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Northern Discovery Tour

7 nights from €1,899 per person

  • Included:
  • Accommodation
  • In resort assistance & 24 hour contact centre
  • Internal travel
  • Sights and excursions
  • Tour guide throughout
  • 7 breakfasts, 1 afternoon tea and 4 dinners
  • No credit card fees for Visa and Mastercard
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Overview

Make your way through the majestic North Island on this exciting guided tour, beginning in Auckland and ending in Wellington. The sightseeing opportunities along the way are sensational and there will be the chance to take part in some unforgettable experiences, all surrounded by the awe-inspiring scenery than New Zealand is famous for. (AA)

Prices are quoted per person on a twin-share basis and do not include international flights.

Highlights

  • Go sightseeing in Auckland and walk among the Kauri trees in Parry Kauri Park
  • Explore the beauty of the Bay of Islands
  • Visit the Glow Worm Grotto and Waitomo Caves
  • Take your pick from a range of activities in Rotorua
  • Take part in a tour of Wellington and admire the views from Mt Victoria

Details

Day 1

Auckland

Arrive into Auckland and transfer to your hotel for check-in. You’re free to explore the city before an evening welcome reception with your group and tour guide.

Overnight: The Langham

Day 2

Bay of Islands

Leave Auckland in the morning and make your way through Orewa and the scenic Hibiscus Coast, the birthplace of Sir Edmund Hillary. Take some time to walk among the Kauri trees in Parry Kauri Park and then explore the northern-most city in New Zealand – Whangarei. Afterwards, you can head to Paiha which is found in the beautiful Bay of Islands. There will be a cruise to Cape Brett and the opportunity to see the ‘Hole in the Rock’ with a scenic cruise.

Overnight: Copthorne Hotel & Resort (Breakfast and dinner with wine included)

Day 3

Bay of Islands

This morning enjoy a breakfast of choice. There is a choice of activities today, including the option to explore Kerikeri’s local arts and crafts, take a tour of the historic township of Russell, go sailing on a tall ship, go dolphin-watching, play a round of golf or enjoy a dinner cruise on the Waitangi River.

Overnight: Copthorne Hotel & Resort (Breakfast included)

Day 4

Auckland

Today offers the chance to visit the Waitangi Treaty Reserve, a great place to soak up some of the heritage of New Zealand, before enjoying the picturesque farmland on your way back to Auckland. Dinner will be served at the hotel where your personal menu will be prepared from a selection of the freshest ingredients, including local seafood and delicious desserts.  

Overnight: The Langham (Breakfast and dinner included)

Day 5

Rotorua

Take a sightseeing tour of Auckland then head south to the Waitomo Caves and the Glow Worm Grotto. You’ll venture through the grotto by boat with a local guide, learning about the history of this attraction. Your journey then continues on to Rotorua, you'll take an orientation walk on arrival for views of the Lake Rotorua. In the evening, you’ll be treated to a traditional Maori Hangi feast and a concert for a glimpse into Maori culture at the Tamaki Family Marae.

Overnight: Millennium Hotel (Breakfast and dinner included)

Day 6

Rotorua

Choose from a range of included sightseeing experiences today. There will be the option to join the Kiwi Encounter at Rainbow Springs Nature Park, discover the rich Maori culture at Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, visit the Agrodome Sheep Show, unwind in the thermal pools or with a facial treatment at the Lake Spa Retreat, ride the Rotorua Duck or the luge at Rotorua Skyline.

Today you also have the option of staying at your hotel or being welcomed at a local farm with a small group of fellow travellers. This wonderful experience introduces you to the authentic farming life here, with comfortable accommodation and wholesome meals.

Overnight: Millennium Hotel (Breakfast included)

Day 7

Wellington

As you make your way from mountain scenery to the sea, you’ll be treated to views of the Huka Falls and Lake Taupo. You’ll discover the breath-taking alpine scenery of Mt Ruapehu, Tongariro National Park and the charming dairy farms of Manawatu. In the afternoon, you’ll be invited to Shenandoah for a unique and memorable experience where you’ll have the chance to explore the historic villa with its owners, which contains a private collection of Harley Davidson motorcycles. Take afternoon tea in the gardens then take a short tour of the wildlife before continuing along the Kapiti Coast to Wellington. Take a sightseeing tour and admire the views from Mt Victoria before enjoying a farewell dinner with wine in the evening.

Overnight: James Cook Grand Chancellor (Breakfast, afternoon tea and dinner with wine included)

Day 8

Wellington

Visit Te Papa in the morning which is the Museum of New Zealand and a must-see while you’re here. Explore the exhibits at leisure then transfer to Wellington Airport in the afternoon for your onward flight.

(Breakfast included)

  • Internal travel: Cruise
  • Hotels (7 nights)
  • 7 breakfasts, 1 afternoon tea, 4 dinners
  • Sights and excursions as listed: Visit to Parry Kauri Park; Cruise to Cape Brett; Choice of sightseeing experiences in Rotorua; Visit to Waitangi Treaty Reserve; Sightseeing tour of Auckland; Choice of sightseeing experiences in Bay of Islands; Visit to Shenandoah; Visit to Te Papa
  • Tour guide throughout, local guides

Please note - International flights and domestic flights throughout New Zealand are not included in the price shown.

2017 Local Departure Dates: Jun 03, Sep 09, Oct 07, Oct 14, Oct 21, Oct 28, Nov 04, Nov 18, Dec 02, Dec 16

2018 Local Departure Dates: Jan 06, Jan 20, Jan 27, Feb 03, Feb 10, Feb 17, Mar 03, Mar 10, Mar 17, Mar 24, Apr 21, Jun 02, Sep 08, Oct 06, Oct 13, Oct 20, Oct 27, Nov 03, Nov 17, Dec 01, Dec 15

There's the option to take this tour in reverse - Wellington to Auckland (Please contact one of our team members for further details).

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