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  • 10 Days North Island Romance
  • 10 Days North Island Romance

    Native forests, pristine beaches, warm hospitality, and the relaxed vibes of the North Island await.

    Spectacular diverse landscape, stunning natural scenery, and a welcoming community make New Zealand one of the top honeymoon destinations in the world. Also known as Aotearoa, which means the land of the long white cloud, New Zealand is a fantasy on earth. This 10-day New Zealand honeymoon package provides romance and intimacy plus great outdoor adventures for you to enjoy. Rotorua, Bay of Islands, Wellington are just some of the amazing places you will visit.

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    YOU PAY FROM AFTER GCASH TRAVEL CREDITS

    DESTINATION
    NEW ZEALAND
    THEME
    ROMANCE
    PRICE FROM
    NZD $3,189
    FLIGHTS INC.
    PACKAGE TYPES
    SELF-GUIDED
    PHYSICAL LEVEL
    4/10

    Trip Highlights

     

    There are so many spectacular experiences on this trip, but perhaps the highlight is the Lake Taupo cruise. Cruise the azure waters of the lake before witnessing the spectacular Maori Rock Carvings. Truly an unforgettable experience.

    Select package type:

    Sapphire Self-guided

    A marvellous, self-guided car trip for independent travellers!

    This suits singles, couples and groups of up to 8 people. We organise everything for you saving you a lot of time and money. You drive and follow the great itinerary we organise for you to make the absolute most of your holiday.

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    Sapphire self-guided package

    Sapphire package - self-guided from NZD $3,189pp twin-share [Save $1,308]

    Our base package class includes all of the essential trip elements including activities and allows you the option to choose from a range of other daily inclusions. Very high quality Bronze or Silver standard accommodation applies.

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    • Nature
    • Beach-side
    • On the water
    • Special interest
    • Shopping
    • Sightseeing
    • Rural towns
    • New cultures
    • Wildlife

    Tongariro Alpine Self-guided tour

    Explore the stunningly beautiful and popular area of Tongariro which is made up of 3 volcanic peaks on this self-guided audio tour. (Optional inclusion for class)

    Lake Taupo Sailing to the Maori Rock Carvings

    Cruise the sparkling waters of Lake Taupo on NZ's only commercial electric yacht and discover its natural wonders and hidden mysteries. (Optional inclusion for class)

    More trip highlights:

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    9 days car hire

    Embark on an epic self-guided adventure around New Zealand. Marvel at the spectacular scenery and discover everything this exciting destination has to offer.

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    Evening Tawharanui Bird Sanctuary tour

    With native forest, lush pastures, gorgeous coastal views and sandy beaches, it’s easy to see why the Kiwi call Tawharanui home. With the tour beginning at dusk, you’ll set off with your local guide in search of Kiwi by red torchlight. (Optional inclusion for class)

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    Wellington Cable Car & Lunch combo

    No trip to Wellington is complete without a quick historic journey on the Cable Car. Enjoy great views from the lookout and a delicious lunch at Cable Top Eatery at the end. (Optional inclusion for class)

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    Cape Reinga & 90 Mile Beach Tour

    A visit to New Zealand is not complete without a journey to the very top of the North Island – Cape Reinga (Te Rerenga Wairua). Uncover the wild beauty of this vast and untouched region, rich in Maori culture and tradition, on an action-packed full day return tour from Kerikeri.

    (Optional)


    View the itinerary for a comprehensive view of the trip highlights.

    Value Pricing

    Sapphire self-guided package
    Sapphire Self-guided
    A marvellous, self-guided car trip for independent travellers!
    From NZD $3,189pp twin-share [Save $1,308]
    • Return flights to Auckland International Airport (AKL)
    • 9 days car hire included
    • 10 days of touring and sight-seeing
    • 15 towns and other places of interest visited
    • 9 nights' top-class accommodation

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    Ruby self-guided package
    Ruby Self-guided
    A marvellous, self-guided car trip for independent travellers!
    From NZD $3,479pp twin-share [Save $1,433]
    • Return flights to Auckland International Airport (AKL)
    • 9 days car hire included
    • 10 days of touring and sight-seeing
    • 15 towns and other places of interest visited
    • 9 nights' top-class accommodation
    • 4 excellent excursions and activities

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    FAQ: Single, twin-share and more

    What is twin-share, triple-share and quad-share?

    The share-basis is about accommodation pricing. It does not mean that you share a room with a stranger.

