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East Cape Panorama

6 Days

$2,599 pp
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East Cape Panorama

Departures

  • February 7, 2023
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  • March 8, 2023
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  • April 2, 2023
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Prices

  • $2,599 pp ex Auckland
  • $2,699 pp ex Tauranga
  • $2,999 pp ex Christchurch or Wellington

What's included?

  • Quality full size touring coach throughout
  • Accommodation in twin or single rooms
  • Continental or Cooked Breakfast daily
  • Dinner each evening
  • Two lunches East Cape
  • Sightseeing as detailed in the itinerary
  •  Eastwoodhill Arboretum
  • Visit to Hamilton Gardens
  • Services of a Tour Manager from Auckland back to Auckland (subject to numbers)
  • FREE home pick up and return in the greater Auckland area

* conditions apply

Day 1: Auckland-Tauranga-Whakatane (D)

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).  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 (CB D)

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 LL D)

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)

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.

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)

Farewell Gisborne this morning as we travel via the Waioeka Gorge to Rotorua.

Enroute we will stop at the historic Tauranga Bridge.  It’s one of only two harp-strung suspension bridges left in New Zealand and an easy five minute walk down the track and five minute walk back, where you can embrace the views of native bush and river scenery.

We will stop at Okere Falls on the shores of Lake Rotoiti, at the inlet to the Kaituna River.  This section of the Kaituna River is extremely popular with rafters and kayakers due to its frequency of rapids and waterfalls, and also lays claim to having the highest commercially rafted waterfall in the world, at 7 metres.

Arrive in Rotorua late afternoon where we stay at the Novotel Lakeside Rotorua Hotel or similar for our overnight.

 

 

 

Day 6: Rotorua-Hamilton-Auckland (B)

This morning 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. 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. Christchurch & Wellington passengers will be transferred to the airport for their flight home.