An exciting project is linking regional cycling tracks and trails to ultimately form a national cycle network dubbed “The Great New Zealand Rides”. This itinerary is designed for those who wish to ride on the back of this exciting new way of seeing the country. It showcases our favorite North Island one day bike tours, which are not overly challenging for those with a moderate level of fitness, as well as Rotorua and Waitomo tours. We call this ‘Soft Adventure’. Boutique accommodation has been selected for the unique, warm and friendly welcome that they offer.

Inclusions:

  • Economy air round trip from Los Angeles - Auckland - Los Angeles
  • Private airport transfer Auckland
  • 11 Days midsize Rental car
  • 10 nights unique/boutique accommodation including breakfast
  • One Day Independent Cycle - Hauraki Rail Trail (Grade 2)
  • Volcanoes & Rainforest Walk including Lunch, Rotorua
  • Ahuriri to Havelock North Independent Day Cycle Ride, Napier
  • Old Coach Road - One Day Guided Cycle Ride
  • Waitomo Glowworm Cave and Ruakuri Cave Combo

Itinerary

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Day 1 - Depart US
Ask about our options with Premium Economy and Business class airfare.

Day 2 - Cross International Date line

Day 3 - Arrive Auckland
Don't think of Auckland as a city, even though it's New Zealand's largest. Think of it as half urban, half marine - a cosmopolitan experience wrapped up in a fascinating water world and surrounded by over 50 islands. Private car transfer to your accommodation.

Accommodation - Settled in downtown Auckland, Hotel DeBrett links two unique precincts – High Street’s hip fashion and Shortland Street’s tailored commerce. Hotel DeBrett’s iconic building has been stylishly reinterpreted into a 25-room luxury boutique hotel. Every room is individually designed and complemented with eclectic furniture, New Zealand art and photography.

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Day 4 - Auckland – Waihi Beach (154kms, 96 miles)
This morning make your way to the rental car city depot and collect your rental vehicle. Depart Auckland and head south to the Coromandel with its fabulous golden and white sand beaches, magnificent coastal scenery and rugged forest cloaked interior.

Stay 2 nights at Waihi Beach Lodge, a Boutique Bed and Breakfast with sea views and quiet private spaces within the landscaped gardens. Less than 2 minutes stroll away from 9 kilometres of white sandy beach and one of the safest surf beaches in New Zealand.

Day 5 - Hauraki Rail Trail
Drive to Waihi town to collect your trail bike, helmet, water bottle for your day of cycling. The trail through the gorge follows the Ohinemuri River and includes a number of interesting bridges and a long railway tunnel. *Note* Return tickets for the vintage train to transport you from Waikino to the Karangahake Gorge are not included however can be purchased directly on your arrival in Waihi at a cost of NZD$25 per person.

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Day 6 - Waihi Beach – Rotorua (110 km, 68 miles)
Journey through farmland, lakeland and forest until the distinctive smell of sulphur and constant steam drifts signal your arrival into tempestuous, geothermal Rotorua.

Stay 2 nights at the Springs Bed and Breakfast. The Springs is set in a simple yet elegant garden of white Iceberg roses and sasanqua camellias evoking a sense of restful contentment.

Day 7 - Volcanoes and Rainforest Walk
The Volcanoes and Rainforest Walk begins with a walk and lake cruise amidst a stunning volcanic landscape with spectacular views of hot crater lakes, steaming cliffs, hissing fumeroles and colorful silica terraces. Then, step back into the past with a walk in the magnificent Whirinaki Rainforest with its rich diversity of native vegetation and birdlife amidst a spectacular scenery of rushing rivers and cascading waterfalls.

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Day 8 - Rotorua – Napier (219 km, 136 miles)
Depart on a scenic drive through rugged mountain ranges and exotic pine forests before reaching the stretches of fertile vineyards the Hawkes Bay is so well known for. Afternoon is free to enjoy Napier, a world renowned Art Deco treasure.

Stay 2 nights at Cobden Garden Homestay Bed and Breakfast. A perfect retreat with three spacious, thoughtfully furnished bedrooms.

Day 9 - Napier
Depart the port village of Ahuriri by bike and follow the Water Ride trail to the Napier CBD to commence a 4 hour cycle via Marine Parade with its spectacular views out towards Cape Kidnappers, along the coast and inland through orchard country to Havelock North. A visit to the Te Mata Cheese factory is ‘a must’ and wine tasting is also available at several wineries along the way. Transfer back to your accommodation.

