North Island Tours

Our North Island tours offer truly diverse holiday experiences; from vibrant cities to serene beaches or areas rich in history and culture.

Journey through landscapes that blend lush forests and rugged mountains, magnificent coasts and beaches, sprawling farmlands and geothermal wonders.

Tuesday 20 April – Monday 26 April 2021  ~ East Coast to Wellington Explorer (7 Days)

The Wairarapa is a farming area east of the rugged Tararua Ranges where sheep graze and in the south fine wines are produced.  The coast is wild, noted for fishing, surfing, and seals.  Orchards and market gardens sell from roadside stalls while the commercial centre of Masterton hosts the annual Golden Shears International Shearing Competition.  Many fine private mansions and gardens are open to the public as well as numerous arts and crafts outlets.

COST:  From $2,785 per person

Book and pay in full by Monday 21 December 2020 and receive a $100 discount per person

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Tuesday 20 April – Friday 30 April 2021  ~ East Coast to West Coast (11 Days)

Take a coastal journey around the North Island from the east to the west.  Our first stop is Napier where we have plenty of activities  to enjoy before moving through Central Hawkes Bay to the Wairarapa with trips to Castlepoint and more.  Commemorate Anzac Day while we are in Wellington before travelling North along the Kapiti Coast and across to Whanganui and New Plymouth.

COST:  From $4,370 per person

Book and pay in full by Monday 21 December 2020 and receive a $150 discount per person

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Saturday 24 April – Friday 30 April 2021  ~ Wellington & West Coast Landscapes (7 Days)

Join us on our tour of Wellington and the West Coast of the North Island.  Commencing in Wellington our first few days celebrates ANZAC day in our Capital City before travelling north taking in sights along the way in each location that we visit.  With three two night stays in Wellington, Whanganui and New Plymouth the pace of the tour is very relaxed.  This tour can be extended with our Forgotten World Tour.

COST:  From $2,730 per person

Book and pay in full by Monday 21 December 2020 and receive a $100 discount per person

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Friday 30 April – Sunday 2 May 2021 ~ Forgotten World (3 Days)

Join with us on our adventure to the Forgotten World. Travelling south on State Highway 3 we enjoy the history of two rural towns – Otorohanga & Te Kuiti. We see the Kiwiana collection and visit the Otorohanga Kiwi House & Native Bird Park.  Nestled within the deep hidden valleys of New Zealand’s Forgotten World Highway is the ultimate way to explore rural New Zealand – travel along the decommissioned Forgotten World Highway-rail line and enjoy a completely different perspective than travelling by road. Seated in the comfort of a specially adapted railcar, we travel along decommissioned railway lines, through tunnels, over bridges and rivers and to townships that time forgot. We will experience the first ten tunnels on the Forgotten World line and take a thrilling boat ride on the majestic Whanganui River.

COST:  From $1,335 per person

Book and pay in full by Thursday 31 December 2020 and receive a $75.00 discount per person!

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Friday 14 May – Sunday 16 May 2021 ~ Great Barrier Island (3 Days)

Journey with us to one of the most unspoiled places you will ever find; an amazing island full of native flora and fauna, something unique to this special place.  Escape to tranquillity – escape to Great Barrier Island!  While on the island enjoy a full day touring visiting sights including Tryphena Harbour, Claris, Glenfern Sanctuary and much more.

COST:  From $1365 per person

Book and pay in full by Thursday 14 January 2021 and receive a $75.00 discount per person!

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Tuesday 18 May– Saturday 22 May 2021~ Hawkes Bay Historic Homes (5 Days)

The Hawkes Bay is home to a wide variety of houses built during 1870-1914 and our five day tour will give you an excellent chance to experience first-hand, the story of New Zealand’s formative years by visiting beautiful houses of the period – many of which are still in the hands of the families they were built for. We also enjoy a guided art deco walking tour exploring the interior and exterior of the beautiful art deco buildings of Napier.

COST:  From $1,975 per person

Book and pay in full by Monday 18 January 2021 and receive a $75.00 discount per person!

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Friday 16 July – Monday 19 July 2021  ~ Winter Art Deco Weekend (4 days)

We are delighted to offer an alternative tour option for the main Art Deco Festival which was cancelled earlier this year due to Covid-19. The Winter Art Deco Festival is held annually in July and has previously featured everything from a stylish ball, a vintage cocktail evening, world-class jazz performances, a casino night, dining experiences at Art Deco restaurants, along with fashion, radio plays and polished vintage cars. You will have plenty of time in Napier to enjoy the themed activities of the festival. Our tour also includes a scenic drive around the Hastings Art Deco Buildings, a beautiful dinner at Mission Estate Winery and a guided tour on board a vintage Art Deco Vehicle.

