Aroha luxury New Zealand Tours
7 Day - Essence of North Island Tours
top hotels and great locations
Waiheke Island, Lake Taupo, Palister bay
Experience the highlights of New Zealand's North Island. Stay in luxury accommodations, eat great food and enjoy a good glass of wine in Waiheke Island. The tour includes a private boat tour on the Larges Lake in the country Lake Taupo and personal Maori Cultural experience with a 4WD into the wilderness of the Kaimanawa Ranges. Travel Comments
*This Tour can start in any of the 2 main centres of Auckland or Wellington.
*We can add days or reduce the travel time to your request.
*We can add or change suggested activities to your special needs.
All tours are private, depart daily, and can be customized to suit individual interests and schedules. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 0064-21-890611 for more information about our luxury New Zealand tours. Our Vehicles Travel Guide Profiles
Day 1: Auckland arrival – Ferry to Waiheke Island (White sand beaches, winery and food tour )
You will be met on arrival at Auckland International Airport by your Aroha NZ Tours Representative, and transferred to your accommodation in our luxurious vehicle. Begin your tour in Auckland, a city of harbours, islands, beaches and volcanic hills. We have organized today a private wine-tour to the Island's most respected vineyards. A “small is beautiful” philosophy” yields low quantities of extremely high quality fruit, which is made into internationally award-winning wines. With tastings at our best boutique wineries, the secrets of Waiheke's stunning world-wide success in fine red wines will be revealed to the interested visitor. You'll come away with a deep appreciation of the vintner’s art and an understanding of the terrier, the weather and the tides of tradition which make up this art. You'll learn which are the vintages to look out for and be able to purchase the best for your cellar direct from the vineyards. A natural complement to the fine wines you can taste on your tour is the range of hand-made specialty foods and locally grown produce. As well as the many international award-winning olive oils, you can sample island delights such as succulent oysters straight from Te Matuku Bay, freshly roasted island coffee, wild honey and the famous local green herb spread.On Saturdays, your tour could include a visit to the Waiheke Market, where you can purchase sun-ripened local produce, freshly squeezed juices, warm French pastries and crêpes, just-baked artisan breads, organic cheeses and a huge variety of locally made dukkahs, fruit chutneys, jams and pickles. A typical tour would include a visit to 3 vineyards followed with lunch at a fourth vineyard. Accommodation: Waiheke Island - Delamore Lodge or Boatshed (superior), Breakfast on the Beach (luxury)
Day 2: Waiheke Island (Day for relaxing)
Enjoy your first full day in “Aotearoa” New Zealand. There are many activities to choose from. Waiheke Island is renowned for its diversions from city life. Island life means beaches, golf, horseback riding, arts and crafts shops, bars, cafés, restaurants, world-renowned vineyards and olive-groves. For water-lovers there is swimming, diving, kayaking, fishing and sailing. And for those willing to leave land and sea behind, why not take a scenic flight or even a tandem paraglide?(Optional and extra charges) At the lodge itself you can take a stroll along our own bush walk down to the bay or just laze on your private patio. You can take a dip in the chest-high Jacuzzi, have a sauna, or treat yourself to a massage, beauty therapy, or homeopathy from our in-house therapist. Or Highly recommended: (Optional) We can organise a private charter vessel to take you for a cruise in the Auckland harbour and the Hauraki Gulf. The classic gentleman’s luxury 47 foot launch gives you a chance to experience the “City of Sails” first hand. Watch the fairy-tale lights of Auckland City passing by while dining and cruising the Auckland Harbour. Accommodation: Waiheke Island - Delamore Lodge or Boatshed (superior), Breakfast on the Beach (luxury)
Day 3: Auckland – Waitomo Caves - Lake Taupo (Private Glow-worm caves tour, Private charter boat /cruise on Lake) With private driver - driving distance 3h
In the morning, we travel south through the lush green rural farm land of the Waikato region, the rich and fertile pastoral land of the Waikato is one of New Zealand’s major dairy producing and horse breeding areas, and host to incalculable stands of exotic timber. One of the major attractions of the Waikato region is the famous Waitomo Caves (translation: "where the water disappears into a hole in the ground"). Enjoy a short shuttle ride to the cave while your experienced guide reveals the rich history of Waitomo. Then, take a short walk through breath taking New Zealand native bush to the cave entrance. There, your guide lights the candles setting the scene for an intimate cave experience, where you will see glow-worms up close, cave formations up close and appreciate the beauty of Footwhistle Cave (also known to local Maori as Te Anaroa Cave). The solar powered lights are kept low so you can appreciate the magnificent glow worm displays at their best, only inches away. Around a corner lie the bones of one of New Zealand's lost treasures, the ancient Moa. The soothing sound of Footwhistle cave stream flows in the darkness below. Formation lights are especially turned on to cast a warm glow over stunning cave formations. The guide tells the stories of the insect life that live here - titiwai, the glow worm, and tuna, the eel. After enjoying a relaxed stroll through the cave, you'll be seated in Footwhistle's Cathedral to see it lit up by a dazzling magnesium torch. Although the display only lasts a few seconds, your memories of the Footwhistle Cave will last a lifetime. In the afternoon take a private charter trip on the nearby Lake in Taupo. A luxury vessel can take you to the many isolated coves and bays