Day 1: Arrive Auckland
On arrival in Auckland you will be transferred to your hotel. The remainder of the day is at leisure to explore Auckland. Perhaps you would like to visit the Sky Tower, for extensive views of greater Auckland including visual and audio displays detailing the history of New Zealand’s largest city. Tonight enjoy a Welcome Reception with your Tour Director.
Hotel: VR Queen Street, Auckland
Day 2: Auckland – Bay of Islands
Depart Auckland and travel along the Hibiscus Coast to the beautiful Bay of Islands. Take a scenic 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.
Hotel: Copthorne Hotel & Resort (Garden View), Bay of Islands, 2 nights
Day 3: Bay of Islands ‘Free Time’
You have a free day to experience the beauty of the Bay of Islands. Perhaps go dolphin watching, take a coach trip to Cape Reinga, via idyllic 90 Mile Beach or a day of sailing or even a guided seakayaking trip. Ask your Tour Director about optional activities.
Day 4: Bay of Islands – Auckland
You have the opportunity to visit the Waitangi Treaty Reserve which is of great historical importance, as this is where New Zealand’s founding document, the Treaty of Waitangi, was signed. You will have time to explore the Reserve and take in highlights such as the magnificent Maori War Canoe and Meeting House (Marae). This afternoon enjoy the lush farmland scenery as you return to Auckland.
Hotel: VR Queen Street, Auckland
Day 5: Auckland – Rotorua
Enjoy a sightseeing tour of Auckland then journey south through the Waikato district. Experience a guided tour of the famous Waitomo Caves and discover the incredible Glow Worm Grotto on an underground boat trip. This afternoon travel to Rotorua. Enjoy an evening of fun and laughter and gain an insight into traditional Maori culture, followed by a delicious buffet dinner at the Tamaki Family Marae.
Hotel: Ibis Hotel, Rotorua, 2 nights
Day 6: Rotorua Sights
Visit the Agrodome Sheep Show for a sample of farm life. See the art of sheep shearing, sheepdog demonstrations, cow milking, bottle feeding lambs and an exciting sheep auction. Then there is the opportunity to visit Rainbow Springs Nature Park, where with a local Guide you will discover native bush, ferns and trees that grow around the crystal clear mineral water springs. You may even spot a kiwi, New Zealand’s national icon. Or perhaps Te Puia for a guided tour through the geothermal valley.
Experience farm life first hand. Enjoy genuine New Zealand hospitality this evening and spend the night with a local family on a nearby farm. Additional cost per person £40.
Day 7: Rotorua – Wellington
This morning depart Rotorua, travelling south to Wairakei and on to Taupo, in the very heart of the North Island. Stop to view mighty Huka Falls before following the eastern shoreline of Lake Taupo. Continue through rich farming lands into the capital city Wellington. This evening celebrate your holiday at a Farewell Dinner with your Tour Director and new-found friends.
Hotel: Travelodge, Wellington
Day 8: Depart Wellington
This morning you’ll enjoy a sightseeing tour of Wellington. 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 their unique Marae or Maori Meeting House. Later you will be transferred to Wellington Airport to connect with your onward flight.
Tour Departure Dates for 2020 & 2021:
December: 05, 12, 19, 26
January: 02, 09, 16, 23
February: 06, 13, 20, 27
March: 06, 13, 20, 27
April: 17, 24
August: 07, 21
September: 04, 11, 25
Any flights referred to in the itinerary are at the client’s expense and are not included in the land content price.
Day 1 Flights to arrive prior to 4.00 pm into Auckland Airport
Day 8 Flights to depart after 2.00 pm from Wellington Airport