Day 1: Auckland-Tauranga-Whakatane (D)
Friday 05 February 2021 / Monday 22 March 2021
This morning you are picked up from your home address and transferred to join our coach and fellow travellers. Depart Auckland and head south viewing the flat expanse of the Hauraki Plains, passing the townships of Ngatea & Paeroa, through the Karangahake Gorge before arriving at the historic gold mining township of Waihi.
We make a brief stop here and take a short walk to the lookout to see great views of the open pit mine before continuing onto Tauranga for our lunch stop (own expense). It’s then onto the Kiwifruit mecca of Te Puke where we will enjoy a guided tour of Kiwifruit Country. Experience the wonders of the kiwifruit industry on an idyllic working kiwifruit orchard. The 60 hectare ‘Longridge Orchard’ has over 30 canopy hectares of Zespri Green and Zespri Gold kiwifruit. This is one of the larger kiwifruit properties in the Bay of Plenty. The rolling hills and plateaus provide spectacular views and vantage points. We then continue onto Whakatane for our overnight stay at the White Island Rendezvous Motel.
Day 2: Whakatane-Hicks Bay (B,D)
Saturday 06 February 2021 / Tuesday 23 March 2021
After breakfast we’ll head along the Pacific Coast Highway— an epic stretch of road where you will be greeted with a picture-postcard view at every turn. We’ll pass through the friendly town of Opotiki, then to Te Kaha—home of the Tukaki Marae and birth place of New Zealand’s latest Victoria Cross recipient—William Apiata. Continue on to Whanarua Bay (considered to be the prettiest bay on the coast) and then to Hicks Bay and the renowned Hicks Bay Motel Lodge. With the sparkling Pacific Ocean at its doorstep, the views from this iconic property are fantastic. An idyllic spot for our overnight.
Day 3: Hicks Bay-Gisborne (B,PL,D)
Sunday 07 February 2021 / Wednesday 24 March 2021
After breakfast we’ll continue along this rugged coastline and take in the stunning scenery. We will stop in Te Araroa to admire New Zealand’s oldest and largest Pohutukawa tree. It’s around 600 years old and stands proudly in the grounds of the local school. Te Araroa is also the birthplace of Sir Apirana Ngata, a prominent NZ statesman who made it his life’s goal to uplift the Maori race spiritually, culturally and economically. We will visit St Mary’s church in Tikitiki built in 1926 and serves as a memorial to the Maori men who fought and died in the First World War. It’s then onto Ruatoria, Tokomaru Bay and Tolaga Bay where we enjoy a picnic lunch and time to take a walk along the Wharf. We pass Whangara which was the setting for the successful New Zealand novel and film, Whale Rider before seeing the renowned surfing beach—Wainui Beach before arriving into Gisborne. It’s here where Captain Cook first set foot in 1769 and the first city in the world to see the sun each day. We unpack and spend two nights here in the heart of Gisborne City at the Quality Emerald Hotel.
Day 4: Gisborne (B,D)
Monday 08 February 2021 / Thursday 25 March 2021
We will enjoy some fabulous sights today including a visit to the Eastwoodhill Aboretum the National Arboretum of NZ and encompasses over 131 hectares planted in exotic and native trees, shrubs and climber plantings. The collection was planted by Douglas Cook and is regarded as the largest and most comprehensive collection of Northern Hemisphere trees south of the equator. Enjoy a guided tour by Jeep to discover new and amazing facts about the national arboretum and the 25,000 plants and trees it contains. Eastwoodhill is also a welcome sanctuary for a huge variety of birdlife from around the district and depending on the season it’s possible to encounter over 40 species of native and exotic birds. Today we will also visit the Botanical Gardens on the banks of the Taruheru River—such an idyllic setting in this 4 hectare park that has trees, a rose and cactus collection and aviary. Another highlight today is a visit to the Tairawhiti Museum & Art Gallery which has a reputation as one of the best museums in NZ. We return to our hotel late afternoon with time to relax by the pool before dinner.
