PRE- and POST-CONFERENCE TOURS
Auckland, New Zealand
Travel Classics International 2014
Auckland and Rotorua -
A journey into Māori Culture
Sunday 27 April - Wednesday 30 April
||Auckland and Rotorua are Māori cultural hubs full of magical stories both ancient and
modern. Your journey to Rotorua will take you through a geothermal wonderland of volcanic crater
lakes, spouting geysers, bubbling mud pools and colorful terraces. In Auckland, discover the
harbor on a traditional sailing waka to learn of the Polynesian people's epic migration to
Rotorua is a short 40 minute flight from Auckland. Start your afternoon at Te Whakarewarewa
Valley, home to many species of native plants and birds. Your guide will describe the many uses
Māori have for the natural resources and geothermal activity around them. Finish the afternoon
with a visit to the Kiwi Conservation Center and see New Zealand's native flightless bird and
photo: Destination Rotorua
Connect with the indigenous people and history of Rotorua by taking a guided city walk
through the geothermal area around historical Ohinemutu Marae - a meeting place. Your guide will
invite you into the home of one of the locals for a Māori home cooked meal. After lunch, discover
pristine native New Zealand forest from above with an exciting Rotorua Canopy zipline tour. Finish
the day at the Skyline Gondola enjoying panoramic views of Rotorua from the Skyline restaurant.
Travel to Auckland in the morning. On arrival, begin your experience at the Auckland War
Memorial Museum. Enjoy the vibrant Manaia cultural performance and see the country's finest
collection of Māori Taonga (treasures). Next, discover Auckland's fascinating cultural heritage
on a guided walk on Maungawhau (Mt Eden), the site of a majestic Pa (fortress) on the edge of the
city. Your guide will highlight the archaeological features of this iconic volcanic cone,
demonstrate traditional Māori customs and share stories passed from generation to generation that
bring Auckland's landscape to life.
Begin the day with a short ferry cruise across the Waitemata Harbor to one of New Zealand's
youngest landforms, the iconic Rangitoto Island, which is linked to one of Auckland's oldest islands,
Motutapu. Your hosts will provide a taste of New Zealand's newest multi-day walk - the Rangitoto
and Motutapu Haerenga. The afternoon will then take you on a voyage aboard a seafaring
double-hulled waka (canoe). Help hoist the sails and man the giant steering oar while learning
about the renaissance in celestial navigation and great journeys that have been undertaken in
recent times. Enjoy the final evening with dinner in the Britomart Precinct.
Tour are offered
complimentary to Travel Classics delegates and include all transport, accommodation, meals and
activities as stated on the itinerary. Delegates may choose either one pre-tour or one post-tour.
Partners of Travel Classics delegates are welcome to join this tour at the special rate of US$600.
This includes accommodation shared with delegate, transport, meals and activities as outlined
on itinerary. This rate is at-cost.
Tour registration deadline is 15 October, and delegates will be advised of their tour assignments
by 30 October. Please state your first, second and third choice of tour as capacity is limited to
6 pax per tour.
To register for a tour please download the registration form,
fill it in and email to: Yves Gentil, DQMPR, firstname.lastname@example.org