Tour 202A TRAVEL BY TOUR COACH
Hobbits, lunch at the Green Dragon inn Party Marquee, Glowworms, Geysers,, culture, sheep show, kiwis, gondola, Waiotapu.
3 days/2 nights. Departs Auckland daily except Christmas Day. Minimum one passenger.
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Thank you for organising my trip. I had a great time. Everything went very smoothly and the weather couldn't have been better. On saturday I had a lovely driver to Taupo who showed me everything I wanted to see. A great success all round. Thanks again. (U.O. United Kingdom)
7.45am. Check in with Great Sights hostess at the Skycity coach terminal, 102 Hobson Street, behind Skytower. (Inner city hotel pickups if required).
Day 1. AUCKLAND - HOBBITON - WAITOMO - ROTORUA. (L)
8.00am Depart aboard your Great Sights tour coach. Drive south over the Bombay Hills to the Shires Rest, gateway to the Hobbiton Movie Set. Join your local specialist guide for a short drive through part of the picturesque 500 hectare (1,250 acre) sheep and cattle farm and your guide will escort you through the 10 acre Movie Set. See the Hobbit Holes, Bag End (Bilbo and Frodo Baggins home), Party Tree, Lake, The Mill, and the Green Dragon Inn and learn how the Waikato farmland was transformed into the Shire from Middle Earth. Enjoy a cold drink at the Green Dragon Inn and a buffet lunch fit for Hobbits in the Green Dragon Inn Party Marquee. Continue on to Waitomo Caves for a tour of the main limestone cave to see the stalactites and stalagmites and cruise through the glowworm grotto (45 minute tour). Continue to Rotorua arriving about 6.00pm. You will be taken to your accommodation for 2 nights with buffet breakfast.
Dinner is not included and the evening is free to visit 'Eat Street' or other restaurant or relax In the thermal pool.
Day 2. ROTORUA (BD)
7.15-7.30am. You will be picked from the hotel by Great Sights.
Enjoy a guided tour of the Te Puia thermal area to see bubbling mud pools, famed Pohutu geyser, and visit the carving and weaving school. Continue to the Agrodome farm show to see a sheep being shorn, cow being milked, and sheep dog working. Walk through the native forest at Rainbow Springs Nature Park and you will almost certainly be able to see our endangered native kiwi bird, and other New Zealand wildlife. Take a ride on the gondola to the Skyline cafe high on the mountain for a panoramic view over Lake Rotorua and the opportunity to ride the luge if you wish (luge extra expense). Return to the hotel mid afternoon and you have free time to relax in the thermal pool or explore the town.
5.45- 6.10pm You will be picked up from the hotel by Mitai Maori Village bus. Enjoy a fabulous evening with the Mitai whanau (family). See a war canoe paddled up the stream, enjoy a scintillating introduction to pre european Maori cuilture and dance and a traditional steam cooked hangi dinner. You will be taken back to your hotel about 9pm.
Day 3. ROTORUA - TAUPO – AUCKLAND (B)
Please check out and leave your bags at reception.
Drive south to the Waiotapu thermal area – most colourful in New Zealand. Explore the coloured terraces and see Lady Knox geyser play. Continue through part of the Kaiangaroa pine forest to Taupo. Visit the Aratiatia Rapids, Wairakei Geothermal Valley, Honey Hive, and Huka waterfall. There is time for an exciting jet boat ride, optional bungy jump, or scenic flight by float plane over the volcanic mountains and ski fields of the central North Island, and lunch. All activities and lunch own expense. Return to the hotel between 3pm and 4pm.
5.00pm. Depart Rotorua aboard Great Sights Coach arriving Auckland 8.10pm. You will be dropped off at any inner city accommodation.
Tour cost per person in New Zealand dollars:
2 per room $1,190. 3 per room $1,150. Single room $1,350.
Tour cost includes:
** All travel by driver escorted Great Sights tour coach and local operator to Taupo.
** 2 nights accommodation and buffet breakfast in Rotorua
** 1 lunch at Hobbiton
** 1 hangi dinner and Maori concert at Mitai Maori Village.
** Sightseeing admissions to Hobbiton Movie Set, Waitomo Glowworm Cave, Te Puia Thermal area, Agrodome, Rainbow Springs, Skyline Gondola, Waiotapu
ADD TONGARIRO NATIONAL PARK GRAND CHATEAU
Transfer to the Grand Chateau saturday afternoon for 1 night accommodation and breakfast and return to Auckland aboard the "Northern Explorer" train sunday afternoon arriving 6.50pm
Extra cost per person. 2 per room $490. Triple room $470. Single room $630.
2 DAYS/1 NIGHT - return to Auckland on the evening of day 2.
This option excludes Maori concert and hangi dinner. Return to Auckland may be by scheduled coach.
Tour cost per person: 2 per room $990. Triple room $950. Single room $1,120.
Day 3. ARRIVE WELLINGTON.
Depart Taupo mid afternoon by scheduled Intercity coach and travel along the shores of Lake Taupo and across the Desert Road with fabulous views of the central North island volcanoes in fine weather..Arrive Wellington mid evening and you will be transferred to your accommodation.
Day 4. WELLINGTON (B)
Morning tour of the capital city includes the summit of Mt Victoria for a panoramic view over the city, South Coast beaches, Botanic Gardens, Parliament Buildings, a ride on the cable car, and Te Papa, Museum of New Zealand. Free afternoon for your own explorations.
Option: Full day Lord of the Rings tour including Weta Workshop tour and many locations from the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit Films including Outer Shire, Isengard, Rivendell, Dunharrow Plateau, River Anduin, Helms Deep, Minas Tirith, Plus visit Weta cave Museum and the "Window into the Workshop" exhibition. - extra cost $100
Day 5. WELLINGTON DEPART (B)
Our arrangements end after breakfast. Transfers not included.
Tour cost includes:
2 per room $490 3 per room $430 Single room $650