short break icon 7 Day Short Break

Bay of Islands & Rotorua Unearthed

  • Bay of Islands

    Bay of Islands

  • Hole in the Rock

    Hole in the Rock

  • Waitomo Glow Worm Caves

    Waitomo Glow Worm Caves

  • Pohutu Geyser, Rotorua

    Pohutu Geyser, Rotorua

  • Bay of Islands

    Bay of Islands

  • Maori Culture

    Maori Culture

  • Traditional Maori Hangi

    Traditional Maori Hangi

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Tour codes: ZBR5R, ZBR5F

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Itinerary

As this Short Break departs at 6.45am, accommodation will need to be pre-booked for the previous night. You’ll travel with a different Driver Guide and group of like-minded travellers each day, for a more diverse experience.

Day 1: Welcome to Auckland – Bay of Islands

Depart Auckland by coach for the Bay of Islands. On arrival in Paihia visit the historic Waitangi Treaty Reserve, where New Zealand’s founding document, the Treaty of Waitangi, was signed. You’ll have time on your own to learn about New Zealand’s early Maori and European history and take in highlights such as the Maori War Canoe (Waka) and Meeting House (Marae). Then board the Dolphin Seeker, a purpose-built catamaran, and meet your experienced local skipper for a cruise through the beautiful clear waters. Keep a look out for common and bottlenose dolphins, whales and other marine life as you get up close to the action. Enjoy the views as you cruise past the Cape Brett Lighthouse, before arriving at the majestic ‘Hole in the Rock’. You’ll be holding your breath as the skipper navigates through the narrow space. Take in the unique sights of Grand Cathedral Cave before heading back into the inner islands of the Bay.

Hotel: Copthorne Resort Bay of Islands, Garden Rooms (Standard) or Copthorne Resort Bay of Islands, Water View Rooms (First Class), 2 nights.

Included Meals: Dinner

Day 2: Bay of Islands ‘Free Time’

The day is at leisure for you to experience the beauty of the Bay of Islands. Perhaps take a coach trip to Cape Reinga, the northern-most point of New Zealand, via idyllic Ninety Mile Beach, a day of sailing on a tall ship or play a round of golf. Tonight, you can choose to dine at one of the local cafés or restaurants on the waterfront.

Included Meals: Breakfast

Day 3: Bay of Islands – Auckland

This morning why not spend time in a local café or perhaps take a ferry to Russell, the first capital of New Zealand. This afternoon enjoy the lush green farmland scenery as you return to Auckland.

Hotel: Scenic Hotel Auckland (Standard) or The Langham Hotel Auckland (First Class)

Included Meals: Breakfast

Day 4: Auckland – Waitomo – Rotorua

Travel through the lush farmland of the Waikato and King Country regions. Enjoy a morning snack as you drive past Rangiriri, the location of a historic Maori Land Wars site. On arrival in the small town of Waitomo, tour with a local guide through the Waitomo Glow Worm Caves with their amazing stalactites, stalagmites and other limestone formations. Finish with a silent boat ride through the Glow Worm Grotto – a subterranean cavern lit by thousands of tiny glow worms. Later, travel on to Rotorua, the cultural centre of New Zealand.

Hotel: Copthorne Hotel (Standard) or Millennium Hotel, Rotorua (First Class), 2 nights.

Included Meals: Breakfast

Day 5: Rotorua

Enjoy a sightseeing tour around three of Rotorua’s iconic visitor attractions. Experience Te Puia, a place of Maori culture and a thermal wonderland of impressive geysers and boiling mud pools. Explore Rainbow Springs Nature Park, which showcases native flora and fauna. You may even spot a kiwi! Then enjoy a demonstration of New Zealand’s agricultural industry with a sheep shearing display and sheep dog trials at the Agrodome Sheep Show. Tonight enjoy a unique Maori Hangi dinner and concert on a local Marae.

Included Meals: Breakfast and dinner

Day 6: Rotorua – Auckland

This morning is at leisure. Later travel through lush Waikato farmland on your way to Auckland.

Hotel: Scenic Hotel Auckland (Standard) or The Langham Hotel Auckland (First Class)

Included Meals: Breakfast

Day 7: Farewell from Auckland

Your short break concludes this morning after breakfast. You’ll be transferred to Auckland Airport for your onward flight (flights anytime).

Included Meals: Breakfast

Note: This itinerary is valid for departures after 1 October 2015.

7 Day Short Break

Departs

Daily 6.45am from Auckland

Returns

Morning of day 7 at Auckland

Need Accommodation?

Our special discounted rates make booking accommodation with us during your holiday both easy and affordable at selected AAT Kings hotels and resorts.
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Inclusions

  • Accommodation
  • Breakfasts (6)
  • Dinners (2)
  • Experienced Driver Guides
  • Detailed and informative commentary
  • Travel in an air-conditioned coach
  • Return airport transfers- flight details to be provided 45 days prior to travel

What to bring

  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Sunglasses, hat and sunscreen
  • Water bottle
  • Camera
  • Jacket in the cooler months

Fitness requirement

Low level of fitness required.

Accommodation Standards & Prices

Choose from a range of accommodation standards below. AAT Kings has hand-picked a range of hotels in key destinations to suit all kinds of budgets and we’ve pre-negotiated amazing prices for you.

Tour with Standard Accommodation (ZBR5R)

Standard Room Copthorne Hotel Rotorua
Where you'll be staying
  • Copthorne Resort Bay of Islands, Garden Rooms  
  • Scenic Hotel Auckland  
  • Copthorne Hotel  
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Tour with First Class Accommodation (ZBR5F)

Superior Room Millennium Hotel Rotorua
Where you'll be staying
  • Copthorne Resort Bay of Islands, Water View Rooms  
  • The Langham Hotel Auckland  
  • Millennium Hotel, Rotorua  
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Prices above may vary according to your departure date.



