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Northern Explorer: Value Plus Escorted Vacation

Duration
8 Days
Prices From:
US$ 2,193

Experience the best of New Zealand’s North Island including the Bay of Islands and Rotorua.


This 8-day trip is all about the picturesque highlights of New Zealand’s North Island. Explore the geothermal sites of Rotorua, sail the Bay of Islands and explore the shores of Lake Taupo.

Starting in Auckland, head north through Waipoura Kauri Forest Reserve en route to the Bay of Islands. In addition to being one of New Zealand’s most historic regions, the Bay is a prime spot for dolphin and whale watching. A cruise on the Bay takes you out to the Hole in the Rock, one of its most distinctive geological formations.

Return to Auckland for your onward journey to the Waitomo Caves, known for their large population of glow worms. You’ll journey on to Rotorua, New Zealand’s most active geothermal laboratory. Wander through geysers and mud pools, then in the evening enjoy a traditional Hangi feast with the local Maori.

Before leaving Rotorua, visit the Agrodome for a glimpse of New Zealand farming life. You’ll have the opportunity to see sheep shearing, dog trials and an animal nursery. You may even opt for a flight over the active White Island volcano at your own expense.

Lake Taupo is Australasia’s largest freshwater lake and a favourite getaway spot. Stop in on the way to your final destination, Wellington. New Zealand’s compact capital is an ideal walking city, packed with museums and a thriving café culture. With some of the country’s best wineries on its doorstep, it’s also a good opportunity to enjoy an evening of fine dining before you depart.


 

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Duration
8 Days
Prices From:
US$ 2,193

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Day 1

Arrive Auckland

Your spectacular New Zealand journey begins today upon arrival in Auckland. Here, you will be met by a Travelmarvel representative and be transferred to your hotel.

Duration1 Night
Accommodation

Rydges Auckland

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    Rydges Auckland



    The hotel's close proximity to the centre of the city make it ideal for both business and leisure, with the Casino and the Viaduct's thriving bars and restaurants just a short walk away. And for exploring beyond downtown Auckland, access to the motorway system is …

    The hotel's close proximity to the centre of the city make it ideal for both business and leisure, with the Casino and the Viaduct's thriving bars and restaurants just a short walk away. And for exploring beyond downtown Auckland, access to the motorway system is close at hand. Rooms at Rydges Auckland are designed to exude warmth and sublime comfort. All rooms enjoy views of the inner city, while some enjoy sweeping views of the Auckland Harbour Bridge and the picturesque Waitemata Harbour.

    Facilities

    • Business Centre
    • Conference Facilities
    • Daycare/Babysitting Service
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • Internet Access
    • Laundry facilities
    • Parking
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Room Service
    • Wheelchair Accessible Rooms

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Day 2

Auckland, Bay of Islands

Travel north to the stunning Bay of Islands for a Welcome Dinner.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Duration2 Nights
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Copthorne Bay of Islands

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    Copthorne Bay of Islands


    A waterfront location nestled in 60 acres of subtropical gardens, within the Waitangi National Trust Reserve. Copthorne Hotel and Resort Bay of Islands is a harmony of nature and spacious comfort. Our 180 guest rooms include 4 suites and accessible rooms. Each room features its …

    A waterfront location nestled in 60 acres of subtropical gardens, within the Waitangi National Trust Reserve. Copthorne Hotel and Resort Bay of Islands is a harmony of nature and spacious comfort. Our 180 guest rooms include 4 suites and accessible rooms. Each room features its own patio or balcony, assuring great views of the bay, harbour, or garden.

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Day 3

Bay of Islands

Today is yours to enjoy at leisure. Explore the beautiful surrounds of the bay, including its warm waters brimming with life, golden beaches and secluded coves.

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Day 4

Bay of Islands, Auckland

Explore New Zealand's finest maritime park on a cruise to Cape Brett. Keep a look out for wildlife and cruise through the Hole in the Rock. Afterwards, return to Auckland.

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Keep a look out for wildlife and the Hole in the Rock as you cruise through the Bay of Islands

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Duration1 Night
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Rydges Auckland

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    Rydges Auckland



    The hotel's close proximity to the centre of the city make it ideal for both business and leisure, with the Casino and the Viaduct's thriving bars and restaurants just a short walk away. And for exploring beyond downtown Auckland, access to the motorway system is …

    The hotel's close proximity to the centre of the city make it ideal for both business and leisure, with the Casino and the Viaduct's thriving bars and restaurants just a short walk away. And for exploring beyond downtown Auckland, access to the motorway system is close at hand. Rooms at Rydges Auckland are designed to exude warmth and sublime comfort. All rooms enjoy views of the inner city, while some enjoy sweeping views of the Auckland Harbour Bridge and the picturesque Waitemata Harbour.

