Handcrafted with a laid-back pace, this luxurious 11-day excursion will showcase the best of the North Island for senior travelers. A vacation to New Zealand’s North Island embraces both the journey and destinations. Spectacular landscapes unfold from train windows, Maori culture enlivens charming destinations, and Pacific bliss rolls along the coast. From charming Wellington to Ninety Mile Beach, you will journey across some of the greatest landscapes on Earth.
Wellington – A Te Papa Maori Welcome
Today, you will land at Wellington’s international airport, where you will be met by a local representative. It will be a very short transfer to your luxurious accommodation in the heart of the city, and you will land on New Zealand’s North Island, which is the home of the Maori. These indigenous people traveled south from the Pacific and made a home here. With a Maori storyteller, you will travel through the ages, listening to the tales of sailors, warriors, and how the Maori repelled early colonial invasions. There will be a passion to the storytelling, and by settling into the history, you will enjoy the best possible welcoming to New Zealand.
Wellington – A Wellington Immersion
Wellington – Leisurely Day on Kapiti Island
National Park – The Northern Explorer Train
National Park – Helicopter Tour of White Island
Auckland – Train Journey Through Tongariro
Paihia – Tea in Matakana
Paihia – Sailing around the Bay of Islands
Kaitaia – A Charming Town and Maori Stargazing
Kaitaia – 4WD Trip Across Ninety Mile Beach
Auckland – Departure
- Ride the Northern Explorer train across the North Island, which is the most relaxed way to discover the island’s ancient landscapes
- Luxuriate during a relaxing day of cruising through the Bay of Islands on a private yacht
- Indulge in tea in Matakana and wander around the charming town of Mangonui
- Be welcomed to New Zealand with an enchanting and immersive Maori experience at Te Papa
- Discover the old-world charm of Wellington with three nights in the world’s cutest capital
- Helicopter to White Island and Mount Tarawera, which is the most accessible way to explore North Island’s active volcanoes
- Meet the Maori in a forest of Kauri trees and learn how they navigate by the Southern Sky
- Feel wilderness allure during a 4WD excursion across Ninety Mile Beach
- Admire the birds and tranquility of Kapiti Island during a day-trip from Wellington
New Zealand’s North Island has some magnificent destinations. Wellington is possibly the world’s cutest capital city and a place of laid-back rambling and enchanting cafes while Paihia is a symbol of Pacific bliss, where golden beaches and lazy afternoons go hand in hand. The North Island is made memorable by the journeys that you can take. Every mile that you travel will be part of your experience. You will travel the length of the island by train through national parks and ancient forests. You will also cruise around the Pacific on a private yacht and disembark to explore historical settlements and fly to a marine volcano by helicopter to experience hissing hot pools.
This North Island adventure includes many different means of travel, and each one offers time to rest and relax on the move. In some countries, traveling is stressful, tiring, and time-consuming, but in New Zealand, it is the opposite. You can sit back in comfort and watch the island unfold because most of your journeys have flexible timings, so you can customize the departure around your mood and energy. As this journey will provide you with downtime, you can be fully rested when arriving in new destinations. That means more energy for exploring or one that makes your vacation more enjoyable.
Handcrafted for senior travelers, this 11-day North Island tour will lead you all the way from Wellington in the south to Ninety Mile Beach and the country’s northern tip. Three days in Wellington will be a lovely way to begin. Charming cafes can be found on most street corners, and the city feels like a village that is perfect for easing into the vacation and overcoming jet lag. A birdwatching day trip to Kapiti Island will kickstart your natural encounters before you board the Northern Explorer train for a delightful wilderness journey. Nights four and five will be spent in National Park, which is a village amid a forest beneath a volcano.
White Island and Mount Tarawera are active volcanos that are complete with hissing steam, bubbling pools, and surreal colors. A helicopter tour makes them accessible to senior visitors because you do not need to walk up a volcano to discover the brilliance of an active caldera. You will continue by train on day six, meandering to Auckland through national parks and rustic farming pastures. Your North Island vacation will be completed with four days in the country’s far north. This slither of land is packed with ancient forests, intriguing towns, spectacular coastlines, and deserted islands. Four days means that you can really move at your own pace and customize each day to your interests.
Included in your tour will be morning tea in Matakana, the giant Kauri trees of Waipoua Forest, and the serene coastal village of Paihia. A day spent cruising around the Bay of Islands will contrast a 4WD excursion along Ninety Mile Beach. Both these experiences will be privately guided and epitomize a feeling that the journey can be as memorable as the destination. Maori will add their color and culture throughout the trip, including a Te Papa welcoming on your first day in addition to some guided stargazing in the far north. All you need to do is sit back, go with the flow, and admire how New Zealand unfolds.
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$3,570 per person (excluding international flights)
Your Zicasso trip is fully customizable, and this sample itinerary is a starting place for your travel plans. Actual costs are dynamic, and your selection of accommodations and activities, your season of travel, and other such variables will bring this budget guideline up or down. Throughout your planning experience with your Zicasso specialist, your itinerary is designed around your budget. You can book your trip when you are satisfied with every detail. Planning your trip with a Zicasso travel specialist is a free service.
The starting price is based on travel during the low season for a minimum of two travelers staying in shared 3-star accommodations. Please inquire for a custom trip quote based on your travel preferences and travel dates.
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