COST: From $1350 per person

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Art Deco vintage car tour

Monday 2 August – Thursday 5 2021~ Central Plateau & Forgotten Highway (4 Days)

Celebrate winter in the heart of the Tongariro Volcanic Plateau, including two nights at the iconic Chateau Tongariro. Our journey also takes us through the Forgotten World Highway. On this stretch of road, we wriggle our way over four mountain saddles, through an eerie one-lane tunnel along a sinuous river gorge to Stratford, and our last night will be spent in New Plymouth.

COST:  From $1,710 per person

Book and pay in full by Friday 4 April 2021 and receive a $75.00 discount per person!

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Chateau Tongariro in the winter snow

Wednesday 18 August – Monday 23 August 2021~ Bay of Islands & Northland Getaway (6 Days)

Journey with us this spring to the Bay of Islands, rich in culture and history and blessed with a pristine natural environment. While touring this beautiful destination we visit Rawene, Russell one of the oldest European settlements in New Zealand, the Waitangi Treaty house and view Ngatokimatawhaorua, enjoy a cruise of inland waterway of Opua & Okiato and much more…

COST:  From $2,220 per person

Book and pay in full by Tuesday 20 April 2021 and receive a $100.00 discount per person!

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Cape Reinga Lighthouse, New Zealand

Friday 3 September – Wednesday 8 September 2021~ Northland Gardens, Art, Sculptures and History (6 Days)

Take a springtime break and escape to subtropical Northland for a creative exploration of the region. We include a wide range of gardens, sculpture parks, and historic sites along with some popular sightseeing activities and attractions throughout the region. Join your likeminded fellow travellers for dinner on most evenings to compare thoughts and inspirations generated from your travels.

COST:  From $2,200 per person

Book and pay in full by Thursday 6 May 2021 and receive a $100.00 discount per person!

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Cape Reinga Lighthouse, New Zealand

Thursday 30 September – Sunday 3 October 2021 ~ Wellington Wearable Arts (4 Days)

Journey with us to Wellington to experience the magic of the World of Wearable Arts show. This captivating theatrical extravaganza is an internationally renowned design competition that attracts entries from over 40 countries. Anything that is wearable art can find a place on the stage, as long as it is original, innovative and well executed. Enjoy time out in Wellington before the show, and relax in the seaside city of Napier before returning home. 

COST:  From $1470 per person

Book and pay in full by Thursday 19 August 2021 and receive a $75.00 discount per person!

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Saturday 30 October 2021 – Wednesday 3 November 2021 ~ Taranaki Garden Festival (5 Days)

Awaken your senses with an impressive array of gardens. The Taranaki Garden Spectacular showcases a dynamic display of private & public gardens and we plan to visit as many as we can while in the region, including the world renowned Pukeiti. We also travel further south to Wellington stopping at the outstanding Paloma Gardens in Whanganui and concluding with a visit to Wellington Botanic Gardens.

COST:  From $1,815 per person

Book and pay in full by Friday 2 July 2021 and receive a $75.00 discount per person!

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Friday 5 November – Sunday 7 November 2021 ~ Forgotten World (3 Days)

Join with us on our adventure to the Forgotten World. Travelling south on State Highway 3 we enjoy the history of two rural towns – Otorohanga & Te Kuiti. We see the Kiwiana collection and visit the Otorohanga Kiwi House & Native Bird Park.  Nestled within the deep hidden valleys of New Zealand’s Forgotten World Highway is the ultimate way to explore rural New Zealand – travel along the decommissioned Forgotten World Highway-rail line and enjoy a completely different perspective than travelling by road. Seated in the comfort of a specially adapted railcar, we travel along decommissioned railway lines, through tunnels, over bridges and rivers and to townships that time forgot. We will experience the first ten tunnels on the Forgotten World line and take a thrilling boat ride on the majestic Whanganui River.

COST:  From $1,425 per person

Book and pay in full by Thursday 8 July 2021 and receive a $75.00 discount per person!

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Friday 12 November – Sunday 14 November 2021 ~ Great Barrier Island (3 Days)

Journey with us to one of the most unspoiled places you will ever find; an amazing island full of native flora and fauna, something unique to this special place.  Escape to tranquillity – escape to Great Barrier Island!  While on the island enjoy a full day touring visiting sights including Tryphena Harbour, Claris, Glenfern Sanctuary and much more.

COST:  From $1365 per person

Book and pay in full by Thursday 15 July 2021 and receive a $75.00 discount per person!

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Wednesday 22 December – Monday 27 December 2021 ~ Bay of Islands Christmas Escape (6 Days)

Join us on a Christmas tour to the beautiful Bay of Islands on our Christmas Escape. We spend our first night at Castaways Resort looking over Kariotahi Beach before continuing our travels to Whangarei and Paihia where we will spend Christmas Day. A delicious lunch is included at a local restaurant in Paihia, and we’ll also experience on R Tucker Thompson, a traditional gaff rigged schooner for a full day of sailing including a barbeque lunch.

COST:  From $2,245 per person

Book and pay in full by Tuesday 24 August 2021 and receive a $100.00 discount per person!

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Glamping ocean view from Castaways