Northern Explorer

On this 12 day tour from Auckland to Wellington, experience the best of New Zealand's north island. Visit the Bay of Islands, Cape Reinga, Rotorua & Napier.

12 Days
Auckland to Wellington
From (CAD)
$ 6,295
$ 5,895
Dates & Pricing

2019/2020 Auckland > Wellington

Myth and legend come alive

The North Island is a wonderland of history, culture and myth. From ancient Maori legends to the beginnings of European settlement, there are a host of intriguing stories to unearth during your time here.
The vibrant city of Auckland bids you kia ora. Spend time sailing its beautiful harbour, walking the black sand beaches of the west coast or taking in the sights on a city tour, before travelling towards the Bay of Islands. Here you’ll find Tane Mahuta, a 2,000-year-old kauri tree, and enjoy the sweeping sunset over Hokianga Bay. Visit the significant Waitangi Treaty Grounds before heading to Rotorua. Known for bubbling mud pools, shooting geysers and natural hot springs, it also showcases captivating M-aori culture. The magnificent Art Deco town of Napier awaits before you end your journey in the national capital Wellington. You’ll leave no stone unturned during this quest for the essence of the North Island.
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12 Day Itinerary

  1. Day 1 - Auckland

    Kia Ora and welcome to Auckland for a two night stay. The wonder of New Zealand begins here. Tonight, celebrate your journey with a 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 and beer 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, or discover the Waitakere Ranges, as you walk in the lush rainforest and stroll along the black sand beaches. Or, choose to join a small group tour and discover the history and sights of Auckland.

    Freechoice Dining

    Your dining choices for tonight include a sunset dinner yacht cruise, Orbit 360 Restaurant at Sky City or dinner at the hotel’s Grand Millennium Brasserie.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  3. Day 3 - Auckland > Omapere

    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 Tane 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.


    Watch the sunset on Hokianga Bay with a drink on the terrace of your hotel in Omapere.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  4. Day 4 - Omapere > 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.

    Your base for the next two nights is Paihia.

    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 Ma ori guide.


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

    Return to your hotel in Auckland for an overnight stay.

    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, for a two night stay.

    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 flight to Mt Tarawera including a volcanic landing. (Additional expense).

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  9. Day 9 - Rotorua > Napier

    Witness the force of nature at Huka Falls before cruising magnificent Lake Taupo. Enjoy your overnight stay in the home of Art Deco, Napier.


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

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  10. Day 10 - Napier > Wellington


    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 aquatic animals and wildlife at the National Aquarium.

    Continue to Wellington for a two night stay.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  11. Day 11 - Wellington

    Explore Wellington’s sights on your city tour before visiting the National Museum of New Zealand, Te Papa.


    Take an in-depth journey of Te Papa to discover the treasures and stories of New Zealand, told with authority and passion. Concludes with kapu ti – a hot drink and traditionally inspired food.

    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.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

Tour inclusions

Handcrafted luxury inclusions
  • Small group touring with no more than 40 guests
  • 5 exclusive Scenic Enrich experiences
  • 1 Scenic Sundowners event
  • Your choice of 20 Scenic Freechoice activities and dining
  • 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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