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7 Day Guided Vacation | Auckland to Wellington

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The North Island is known for its buzzy cities, from cool Wellington to harbourside Auckland. You’ll visit both on this North Island Tour, plus reveal country secrets like: how kiwi fruit are farmed, why NZ dairy is the world’s best, what a Maori hangi is, and the identity of the most popular beach – you get an insider glimpse, backdropped by glacial lakes and steamy thermals.

Prices From Code: ZAAW

$2711

Adult Twin i A person 16 years and over (note a person 16–17 years must be accompanied by a person 18 years and over). All prices are per person, land only.

$3286

Single i A person, who must be 18 years and over, travelling alone, must pay the single room price. All prices are per person, land only.

$2446

Child i A child must be accompanied by a person 18 years+. Some tours have minimum age requirements.
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Iconic North

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7 Day Guided Vacation

Auckland to Wellington

The North Island is known for its buzzy cities, from cool Wellington to harbourside Auckland. You’ll visit both on this North Island Tour, plus reveal country secrets like: how kiwi fruit are farmed, why NZ dairy is the world’s best, what a Maori hangi is, and the identity of the most popular beach – you get an insider glimpse, backdropped by glacial lakes and steamy thermals.

Highlights

Local Connection

Enjoy an exclusive Be My guest lunch with horse-racing royalty at Waikato’s working dairy farm, the Red Barn.

Insider Knowledge

Boating fanatics, rejoice! Go behind the scenes of the America’s Cup at Auckland’s Maritime Museum with an in-the-know guide.

Cultural Immersion

The Tamaki Maori Village Experience reveals Indigenous history through hangi meals and a cultural performance.

Sustainable Footprints

Travel soundly knowing your visit to Te Puia Thermal Reserve ensures the future of its culturally significant Maori Arts and Crafts institute.

Itinerary

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Welcome to Auckland, New Zealand’s City of Sails. Flights can arrive any time prior to 4.00pm and you will be transferred from the airport to your Auckland hotel in your private car. Tonight, enjoy a welcome reception and dinner at your hotel.

  Hotel: The Cordis, 2 nights

  Included Meals: Dinner with Wine

Enjoy a relaxed start to the day before heading to the New Zealand Maritime Museum for an exclusive America’s Cup tour. Afterwards, enjoy an extended city sights tour of Auckland. Travel around Auckland’s 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. This afternoon is at leisure.

  Included Meals: Breakfast

You’re invited to a Be My Guest lunch at the home of Lance and Bridgette O’Sullivan, New Zealand horse racing royalty. Enjoy a sumptuous country-style lunch at the Red Barn on their beautiful Waikato farm. This afternoon, it’s on to Rotorua for an orientation tour that takes in views of Lake Rotorua followed by a visit to Te Puia for a tour through the Whakarewarewa Thermal Reserve.  

  Hotel: Millennium Hotel, Rotorua, 3 nights

  Included Meals: Dinner with Wine, Be My Guest Lunch, Breakfast

Travel through Te Puke, the kiwifruit capital of New Zealand, which grows around 80% of the country’s kiwifruit. You’ll stop at Kiwifruit Country, a family owned business that is set amongst a 60-hectare orchard. We then travel to Mt. Maunganui, where you’ll have time at leisure. Why not walk up the winding paths of the extinct namesake volcano or relax on the main beach; this glorious stretch of golden sand has been voted the best in the country. Then an evening of culture, history and a Hangi feast Highlight Dinner awaits you at the Tamaki Maori Village.

  Included Meals: Highlight Dinner, Breakfast

Today choose from a range of Optional sightseeing experiences. You could take a fascinating guided tour through the long galleries and lofty chambers of the world-famous Waitomo Glow worm Caves. Or explore Rotorua and its three lakes in an amphibious WWII era Duck. Your Travel Director will assist you in booking all your chosen optional experiences.

  Included Meals: Breakfast

Say Haere Ra (goodbye) to 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, and along the Kapiti Coast to New Zealand’s capital city, Wellington. Tonight, you are free to dine as you wish.

  Hotel: James Cook Hotel Grand Chancellor

  Included Meals: Breakfast

Why not discover more of Wellington this morning? There’s time to visit the Parliament buildings and the Beehive, home to New Zealand’s politicians. Next, you’ll visit Te Papa, the Museum of New Zealand and explore the fascinating exhibits at your leisure, including their unique Marae (Meeting House). Later, you will be transferred by private car to Wellington Airport for your onward flight.

  Included Meals: Breakfast

Please note: This itinerary may be subject to change.


Accommodation

Your Guided Holiday includes a range of quality accommodation for your comfort.
The accommodation you will enjoy on this tour includes:

 Accommodation Hotel
 Accommodation Hotel

The Cordis 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
 Accommodation Hotel
 Accommodation Hotel

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
 Accommodation Hotel
 Accommodation Hotel

Noted for friendly, professional service and well-appointed accommodation, James Cook Hotel Grand Chancellor is the destination of choice for today’s discerning business and holiday traveller.

    Features

  • Work Desk
  • Room service
  • Broadband Internet access
  • Sky TV
  • In-room Movies (fee applies)
  • Mini-bar (surcharge)
  • Tea & Coffee Facilities
  • Iron / Ironing Board
Need accommodation before or after your tour?

Our special discounted rates make booking accommodation with us during your holiday both easy and affordable at selected AAT Kings hotels and resorts. Ask our friendly reservations at the time of booking.

Trip Details

What's included

  • • Specialist team of two highly experienced Travel Director and Driver
  • • Centrally located premium 4- & 5-star hotels
  • • National Park entrance fees

What to Bring

  • • Water bottle
  • • Warm layers in cooler months
  • • Camera
  • • Comfortable walking shoes
  • • Sunglasses, sunscreen and hat

Fitness Requirements

  • • Low level of fitness required

Dining

  • • 6 Full Breakfasts
  • • 1 Be My Guest Lunch
  • • 2 Dinners with Wine
  • • 1 Highlight Dinner

Flight Information

  • • Day 1: Flights to arrive by 4pm
  • • Day 7: Flights to arrive after 2:00pm

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