New Zealand Highlights of Auckland & Rotorua w/Airfare from $1,869

WHAT’S INCLUDED

  • Round trip airfare from North American cities listed to Auckland & then from Rotorua to North America
  • All airline taxes & fees
  • Airport – hotel – airport transfers throughout
  • Accommodation for 4 nights in Auckland
  • Accommodation for 3 nights in Queenstown
  • Sightseeing as indicated in itinerary
  • Meals as indicated by BL in itinerary
New Zealand Highlights of Auckland & Rotorua w/Airfare

This 10-day New Zealand vacation takes you to the country’s largest city, Auckland, as well as the geothermal landscape of Rotorua.

Your New Zealand vacation begins in Auckland, where two natural harbours frame the city and transform it into one of the most beautiful spots on the planet. You can get your bearings and enjoy the best views of the city by climbing the Sky Tower or you can head to Auckland Domain to explore a park built atop an extinct volcano. Auckland is also bursting with markets, so be sure to do some shopping and take home some Maori arts and crafts while in the city. During your time in Auckland, you’ll take a harbour cruise to enjoy views of the city from the water and visit Devonport, the Viaduct Basin, and the Bean Rock Lighthouse. You’ll also take one day to explore Waieheke Island, first journeying across the Hauraki Gulf by boat and then exploring the landscape and culture of this diverse island in the company of an expert guide.

From Auckland, pass south to the Waitomo Caves, where you’ll venture underground into sprawling natural tunnels illuminated by glowworms. As you ride a boat across the Glowworm Grotto, you’ll enjoy breathtaking sights as thousands of glowworms transform the cave ceiling into an approximation of the night sky.

Continue your New Zealand vacation by heading to Rotorua, the geothermal marvel that has quickly become one of the country’s main tourist hubs and famous for its geysers and mudpools. Head to Hell’s Gate Thermal Park or the Whakarewarewa Thermal Reserve to see the only hot waterfall in the southern hemisphere or marvel at Pohutu Geyser, which shoots water 30m high. Beyond the bubbling mud pools and relaxing hot springs, Rotorua is also home to the country’s highest concentration of Maori. You can get in touch with indigenous New Zealand by heading to Te Puia and the Maori Arts and Crafts Institute. You’ll close out your cultural experience in Rotorua by heading to the Agrodome to enjoy a traditional sheep show.

This New Zealand vacation showcases the iconic sights of the North Island.

 

 

 

 

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Day 1

Depart North America

Depart from North America.  Catch your connecting flight to Los Angeles, San Francisco, Houston or Vancouver to connect with your flight to Auckland on your flight.

 

Day 2

Cross the International Dateline

You will cross the International Dateline on your flight Downunder and ‘lose’ a day.  But don’t worry, it will be regained on your flight back to North America.

 

Day 3

Arrive Auckland

On arrival in Auckland you will be met and transferred to your hotel. The remainder of the day is at leisure. Auckland, the largest city in New Zealand on the North Island, is known as the “City of Sails” due to its attractive harbour, home to thousands of sailing boats. It occupies a narrow isthmus between the harbour and the sea. It also has the largest Polynesian population of any city in the world.

This modern city combines urban with beautiful beaches, hiking trails, islands and a rugged West Coast. For amazing views of the city, visit the Skytower, the tallest building in the Southern Hemisphere or Mount Eden, an extinct volcano crater and the highest point in Auckland. Both have 360 degree panoramic views of the city and surrounding area.

Auckland offers excellent shopping mainly on Queen Street as do several nearby neighbourhoods such as Newmarket and Ponsonby, the latter a good place to stroll day or night for its cafes and nightlife.

 

Hotel Type          Hotel

Economy             Ibis Budget Auckland Centre

Moderate            Adina Apartment Hotel Auckland

First Class

(1 Oct – 30 Nov & 1 Feb – 31 Mar)             Grand Millennium Hotel Auckland

First Class            Amora Hotel Auckland

Duration              4 Nights

 

Day 4

Auckland Hop On Hop Off Tour

Enjoy a hop-on hop-off city sightseeing tour of Auckland today.  Your ticket is valid for 24 hours, giving you plenty of time to explore this harbour city.

 

Day 5

Auckland Harbour Cruise

Escape the city and cruise the sparkling waters of Auckland’s beautiful harbour. Sit back, relax and let the Fullers crew look after you with full commentary during the one and a half-hour harbour cruise. Visit the Viaduct Basin, see the harbour highlights including historic Devonport, the Auckland Harbour Bridge, Bean Rock Lighthouse, and the Devonport Naval Base. For those on a tight itinerary, the Fullers Harbour Cruise is an ideal way to experience Auckland taking in views of three major Auckland Icons: the Harbour Bridge, Rangitoto Island, and the Sky Tower.

 

Day 6

Waiheke Island Explorer

Be introduced to Waiheke on the Fullers Explorer Tour, a picturesque 35 minutes boat trip followed by 1.5 hour scenic highlight tour of Waiheke’s stunning locations. Cruise to Waiheke through the glorious Hauraki Gulf, on arrival you will be met by an experienced guide who will give you a taste of the views, culture and history that make up the diverse Island of Waiheke. On conclusion of the tour, take advantage of the complimentary All Day Bus Pass allowing you to either return to a destination on the tour or discover the island further on the Waiheke Island scheduled bus services.

