Bay of Islands & Rotorua Unearthed Itinerary

 

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Auckland - Bay of Islands

Today your journey starts with an early departure from Auckland all the way to the Bay of Islands - a marine wonderland brimming with unique sights and wildlife. The sub-tropical region of the Bay of Islands is a stunning Maritime Park with 144 islands, secluded bays, and an abundance of marine life including marlin, whales, penguins, dolphins, gannets and many other species.

Waitangi: This is an area of considerable historical significance, and is the place where Maori and European signed the Treaty of Waitangi that joined them as one nation. Long considered the cradle of Polynesian and European settlement in New Zealand. You will visit the historic Waitangi Treaty Reserve and learn about New Zealand's early Maori and European history.

Accommodation: Bay of Islands - 2 Nights

Bay of Islands Northland
This four star hotel offers uninterrupted Bay views surrounded by 60 acres of subtropical gardens and the historic Waitangi Treaty Grounds. It features a spectacular, lagoon style swimming pool and rock pools of cascading water. The hotel’s 180 guest rooms have individual patios or balconies from which to enjoy the water or garden views. Taking inspiration from nature, rooms have been designed to blend into the natural environment whilst offering a serene escape.
Copthorne Hotel and Resort Bay of Islands

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Bay of Islands Dolphin Cruise

Hole in the Rock is the most popular dolphin watching cruise in the Bay of Islands, and for good reason! Board your cruise in Paihia or Russell and take in the stunning views as we glide out through the islands and along the Rakaumangamanga Peninsula to Cape Brett, where a historic lighthouse keeps watch over Piercy Island/Motukōkako, or as it is popularly known the 'Hole in the Rock'. This four-hour cruise includes an island stopover, dolphin viewing and the Hole in the Rock. Morning cruises depart daily and you can spend the rest of the day at leisure.You will head back to the inner islands of the Bay where you can choose to disembark in Russell or Paihia.  The afternoon is free to spend exploring or relaxing. 

Bay of Islands cruise

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Bay of Islands - Auckland

Spend some free time in the Bay of Islands this morning. Take a ferry to Russell, the first Capital of New Zealand or drink a cup of coffee in a lovely local cafe. In the afternoon you will enjoy the lush green farmland scenery, while returning to Auckland.

Some Activities and sightseeing options if you have time:

Explore Waiheke Island    Island Kayaking Adventure    America’s Cup Sailing
Auckland's Sky TowerRelax on the BeachRangitoto Island Cruise & Walk
West Coast Wine TourWhale and Dolphin SafariMuriwai Surf Beach

 

Accommodation: Auckland - 1 Night

Auckland Viaduct
Ideally situated in central Queen Street, the Airedale Boutique Suites is a beautiful four-star hotel with an elegant art deco apartment style accommodation. Enjoy shopping, eating and the city entertainment precinct right at your doorstep. Guests are welcome to enjoy stylish inner-city accommodation that offers space and convenience. A lavish renovation of this heritage building blends its fabulous art deco architecture with a contemporary feel and modern comforts.
Old MLC Building

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Auckland - Waitomo - Rotorua

After an early departure from Auckland you will be travelling to the amazing Waitomo Caves.

Waitomo – the name coming from the Maori words wai (water) and tomo (hole) is home to an astonishing landscape. Hidden under the green hills of Waitomo lies a labyrinth of caves, sinkholes and underground rivers. The caves were carved by underground streams pushing through soft limestone over thousands of years.

Tour the amazing limestone caverns and sail through the still waters of the sparkling Waitomo Glow Worm Grotto - with plenty of time for your eyes to adjust to the darkness - intensifying the effect of thousands of softly shining glow worms.

Later, travel on to Rotorua, the cultural centre of New Zealand.

Accommodation Rotorua - 2 Nights

Waitomo Glowworm Caves
Situated just a short stroll from the city centre the Copthorne Hotel Rotorua offers stylish and contemporary accommodation that is suitable for business and leisure travellers alike. Boasting 110 guest rooms, five conference rooms with state of the art facilities - Jimmy’s Bar, Jimmy Cook’s Kiwi Kitchen, one of the city’s most exciting dining venues and leisure facilities that include gym, swimming pool and tennis court.
Rotorua

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Explore Rotorua

Enjoy a sightseeing tour this morning in Rotorua. Experience the Maori Culture and the amazing Te Puia. You will continue on to the Rainbow Springs Nature Park where you can join the Kiwi Encounter and then head over to the Agrodome Sheep Show for a taste of 'very kiwi' farm tour.

This evening you will visit the Tamaki Tribal Village for an evening of culture. You will experience a traditionally prepared Maori Hangi (feast) followed by a cultural performance featuring Maori songs, chants and dance including the famous haka - lots of fun! 

Maori Village

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Rotorua - Auckland

Enjoy some free time in Rotorua this morning.


Some recommendations for the afternoon if you have time:

See Geysers & Boiling Mud    Polynesian Hot Springs  Whirinaki Forest Walk
Thermally Active GolfBiking the Mighty ForestsFlight to Volcanic Island
Museum of Art & HistoryEvening Cultural Experience   White Water Rafting

 

During the late afternoon you will board your coach to return to Auckland.

Accommodation Auckland - 1 Night

Rotorua Geothermal Valley
Ideally situated in central Queen Street, the Airedale Boutique Suites is a beautiful four-star hotel with an elegant art deco apartment style accommodation. Enjoy shopping, eating and the city entertainment precinct right at your doorstep. Guests are welcome to enjoy stylish inner-city accommodation that offers space and convenience. A lavish renovation of this heritage building blends its fabulous art deco architecture with a contemporary feel and modern comforts.
Old MLC Building

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Bon Voyage!

Homeward Bound"Haere rā" Goodbye! and Bon Voyage!

Today we say farewell to newfound friends. We take care of your transfer to Auckland Airport where you will board your onward flight, taking with you the magical memories of a truly exceptional New Zealand holiday.

Sky City Tower Auckland

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What Narissa says about this tour: This 7 day trip is big on experiences without any arduous travel. You'll visit Waitomo caves, geothermal Rotorua and have the chance to relax in the stunning Bay of islands. With modest accommodation this trip is great value for all of the included activities. We have taken great care in arranging connections, transfers and centrally located accommodation so all the hard work of travel has been taken care of.
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