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Your suggested New Zealand tour itinerary
New Zealand - East Coast

Tour highlights: Auckland - Coromandel Peninsula - Tauranga - (Rotorua) - Whakatane - White Island - East Cape - Gisborne - Napier - Hawke's Bay - Martinborough - Wellington - Blenheim - Marlborough wines - Kaikoura - Christchurch
6 wine production areas 3 cities
2 islands (North Island and South Island)
This suggested New Zealand tour itinerary starts in Auckland and ends in Christchurch. You can purchase international flights arriving into one city and leaving from the other.

This New Zealand Revisited Tour is designed with three types of travellers in mind:

Although winery tours are available throughout the itinerary, as we cross 6 main wine production areas, you may also choose this itinerary even if you do not have a special interest in wine. Vineyard activities will be then replaced by other visits.
Day 1: Auckland

watching pukeko swamp henEarly arrival at Auckland International Airport. Transfer to your accommodation (available from 12:00). Time for rest and sightseeing including Devonport, Takapuna Beaches and Mount Victoria. Early dinner and two nights in Auckland.

Day 2: Auckland

smallWest Auckland winery tours and nature walks. Alternatively, day tour to Waiheke Island. Second night in Auckland.

Day 3: Auckland - Coromandel

watching tree fernScenic coastal road. Hotel du Vin lunch (De Redcliffe vineyard). 2 nights on the Coromandel Peninsula.

Day 4: Coromandel Peninsula

custom tour nzTour of the Coromandel Peninsula, including Driving Creek Railway, Coromandel, Hot Water Beach and Thames gold mine. 2nd night on the Coromandel Peninsula.

Day 5: Coromandel - Tauranga

CoromandelWaihi gold mine. Morton Estate winery. Tauranga and Mount Maunganui beach. 2 nights in Tauranga.

Day 6: Tauranga

escorted birdwatching tourDay tour to Rotorua, to see the geysers, geothermal areas or Maori song and dance performance you had not seen on your previous trip. Alternatively, quiet day shopping, local sightseeing or beach in Tauranga. 2nd night in Tauranga.

Day 7: Tauranga -Whakatane

escorted nature tourKiwifruit orchard tour. Red Barn Craft centre. Waterwheel heritage museum. 2 nights in Whakatane.

Day 8: White Island

White Island volcanoDay cruise to White Island active volcano. Island guided walk (some degree of fitness required). Alternatively, full day farm and nature tour. 2nd night in Whakatane.

Day 9: Whakatane - East Cape

self-driving tourPanoramic coastal road alongside Pacific Ocean. Bush and beach walks. Oroi scenic reserve. Overnight near the East Cape.

Day 10: East Cape - Gisborne

escorted nz tourMorning walk to the East Cape. The international date line is only miles away. Gisborne vineyards. Overnight in Gisborne.

Day 11: Gisborne - Napier

Napier Art Deco tourMahia peninsula garden tour. Whakaki lagoon. 2 nights in Napier.

Day 12: Napier

exclusive tour in nzArt Deco tour. Napier and Hawke's Bay vineyards and wineries. Second night in Napier.

Day 13: Napier - Martinborough

self-driving tourNorsewood Norwegian heritage village. Dannevirke Danish colony. Mt Bruce natural park and native bird aviaries. Martinborough and its praised red wines. Overnight in Martinborough.

Day 14: Martinborough - Wellington

tourWellington, the southernmost capital in the world. Mt Victoria panoramic view, Old St Pauls Cathedral, Te Papa National Museum. Overnight in Wellington.

Day 15: Wellington - Blenheim (Marlborough)

Marlborough SoundsCook Strait ferry crossing - a spectacular 3-hour cruise in the Marlborough Sounds. Queen Charlotte Sound sights. Picton. 2 nights in Blenheim (Marlborough).

Day 16: Blenheim (Marlborough)

luxury tourWine trail around Blenheim. Visit the most important wine producing area of New Zealand. Vineyard lunch. Alternatively, beach and bush walks. 2nd night in Blenheim (Marlborough).

Day 17: Blenheim - Kaikoura

luxury tour vacationScenic coastal road (Pacific Ocean). Scenic drive to Hanmer Springs. Time to relax in the thermal pools. Overnight in Kaikoura.

Day 18: Kaikoura - Christchurch

Kaikoura pelagic birdsEarly morning pelagic bird watching cruise or whale watching cruise. Overnight in Christchurch.

Day 19: Christchurch

luxury vacationTime to discover Christchurch out of the beaten track. Alternatively, day scenic drive to Akaroa French colony. Drop-off at Christchurch International or domestic airport. Haere ra e te manuhiri tuarangi (farewell, honoured guests).

This New Zealand tour can be enjoyed at any time of the year:
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