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Auckland & Rotorua Explorer

Duration
10 Days
Prices From:
US$ 1,989

Combine a stay in New Zealand’s largest metropolis, a city located on a beautiful harbour with a further stay in unique Rotorua, home of natural wonders such as geysers, thermal springs and boiling mud pools.


Fly from North America to New Zealand’s largest city known as the “City of Sails” due to its attractive harbour. Here you have two free days to explore the city or take local tours. This modern city combines urban with beautiful beaches, hiking trails, islands and a rugged West Coast. For amazing views of the city, perhaps visit the Skytower, the tallest building in the Southern Hemisphere or Mount Eden, an extinct volcano crater and the highest point in Auckland.

Then continue to Rotorua in the centre of the North Island, 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 during your time here. Again local tours are available.

At Goway we are experts at designing personalized itineraries to suit your special interests, tastes and budget. Let us arrange your ultimate travel experience today.
Duration
10 Days
Prices From:
US$ 1,989

Itinerary

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 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.

Duration4 Nights
Accommodation

Copthorne Auckland City

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    Copthorne Auckland City



    This welcoming Auckland city hotel is centrally located, within easy walking distance of Queen Street shopping, Central Business District and Auckland University. Auckland's Viaduct Basin and Vector Arena are less than 10 minutes' walk away and there is easy motorway access to greater Auckland and ...

    This welcoming Auckland city hotel is centrally located, within easy walking distance of Queen Street shopping, Central Business District and Auckland University. Auckland's Viaduct Basin and Vector Arena are less than 10 minutes' walk away and there is easy motorway access to greater Auckland and northern and southern gateways.

    Facilities

    • Bar(s)
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Parking
    • Reception (24 hrs)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Room Service
    • Wheelchair Accessible Rooms

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Day 4

Best of Both Worlds Excursion

Experience the best sights of Auckland City in the morning combined with an afternoon Wilderness Experience -- a day of contrasts. Auckland is set on 52 dormant volcanic cones and between two harbours, the sparkling Waitemata and the brooding Manukau. Known as the City of Sails, it's New Zealand's largest and busiest city. The morning tour is a journey of discovery designed to explore the history and sights as well as see how Aucklanders live and play. A 30 minute drive from downtown Auckland brings you to the Arataki Centre, the gateway to the rain forest, where the sweeping decks give breathtaking panoramic views from the Tasman Sea to the Pacific Ocean. Absorb the local history and admire the traditional Maori carvings that stand guard there. Head further west and experience the power of the wild and rugged west coast. Feel the black sand beneath your feet as you stroll along some of the most awe-inspiring beaches the world has to offer. With your knowledgeable and experienced guide, your eco-tour continues on to the lush rain forest where you hear native birdsong as you walk the easy bush tracks amongst New Zealand's famous kauri trees and giant tree ferns.

Days 5-6

Auckland at Leisure

These days are free to explore Auckland. You can choose to add a gourmet walking tour or perhaps a sailing excursion on Auckland Harbour, ask your Goway agent for more information on the many sightseeing tours available to you. 

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.

Duration3 Nights
Accommodation

Copthorne Hotel Rotorua

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    Copthorne Hotel Rotorua



    Marrying stylish contemporary accommodation with comfortingly agreeable amenities, Copthorne Hotel Rotorua is a superb choice for the holidaymaker who wants to explore this geothermal wonderland. A wealth of sights and activities are within a short walking distance, from Rotorua Golf Club to the Polynesian Spa ...

    Marrying stylish contemporary accommodation with comfortingly agreeable amenities, Copthorne Hotel Rotorua is a superb choice for the holidaymaker who wants to explore this geothermal wonderland. A wealth of sights and activities are within a short walking distance, from Rotorua Golf Club to the Polynesian Spa overlooking Lake Rotorua. This 110 room hotel is conveniently located just a few blocks from the city centre, and is situated within a unique area of immense natural beauty. The Standard rooms do not have air conditioning.

