Northern New Zealand Explorer from $1,995

WHAT’S INCLUDED

  • 7 nights accommodations
  • Immersive Insider Experiences
  • 7 Breakfast and 3 Dinners
  • Expert tour director plus local guides in select locations
  • Arrival and departure airport transfers in New Zealand
  • Luggage porterage
Northern New Zealand Explorer

Discover the best highlights of New Zealand’s North Island. Spend 7 nights, enjoy immersive experiences with an expert tour guide and more. Cruise the Bay of Islands, home to 144 islands and take in the sights of small coves and sandy white beaches. Enjoy an overnight stay in Wellington, New Zealand’s capital, and take the time to explore its best-loved landmarks. Visit the mesmerizing Waitomo caves and see thousands of tiny glowworms illuminate the limestone walls.

 

 

 

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DAY 1

Arrive Auckland

Upon arrival in Auckland, you will be met and transferred to your hotel.

Stay: Rydges Auckland Hotel

 

DAY 2

Auckland, Bay Of Islands

 

INSIDER EXPERIENCE

After breakfast this morning, you will take the journey north to the Matakohe Kauri Museum which details the story of pioneering settlers of the Kauri industry, as well as the legacy of Kauri forests.

 

See a mighty Kauri tree and marvel at its size at the Matakohe Kauri Museum. Unique to New Zealand, local Māori people considered these giant trees to be the kings of New Zealand’s forests, while European’s used the wood to construct sturdy spars for their ships, resulting in a rapid decline of the native forests. Today, this forest is heavily protected and new saplings are continuously planted. Later, continue further north to the stunning Bay of Islands, an area that symbolises the birthplace of the nation as the site of the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840. After settling in to your hotel, enjoy a Welcome Dinner tonight.

Stay: Two Nights, Bay of Islands, Kingsgate Hotel Autolodge Paihia

Daily: Breakfast & Dinner

 

DAY 3

Bay Of Islands

The Bay of Islands is home to 144 islands providing a beautiful aquatic playground off the north coast of the North Island. Today, after breakfast, you will enjoy a full day at leisure to explore the idyllic subtropical surrounds, said to have some of the bluest skies in the world. You might like to spend some of the day relaxing on one of the pristine beaches or exploring the lush wilderness areas via one of the many walking tracks. In the main town of Paihia, weatherboard shops line the peaceful waterfront promenade and a smattering of white boats bob up and down on the harbour. Known as the ‘Jewel of the Bay of Islands’, this is the gateway to the region’s beaches and islets, and the perfect base from which to explore.

Daily: Breakfast

 

DAY 4

Bay Of Islands, Auckland

 

INSIDER EXPERIENCE

Explore New Zealand’s finest maritime park on a cruise to Cape Brett.

 

The captivating coastline of the Bay of Islands provides sheltered waters for dolphins, whales, seals, penguins and other marine life, so keep a look out while enjoying the remarkable scenery. Onwards lies pristine Motukokako Island, home of the fabled Hole in the Rock. The area is not only spectacular but also a place of significant cultural importance, entwined with early Māori history. When the tide is right, boats can sail right through the narrow 18-metre-high hole, just as local warriors would once do before heading into battle. Afterwards, return to Auckland by coach and enjoy dinner.

Stay: Rydges Auckland Hotel

Daily: Breakfast & Dinner

 

DAY 5

Auckland, Waitomo, Rotorua

 

INSIDER EXPERIENCE

Discover the magical natural spectacle of Waitomo Caves with a local guide.

INSIDER EXPERIENCE

Enjoy a Māori Hāngī feast with performances of song and dance.

 

Travel to Waitomo, home to the famous glow worm caves where thousands of tiny luminescent creatures radiate an unmistakable glow. Continue on to the geothermal capital of New Zealand, Rotorua. At Te Puia – New Zealand’s premier cultural centre – enjoy a guided tour of the Māori Arts and Crafts Institute, during which you will see the incredible Whakarewarewa Thermal Valley and witness geysers erupt and mud pools bubble. Delight in the opportunity to dine and interact with locals who will enchant you with their customs and cheerful hospitality.

Stay: Two Nights, Sudima Rotorua

Daily: Breakfast & Dinner

 

DAY 6

Rotorua

Rotorua captures the essence of New Zealand with its geothermal geysers, fascinating Māori culture and rich heritage. The city is positioned on the Pacific Rim of Fire, and is therefore one of the world’s most active geothermal areas. Your sightseeing continues with a visit to one of New Zealand’s best-loved attractions, the Agrodome, with its entertaining sheep shearing demonstration, dog trials and animal nursery. Later, perhaps enjoy an optional helicopter flight for views over the active White Island volcano (own expense).

Daily: Breakfast

 

DAY 7

Rotorua, Taupo, Wellington

Departing Rotorua, travel along the Thermal Explorer Highway through a region abundant with geothermal activity, crystal-clear lakes, natural spas and rich Māori culture. Stop on the shores of Lake Taupo – the largest freshwater lake in Australasia – and marvel at thundering Huka Falls with its striking blue water. Continue south across the vast volcanic plateau of World Heritage-listed Tongariro National Park and on to Wellington for an overnight stay.

Stay: Travelodge Wellington

Daily: Breakfast

 

DAY 8

Depart Wellington

Take in the sights of Wellington today on a guided sightseeing tour. Your journey comes to an end as you are transferred to the airport.

Daily: Breakfast

 

Pricing & Departures

 

 

 

 

Departure dates from
Oct 4, 11, 2019 $2,195
Nov 1, 15; Dec 13, 2019 $2,195
Jan 3, 10, 17, 24, 31; Feb 11, 14, 18, 28; Mar 6, 13, 17, 20, 2020 $2,195
Apr 14, 2020 $2,095
May 8; Jun 12, 2020 $1,995
Sep 4, 11, 18, 25, 2020 $2,095
Additional departure dates & cities are available; call a Travel Team Agent for details 1-800-788-0829.
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Notes:
  • Land only package
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