Discover the spirit of adventure on an independent journey through the North Island of New Zealand. Islands sprawl along the horizon off the coast of Auckland. The sounds of Maori cries echo in the night sky. The Southern Cross sparkles along the shiny Milky Way. Mountains undulate and you watch the Southern Hemisphere unfold. The spirit of the independent traveler is encouraged and rewarded on this New Zealand...
Auckland - Independence Day (One)
Land in Auckland ready to explore and enjoy New Zealand’s most populated city. Sky Tower, the tallest freestanding structure in the Southern Hemisphere, tops the city skyline, the spiraled point sticking into the clear sky. Wander through lively Queens Street on your way to the harbors where the heart of the city can be seen pulsing. The salty smell of the ocean comes on the back of the breeze that blows through the streets. The sails from boats lining the harbor jut into the air giving the city its nickname, “City of Sails.”
Visit the Auckland museum located in one of New Zealand's most historical buildings situated in a central city pleasure garden. The scent of roses lingers beneath your nose from spring to autumn and the crisp cool breeze blows in the winter. The exhibitions are exciting, full of artistic integrity and Pacific culture. Monumental carvings decorate certain exhibits, shaved from local trees, polished and shiny in their frozen faced adaptation of traditional spirits. Canoes and replicated communal buildings remain unobstructed and unimpeded for everyone to understand the cultures that have made up the current face of New Zealand. The Auckland War Memorial Museum is another of the museum’s efforts to commemorate the country’s past. An empty tomb on a pedestal stands without decoration or religious symbols to help honor those that fought for the Common Wealth during World War I. The contrast of commemorating the native soldiers lost in battle with commemorating the native culture is among the important understandings of a country coming to terms with its past and is part of the beauty that New Zealand offers as a reward to those willing to find it.
Auckland - Cultural Tastes
Rotorua - Cultural Adventure
Napier - The Art of Independence
Wellington - Adventurous Bayside
Wellington - Explorers Are Always Independent
Wellington - Independent Rewards
- See the tallest free standing structure in the Southern Hemisphere: Sky Tower
- Visit the stunning Waiheke Island
- Enjoy the incredible seaside town of Napier, the Art Deco Capital of the world
- Experience the urban culture of Wellington, New Zealand’s capital city
- Learn about Maori culture in New Zealand’s Cultural Capital, Rotorua
- Watch Wellington sprawl before you on a cable car ride
Enjoy the independent journey through the beauty of New Zealand’s North Island on this 7-day tour packed with the beauty of the island and its people. No matter the season, New Zealand is a treasure trove of beauty. The coast is dotted with sails, the inland is decorated with pristine lakes, lush fields, and looming mountains. Traverse the scenery while enjoying the flavors of the country, from local farms to local fisheries, from the northern end of the island to the southernmost tip, there is a never ending joy to the luxuries of New Zealand
Begin your adventure with two days in Auckland and its surroundings. Experience the vibrant urban life of Auckland harbors and take the time to explore the wonders of Waiheke Island just across the Tamaki Strait. The island is decorated with incredible art, sensual landscapes, and divine eateries, and as you wander the island there will be no excess to your indulgence. Exploring Rotorua gives you a sense of the country’s history through its cultural resurgence and historical town. There is no shortage of sites to see and wonders to experience while visiting Rotorua, from luxurious spas to cultural dinners, geysers to hot springs, the city and its surroundings are filled with continuous unforgettable wonders.
Travel from Rotorua to Napier and bask in the warm colors of the Art Deco seaside village. The city relishes its title based in a Great Depression memory that has shaped the past, present, and future of the city. You will be rewarded with delight whether you are walking along the incredible shores of the sea or through the city streets. Wellington brings along the final adventure as you traverse the depths of New Zealand’s capital. For two nights you will wander through the bustling streets and surrounding mountains to see the city’s beauty as the sun glistens along the stunning bay. All the majestic wonders of New Zealand’s North Island are shown and experienced in this adventure, a reward for the independent spirit, a reward for you.
$2,270 per person (excluding international flights)
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