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Iconic North

7 Day Guided Vacation | Auckland to Wellington

Iconic North

7 Day Guided Vacation | Auckland to Wellington | Travel Period: 1 Apr 2021 – 31 Mar 2022

Iconic North

7 Day Guided Vacation

Auckland to Wellington

Venture through the North Island from Auckland to New Zealand’s capital, Wellington and revel in New Zealand most iconic sights. Enjoy a local connection with an exclusive By My Guest lunch on a private Waikato dairy farm. Learn insider knowledge from your experienced Travel Directors and immerse yourself in the Maori culture as you are invited for the evening at Tamaki Maori Village to experience the centuries-old traditions of New Zealand's Indigenous.

Why you'll love this trip:

  • Explore the best of New Zealand's North Island cities and regional areas
  • Visit New Zealand's most popular beach, Mt Maunganui in Tauranga
  • Experience the wonders of the kiwifruit industry on an idyllic working kiwifruit orchard
  • Connect with locals - Meet Bridgette and Lance O'Sullivan for lunch on their dairy farm

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Insider Knowledge

Exclusive guided tour of the Americas Cup exibition at the New Zealand Maritime Museum in Auckland 'City of Sails'.

Local Connection

Join Bridgette and Lance O'Sullivan on their Waikato dairy farm for lunch.

Cultural Immersion

Wander through the ancient forest village at Tamaki Maori Village and learn about Maori art forms and traditions, followed by a cultural performance. Experience an authentic Maori Hangi meal, steamed underground in the traditional way.

Sustainable Footprints

Visit Te Puia Thermal Reserve where you’ll be accompanied by a Local Guide to view New Zealand’s biggest geyser, bubbling mud pools and thermal springs. Your visit helps fund this institute which enriches the lives of the local Maori attending.

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, Auckland, 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. Later, travel to the harbourside city of Tauranga, located in the Bay of Plenty region. A bridge over the harbour connects Tauranga to Mount Maunganui, where you’ll have an afternoon at leisure. Why not walk up the extinct namesake volcano with winding walking paths or relax on the main beach, this glorious stretch of golden sand has been voted the best in the country. Later, enjoy dinner at your hotel.

Hotel: Trinity Wharf Tauranga

Included Meals: Breakfast, Be My Guest lunch and dinner with wine

This morning we travel through Te Puke known as the kiwifruit capital of New Zealand with around 80% of all kiwifruit grown in New Zealand grown here. You’ll stop at Kiwifruit Country, a family owned business that is set amongst a 60-hectare orchard. Later, its onto Rotorua for an orientation tour that takes in views of Lake Rotorua. This afternoon visit Te Puia and tour through the Whakawerawera Thermal Reserve. Tonight, an evening of culture, history and scrumptious food awaits you at the Tamaki Maori Village. Wander through the ancient forest village and learn about Maori art forms and traditions, followed by a concert featuring local performers. Experience an authentic Maori Hangi meal, steamed underground in the traditional way.

Hotel: Millennium Hotel, Rotorua, 2 nights

Included Meals: Breakfast and highlight dinner

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, Wellington

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.

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

Trinity Wharf Hotel Tauranga offers 4.5 star luxury Tauranga hotel accommodation and apartments with a stunning waterfront location, flexible conference facilities and a waterfront restaurant and bar, just minutes from the Tauranga city centre and Mount Maunganui beach. A leading accommodation and event venue in the Western Bay Of Plenty, Trinity Wharf Tauranga is an urban retreat that captures the very essence of New Zealand hospitality.

    Features

  • Shower - separate
  • Bath
  • Tea/Coffee facilities
  • Minibar & Fridge
  • Air conditioning
  • Bathrobes
  • Bathroom amenities
  • Free Wifi
  • Hairdryer
  • In-room safes
  • Iron & ironing board
  • TV with Sky TV (cable)
 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
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Our special discounted rates make booking accommodation with us during your holiday both easy and affordable at selected AAT Kings hotels and resorts. Find out more

  • Quality accommodation
  • Travel in luxury coach
  • Experienced Travel Director and Driver Guide
  • Airport transfers (see flight information below)

To ensure your holiday is filled with memorable experiences, we have included a range of quality Optional Excursions for you to choose from and partake in, if you wish, during your holiday. The excursions can be booked on tour through your Travel Director.

$56 Adult

Giapo Ice Cream - Kitchen Experience

Come and discover the thought processes behind the Giapo team’s imagination-fuelled creations and get an insight into their unique creative process and learn the story of how innovation and ingenuity are reshaping ice cream.


Optional Experiences indicated are Australian or New Zealand dollars. Please note that occasionally weather or seasonal conditions may not permit their operation. Some also depend on a minimum number of participants and suitable time being available. Please see your Travel Director for a full list of experiences.

What to Bring

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

Fitness Requirements

  • Low level of fitness required

Dining

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

Flight Information

  • Day 1 - Flights to arrive prior to 4.00pm into Auckland Airport
  • Day 7 - Flights to depart after 2.00pm from Wellington Airport

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