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8 Day Northern Discovery

Auckland

Rotorua

Wellington

ITINERARY

Day 1: Arrive Auckland
  • Highlights: Welcome to Auckland, New Zealands City of Sails. Flights can arrive any time prior to 4.00pm and you will be transferred from the airport to your Auckland hotel in your private car. After you check in, you can head out and explore Auckland. Take a walk down Queen Street, to the main shopping precinct or to the Viaduct Harbour and the Auckland Waterfront region. This recently developed area of central Auckland has cafes and restaurants galore. Take a seat in the sunshine, enjoy a glass of one of New Zealands famous Sauvignon Blancs and watch the maritime activity on Waitemata Harbour. This evening, meet your fellow passengers and your AAT Kings Travel Director at a Welcome Reception back at your hotel.

    Hotel: The Cordis Hotel
    Included Meals: Welcome Reception
Day 2: Auckland - Bay of Islands
  • Highlights: This morning depart Auckland City and travel north over the Harbour Bridge. Journey through Orewa and along the scenic Hibiscus Coast, the birthplace of Sir Edmund Hillary. Enjoy a stop at Parry Kauri Park and take a walk among New Zealands native forest giants, the Kauri trees. Your travels then take you into Whangarei, the northern most city in New Zealand, where you can wander around the art galleries and through the marina in the Town Basin. This afternoon you will travel into the beautiful Bay of Islands. Experience spectacular scenery as you cruise through game fishing waters to Cape Brett and, weather permitting, through the famous Hole in the Rock formation. The return cruise to Paihia meanders through picturesque islands, see deserted sandy beaches and secluded bays and keep your eyes peeled for the marine life. This evening enjoy dinner with your travelling companions at the hotel.

    Hotel: Copthorne Resort Bay of Islands, Water View Room
    Included Meals: Full buffet breakfast, dinner with wine
Day 3: Bay of Islands - 'Free Time'
  • Highlights: Today is a completely free day, for you to experience the beauty of the Bay of Islands. Perhaps head back out on to the water and go on a dolphin watching cruise, and maybe even jump in the water for a swim with these magnificent creatures. Or take a coach trip up to Cape Reinga, the very top of New Zealand, via idyllic Ninety Mile Beach. Experience a day of sailing aboard a historic tall ship, enjoy wine tasting in Kerikeri, or join a jet boat Heritage Cruise and learn a little more about the settling of the Bay of Islands. We offer a wide range of Included Choice activities for you to choose from. Tonight you are free to dine as you wish. You may want to experience a Kiwi tradition, fish and chips on the beach, or glide down the Waitangi River on board the Ratanui for a sumptuous dinner cruise. Your AAT Kings Travel Director will assist you in booking all of your chosen Included Choice and optional experiences.

    Hotel: Copthorne Resort Bay of Islands, Water View Rooms
    Included Meals: Full buffet breakfast
Day 4: Bay of Islands - Auckland
  • Highlights: This morning you will have the opportunity to relax in the Bay of Islands, perhaps you may want to travel over to historic Russell, New Zealands first capital. This afternoon sit, back and relax as you make your way down through Northlands lush farmland scenery and past the sprawling suburbs of the North Shore of Auckland. Tonights highlight dinner is at The Langham. Your personal degustation menu is made from the freshest, quality ingredients, including mouthwatering seafood and desserts.

    Hotel: The Cordis Hotel
    Included Meals: Full buffet breakfast, Highlight dinner
Day 5: Auckland - Rotorua
  • Highlights: A city sights tour will start your morning in Auckland. Travel around the waterfront from central city out to Mission Bay. Prepare your camera for the stop at Bastion Point and the Michael Joseph Savage Memorial, as you will get stunning shots of Auckland, the North Shore and the Waitemata Harbour. After leaving Auckland you will follow the meandering trail of the Waikato River to Waitomo Caves. Tour the amazing limestone caverns and sail through the still waters of the sparkling Glow Worm Grotto. From Waitomo to Rotorua you will venture through the King Country region which was at the centre of the New Zealand Wars in the 1860s. On arrival in Rotorua an orientation tour takes in views of Lake Rotorua.

    Hotel: Millennium Hotel, Rotorua
    Included Meals: Full buffet breakfast, highlight dinner
Day 6: Rotorua
  • Highlights: Today choose one from a range of Included Choice sightseeing experiences. You have the option to join the Kiwi Encounter at Rainbow Springs Nature Park, discover Maori culture at Te Puia Maori Arts and Crafts Institute, see the Agrodome Farm Show, relax in the seclusion of your own hot mineral pool or unwind with a facial treatment in the Lake Spa Retreat at the Polynesian Spa. Maybe ride the amphibious Rotorua Duck or take a scenic flight out over Lake Rotorua for a birds eye view of the region. You may even want to stop at the top of Mt Tarawera, the site of the largest eruption in New Zealands living memory! Your Travel Director will assist you in booking all of your chosen Included Choice experiences.

    Tonight an evening of culture, history and scrumptious food awaits you at the Tamaki Family Marae. Wander through the ancient forest village and learn about Maori art forms and traditions, followed by a concert featuring local performers. Experience an authentic Maori Hangi meal, steamed underground in the traditional way.

    Hotel: Millennium Hotel, Rotorua
    Included Meals: Full buffet breakfast
Day 7: Rotorua - Wellington
  • Highlights: Say goodbye to Rotorua this morning and journey out through pine forests and farmland to a little hidden spot, the turquoise torrent of rapids known as Huka Falls. The road ahead unfolds in a broad panorama of Lake Taupo, New Zealands largest lake. The stunningly blue fresh water of Lake Taupo is home to some of the best trout fishing in the world. You will then journey south over the Central Plateau, New Zealands main volcanic area. In a country of contrasts, perhaps nothing is more striking than the three peaks of Tongariro National Park rising starkly from the surrounding plateau of tussock and near desert. Pass through a number of small towns along the road to Wellington, each with their own personality and quirks. Probably the quirkiest of all would have to be Taihape, the self-proclaimed gumboot capital of the world.
    Enjoy an exclusive after-hours guided tour of Te Papa Museum of New Zealand. Before leaving there top off the night with a Highlight Dinner.

