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New Zealand North Island Highlights

Duration
10 Days
Prices From:
US$ 2,049

Explore the wonders of New Zealand on this journey across the North Island. As you tour Auckland and Rotorua, you’ll cruise across the Hauraki Gulf to explore the diversity of Waiheke Island, delve into the illuminated glowworm tunnels of the Waitomo Caves, and see the bubbling mud pools and spouting geysers of the Whakarewarewa Thermal Reserve.


This 10-day New Zealand vacation takes you to the country’s largest city, Auckland, as well as the geothermal landscape of Rotorua.

Your New Zealand vacation begins in Auckland, where two natural harbours frame the city and transform it into one of the most beautiful spots on the planet. You can get your bearings and enjoy the best views of the city by climbing the Sky Tower or you can head to Auckland Domain to explore a park built atop an extinct volcano. Auckland is also bursting with markets, so be sure to do some shopping and take home some Maori arts and crafts while in the city. During your time in Auckland, you’ll take a harbour cruise to enjoy views of the city from the water and visit Devonport, the Viaduct Basin, and the Bean Rock Lighthouse. You’ll also take one day to explore Waieheke Island, first journeying across the Hauraki Gulf by boat and then exploring the landscape and culture of this diverse island in the company of an expert guide.

From Auckland, pass south to the Waitomo Caves, where you’ll venture underground into sprawling natural tunnels illuminated by glowworms. As you ride a boat across the Glowworm Grotto, you’ll enjoy breathtaking sights as thousands of glowworms transform the cave ceiling into an approximation of the night sky.

Continue your New Zealand vacation by heading to Rotorua, the geothermal marvel that has quickly become one of the country’s main tourist hubs and famous for its geysers and mudpools. Head to Hell’s Gate Thermal Park or the Whakarewarewa Thermal Reserve to see the only hot waterfall in the southern hemisphere or marvel at Pohutu Geyser, which shoots water 30m high. Beyond the bubbling mud pools and relaxing hot springs, Rotorua is also home to the country’s highest concentration of Maori. You can get in touch with indigenous New Zealand by heading to Te Puia and the Maori Arts and Crafts Institute. You’ll close out your cultural experience in Rotorua by heading to the Agrodome to enjoy a traditional sheep show.

This New Zealand vacation showcases the iconic sights of the North Island.


 

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Duration
10 Days
Prices From:
US$ 2,049

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Day 1

Depart North America

Depart from North America.  Catch your connecting flight to Los Angeles, San Francisco, Houston or Vancouver to connect with your flight to Auckland on award winning Air New Zealand.

Day 2

Cross the International Dateline

You will cross the International Dateline on your flight Downunder and ‘lose’ a day.  But don’t worry, it will be regained on your flight back to North America.

Day 3

Arrive Auckland

On arrival in Auckland you will be met and transferred to your hotel. The remainder of the day is at leisure. Auckland, the largest city in New Zealand on the North Island, is known as the “City of Sails” due to its attractive harbour, home to thousands of sailing boats. It occupies a narrow isthmus between the harbour and the sea. It also has the largest Polynesian population of any city in the world.

This modern city combines urban with beautiful beaches, hiking trails, islands and a rugged West Coast. For amazing views of the city, visit the Skytower, the tallest building in the Southern Hemisphere or Mount Eden, an extinct volcano crater and the highest point in Auckland. Both have 360 degree panoramic views of the city and surrounding area.

Auckland offers excellent shopping mainly on Queen Street as do several nearby neighbourhoods such as Newmarket and Ponsonby, the latter a good place to stroll day or night for its cafes and nightlife.

Hotel Type Hotel
Economy Ibis Budget Auckland Centre
Moderate Adina Apartment Hotel Auckland
First Class
(1 - 30 Nov & 1 Feb - 31 Mar) 
Grand Millennium Hotel Auckland  
First Class  Amora Hotel Auckland  
Duration4 Nights
Day 4

Auckland Hop On Hop Off Tour

Enjoy a hop-on hop-off city sightseeing tour of Auckland today.  Your ticket is valid for 24 hours, giving you plenty of time to explore this harbour city.