Please Note: Itinerary, departure dates & prices may be subject to change.

Your choice of accommodation standards

Choose from a range of accommodation standards. AAT Kings has hand-picked a range of hotels in key destinations to suit all kinds of budgets and we’ve pre-negotiated amazing prices for you.

  • Standard (R)

  • Copthorne Resort Bay of Islands, Garden Rooms
    Tau Henare Dr, Paihia 0200, North Island
    • Copthorne Resort Bay of Islands - Exterior
    • Copthorne Resort Bay of Islands - Exterior
    • Copthorne Resort Bay of Islands - Garden View Room
    • Copthorne Resort Bay of Islands - Pool
    • Copthorne Resort Bay of Islands - Restaurant

    This welcoming Bay of Islands hotel commands a superb waterfront location in the heart of the Bay of Islands, offering uninterrupted bay views surrounded by 60 acres of subtropical gardens as part of the historic Waitangi Treaty Grounds.

    • Features
    • 42" flat screen TV with Sky channels
    • Wi-Fi
    • Refrigerator
    • Mini Bar
    • Hair Dryer
    • Iron / Ironing Board
    • In-room safe
    • Coffee/tea making facilities
    • Phone
  • Scenic Hotel Auckland
    380 Queen Street, Auckland 1010
    • Scenic Hotel Auckland Studio Room
    • Scenic Hotel Auckland Lobby
    • Scenic Hotel Auckland Exterior

    Located in central Queen Street, Scenic Hotel Auckland is in the heart of the Auckland central business district (CBD). This beautiful four-star Auckland hotel has transformed the landmark art deco MLC building into elegant and spacious apartment style accommodation.

    Scenic Hotel Auckland welcomes guests to enjoy stylish inner-city accommodation that offers space and convenience. A lavish renovation of this heritage building blends its fabulous art deco architecture with a contemporary feel and modern comforts.

    • Features
    • Air-conditioning
    • Kitchenette
    • Sky TV
    • Tea & Coffee Facilities
    • Wireless Internet access
    • Mini-bar (surcharge)
    • Iron
    • Hairdryer
    • Refrigerator
  • Copthorne Hotel
    Fenton St, Rotorua 3010, North Island
    • Copthorne Hotel Rotorua - Exterior
    • Copthorne Hotel Rotorua - Standard Room
    • Copthorne Hotel Rotorua - Pool
    • Copthorne Hotel Rotorua - Lobby
    • Copthorne Hotel Rotorua - Bar Area

    Marrying stylish contemporary accommodation with agreeable amenities, Copthorne Hotel Rotorua is a superb choice for the holidaymaker who wants to explore the geothermal wonderland of Rotorua.

    • Features
    • Satellite TV
    • Refrigerator
    • Coffee/tea making facilities
    • Iron / Ironing Board
    • Hair Dryer
    • Ceiling fan
    • Radio
  • Copthorne Resort Bay of Islands, Water View Rooms
    Tau Henare Dr, Paihia 0200, North Island
    • Copthorne Resort Bay of Islands - Exterior
    • Copthorne Resort Bay of Islands - Exterior
    • Copthorne Bay of Islands - Waterview Room
    • Copthorne Resort Bay of Islands - Pool
    • Copthorne Resort Bay of Islands - Restaurant

    This welcoming Bay of Islands hotel commands a superb waterfront location in the heart of the Bay of Islands, offering uninterrupted bay views surrounded by 60 acres of subtropical gardens as part of the historic Waitangi Treaty Grounds.

    • Features
    • 42" flat screen TV with Sky channels
    • Wi-Fi
    • Refrigerator
    • Mini Bar
    • Coffee/tea making facilities
    • In-room safe
    • Iron / Ironing Board
    • Phone
    • Work Desk
  • The Langham Hotel Auckland
    83 Symonds St Grafton, Auckland 1010 New Zealand
    • The Langham Hotel Auckland Executive Room
    • The Langham Hotel Auckland Lobby
    • The Langham Hotel Auckland exterior

    The Langham Hotel Auckland exudes a timeless elegance that celebrates the past, yet embraces the future. As a luxury Auckland hotel, we will enchant you with our tradition of graceful living.

     

    • Features
    • LCD TV
    • Work Desk
    • Tea & Coffee Facilities
    • Shower Over Bath
    • Deluxe Marble Bathroom
    • In-room Movies (fee applies)
    • Manual temperature control
    • Blackout drapes/curtains
    • Iron / Ironing Board
    • In-room safe
    • Room service
    • Business Facilities
    • Mini-bar (surcharge)
    • Satellite TV
    • Broadband Internet access
    • Phone
  • Millennium Hotel, Rotorua
    Corner Eruera & Hinemaru St, Rotorua 3010, North Island
    • Zazu Bar at Millennium Hotel Rotorua
    • Lobby at Millennium Hotel Rotorua
    • Nikau Restaurant at Millennium Hotel Rotorua
    • Superior Room at Millennium Hotel Rotorua
    • Front Exterior at Millennium Hotel Rotorua

    Centrally located in the city beside mystical Lake Rotorua, this hotel is just a brief stroll from the Rotorua Museum, Convention Centres and adjacent to a Polynesian Spa.

    • Features
    • Air Conditioning
    • Mini Bar
    • Coffee/tea making facilities
    • Internet Access
    • Sky TV
    • Personalised message and wakeup service
    • Work Desk
    • Radio
    • Hair Dryer
    • In-room safe
    • Iron / Ironing Board
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