    Facilities

    • Business Centre
    • Conference Facilities
    • Daycare/Babysitting Service
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • Internet Access
    • Laundry facilities
    • Parking
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Room Service
    • Wheelchair Accessible Rooms

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Day 5

Auckland, Waitomo, Rotorua

Travel to Waitomo, home to the famous glow worm caves. At Te Puia, enjoy a guided tour of the Maori Arts & Crafts Institute, during which you'll see the incredible Whakarewarewa Thermal Valley and witness geysers erupt and mud pools bubble.

Insider Experiences
Discover the magical natural spectacle of Waitomo Caves with a local guide before continuing to Rotorua. Tonight, enjoy a Maori Hangi Feast

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Duration2 Nights
Accommodation

Sudima Hotel Lake Rotorua

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    Sudima Hotel Lake Rotorua



    Set on the shores of beautiful Lake Rotorua, Sudima Lake Rotorua is the largest hotel in Rotorua. Adjacent to the world famous Polynesian Spa, Rotorua Museum and Government Gardens, the hotel is a short stroll from Rotorua's vibrant city centre, Convention Centre and the Energy …

    Set on the shores of beautiful Lake Rotorua, Sudima Lake Rotorua is the largest hotel in Rotorua. Adjacent to the world famous Polynesian Spa, Rotorua Museum and Government Gardens, the hotel is a short stroll from Rotorua's vibrant city centre, Convention Centre and the Energy Events Centre. Sudima Lake Rotorua offers 250 guest rooms in a range of accommodation options, many with superb views across Lake Rotorua.

    Facilities

    • Bar(s)
    • Conference Facilities
    • Golf
    • Laundry facilities
    • Massage Treatments
    • Parking
    • Pool (s)
    • Reception (24 hrs)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Spa

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Day 6

Rotorua

Visit one of New Zealand's best-loved attractions, the Agrodome, with its entertaining sheep shearing demonstration, dog trials and animal nursery. Ask about our country homestay option (additional expense).

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Day 7

Rotorua, Taupo, Wellington

Travelling along the Thermal Explorer Highway, stop on the shores of Lake Taupo and see Huka Falls. Continue to Wellington.

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Duration1 Night
Accommodation

Travelodge Wellington

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    Travelodge Wellington



    Travelodge Wellington is an ideal place to stay for any traveller. The hotel is situated in the town centre and is just a short stroll to cafes, shops and the beautiful Wellington harbour. Visitors to Wellington can enjoy close access to the Te Papa Tongarewa …

    Travelodge Wellington is an ideal place to stay for any traveller. The hotel is situated in the town centre and is just a short stroll to cafes, shops and the beautiful Wellington harbour. Visitors to Wellington can enjoy close access to the Te Papa Tongarewa (the Museum of New Zealand), the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, the Royal New Zealand Ballet and the Museum of Wellington's City and Sea. The hotel offers 132 spacious rooms.

    Facilities

    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Reception (24 hrs)
    • Restaurant
    • Wheelchair Accessible Rooms

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Day 8

Depart Wellington

Your New Zealand journey comes to an end after breakfast today.
Bid farewell to your new-found friends as you transfer to the airport for your onward flight.

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DEPARTURES:

2020: Sep 11, 25; Oct 3, 10, 24, 31; Nov 7, 14, 21, 28; Dec 12
2021: Jan 9, 23, 30; Feb 6, 13, 20, 27; Mar 6, 13, 20, 27; Apr 17; May 15; Sep 4, 18, 25

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Arrival and departure airport transfers in New Zealand
  • Travel aboard a spacious, luxurious coach
  • Stay in premium accommodation throughout New Zealand
  • Dedicated Tour Director and professional driver
  • The additional services of expert local guides in select locations
  • All sightseeing, excursions and entrance fees as per the itinerary

PRICE EXLUDES:

  • Travel insurance
  • International and domestic airfare & airfare taxes
  • Visa fees if applicable
  • Meals and beverages not mentioned
  • Gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

Prices are "from" per person based on twin/double share accommodation and for travel in low season. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply. Limited seat/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability. Rates for single or triple travellers are available on request - please inquire.

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