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Day 10 - Napier – Ohakune (191 km, 118 miles)
Travel to Ohakune, the southern gateway to the Tongariro National Park World Heritage Site.

Stay 2 nights at Cairnbrae House. A purpose-built boutique accommodation offering peace and tranquility in a rural setting on the Southern slopes of the Tongiriro National Park in view of Mt Ruapehu.

Day 11 - The Old Coach Road
Walking or riding along the historic cobblestone Coach Road through a bush corridor on the slopes of Mount Ruapehu is an exciting adventure, a journey back in time. Magnificent native Rimu trees, native falcons screaming through the air, pigeons flying between the tree tops, the curved steel lattice of the Hapuawhenua Viaduct and of course, the old railway tunnel.

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Day 12 - Ohakune – Waitomo (178 km, 110 miles)
Today you will travel from Ohakune to Waitomo.

Stay 2 nights at Cairnbrae House. A purpose-built boutique accommodation offering peace and tranquility in a rural setting on the Southern slopes of the Tongiriro National Park in view of Mt Ruapehu.

Day 13 - Waitomo to Auckland Airport (188 km, 118 miles)
At Ruakuri Cave journey through the spectacular spiral entrance to swirling rivers, echoing waterfalls and rock that flow into delicate shawl-like formations. Nearby, at the Waitomo Glowworm Caves, thousands of tiny glowworms cling to the cave ceiling creating a starry night sky underground. Your guide will deliver a highly informative commentary about the formations and the history of the area with the highlight of your tour an unrivaled boat trip through the spectacular Glowworm Grotto.

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After your tour drive through the lush countryside to Auckland where your journey ends with the return of your rental car to the airport in time for your early evening flight to the US.

 

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* Peak Season 1Dec18-28Feb19 pricing - Availability very restricted, package pricing may be higher Dec-Feb period, depending on availability

Note: Daily departures, this package is an independent itinerary with flexible departures (not a group tour).

 

Additional departure gateways & pricing:
- Depart on Air New Zealand’s non-stop Houston – Auckland flight for a supplement of $250 per person
- Add on airfares available from most major airports - Add $200 from Dallas, Add $320 from Denver, Seattle, Add $400 from Chicago, Minneapolis, Add $450 from NYC, Boston, Miami, Washington

 

International Economy with Air New Zealand
State-of-the-art Economy seats have been designed to provide a really comfortable seat for everybody. The armrest disappears right into the back of the seat so you can be more comfortable during our longhaul trips.

As well as the delicious and fresh meals from the kitchen, you can order tasty snacks throughout the flight, at the touch of your screen. No waiting for hours between meals - eat when you want to. And, of course, there's always a superb selection of New Zealand wines from the onboard cellar.

The vast selection of activities on our inflight entertainment will keep even the most fidgety of flyers engaged for the whole flight. Enjoy over 1,700 hours of content - including latest movies, TV box sets, video games, and a dedicated kids section - all on a 10.6” personal touch screen in widescreen format. If you need more, there are always the USB and iPod connections to plug in to.

 

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Upgrade Options
Consider upgrading Skycouch, Premium Economy or Business Class.
Skycouch - from $549 one way (based on 2 persons sharing)
Premium Economy - from $950 per person round trip
Business Class (Lie-flat bed) from $4000 round trip

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Skycouch

Whether you’re a couple who’d like a bit of extra room, parents with a young child, or a parent with two restless kids, you’ll find our innovative Economy Skycouch the perfect solution.

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Premium Economy

Premium Economy is about creating ample space and privacy. The design of our revolutionary Spaceseat™ means that the person sitting in front of you can’t recline into your personal space.

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Business Class

The luxurious 22" wide leather armchair converts to a fully lie flat 6'7.5" bed - one of the longest in the sky. Even more indulgent with a thicker mattress, fluffy duvet and full size pillows.

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Note: All upgrades are subject to availability, upgrade cost may be higher

 

Conditions

Package from pricing is based on double occupancy (2 people sharing a room) from Los Angeles or San Francisco for purchase by 31 December, 2018. Ask an Aspire consultant for pricing for other travel dates. Add-on fares are available from other cities. Certain blackout dates apply on the accommodation and tour value add offers - check with your Aspire consultant. Seats are limited and may not be available on every flight. Hotels are subject to availability. All prices reflect a discount for purchases made by cash/wire transfer/check, please see terms and conditions for credit card payments. There are no discounts for payment made by credit cards. Cancellation penalties and other restrictions apply.