Your Iconic North, Splendid South Package

Iconic North, Splendid South

Princess Cruises

 

  15 Nights

  New Zealand

  Princess Cruises

  PA1G0KIT




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Tour the icons of the North, from Auckland to Wellington on this 7-day guided tour with Trafalgar. Learn about the unique history of New Zealand, visit beautiful landscapes and meet the locals. At the end of your tour take a short flight back to Auckland for a relaxing night stay. Hit the viaduct for some superb cuisine, and in the morning stroll the central city before boarding the Grand Princess for an 8-day cruise down South, through the Fiords and onward to Sydney.

Your fly, stay and cruise package includes:

  • $500 Air credit per person
  • 7 day guided holiday with Trafalgar, from Auckland to Wellington
  • 1 night accommodation in Auckland including breakfast
  • 9 day cruise onboard the Grand Princess, Auckland to Sydney
  • All onboard meals in complimentary dining venues & selected non-alcoholic beverages
  • A wide range of onboard activities & entertainment
  • Port charges & prepaid gratuities onboard your cruise
  • Private transfers throughout      

***Rate based on twin share for travel 18 October to 02 November 2022.***


Cruise onboard the Grand Princess

Date

Destination

Arrive

Depart

25OCT22

Auckland

 

6pm

26OCT22

Tauranga

9am

8:30pm

27OCT22

At Sea

 

 

28OCT22

Christchurch

8am

6pm

29OCT22

Dunedin

8am

6pm

30OCT22

Fiordland National Park

9am

6pm

31OCT – 01NOV22

At Sea

 

 

02NOV22

Sydney

6am

 

 

Guided Holiday of the Iconic North

This Auckland to Wellington tour showcases the best of the North’s iconic spots. Dine in the barn of racing royalty, see the sun-drenched shores of Mount Manganui, get close to Kiwi bird and Kiwi fruit, and learn the importance of Maori culture through talented storytellers. All this and much more is waiting on this New Zealand North Island tour.

Day 1: Welcome to Auckland
Begin your New Zealand north island tour in the gorgeous “City of Sails.” At a Welcome Reception meet your Travel Director and travel mates. Then it’s off to dinner at Eight, an interactive restaurant named for its eight kitchens where you can choose from international cuisine options including sushi, fresh oysters, Indian curry and Italian pasta. Get an introduction to the city’s Maori history and melting pot of cultures from your Travel Director and get ready to start your adventure.
Accommodation: Cordis
Meals: Welcome Reception

Day 2: Explore the Sights of Auckland
Start the day getting to know New Zealand’s passion for the water and Auckland’s maritime history on a private and exclusive America’s Cup tour at the New Zealand Maritime Museum with a Local Specialist. Then it’s off to experience more of this seafaring city on a sightseeing tour beginning at the Auckland Waterfront. You’ll visit Mission Bay, historic Bastion Point, and the Michael Joseph Savage Memorial with views of the Auckland skyline, North Shore, and Waitemata Harbour at every turn. You have the rest of the day free to explore the city as you like. Amble down Queen Street to Viaduct Harbour’s main shopping precinct and relax with a glass of New Zealand’s crisp Sauvignon Blanc. Or, if you’re looking for a different view from outside of the city, join an optional ferry trip to Rangitoto Island, the youngest volcano in New Zealand. You’re treated to a scenic ferry ride as well as expansive views as you climb this icon up through lava fields to the highest point on the island.
Accommodation: Cordis
Meals: Breakfast

