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New Zealand North Island Discovery

From £1715 for 8 days
Trip Overview
Be immersed in New Zealand’s indigenous Maori culture, including sampling the local Kai (food) and meeting Maori (first nation) people. Be awed by unique natural attractions of the central North Island including active volcanoes, geothermal features; bubbling mud pools, geysers and natural hot pools. This trip will educate and give you insight into the cultural integration of Aotearoa and in depth knowledge of how Maori lived pre European settlement.
Essential Info
Starts: Arrival day Auckland
Ends: Auckland departure day
Ages: Min 15
Theme: Discovery
Trip Code: IPHCNN
Activity Level:     
Countries visited: New Zealand
What's Included

Meals

5 Breakfasts included
1 Lunches included
1 Dinners included

Transport

Private vehicle

Accommodation

Hotel (6 nights) Marae - traditional multi-share lodge (1 night)

Trip Highlights

•   Get off the beaten track and explore the lesser visited East of the North Island

•   Experience immersive Maori culture by spending a night in a Marae - a traditional house with Hangi dinner

•   Feel like you are in another world by taking a journey on the 'Forgotten World' rail, a disused Heritage Railway line now travelled either in pedal power or electric custom built buggies.

•   Stay in 3.5 - 4* hotels and unique accommodation

•   See the light installation amongst the Redwoods

•   Visit the Waitomo caves and see the glow worms

Dates & Availability
Start date
End date
Price
Availability
Departing: 6th Feb 2019
Returning: 13th Feb 2019
£1,715pp
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Availability: Good
Itinerary & Notes
Kia ora! Welcome to New Zealand. Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 6.00 PM on Day 1. Please look for a note in the hotel lobby or ask the hotel reception where it will take place. If you can't arrange a flight that will arrive in time, you may wish to arrive a day early so you're able to attend. We'll be happy to book additional accommodation for you (subject to availability). If you're going to be late, please inform the hotel reception. We'll be collecting your insurance details and next of kin information at this meeting, so please ensure you have all these details to provide to your leader. Auckland is New Zealand's largest city with a population of just over one million people. There is a distinct Pacific flavour to the 'City of Sails' and this can be seen in the streets and the local markets. The vibrant waterfront region, built to its current state for the America's Cup sailing challenges, is now a well-frequented local bar and restaurant hub. If you have extra time you might like to take a day trip to one of the many outer islands found in the Hauraki Gulf. This trip doesn't spend much time in Auckland so we recommend you arrive a few days prior so you can explore. Spend the evening getting to know your new group over an optional dinner, if you wish.
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