10 Day Sightseeing Tour
North Island

Day 1:  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 10 Day Tour starts with a relaxing sightseeing tour of Auckland, a chance to explore the CBD and outer area’s of the city, taking in the spectacular harbor views of the Waitemata from Auckland’s 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 Auckland’s 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 it’s 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 Auckland’s 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 

Day 2: Auckland - Coromandel

Your tour this day takes you to the beautiful Coromandel Peninsula. We passing 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: East Cost Coromandel Peninsula 

Day 3: Coromandel - Bay of Plenty/Rotorua

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 meetinghouse 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 Wai-o-tapu Thermal Wonderland. View the fascinating "Champagne Pool” and experience the panorama of the 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: Lake Rotorua 

Day 4: Bay of Plenty - Hawkes Bay/Napier

Departing from Rotorua you pass through the rugged mountains, forests, and lakes traveling through the one of the largest North Island National Parks “Te Urewera” en-route to the Hawkes Bay. Most of this unique rainforest area is still inaccessible. Arriving in the coastal settlement of Waiora we make a brief stop, before continuing on along the coastal East Cape to the twin-city of Napier. Napier today is known for the inner city’s Art Deco Architecture, which was created after a devastating earthquake in 1931. Enjoy a relaxing afternoon exploring a region that hosts some of the finest wine growing areas in the world where no doubt you will be tempted to sample just some of the world-renowned New Zealand wine brands exported from the Hawkes Bay each year. Accommodation: Hawkes Bay 

Day 5: Hawkes Bay/Napier - Wellington

Departing the Hawkes Bay your tour takes you through the Norwegian and Danish settlements of Norsewood and Dannevirke into the rural regions of the Manawatu, before encroaching on New Zealand’s capital city, Wellington. Spend the afternoon strolling around the many shops and galleries the city has to offer. Visit the “Te Papa History Museum”, the largest natural history museum in the country, another suggested visit is the “Embassy Theatre” which recently hosted the world premier of the third Lord Of The Rings trilogy” The Return of the Kings”, climb aboard the famous Wellington Cable Car which takes you up the steep terraced divide to the luxuriant Botanic Gardens which allows you an overall 360 degree view of Wellington city. A must for all visitors is a visit to New Zealand’s Parliament Buildings, where you can take a 1-hour tour of the hub of New Zealand’s political arena, as you depart the beautiful government grounds be prepared to stop and watch the buzz around “The Beehive”. Accommodation: Hotel in Wellington City 

Day 6: Wellington - Taranaki/Taihape

Your tour returns you north tour via the West Coast of the North Island to the Waikanae region. This area has adopted the name of the “Gold Coast”, here you can enjoy locally made gourmet cheeses, visit orchards and walk the beautiful sandy beaches. We drive deep into farming country to the remote Mokai Valley, where the picturesque Rangitikei River meats the rugged Ruahine Ranges. Nor far out from your accommodation we take you to the edges of the crystal clear waters of the Rangitikei River set amongst the beautiful native flora and fauna, which provides a stunning and picturesque backdrop that, can be variably appreciated. Your accommodation host provides a typical New Zealand farm surrounding where he will be happy to show you around the farm where you will experience an upfront encounter with the many farm animals on his property. Accommodation: Mokai Valley 

Day 7: Taihape - National Park/Taupo

This day of your tour takes you through what is regarded as the Volcanic Loop to view New Zealand's most accessible active volcano, magnificent Mt. Ruapehu. Take a short walk around the pristine native forest of Tongariro National Park and experience the desolate landscape just some of the legendary middle earth filming sites for the movie “Lord of the Rings”. Experience a walk with you over lava stones fields that lead you almost to the top of the volcano. The magnificent views across the valleys to snow-capped peaks will create the perfect setting for a great photo opportunity. We continue north to the picturesque township of Taupo where you can stop off for lunch alongside the spectacular foreshore of Lake Taupo, New Zealand’s largest lake. The area is regarded as one of the best trout fishing spots in the world, it is also well known for its hunting excursions and extreme adventure activities. Accommodation: Lake Taupo 

Day 8: Taupo- Waitomo Caves, West Coast

Departing from Taupo your journey takes you north through the lush green rural farm land of the Waikato region, the rich and fertile pastoral land of the Waikato is one of New Zealand’s 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. On arrival in Waitomo a 45 minute guided tour of the caves is available for you to experience.  (Other options are "cave tubing" and abseiling, or rappelling and waterfall climbs – arranged on request) Your tour this day takes you further north, to the West Coast settlement of Raglan (1.5 hours). This delightful seaside resort is renowned for its surf beaches, dramatic bush and rugged coastal scenery. You have a chance to relax on the remote black sand beaches, walk the coastal tracks, or grab your opportunity to surf one of the best left hand breaks in the world. Accommodation: Waitomo 

Day 9: Waitomo Caves – Bay of Islands

Your tour departs the rugged west coast coastline for the beautiful Bay of Islands passing through Auckland. Your first major destination point Paihia, the first the first European settlement in New Zealand. We take you on a walk along the spectacular Paihia waterfront and Waitangi beach to the historic Waitangi Treaty grounds, the location of the signing of the peace treaty between the Maori and the British Crown in 1840. From Waitangi you board the ferry to Russell, a small romantic township rich with colonial history. Take time out for lunch in one of Russell’s many historic buildings and enjoy glorious views out over the idyllic wharf. Spend the afternoon strolling the beach, and shops for local arts and crafts. Settle into your accommodation for the evening, and enjoy a leisurely dinner in the Russell town-ship. Accommodation: Bay of Islands 

Day 10:  Bay of Islands – Auckland

We continue our journey through central Northland to the rural town of Kawakawa. A major feature of the town is the Public Toilets, take a minute and visit the astonishing, and unusual architectural work by the famous Viennese artist Friedrich Hundertwasser. Passing through rolling farmlands and some of the country’s oldest Maori settlements; we take you to the beautiful sinuous Hokianga Harbor, situated on the West Coast of Northland. We take a brief stop in Opononi at the spectacular lookout, to view the wild surf and the amazing sand-hills of the West Coast.On your journey back, you have the opportunity explore the ancient Waipoua Kauri Forest; which contains three quarters of the remaining native New Zealand kauri trees.  Just a few minutes walk from the road you will find one of the oldest the largest known Kauri in the country, “Tane Mahuta” (51.2 meters high, with a girth of over 17.2 meters - and over 2,100 years old).Accommodation: Auckland City

Day 11:  You have free time to relax before departing Auckland.

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