Day 3: Tauranga on the Stunning Coast
Go from city to farm life today as you travel to the countryside for a dose of local hospitality at a Be My Guest experience in the Red Barn at the home of Lance and Bridgette O’Sullivan. On this working dairy farm, you’ll Connect With Locals and discover New Zealand’s horse-racing traditions. Learn about Lance's career as a famous jockey over your farm-to-table lunch before getting a feel for farm life rolling up your sleeves and making your own butter! After a fun and insightful morning, head out to Tauranga’s beautiful beaches in the Bay of Plenty. You have a free afternoon to explore Mount Maunganui, an extinct volcano, or kick back on its secluded beach, considered to be one of the best in New Zealand. More stunning waterfront awaits as you make your way to your Stays With Stories accommodation at the family-run Trinity Wharf. From your perch on the water’s edge, you’ll indulge in panoramic views of the water while enjoying a group dinner of seasonally inspired dishes.
Accommodation: Trinity Wharf
Meals: Breakfast, Be My Guest Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Rotorua, rich in Maori Culture
Kick off your day in Kiwifruit Country in Te Puke, the kiwifruit capital of New Zealand. Join a Local Specialist to learn about kiwi’s seasonal production cycle, how it’s grown, and finally harvesting and exporting the fruit as you tour this family-owned 60-hectare working orchard. After trying fresh kiwifruit and even kiwifruit ice cream, you’re off to Rotorua for an orientation tour of the town and lake. Join in your first of two MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experiences contributing to the important work of preserving Maori culture for future generations. Your first stop is Te Puia to see the steaming Whakawerawera Thermal Reserve’s hot springs and geysers as you learn about the education program for Maori students to train in Maori arts and culture. Dive Into Culture at your second immersive experience is at Tamaki Māori Village where you’ll be welcomed by a powerful ‘Powhiri’ ceremony before learning the Poi and Haka dances before enjoying an authentic Hangi dinner cooked under the ground, and live music under the stars.
Accommodation: Millennium
Meals: Breakfast & Regional Dinner

Day 5: Rotorua, Yours to Discover
With a full free day in Rotorua, you'll have plenty of options of how to explore. If you’d like to adventure by land and water, see the area in an amphibious WWII-era Duck. These land and water vehicles used during the war will take you to three of Rotorua’s most stunning lakes for views and commentary on the beautiful scenery. Or, see the area from above on an ancient forest zipline adventure, zipping through the trees while learning about local flora and fauna as well as New Zealand’s conservation efforts. Another option is to experience the natural beauty underground on a guided tour through the world-famous Waitomo Glowworm Grotto. Descend an illuminated staircase of curving limestone to caverns lit by twinkling blue and green glowworms. Lastly, Hobbit fans will want to take advantage of today’s opportunity to tour the sights featured in the Lord of the Rings movies at Hobbiton. These beautiful landscapes offer not only a bucket list trip for Hobbit fans, but a gorgeous countryside getaway. Wherever you venture today, there’s something for every traveller and plenty of memories to be made.
Accommodation: Millennium
Meals: Breakfast

Day 6: Wellington Capital of Cool
Venture out of Rotorua this morning through pine forests and farmland, to the rushing rapids of Huka Falls where the Waikato River pours into a pool 11 metres below. Then you’re on your way to the heart of the North Island and New Zealand's largest lake, Lake Taupo. Have a look strolling the shoreline and basking in the gorgeous freshwater lake that’s home to geothermal valleys with hot springs, alpine deserts, and world-class trout fishing. Journey south over the volcanic Central Plateau to the town of Taihape. This quirky little town is known for its yearly gumboot throwing competition, proudly celebrated since 1985. Get in the spirit and take a photo in front of the massive metal boot before joining in a friendly gumboot throwing game on the lawn with the group. After a full day of sightseeing and plenty of fun, you’ll arrive in Wellington with time to explore its laneways, street art, and music or one of its many eclectic restaurants.
Accommodation: James Cook Grand Chancellor
Meals: Breakfast

Day 7: Farewell Wellington
Make the most of the last day of your New Zealand North Island tour and Dive Into Culture at the waterfront Te Papa Museum of New Zealand exploring the culture and heritage of the New Zealand people with exhibits featuring artworks, traditional dress, and photography. These interactive exhibits join science with nature highlighting the unique wildlife, volcanic land, and efforts to protect the environment. It’s been a week of epic sights and adventures in the North Island, but sadly all good things must come to an end. Enjoy one last breakfast with your travel mates before your transfer to the Wellington airport.
Meals: Breakfast



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Prices listed are per person in Australian/New Zealand Dollars, based on twin occupancy, including all discounts unless otherwise stated. The offer is subject to availability at time of booking and shown on the lowest inside category available at the time. Fares are capacity controlled and are subject to change at any time without notice. Prices/Offers are correct as at  18 January 2022 and can be withdrawn without notice. Cabin categories include prepaid government fees and port taxes unless otherwise stated.  Hotels may charge resort fees not included in this package, payable direct upon check in. Visas are not included.  Air credit is applicable on airline of choice, subject to availability and subject to the carriers’ flight schedules and conditions. Payments made by credit card will incur a surcharge. For the tour with Trafalgar, flights into Auckland must arrive prior to 4pm for the beginning of the tour. Flights from Wellington to Auckland must depart after 2pm.