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8 Day Northern Spotlight Tour

$2,399
Per Person

Typically $2,799
This 8 day journey takes you from the shores of the beautiful Bay of Islands to Rotorua, rich in Māori culture and traditions, and onto the spectacular scenery of Tongariro National Park the thriving modern capital, Wellington.

the tour

Follow the path of pioneer settlers on our North Island New Zealand tour. This fully escorted tour is operated by AAT Kings. Starts in Auckland and ends in Wellington. Tour the North Island, the birthplace of the country’s European history. This journey takes you from the shores of the beautiful Bay of Islands to Rotorua, rich in Māori culture and traditions, and onto the spectacular scenery of Tongariro National Park the thriving modern capital, Wellington.

Enjoy a cruise in the Bay of Islands to ‘Hole in The Rock’. Take in stunning views as you glide through the islands and along the Rakaumangamanga Peninsula. According to Māori legend, local warriors used to paddle through the Hole in the Rock in their canoes before departing for battle. Keep an eye out for dolphins, whales and other marine life, and have your camera ready as you get up close to the action.

Other highlights includes a visit to the Tamaki Maori Village for a show and dinner. Tamaki Maori Village is a wonderful insight into the culture both past and present of the Maori people. You will also visit Waitomo Glow Worm caves and the incredible Huka Falls at Taupo.

INCLUSIONS

Our North Island New Zealand tour includes 7 nights accommodation. You have the services of a Tour Director throughout the tour. All breakfast and airport transfers are included. As well as two dinners. Secure your tour with just a 10% deposit and choose from departures until March 2022. Please contact us for any more information. See tabs below for a full list of inclusions. 

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Itinerary

DAY 1: Arrive Auckland, New Zealand

On arrival in Auckland, you will be transferred to your hotel. Welcome to Auckland This afternoon, explore Auckland at your leisure before meeting your travel director for a welcome dinner.

MEALS: None

OVERNIGHT: VR Queen Street, Auckland

DAY 2: Auckland ~ Bay of Islands ~ Hole in The Rock Cruise

This morning depart Auckland City and travel north over the Harbour Bridge past the sprawling suburbs of the North Shore of Auckland. Your travels then take you through Nothland’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” 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. This evening enjoy dinner at your hotel.

MEALS: Breakfast

OVERNIGHT: Copthorne Hotel & Resort, Bay of Islands

DAY 3: Bay of Islands Free Day

Today is a completely free day for you to experience the beauty of the Bay of Islands. Perhaps head back out on to the water and go on a dolphin watching cruise, and maybe even jump in the water for a swim with these magnificent creatures. Or 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 around Kerikeri, or join a jet boat Heritage Cruise and learn a little more about the settling of the Bay of Islands. Tonight you are free to dine as you wish. You may want to experience a ‘Kiwi tradition’ – fish and chips on the beach, or glide down the Waitangi River on board the Ratanui for a sumptuous dinner cruise. Your Travel Director will assist you in booking all of your chosen optional experiences.

MEALS: Breakfast

OVERNIGHT: Copthorne Hotel & Resort, Bay of Islands

DAY 4: Paihia ~ Auckland

Enjoy a leisurely morning in the Bay of Islands before you travel back to Auckland. Your journey south 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, enjoy a stop at Parry Kauri Park and take a walk among New Zealand’s native forest giants, the Kauri trees before arriving into Auckland late afternoon. Dinner tonight is included at your hotel.

MEALS: Breakfast

OVERNIGHT: VR Queen Street, Auckland

DAY 5: Auckland ~ Waitomo Caves ~ Rotorua

A city sights tour will start your morning in Auckland. Travel around the waterfront from central city out to Mission Bay. Prepare your camera for the stop at Bastion Point and the Michael Joseph Savage Memorial, as you will get stunning shots of Auckland, the North Shore and the Waitemata Harbour. After leaving Auckland you will follow the meandering trail of the Waikato River to Waitomo Caves. Tour the amazing limestone caverns and sail through the still waters of the sparkling Glow Worm Grotto. From Waitomo to Rotorua you will venture through the King Country region which was at the centre of the New Zealand Wars in the 1860s. On arrival in Rotorua an orientation tour takes in views of Lake Rotorua.

MEALS: Breakfast

OVERNIGHT: Ibis, Rotorua

DAY 6: Rotorua Free Day

Today is your chance to experience the scenic wonders of the geothermal wonderland of Rotorua. Choose from one of the varied Optional Activities on offer. 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? Your Travel Director will assist you in booking all your chosen optional activities.

MEALS: Breakfast

OVERNIGHT: Ibis, Rotorua

DAY 7: Rotorua ~ Taupo ~ Wellington

Depart Rotorua this morning and journey out through pine forests and farmland to a little hidden spot, the turquoise torrent of rapids known as Huka Falls. The road ahead unfolds in a broad panorama of Lake Taupo, New Zealand’s largest lake. The stunningly blue fresh water of Lake Taupo is home to some of the best trout fishing in the world. You will then journey south over the Central Plateau, New Zealand’s main volcanic area. In a country of contrasts, perhaps nothing is more striking than the three peaks of Tongariro National Park rising starkly from the surrounding plateau of tussock and near-desert. Pass through a number of small towns along the road to Wellington, each with their own personality and quirks. Probably the quirkiest of all would have to be Taihape… the self-proclaimed gumboot capital of the world. Travel along the Kapiti Coast, the traditional summer playground of the inhabitants of Wellington city. And as you follow the state highway, the Kapiti Coast becomes New Zealand’s capital city, Wellington. Tonight dinner is included at your hotel.

