Six of the Best Tour NEW TOUR
Door to Door pickups, Transport, Accommodation, Activities, Meals as listed. (B breakfast, MT Morning tea, L lunch, D dinner)
DAY ONE L, D
Today we get underway to arrive at Taupo’s Huka Falls mid-morning. Witness the roar and rumble as 220,000 litres of water per second thrusts its way through banks only 100 metres apart dropping 11 metres in a magnificent aquamarine display. In Taupo township we’ll have a comfort stop time for morning tea and a walk about before we move on to the trout hatchery at the Tongariro National Trout Centre. Stopping in Turangi at the lovely Tongariro River Lodge for lunch. The National Trout Centre has a long history of programmes run by DOC to maintain and supply fish stocks. These days its function is to rear fish for children’s fishing ponds and is an interesting place to learn more of our wild trout fisheries. On our way to the world heritage Tongariro National Park we will stop at Tree Trunk Gorge. This beautiful spot at the lower reaches of the Kaimanawa Ranges is home to a splendid stand of native red beech trees and a popular destination for mountain bike riders. Our accommodation and dinner tonight are at the timelessly elegant Chateau Tongariro – nestled amidst stunning alpine landscape surrounded by the sacred peaks of Ruapehu, Ngauruhoe and Tongariro.
DAY TWO B, MT, L, D
Following breakfast at the hotel, we will be heading up the mountain slopes to ride the country’s longest gondola – Sky Waka. Our 1.8 km ride ascends the slopes over a dramatic terrain featuring waterfalls, ancient lava flows, and the most spectacular panoramas of the plains to the west. We will be having our morning “high” tea here at 2020 metres above sea level. We leave the volcanic plateau and head west for our lunch stopover at the world-class luxury fly fishing lodge of Porinui in the beautiful Taharua Valley. Our gourmet lunch here comprises local cuisine of seasonal produce incorporating freshly baked bread, wholesome soups, succulent salads, tender meat and supreme sides. After lunch we’ll be treated to a tour of this authentic back country property boasting pristine ecosystems coexisting with low impact farming of Angus breeding herd, commercial venison and an extensive beekeeping operation. From here we’ll be back on the road to arrive in Napier at the Scenic Hotel Te Pania right on the waterfront, with time to settle in before gathering for dinner in the hotel.
DAY THREE B, MT, L, D
We sure are living the high life on this trip – we are going to be admiring the amazing panorama from the summit of Te Mata Peak this morning after our breakfast! The 360-degree views are breath-taking, and the temptation will be to take a lot of photos no matter what direction you are facing. Morning tea will be at the café at Te Mata Figs. Established in 2008 to grow figs that would flourish in Hawkes Bay’s warm Mediterranean type climate, our hosts at The Figgery will take us on a tour, a chance to sample some of their 30 varieties of fresh figs and purchase from their extensive range of fig products. Save your appetite though as for lunch we make our way to award-winning Cape Kidnappers. We are in for a culinary treat! Much of the produce that makes up the menu at Robertson Lodge’s exclusive dining location is sourced from the onsite vegetable garden as well as fruit and boutique delicatessen products from the wider Hawkes Bay. Following lunch, we will take a tour through this incredible lodge. The afternoon will see us back in Napier to mooch and explore the charming shops before we ready ourselves for dinner.
DAY FOUR B, L
You can’t get much fresher than Hawkes Bay Farmers Market this morning! After breakfast we are making this our first port of call. A cornerstone of the region for over 20 years, the myriad of abundant and delicious produce to be gathered and savoured from its approximately 65 stallholders is not to be missed for any visitor to Hawkes Bay. For lunch today we will be at the 280-acre Mohaka River Farm at the foothills of the Kaweka Ranges. After a delicious meal at this picturesque rural getaway, we will be treated to a safari-like tour of the property to learn more of their sustainable farming practices and to further appreciate the serenity and beauty this tranquil location enjoys. Sadly, this is our final adventure before we head back to Tauranga. Arriving in the early evening we will undoubtedly look back on a journey enriched by first-class food and unforgettable scenery.
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