Kia Ora and welcome to New Zealand! On arrival you will be met by your Scenic Tours Representative and transferred* to your hotel. Tonight meet your Tour Director and fellow travellers at a briefing followed by your Included Welcome Dinner.
Two Night Special Stay: Auckland
Today is your Included SCENIC FREE CHOICE activity, select from: (1) an exhilarating sail on Auckland Harbour on a real America’s Cup yacht – no experience necessary; or (2) explore Waiheke Island’s history, nature, beaches and food; or (3) a morning tea cruise of the ‘City of Sails’ harbour; or (4) visit Waitakere Ranges, walk in the rainforest and along the west coast’s black sand beaches; or (5) discover Auckland on a small group sightseeing tour. Tonight is your Included SCENIC FREE CHOICE Dining evening, select from: (1) Eight, offering eight open world kitchens; or (2) Harbourside Seafood Bar and Grill; or (3) a sunset dinner yacht cruise (limited availability).
This morning drive to Matakohe for your Included tour of the fascinating Kauri Museum. Learn about the history of the early pioneers, then take a short trip to Waipoua Forest to see the ancient kauri trees. SCENIC ENRICH Discover the mighty Tane Mahuta kauri tree, thought to be at least 2,300 years old and listen to your local Maori guide who will entertain you with legends and stories of this region. Continue your journey to Omapere set on the shores of Hokianga Harbour, believed to be where Maori voyagers made landfall. Enjoy the spectacular views before Included dinner with local entertainment.
Overnight Stay: Omapere
Take the short drive to Pahia and the Bay of Islands. Enjoy your Included SCENIC FREE CHOICE activity, select from: (1) a lunch cruise around the calm inland waters of the bay; or (2) a tour of quaint and historic Russell and Pompallier; or (3) discover Kerikeri and its history and charm; or (4) cruise to Cape Brett Lighthouse and through the ‘Hole in the Rock’ (weather permitting).
Two Night Stay: Bay of Islands
Enjoy your Included full day adventure to Cape Reinga, the northern most point of New Zealand’s North Island. Wander over to the magnificent lighthouse and see where the waters of the Tasman Sea and Pacific Ocean meet. Explore this remote and magical place of deep spiritual significance to the Maoris, before continuing to the vast stretch of 90 Mile Beach and the immense sand dunes.
Enjoy your Included visit to the Waitangi Treaty Grounds, where in 1840 the founding document of New Zealand as a nation was signed by the first Governor and an assembly of Maori chiefs. SCENIC ENRICH:
Join your knowledgeable Maori guide for personal insights and be enchanted by an authentic Maori cultural performance including waiata (singing) inside the beautifully carved meeting house. Return to Auckland, where your tour concludes tonight with your Included transfer to the airport for your onward or homebound flight. (Flight not included. Please book flights for after 7.00pm).
*Check transfer entitlements with your travel agent. For guests who have already received documentation - refer to your booking summary.