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Mountains to Sea 2021

26-30 September 2021

This tour has proven so popular that we only have one twin share opportunity available for a lady - $2305.

To book this room - please ring now on 0800 471 227 Ext 2

The name paints the picture: from treating yourself to a night of affordable and good old-fashioned luxury at the Chateau Tongariro in the mountains of the Central Plateau, to relaxing by the sea at Raglan. The in between bits offer plenty of interest as well. Discover the hidden valley, silica terraces and geysers of Orakei Korako and explore the underground wonderland world of the Waitomo Caves.  Cruise on the Waikato River and experience the power of the remarkable Huka Falls, and step into the enchanting world of Hobbiton enjoying the delicious “fayre” at the Green Dragon Inn. 

Day 1

Sunday 26 September - Travelling to Taupo

With transfers arranged from Wellington, Kapiti, Palmerston North, Wairarapa and other surrounding areas, we meet at a central point to enjoy morning tea together before departing for Taupo. Travelling via Hawke’s Bay, our first lunch together is at the historic Oruawharo Homestead - one of Hawke’s Bay’s most splendid examples of early colonial architecture. This property also features Vincent’s, the historic St Vincent’s Church from Takapau which has been respectfully renovated to accommodate modern functions whilst retaining all its original charm and ambience. After lunch we have a chance to wander through the expansive garden and outbuildings.

This afternoon we travel over the Napier-Taupo Road, an historic coaching route in days gone by, to Taupo. There may be time after dinner this evening to arrange a transfer for anyone wanting to take a relaxing bathe in the natural thermal pools of the De Bretts Taupo Hot Springs (entry at own cost). An alternative would be doing this transfer the following night.

Day 2

Monday 27 September - Explore Thermal Taupo

This morning we travel out to the hidden valley of Orakei Korako, to experience the eerie majesty of this thermal area. We cross the Waikato River by boat and then have time to explore a world of geysers and see some of the largest silica terraces in the world. After enjoying lunch back in Taupo (own choice and cost), we make the short journey to the Aratiatia Dam site and then join our Huka Falls River Cruise. With time first to view the truly spectacular sight of the Aratiatia Dam emptying into and filling the river gorge below, we will board the specially designed and covered in riverboat for our cruise which takes us upstream to view the fabulous Huka Falls. Motoring up the crystal waters of the Waikato River, you will also see birdlife, natural hot streams and see what natural energy drives the Wairakei Geothermal Power Station. After returning to our hotel, we have time to relax before dinner in house.

Day 3

Tuesday 28 September - Taupo – Hobbiton - Raglan

After leaving Taupo, we travel up through the lush countryside of the Waikato. On a farm near Matamata, we stop to visit “Hobbiton” – the film location of the Shire, as seen in the Lord of the Rings Trilogy. Here, we enjoy a guided tour of the film set, with the chance to view the hobbit holes, the Green Dragon Inn, the Mill and other structures. We also enjoy morning tea and lunch here before travelling to our coastal destination of Raglan. After exploring the sheltered harbour and the coastline that attracts thousands of surfers every year, we should have time to browse the eclectic shops before checking in to our motel. Dinner tonight is at the Harbour View Hotel, a centrally located, historical, colonial hotel.

Day 4

Wednesday 29 September - Raglan via Waitomo Caves to Whakapapa Village

After departing Raglan this morning, we travel to the magical underground wonderland of the Waitomo Caves. We will see formations known as the Catacombs, the Pipe Organ and the Banquet Chamber as well as the magnificent Cathedral, which is 18 metres high and world-renowned for its superb acoustics. The highlight of today is a boat trip through the spectacular Glowworm Grotto where we will glide silently through the Grotto, lit only by these tiny living lights.

Re-emerging above ground, our journey continues through the heart of the King Country to Te Kuiti where we stop for lunch (own choice and cost). Our destination today is the Whakapapa Village for a night of affordable luxury at the historic Chateau Tongariro. On arrival, weather permitting, we take a drive to the “Top-o-the-Bruce” to Whakapapa Ski field where you have the option of taking the Sky Waka gondola (own cost) up this sacred mountain, or if you prefer, you can play in the snow and enjoy a coffee at the Mountain Café. After arriving back at the Chateau, we have time to relax by the fire in the sitting room, gazing upon views of the mountains, before enjoying a night of fine dining in the hotel restaurant.

Day 5

Thursday 30 September - Travelling Home

We are homeward bound today, with a stop in Ohakune for morning tea Tranzit style and Taihape for lunch (own choice and cost). We arrive back in Palmerston North in time to meet connecting services for those travellers continuing to Wellington and Wairarapa.

The cost of the tour includes

  • Good quality motel and hotel accommodation (including a night at the Chateau Tongariro)
  • 2 course or buffet dinners
  • All breakfasts
  • All coach travel
  • Morning teas on Days 1, 3 and 5
  • Oruawharu Homestead guided tour and Vincent's luncheon
  • Orakei Korako Geothermal Park and Cave - admission
  • Huka Falls River Cruise
  • Hobbiton morning tea, guided tour, and lunch
  • Dinner at Harbour View Hotel
  • Waitomo Caves guided tour

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Thank you Ali for your professionalism as our tour guide, Steve and I both enjoyed the tour very much. - Pearl, Travel Club Member