Thurs 24th Dec Auckland to New Plymouth
Departing from Auckland, our coach travels via Hamilton to collect our fellow Bay of Plenty and Waikato travellers. The journey takes us through the King Country townships of Te Kuiti and PioPio, through the spectacular Awakino Gorge and onto the West Coast. On a clear day we might catch glimpses of Mt Taranaki as we drive down the coast to New Plymouth. Arriving at the Devon Hotel and unpack for your four night stay.
Devon Hotel, New Plymouth 4 nights
Fri 25th Dec Picnic in the Park Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Today we discover some of the natural sights of New Plymouth and surrounding areas. A Delicious Christmas picnic lunch is enjoyed in the park. This evening enjoy a sumptuous Christmas dinner with all the trafitional trimmings before we transfer by coach to Pukekura Park as it is transformed into a magical and enchanted night time wonderland lit by thousands of lights. Leaving the park we will take a tour around the suburbs that have decorated and lit up their homes for the Festival of Lights.
Sat 26th Dec Around the Mountain
Today we tour around the mountain. At Stratford we stop to view the performance of Romeo & Juliet within New Zealand’s only Glockenspiel clock. Stratford’s central clock is unique in the world for its Shakespearean theme. We visit Tawhiti Museum, a unique museum which is widely acclaimed as the best private museum in the country. The museum uses life size exhibits and scale models to present our heritage in realistic and engaging displays, with something to interest everyone, even those that don’t usually visit museums. Returning to New Plymouth via the coastal road we take the short drive off the main road to the Cape Egmont lighthouse (access permitting).
Sun 27th Dec Sightseeing
Today our we enjoy a tour of New Plymouth including the Fernery in Pukekura Park, the coastal walkway and a tour of eMacadamia—a macadamia nut orchard. The nut tour takes us from the orchards to the nut processing factory and finishes with a tasting of the nutty products before we check out the rum distillery on site. We have a short informative tour of the distillery, sample the products and finish the day with a refreshing rum based cocktail before returning to the hotel.
Mon 28th Dec New Plymouth - Auckland
Today returning home we stop in Waitomo and take a tour through the famous Waitomo Caves, discovering the underground limestone caverns and formations, and marvelling at the galaxy of tiny living lights in the Glowworm Grotto.
A delicious BBQ lunch is enjoyed at Roselands Restaurant situated on farmland panoramic views over the native bush and Waitomo countryside.
A delicious picnic lunch is enjoyed in a local park on Christmas Day.
Christmas Dinner will be in the evening followed by a trip to view the lights in Pukekura Park.