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This New Zealand vacation is an exceptional opportunity to experience the best of the country’s Northern Island. Your travels begin in Auckland, a diverse city with the world’s largest collection of Māori and Pacific artifacts. You’ll spend one full day with a gourmet food and wine tour on Waiheke Island, just off the coast. Also known as The City of Sails, make time to enjoy the beautiful waters. Auckland is quite large but outdoor adventure and scenic wonders are all nearby.

After picking up your car, you’re on the road to Matamata and a tour of the Hobbiton movie set. Get into the Lord of the Rings! Continue on to Rotorua, a geothermal miracle. A Polynesian spa, in a private deluxe pool, awaits. Soak up the beauty of wildly-colored sulfur springs, northern lakes, and volcanoes on a helicopter tour over land that few people are privileged to see.

Your next stop is Napier. Along the way, go to Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Park and Haku Falls. Be prepared for a thrilling, jet-boat ride. In Napier, take advantage of a self-guided bike tour from the port village of Ahuriri to the city center. (Napier is an Art Deco treasure.) You might also explore the sacred grounds of Te Urewera or a colony of 13,000 wild gannets at the Cape Kidnappers Reserve.

Your final day is spent in Wellington, capital of New Zealand. On a brilliant blue harbor, you’ll have time on your own to discover a wealth of culture, including the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa. Head to Willis or Cuba Street to shop, and when the evening rolls around, check the Cuba Quarter for great nightlife. This tour of New Zealand is ideal for an insider’s view of the North Island.

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Included Unique Activities

  • Experience Locally-produced Foods & Wines on a Full Day Gourmet Food & Wine Tour of Waiheke Island
  • Experience the Real Shire From the Lord of the Rings and the 'Hobbit' Trilogies with a Visit to the Hobbiton Movie Set
  • Relax and Unwind on the Tranquil Shores of Lake Rotorua at Polynesian Spa in Your Own Private Mineral Pools
  • Experience a Helicopter Sightseeing Tour over Volcanos and Pristine Lakes
  • See the Most Colourful Wai-o-Tapu Geothermal Park & Experience the Eruption of the Lady Knox Geyser
  • Enjoy a Thrilling Jet Boat Ride Down the Waikato River to the Base of Huka Falls
  • Cycle Through the Orchard-dotted Countryside and Sophisticated Villages of Ahuriri and Havelock North
Full Day Gourmet Food & Wine Tour

Full Day Gourmet Food & Wine Tour

Hobbiton Movie Set Tour

Hobbiton Movie Set Tour

Polynesian Spa Private Deluxe Pools

Polynesian Spa Private Deluxe Pools

Rotorua Lakes, Mount Tarawera, Orakei Korako by Helicopter

Rotorua Lakes, Mount Tarawera, Orakei Korako by Helicopter

Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Park

Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Park

Huka Falls Jet Boat Experience

Huka Falls Jet Boat Experience

Ahuriri to Havelock North Self-Guided Scenic Bike Ride

Ahuriri to Havelock North Self-Guided Scenic Bike Ride

Take the Ferry to Waiheke Island

Take the Ferry to Waiheke Island

Accommodation

2 Nights

Stylish Designer Hotel

2 Nights

Stunning Attractions Hotel

2 Nights

Waterfront Village Hotel

1 Night

5-Star City Heart Hotel

Transportation

  • Private Transfer from Airport to Hotel in Auckland
  • Private Transfer From Hotel to Airport in Wellington
  • Rental Car with Automatic Transmission for 5 Days

Dining Options Included

  • 6 Full Breakfasts
  • Platter Lunch and Wine Tastings on Waiheke Island

Points of Interest

  • Auckland
  • Waiheke Island
  • Hobbiton Movie Set
  • Rotorua
  • White Island
  • Mt. Tarawera
  • Rainbow Mountain
  • Waiotapu Thermal Region
  • Huka Falls on the Waikato River
  • Ahuriri Village
  • Napier City Centre
  • Te Mata Estate
  • Black Barn Vineyard
  • Havelock North Village
  • Wellington

Lake Taupo, North Island

Sky Tower, North Island

Auckland Art Gallery, North Island

Mount Eden, North Island

Auckland, North Island

2022

Available Tour Dates

Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov, Dec

From $3,838 per person

2023

Available Tour Dates

Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov, Dec

From $4,838 per person

2024

Available Tour Dates

Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov, Dec

From $4,838 per person

Your Price Includes

ACCOMMODATION

  • 7 Nights in Authentic Superior Hotels

TRANSPORTATION

  • Private Transfer from Airport to Hotel in Auckland
  • Private Transfer From Hotel to Airport in Wellington
  • Rental Car with Automatic Transmission for 5 Days

DINING OPTIONS INCLUDED

  • 6 Full Breakfasts
  • Platter Lunch and Wine Tastings on Waiheke Island

INCLUDED UNIQUE EXPERIENCES

  • Experience Locally-produced Foods & Wines on a Full Day Gourmet Food & Wine Tour of Waiheke Island
  • Experience the Real Shire From the Lord of the Rings and the 'Hobbit' Trilogies with a Visit to the Hobbiton Movie Set
  • Relax and Unwind on the Tranquil Shores of Lake Rotorua at Polynesian Spa in Your Own Private Mineral Pools
  • Experience a Combination Helicopter Tour Landing on Both Mount Tarawera and White Island
  • See the Most Colourful Wai-o-Tapu Geothermal Park & Experience the Eruption of the Lady Knox Geyser
  • Enjoy a Thrilling Jet Boat Ride Down the Waikato River to the Base of Huka Falls
  • Cycle Through the Orchard-dotted Countryside and Sophisticated Villages of Ahuriri and Havelock North