Day 5

Auckland Harbour Cruise

Escape the city and cruise the sparkling waters of Auckland's beautiful harbour. Sit back, relax and let the Fullers crew look after you with full commentary during the one and a half-hour harbour cruise. Visit the Viaduct Basin, see the harbour highlights including historic Devonport, the Auckland Harbour Bridge, Bean Rock Lighthouse, and the Devonport Naval Base. For those on a tight itinerary, the Fullers Harbour Cruise is an ideal way to experience Auckland taking in views of three major Auckland Icons: the Harbour Bridge, Rangitoto Island, and the Sky Tower.

Day 6

Waiheke Island Explorer

Be introduced to Waiheke on the Fullers Explorer Tour, a picturesque 35 minutes boat trip followed by 1.5 hour scenic highlight tour of Waiheke's stunning locations. Cruise to Waiheke through the glorious Hauraki Gulf, on arrival you will be met by an experienced guide who will give you a taste of the views, culture and history that make up the diverse Island of Waiheke. On conclusion of the tour, take advantage of the complimentary All Day Bus Pass allowing you to either return to a destination on the tour or discover the island further on the Waiheke Island scheduled bus services.

Day 7

Auckland to Rotorua via Waitomo

Travel south from Auckland, through the rich farmland of the Waikato, and onto Waitomo. Here you will enjoy a guided tour through the long galleries and lofty chambers of the world famous Glowworm Caves. Your tour continues with a boat ride through the Glowworm Grotto, illuminated by thousands of tiny lights from the glow worms suspended from the cave ceiling. Following your tour there is time for lunch (included). You will then continue to Rotorua by coach.

Hotel Type Hotel
Economy Hotel Ibis Rotorua
Moderate Holiday Inn Rotorua
First Class Millennium Hotel Rotorua  
Duration3 Nights
Day 8

Rotorua Sightseeing

Today on your morning tour you will visit Te Puia and the Maori Arts and Crafts Institute where you can view mighty geysers, boiling mud pools, and the traditional arts and culture of the Maori People. You will also experience Rainbow Springs which is a unique showcase of New Zealand's flora and fauna including New Zealand's national icon, a kiwi bird. Last but not least, you will have a hands on experience at the Agrodome Sheep Show, giving you an animated insight into New Zealand's farming history.

Today on your morning tour you will visit Te Puia and the Maori Arts and Crafts Institute where you can view mighty geysers, boiling mud pools, and the traditional arts and culture of the Maori People. You will also experience Rainbow Springs which is a unique showcase of New Zealand's flora and fauna including New Zealand's national icon, a kiwi bird. Last but not least, you will have a hands on experience at the Agrodome Sheep Show, giving you an animated insight into New Zealand's farming history.

Meal Plan Dinner
Day 9

Rotorua at Leisure

Today is at leisure. Rotorua, in the center of the North Island, is situated on a volcanic plateau also known as the “Pacific Rim of Fire” under which is the world’s most lively geothermal activity. It is here that you can discover amazing geysers, thermal springs, crater lakes and boiling mud pools.
The smell of sulphur that lingers in the air will remind visitors they are in a geothermal region. Watch the famed Pohutu Geyser shoot scalding water up to 30 metres into the sky at Whakarewarena Thermal Reserve or visit Hell’s Gate Thermal Park with the only hot waterfall in the southern hemisphere. Visitors can soak their feet in hot pools. There are countless touring options to choose from, ask your Goway agent for details.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Day 10

Depart Rotorua for North America

You will be transferred to the airport for your flight (via Auckland) back to North America with Air New Zealand.

Meal Plan Breakfast

Other Information

DEPARTURES AND PRICES:

Departure from
Los Angeles /
San Francisco
US $

Economy Hotels

Moderate Hotels

 First Class Hotels

18 Nov - 12 Dec '19 $2,169 $2,349 $2,499
13 Dec '19 - 31 Jan '20 $2,799 $2,989 $3,099
1 Feb - 27 Mar '20 $2,169 $2,349 $2,499
28 - 31 Mar '20 $2,349 $2,529 $3,679
1 - 30 Apr '20 $2,049 $2,379 $2,479
1 May - 21 Jun,
24 Jul - 17 Sep '20
$2,049 $2,299 $2,389
22 Jun - 23 Jul '20 $2,339 $2,589 $2,679