    Facilities

    • Business Centre
    • Conference Facilities
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • Internet Access
    • Laundry facilities
    • Pool (s)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Sauna
    • Tennis
    • Wheelchair Accessible Rooms

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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.

This evening you will engage in a wonderful experience at the Tamaki Maori Village. Enroute your guide will instruct you on the rules and protocol for visiting Marae (meeting grounds). On arrival at the venue, nobody must enter the fortified village until the Powhiri (formal welcome) has been performed. The host tribe will send out a toa (warrior) who will challenge the guests, via their elected chief to ascertain if they come in peace. A Teka (peace offering) is placed and received by one of the visiting chiefs. At the Village, the Karanga, or "welcome call" will echo across the courtyard, followed by the Powhiri (welcome dance). You will then be able to enter onto the village grounds where the Tangata Whenua (people of the land) will demonstrate different activities such as poi twirling, hand games, weaponry displays, reciting chants and displaying activities of an era gone by. The buffet style dinner will be held in the meetinghouse dining hall and will have everyone enjoying a succulent Hangi feast. The evening ends with the Poroporoaki, the official closing ceremony and you will be safely transferred back to your accommodation.

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

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DEPARTURES:

1 May to 10 Dec

PRICING:

Pricing in USD

From
Los Angeles /
San Francisco

From Houston

From
Las Vegas / Phoenix /
Dallas /
Seattle /
Portland

From
New York/ Philadelphia/
Boston

1 May - 27 Jun;
24 Jul - 17 Sep '17

$1,989

$2,089

$2,289

$2,439

28 Jun - 23 Jul '17

$2,939

$3,039

$3,239

$3,389

18 Sep - 10 Oct '17;
1 - 10 Dec'17

$2,069

$2,169

$2,369

$2,519

11 - 30 Oct '17

$2,999

$3,099

$3,299

$3,449

 

Pricing in CAD

From Vancouver/
Calgary / Edmonton

From
Toronto /
Ottawa / Montreal

From
Winnipeg / Regina / Saskatoon /
Halifax

From
Fredericton / Charlottetown

1 May - 21 Jun,
24 Jul - 17 Sep '17

$3,189

$3,489

$3,539

$3,889

22 Jun - 23 Jul '17

$3,489

$3,789

$3,839

$4,189

18 Sep - 31 Oct,
1 - 10 Dec '17

$3,569

$3,869

$3,919

$4,269

1 - 30  Nov '17

$3,299

$3,599

$3,649

$3,999

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 Zealand
  • Accommodation for 4 nights in Auckland at the Copthorne Auckland City Hotel
  • Accommodation for 3 nights at the Copthorne Rotorua Hotel
  • Airport-hotel-airport transfers 
  • Sightseeing as indicated in itinerary
  • Meals as indicated in itinerary

PRICE EXCLUDES:

Travel insurance, items of a personal nature and drinks. Limited seats, subject to availability

OTHER INFORMATION:

Book by 30 May '17, after this date the airfare portion of the trip may change.

TERMS & CONDITIONS:

Prices are "from", per person, based on twin share and include international airfare with Air New Zealand from the cities mentioned above, and all taxes. For departures from other cities, please inquire for current pricing. Subject to availability, package may not be available at the above prices every day.

Pricing is based on flying midweek (Mon/Tue/Wed/Thu) and if you are flying on a weekend (Fri/Sat/Sun) a surcharge of $50 per person each way will apply.

New Zealand is very busy with special events and on some days hotels apply surcharges to accommodation. If your travel falls over the following dates, or crosses over the seasonality listed in the pricing box your package price will vary from listed prices:

Copthorne Hotel Auckland City: Blackout Dates - 21-30 Apr, 7 Jun, 24 Jun, 8 Jun, 16 Sep, 25 Nov, 31 Dec.
Copthorne Rotorua Free Breakfast Blackout: 17 Jun, 20 Jun


10 Dec 2017
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