North Island Kiwi Culture Tour

Contact Us February 21 - March 4, 2018
12 days


You’ve heard of our wonderful Kiwi Culture, now it’s time to experience it! This 12 day tour for LGBTQ travellers immerses you in everything Kiwi! Yes, we call ourselves Kiwis, after our indigenous kiwi bird, not the fruit! Join us and become a Kiwi for a while. You’ll get off the beaten tourist track, spend time with some of our favourite Kiwis, and explore a truly diverse range of experiences that we’re proud to say makes us Kiwis: learning Maori traditions and legends, savouring locally produced food and wine, sailing and swimming the local waters, dining with Kiwi farmers, viewing active geysers, meeting a real live kiwi (bird), exploring museums and galleries, and playing with some LGBTQ locals.

Day 1: Bay of Islands

Welcome to New Zealand!

  • Explore Maori culture and history at New Zealand’s most important site of historical significance, the Waitangi Treaty Grounds.
  • Stay in New Zealand’s first licensed hotel and meet your travel mates over a welcome dinner.

Day 2: Bay of Islands

  • Languish aboard our exclusively chartered catamaran today, enjoying golden beaches, secluded coves, tranquil harbours and warm waters.
  • Kayak, snorkel, and walk the islands or just relax on board and chat with our local skipper who is eager to share his local knowledge.

Day 3: Bay of Islands - Auckland

  • Appreciate down time to wander the quaint township of historic Russell.
  • Visit a private country homestead for a farm to table lunch prepared from ingredients from the owners' farm.
  • Check out the buzzing vibe in the restaurants, cafes and bars of Auckland’s Viaduct Harbour tonight.
    • Total Drive time: : 3 hr 30 min
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
    • Accommodation: Sofitel Viaduct, 5 Star

Day 4: Auckland

  • Visit beautiful Waiheke Island, a haven of gorgeous vineyards, ocean vistas, and white sand beaches.
  • Experience an exclusive visit with your local Maori guide to a community marae, an ancestral Maori meeting house .
  • Walk through native bush learning about traditional and medicinal Maori uses for native plants, play with Maori musical instruments, and weave a souvenir from harakeke (native flax).
  • Enjoy lunch in a gorgeous vineyard setting.
    • Total Drive time: 0 hr (driving on Island Tour)
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    • Accommodation: Sofitel Viaduct, 5 Star

Day 5: Auckland - Rotorua

  • Journey through the rolling hills of the North Island’s farming heartland, marveling at one town’s artistic celebration of its dairy industry – painted cows!
  • Look for hobbits in the lush green hills of the Shire on the Hobbiton Movie Set, maintained exactly as it was for the filming of The Hobbit.
  • View the amazing clear waters of a natural spring on a short walk set in lush native bush.
  • Soak in a deluxe private geothermal mineral spa with panoramic views over Lake Rotorua.
    • Total Drive time: : 3 hr 30 min
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
    • Accommodation: Regent of Rotorua, 4+ Star

Day 6: Rotorua - Napier

  • Explore the geothermal region of Rotorua, fascinating for its bubbling geysers, steaming fumeroles, and plopping mud pools.
  • Step back in time as you explore the Art Deco city of Napier.
  • Experience a pacific-style dinner in a relaxed atmosphere, with a focus on quality, excitement, freshness, passion, and flavor.

Day 7: Napier

  • Explore or relax with a free day today.
  • Select from optional enhancements: Classic Car Art Deco Tour, Wine Tour, Gannet Colony Beach Tractor Tour - a uniquely Kiwi experience!

Day 8: Napier - Greytown

  • Revel at the sight of a rare albino Kiwi, while learning of New Zealand's efforts to repopulate our country with endangered native Kiwis.
  • Visit museums of Art, History and Sheep. Enjoy a sheep shearing demonstration and learn of everything related to sheep!
  • Meet the descendent of the founders of one of our oldest and grandest historic farming homestead, while touring his farm and home.
  • Settle in Greytown, (a.k.a Gaytown), a quaint town of galleries, cafes, boutique shops, and gorgeous colonial architecture.
    • Total Drive time: 4 hrs
    • Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
    • Accommodation: The White Swan, 5 Star

Day 9: Greytown

  • Explore at your leisure the lovely village of Greytown, taking in the early settler’s museum whilst indulging in beautifully handcrafted gourmet chocolates.
  • Spend the afternoon sampling New Zealand’s finest cheeses, award winning olive oils, local craft beers, and hand crafted wines on a vine to glass tour.
    • Total Drive time: 40 min on afternoon tour
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
    • Accommodation: The White Swan, 4+ Star

Day 10: Greytown - Wellington

  • Head to the vibrant waterfront capital city of Wellington, known for its food and culture.
  • Tour New Zealand's bold and interactive national museum and art gallery, Te Papa.
  • Enjoy a local-led tour of the capital, including LGBTQ history and highlights.
  • Dance the night away at one of the local Wellington gay bars.
    • Total Drive time: 1 hr 30 min
    • Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
    • Accommodation: QT Museum Hotel, 4+ Star

Day 11: Wellington

  • Enjoy a free day in Wellington to wander this fabulous city’s shops, galleries, and museums.
  • Select from optional enhancements: Weta Workshop Tour, Zealandia Eco-Sanctuary Tour.
  • Enjoy your last night farewell dinner, cooked and presented by local lesbian restaurateurs.
    • Total Drive time: 0 hr
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    • Accommodation: QT Museum Hotel, 4+ Star

Day 12: Wellington - Farewell

  • Bid farewell to new friends.
  • Start planning your next trip to the land of the long white cloud, Aotearoa.
    • Total Drive time: 0 hr
    • Meals: Breakfast

What's Included:

  • Private New Zealand Tour Guide, who will be with you throughout your entire tour
  • Private Luxury Coach Transportation
  • 11 Nights Lodging in 4 and 5 Star Accommodation
  • Ferry Transport
  • Admission to 2 geothermal areas
  • Meals: 11 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 6 Dinners
  • Free time to explore on your own or simply relax in the beautiful surroundings
  • And of course the opportunity to share this once-in-a-lifetime adventure with like-minded people

Also included: Meet our trusted local partners who will guide you for the following experiences:

  • Waitangi Cultural Grounds Tour and Cultural Performance
  • Full-day on an exclusively chartered catamaran
  • Privately hosted farm to table lunch
  • Exclusive Maori Culture Tour
  • Hobbiton Movie Set Tour
  • Guided tour of Eco-Sanctuary and Kiwi House
  • Exclusive Sheep Shearing Demonstration
  • Exclusive Guided Tour of Historic Home and Farm
  • Cheese Shop Tour and Tasting
  • Exclusive Olive Grove Tour and Tasting
  • Te Papa Museum Tour
  • Exclusive Wellington City and LGBTQ History Tour

Enhance your trip by choosing to add:

  • Classic Car Art Deco Tour (Napier)
  • Gannet Colony Tractor Beach Tour (Napier)
  • Zealandia Eco=Sanctuary Tour (Wellington)
  • Weta Workshop Tour (Wellington)
  • Other experiences on request (Wellington)

There’s still so much more to see and do! Talk to us about extending your stay if you’ve got more time and we’ll plan some extra days for you.

Price:NZ$7,295 based on double occupancy/twin share
Single Supplement: NZ$1,920

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Combine this trip with the South Island Sojourn and talk with us about a discount.

DEPOSIT

A deposit of NZ$1,000 holds your spot on this incredible tour. This deposit is non-refundable. Get in quick - Don’t miss out!

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