Northern Explorer

12 Days
Auckland to Wellington
From (CAD)
$ 6,695
Dates & Pricing

2022/2023 Auckland > Wellington

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12 Day Itinerary

  1. Day 1 - Auckland

    Kia Ora and welcome to Auckland for your two night Special Stay. Celebrate the wonder of New Zealand at tonight’s welcome dinner.

    Meals Included: Dinner

  2. Day 2 - Auckland


    Choose from a range of Auckland’s attractions. Enjoy an exhilarating sail on an authentic America’s Cup yacht and be part of the crew, take the helm or simply sit back and enjoy the ride as you sail Auckland Harbour. Or, explore the wine and cuisine of Waiheke Island and enjoy tastings of olive oil, wine, as well as a vineyard tour. Alternatively, take a leisurely morning cruise of Auckland’s beautiful harbour and see highlights including Devonport and the Harbour Bridge, discover the Waitakere Ranges as you walk in the lush rainforest and stroll along the black sand beaches, choose to join a small group tour and discover the history and sights of Auckland or visit Auckland’s latest attractions the Weta Workshop Unleashed and the All Blacks Experience.

    Freechoice Dining

    Choose between a sunset dinner yacht cruise, Orbit 360 at Sky City, or dinner at the hotel’s Grand Millennium Brasserie.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  3. Day 3 - Auckland > Paihia

    Travel north across Auckland’s busy Harbour Bridge, along the Hibiscus Coast towards the Bay of Islands. Visit Matakohe’s award-winning Kauri Museum and gain an insight into the rich pioneering history of New Zealand’s Northland region. The museum specialises in the legacy of the ancient kauri forests, specifically the strong durable timber and the highly prized kauri gum. Continue to the Waipoua Forest, an ancient green world of towering trees and rare birds, and travel past natural gateways created by huge kauri trees and the fringing of colourful ferns along the road’s edge.


    The sense of awe you feel as you see the mighty T-ane Mahuta kauri tree for the first time is unforgettable. Listen to the interactive interpretation from your local Maori guide about the importance of the ‘Lord of the Forest’ to both the natural environment and the Maori people.


    Relax over an evening drink watching the sunset at Copthorne Bay of Islands.

    Your base for the next three nights is Paihia.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  4. Day 4 - Paihia


    Cruise the calm inland waters of the Bay of Islands with lunch included or enjoy a ferry ride to Russell, the birthplace of European settlement in New Zealand. Alternatively, discover the very best of the bay on a scenic cruise and journey through the Hole in the Rock (weather permitting) or join a Taste
    of the Bay tour.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  5. Day 5 - Paihia


    Travel to the very top of New Zealand – Cape Reinga. Explore the magnificent lighthouse and see where the waters of the Tasman Sea and the Pacific Ocean meet. Discover this remote and magical place of deep spiritual significance to the Maori then enjoy the thrill of travelling along Ninety Mile Beach and marvel at the immense sand dunes.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

  6. Day 6 - Paihia > Auckland

    This morning, discover Waitangi Treaty Grounds with a Maori guide.


    Be entertained by an authentic Maori cultural performance inside the meeting house.

    Return to your hotel Auckland.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

  7. Day 7 - Auckland > Rotorua

    Visit the Hobbiton™ Movie Set before arriving in Rotorua, home of Maori culture and bubbling mud pools. Later,  visit the National Kiwi Trust,  before your two night stay in Rotorua.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

  8. Day 8 - Rotorua

    Be amazed by Rotorua’s geothermal activity during a visit to Te Puia.


    Witness a sheep show, take an amphibious duck tour or relax in the geothermal pools. Alternatively, enjoy the view from Skyline Rotorua while wine tasting.

    Tonight, immerse yourself in Maori traditions at an authentic hangi dinner.

    Optional flight - Take a floatplane flight over Mt Tarawera (additional expense, please book prior to departure).

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  9. Day 9 - Rotorua > Napier

    Witness the force of nature at Huka Falls before seeing the magnificent Lake Taupo.


    Take a walking tour of Napier’s Art Deco buildings, view the famous landmarks of Napier during a vintage car tour or discover a diverse range of animals at the National Aquarium.


    Meet the makers at a special wine tasting and dinner at Mission Estate Winery.

    Enjoy your overnight stay in the home of Art Deco, Napier.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  10. Day 10 - Napier > Wellington

    Head south to the town of Greytown in the Wairapa region. Continue to Wellington for a two night stay.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  11. Day 11 - Wellington


    Take an in-depth journey of Te Papa to discover the treasures and stories of New Zealand.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

  12. Day 12 - Wellington

    It’s time to bid a fond farewell to your new friends and the wonders of New Zealand.

    The itinerary is a guide only and may be amended for operational reasons. As such Scenic cannot guarantee the tour will operate unaltered from the itinerary stated above. Please refer to our terms and conditions.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

Tour inclusions

Handcrafted luxury inclusions
  • Fully escorted group touring
  • 5 exclusive Scenic Enrich experiences
  • Your choice of 20 Scenic Freechoice activities and dining
  • 1 Scenic Sundowners event
  • 1 memorable Scenic Special Stay
  • 20 meals – 11 breakfasts (B), 2 lunches (L) and 7 dinners (D)
  • Expert Tour Director and knowledgeable local guides
  • Return airport transfers
  • All tipping and gratuities

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