 

Day 7

Auckland to Rotorua via Waitomo

Travel south from Auckland, through the rich farmland of the Waikato, and onto Waitomo. Here you will enjoy a guided tour through the long galleries and lofty chambers of the world famous Glowworm Caves. Your tour continues with a boat ride through the Glowworm Grotto, illuminated by thousands of tiny lights from the glow worms suspended from the cave ceiling. Following your tour there is time for lunch (included). You will then continue to Rotorua by coach.

Hotel Type          Hotel

Economy             Hotel Ibis Rotorua

Moderate            Holiday Inn Rotorua

First Class            Novotel Lakeside Rotorua

Duration              3 Nights

 

Day  8

Rotorua Sightseeing

Today on your morning tour you will visit Te Puia and the Maori Arts and Crafts Institute where you can view mighty geysers, boiling mud pools, and the traditional arts and culture of the Maori People. You will also experience Rainbow Springs which is a unique showcase of New Zealand’s flora and fauna including New Zealand’s national icon, a kiwi bird. Last but not least, you will have a hands on experience at the Agrodome Sheep Show, giving you an animated insight into New Zealand’s farming history.

Today on your morning tour you will visit Te Puia and the Maori Arts and Crafts Institute where you can view mighty geysers, boiling mud pools, and the traditional arts and culture of the Maori People. You will also experience Rainbow Springs which is a unique showcase of New Zealand’s flora and fauna including New Zealand’s national icon, a kiwi bird. Last but not least, you will have a hands on experience at the Agrodome Sheep Show, giving you an animated insight into New Zealand’s farming history.

Meal Plan            Dinner

 

Day 9

Rotorua at Leisure

Today is at leisure. Rotorua, in the center of the North Island, is situated on a volcanic plateau also known as the “Pacific Rim of Fire” under which is the world’s most lively geothermal activity. It is here that you can discover amazing geysers, thermal springs, crater lakes and boiling mud pools.

The smell of sulphur that lingers in the air will remind visitors they are in a geothermal region. Watch the famed Pohutu Geyser shoot scalding water up to 30 metres into the sky at Whakarewarena Thermal Reserve or visit Hell’s Gate Thermal Park with the only hot waterfall in the southern hemisphere. Visitors can soak their feet in hot pools. There are countless touring options to choose from, ask your travel team agent for details.

Meal Plan            Breakfast

 

Day 10

Depart Rotorua for North America

You will be transferred to the airport for your flight (via Auckland) back to North America on your flight home.

Meal Plan            Breakfast

 

DEPARTURES AND PRICES:

Departure from
Los Angeles
US $
Economy Hotels Moderate Hotels  First Class Hotels
10 Oct – 30 Nov ’19 $1,879 $2,059 $2,199
1 – 12 Dec ’19 $2,159 $2,349 $2,499
13 – 31 Dec ’19 $2,049 $2,229 $2,339
1 – 12 Jan ’20 $2,799 $2,989 $3,099
13 – 31 Jan ’20 $2,229 $2,419 $2,529
1 – 16 Feb ’20 $2,349 $2,539 $2,689
17 Feb – 31 Mar ’20 $2,159 $2,139 $2,499
1 – 30 Apr ’20 $1,869 $2,189 $2,299
1 May – 21 Jun ’20 $1,869 $2,119 $2,209
22 Jun – 23 Jul ’20 $2,339 $2,589 $2,679
24 Jul – 17 Sep ’20 $2,049 $2,299 $2,389
From California/Nevada/Arizona add $200, from Colorado/Idaho/Montana/New Mexico/ Oregon/Utah/Washington/Wyoming add $310, from Houston/Chicago add $140, from Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Illinois (except CHI), Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Louisiana, Mississippi, Nebraska, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Wisconsin add $360, from Alaska, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Virginia, West Virginia, Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, New York, Vermont add $410
Departure from
Vancouver
CA $
Economy Hotels Moderate Hotels  First Class Hotels
 19 Oct – 30 Nov ’19 $2,819 $3,039 $3,169
1 – 12 Dec ’19 $2,819 $3,039 $2,979
13 Dec ’19 – 12 Jan ’20 $3,839 $4,079 $4,159
13 – 31 Jan ’20 $2,759 $2,999 $3,079
1 – 16 Feb ’20 $2,919 $3,139 $3,269
17 Feb – 31 Mar ’20 $2,819 $3,039 $3,169
1 – 30 Apr ’20 $2,459 $2,839 $2,929
1 May – 21 Jun ’20 $2,459 $2,759 $2,859
22 Jun – 23 Jul ’20 $3,149 $3,439 $3,539
24 Jul – 17 Sep ’20 $3,639 $2,929 $3,029
For departures from Victoria/Nanaimo/Edmonton/Calgary/Kelowna/ Kamloops add $110, from Regina/Winnipeg/Saskatoon/Halifax add $375, Toronto/Ottawa/Montreal add $325, from Fredericton/Moncton/Sydney/Charlottetown/ add $750.  Please enquire for add on airfares for any city not listed.

 

 

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