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Northern Explorer: Value Plus Escorted Vacation

Duration
8 Days
Prices From:
US$ 1,595

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$ 1,595

Itinerary

Day 1

Arrive Auckland

Upon arrival in Auckland, you will be met and 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 to Bay of Islands

Travel north to the Waipoua Kauri Forest Reserve - one of New Zealand's most famous kauri forests. Here, you will take a short walk to the base of a giant kauri tree, called Tane Mahuta or 'Lord of the Forest', the largest and most celebrated kauri tree known to stand today. Later, continue further north to the stunning Bay of Islands, an area that symbolises the birthplace of the nation as the site of the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840. After settling in to your hotel, enjoy a Welcome Dinner tonight.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Highlight Dinner
Duration2 Nights
Accommodation

Copthorne Hotel and Resort Bay of Islands Paihia

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    Copthorne Hotel and Resort Bay of Islands Paihia



    This welcoming Bay of Islands hotel commands a superb waterfront location in the heart of the Bay of Islands, offering uninterrupted bay views surrounded by 60 acres of subtropical gardens as part of the historic Waitangi Treaty Grounds. The hotels 180 non air conditioned guest ...

    This welcoming Bay of Islands hotel commands a superb waterfront location in the heart of the Bay of Islands, offering uninterrupted bay views surrounded by 60 acres of subtropical gardens as part of the historic Waitangi Treaty Grounds. The hotels 180 non air conditioned guest rooms offer individual balconies or patios and offer a serene escape with designs inspired by nature. Onsite facilities include tennis court, spectacular free form lagoon style swimming pool, mountain bike hire and courtesy shuttle to downtown Paihia. Copthorne Hotel and Resort Bay of Islands is the perfect base when you want to play scenic golf courses, participate in some of the best big game fishing in the world, and experience the wonder of the local native bush walks or to simply relax in a picturesque location.

    Facilities

    • Bar(s)
    • Conference Facilities
    • Internet Access
    • Laundry facilities
    • Parking
    • Pool (s)
    • Reception (24 hrs)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Room Service
    • Spa
    • Spa(Hot-tub)/Jacuzzi
    • Tennis Court
    • Wheelchair Accessible Rooms

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Day 3

Bay of Islands at Leisure

The Bay of Islands is home to 144 islands, providing a beautiful aquatic playground off the north coast of the North Island. Today, after breakfast, you will enjoy a full day at leisure to explore the idyllic subtropical surrounds, said to have some of the bluest skies in the world.

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Day 4

Bay of Islands to Auckland

Farewell the Bay of Islands and travel to Auckland. Enjoy dinner with your fellow travellers tonight.

Insider Experience
Explore New Zealand's finest maritime park on a cruise to Cape Brett. This captivating coastline provides sheltered waters for dolphins, whales, seals, penguins and other marine life, so keep a look out while enjoying the remarkable scenery.

Meal Plan Breakfast
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 5

Auckland, Waitomo, Rotorua

Travel to Waitomo, home to the famous glow worm caves where thousands of tiny luminescent creatures radiate an unmistakable glow. Continue to the geothermal capital of New Zealand, Rotorua. At Te Puia - New Zealand's premier cultural centre - enjoy a guided tour of the Maori Arts and Crafts Institute, during which you will see the incredible Whakarewarewa Thermal Valley and witness geysers erupt and mud pools bubble.

Insider Experience
Discover the magical natural spectacle of Waitomo Caves with a local guide.

Insider Experience
Enjoy a Maori Hangi Feast with performances of song and dance. Delight in the opportunity to dine and interact with locals who will enchant you with their customs and cheerful hospitality.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Highlight Dinner
Duration2 Nights
Accommodation

Rydges Rotorua

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    Rydges Rotorua



    Located in a park like setting on the edge of Rotorua's Arawa Racecourse, Rydges Rotorua boasts panoramic views across the city to Lake Rotorua and Mokoia Island. The hotel is close to Rotorua's famous attractions and activities, and an easy walk to the city centre ...

    Located in a park like setting on the edge of Rotorua's Arawa Racecourse, Rydges Rotorua boasts panoramic views across the city to Lake Rotorua and Mokoia Island. The hotel is close to Rotorua's famous attractions and activities, and an easy walk to the city centre and Whakarewarewa Geysers.

    Facilities

    • Bar(s)
    • Bicycles
    • Business Centre
    • Conference Facilities
    • Currency Exchange
    • Gift Shop
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • Laundry facilities
    • Pool (s)
    • Reception (24 hrs)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Room Service
    • Spa
    • Wheelchair Accessible Rooms

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Day 6

Rotorua

Rotorua captures the essence of New Zealand with its geothermal geysers, fascinating Maori culture and rich heritage. The city is positioned on the Pacific Rim of Fire, and is therefore one of the world's most active geothermal areas. Your sightseeing continues with a visit to one of New Zealand's best-loved attractions, the Agrodome, with its entertaining sheep shearing demonstration, dog trials and animal nursery. Later, perhaps enjoy an optional helicopter flight for views over the active White Island volcano (own expense).

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Day 7

Rotorua, Taupo, Wellington

Departing Rotorua, travel along the Thermal Explorer Highway through a region abundant with geothermal activity, crystal-clear lakes, natural spas and rich Maori culture. Stop on the shores of Lake Taupo - the largest freshwater lake in Australasia - and marvel at thundering Huka Falls with its striking blue water. Continue south across the vast volcanic plateau of World Heritage-listed Tongariro National Park and on to Wellington for an overnight stay.

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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

Transfer to the airport this morning.

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DEPARTURES:

2017: Jan. 6, 15, 24; Feb. 3, 12, 19, 26; Mar. 3, 14, 28; Apr. 9; Sep. 3, 17, 29; Oct. 10, 15, 22, 27; Nov 5, 12, 19, 24, 26; Dec 3, 17.

2018: Jan. 5, 9, 14, 16, 23, 26; Feb. 2, 7, 11, 13, 18, 25; Mar. 2, 6, 11, 13, 20, 27; Apr. 8, 22; May 6; Sep. 2, 9, 16, 23.

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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