GP Wellness Retreat & Medical Tour of New Zealand

17 - 25 Mar 2022
  • Medical & Professional Tours

About the tour

Health professionals know better than anyone that self-care is essential, particularly in these times. This tour is designed to let you relax, recharge, and replenish your bodies and minds in some of the most beautiful and rewarding parts of New Zealand. It’s designed to let each person do as much or as little as they like, with a range of appealing optional activities within the fully organised itinerary.

The tour visits three stunning destinations: the Coromandel Peninsula, where forests meet hot sand beaches; Taupo with its active hot mud springs, geysers and Maori culture; and the art deco capital of Hawke’s Bay, known for its wineries, beaches and dramatic landscapes.

Arrive in Auckland and transfer to the Coromandel Peninsula for 3 nights. Continue to Taupo via Rotorua for two nights before travelling to Hawke’s Bay for three nights.

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Itinerary at a glance

  • Day 1: Auckland / Coromandel Peninsula (Thur, 17 March) Arrive in Auckland and transfer to Pauanui on the Coromandel Peninsula. There are two departures from Auckland Airport. Arrive and check into the Grand Mercure Puka Park Pauanui. The hotel is a secluded luxury lodge set amidst 25 acres of New Zealand native bush. The hotel is a wonderful place to relax with spa, sauna and pool. Enjoy a three-course dinner at the award winning Miha Restaurant that evening.
  • Day 2: Pauanui Beach, Coromandel Peninsula (Fri, 18 March) Optional yoga early morning on the beach or forest. The Coromandel prides itself on excellent hiking trails, many of which are in and around Pauanui. These trails are easily accessed from Grand Mercure Puka Park. There are two options for morning escorted walks. The easier walk is through surrounding forest on the Pauanui Tairua Trail - a gently undulating scenic trail following the banks of Tairua River. For a more strenuous walk, the Pinnacles Walk and Broken Hills walking tracks offer some of the most spectacular scenery on the Coromandel Peninsula. Drive to the pretty town of Tairua with the option of lunch at Flock restaurant with the afternoon at leisure. Return to the hotel for an evening at leisure.
  • Day 3: Pauanui Beach, Coromandel Peninsula (Sat, 19 March) Optional yoga early morning on the beach or forest. Morning at leisure with the option to take part in a medical discussion group. Travel to Cathedral Cove followed by lunch at The Church Bistro Hahei. Visit Hot Water Beach, where you can dig a hole on the beach and soak in the thermal hot water pool in the sand.
  • Day 4: Coromandel Peninsula / Taupo (Sun, 20 March) Travel to Rotorua and visit Hell's Gate National Park. Take part in a guided interactive geothermal walk past Māori carvings before experiencing the geothermal healing properties that the local Māori have been using for centuries. Soak in geothermal mud and sulphur spas, finishing with a cool plunge pool. Drive to Taupo and check into the Hilton Hotel with views over Lake Taupo and the surrounding volcanic scenery. Dinner is at the acclaimed Bistro de Largo at the Hilton.
  • Day 5: Taupo (Mon, 21 March) Optional yoga by the lake. Spend the day at leisure relaxing by the lake and using the hotel facilities or choose from a range of optional activities. Take part in a morning riverside walk along the Waikato River to see the Huka Falls where a quarter of a million litres of water per second erupts from a natural gorge, thundering 11m into the Waikato River below. Continue to the Aratiatia Dam where three times a day thousands of litres of water are released for around 15 minutes, creating a spectacular flow of water through a narrow gorge. The other options (some at additional cost) include visiting more thermal pools at Debretts, a short walk from the hotel; 18 holes at Wairakei Golf Course and Sanctuary; bike rides; fly fishing; a scenic lake cruise on Lake Taupo; or the Tongariro full day hike, one of the great walks of New Zealand.
  • Day 6: Taupo / Hawke’s Bay (Tue, 22 March) Drive to Poronga Falls and visit Arataki Honey, famed for its Manuka honey. Continue to Hawke’s Bay. Enjoy a platter lunch at Black Barn Winery. Continue to the village of Havelock North and check into Porters Hotel. At leisure or optional medical educational meeting. Time to explore the attractive village with a thriving arts community, boutique shops, cafés, restaurants and specialty food stores. The village is a few minutes from some of the region’s best-known wineries and restaurants.
  • Day 7: Hawke’s Bay (Wed, 23 March) Optional yoga. Spend the day at leisure or take up a number of optional activities (some at additional cost) including a cheese and wine experience with Juliet Harbutt; a golf day at Cape Kidnappers; Cape Kidnappers spa day; a wine tour of four selected vineyards; a Bell Rock hike (3 hour medium intensity); return transfers to Napier to explore the Art Deco Town and its shops. Dinner at leisure with complimentary transport service available to Craggy Range, Mangapapa, Black Barn and Elephant Hill restaurants.
  • Day 8: Hawke’s Bay (Thur, 24 March) Optional yoga. Spend the day at leisure or take up a number of optional activities (some at additional cost) including a spa day at Mangapapa exclusive boutique resort; a golf day at Cape Kidnappers; an optional day hike to Te Mata Peak; optional wineries by bike; return transfers to Napier to explore the Art Deco Town and its shops. Enjoy a farewell dinner at Maina.
  • Day 9: Hawke’s Bay / Napier / Auckland (Fri, 25 March) Departure to Napier - Hastings for flight to Auckland and onward destination.

Tour cost

The cost of the tour is $3,580 per person sharing

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