Day One: Auckland
You will be met on arrival at Auckland International Airport by your Aroha NZ Tours Representative, and transferred to your accommodation in our luxurious vehicle. (Early flight)
Your 5 Day Tour starts with a relaxing sightseeing tour of Auckland, a chance to explore the CBD and outer areas of the city, taking in the spectacular harbor views of the Waitemata from Aucklands illustrious waterfront, and through some of the most expensive real estate in NZ. You will also have the opportunity to stop off and visit one of Aucklands most prestigious shopping areas Parnell Historical Village, from Parnell Historical Village your tour continues on to the summit of Mt Eden one of 48 dormant volcanoes situated in and around Auckland, from the summit of Mt Eden you can take in a stunning 360 degree view of Auckland city and its surrounding harbors. From Mt Eden your tour continues out to the magnificent west coast famous in New Zealand for its unique black sand coastline, and native bush surroundings set in one of Aucklands many regional parks. On your return back to your accommodation we will give you the opportunity at your request to stop off and enjoy a taste of celebrated New Zealand wines that are grown and produced throughout the area. Accommodation: Auckland City
Your tour this day takes you to the beautiful Coromandel Peninsula. We will pass through the historic gold mining town of Thames. From Thames your drive takes you out along the beautiful winding coastline of the western side of the peninsula to Tapu. From Tapu your journey takes you into the hills of the Coromandel Ranges, stopping of to visit the Rapaura Water Gardens where we follow the narrow and winding scenic road alongside the Maharikau Stream which provides a short walk to the magnificent stand of New Zealand native Kauri trees, from here your tour will continue on to the beautiful and equally stunning east coast of the peninsula to Hahei. On arrival in Hahei you will have the opportunity to explore the picturesque Hahei Beach where we will take you on a 1hour trek along the white sandy shoreline to Cathedral Cove and its marine reserve. A fantastic view from the lookout point will give you spectacular photo opportunities and a fabulous view of the coastline. Accommodation: Hot Water Beach
As you depart the Coromandel Peninsula your tour will take you through the eastern North Island region of the Bay of Plenty, an area with a consistent mild climate level which is ideal for farming, the Bay of Plenty is also famous for its fruit crops and vineyards. Your tour arrives in the geothermal capital of Rotorua around midday. Stopping off for a visit to the world-renowned NZ Maori Arts and Crafts and Geothermal center located in what is known as "Whakarewarewa". Here you will see the world famous Pohutu Geyser, the largest such geyser in New Zealand. Watch a 45-minute Maori cultural performance displayed in a traditional maori meeting house where you can enjoy the beautiful songs, music and culture of the Maori. Following on from this you take another journey through a world of unique thermal formations at Waitapu Thermal Wonderland. View the fascinating "Champagne Pool and experience the panorama of vividly colorful hot and cold pools, steaming fumaroles and hot boiling mud pools. Your evening program allows you to relax in the Polynesian Thermal Pools. Accommodation: Rotorua
A half day of Rotorua, adventure & sightseeing starting with the Rotorua Agrodome, Rainbow Springs, Skyline Gondola & Luge visit (other options available if Gondola or Luge visit is not acceptable).We travel further south through the lush green rural farm land of the Waikato region, the rich and fertile pastoral land of the Waikato is one of New Zealands major dairy producing and horse breeding areas, and host to incalculable stands of exotic timber. One of the major attractions of the Waikato region is the famous Waitomo Caves (translation: "where the water disappears into a hole in the ground"). The caves are perhaps one of the finest natural attractions in the country, with their vast unique caverns and eerie stalactite and stalagmite formations home to the thousands and thousands of constellations of glow-worms. Accommodation: Auckland City
Free time to relax before departing Auckland.