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North Island garden tour

Fully escorted featuring an array of unique gardens and the Taranaki Garden Festival.

Members from: $4,650 P.P Twin ShareNon-members from: $4,994 P.P Twin ShareSolo traveller from: $6,000

  • Type

    Escorted Touring

  • Destination

    New Zealand South Pacific

  • Supplier

    Grand Pacific Tours

  • Booking Code


  • Departs

    29 October 2020


  • Return airfares from your homeport

  • Personalised meet and greet on arrival

  • Return airport transfers in New Zealand

  • 48 seat modern coach travel, two door access, restroom, reclining seats and panoramic windows

  • Professional Coach Captain and Tour Leader

  • Ten nights four star accommodation

  • Four two night stays

  • All sightseeing and prepaid attractions

  • Comprehensive documentation pack

  • Bonus Garden Book: Flourish - New Zealand Women and Their Extraordinary Gardens#

  • Ten cooked breakfasts including a specialty breakfast: Stratosfare Restaurant, Rotorua

  • Eight sumptuous dinners including one specialty dinner: Mãori hãngi and concert, Rotorua, two lunches including a Shire’s buffet lunch, Hobbiton

  • One delicious high tea: Henley Hotel, Cambridge

  • Ayrlies Garden and Wetlands, Auckland*

  • Hamilton Gardens, Hamilton*

  • Henley Hotel Private Garden, Cambridge

  • Rotorua Government Gardens, Rotorua

  • Private garden visits, Taranaki Garden Festival

  • Cross Hills Rhododendron Garden, Kimbolton

  • Wellington Botanic Gardens

Nowhere in the world will you find such a diverse range of plant varieties, both native and exotic, so easily accessible to the visitor. Your tour includes visits to an array of unique North Island gardens, some given the prestigious title of either International or National Significant Garden, a title highly sought after. The highlight will be the private gardens of the Taranaki Garden Festival.


Day 1: Arrive Auckland (D)

On arrival into Auckland you will be met by a Grand Pacific Tours representative and transferred to your hotel.

Hotel: Rydges Auckland (two nights)

Day 2: Auckland sightseeing (B)

This morning enjoy the sights of Auckland, New Zealand’s largest city. Travel to Matakana to visit Sculptureum, an internationally unique art experience. Enjoy time to wander through the Garden of Creative Diversity and view the hundreds of displayed works in the Galleries. This afternoon travel to the Auckland Zoo for a guided tour of Te Wao Nui, six stunning habitats showcasing the native fauna and flora of New Zealand. This evening is free to dine at leisure.

Day 3: Auckland Hamilton (B,D)

This morning travel to Ayrlies Garden and Wetlands, one of New Zealand’s best-known gardens and a Garden of National Significance. It is characterized by sweeping lawns and informal but detailed plantings by ponds and waterways. Use of colour is a hallmark of Ayrlies, seen best in the lurid border where ‘hot’ colours are used to great effect. This afternoon travel to Waikato’s most visited attraction, the Hamilton Gardens. A guided tour of the themed gardens will transport you from the peaceful Sung Dynasty Chinese Scholar’s garden to the Italian Renaissance garden followed by the grandeur of the Indian Char Bagh garden. Your guide will share the story of how the gardens were transformed from a rubbish dump into a Garden of International Significance.

Hotel: Novotel Hamilton

Day 4: Hamilton Matamata Rotorua (B,L,D)

Today travel to Cambridge to visit the private garden of the Henley Hotel, nestled on 29 acres of parkland and features a camelia lined oval lawn and lakeside pavilion. You will be treated to high tea amongst the cherry blossoms (weather permitting). Continue through picturesque countryside to Hobbiton for a buffet lunch followed by a guided tour of the Hobbiton Movie Set. Travel to Rotorua for a walk through the Rotorua Government Gardens before arriving at your hotel.

Hotel: Sudima Hotel Lake Rotorua (superior room two nights)

Day 5: Rotorua sightseeing (B,Sd)

Today begins with a gondola ride to the Stratosfare Restaurant where a buffet breakfast and spectacular views are on offer. There is also time for a luge ride! Next stop is Agrodome for an action-packed hour of farming entertainment and education that’s unlike anything you’ve seen before. Travel to Te Puia for a tour of the boiling mud pools and awesome geysers that Rotorua is famous for. Enjoy some free time this afternoon before travelling to a Mãori village for an interactive and educational experience that culminates with a cultural performance and traditional hãngi feast.

Day 6: Rotorua Waitomo New Plymouth (B,L,D)

Depart Rotorua and travel to Waitomo for a tour of the Glowworm Caves where tiny creatures radiate their luminescent light. Enjoy lunch in this native bushland setting before travelling to New Plymouth, home of the Taranaki Garden Festival. This afternoon will be spent visiting one of the festival gardens.

Hotel: Copthorne Hotel Grand Central New Plymouth (two nights)

Day 7: Taranaki Garden Festival (B,D)

Today you will visit a variety of impressive gardens all set around the legendary Mount Taranaki. You will marvel at the majestic array of botanicals on display at this premier garden event which attracts thousands of visitors from New Zealand and the world. A selection of small private gardens and larger public gardens have been chosen to showcase the unique planting and local gardeners will be on hand to share the history behind their garden.

Day 8: New Plymouth Palmerston North (B,D)

Before we depart the Taranaki region, we visit one final stunning festival garden before travelling onto Whanganui for a shortstop. This afternoon you will continue to Cross Hills Rhododendron Garden. Spanning seven hectares, this park-like garden includes one of the world’s finest collections of rhododendrons and azaleas, which will provide a dazzling colour display. Continue to Palmerston North for your overnight stay.

Hotel: Copthorne Palmerston North

Day 9: Palmerston North Wellington (B)

Travel to the nation’s capital, Wellington. Ride the Wellington Cable Car, one of the city’s most iconic attractions, to the Botanic Gardens. Enjoy time to view the protected native forest and colourful floral displays with stunning views over Wellington city. Join your coach for an extensive city tour which will highlight the history and culture on show here. This evening is free to dine at leisure.

Hotel: InterContinental Wellington (deluxe room two nights)

Day 10: Wellington (B,D)

A highlight this morning will be time to explore Gallipoli: A Scale of War exhibition at Te Papa, New Zealand’s National Museum. Cutting edge technology brings these stories to life through the eyes of New Zealanders who found themselves in extraordinary circumstances. Enjoy time at leisure this afternoon. This evening enjoy a final dinner with your new-found friends.

Day 11: Depart Wellington (B)

Having experienced some of the finest gardens in New Zealand, it is time to say goodbye. You will be transferred to the airport for your flight home after a memorable holiday.

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Prices are in Australian Dollars. **Airline taxes are subject to change. Exact amounts will be confirmed by your travel agent at time of booking. At the time of booking a deposit of $200 per person is required. If the Tour Package includes flights, a further deposit to cover the airfare and taxes is also required at time of booking. The balance of payment, including any merchandise, is due 60 days prior to departure. Once the tour has been booked and confirmed cancellation fees will apply as per Terms and Conditions. Airfares The airlines require all Trans-Tasman flight bookings to have the air ticket issued within three to five days of confirmation of the airline reservation. As GPT offer a fully inclusive package price, the dollar difference between ‘Land Only’ price and ‘Package Price’ does not represent the airfare deposit amount due. Enquire with your Travel Agent as to the exact amount of airfare deposit and taxes required at the time of booking. Surcharges may apply over peak travel times. The Australian prepaid taxes are subject to change. Exact amounts will be confirmed to your Travel Agent at time of booking.