Northern Splendor

Hop on this thrilling journey with Roads Less Travelled to partake in the Northern Splendour of New Zealand. Explore the city of Sails – Auckland and Bay of Islands. Get awed by the city sights; relax on the vibrant water shores. Visit the Bay of Islands which has one of the best maritime parks in New Zealand with 144 islands and bays. Cities Covered: Auckland – Bay of Islands Bay

DAY 01: Arrive Auckland

Kia Ora!! Welcome to New Zealand. Set your foot on this vibrant city! On arrival in Auckland you will meet our RLT Tour Representative and be transferred to your hotel by private car. The rest of the evening is free to explore the city which is the gateway to New Zealand. Built on a narrow isthmus between two island-studded harbours, Auckland is renowned for its beauty, with 100km of coastline crammed with stunning beaches, 23 regional parks, two marine reserves and a landscape dotted with 48 volcanic cones. Overnight stay at Auckland. Optional Activities: Pride of Auckland – Dinner Cruise An on-water dining experience is not to be missed in any harbour city, especially Auckland, the ‘City of Sails’. Enjoy great sailing and as the sun sets watch the night lights of this photogenic city come alive. The experienced crew talks about Auckland’s unique features, participate in sailing or just sit back and enjoy the sights. Choose from a (set) menu served by the crew during the dinner stop at the sheltered mooring and complement your meal with the selection of locally produced wine or beer. Pick Up Point – Pride of Auckland – Dinner Cruise (entrance Only) Duration – 02:50 hrs

DAY 02 : Auckland – Bay of Islands

Have a hearty breakfast this morning and board your coach from the hotel. Depart from Auckland and cross the Harbour Bridge across sparkling Waitemata Harbour, which happens to be the main access to Auckland by sea. Travel through the northland towns Orewa, Warkwoth and Wellford en route to Whangarei, the commercial and cultural hub of North Island. Surrounded by forested hills, Whangarei also has a harbour which is home to yachts from around the world. At Kawakawa, also known as train town; turn off for Paihia, in the heart of the Bay of Islands Maritime and Historic Park. This beautiful east coast bay, with its 144 islands, forms a haven where dolphins and other sea species come to feed and play. Paihia is the primary base for the many tours you can take in this region. Afternoon: Enjoy a guided tour of Waitangi Treaty Grounds (Seat in Coach), where a treaty established a British Governor of New Zealand, recognized Māori ownership of their lands and other properties, and gave the Māori the rights of British subjects. Pick up Point: Hotel Pick-up Time: 1 PM Duration – 1 hour Later, take a ‘Hole in the Rock/Cape Brett’ cruise (Seat in Coach). This is the most popular cruise in the Bay for good reason! A modern high speed catamaran escorts you in comfort around the Bay, past sandy beaches, rocky outcrops and many varied island landscapes. Enjoy the views as you cruise past the Cape Brett Lighthouse, before arriving at the majestic Hole in the Rock at Motukokako Island – hold your breath as the skipper navigates through the narrow space and admire the rock walls which soar above you. You may disembark from this cruise in Romantic Russell and take some time to explore this historic town and return to Paihia by ferry at your leisure. Pick-up Point: Hotel Pick-up Time: 2PM Duration: 4 hours Overnight stay at Bay of islands.
Optional Activities
Auckland City TourThis tour will take you to famous Auckland landmark of Mount Eden, a dormant volcano whose summit offers excellent panoramic views of the city and harbours. Skywalk 360 (Entrance) SkyWalk is one of the most exhilarating and unique experiences of New Zealand. Walk the 1.2 meter-wide walkway around Auckland’s famous Sky Tower – 192 meters above the ground, no handrails and nothing but air on either side of you!Kelly Tarlton’s Antarctic Encounter and Underwater World (Entrance Only) Kelly Tarlton’s SEA LIFE Aquarium showcases over 30 live animal exhibits, from over 80 different species in spectacular habitat displays, including the world’s largest Antarctic penguin colony exhibit and amazing underwater viewing tunnels. Pride of Auckland – Coffee Cruise (Entrance Only) View the stunning city sights while sailing on the inner Waitemata Harbour while the crew’s local knowledge gives the best harbour sailing experience Auckland has to offer. Sit back and relax or become the crew and help with the sailing experience. Dolphin and Whale Safari Cruise (Entrance Only) Enjoy the ultimate Auckland cruise where you can experience scenic highlights of Auckland and its surrounding islands also, its marine mammals including dolphins and whales in the beautiful Hauraki Gulf.

DAY 03: Bay of Islands

After a good breakfast, explore the places at your own pace. The Bay of Islands is an aquatic playground lavishly furnished with 144 islands and a myriad of secluded beaches. It is one of the most picturesque and popular holiday sites in New Zealand, combining great outdoor experiences with some of New Zealand’s most significant historic sites. Swim with the dolphins, dive the Rainbow Warrior, go game fishing, or discover the history and culture of the Bay of Islands. Ask our RLT Manager to surprise you with some more cool options! Overnight stay at Bay of Islands. couples explore new zealand

DAY 04 : Bay of Islands – Auckland

After breakfast today, spend some time exploring the Islands at your own. Later in the afternoon, get back to Auckland. Auckland has something for everyone – the adventurous, the sophisticated, the young, and the young at heart. Auckland teems with life, from its vibrant, regenerated waterfront and ever-expanding Downtown district to the hip suburbs with their Edwardian and Victorian delights, and glorious beaches. From 24-hour casinos and live theatre to cinema, clubs, pubs, bars, and dance spots, you can party all the way to breakfast time. Rest of the day at leisure and Overnight stay at Auckland. Optional Activities: Pride Of Auckland – Dinner Cruise (Entrance Only) On-water dining experience is not to be missed in any harbour city especially in Auckland, the ‘City of Sails’. Enjoy great sailing and as the sun sets watch the night lights of this photogenic city come alive. Pick Up Point – Pride of Auckland – Dinner Cruise (entrance Only) Duration – 02:50 hrs

DAY 05 : It’s time to bid goodbyes!!

ALAS! Today is the last day of this wonderful getaway. After a good morning meal, transfer to airport by coach to fly back home. Bid goodbye to our RLT Tour Manager and New Zealand.
Inclusions
  • Accommodation in 3 star hotel including breakfast.
  • Airport transfers on Seat in Coach basis.
  • Sightseeing tours as mentioned in the itinerary on Seat in Coach basis.
  • Services of an English speaking driver.
  • Entrance fees to visit attractions as per itinerary.
Exclusions
  • International and domestic airfare.
  • Airport taxes.
  • Visa charges.
  • Overseas Medical Insurance.
  • Meals, Tips, Laundry, telephone, optional excursions and other items of a personal nature.
  • Cost of foreign exchange for personal use.
  • Govt. Service Tax of 3.09% on the total billing amount
  • Any items or services not specified in the itinerary ‘Package Includes’ head.
  • The exchange rate of Euro/ USD/ AUD keeps on fluctuating. Euro/ USD/ AUD will be charged as per the Forex Card rate of HDFC Bank on the day/date of final payment.