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7 nights escorted tour

Price from: £2499pp

Auckland 1 night
Bay of Islands 2 nights
Auckland 1 night
Rotorua 2 nights
Wellington 1 night

Days 1-2: Fly to Auckland

Day 3 Auckland: On arrival in Auckland you will be met and transferred to your hotel with the rest of the day free to explore if time allows. Perhaps visit the Sky Tower for extensive views or the Viaduct Harbour waterfront region where you’ll find numerous bars and restaurants with stunning views out over Waitemata Harbour. This evening, meet fellow travellers and Travel Director at the hotel.

Day 4 Auckland/Bay of Islands: Depart Auckland and travel north over the Harbour Bridge past the sprawling suburbs of the North Shore. Continue through Northland’s lush farmland scenery before arriving 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’. 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.

Day 5 Bay of Islands: A full day at leisure. Perhaps 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 tour of Russell and learn more about the settling of the Bay of Islands (all additional expense).

Day 6 Bay of Islands/Auckland: After a leisurely morning in the Bay of Islands return to Auckland. Your journey takes you to Whangarei, the northern-most city in New Zealand, where you can wander around the art galleries and through the marina in the Town Basin. Later, stop at Parry Kauri Park and take a walk among New Zealand’s native forest giants, the Kauri trees before reaching Auckland late afternoon.

Day 7 Auckland/Rotorua: Following a morning city sights tour of Auckland, journey south through the fertile Waikato agricultural district. Tour the amazing Waitomo Caves and sail through the sparkling Glowworm Grotto on an underground boat. Drive onwards through the King Country region and on arrival in Rotorua your orientation tour takes in views of Lake Rotorua. This evening, prepare for Maori culture, history and scrumptious food at the Tamaki Family Marae.

Day 8 Rotorua: Today is your chance to experience the scenic wonders of the geothermal wonderland of Rotorua. Choose from one of the varied optional experiences:  explore Rainbow Springs Kiwi Wildlife Park, and take a ‘behind the scenes’ tour through the working kiwi nursery and hatchery; visit Te Puia and join a guided tour through the Whakarewarewa Thermal Reserve, home to famous Pohutu Geyser and the bubbling beauty of the mud pools. Later, why not spend a little more time experiencing the thermal wonders, with a soak in the hot mineral waters of the Polynesian Spas?

Day 9 Rotorua/Wellington: Say Haera Ra (goodbye) to Rotorua this morning and journey out through tall pine forests and verdant farmland to the mighty Huka Falls and serene Lake Taupo. Continue through the rich farming lands of the Manuwatu to Wellington, the nation’s capital, and join your fellow travellers for a farewell dinner.

Day 10 Wellington: This morning you’ll enjoy a sightseeing tour of Wellington during which you can take in the panoramic views from the top of Mt Victoria. There will be time to explore the Parliament buildings and the Beehive, home to New Zealand’s politicians. Visit Te Papa, the Museum of New Zealand and explore the fascinating exhibits at your leisure, including the unique Marae or Maori Meeting House. Your lunch today is provided by ‘Eat My Lunch” a charity organisation that gives lunch to New Zealand school children who otherwise would go to school without. Later, you will be transferred to Wellington airport where you tour concludes with your onward journey.

What you need to know

Departures: On specific dates. Please ask for details.

Accommodation: 3* hotels throughout.

Meals: Breakfast. Lunch is also included on day 10. Dinner is also included on days 4 & 7.

Tour price: The price shown for this AAT Kings tour is based on the best value travel dates in low season and includes international flights, return airport transfers, coach travel, accommodation, sightseeing as outlined and services of a tour director.

The itinerary is based on departures between Oct 20-Mar 21 and may vary for other dates.

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