The Endless Shores

The Endless Shores

8 Days
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The Endless Shores

8 Days Starting in Wellington, New Zealand and ending in Auckland, New Zealand

Visiting: Wellington, Hawke's Bay, Napier, Huka Falls, Rotorua, Waitomo Caves, Auckland

Tour operator:

Luxury Gold

Tour code:

LGNIFM25

Guide Type:

Fully Guided

Group size:

18 - 22

Physical rating:

Low

Age range:

5-99

Special diets catered:

Please advise request

Tour operated in:
English
Trip Styles:

Luxury, Small Group

Activities:

Walking, Wine Tasting

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Tour Overview

Fall in love with New Zealand on this 8-day guided tour. See Wellington your way, choosing between an insider’s tour of the city with a Local Expert or a guided hike through Otari Wiltons Bush, the only botanic garden in the country dedicated entirely to native plants. Travel past the dairy country of Manawatu to Hawke’s Bay, where you will enjoy an exclusive wine tasting at one of the country’s world-famous wineries. In Rotorua, walk the Redwoods Treewalk — a maze of forested suspension bridges — and tour a working kiwi nursery and hatchery, where you can learn more about the flightless bird. Savor a flavourful Maori Hangi feast, made from food cooked in the ground with geothermal steam. Descend the Waitomo Cave to see glow worms illuminate the caverns, then toast your trip during a celebration dinner in Auckland.

Highlights

  • Wellington: Learn more about native flora and fauna on a guided walk through Otari Wiltons Bush, the only botanic garden in New Zealand, dedicated to native plants. The walk starts at the ‘Waharoa’ and heads through the Fernery and then down to the creek, where you are likely to spot some Tuna. It’s also a haven for native birds including the Kereru and Tui. A highlight of the walk is a Rimu tree estimated to be over 800 years old.

  • Hawke's Bay: Indulge in an intimate dinner with wine pairing at the award-winning restaurant of Craggy Range Winery. Feast on local produce as you sit in the shade of Te Mata Peak and drink wines from one of the region’s world-famous vineyards.

  • Huka Falls: Witness the awe-inspiring power of nature at Huka Falls where nearly a quarter of a million litres of thundering water per second are funnelled from Lake Taupo and dropped eleven metres into the Waikato River below.

  • Rotorua: Meet the kiwi at National Kiwi Hatchery Aotearoa as you are invited to step behind-the-scenes at a working nursery and hatchery for New Zealand’s intriguing national bird. Discover the world’s largest hot spring, volcanic crater lakes and the most incredible flora and fauna that have been untouched by man.

  • Waitomo Cave: Enter the subterranean Waitomo Cave where you’ll be guided through the extensive network and meet the local residents, glow worms. View these fascinating glowing creatures as you glide quietly on a private tour by boat through the underground cave.

Itinerary

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Day 1 : Welcome To Wellington

Location: Wellington

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: QT Wellington.

Meals Included: Dinner

On arrival at Wellington International Airport you'll be driven by complimentary transfer to your hotel. Spend some time at leisure to relax or explore on your own. This evening, meet your Travel Concierge and get to know your fellow travelers during your Welcome Dinner.

Day 2 : Wellington Sightseeing Relaxed Start

Location: Wellington

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: QT Wellington.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Personalise your day discovering the stunning waterfront and hidden lanes of Wellington. Or, take a guided walk through Otari Wiltons Bush. This evening is free for you to dine at any of the city’s restaurants.

Day 3 : Wellington To Hawke's Bay

Location: Wellington, Hawke's Bay

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Porters Boutique Hawke's Bay.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Wind your way through the pastoral dairy farming land of Manawatu to Napier in Hawke's Bay, New Zealand’s Art Deco capital and world-renowned wine country. This evening, savor a tasting and dinner at family-owned Craggy Range Winery in the shadow of Te Mata Peak.

Day 4 : Exploring Napier Relaxed Start

Location: Hawke's Bay, Napier, Hawke's Bay

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Porters Boutique Hawke's Bay.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Take in Napier’s art deco architecture with a Local Expert in a chauffeur-driven vintage car. A decadent dinner awaits at Malo.

Day 5 : Geothermal Rotorua

Location: Hawke's Bay, Huka Falls, Rotorua

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Pullman Rotorua.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Enjoy a leisurely start before continuing to Rotorua and your five-star hotel overlooking Lake Rotorua. This afternoon you will have a guided cultural Eco-tour of Whirinaki Forest.

Day 6 : The Sights Of Rotorua

Location: Rotorua

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Pullman Rotorua.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Unveil the Californian Coastal Redwoods of Whakarewarewa Forest and go behind the scenes on a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience at a kiwi bird nursery and hatchery. Tonight, an evening of culture, history and scrumptious food awaits you at Te Puia. Wander through the ancient forest village and learn about Maori art forms and traditions, followed by a cultural performance and dinner.

Day 7 : Waitomo And Auckland

Location: Rotorua, Waitomo Caves, Auckland

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: QT Auckland.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Glide by boat through Waitomo’s underground caves lined with dazzling glow worms on a private guided tour. In Auckland, enjoy dinner with a New Zealand sporting royal, a former All Black rugby player.

Day 8 : Farewell Auckland

Location: Auckland

Meals Included: Breakfast

After one final breakfast, say farewell to your Christchurch to Auckland luxury tour as you are chauffeured to Auckland Airport.

What's Included

  • Accommodation

    As detailed in itinerary.

