money is paid.

All cancellations should be notified in writing and become effective only when received in this office.
Cancellation charges are as follows:-

 

PERIOD OF CANCELLATION AMOUNT OF LOSS IN RESPECT OF TOTAL COST
60 days (before commencement date) Loss of Deposit
30-16 days 50%
15-00 days 100%