    "Twin-share" is where two people occupy a hotel room (open-plan style) or other accommodation such as an apartment, usually a couple or two friends. This is the normal way accommodation is priced. The price is shared between two people. Most accommodation properties (eg. hotels) offer rooms with king, queen or double beds. Most offer the option of "twin" beds as well which actually means two single beds to accommodate singles sharing, couples wanting space and so-on.

    "Triple share" is where three people occupy the accommodation and share the price. "Quad-share" is where four people occupy the accommodation and share the price. Family apartments and hotel rooms usually include a king, queen or double bed and one or more single beds to handle triple and quad-share arrangements. Sometimes other bedding configurations are available as well.

    What is a seasonal adjustment?

    Some accommodation providers, especially in very popular holiday locations, have higher room rates for busy holiday periods (usually spring and summer holidays). We must make an allowance for those price variations if applicable.

    What is a single supplement?

    A "single supplement" applies to single travellers who want a room to themselves. Because the price is not shared, a "single supplement" applies. This additional amount is based on the single covering the entire accommodation component of the trip that would normally be split between two or more people.

    * All prices and payments are in New Zealand dollars (NZD). Currency conversions are estimated only. Prices are per-person on a twin-share basis unless stated otherwise and bookings are subject to availability. Price and deposit amount varies according to travel date. All prices are estimates only. A firm quote (travel plan) with payment terms will be submitted for consideration prior to agreement to proceed. Full booking terms and conditions are available here.

    Inclusions

     

    Covering an immense distance at a leisurely pace, this trip serves as the perfect getaway for those looking to unearth some of New Zealand's most serene delights and enjoy its abundance of exhilarating activities.

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    Sapphire Self-guided

    A marvellous, self-guided car trip for independent travellers!

    This suits singles, couples and groups of up to 8 people. We organise everything for you saving you a lot of time and money. You drive and follow the great itinerary we organise for you to make the absolute most of your holiday.

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    Sapphire self-guided package

    Sapphire package - self-guided from NZD $3,189pp twin-share [Save $1,308]

    Our base package class includes all of the essential trip elements including activities and allows you the option to choose from a range of other daily inclusions. Very high quality Bronze or Silver standard accommodation applies.

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    "Get ready for mammoth national parks, dynamic Maori culture, and world-class surfing and skiing. New Zealand can be mellow or action-packed, but it's always epic."

    This is a first-class itinerary that's fully flexible. Want more or fewer days or you want to include a special destination or activity? No problem, we’ll customise a travel plan for you.

    Inclusions list:

    Exclusions and options:

    • A professional tour director is available for medium to large groups
    • Meals can be arranged

    Other information:

    • Add extra nights wherever you want and pay the lowest member rates
    • Flexible group size (6 or more)
    • Tour director notes supplied for great organisation and more fun
    • Self-drive package available for couples
    • Hand-picked, top-rated hotels, all tried and trusted
    • Variety of optional excursions and tours

    All packages include:

    • No fees to alter the itinerary (you just pay for the adjusted itinerary)
    • Extra nights at industry wholesale price (using GCash travel credits)
    • Google Drive folder with soft copies of all travel documents
    • Personal travel consultant to help plan and customize your holiday
    • Comprehensive, printed itinerary and travel documents

    Other information:

    This tour package is entirely flexible and can be customised to suit your group's interests and number of participants.

    Some substitution of activities might be required subject to travel date and/or day of week as not all activities operate seven days a week.


    * All prices are per-person on a twin-share basis and bookings are subject to availability. Price and deposit amount varies according to travel date. If flights are shown as included then a flight cost provision (allowance) applies and is based on travel from Sydney, Melbourne or Brisbane. Travel can be arranged from any other major centre and for any number of people. All prices shown are estimates only. A firm quote (travel plan) with payment terms will be submitted for consideration prior to agreement to proceed. Total price after member discount (using Getaway Cash credits and Australian Escapes Free Flights Vouchers if applicable) is generally payable as follows: Deposit on booking, balance 120 days prior to departure. Packages can be priced for families and groups on request. Standard (retail) price comparisons are with similar packages offered elsewhere or what would be payable by a non-member for the same package. Travel insurance if included is a provision only and may be declined on requestTravel insurance pricing if stated is based on comprehensive travel insurance for two travellers aged 69 years or less as at the date of departure from Australia. No recommendations or advice are given in regard to travel insurance suitability. Travel Directions Pty Ltd (t/as Australian Escapes Holiday & Travel Club) standard booking terms and conditions apply to all booking enquiries and bookings and are available here to view (or visit our website and go to either the "Booking Enquiry" or "About Us" menu item.)

