Six of the Best 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 walkabout before moving on to the trout hatchery at the Tongariro National Trout Centre and 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 about 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 leave the volcanic plateau and head back to Lake Taupo and the iconic Huka Lodge. Long regarded as one of the world's most revered and inspirational luxury accommodations, Huka Lodge is set among established gardens along the banks of the surging Waikato River. With humble beginnings as a fishermen's camp made famous for its trout-rich waters. Huka Lodge has secured its place as one of the country's oldest and most renowned luxury lodges. Its impressive heritage continues to welcome some of the world's most influential guests to the region.
The afternoon sees us travelling to Napier and our accommodation 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 breathtaking, 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, 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 of 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
After a sleep-in, we will leave our home in Napier and make our way to Taupo, stopping then on to Kinloch Lodge, where we are in for a real treat. We will enjoy a delicious lunch at Kinloch Lodge where you will experience contemporary luxury with a hint of medieval flair! Embark on a journey of culinary exploration, from the estate to the plate, where dishes are expertly crafted to elevate fresh seasonal ingredients. 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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