MEALS: Breakfast

OVERNIGHT: Travelodge, Wellington

DAY 8: Wellington City Tour ~ Departure

After a city sights tour of Wellington taking in New Zealand’s parliament buildings, and a visit to Te Papa, the Museum of New Zealand, enjoy some time at leisure. Indulge in Wellington’s renowned coffee culture, or take a walk along Lambton Quay – the heart of the central business district of Wellington. Your MyHoliday2 New Zealand holiday concludes this afternoon. Your flights will need to depart after 2.00pm, and you will be transferred to Wellington Airport.

MEALS: Breakfast

Description

Follow the path of pioneer settlers on our North Island New Zealand tour. This fully escorted tour is operated by AAT Kings. Starts in Auckland and ends in Wellington. Tour the North Island, the birthplace of the country’s European history. This journey takes you from the shores of the beautiful Bay of Islands to Rotorua, rich in Māori culture and traditions, and onto the spectacular scenery of Tongariro National Park the thriving modern capital, Wellington.

Enjoy a cruise in the Bay of Islands to ‘Hole in The Rock’. Take in stunning views as you glide through the islands and along the Rakaumangamanga Peninsula. According to Māori legend, local warriors used to paddle through the Hole in the Rock in their canoes before departing for battle. Keep an eye out for dolphins, whales and other marine life, and have your camera ready as you get up close to the action.

Other highlights includes a visit to the Tamaki Maori Village for a show and dinner. Tamaki Maori Village is a wonderful insight into the culture both past and present of the Maori people. You will also visit Waitomo Glow Worm caves and the incredible Huka Falls at Taupo.

INCLUSIONS

Our North Island New Zealand tour includes 7 nights accommodation. You have the services of a Tour Director throughout the tour. All breakfast and airport transfers are included. As well as two dinners. Secure your tour with just a 10% deposit and choose from departures until March 2022. Please contact us for any more information. See tabs below for a full list of inclusions. 

INCLUSIONS

 

8 Day escorted tour of New Zealand by AAT Kings

7 Nights in 3 Star hotel accommodation

7x Breakfasts, 2x Dinners

Services of a Tour Director throughout

Airport transfers

Hole in The Rock Dolphin Cruise

Tamaki Maori Village show and dinner, Rotorua

Waitomo Glow Worm Caves

Huka Falls Taupo

Wellington City Tour

Auckland City Tour

Te Papa Museum of New Zealand

Wellington City Sights Tour

 

EXCLUSIONS

 

International Airfares

Other meals not included in itinerary

Beverages for all meals

Personal expenses

Travel insurance

Optional tours

DEPARTURE DATES

 

DEPARTURE DATES 2021:

September: 4, 25

October: *16

November: *27

December: *25

 

DEPARTURE DATES 2022:

January: *29

February: *12, *26

March: *12

 

Dates marked with an * incur a surcharge of $200 per person

HOTELS

 

3 STAR HOTELS:

Auckland: VR Queen Street

Bay of Islands: Copthorne Hotel & Resort

Rotorua: Ibis Rotorua

Wellington: Travelodge Wellington

 

In the unlikely event that the listed hotels are fully booked, alternative hotels of the same standard will be used

UPGRADES & OPTIONS

 

UPGRADES:

No upgrades available with this package

 

OPTIONAL TOURS:

Your Tour Director will assist you to book any optional tours on offer throughout the tour. 

 

EXTRA NIGHTS:

Extra nights are not available with this package

TOUR INFORMATION

 

VALIDITY:

Voucher valid until 12 March 2022

Voucher valid for 1 person, based on twin/double share

Bookings must be made at least 45 days prior to travel

Bookings are subject to availability

 

RATES:

8 Day Northern Spotlight – $2399 per person

 

SINGLE SUPPLEMENT:

– $800 per person

 

GROUP SIZE:

Minimum 2

Maximum 48

 

CHILDREN POLICY:

Contact us for child prices

 

IMPORTANT INFORMATION:

Travel insurance is recommended. MyHoliday2 takes no responsibility for any travel issues that may arise

Departure dates may vary. Do you book your airfare until you have received confirmation your travel date will go ahead

It is the customers responsibility to obtain the correct visa for their destination and cover all fees associated

It is the customers responsibility to ensure they have a valid passport for travel and must be valid for at least 6 months beyond the period of intended stay.

We offer a 21 Day Money Back Guarantee. See Refund policy for details

Travel vouchers are non-redeemable for cash

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Travel vouchers must be redeemed within the validity period or will be deemed void

MyHoliday2 pricing reflects current market rates, so package prices may fluctuate from day to day. This is the nature of the tourism industry, and MyHoliday2 is not obliged to refund you to match any subsequent price reductions after purchase

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