Central Heritage Tour

The Central Heritage Tour is a fun 8 day small group tour taking in the sights and sounds of the lower North Island. The tour will take up to 14 guests and fully escorted throughout. 

We stay in wonderful accommodation in Wellington, Napier, Taupo, New Plymouth and Whanganui. 

The package includes 7 nights accommodation, all transport while on tour, 6 breakfasts, 3 lunches, coffees and 2 dinners, meet and greet drink and nibbles in Wellington, airport transfers, wine tasting at 2 Martinborough wineries, 1 hour vintage car tour around Napier City, Lake Taupo cruise, Lava Glass studio and glass garden visit, lunch at Chateau Tongariro, drink at Whangamomona Hotel, we drive the entire Forgotten Highway, guided walk of Pukekura Park in New Plymouth, Durie Hill visit Whanganui and visit to the Wellington Tram Museum. 

Flights to and from Wellington not included

The tour is done at a relaxing pace to allow you to take in all the scenery and photo stops along the way. There will be a fun, interactive commentary along the way from the driver. 

Tour departures from Wellington on May 2 and 30. 

Package price $ 5829.00 / couple


  • Suitable for Adults and Seniors
  • Region North Island
  • Duration 8 Days
  • Month of Departure April, May, August
  • Small group tours

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What is Included

  • 7 nights accommodation
  • All activities stated in itinerary
  • All transport during tour
  • Expert local guide
  • Delicious meals provided
  • Online photo gallery
  • Online brochure

Tour Highlights


  • Day 1 - Wellington

    Arrive in to Wellington. There will be a shuttle expecting you on arrival for those arriving by air. We can arrange transport to Wellington for you if you live within the Wellington region. Transfer to the Ramada hotel

    We meet in the hotel lobby at 1745 where we will walk to The Tasting Room for our Meet and Greet. First drink and all nibbles are included. This is a great chance to meet the group who will be travelling with us for the week.

  • Day 2 - Wellington - Napier

    This morning we depart Wellington on board a Wairarapa Line train from Wellington Station to Featherston. You will be met at Featherston Station and taken to Greytown where you will have almost an hour to look around the boutique shops and cafes of this quaint Wairarapa town. Try the chocolate shop next to the museum, well worth the visit.
    We leave Greytown and head over to Martinborough where we enjoy a short tour and tasting at Muirlea Rise winery followed by another tasting and yummy lunch at Tirohana winery.
    After lunch we will make our way north to Napier. We will have refreshment stops along the way.
    We arrive at The Crown Hotel, Napier where we stay for the next 2 nights. Dinner is on you this evening, there are numerous restaurants to choose from in Ahuriri.

  • Napier Day

    Today we explore the stunning city of Napier.
    We will be taken on a 1 hour tour of Napier City with their famous vintage cars. There is an option where you can do a city walking tour afterwards.
    After the tour you have all the time you like to have a wander around Napier's central city.
    Half day cycle tours can be arranged for this afternoon on demand (additional cost).

  • Napier - Taupo

    We leave Napier this morning heading over the hill, on State Highway 5, to Taupo. This is an easy 2.5 hour journey. On arrival in Taupo we will head to the wharf where we will meet the team at Chris Jolly Cruises, they will take us out on the lake for a wonderful and informative cruise of New Zealand's largest lake.

    After the cruise we will head to our hotel for the evening, Millennuim Manuels Hotel. We will have a group dinner in their beautiful restaurant. There will be a menu in your folder for you to look over.

  • Taupo - New Plymouth

    This morning we will start with a short walk to Huka Falls before visiting the Lava Glass studio and glass garden (entry included).

    We head around the lake as we head towards our lunch stop at Chateau Tongariro (lunch included, drinks additional), then a drive along the stunning Forgotten Highway with a stop for a drink at the famous Whangamomona Hotel (drink included).

    We will finish the day at the King & Queen Hotel, New Plymouth where we will stay for 2 nights.

    Dinner is at your own leisure this evening, there are numerous fantastic restaurant options within a stones throw of the hotel.

  • New Plymouth Day

    Today is a relaxing day to explore New Plymouth.
    We will start off by taking a guided tour of the central city before heading up for a walking tour of the beautiful Pukekura Park, this will take around 90 minutes. We will finish up at the Lake House tea rooms for a coffee (included in the package).

    The rest of the day is yours to relax and enjoy the sights, museums and art galleries in New Plymouth.

  • New Plymouth - Whanganui

    We will leave New Plymouth this morning driving along the coastal highway to Hawera and the magnificent Tawhiti Museum. We will allocate up to 3 hours at the Tawhiti Museum, you are welcome to have a bite to eat for lunch or drink at the cafe.

    After our visit to the Tawhiti Museum we will head to Whanganui for tonight. We will head to the escalator at Durie Hill (entry included in the package) to take in the views from above the city before retreating to our overnight halt at the Rutland Arms Hotel.

    For our last night together we will enjoy a dinner together at Stellar Restaurant and Bar, just around the corner from the hotel so very easy to find.

  • Whanganui - Wellington

    This is the last day of our tour today.
    We leave Whanganui this morning heading south to Wellington. We will stop at Viv's Kitchen in Sanson for those who wish to try the famous Cream Horns (not included).

    We continue south towards the Kapiti Coast and Paraparaumu where we will visit the Wellington Tramway Museum. Here we will be taken for a ride onboard one of their beautiful heritage trams. You can visit the world war 2 bunkers left behind by the American forces before heading to the beach to get a group photo on the beach in front of Kapiti Island. You will have plenty time to have a wander through the exhibitions in the tram shed. A light lunch will be put on for us (included in the package).

    We will continue on to Wellington. We will aim to be back in the city for 1500. If you are flying out please let us know your flight times so we can have you at the airport in plenty time.

  • Kapiti Island - Additional

    If you would like to visit the wonderful nature reserve on Kapiti Island please let us know and we can arrange this for you.

  • Suitable for Adults and Seniors
  • Region North Island
  • Duration 8 Days
  • Month of Departure April, May, August
  • Small group tours

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From $5,949 per Couple

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