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North Island Four-Day Highlights Tour from Auckland

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    What to Expect
    Day One

    Meet and Greet at Auckland International Airport and transfer to your Auckland central city hotel. You'll have the remainder of your day and evening to explore at your leisure.  

    Day Two

    Depart Auckland and begin your action-packed day at the famous "Hobbiton" film set. On arrival at Shire’s Rest you embark on your Hobbiton movie set tour. This location is the largest “green set” in the world and a beautiful natural setting. You’ll see 44 hobbit holes, the mill and double arch bridge, the party tree, Bilbo’s house “Bag End,” and the Green Dragon Inn. Finish the visit by enjoying a delicious Hobbiton-style themed buffet lunch, fit for a hobbit, at the Shire Party Marquee.

    Next, visit Ruakuri Glowworm Caves, a stunning limestone cave formation. Journey down through the spectacular spiral entrance, and marvel at the softly folding shawl-like limestone formations and crystal tapestries. Hear the distant thunder of the subterranean waterfalls, and get up close to the glowworms. Ruakuri Cave is New Zealand’s longest guided underground walking tour.

    Arrive back to Auckland early evening.

    Day Three

    One of New Zealand’s top destinations, the Bay of Islands, is located north of Auckland. The Bay of Islands is a subtropical aquatic wonderland made up of 144 islands, and is also home to the Waitangi Treaty Grounds. Depart Auckland by road and see the small rural townships and rolling countryside as you make your way to the city of Paihia.

    Enjoy a guided tour through part of the 506 hectare Waitangi National Trust Estate which was gifted to the nation in 1932. The site is known as the location of the historic treaty signed in 1840 between the Maori and European people that shaped the nation. View a magnificent Maori Meeting house and the largest war canoe in the world.

    After a short ferry ride, you will be transported from the vibrant seaside resort of Paihia to the historical town-ship of Russell, once the hub of European settlement and now a big-game fishing base. Originally the first capital of New Zealand and a busy whaling community, Russell is a popular destination where visitors can enjoy a local sightseeing tour and hear interesting stories of its past.

    Return to Paihia by ferry with time to explore the busier side of the bay with its shops and arcades. You may even see a big game fish being weighed in at the wharf. Then rejoin your coach bus for the return journey to Auckland in the early evening.  

    Day Four

    Morning at leisure. Tour concludes at hotel upon check out.
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    Auckland International Airport
    Departure Time
    7:30 AM
    Duration
    4 days
    Return Details
    Tour concludes at hotel upon checkout
    Inclusions
    • 3-nights accommodation
    • Lunch at Hobbiton
    • Driver/guide
    • Air-conditioned vehicle
    • Entry/Admission - Waitomo Glowworm Caves
    Exclusions
    • Food and drinks, unless specified
    • Gratuities
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
    • Infants must sit on laps
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Children must be accompanied by an adult
    Cancellation Policy
    If you cancel at least 7 days in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee. If you cancel between 3 and 6 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 50 percent cancellation fee. If you cancel within 2 days of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.

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    By: Leisure Tours
    327 reviews
    JAK1211
    Vienna, Austria
    30
    Great day in Dunedin
    This was a great way to get an overview of Dunedin and then head out on the peninsula to see wildlife. We picked
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    TurleyFamilyholiday
    10
    Absolutely fantastic trip for all ages
    We had the wonderful Scotty as our guide. We were in a large group of people aged from 7 years to 79 years and we
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    dorthyhookem
    Llano, Texas
    40
    Boring
    The bus ride was long and boring. Not much commentary from driver. Sites were not worth the time or cost of the
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    Helen S
    10
    The hot mud pools were my highlight.
    Unfortunately the bus provided was small and cramped, we had absolutely no leg room. Our legs were up against the
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    AvzTravelz
    10
    Dunedin Snapshot
    As a group of 10 (adults and children) what a fantastic day with tour guide Davina. Learning about Dunedin City
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    D3378SWmichaell
    10
    Waipara winetour
    Very pleasant winetour with plenty of tasting. Greystone and Pegasus are very good wineries, Waipara springs
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    716christinan
    50
    Blown Away
    Finding our tour organiser was simple - we were given clear instructions and updates through the TripAdvisor app -
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    PashkaS1
    Moscow, Russia
    81
    A quick tour of the Waipara Valley wineries
    It was a quick and fun tour on the 4 wineries in the Waipara valley. The guide was fun and knowledgeable. Got to
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    Peter M
    20
    The history and the scenic surrounds
    The amazing history of how the town came to be and the geological formations created by volcanic actions.
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    SewingGolfer
    Aiken, South Carolina
    60
    Don't Take This Tour if You're Taller that 5'5"
    The tour bus seated sixteen people. The seats were narrow with virtually no leg room. My husband I and were so
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    338LSK
    Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida
    328
    Visit to Akaroa and Christ Church
    Tour guide was extremely knowledgeable about both Akaroa and Chrsit Church. Christ Church is quite a distance from
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    dwlw1611
    Hoi An, Vietnam
    20
    Lovely day out
    Loved the tour. Guide Dennis was amazing and told us so much about nz. Very interesting to see how Christchurch
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    peter2432019
    10
    Not enough time
    Transfer from the ship was dealyed, so we arrived at 1032 at the meeting point, our bus had already left and we
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    gverazzo
    London, United Kingdom
    31
    Waipara Wine Trail
    Lovely locations and wines. We were impressed by the history of the vineyards and the fact that they were family
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    Travel447186
    10
    beautiful afternoon
    Good wine, great lunch. Everyone was friendly. Enjoyed touring with a couple from Australia. The region is mostly
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