    Hotel: James Cook Hotel Grand Chancellor
    Included Meals: Full buffet breakfast, highlight dinner
Day 8: Depart Wellington
  • Highlights: Your AAT Kings New Zealand holiday concludes this after breakfast and you will be transferred to Wellington Airport.

    Included Meals: Full buffet breakfast
Fares and Pricing
Guaranteed Departure Dates
Tour code: ZABW Brochure Price Our Discount Discounted Price Brochure Price Our Discount Discounted Price
Start: Auckland Finish: Wellington Share Twin (NZD) Single (NZD)
17 Nov 2018 24 Nov 2018 $3680 $201 $3479 $4980 $201 $4779 Enquire
01 Dec 2018 08 Dec 2018 $3680 $255 $3425 $4980 $255 $4725 Enquire
15 Dec 2018 22 Dec 2018 $3680 $255 $3425 $4980 $255 $4725 Enquire
22 Dec 2018 29 Dec 2018 $3680 $255 $3425 $4980 $255 $4725 Enquire
05 Jan 2019 12 Jan 2019 $3680 $241 $3439 $4980 $241 $4739 Enquire
19 Jan 2019 26 Jan 2019 $3680 $241 $3439 $4980 $241 $4739 Enquire
26 Jan 2019 02 Feb 2019 $3680 $241 $3439 $4980 $241 $4739 Enquire
02 Feb 2019 09 Feb 2019 $3680 $241 $3439 $4980 $241 $4739 Enquire
09 Feb 2019 16 Feb 2019 $3680 $241 $3439 $4980 $241 $4739 Enquire
16 Feb 2019 23 Feb 2019 $3680 $241 $3439 $4980 $241 $4739 Enquire
23 Feb 2019 02 Mar 2019 $3680 $241 $3439 $4980 $241 $4739 Enquire
02 Mar 2019 09 Mar 2019 $3680 $241 $3439 $4980 $241 $4739 Enquire
09 Mar 2019 16 Mar 2019 $3680 $241 $3439 $4980 $241 $4739 Enquire
16 Mar 2019 23 Mar 2019 $3680 $241 $3439 $4980 $241 $4739 Enquire
23 Mar 2019 30 Mar 2019 $3680 $241 $3439 $4980 $241 $4739 Enquire
20 Apr 2019 27 Apr 2019 $3450 $251 $3199 $4715 $251 $4464 Enquire
01 Jun 2019 08 Jun 2019 $3225 $226 $2999 $4440 $226 $4214 Enquire
07 Sep 2019 14 Sep 2019 $3225 $226 $2999 $4440 $226 $4214 Enquire
Prices valid from 01 Mar 2018 to 30 Sep 2019 and are priced per person


Terms and conditions for AAT King Tours
Discounts
 
Save (NZD)
Kings Club
If you have travelled with AAT Kings or its sister companies before, you can save an additional 5% (please ask for details)
Young Travellers 5-15 years
Save up to $370 per person when sharing with an adult in the same room. Limit of one Young Traveller Discount per room.
Triple Share
Save up to $185 per person on the twin share price when you book a triple room.
PrePaid Cancellation Option
$129 per person.
Your deposit and/or payment to AAT Kings will be refunded should you cancel your AAT Kings operated Guided Holiday for any reason up to one day prior to the commencement date of any travel arrangements booked through AAT Kings. This cancellation policy option covers all the land tour arrangements made by AAT Kings only.
Should you or your travel companion leave at any time during the AAT Kings guided holiday for personal sickness reasons or be required to return home due to injury, sickness or death, you and your companion will be refunded $90 per person per day for the unused portion of the itinerary. Please note that in some cases hotels require a one-night cancellation fee. A doctor's certificate is required.
The Cancellation Option fee is not refundable for any reason.
Includes:
  • Travel by luxury coach
  • Premium 4 star hotel accommodation
  • Experienced Travel Director and Driver Guide
  • Full buffet breakfasts (7) B
  • Highlight dinners (3) HD
  • Dinner with wine (1) DW
  • Cruise through the Cape Brett Hole in the Rock in the Bay of Islands
  • Explore Waitomo Glow Worm Grotto
  • Experience Maori culture with the Tamaki family over dinner
  • Explore the scenery of Tongariro National Park
  • Explore Te Papa, the Museum of New Zealand
  • Discover Wellington on a guided tour
  • Included Experiences in Bay of Islands and Rotorua
  • Day 1 private car airport transfer (flights to arrive before 4pm)
  • Day 8 private car airport transfer (flights any time after 2.00pm)



Includes:
  • Travel by luxury coach
  • Premium 4 star hotel accommodation
  • Experienced Travel Director and Driver Guide
  • Full buffet breakfasts (7) B
  • Highlight dinners (3) HD
  • Dinner with wine (1) DW
  • Cruise through the Cape Brett Hole in the Rock in the Bay of Islands
  • Explore Waitomo Glow Worm Grotto
  • Experience Maori culture with the Tamaki family over dinner
  • Explore the scenery of Tongariro National Park
  • Explore Te Papa, the Museum of New Zealand
  • Discover Wellington on a guided tour
  • Included Experiences in Bay of Islands and Rotorua
  • Day 1 private car airport transfer (flights to arrive before 4pm)
  • Day 8 private car airport transfer (flights any time after 2.00pm)