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Sanctuary Mountain (Mt Maungatautari) & Hamilton Gardens Day trip from Auckland

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In this exclusive luxury tour you will visit Internationally renowned Hamilton Gardens as well as one of the largest pest proof wildlife sanctuaries in the world

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Stop At: Kaihere Lookout, State Highway, Kaihere 3597, New Zealand

Departing Auckland at 7am you will take a pleasant drive south over the Bombay hills into the rich dairy farmland of the Waikato, then turning east. A short stop at an elevated view over the Hauraki plains, with the Kaimai Coromandel range in the distance, makes for a great photo stop.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Kaimai Cafe & Store, Hawes Street, Waharoa 3401, New Zealand

It’s all flat driving across the plains through farmland as we follow the Kaimai Range to a disused dairy factory for a tea/coffee break. You may like to try the cheese platter.

Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: Arapuni Swing Bridge, Waikato River, Arapuni New Zealand

Our scenic drive to Sanctuary Mountain continues to impress as we catch up with the Waikato river, before stopping in the rural town of Arapuni and a short walk over a swing bridge to view the Arapuni hydro electric power station. The first on the Waikato dated 1929.

Duration: 20 minutes

Stop At: Sanctuary Mountain, 99 Tari Rd, Pukeatua 3880, New Zealand

We cross over the dam and it’s a short drive to Mt Maungatautari (Sanctuary mountain). A mainland ecological island created by a 47km pest proof fence, Sanctuary Mountain is the largest of it’s type in the world. Join an informative 1½ hour guided tour about many of New Zealand’s rarest and most endangered plants, insects, birds, fish, geckos, frogs, bats and flora that co-exist in this spectacular environment, on one of the many well maintained tracks to the 16m viewing tower. A picnic lunch is included here.

Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

Stop At: Mighty River Domain, Lake Karapiro, 601 Maungatautari Rd, Karapiro 3494, New Zealand

On to lake Karapiro, where we cross over the dam of the second hydro-electric power station on the Waikato River, dated 1947 for a photo stop, with The majestic 797m Mt Maungatautari (Sanctuary mountain) looming in the background.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Hamilton Gardens, Hungerford Crescent, Hamilton East, Hamilton 3216, New Zealand

Then on to The Hamilton Gardens, awarded International Garden of The Year 2014. Not technically a botanical garden, but rather 21 themed gardens representing the art, beliefs, lifestyles, and traditions of different civilizations or historical garden styles.

Duration: 1 hour

Pass By: Taupiri Marae, 706A Kainui Rd, Taupiri 3791, New Zealand

Our drive back to Auckland takes you through the city of Hamilton, some small townships and past the Sacred Maori burial ground of Mt Taupiri.

Additional Information

  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Child rate applies only when sharing with 2 paying adults
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Stroller accessible
  • Infant seats available
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • Hamilton Gardens
  • Picnic Lunch
  • Lunch
  • Bottled water
  • Coffee and/or Tea
  • Entry/Admission - Sanctuary Mountain

  • Excess luggage charges (where applicable)

Departure Point
Traveler pickup is offered
Private homes, Serviced Apartments, Motels, anywhere within central Auckland and the inner suburbs, Auckland Airport.

Departure Time
7:15 AM

8 to 12 hours

Voucher Info
You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

The tour identified in this promotion is made available through Viator. Groupon is not affiliated with or sponsored by the Zest Tours in connection with this deal. Please contact Groupon customer service for all inquiries related to this offer. Inquiries placed to Viator will be directed back to Groupon.

This offer is not eligible for promo codes.

The Fine Print

7-day cancellation rights do not apply; no refunds or exchanges permitted. Voucher valid only for date and time listed; may not be exchanged or redeemed for other dates. Purchaser name and phone number must be provided at checkout; this information will be shared with Viator and the tour operator for purposes of order fulfillment. Groupon promo codes may not be used for this offer. Groupon voucher Terms of Sale do not apply. See the tour operators terms and conditions for this offer here. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised Goods and services.