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Northern Explorer: Value Plus Escorted Vacation

Duration
8 Days
Prices From:
US$ 2,026

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$ 2,026

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, Bay of Islands

See a mighty Kauri tree and marvel at its size at the Matakohe Kauri Museum. Unique to New Zealand, local Māori people considered these giant trees to be the kings of New Zealand's forests, while European's used the wood to construct sturdy spars for their ships, resulting in a rapid decline of the native forests. Today, this forest is heavily protected and new saplings are continuously planted. Later, continue further north to the stunning Bay of Islands, an area that symbolizes 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.

Insider Experience
After breakfast this morning, you will take the journey north to the Matakohe Kauri Museum which details the story of pioneering settlers of the Kauri industry, as well as the legacy of Kauri forests.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Duration2 Nights
Accommodation

Kingsgate Hotel Autolodge Paihia

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    Kingsgate Hotel Autolodge Paihia



    Kingsgate Hotel Autolodge Paihia is located on the waterfront, 100 meters from Paihia wharf with panoramic views of the Bay of Islands area. Facilities include an outdoor swimming pool, spa pool and games room. The restaurant offer excellent views of the bay and serves fresh, ...

    Kingsgate Hotel Autolodge Paihia is located on the waterfront, 100 meters from Paihia wharf with panoramic views of the Bay of Islands area. Facilities include an outdoor swimming pool, spa pool and games room. The restaurant offer excellent views of the bay and serves fresh, local cuisine and is open daily for breakfast and dinner.

    Facilities

    • Bicycles
    • Games Room
    • Internet Access
    • Laundry facilities
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Parking
    • Pool (s)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Sauna
    • Spa

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Day 3

Bay of Islands

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. You might like to spend some of the day relaxing on one of the pristine beaches or exploring the lush wilderness areas via one of the many walking tracks. In the main town of Paihia, weatherboard shops line the peaceful waterfront promenade and a smattering of white boats bob up and down on the harbour. Known as the 'Jewel of the Bay of Islands', this is the gateway to the region's beaches and islets, and the perfect base from which to explore.

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Day 4

Bay of Islands, Auckland

The captivating coastline of the Bay of Islands provides sheltered waters for dolphins, whales, seals, penguins and other marine life, so keep a look out while enjoying the remarkable scenery. Onwards lies pristine Motukokako Island, home of the fabled Hole in the Rock. The area is not only spectacular but also a place of significant cultural importance, entwined with early Māori history. When the tide is right, boats can sail right through the narrow 18-metre-high hole, just as local warriors would once do before heading into battle. Afterwards, return to Auckland by coach and enjoy dinner.

Insider Experience
Explore New Zealand's finest maritime park on a cruise to Cape Brett.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
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 on to the geothermal capital of New Zealand, Rotorua. At Te Puia - New Zealand's premier cultural centre - enjoy a guided tour of the Māori Arts and Crafts Institute, during which you will see the incredible Whakarewarewa Thermal Valley and witness geysers erupt and mud pools bubble. Delight in the opportunity to dine and interact with locals who will enchant you with their customs and cheerful hospitality.

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

Insider Experience
Enjoy a Māori Hāngī feast with performances of song and dance.

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

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 Māori 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

Take in the sights of Wellington today on a guided sightseeing tour. Your journey comes to an end as you are transferred to the airport.

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DEPARTURES:

2018: Oct 9, 14, 21, 26; Nov 4, 11, 18, 23, 25; Dec 2, 16

2019: Jan 4, 8, 13, 15, 22, 25; Feb 1, 6, 10, 12, 17, 24; Mar 1, 5, 10, 12, 19, 26; Apr 7, 21; May 5; Sep 1, 8, 15, 22; Oct 4, 11, 18, 25; Nov 1, 8, 15, 22; Dec 13

2020: Jan 3, 10, 17, 24, 41; Feb 11, 14, 18, 21, 28; Mar 6, 13, 17, 20; Apr 14, 24; May 8, 22;
Jun 12; Sep 4, 11, 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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12 Jun 2020
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