Northern Explorer

12 Days
Auckland to Wellington
From (AUD)
$ 6,045
Dates & Pricing

2021/2022 Auckland > Wellington

Myth and legend come alive

The North Island is a wonderland of history, culture and myth. From ancient M-aori legends to the beginnings of European settlement, there are a host of intriguing stories to unearth during your time here.
The vibrant city of Auckland bids you kia ora. Spend time sailing its beautiful harbour, walking the black sand beaches of the west coast or taking in the sights on a city tour, before travelling towards the Bay of Islands. Here you’ll find T-ane Mahuta, a 2,000-year-old kauri tree, and enjoy the sweeping sunset over Bay of Islands. Visit the significant Waitangi Treaty Grounds before heading to Rotorua. Known for bubbling mud pools, shooting geysers and natural hot springs, it also showcases captivating M-aori culture. The magnificent Art Deco town of Napier awaits before you end your journey in the national capital Wellington. You’ll leave no stone unturned during this quest for the essence of the North Island.
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12 Day Itinerary

  1. Day 1 - Auckland

    Kia Ora and welcome to Auckland for your two night Special Stay. Celebrate the wonder of New Zealand at tonight’s welcome dinner.

    Meals Included: Dinner

  2. Day 2 - Auckland


    Sail on an authentic America’s Cup yacht or explore the wine and cuisine of Waiheke Island. Alternatively, take a leisurely harbour cruise, discover the black sand beaches of the West Coast, or join a small group sightseeing tour of Auckland.

    Freechoice Dining

    Choose between a sunset dinner yacht cruise, Orbit 360 at Sky City, or dinner at the hotel’s Grand Millennium Brasserie.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  3. Day 3 - Auckland > Paihia

    Travel north towards the Bay of Islands and visit the Kauri Museum to learn about the history of the local pioneers.


    Seeing  the mighty Tane Mahuta kauri tree for the first time is unforgettable. Listen to stories from your Maori guide about the ‘Lord of the Forest’.


    Relax over an evening drink watching the sunset from your hotel.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  4. Day 4 - Paihia


    Take a lunch cruise or enjoy a ferry ride to Russell. Alternatively, cruise to Cape Brett Lighthouse and through the Hole in the Rock (weather permitting), or join a Taste of the Bay tour.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  5. Day 5 - Paihia


    Journey to the top of New Zealand – Cape Reinga – and enjoy the thrill of travelling along Ninety Mile Beach.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

  6. Day 6 - Paihia > Auckland

    This morning, discover Waitangi Treaty Grounds with a Maori guide.


    Be entertained by an authentic Maori cultural performance inside the meeting house.

    Return to your hotel in Auckland for a one-night stay.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

  7. Day 7 - Auckland > Rotorua

    Visit the Hobbiton™ Movie Set before arriving in Rotorua, home of Maori culture and bubbling mud pools. Later, visit the National Kiwi Trust, before your two night stay in Rotorua.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

  8. Day 8 - Rotorua

    Be amazed by Rotorua’s geothermal activity during a visit to Te Puia.


    Witness a sheep show, take an amphibious duck tour or relax in the geothermal pools. Alternatively, enjoy the view from Skyline Rotorua while wine tasting.

    Tonight, immerse yourself in Maori traditions at an authentic hangi dinner.

    Optional flight - Take a floatplane flight over Mt Tarawera (additional expense, please book prior to departure).

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  9. Day 9 - Rotorua > Napier

    Witness the force of nature at Huka Falls before cruising magnificent Lake Taupo. Enjoy your overnight stay in the home of Art Deco, Napier.


    Meet the makers at a special wine tasting and dinner at Mission Estate Winery.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  10. Day 10 - Napier > Wellington


    Take a walking tour of Napier’s Art Deco buildings, view the famous landmarks of Napier during a vintage car tour or discover a diverse range of aquatic animals and wildlife at the National Aquarium.

    Continue to Wellington for a two-night stay.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  11. Day 11 - Wellington


    Take an in-depth journey of Te Papa to discover the treasures and stories of New Zealand.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

  12. Day 12 - Wellington

    It’s time to bid a fond farewell to your new friends and the wonders of New Zealand.

    The itinerary is a guide only and may be amended for operational reasons. As such Scenic cannot guarantee the tour will operate unaltered from the itinerary stated above. Please refer to our terms and conditions for further information.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

Tour inclusions

Handcrafted luxury inclusions
  • Fully escorted group touring
  • 5 exclusive Scenic Enrich experiences
  • Your choice of 19 Scenic Freechoice activities and dining
  • 1 Scenic Sundowners event
  • 1 memorable Scenic Special Stay
  • 20 meals – 11 breakfasts (B), 2 lunches (L) and 7 dinners (D)
  • Expert Tour Director and knowledgeable local guides
  • Return airport transfers
  • All tipping and gratuities

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