POINTS OF INTEREST

  • Auckland
  • Waiheke Island
  • Hobbiton Movie Set
  • Rotorua
  • White Island
  • Mt. Tarawera
  • Rainbow Mountain
  • Waiotapu Thermal Region
  • Huka Falls on the Waikato River
  • Ahuriri Village
  • Napier City Centre
  • Te Mata Estate
  • Black Barn Vineyard
  • Havelock North Village
  • Wellington
Prices Based On
  • All Taxes & Fees Included
  • Prices are Per Person based on 2 people traveling together and sharing a room.
  • Traveling Alone? No Problem. Just Ask Us for a Single Supplement Price.

"Italy Bucket List"

Dale

Wisconsin

We recently completed our trip to Italy after walking the Camiño de Santiago. The trip included Tuscany, Sicily, and Rome with a cruise to the Holy Land between Sicily and Rome. We worked with Naomi on the original planning and Joleen on the execution. Both were exceptional to work with and both are true professionals. Every facet of the trip, from transportation to billeting to excursions, was flawlessly planned and executed. We worked with Authentic Vacations for three trips this summer, Ireland, Scotland, and Italy we could not be more pleased with the service they provided us. Thank you!

"Girl's Dream Trip Of a Lifetime"

Elizabeth

California

We three Girls wanted a Dream trip of a Lifetime. We stayed for 12 Days and had our own Driver/Tour guide, who will forever be "Family" to us now. We stayed in three Castle Hotels and three other beautiful hotels. All accommodations were so different and unique in their own way. We ate our way through the Beautiful Irish countryside in mostly Pubs, suggested by our driver, Seamus. We were Never disappointed! We had the most wonderful stay we could have imagined, from larger cities to quaint towns we were treated so kindly and had a Blast! We shopped til we dropped, saw more than we could have ever guessed possible, and will have this vacation to remember and Cherish for the rest of our lives.  Thank you, Joleen, Thank you Authentic Vacations!

"Wales Vacation"

Carl

Massachusetts

We couldn’t have asked for a better trip! Our small group had a small luxury coach, and excellent accommodations, and Ian was an outstanding guide in every way! Graham was a wonderful driver who navigated the narrow country roads with great skill! Authentic Vacations gets our 5-star rating! Brian & Esther, MA.  Thank you, Jennifer, my agency will be using Authentic Vacations, again!

"Dream Trip to Emerald Isle"

Judy

CA

Michaela and Authentic Vacations, sharing a very positive review from my clients.   Thanks for always making me look so good. - Judy your travel advisor partner.


Hi Judy,


I think I speak for all of us when I say THANK YOU for the most wonderful Ireland trip we could have ever imagined! Each hotel and activity that Authentic Vacations selected for our stay was perfect and beyond our expectations. Our accommodations were well located, extremely comfortable, and even had great food in their restaurants! The breakfasts included were much larger than we remember typical Continental European breakfasts being. The Hawk Walk was a highlight of ours!  Our only added wish is that we would have had a full 2 weeks to fully enjoy what Ireland had to offer, and we were blown away by how nice and helpful ALL the Irish people we met were. Thank you again!!

"Anniversary Trip in Ireland"

Janet

Illinois

Because of the pandemic, we waited 2 1/2 years to finally begin our dream vacation. During that time Michaela reassured me over and over again and kept me up to date on all the Covid regulations. Our trip turned out to be a once-in-a-lifetime trip thanks to Michaela's attention to detail. I can't compliment her enough. I highly recommend this agency...Thank you so much!

"Renewal of Vows in Scotland"

Monique

Alberta Canada

Our trip was amazing. It was more than I hoped for!!!! We booked our Scotland trip pre-pandemic and were so excited to finally go in September 2022. Lonna made sure everything was perfect! From booking the cutest bed and breakfasts in Stonehaven, Skye, Fort William, and Inverness, to a castle stay in Airth. The experiences included in the trip were amazing.

She answered my numerous questions with patience, suggestions, and guidance. Thank you Lonna!!! I would absolutely book through Authentic Vacations again!

"Scotland Family Vacation"

Jill

California

Wow does not even begin to describe our trip to Scotland! Josi was the best planner and walked us through every little bit. When the queen died and it looks like we might miss one of our tours, she was on top of it and was able to reschedule it. Her extra suggestions were what made our trip over the top! With her expertise, we were able to see everything we asked for and then some. I will certainly use her and Authentic Vacations again. We are already thinking of where our next trip will be!

"Cousins Getaway to Ireland & Scotland"

Toni

Oregon

What a wonderful trip! We started planning our trip in 2019 for June 2020, but something happened to shut down the world!😅. Our original travel planner left the company, but Adina stepped in and took over and did a fantastic job. We experienced everything from quaint B &B’s to 5-star Castle hotels, the country, the city, and everything in between. It was well planned and our 15 days in Ireland and Scotland went without a hitch! Thank you, Adina, and Authentic Vacations. We will definitely use your company again when we go back!

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