Rotorua - A geothermal wonderland - Scenic/Relaxing
A scenic and cultural experience -
DURATION: 5 Days
TOUR TYPE: North Island
TOUR START: Wellington
TOUR REGION: Wellington, Rotorua
TOUR ENDS: Wellington
from: NZ $1,925
Wellington is the gateway to the South Island from the north, and in the heart of the country, it places us in prime position from which to start our tours.
You will enjoy more places to see and visit in any direction, starting from Wellington.
A five-day escorted coach tour starting from Wellington with a great introduction and orientation of Wellington city on the day of your arrival. After settling down in your accommodation, you will visit Mt Victoria the highest lookout point in Wellington where you can enjoy a spectacular 360 degree view of Wellington city followed by a visit to Te Papa, a world class museum displaying New Zealand's culture of the past and present. The next day you'll be departing from Wellington, where the adventure begins as you explore the central North Island's popular destination of Rotorua.
This tour is perfect for those wishing to do a relaxing bus tour with a touch of adventure on a scenic journey to Rotorua. Enjoy photo stop opportunities and small town comfort and refreshment stops as we pass through mountain ranges on this route to Rotorua, the cultural capital of New Zealand. Taupo will be one of the highlight stops on the way. Lake Taupo is the largest freshwater lake in Australasia. From here you can enjoy a refreshment stop at the famous Prawn Farm and Restaurant and visit one of New Zealand's most popular Manuka honey shops before travelling on to Rotorua.
Rotorua is a geothermal wonderland. This tour in Rotorua includes the thermal & cultural highlights of the North Island. Enjoy a guided tour at Waiotapu, New Zealand's most colourful volcanic area.
Experience a mineral and mud spa at Hells Gate which is unique in the world, it's also known by the Maoris as a place of wellness.
You have some afternoons free in Rotorua to relax or visit some other local attractions at your own leisure, or you can join one of our guides (in your leisure time) visiting some of Rotorua's most beautiful gardens and a lakeside walk.
Next day - Enjoy an easy-guided nature walk at one of Rotorua's most popular attractions of the magnificent redwood forest.
The Polynesian Spa, Here you can enjoy a different variety of geothermal hot pools with fantastic lake views.
Experience a traditional Maori Concert & Hangi dinner where your dinner is cooked underneath the ground!
On your last day, heading back to Wellington and stopping on route at the famous Huka Falls is a great way to end your adventure before continuing your coach journey back to our capital city Wellington.
(Your tour guide team will be close by at all times to assist and support you throughout your holiday experience)
Prices are per person and include: Coach travel, Accommodation (5 Nights) (Breakfast & Dinner with the Quality hotel option) Te Papa Museum, Sightseeing, Waiotapu Thermal Wonderland, Polynesian Spa, Maori Hangi Culture (Meal & Concert), Redwood Forest Nature Walk and the Huka Falls.
International airfares & expenses of a personal nature such as beverages, travel insurance and laundry. (Some additional activities with our guide in your own leisure time)
Tours with Airfare Options
If you wish for us to organise your return flight for this tour, we would be more than happy to do so. Please contact us
, or tick the (Flight enquiry) box highlighted on the booking form. We will contact you to organise your return flight. The cost of your return flight will be an added charge to this tour.
Quality Hotel: 5 Nights
THE MUSEUM HOTEL IN WELLINGTON AND THE NOVOTEL HOTEL IN ROTORUA ARE OUR CHOICE OF ACCOMMODATION FOR THIS TOUR
Prices here include tour and accommodation with 2 meals a day.
Single: NZ$2,975 per person
Double: NZ$2,675 per person
Triple: NZ$2,475 per person
Contact us about our special group discount offer.
Tourist Motel: 5 Nights
THE APOLLO LODGE IN WELLINGTON AND THE BK MOTOR LODGE IN ROTORUA ARE OUR CHOICE OF ACCOMMODATION FOR THIS TOUR.
Prices here include tour and accommodation without meals.
Single: NZ$2,325 per person
Double: NZ$2,125 per person
Triple: NZ$1,925 per person
Contact us about our special group discount offer.