    Your Itinerary

     

    An itinerary filled with secret wilderness hideaways that will take your breath away! You'll love visiting lesser-known gems such as Matakana and remote Haka Falls as much as the iconic Rotorua, Bay of Islands and Tongariro National Park - this honeymoon itinerary delivers the best of Wild New Zealand.

    "People don't take trips, trips take people." - John Steinbeck

    Your day-to-day itinerary:

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    Sapphire Self-guided

    A marvellous, self-guided car trip for independent travellers!

    This suits singles, couples and groups of up to 8 people. We organise everything for you saving you a lot of time and money. You drive and follow the great itinerary we organise for you to make the absolute most of your holiday.

    READ MORE

    Sapphire self-guided package

    Sapphire package - self-guided from NZD $3,189pp twin-share [Save $1,308]

    Our base package class includes all of the essential trip elements including activities and allows you the option to choose from a range of other daily inclusions. Very high quality Bronze or Silver standard accommodation applies.

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    DAY 1
    AUCKLAND (1 NIGHT)

    Also known as Tamaki Makaurau, Auckland sprawls over volcanic hills and around twin harbours, offering an exhilarating mix of natural wonders and urban adventures.

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    Romance in Auckland

    Welcome to the land of the long white cloud

    Arrive Auckland (time to be confirmed).

    Auckland offers an urban environment where most people live within half an hour of beautiful beaches, hiking trails and a dozen enchanting holiday islands. Enjoy the city's sunny climate, a background rhythm of Polynesian culture and a passion for outstanding food, wine and shopping as you explore to your hearts content.

    Rooms with excellent views.
    A luxurious property in the heart of the city.
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    1 night accommodation in Auckland

    Auckland is New Zealand's most populous city and is a multi-cultural hub of food, music, arts, and culture. Centrally located, your accommodation provides a perfect base to explore this fantastic city to your hearts content.

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    DAY 2
    AUCKLAND - KERIKERI (3 NIGHTS)

    The Bay of Islands is a subtropical micro-region known for its stunning beauty & history. For those that love beaches and water activities, it's paradise

    Your hire car:

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    9 days car hire

    Embark on an epic self-guided adventure around New Zealand. Marvel at the spectacular scenery and discover everything this exciting destination has to offer.

    (Car type is subject to availability.)

    About today:

    Embark on a romantic holiday through NZ

    A secret hideaway by the ocean

    Today your New Zealand adventure truly begins. Pick up your comfortable rental vehicle and hit the road, taking a leisurely drive to the beautiful Kerikeri where your adventure begins. It’s a 3-hour trip with lots to see along the way. Make a stop at Matakana and visit the unique Sculpture Garden. It will amuse, inspire and delight you with over 750 works of art in gardens and galleries bursting with colour and creativity. Further down the road, enjoy a break in the coastal town of Whangarei.

    Upon arrival, pop the cork on a bottle of champagne and enjoy the stunning coastal views laid out before you. With three nights here, relax and let the world melt away: you have three nights to immerse yourselves in the natural wonders of this coastal paradise.

    Gorgeously styled rooms.
    A relaxing property with spectacular views.
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    3 nights accommodation in Kerikeri

    Kerikeri is a picturesque beach settlement north of the Bay of Islands. It's popular with surfers, divers and golfers alike. Kick back and relax in your private accommodation.

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    DAY 3
    KERIKERI

    About today:

    Relax beachside

    White sands, sea caves and bayside blues

    When you're ready, emerge from the comfort of your accommodation and stroll down to a nearby beach for a dip in the crystal clear waters. Why not rent out some snorkels and kayaks to explore the many coves and sea caves close by.

    If you’re in the mood to do nothing, lounge on the deck and let the rhythm of the ocean lull you to sleep. For the more adventurous, consider passing your time with golfing, scuba diving, or hiking the surrounding area.

    With your own private kitchen, you can easily prepare a romantic meal for two. Dine al fresco and watch the sun set, with a sweet soundtrack of local penguin calls.

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    Matauri Bay Scuba diving

    Dive amongst the wreck of the Rainbow Warrior before heading to one of the many great reef dive sites in the Cavalli Islands to explore the volcanic reef areas.