fringing the edges of the great lakes. Here you can fish for Rainbow trout, swim and picnic near the beautiful crystal-clear water. The area is home to some of the finest Rainbow and Brown trout in the world. The challenge of landing one can be met with the assistance of your own fishing guides. Highly recommended (Optional/instead of Waitomo Caves): In the afternoon we can arranged a helicopter flight and landing on an active volcano “White Island (optional and extra charge). Situated 50 kilometres offshore, this active island volcano constantly emits a cloud of steam and periodically erupts to a greater extent expelling volcanic ash several thousand metres into the atmosphere. (This is the most active volcano in New Zealand) The main vent is below sea level and protected by crater walls. You can walk right inside its main crater just above sea level with a minimum of physical effort and without undue risk. This allows you to experience at first hand nature's immense power as gas and steam burst up from far below the Earth's crust. An adventure tour you will not forget for a long time. Accommodation: Taupo - Huka Lodge (superior) or The Point Villas, Hilton Hotel, Chalet Eiger or Acacia Cliffs Lodge
Day 4: Lake Taupo (4WD day trip to the Kaimanawa Range, Cultural experience) with private guide- driving distance 4h return
This takes you on a Māori bush journey back through the ages, as you learn about the land, the history and significance of Māori Kai (food).The day culminates in a delicious Hangi feast using authentic Māori gathering techniques and cooking methods in this great outdoor wilderness; incorporating elements of the Native Bush and the Native Kitchen experiences. Your personal guide Tom will share traditional knowledge, legends and stories as the day unfolds. From Tamau Pa you have exclusive access to a magnificent native wilderness. This wilderness has remained unchanged for thousands of years. With unspoilt views and breath-taking natural beauty you can explore the tranquil sub-alpine homeland of the Tuwharetoa Iwi (tribe). Take the opportunity to learn about the flora and fauna, how the Māori utilised it and how they lived from the land and what Nature provided. The area was used as a trading route for centuries before the Europeans arrived as tribes traded seafood and valuable rocks used to make tools and weapons. Discover the region’s significance to its Ngati Tuwharetoa kaitiaki (tribal caretakers) as you walk the land and learn about the legends and history. Highly recommended (Optional): Horseback riding to the area. Accommodation: Taupo - Huka Lodge (superior) or The Point Villas, Hilton Hotel, Chalet Eiger or Acacia Cliffs Lodge
Day 5: Taupo –domestic flight to Wellington – Pallister Bay (Private city tour, or private area tour of Martinborough) with private local guide - driving distance 2h
You will be picked up from your accommodation to be taken to the domestic Airport in Taupo to take a flight to Wellington. Arrive in Wellington, the political and cultural center of New Zealand and one of its most attractive and interesting cities. New Zealand’s capital city is nestled between rolling hills and a stunning harbour, and has a vibrant and compact downtown area that's best explored on foot. Get your city bearings and some of Wellington’s best views at the Mount Victoria Lookout. The city is home to Te Papa, the national museum, which tells the story of New Zealand’s history through bold and interactive exhibits. Visit the dynamic and interactive National Museum of NZ - Te Papa on the waterfront. In Wellington you’ll discover an amazing range of cafes, art galleries, theatres, attractions and a humming night. From your stay ride the historic Wellington Cable Car to the Botanic Garden. From Wellington drive to Martinborough and the winery region of Wairarapa. Wairarapa is a region of big skies, wide valleys and small towns, full of character. Home of Peter Jackson(Lord of the Rings) and also making headlines in the moment as James Cameron (Titanic and Avatar) is making his new home there. Visit Greytown, a Victorian country village with metropolitan panache plus great food and coffee. If time allows visit the most Southern parts and coast-line and Palliser Bay – see the spooky Putangirua Pinnacles, photogenic fur seals and Cape Palliser Lighthouse. In the afternoon you are being transferred to Palliser Bay. There, spend several days at a sprawling seaside estate located on a secluded 5,000-acre sheep station. Again relax and get pampered with an indoor massage or swim in the indoor pool. (Optional) Accommodation: Palliser Bay - Wharekauhau Lodge (superior)
Day 6: Palliser Bay (Private 4wd sheep station tour, Day for relaxing)
No visit to Wharekauhau is complete without a tour of this classic Romney sheep station. Explore the far reaches of Wharekauhau Country Estate in four-wheel drive comfort. Our farm tour features all the activities which make up New Zealand’s legendary farming heritage, including sheep shearing and sheep dogs in action. (2h) In the afternoon you options are multiple. Travel up Lake Onoke to the Ruamahunga River by jet boat , travel along the black sand beaches with your own 4WD quad bike, try yourself at Clay target shooting or Archery or discover the best spots to fish (surfcasting). (Optional on request, extra charges) Accommodation: Palliser Bay -Wharekauhau Lodge (superior)
Day 7: Wellington departure driving distance 2h
Your guide will take you to your departing flight in Wellington.
As a matter of course, we do not publish prices for these luxury tours as they can vary enormously for tailor-made travel. There are a number of factors which will influence the price of your travel arrangements: these include the standard of hotel (we offer a variety of premium to the super-luxurious), the season, the level of private guiding/transfers and the complexity of the itinerary. Our specialists will be delighted to discuss the various options in more detail with you.