Classic Northern Discovery (8 Days)

Day 01 – Arrive Auckland

Welcome to New Zealand! A Tours representative will greet you at the airport with transport waiting to take you to your hotel.

Overnight accommodation: 1 Night – Rydges Hotel 4.5-Stars

Day 02 – Auckland / Bay of Islands

Cross Auckland’s distinctive Harbour Bridge to drive north to Paihia in the Bay of Islands. Here we meet our local Maori guide, a descendant of the original settlers to the region, who will provide an insight and history of the Bay of Islands before a visit to New Zealand’s birthplace, Waitangi. Enjoy a launch cruise to the Cape Brett Lighthouse and famous “Hole in the Rock”, located at the very northern tip of Cape Brett in the Bay of Islands. (B,D)

Overnight accommodation: 2 Nights – Tanoa Hotel Paihia 4-Stars

Day 03 – Bay of Islands

Today is at your leisure, take the time to relax and enjoy the beauty of the Bay of Islands. Your Coach Captain will happily assist with arranging activities for you. Why not try a full day tour to Cape Reinga, New Zealand’s northern most point and Ninety Mile Beach. Alternatively, explore historic Russell, New Zealand’s first settlement. (B,D)

Overnight accommodation: Tanoa Hotel Paihia 4-Stars

Day 04 – Bay of Islands / Rotorua

Today we travel south to Auckland. We pay a visit to the summit of Skytower, at 328m the tallest building in the Southern Hemisphere, for panoramic views across the city and its two harbours, the Domain and the central city area. Continuing on our journey, we approach the Bombay Hills which lie at the southern boundary of the Auckland region and serve as a divide between Auckland and the Waikato region, before crossing the bush clad Mamaku Ranges to Rotorua, known as the centre of Maori culture in New Zealand. (B,D)

Overnight accommodation: 2 Nights – Sudima Hotel Lake Rotorua 4-Stars

Day 05 – Rotorua

Visit the Agrodome to see a display featuring New Zealand’s various sheep breeds and sheep shearing. Explore Rainbow Springs Wildlife Park, a truly unique experience, set in 22 acres of beautiful native trees and streams and home to a huge variety of New Zealand’s most precious inhabitants. Spot native birds and animals including the Kiwi. The Skyline Gondola offers superb views and for a little excitement try a Luge ride with our compliments. There will be time this afternoon for optional activities. This evening enjoy a traditional Maori hangi (meal) followed by a concert featuring Maori songs, chants and the stirring haka. (B,D)

Overnight accommodation: Sudima Hotel Lake Rotorua 4-Stars

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Day 06 – Rotorua / Napier / Masterton

Departing Rotorua, we visit the Huka Falls where the Waikato River pours through a

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narrow chasm and pause at Lake Taupo, the largest lake in New Zealand. Continue to the Hawkes Bay region, known for its award winning wines, and Napier, a town famous for its themed buildings and known as the Art Deco capital of the world. Pass through Hastings for an afternoon stop at Mangatainoka, home to Tui Brewery, before continuing on to Masterton for the night. (B,D)

Overnight accommodation: 1 Night-Copthorne Hotel & Resort Solway Park 4.5-Stars

Day 07 – Masterton / Wellington

Today we travel south over the Rimutaka ranges into the Capital city, Wellington. A city tour includes the summit of Mount Victoria where you can enjoy a panoramic overview of the harbour, the city centre, and the nearby suburbs. The tour also visits the Houses of Parliament and distinctive “Beehive”, Wellington Cathedral, the central city and business area and Oriental Bay. (B,D)

Overnight accommodation: 1 Night – Bay Plaza Hotel 4-Stars

Day 08 – Wellington / Home

Today is goodbye to all your new found friends before you make your homeward journey. You will be transferred to Wellington Airport to join your flight home. (B)

 

Highlights of this trip

bullet_point 7 nights accommodation bullet_point Agrodome Sheep Show
bullet_point Dining inclusions – 7 breakfasts, 6 dinners bullet_point Rainbow Springs Park
bullet_point City Highlights Tours in Auckland &
Wellington
bullet_point Skyline Skyrides & Luge Ride
bullet_point Entry to Waitangi Treaty Grounds bullet_point Authentic Maori Village, Hangi & Concert,
Rotorua
bullet_point ‘Hole in the Rock’ Cruise bullet_point Tui Brewery & Museum
bullet_point Entry to Skytower bullet_point Te Papa Museum
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