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Auckland: Northern Explorer: Value Plus Escorted Vacation

8 Days
Prices From:
US$ 2,495

MODERATE | ESCORETED COACH TOUR: 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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8 Days
Prices From:
US$ 2,495

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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 representative and be transferred to your hotel.

Accommodation: Sudima Auckland City

Duration1 Night
Day 2

Auckland to Bay Of Islands

Journey north to see a mighty Kauri tree and marvel at its size. Continue to the stunning Bay of Islands, where you’ll enjoy a special Welcome Dinner.

Accommodation: Copthorne Hotel and Resort Bay of Islands

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Duration2 Nights
Day 3

Bay of Islands

Today is yours to enjoy at leisure. Explore the beautiful surrounds of the bay, whether it’s the warm waters brimming with life, golden beaches or secluded coves.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Day 4

Bay of Island to 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.

Take a memorable cruise to Cape Brett before heading back to Auckland.

Accommodation: Sudima Auckland City

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Duration1 Night
Day 5

Auckland to Rotorua via the Waitomo Caves

Explore the Waitomo Caves and its glow worms, then continue to Rotorua and witness the natural spectacle of erupting geysers.

Tonight is set aside for a special feast.

Accommodation: Sudima Rotorua

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Duration2 Nights
Day 6


Rotorua captures the essence of New Zealand with its geothermal geysers, Maori culture and rich heritage. Your sightseeing continues with a visit to the Agrodome for a unique farm experience. Alternatively, select your Enhance Your Journey option.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Day 7

Rotorua to Wellington via Taupo

Journey to Lake Taupo and thundering Huka Falls. Later, travel south across World Heritage-listed Tongariro National Park to Wellington.

Accommodation: Travelodge Hotel Wellington

Meal Plan Breakfast
Duration1 Night
Day 8

Depart Wellington

Your New Zealand journey comes to an end after breakfast today.

Meal Plan Breakfast

Other Information


2023: Sep 2, 23, 30; Oct 21, 28; Nov 18, 25; Dec 16
2024: Jan 6, 13; Feb 3, 10; Mar 2, 9,; Apr 6, 27; May 25


  • 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


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


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.

25 May 2024
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