Prices valid for travel from 1st October 2016 - 30th September 2017
Your credit card will be charged in New Zealand Dollars. Other currencies displayed are automatically calculated and are approximate values only.
|Arrive in Wellington|
On your arrival at Wellington Airport, you will be met and greeted by our NZ Tour Adventures representative and taken to your accommodation where you can unload your luggage and relax. Soon after, you can enjoy a guided tour around our capital city of Wellington which includes a fabulous scenic view of Wellington city from our highest lookout point on Mt Victoria. From there you'll visit Te Papa Museum a short distance from your accommodation. We are proud of our world class museum which displays the finest of our past and history. Return to your accommodation to relax before your journey continues the next day.
|The journey to Rotorua|
Your tour starts from 8am with a comfortable 6 - 7 hour scenic bus journey traveling up to the central North Island en route to Rotorua. On the way you will enjoy spectacular countryside scenery with flexible photo stop opportunities and small town comfort and refreshment stops. Passing mountain ranges and travelling through the barren Desert Road where, on a clear day, you get wonderful views of the towering peaks of Mt Ngauruhoe, Tongariro and Ruapehu, a beautiful mountain range called Mt Ruapehu. Next stop: Taupo, a popular tourist attraction on the fringe of the largest fresh water lake in Australasia. Here you can enjoy a refreshment stop at the famous Prawn Farm and Restaurant and a visit to one of New Zealand's most popular Manuka honey shops. Another hour from here you will arrive at Rotorua, the cultural capital of New Zealand where you are taken to your accommodation to unload and relax. Your accommodation is in the center of Rotorua, where you can walk easily through the town center at you own leisure and enjoy the local attractions, or you can join your guide (in your leisure time) for a visit to the Polynesian mineral hot pools.
|Waiotapu-A Geothermal Wonderland and Hells Gate (Mineral mud Spa)|
Your tour starts at 8am. A 30 minute coach drive brings you to Waiotapu, a place of stunning geothermal activity, a thermal wonderland of roaring geysers and boiling mud pools. And what a wonderland it is. There is a first class visitor centre with retail and café facilities. Early afternoon is set aside for you to enjoy bathing in a variety of mineral and mud hot pools at Hells Gate. A perfect place to enjoy nature’s gift. Indulge yourself in additional spa therapies such as massage therapies, facials and body scrub & polishes using the unique grey geothermal mud of Hells Gate. Unique mud spa products are available at Hells Gate. After returning to your accommodation, you are free to relax in Rotorua or visit some other local attractions at your own leisure, or you can join your guide (in your leisure time) visiting some of Rotorua's most beautiful gardens and a lakeside walk.
|Redwood Forest Nature Walk and Maori Culture Hangi (Meal and concert)|
Your tour starts at 9am. A short distance from your accommodation is another one of Rotorua’s most popular attractions: a walking track rated one of the top 10 in the world. A guided tour starts through the beautiful Redwood Grove under the magnificent, towering Californian Coastal Redwoods. Well-formed tracks that take up to an hour (return) of easy walking. Suitable for most ages and fitness levels. On return, you have time to relax at your own leisure for a few hours or enjoy more mineral hot pool therapy at the Polynesian Spa. At 6pm you visit Tamaki Maori Village who operate an authentic introduction to Maori culture, a Maori cultural concert performance and a free Maori Hangi, which is food cooked underground.
|The journey back to Wellington
This morning at around 8am, you'll depart Rotorua on a bus journey traveling down the central North Island en route back to Wellington. On the way you will enjoy the same spectacular countryside scenery as you did on the way up. Another highlight on your return travel will be a short visit to the famous Huka Falls just north of Taupo. A footbridge right at the top of the Huka falls puts you in a prime position to get a close up view and witness the incredible display of more than 220,000 litres of water blasting by every second. The trip continues with flexible comfort, refreshment & photo stops. Your journey continues back to Wellington where you are taken back to your accommodation. Your accommodation is in the center of Wellington where you can walk easily through the town and enjoy the local attractions at your leisure.
For those returning to their home country on this day, your tour hosts will take you to Wellington Airport from your accommodation 2 hours before your departure from Wellington to your connecting flight from Auckland or Christchurch.
|Suggested items to bring|
Due to the sometimes unpredictable and changeable nature of our weather, we suggest you may bring, good walking shoes, warm jacket, sun hat and sun protection lotion.
Dates for this Tour
|7 - 11 August 2017|
10 places available!
|18 - 22 September 2017|
10 places available!
Addons and extras for this tour
Huka Falls 30 minute Jet boat ride.
See the Huka Falls video on this page under Highlights.
Inclusions and Highlights
- Airport meet & greet
- Quality coach tour
- Fully guided & escorted
- 5 Nights
- 4½-5 star quality hotels
- 5 Breakfasts
- 5 Dinners
- (Buffet style breakfasts & dinners) with the quality hotel option.
- Te Papa Museum, Wellington
- Scenic coach tour
- Manuka Honey Shop
- Prawn Farm and restaurant
- Huka Falls
- Hells Gate mud and mineral hot pools
- Polynesian spa
- Waiotapu Geothermal Wonderland
- Maori cultural hangi (meal and concert)
- Redwood Forest nature walk