    (Optional NZD $302 Adult price)
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    18 Holes at Kauri Golf Course

    Kauri Cliffs was designed and built by David Harman of Golf Course Consultants, Florida. The par 72 championship golf course measures 7,139 yards/6,528 metres and offers five sets of tees to challenge every skill level. Play 18 holes at Kauri Golf Course, ranked #37 on Golf Digest Top 100 Greatest Golf Courses in the World.

    (Optional NZD $612 Adult price)
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    DAY 4
    CAPE REINGA

    About today:

    Venture out to Cape Reinga

    Where the ocean meets the sea

    A visit to New Zealand is not complete without a journey to the very top of the North Island - Cape Reinga (Te Rerenga Wairua). Uncover the wild beauty of this vast and untouched region that is rich in Maori culture and tradition on this optional full-day tour.

    As you travel north, enjoy a taste of New Zealand's varying and beautiful landscape: the rolling hills of Northland's rural countryside, breath-taking coastal views and native forest.

    Wander through the Puketi Kauri Forest and get up close to ancient and majestic giant kauri trees and native bush. Visit Cape Reinga and hear the stories of this significant site. Enjoy spectacular panoramic views, visit the iconic lighthouse, and see the point where the Tasman Sea and the mighty Pacific Ocean come crashing together.

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    Cape Reinga & 90 Mile Beach Tour

    A visit to New Zealand is not complete without a journey to the very top of the North Island – Cape Reinga (Te Rerenga Wairua). Uncover the wild beauty of this vast and untouched region, rich in Maori culture and tradition, on an action-packed full day return tour from Kerikeri.

    (Optional NZD $173 Adult price)
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    DAY 5
    KERIKERI - MATAKANA (1 NIGHT)

    The picturesque Matakana region is a foodie's heaven known for its weekend farmers market, boutique food shops and spectacular vineyards.

    About today:

    Matakana is a picturesque foodie haven

    Enjoy artisinal food and wine

    This morning, wave goodbye to your hideaway and drive south to the picturesque foodie haven of Matakana. Along the way, stop in at Whanganui and visit the highly rated and unique Claphams Clock Museum.

    One of Auckland's favourite getaway spots, Matakana is a great introduction to the sights and sounds of small town New Zealand. Here you can while away the hours browsing the gift shops and tasting local artisanal food and wines.

    The surrounding coastline is excellent with Pakiri Beach offering vast stretches of white sand or you can visit the sheltered shorelines of Snells Beach nearby - a perfect place to relax.

    In the evening, you have the option to join a local guide for a fantastic evening exploring the Tawharanui Bird Sanctuary, home to the New Zealand Kiwi bird!

    Enjoy the property's spectacular views.
    Gorgeous rooms with your own private deck.
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    1 night accommodation in Matakana

    Matakana Island is a blend of different landscapes - white sand surf beach, pine forest, farmland and tranquil harbour. Experience it all when you spend one night here.

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    Evening Tawharanui Bird Sanctuary tour

    With native forest, lush pastures, gorgeous coastal views and sandy beaches, it’s easy to see why the Kiwi call Tawharanui home. With the tour beginning at dusk, you’ll set off with your local guide in search of Kiwi by red torchlight.

    (Optional NZD $70 Adult price)
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    DAY 6
    MATAKANA - TAUPO (2 NIGHTS)

    Taupo is a sanctuary for those who need a quiet spell. Visit the area and you'll see evidence of the lake's fiery birth in the geysers, steaming craters and boiling mud pools. 

    About today:

    Visit the gorgeous Taupo

    Across lakes and mountains

    Travel onwards to Taupo via the heart of the Central North Island, heading south through the lush farmland of the Waikato and King Country regions.

    Pause in Rotorua to stretch your legs and marvel New Zealand's geothermal wonders. The bubbling mud pools, volcanic craters, gushing geysers and candy-coloured rock terraces must be seen to be believed. Don't worry that you don't have time to sightsee, you'll be back in a couple of days.

    Another great stop along the way is Huka Falls. Watch in wonder as a hundred-metre-wide river squeezes through a fifteen metre canyon. The explosive power of the resulting waterfall is an incredible sight.

    The Great Lake Taupo region is a nature-lover's paradise. Drink in the picturesque forest and mountain views: was it really only yesterday that you were on a subtropical beach? That's New Zealand!

    Spectacular views of the lake.
    Kick back and relax in style.
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    2 nights accommodation in Taupo

    The beautiful town of Taupo was created nearly two thousand years ago by a volcanic eruption. Spend some time exploring some of New Zealand's most visited attractions.

