Academy Travel is the largest cultural themed tour operator in Australia and we are pleased to offer this tour to our UK travellers through our London office.

New Zealand Nature, Culture & The Arts

Mar 12 - 21, 2020
10 days
£3,570 per person, twin share (land content only). £860 supplement for sole use of a hotel room.
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Tour
Leader

Dr Kathleen Olive

Overview

Experience world-famous sculpture parks, remarkable art & architecture and striking landscapes.

Delve into the art, architecture and nature of New Zealand’s North Island, from its Maori heritage to its privately-owned art collections and sculpture parks, on this 10-day tour. The tour begins in the harbourside capital of Wellington, before heading though classic farmland to Napier, then across the centre of the island to Lake Taupo and Rotorua, culminating in four days in and around Auckland. Experience how the dramatic mountain ranges, centres of volcanic activity, stunning coastlines and rolling green hills, are both setting and context for the art and culture of New Zealand.

Highlights

  • Internationally-renowned and privatelyowned sculpture parks – Gibbs Farm, north of Auckland, and Connells Bay on beautiful Waiheke Island
  • Remarkable landscape at Waimangu, with steaming geysers and hot springs
  • Napier’s impressive Art Deco in harmonious public buildings, beach promenades and commercial and residential buildings
  • Experience wonderful food and wine at Mudbrick restaurant on Waiheke Island
  • Behind-the-scenes tour of Auckland’s Toi o Tamaki Art Gallery, New Zealand’s largest and most inspiring visual arts experience
  • Scenic drives through mountains, volcanic landscapes and verdant countryside

Itinerary Overview

Days 1–2: Arrive in Wellington and explore the city’s cultural heritage at the Te Papa Museum, National Portrait Gallery and Katherine Mansfield Museum. Tour the Beehive, Wellington’s iconic parliament, and the Botanic Gardens.

Days 3–4: Cross the Rimutaka Mountains, visiting the Wairarapa wine region and exploring Art Deco architecture in Napier.

Days 5–6: From Rotorua, travel to Lake Taupo and witness Huka Falls. Take in the area’s volcanic landscape, including the Te Puia hot springs.

Days 7–10: In Auckland, enjoy visits to the Wallace Arts Centre, Gibbs Farm and Ayrlies Garden. Explore Waiheke Island and Connells Bay Sculpture Park.

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