3rd - 8th October 2021
|Sunday 3rd Auckland to National Park
This morning you will be collected from your Auckland address and transferred to the coach departure point. Departing Auckland we head to Gordonton where we visit Zealong Tea Estate. The tea estate, a Waikato icon, is the only commercial tea estate in New Zealand, producing 100% organic tea. Our tour quide will lead us along the tea trail through the history of tea as we learn how it is picked & processed. Enjoy a tea tasting with a High Tea lunch, before continuing on our way to National Park for our overnight stay at the Grand Chateau Tongariro.
Chateau Tongariro, Whakapapa 1 nightMonday 4th National Park to Masterton
From the central North Island plateau at National Park we travel through the magnificent gorges and spectacular scenery of the Mangaweka and Rangitikei regions as we continue to the Wairarapa and Masterton via the Te Apiti Wind Farm lookout.
Copthorne Hotel, Masterton 2 nightsTuesday 5th Wairarapa
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Today we explore the Wairarapa. A light lunch is enjoyed at Gladstone Vineyard whilst sampling a selection of locally produced wines. This afternoon we visit Stonehenge, a working replica of the mysterious 4,000 year old monument on the Salisbury Plains of England. Specifically designed for the southern hemisphere, we discover, on a fascinating guided tour and informative talk, how ancient cultures used the sun, moon and stars to work out the seasons for planting and hunting as well as navigation.
Wednesday 6th Wairarapa to WellingtonBreakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Today we travel through the quaint and delightful townships of Featherston and Martinborough. Stopping in Greytown we visit the Cobblestones Museum & view the collection of Victorian buildings housing fabulous displays of artifacts, photographs and information from the days of the early settlers. Be sure to check out the print shop and try your hand at printing. Time for a quick visit to Schoc Chocolate Shop before visiting Juno Olives for a tour and informative talk on growing and producing olives. Sample the award winning oils, and discover the many health benefits associated with olive oil. We then have an informative wine tasting in Martinborough at a premium winery before enjoying lunch at the Lake Ferry Hotel on the shores of Palliser Bay, famous for its fresh fish and chips. Situated on the shores of Lake Onoke, overlooking Palliser Bay, the Lake Ferry Hotel is one of the oldest licensed hotels in New Zealand. Leaving the Wairarapa we head over the Rimutaka Ranges and into Wellington.
West Plaza Hotel, Wellington 2 nightsThursday 7th Wellington Sights & WOW Show
This morning join the Wellington City Highlights tour taking in some of Wellingtons most famous landmarks and icons, as well as visiting the most spectacular vantage points for views of the city and harbour. This evening we are transferred to the TSB Bank Arena for the stunning World of WearableArt Awards Show, an extravaganza of design, light, sound, theatre and dance.
Friday 8th Wellington to Hometown
This morning is at leisure to visit the Museum, Botanic Gardens or enjoy browsing the shops. This afternoon we transfer to Wellington airport for your flight home.
The tour of Zealong Tea Estate is 60-90 minutes duration and will involve walking.
The tickets to the World of WearableArt show are premium tickets, located centre/Block C, and include a beautiful souvenir programme.