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    DAY 7
    LAKE TAUPO

    About today:

    Lake Taupo

    Sail to the Maori Rock Carvings

    Today you can explore the area at your own pace, or you can soak up the beauty of the region with an optional lake cruise aboard NZ's only commercial electric yacht. Once owned by Hollywood star Errol Flynn, this lovely old vessel will host you for an awesome cruise filled with fun and adventure.

    You will sail to Mine Bay to see 10-metre-high Maori rock carvings only accessible by boat. Created by local artists they are thought to be the largest of their kind in the world.

    Take in breathtaking scenery as you glide across stunning Lake Taupo. You can help to hoist the sail or take a turn at the wheel, go for a swim and stretch out on the luxury beanbags to soak up the sun.

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    Lake Taupo Sailing to the Maori Rock Carvings

    Cruise the sparkling waters of Lake Taupo on NZ's only commercial electric yacht and discover its natural wonders and hidden mysteries.

    (Optional NZD $53 Adult price)
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    DAY 8
    TAUPO - TONGARIRO NATIONAK PARK (1 NIGHT)

    A diverse and awe-inspiring landscape born from volcanic eruptions and carved by ice age glaciers, Tongariro National Park is a place of natural wonders and unforgettable experiences.

    About today:

    Tongariro National Park

    Experience hot pools & waterfalls at Tongariro

    Following an early breakfast, set your sights on nearby Tongariro, New Zealand's oldest National Park and a dual World Heritage area. This special place has outstanding volcanic features and is easy to explore. It is a place of extremes and surprises, ranging from herb fields to lush native forests, from tranquil lakes to desert-like plateau and active volcanoes.

    This unforgettable park offers many hiking options from shorter walks to waterfalls and fascinating volcanic features, including the crater of Ruapehu or the eight hour Tongariro Crossing, one of the top day walks in the world.

    Natural hot-pools are found throughout the park, for whenever you want a soothing spa.

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    1 night accommodation in Tongariro National Park

    Home to three active volcanic mountains, and iconic and majestic landscapes, Tongariro National Park has attracted adventurers of all ages since 1887.

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    Tongariro Alpine Self-guided tour

    Explore the stunningly beautiful and popular area of Tongariro which is made up of 3 volcanic peaks on this self-guided audio tour.

    (Optional NZD $21 Adult price)
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    DAY 9
    TONGARIRO NATIONAL PARK - WELLINGTON (1 NIGHT)

    Situated at the southern end of the North Island, Wellington, New Zealand, was recently named 'the coolest little capital in the world' by Lonely Planet.

    About today:

    Explore gorgeous Wellington

    Welcome to Wellington - "Our Cool Little Capital"

    It is a clear 4 hour drive down to Wellington, and the last part of the journey hugs a rugged coastline with scenic views out to Kapiti Island.

    Wellington is another of our Harbour Cities, situated at the southern most tip of the North Island. The Wellington vibe is creative and eclectic - the nation's top politicians rub shoulders with street performers in this lively cafe culture. Renowned for its arty atmosphere, Wellington is a real Kiwi cultural treat and numerous galleries and character-filled shops line its colourful streets.

    There is simply no better way to experience the hidden charm that Wellington has to offer than to take an optional cable-car ride from the heart of city center, up through the hillside terraced houses of Kelburn to the lookout perched high above the city. Providing easy-access to many landmarks, this ride is the perfect way to get to know the area.

    Wellington is also famous for having some of New Zealand's best restaurants - gourmet dining experiences here are truly world class. After settling in to your accommodation, kick back and relax, enjoying the rest of your day at leisure.

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    1 night accommodation in Wellington

    Situated at the southern end of the North Island, Wellington, New Zealand, was recently named "the coolest little capital in the world" by Lonely Planet. Your accommodation is the perfect base to explore this fantastic city for yourself.

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    Zealandia Night Wildlife Tour

    Explore the sanctuary by torchlight as your guide leads you in search of some of the more distinctive sights and sounds of New Zealand’s native forest. Experience many of the rare and endangered species and see those which only come out at night.

    (Optional NZD $92 Adult price)
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    Wellington Cable Car & Lunch combo

    No trip to Wellington is complete without a quick historic journey on the Cable Car. Enjoy great views from the lookout and a delicious lunch at Cable Top Eatery at the end.

    (Optional NZD $27 Adult price)
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    DAY 10
    RETURN HOME

    About today:

    Honeymooning in NZ

    Head home after an unforgettable experience

    Haere ra, goodbye, and bon voyage! Today we say farewell. Return your rental car to Wellington Airport where you will board your onward flight, taking with you the magical memories of a truly exceptional New Zealand honeymoon.