From California/Nevada/Arizona add $200, from Colorado/Idaho/Montana/New Mexico/ Oregon/Utah/Washington/Wyoming add $310, from Houston/Chicago add $140, from Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Illinois (except CHI), Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Louisiana, Mississippi, Nebraska, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Wisconsin add $360, from Alaska, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Virginia, West Virginia, Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, New York, Vermont add $410

Departure from
Vancouver
CA $

Economy Hotels

Moderate Hotels

 First Class Hotels

1 - 30 Nov '19
1 Feb - 31 Mar '20
$2,599 $2,839 $2,959
1 - 12 Dec '19 $2,599 $2,839 $2,779
13 Dec '19 - 12 Jan '20 $3,839 $4,079 $4,159
13 - 31 Jan '20 $2,649 $2,889 $2,969
1 - 30 Apr '20 $2,259 $2,639 $2,729
1 May - 28 Jun
24 Jul - 17 Sep '20
$2,259 $2,549 $2,649
29 Jun - 23 Jul '20 $2,449 $2,739 $2,839

For departures from Victoria/Nanaimo/Edmonton/Calgary/Kelowna/ Kamloops add $110, from Regina/Winnipeg/Saskatoon/Halifax add $375, Toronto/Ottawa/Montreal add $325, from Fredericton/Moncton/Sydney/Charlottetown/ add $750.  Please enquire for add on airfares for any city not listed.

 

Book By: 31 Dec. 2019

SPECIAL OFFERS INCLUDED: Valued up to US $29-107 / CA $39-117 per person

ECONOMY OPTION:

  • $50NZD Food and Beverage Credit  – Valid to 31 Mar ’20 or 1 Free Night - Valid 1 Apr - 30 Sep ’20 at the Hotel Ibis Rotorua
  • Enjoy one free breakfast per person at Heartland Hotel in Queenstown (Valid until 15 Apr ’20)

MODERATE OPTION:

  • One free night in Auckland at the Adina Apartment Hotel (15 – 29 Dec ’19, 2 – 31 Jan and 1 Apr – 30 Sep ‘20)
  • Free room upgrade to Superior Lakeview Room at the Copthorne Rotorua

FIRST CLASS OPTION:

  • $50NZD (1 Oct – 30 Nov ’19 then 1 Feb - 31 Mar ’20) Food and Beverage Credit in Auckland at the Grand Millennium Hotel
  • Upgrade to Superior Lakeview Room - Valid to 31 Mar or $50 Food and Beverage Credit – Valid from 1 Apr ’20 at the Millennium Rotorua  

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • Round trip airfare from North American cities listed to Auckland and then from Rotorua to North America including all taxes with Air New Zealan
  • Airport – hotel – airport transfers throughout
  • Accommodation for 4 nights in Auckland
  • Accommodation for 3 nights in Queenstown
  • Sightseeing as indicated in itinerary
  • Meals as indicated by BL in itinerary

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Travel Insurance
  • Gratuities unless otherwise stated
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Optional excursions
  • Beverages unless otherwise stated
  • Visa fees if applicable
  • Park fees.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

Prices are quoted in CAD/USD and are ‘from’, per person, based on double/twin occupancy. Single supplements apply. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply, pricing also based on flights Mon/Tue/Wed/Thu/Fri, if travelling on a Fri/Sat/Sun a weekend surcharge will apply. Prices are current at time of posting (25-Mar-19). All prices, itineraries and routing are subject to change without notice and all pricing subject to availability and may not be available every day at listed prices.  Advance Purchase and minimum stay requirements may apply to the airfares used.  Please call for a customized quote. Advance Purchase requirements may apply to your airfare, if travelling within the advance purchase period surcharges may apply.

New Zealand is very busy with special events, if your travel falls over the following dates a surcharge will apply or this package may not be available at listed prices. Your Goway Agent will prepare a customized quotation for you for any travel over these dates:

Hotel

Dates

Ibis Budget Central Auckland  11 - 19 Dec, 31 Dec, 10 - 16 Feb
Adina Apartments Auckland

13 - 15 Dec, 30 Dec - 1 Jan, 15 Aug

Grand Millennium 31 Dec, 25 - 31 Jan
Hotel Ibis Rotorua 10 - 12, 24 - 26 Apr
Copthorne Rotorua 25 Jan - 3 Feb 
Millennium Rotorua 25 Jan - 3 Feb

30 Apr 2020
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