2023: The Magnificent North Island with Bay of Islands (3326)

12 Days from Auckland to Wellington

From the iconic city sights of Auckland and Wellington, to the gastronomical delights of Waiheke Island and the Hawkes Bay, discover the best of New Zealand's North Island on this 12-day Cosmos getaway.

Nature-lovers will find plenty to get excited about on this tour, from the unique thermal mineral pools at Hot Water Beach to the stunning native forests found at Karangahake Gorge. As you make your way down the island, pay a visit to the mighty Huka Falls with its turbulent turquoise-hued rapids, and be sure to have your camera at the ready for the dramatic coastal views of Cape Kidnappers, home to the world's largest mainland gannet colony.

You'll also get a taste of New Zealand's finest food and world-class wines throughout your tour. Savor lunch overlooking magnificent ocean views at Stonyridge Winery on Waiheke Island; enjoy a craft beer tasting at Coromandel's Hot Water Brewery; sample local specialities at Hawkes Bay Brewing Co. and Mission Estate Winery; and delight in a celebratory progressive farewell dinner showcasing Wellington's vibrant food scene.

Start your time in New Zealand with a visit to the beautiful Bay of Islands. Your time here includes a full day excursion to Cape Reinga, a visit to the Waitangi Treaty Grounds, and the scenic Hole in the Rock cruise. There's plenty of time for you to kick back and relax or explore on your own. It's the perfect start to your visit to wonderful New Zealand!

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Tour Operator
Offer valid through 6/30/2023
12 Days
Escorted - Yes
Day 1AucklandKia Ora and welcome to New Zealand! The remainder of the day is at leisure to start exploring this exciting city on your own. Your Cosmos Local Host will be on hand to answer any questions and make suggestions for shopping, dining, and sightseeing.
Day 2PAIHIA (BAY OF ISLANDS)Today, travel to the beautiful Bay of Islands region. Discover the cultural heritage of New Zealand at the Waitangi Treaty Grounds and enjoy a traditional Maori welcome. This evening is at leisure. (B)
Day 3PaihiaExplore the top tip of New Zealand where the Tasman Sea meets the Pacific Ocean. See the iconic lighthouse, visit Ninety Mile Beach, and experience sandboarding, or digging for shellfish (conditions permitting). Return to Paihia where the remainder of the day is at leisure. You can choose to take a stroll on the beach, enjoy fresh seafood at a waterside restaurant, or take a scenic flight to see more of the area. (B,L)
Day 4PaihiaEmbark on a sightseeing cruise to view the 'Hole in the Rock.' Have the chance to see dolphins, penguins, and sea birds, and learn more about the rich history and culture of this region. The remainder of the day is at leisure. You may wish to spend more time on the water with a kayak or paddle board hire, browse the harbor shops, or take the Opua Forest Paihia Lookout Walk. (B)
Day 5AucklandThis morning, return to Auckland. Later, please join your Tour Director and travelling companions for a welcome meeting and drink featuring New Zealand wines and spirits. (B)
Day 6AucklandTake a short ferry ride to stunning Waiheke Island, home to beautiful beaches, boutique vineyards, and olive groves. Sightseeing includes tastings at a local vineyard, brewery and olive oil distillery. Lunch is served overlooking the vineyard at Stonyridge Winery. The remainder of the day is at leisure. Return to Auckland or you may also choose to explore more of Waiheke Island on your own. Your Tour Director will have suggestions for additional sightseeing, shopping, and dining. (B,L)
Day 7DevonportStart the day with a ride on New Zealand's steepest railway. Enjoy a captivating journey and be inspired by the story of one man's passion to bring art, conservation and engineering together to create the Driving Creek Railway. Afterward, visit the pottery studio of artist, Barry Brickell, for a demonstration. Next, experience the unique thermal mineral pools at Hot Water Beach. Here's your chance to relax and experience the natural phenomenon of creating your very own "hot tub" in the beach sand. Enjoy a stop for a craft beer tasting at Hot Water Brewing Co. Dinner tonight is at a local restaurant. (B,D)
Day 8TaupoEnjoy a walk at the Karangahake Gorge, take in the stunning views of the Waitawheta River and learn about the gold mining history of the area. Arrive in Rotorua and visit Te Puia to see bubbling mud pools, soaring geysers, and Maori craftwork. Be treated to a traditional Maori concert. Spend this evening just steps from the shores of beautiful Lake Taupo. (B,L)
Day 9NapierStart the day with a visit to a glass blowing studio where you'll witness a demonstration and have time to wander the sculpture garden. Next, enjoy a walk at Huka Falls, New Zealand's most visited natural attraction. In Napier, join a Local Guide for a tour of the city's famous art deco sites and learn how a tragic earthquake in 1931 resulted in Napier being one of the purest Art Deco cities in the world. Later, sample local specialties at Hawkes Bay Brewing Co. and Mission Estate Winery, New Zealand's oldest winery and the birthplace of New Zealand wine. Your evening is at leisure. (B)
Day 10NapierThis morning, take a walk along the Ahuriri Estuary Boardwalk past Maori totems and the home of over 70 species of water birds. Afterward, enjoy high tea at a heritage cafe overlooking the spectacular Hawkes Bay. The remainder of your day is at leisure. You may wish to cycle or take a stroll on the Marine Parade, hike to Bluff Hill to enjoy panoramic views of the sea, take a swim at Sandy Bay, or hear the fascinating stories at the historic Napier Prison. (B)
Day 11WellingtonThis morning, enjoy dramatic coastal views at Cape Kidnappers, home to the largest and most accessible mainland gannet colony in the world. Arrive in Wellington and enjoy an orientation tour of this capital city. Join your Tour Director for a celebratory farewell dinner this evening. The perfect ending to your holiday! (B,D)
Day 12WellingtonYour holiday ends with breakfast this morning. You may also choose to extend your time in Wellington and explore more on your own. Extra nights are available for purchase. (B)
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