  • Additional Services

    Personal radio headsets give you the freedom to wander during visits to famous highlights, without missing any of your Local Expert's fascinating commentary, available on departures with 15 or more guests. At every hotel, you'll be treated to seamless baggage handling, with prompt delivery inside your room. Stay connected with friends and family with our complimentary coach and hotel Wi-Fi (where available).

  • Airport Transfers at Destination

    Complimentary airport transfers are included on start and end dates and when additional accommodation has been booked through Luxury Gold. Guests will be transferred with fellow Luxury Gold Travellers that arrive on the same flight.

  • Fully Guided

    You will be escorted by one of our fine Travel Concierges, handpicked to serve as your expert guide, consummate organiser, and friend overseas.

  • Meals

    As detailed in itinerary.

What's Not Included

Check out our Q&As

  • Are the local guides on the tour English speaking?

    Yes, English speaking tour guide on this tour.

  • What is the tipping policy?

    Hotel and restaurant tips are included - you'll never have to worry about how much to give, nor search for foreign currency. We also include all taxes and porterage charges at hotels.

  • Is there any free time to explore places during the tour?

    As detailed in itinerary.

  • Is there a limit to luggage that can be brought on the tour?

    Each guest can bring a single bag measuring no more than 77.5cm (30.5in) x 56cm (22in) x 32cm (12.5in) and weight not exceeding 50 lbs. (23kg). You can also bring one hand luggage bag that is no bigger than 12”x11”x6” (30x28x14cm) to fit under your coach seat or in the small overhead compartment. Hand luggage cannot have wheels or a telescopic handle. If you wish to bring a second item of luggage, please request this at time of booking. Additional charges will apply.

  • Do you require a visa for this holiday?

    Ensure you have a valid passport for all the countries you will visit or travel through; many countries require your passport to be valid for a longer period than the length of your stay (usually a minimum of 6 months), so check what applies to your itinerary. You might also need to obtain visas (depending on your nationality). Talk to your Embassy if you are unclear about what documentation you require. It is a good idea to have copies of your passport details, insurance policy, visas and credit card numbers, keeping them separate from the originals and perhaps leaving an additional copy with someone at home.

  • What is the maximum group size?

    A max size of group is 22 guests.

  • Will there be an escort accompanying this tour?

    Yes

  • Are airport transfers included in this tour?

    Complimentary airport transfers are included on start and end dates and when additional accommodation has been booked through Luxury Gold. Guests will be transferred with fellow Luxury Gold Travellers that arrive on the same flight.

  • Will the accommodation included meet local health and safety regulations?

    Absolutely! We are very selective in who we work with and choose to only use hotels that take the health and well-being of our guests as seriously as we do and agree to meet expected guidelines and specifications. We only work with establishments that we are confident will consistently adhere to our standards.

  • Which countries does Luxury Gold visit?

    We offer incredible luxury trips in Europe, North America, South America, Hawaii, South-East Asia, the Indian sub-continent (including India, Nepal, Bhutan and Sri Lanka), Australia and New Zealand.

  • What other modes of transport does Luxury Gold use?

    A Luxury Gold tour will include touring on high-speed trains, alpine cable cars, hydrofoils, river cruisers and horse-drawn carriages, in addition to our high-deck luxury coaches with extra legroom.

  • Who travels with Luxury Gold?

    We are delighted to welcome guests who have a shared love of travel, adventure, entertainment and exploration. A mix of solo travellers, couples, and groups of friends and family join us from all over the English-speaking world.

  • What is the role of the Well-Being Director?

    Working closely together with your Travelling Concierge, the Well-Being Director* will help make sure all necessary protocols are followed to ensure the health and wellbeing of all our guests. This includes our enhanced screening and hygiene protocols, complying with distancing and other requirements set by government authorities. They are also there to support our guests & answer any questions.

Reviews of this operator

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Majesty of the Rockies

21-Jun-2023

The itinerary was fantastic, starting in Banff at the beautiful Fairmont hotel, it set the scene for the next week. As we travelled in the coach surrounded by magnificent snow topped mountains, everyone getting excited when a black bear or elk was spotted! Standing on the glacier with the Columbian Ice Fields above , was magical. Then, on board the Rocky Mountaineer from Kamloops back to Vancouver, was very relaxing. Finishing our trip at the beautiful Douglas hotel was a lovely way to end what was a most memorable trip. Thank you *Personal Information removed by Feefo* and Luxury Gold. Will go home with fantastic memories of a very special part of the world

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Ultimate Italy

26-Jun-2023

Trip itinerary was all that we expected. We were treated like royalty at every turn. Our consierge *Personal Information removed by Feefo* was the most loving, caring person that I’ve ever seen, she accomodated our many needs flawlessly and conscientiosly, including special care for those amongst us who had trouble managing the difficult walking conditions which we encountered.She was a true professional and made us feel loke family. Her humor and social skills got everyone together as one .I don’t know how much you pay her, but it isn’t enough.

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Spain and Portugal In Style

15-Jun-2023

The guides were amazing, the hotels very nice, the bus was extremely comfortable. Some of the bus days were rather long. Our concierge guide, *personal info removed by Feefo* was beyond terrific. He anticipated needs, was so kind and very organized. Never a misstep

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    Luxury Gold requires a minimum deposit of 350 USD per person or the full booking value, whichever is less, with the final balance not due until 90 days before departure.

  • Cancellation Policy

    We don't charge a cancellation fee, here is a summary of luxury gold charges.

    Up to 91 days before tour starts: Forfeit 100% of deposit.

    At 90 days before tour starts: Forfeit 50% of booking price.

    At 29 days before tour starts: Forfeit 80% of booking price.

    At 1 days before tour starts: Forfeit 100% of booking price.

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