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Our top 10 most popular itineraries

The Essential Middle Earth Tour of the North Island

10 days starting in Auckland, finishing in Wellington
Accommodation style: Motels

21 day Classic New Zealand

21 days starting in Auckland, finishing in Christchurch
Accommodation style: Boutique lodges & hotels

The Essence of New Zealand

14 days starting in Auckland, finishing in Christchurch
Accommodation style: Boutique lodges & hotels

Luxury 23 day Grand Explorer

23 days starting in Auckland, finishing in Christchurch
Accommodation style: Luxury Lodges & hotels

The 9 day Essential South Island

9 days starting in Christchurch, finishing in Christchurch
Accommodation style: Boutique lodges & hotels

13 day Southern Family Adventure

13 days starting in Christchurch, finishing in Christchurch
Accommodation style: Motels

The Classic 9 day Southern Alps Circuit

9 days starting in Queenstown, finishing in Queenstown
Accommodation style: Boutique lodges & hotels

18 Day Forests and Coasts Walking Experience

18 days starting in Auckland, finishing in Christchurch
Accommodation style: Hotel 4 star

17 day Essential Golf New Zealand

17 days starting in Auckland, finishing in Queenstown
Accommodation style: Boutique lodges & hotels

9 Day Upper South Island Rail Experience

9 days starting in Christchurch, finishing in Christchurch
Accommodation style: Boutique lodges & hotels

 

Napier

Napier, the city by the sea, is renowned for its 1930s Art Deco architecture, events such as the Art Deco Weekend in February, stately Norfolk pines, surrounding wineries and local fresh produce. Supported by a Mediterranean climate and over 2,200 hours of sunshine a year this popular year-round destination boasts a vibrant cafe culture amongst the splendour of the Art Deco buildings.

Around 30 cafes are within walking distance of the central city area, while Ahuriri, just over Bluff Hill, is home to a further cluster of up market establishments. Marine Parade overlooks the Pacific Ocean and out towards Cape Kidnappers, home to the world's largest mainland gannet colony. A full day can be taken visiting Ocean Spa hot pools and swimming complex, the Hawke's Bay Museum and the National Aquarium of New Zealand.

A landmark of Napier is Bluff Hill, which is home for many Napier residents and provides views of the town,  beaches of Perfume Point and Westshore and out towards Whirinaki. Bluff Hill also overlooks the Port of Napier, one of New Zealand's busiest ports, transporting timber, local fruit and meat products to worldwide destinations.

In 1931, New Zealand's greatest natural disaster struck Hawke's Bay. At 10.47am on Tuesday February 3rd, an earthquake of magnitude Richter 7.8 struck. In a minute and a half, in two separate shocks, the centre of Napier was almost totally destroyed. Fires quickly broke out and reduced to ashes or gutted what the tremors had left standing. Damage in Hastings was also devastating, although the fires were contained. Wairoa and the smaller towns to the south as far as Dannevirke were affected. There were 258 deaths - 162 in Napier, 93 in Hastings and 3 in Wairoa along with many injuries. The reconstruction of Napier and Hastings were costly but the benefit was two modern cities and the Ahuriri Lagoon, or Inner Harbour as it was usually known, was raised over 2 metres, creating the land, which Napier desperately needed to expand.

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