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New Zealand Family Shindig

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Day 1: Arrive in Auckland

On arrival in Auckland (flights to arrive prior to 3pm) you will be transferred to your hotel where your ultimate family shindig begins!

At the Welcome Reception, your Travel Director will spend time with the families and introduce them to each other, while you can sit back and relax with welcome drinks and canapés. Enjoy dinner at a local waterfront restaurant, with special kid friendly menus and special face painting! Great way to have a laugh with your fellow guests, you might even want to your Travel Director painted too!

Hotel: Heritage Hotel (Superior), 1 night

Included Meals: Dinner

Day 2: Auckland to Rotorua

This morning enjoy a relaxed breakfast before we have a special guided tour of Kelly Tarleton’s Undersea World. Get up close and personal with the largest species of Stingray in the world! Meet Molly and Penny our resident Stingrays, who have been with us for 25 years, together they weight over 300kg! Stingray Bay also boasts one of New Zealand's most unique ocean views -seeing Hauraki Gulf from above and below the ocean. Enjoy the views while you sip a cup of locally roasted, organic coffee allowing your little ones explore Auckland's best kids play area -Shipwreck Shores or experiencing an animal encounter with a star fish in our interactive Rock Pool. Whilst in the Shark Tunnel, you'll watch in awe as huge Sharks and Stingrays swim majestically overhead. Our Predator Tank alone contains more than a million litres of seawater pumped straight from Waitemata harbour.

After leaving Auckland you will follow the meandering trail of the Waikato River to 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.

This afternoon, we visit the Tamaki Maori Village for a traditional Maori welcoming ceremony. There are lots of interactive hands-on experiences for the whole family. After an informative introduction to traditional carving and designs, you’ll get a chance to decorate yourself with fun temporary tattoos and weave your own creations out of natural flax plant. There’s also a fun Warrior Training session to learn different stances and master a set of challenges. All this fun will work up an appetite for a traditional Hangi feast in the evening.

Hotel: Millennium Hotel, Rotorua (Superior), 2 nights.

Included Meals: Breakfast and Highlight Dinner

Day 3: Rotorua Sights

Enjoy a hearty breakfast, as a full day of sightseeing fun in Rotorua awaits!

No visit to Rotorua is complete without a trip to the Agrodome, after all farming is what put the Kiwis on the map. There is lots of fun to be had cuddling baby animals and making new furry friends with plenty of great photo opportunities. Lots of laughs at the Sheep Show… you may even win a woolly friend at the sheep auction!

Next we’ll visit Te Puia on a guided tour of the Geothermal Valley. Experience the bubbling playfulness of the Te Puia mud pools and visit the largest active geyser in the Southern Hemisphere, Pohutu. Sample a special boxed lunch, cooked using geothermal steam from the ground.

And then it’s on to the Skyline Rotorua and some thrilling luge rides. Join the kids on the downhill challenge or relax and indulge in a little ‘grown-up time’ with a wine tasting at the top of the Gondola at Volcanic Hills Winery (Own Expense). Spend some quiet time with a glass or two in the wine tasting room with spectacular panoramic views over Lake Rotorua. Or there is plenty of time for more luge rides all together as a family!

Included Meals: Breakfast

Day 4: Rotorua to Auckland

Today it’s farewell to Rotorua and we head back up to New Zealand’s biggest city, Auckland.

From Rotorua we journey into the rural region of Matamata, and it’s here that you’ll get to experience the real Middle-Earth with a visit to the Hobbiton™ Movie Set from The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit Trilogies. You’ll have the chance to become a Hobbit yourself… Take the opportunity to pose up a storm in full costume after your tour. Explore the Hobbit holes, Green Dragon™ Inn and the Mill and see how this beautiful piece of Waikato farmland was transformed into The Shire from Middle-Earth.

When we arrive back in Auckland, we enjoy a city tour before arriving at our hotel for a final family farewell dinner.

Hotel: Heritage Hotel (Superior), 1 night

Included Meals: Breakfast and Farewell Dinner

Day 5: Depart Auckland

After breakfast, it’s time to say goodbye to your new found friends as you head home. You’ll be transferred to the airport (flights anytime through the day) for your outbound flight.

Included Meals: Breakfast

5 Day Guided Holiday

Departs
from Auckland

2017
02-OCT-17

2018
15-JAN-18
16-APR-18
16-JUL-18

Returns
to Auckland

Morning of day 5

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Inclusions

  • 4 nights accommodation at Auckland Harbour Oaks and Rotorua Quest with choice of accomodation style (1 or 2 bedroom apartments offered)
  • 4 x Breakfast
  • 1 x Highlight Dinner
  • 1 x Farewell Dinner
  • Canapés & welcome drinks
  • Hat & water bottle for each guest
  • "Kiwi Sam" plush toy, backpack, educational workbook, stationery pack & sunscreen for every child

What to bring

  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Sunglasses
  • Camera
  • Jacket in the cooler months

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 4 nights accommodation (FSNZ)

Two Bedroom Apartment Auckland Harbour Oaks
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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.

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