    Accommodation

     

    All accommodation is carefully selected to meet the high standards defined by our accreditation system. Read about our accommodation rating standards and the methods used to assess quality.

    Select package type:

    Sapphire Self-guided

    A marvellous, self-guided car trip for independent travellers!

    This suits singles, couples and groups of up to 8 people. We organise everything for you saving you a lot of time and money. You drive and follow the great itinerary we organise for you to make the absolute most of your holiday.

    READ MORE

    Sapphire self-guided package

    Sapphire package - self-guided from NZD $3,189pp twin-share [Save $1,308]

    Our base package class includes all of the essential trip elements including activities and allows you the option to choose from a range of other daily inclusions. Very high quality Bronze or Silver standard accommodation applies.

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    Accommodation standards applied:

    Auckland

    Rooms with excellent views.

    A luxurious property in the heart of the city.

    Auckland is New Zealand's most populous city and is a multi-cultural hub of food, music, arts, and culture. Centrally located, your accommodation provides a perfect base to explore this fantastic city to your hearts content.

    Example Property Type:
    Hotel
    Minimum Standard:
    Gold standard

    About this

    Gold standard: Self/externally rated as 4 to 5 stars. Average guest rating 4.3 or higher with 70 to 80%+ 4 to 5-star recent reviews. Very high standard of accommodation including luxury bedding options, top-class to luxury room decor, views from some or most rooms where available, high quality finishes and a wide range of facilities. Very high praise for staff or host(s) is mentioned in reviews. The hotel is in a safe, central location, surrounded by places of interest and offers an authentic local experience in design. Is very good to exceptional value for money.

    About Hotel Standards

    Typical Guest Rating:
    4.6 out of 5
    Example Room Type:
    Hotel room

    Kerikeri

    Gorgeously styled rooms.

    A relaxing property with spectacular views.

    Kerikeri is a picturesque beach settlement north of the Bay of Islands. It's popular with surfers, divers and golfers alike. Kick back and relax in your private accommodation.

    Example Property Type:
    Holiday Apartments
    Minimum Standard:
    Silver standard

    About this

    Silver standard: Self/externally rated as 3.5 to 4.5 stars. Average guest rating 4.0 or higher with 70 to 80% 4 to 5-star recent reviews. High to very high standard of accommodation including quality king or queen-sized bedding, quality room decor, views from some or most rooms where available, very good range and quality of facilities. Praise for staff or host(s) is mentioned in some reviews. The hotel is in a safe, central location, near to the main places of interest and offers above-average design. Is very good, to exceptional value for money.

    About Hotel Standards

    Typical Guest Rating:
    4.7 out of 5
    Example Room Type:
    Apartment

    Matakana

    Enjoy the property's spectacular views.

    Gorgeous rooms with your own private deck.

    Matakana Island is a blend of different landscapes - white sand surf beach, pine forest, farmland and tranquil harbour. Experience it all when you spend one night here.

    Example Property Type:
    Lodge
    Minimum Standard:
    Silver standard

    About this

    Silver standard: Self/externally rated as 3.5 to 4.5 stars. Average guest rating 4.0 or higher with 70 to 80% 4 to 5-star recent reviews. High to very high standard of accommodation including quality king or queen-sized bedding, quality room decor, views from some or most rooms where available, very good range and quality of facilities. Praise for staff or host(s) is mentioned in some reviews. The hotel is in a safe, central location, near to the main places of interest and offers above-average design. Is very good, to exceptional value for money.

    About Hotel Standards

    Typical Guest Rating:
    4.0 out of 5
    Example Room Type:
    Suite

    Taupo

    Spectacular views of the lake.

    Kick back and relax in style.

    The beautiful town of Taupo was created nearly two thousand years ago by a volcanic eruption. Spend some time exploring some of New Zealand's most visited attractions.

    Example Property Type:
    Hotel
    Minimum Standard:
    Silver standard

    About this

    Silver standard: Self/externally rated as 3.5 to 4.5 stars. Average guest rating 4.0 or higher with 70 to 80% 4 to 5-star recent reviews. High to very high standard of accommodation including quality king or queen-sized bedding, quality room decor, views from some or most rooms where available, very good range and quality of facilities. Praise for staff or host(s) is mentioned in some reviews. The hotel is in a safe, central location, near to the main places of interest and offers above-average design. Is very good, to exceptional value for money.

