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Northern Experience - North Island

Characterised by picture-perfect beaches, warm Maori culture and magnificent geothermal spectacles, the North Island offers a uniquely different holiday experience than that of the South. If you’ve only got a few days and want to see the North Island this is your tour. 

Beautiful Bay of Islands, Historic Waitangi Treaty Reserve, Dolphin Cruise, Glow-worm Grotto, Geothermal Rotorua, Maori Cultural Evening.View Mighty Huka Falls, Mt. Ruapehu & Tongariro National Park.

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Itinerary

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ARRIVE AUCKLAND

‘Haere Mai’ and Welcome to New Zealand!

Flying into Auckland, you are transferred to your hotel to settle in and freshen up. Afterwards, venture out and explore the ‘City of Sails’. Journey up the Sky Tower, the tallest structure in the Southern Hemisphere, or visit the Auckland War Memorial Museum for an insight into New Zealand culture and history. Take a boat cruise on the harbour and see marine life and islands, or simply relax with a coffee in one of the many quirky inner-city cafes.

Welcome Reception: This evening, enjoy a welcome reception with your Tour Director.

Some Activities and Sightseeing Options Available are:

Explore Waiheke Island Island Kayaking Adventure America’s Cup Sailing
Auckland's Sky Tower Relax on the Beach Rangitoto Island Cruise & Walk
West Coast Wine Tour Whale and Dolphin Safari Muriwai Surf Beach

Accommodation Auckland - 1 night

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AUCKLAND - BAY OF ISLANDS Cruise.

We embark on a journey of discovery as we venture North today, driving along the scenic Hibiscus Coast and on to the magnificent Kauri trees at Parry Kauri Park. There’s time to explore New Zealand’s northern-most city, Whangarei, before we continue on to Paihia, the gateway to the coastal paradise that is the Bay of Islands.

Later we experience a spectacular scenic cruise to the famous Hole in the Rock and Cape Brett.

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner with Wine.

Accommodation Bay of Island - 2 nights

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BAY OF ISLANDS 'FREE TIME'

One of the jewels in New Zealand’s coastline, the Bay of Islands offers a myriad of things to do and places to see; all located within a sheltered paradise of islands and inlets. Enjoy a day to yourself and choose exactly how you would like to explore.

Included Experiences: Choose one of these following experiences and your Tour Director will tailor your itinerary at no additional expense. You can take a cruise on the harbour to view or swim with the dolphins, Join mini-tours to the historic seaside town of Russell or check-out the finest local arts and crafts in beautiful Kerikeri. A game of Golf at Waitangi, Evening Dinner Cruise or perhaps a fantastic days sailing onboard a Tall Ship.

Alternative excursions available in the Bay of Islands:

Historical Island Cruise Diving Rainbow Warrior 4WD Adventure Cape Reinga
Sailing the Islands Dolphin Swimming Giant Kauri Forest Walk
Cultural Tour of Waitangi Golf at Kauri Cliffs Sea Kayaking the Bay

 

Meals: Breakfast

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BAY OF ISLANDS - AUCKLAND

Discover the Bay of Islands this morning, our first stop we visit the Waitangi Treaty Grounds, one of New Zealand’s most important historic sites. This is where the document was signed that made New Zealand a British Colony. Marvel at the intricacies of the Marae (meeting house) and Maori waka (war canoe) before soaking up stunning views out over the Bay from the manicured grounds.. Later we enjoy the New Zealand farmland scenery as we make our return to Auckland, where we enjoy an unforgettable evening dining at The Langham. Enjoy a personal degustation menu from the freshest quality ingredients.

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Accommodation Auckland - 1 night

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AUCKLAND - ROTORUA

Soak up the unique lifestyle of Auckland on a City Sights Tour before we begin our journey south. Crossing the Bombay Hills and descending into the fertile plains of the Waikato we stop at the Waitomo. Here, a magnificent natural light display twinkles in an underground labrynth of limestone cave formations. We experience the magical Glow Worm Grotto on a boat before strolling through the intriguing cave systems.

Later in the afternoon we make our way to Rotorua, home to geothermal forces and rich Maori culture. Our orientation tour showcases stunning views of Lake Rotorua. Tonight you have the option of enjoying the evening at the Realm of Tane, which includes a traditional Maori Concert and delicious Hangi feast.

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Accommodation Rotorua - 2 nights

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ROTORUA

Today we savour the great attractions in Rotorua, choice your favorite activity out of a range of included sightseeing experiences.

Included Experience Choices: Get up close to rare wildlife and our endangered national bird, the kiwi, at Rainbow Springs Nature Park, or admire the magnificent forces of nature at Wai-O-Tapu, home to diverse and colourful showcases of geothermal activity. You may also head to the Agrodome Sheep Show for an entertaining sample of kiwi farming culture or enjoy a hot soak in the Mineral Pools on the shores of Lake Rotorua or treat yourself to a special spa treatment.

Farm Stay Choice: Tonight you can also choose to enjoy kiwi hospitality on a local farm for an overnight stay instead of another night in your hotel room.

Meals: Breakfast

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ROTORUA - WELLINGTON

Our journey takes us from the mountains to the coast. Travelling south, we stop to view the turbulent natural water display of the Huka Falls before visiting Taupo and driving along the shores of its huge lake. Marvel at the otherworldly landscapes of the Central Plateau in Tongariro National Park – the three volcanoes of Mount Ruapehu, Tongariro and Ngaruahoe stand sentinel over the barren lands. We travel through the rolling farmland of the Manawatu region before following the Kapiti Coast south to New Zealand’s capital city. Get acquainted with Wellington on a city sights tour; soaking up the panorama from atop Mount Victoria before your Farewell Dinner with your travel companions.

Meals: Breakfast, Afternoon Tea, Dinner

Accommodation Wellington - 1 night

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Homeward Bound

"Haere rā" Goodbye! and Bon Voyage!

Enjoy a visit to New Zealand’s National Museum, Te Papa, this morning. Fascinating exhibitions, interactive experiences and stories shed light on New Zealand’s colourful culture and history. Afterwards, you are transferred to the airport to farewell New Zealand and begin your journey home.

Meals: Breakfast