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9 days | Departs year round –
Discover the culture & scenery of the New Zealand’s stunning North Island, including a visit to the Bay of Islands, an authentic Maori hangi feast, visit to Waitomo Glowworm Caves & journey to Wellington.
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Your New Zealand adventure begins with a flight across the Tasman Sea to Auckland, the City of Sails. After your airport transfer to your hotel, explore Auckland your way. An evening welcome reception is followed by dinner with your Travel Director and fellow travellers.
❱ Hotel stay: VR Queen Street Hotel & Suites (1 night)
Depart Auckland and travel along the Hibiscus Coast to the Bay of Islands. Take a scenic cruise through game fishing waters to Cape Brett and, weather permitting, through the ‘Hole in the Rock’. The return cruise to Paihia meanders through picturesque islands with deserted sandy beaches and secluded bays. Keep your eyes peeled for the marine life.
❱ Hotel stay: Copthorne Resort Bay of Islands (2 nights)
Explore the Bay of Islands. Perhaps take a ferry to Russell, go sailing on a tall ship, dolphin-watching on the bay or visit the historic Waitangi Treaty Grounds.
Enjoy a leisurely morning before travelling through lush farmlands on your way back to Auckland.
After an Auckland city sights tour you’ll trace the Waikato River to Waitomo Caves. Glide through the amazing Glowworm Grotto by boat. Then arrive in Rotorua for an orientation tour. Tonight, enjoy a traditional Maori Hangi feast highlight dinner and concert at the Tamaki Maori Village.
❱ Hotel stay: Ibis Rotorua Hotel (2 nights)
Visit the Agrodome Farm Show, then enjoy an afternoon of ‘Free Time’ – visit Rainbow Springs, abundant with Rainbow Trout and native fauna including the kiwi or Te Puia, where a local Maori will guide you through the Geothermal valley with its mud pools and geysers.
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.
❱ Hotel stay: Travelodge Wellington (2 nights)
Enjoy a full day at leisure to explore Wellington, New Zealand’s capital city. Visit the iconic Beehive building – the home of New Zealand’s parliament, taste award-winning wines in the nearby Martinborough wine region or go on a tour of the filming locations of the Lord of the Rings series. Alternatively, you may wish to simply relax in the city, go shopping or discover some of the city’s many cafes.
Your holiday concludes this morning after breakfast. You’ll be transferred to Christchurch Airport for your onward flight back to Australia.
01 Jun 2019 (winter departure), 07 Sep 2019 (winter departure), 28 Sep 2019 (winter departure), 05 Oct 2019, 12 Oct 2019, 26 Oct 2019, 02 Nov 2019, 09 Nov 2019, 16 Nov 2019, 07 Dec 2019, 14 Dec 2019, 21 Dec 2019, 28 Dec 2019, 04 Jan 2020, 18 Jan 2020, 25 Jan 2020, 01 Feb 2020, 08 Feb 2020, 15 Feb 2020, 22 Feb 2020, 29 Feb 2020, 21 Mar 2020
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