Day 5: Gisborne –Rotorua (B,D)
Tuesday 09 February 2021 / Friday 26 March 2021
Farewell Gisborne this morning as we travel onto Rotorua where we stay at the historic 19th century boutique Hotel, the Princes Gate—centrally located and situated in the historic quarter of the city and only foot steps away from the world Famous Government Gardens.
Day 6: Rotorua-Hamilton-Auckland (B,PMT)
Wednesday 10 February 2021 / Saturday 27 March 2021
This morning we enjoy a guided tour of St Faiths Church which has graced the same site for over 130 years. The land it stands on is sacred to the Ngati Whakaue people and is where the first Maori Bishop of Aotearoa is buried in a vault by the window. We then travel back to Auckland with a stop at Tirau and then a visit to the stunning Hamilton Gardens. Time to enjoy afternoon tea at Waikato’s best kept secret—Moondance Manor Garden. “Its visual banquet radiates English charm and beauty”. Moondance Manor Gardens are extensively planted with abundant flower beds, expansive lawn areas, a wealth of native and exotic trees, a large ornamental pond and island, substantial formal hedging – all set on over a hectare bordering the Waikato River. There is always an array of colour with hellebores, fox gloves, primrose, magnolias, iris, hyacinths, geraniums, lilies, roses, camellias, wisteria and many other gorgeous plants to delight the eye. We return to Auckland late afternoon where our transport is waiting to take us to our home address anywhere in the greater Auckland area* conditions apply.
We reserve the right to alter the itinerary due to any unforeseen circumstances including but not limited to weather and road conditions
LOOK WHATS INCLUDED!!!
NO Single room Supplement !!!!
A limited number of single rooms are available at no extra cost!!
A deposit of $500 per person is payable to hold a seat on the tour with the balance payable 10 October 2020.
Previous travellers receive a $30 discount off the brochured price (not combinable with any other offers)
Deposit: 50% Refundable up to 21 December 2020
22 Dec – 10 Jan 2021: 80% of tour cost
11 Jan – 05 Feb 2021: 100% of tour cost.
*Please note that if the tour is cancelled due to any Government regulation we will refund all monies received back from our suppliers so you can book with confidence.
We strongly suggest you take out domestic cancellation insurance to cover for cancellation due to illness etc. Please phone us for further details.
TRAVELLING FROM Christchurch or Wellington
Departs 04 Feb 2021 – From $2690 per person
Home Pick up & Return (Conditions Apply)
Tour is subject to normal booking conditions of Supreme Tours and Travel Ltd
Terri started her career in travel after leaving school and opened up Supreme.
Tours and Travel in 1994. She is passionate about providing personal service to her clients and offering travel advise so you get the most from your holiday. Terri has travelled widely throughout Europe, Asia, USA and the Pacific and is always happy to share her experience in these areas.
Vikki has enjoyed working within the Travel Industry for many years.
She brings a wealth of experience having travelled throughout Europe, USA, Asia, Australia, the Pacific and of course our own Godzone – New Zealand.
Vikki Escorts a lot of the tours and makes sure all her passengers enjoy a memorable tour with lots of fun and surprises throughout. You are never bored when you travel with Vikki.
Maggie is an experienced tour guide having spent seven years guiding throughout Europe, Russia, Scandinavia, Egypt and Morocco when she was ‘younger’! Maggie then came back to NZ and has worked in the travel industry here for over 25 years and has escorted numerous travel agent and media trips to places such as China, Las Vegas, Bangkok, Norfolk Island, India, Ireland and the UK, USA and Asia (to name just a few ) in her roles within the travel Industry. She was the Manager of the British Tourist Authority in Auckland for nine years and then with worked with Marriott International Hotels for a further nine years. Maggie loves travel, and loves to show people wonderful places. She has a great sense of humour and likes to ensure that people not only experience all the wonderful sights, but that they have a fun time as well.
I am Benson and take my job as Head of Security very seriously. My mum was a maltese terrier and my dad a good looking toy poodle. I can be bribed with biscuits or my favourite “smackos” treats.
I love spending time in the office with my Mum and Aunty Vikki.
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