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QUICK OVERVIEW

Date

Nov 2-13,

Nov 16-27

Arrival Airport

Auckland

Accommodation

Boutique hotels

Duration

12 days

Meals

11 Breakfasts

Group size

8-10

BRIEF ITINERARY:

DAY 01 : ARRIVE IN AUCKLAND

Today after we catch up with some sleep , we head to nearby botanical gardens for our trip briefing. Today we have no plans other than getting used to the new timezone. It will take a day or two to adjust .

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DAY 02 : WHALE WATCHING

We will start our day with a 4.5-hour cruise on board a ‘Dolphin Explorer’ as we explore the beautiful Hauraki Gulf Marine Park in search of encounters with its amazing and diverse marine wildlife. As the crew provides knowledgeable commentary, our marine science experts conduct biological studies and invite you to join interactive research activities. 

We will leave by 10am and will be back to land by 3pm only. You can buy lunch onboard or even carry something to eat as well.

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We typically encounter Bryde’s whales and common dolphins, but you may also meet pygmy blue whales, New Zealand fur seals, sharks, manta rays, turtles and up to 26 species of seabirds – including the little blue penguin. 

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We will spend the evening looking at the city from the top of Mt.Eden during sunset/

DAY 03 : DRIVE TO ROTORUA

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Today , we will start our first roadtrip in New Zealand group trip : Auckland to Rotorua via Hamilton.


First we will stop at Hobitton to see the lord of the rings set. The original set was not built to last, the hobbit hole facades having been constructed from untreated timber, ply and polystyrene and partially torn down after filming. In 2010, the set was rebuilt in a more permanent fashion for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, filming for which began in 2011.

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Note : We will have 2-3 cars and drivers will be pre assigned. Once you are familiar with local traffic rules, you can also drive. Note that this will be the decision of the trip leader keeping safety as a priority. One can drive with indian driving license in New Zealand.

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We will call it a day by doing this secret jungle walk. We will have dinner near to our homestay and checkin by 8pm.

DID YOU KNOW?

Mud Pools as Natural Ovens: In Rotorua, the geothermal activity is used in a unique way—locals often cook food by burying it in the ground near the natural hot springs and letting the earth's heat act as an oven.

DAY 04 : MUD SPA , GLOW WORMS & JUNGLE KAYAKING

Today we start a little late and head straight to Mud spa. The healing properties of the geothermal mud and sulphur mineral water have been used by local Māori for over 800 years.

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