    About Hotel Standards

    Typical Guest Rating:
    4.9 out of 5
    Example Room Type:
    Suite

    Tongariro National Park

    Home to three active volcanic mountains, and iconic and majestic landscapes, Tongariro National Park has attracted adventurers of all ages since 1887.

    Example Property Type:
    Hotel
    Minimum Standard:
    Silver standard

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    Silver standard: Self/externally rated as 3.5 to 4.5 stars. Average guest rating 4.0 or higher with 70 to 80% 4 to 5-star recent reviews. High to very high standard of accommodation including quality king or queen-sized bedding, quality room decor, views from some or most rooms where available, very good range and quality of facilities. Praise for staff or host(s) is mentioned in some reviews. The hotel is in a safe, central location, near to the main places of interest and offers above-average design. Is very good, to exceptional value for money.

    About Hotel Standards

    Typical Guest Rating:
    4.2 out of 5
    Example Room Type:
    Cabin

    Wellington

    Situated at the southern end of the North Island, Wellington, New Zealand, was recently named "the coolest little capital in the world" by Lonely Planet. Your accommodation is the perfect base to explore this fantastic city for yourself.

    Example Property Type:
    Hotel
    Minimum Standard:
    Silver standard

    About this

    Silver standard: Self/externally rated as 3.5 to 4.5 stars. Average guest rating 4.0 or higher with 70 to 80% 4 to 5-star recent reviews. High to very high standard of accommodation including quality king or queen-sized bedding, quality room decor, views from some or most rooms where available, very good range and quality of facilities. Praise for staff or host(s) is mentioned in some reviews. The hotel is in a safe, central location, near to the main places of interest and offers above-average design. Is very good, to exceptional value for money.

    About Hotel Standards

    Typical Guest Rating:
    4.2 out of 5
    Example Room Type:
    Hotel room

    Carefully selected accommodation:

    Hotel Standards

    Read about our accommodation rating standards and the methods used to assess quality.


    Shown above are examples of the type and quality of accommodation to be supplied. When ready to proceed, we will confirm available accommodation at that time including any examples given here where possible. Any changes to accommodation will be approved by you prior to bookings being placed. Actual accommodation might need to be changed subject to availability and with the aim of working within the package price.

    FAQ's for This Package

    Yes, a provision for flights is included in this package. You can also use Australian Escapes Free Flights Vouchers at the rate of 1 per traveler to reduce the overall price.

    Pricing is based on a minimum of two travelers, however all of our travel and tour packages are fully flexible. Each is a TEMPLATE to be used as a framework around which you can customise an itinerary to suit. The minimum numbers are flexible as well and groups can be as small as two people for a self-guided holiday. After discussion, we'll go away and prepare a tour plan (including best value pricing) to suit your ideas and preferences.

    Accommodation is supplied in each overnight destination. It will be hotel style rated Silver Standard or above. This means, very high quality accommodation. Bedding is arranged to suit the number of persons staying. All accommodation is subject to change subject according to availability however it will be as central as possible and very high quality.

    We try to include as much as possible to avoid any surprises however some optional activities might be offered. Included activities are shown on each listing. Also shown are exclusions.

    The introductory package is self-guided (self-drive) and exclusive to your group. All tour packages are flexible. If you represent a club or other group, please click the "Enquiry" button to request pricing for your group size as pricing is often affected by the number of people.

    This tour includes attractions where a guide will provide information to enhance your experience. A professional tour director is provided and recommended for exclusive charters of 20 or more people. A group trip organiser may also fill this role.

    General Tour Package FAQ's

    Yes, the idea of our tour packages is to get you to the destinations on the itinerary where you can stay with the main group or go off on your own if you prefer. Flexibility is the essential ingredient.

    Yes. This is a great value self-guided (self-drive) tour package. You will be supplied with either a standard car or SUV according to the package inclusions. The idea is to use our itinerary as a guide. We take care of the flights, accommodation and other inclusions so you can focus on having a great time.

    Yes, however please ensure that you mention this requirement so we can be certain that arrangements are made where needed. You do need to be traveling with a person who will provide personal assistance.

    Yes, and if rain is forecast you should be prepared with a compact umbrella or rainproof jacket as preferred.

    Yes we do. Dietary requirements affect included set meals and will be taken into consideration during the planning process.

    All tours can be operated on a "Group-guided" basis. A complete "Tour Manager Notes & Guide" manual is supplied to the group leader (trip organizer). Included is a comprehensive daily itinerary, driver instructions and information about each part of your tour to enable you to provide entertaining commentary. Also included are checklists and reminders about daily tasks. The end-result is easy-flowing trip organisation, fewer issues and very happy tour participants. Overall it means less stress and a lot more fun for everyone.

    If a tour director is supplied in an example tour package it will be shown as an inclusion. But this is very flexible and if not included as standard, can be arranged if preferred. If you are part of a social group such as Probus, the trip organiser will often enjoy taking on this role. We provide comprehensive information and guidance for "hands-on" trip organisers. This includes a "how-to" guide and starter information about the places visited on the tour.

    Yes, definitely. All charter tour packages are simply "templates" as a starting point for customising a tour to suit. We then we apply the discounts available to you, your club or corporate group.

    All tour packages are flexible. Various options are already published. (See the Pricing section for the tour you are interested in.) "Join departure" tour types are tours where you can join a tour group leaving on various departure dates. This suit couples and singles. If you represent a club or other group, please click the "Enquiry" button to request pricing for an exclusive charter to suit your group.

    See a list of standard inclusions on the package details page. Some packages have two or three different package classes with different inclusions. Select the optional package class to see included activities. Optional activities are shown separately. Your travel consultant will discuss optional activities with you so you can decide what to include or leave out of your itinerary. You can also swap and change activities. A price variance might apply.

    "Self-guided" (self-drive) is a trip designed for singles, couples and groups of up to 8 people (such as two to four couples) traveling together using a single car or 7 to 12-seater van depending on group size. It means that you drive yourself on the trip. "Group-guided" means the tour is for a larger group on a bus with a professional driver and the group leader (trip organizer) as tour director. A professional tour director can be supplied if required. A "fully-guided" bus tour is operated by a driver-guide or tour director. There are usually preset departures that you can join. Fully-guided tours can also be arranged exclusively for a group and this is called a "group charter".

    One of the challenges in managing tour groups is making sure everyone can hear what is being said. Audio-guide equipment enables the tour guide or manager to communicate via microphone and headset with all members of the tour group. For groups of 12 or more a tour-guide system is recommended.

    We will recommend accommodation to meet your preferences. All accommodation is selected using our exclusive hotel rating system. You can then change the accommodation if preferred. Often you will also have a choice of accommodation types at the recommended accommodation properties. We'll find out your preferences in the early stages of planning your trip.

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    FAQ: Tour package types and flexibility

    What is a "Self-guided" tour?

    This means you are in full control of your trip including driving. You will have a rental car (uncluded in the package) to get you around. The vehicle size varies according to preference and/or group size. Self-guided is aimed at singles, couples and groups of up to 8 people.

    Our job is to organise most things for you in advance saving you a lot of time, stress and money. You'll receive a complete daily itinerary with lots of helpful information plus a FREE Lonely Planet guide to fill in the gaps. There is usually considerable flexible time at each destination enabling you to relax and enjoy the location and to do things spontaneously.

    What is a "Group-guided" tour?

    Group-guided is aimed at groups of 12 or more people. "Group-guided" means you or another person runs the tour as would a tour director. A tour coach and professional driver is supplied.

    The included "Tour Manager Notes & Guide" helps you run the tour, plus you receive a FREE Lonely Planet guide. Included is a complete daily itinerary with lots of helpful information as a well as a driver itinerary.

    We organise all aspects of the trip in advance saving you a lot of time and money and ensuring a smooth travel experience. There is usually considerable flexible time at each destination enabling you to relax and enjoy the location and do things spontaneously.

    What is a "Fully-guided" tour?

    Fully-guided tours are aimed at larger groups on a charter basis, the same as "Group-guided", except that the tour is run by a professional tour director.

    Transport is a tour coach and professional driver. We organise all aspects of the trip in advance saving you a lot of time and money and ensuring a smooth travel experience. There is usually considerable flexible time at each destination enabling you to relax and enjoy the location and do things spontaneously. A fully-guided tour means everyone can relax including the trip organiser.

    What is a "Join departure" tour?

    You join a fully-guided tour that starts on an available departure date. Small and large groups can join a departure, however the tour is focused on the interests of the broader group. You can appoint a leader specifically for your group if preferred to focus on separate interests.

    The tour is run by a professional tour director. Transport can vary from a 8 to 12-seater commuter bus, driven by the tour director, up to a 54-seat luxury coach with professional driver. We organise all aspects of the trip in advance and there is usually considerable flexible time at each destination enabling you to relax and enjoy the location and do things spontaneously.

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