Northern Discovery

8 Day Guided Vacation | Auckland to Wellington

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Northern Discovery

8 Day Guided Vacation | Auckland to Wellington

Northern Discovery

8 Day Guided Vacation | Auckland to Wellington | Travel Period: 1 Oct 2019 – 28 Mar 2020

Northern Discovery

8 Day Guided Vacation

Auckland to Wellington


This journey reveals a myriad of cultural treasures as you travel through the stunning North Island of New Zealand. Be amazed by Rotorua’s thermal wonderland, experience a traditional Māori Hangi meal cooked underground, and explore the beautiful maritime scenery of the renowned Bay of Islands.

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Local Connection

Meet local artisans on a Highlights Tour in the Bay of Islands or join a guided tour of Russell with lunch at a local pub.

Insider Knowledge

Delve into the national identity of New Zealand at Te Papa exploring their culture, history and the natural world.

Cultural Immersion

Visit Tamaki Māori Village, where Māori culture and traditions take centre stage; enjoy an authentic Hangi meal and concert.

Sustainable Footprints

Your visit to Te Puia helps fund this arts & crafts institute, enriching the lives of the local Maori students attending.

Meet your Travel Director at a Welcome Reception at your hotel.

Hotel: Stamford Plaza Auckland

Drive through Northland’s lush farmlands into the beautiful Bay of Islands. Cruise through azure game fishing waters and a wonderland of picturesque islands.

Hotel: Copthorne Resort Bay of Islands, Water View Rooms, 2 nights

Included Meals: Full buffet breakfast, Dinner with wine

Choose an Included Choice sightseeing experience. Go sailing aboard a historic tall ship, take a guided tour of Russell with lunch at the local pub, explore the Bay of Islands and visit three wineries for tastings, or see the sights on the Bay of Islands Highlights Tour.

Included Meals: Full buffet breakfast

Enjoy a leisurely morning in the Bay of Islands before you travel back to Auckland. Stop at Parry Kauri Park along the way and take a walk among New Zealand’s native forest giants.

Hotel: Stamford Plaza Auckland

Included Meals: Full buffet breakfast, Dinner with wine

Join your Travel Director for a city sights tour of Auckland, including panoramic views from the Sky Tower, 328 metres above the city. Enjoy a short orientation tour on arrival in Rotorua. Visit Te Puia, the Māori Arts and Crafts Institute, where talented students carry on age-old traditions of wood carving and weaving. A tour of Rotorua’s active geothermal fields follows. An evening of culture, history and delicious food awaits you at the Tamaki Māori Village. Learn about Māori traditions, then enjoy an authentic Māori Hangi Highlight Dinner and concert.

Hotel: Millennium Hotel, Rotorua, 2 nights

Included Meals: Full buffet breakfast, Highlight Dinner

Choose an Included Choice sightseeing experience. Glide through the Glowworm Grotto on the Waitomo Caves Tour, take an ancient forest zipline adventure with Canopy Tours, visit the Hobbiton Movie Set, or explore Rotorua and its sparkling lakes in an amphibious WWll-era Duck.

Included Meals: Full buffet breakfast

Journey to stunning Huka Falls and the pristine blue waters of Lake Taupo. Drive on to Wellington and enjoy an exclusive guided tour of Te Papa Museum of New Zealand. Before leaving the museum, celebrate your holiday at a Farewell Dinner.

Hotel: James Cook Hotel Grand Chancellor

Included Meals: Full buffet breakfast, Farewell Dinner

See the sights of Wellington this morning on a city tour. You will then be transferred to Wellington Airport for your onward flight.

Included Meals: Full buffet breakfast

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

Located in the heart of the city, just a short stroll from the Viaduct harbour and Auckland's best shopping and nightlife. Stamford Plaza Auckland hotel is the ideal spot for a luxury unwinding. Stamford Plaza Auckland hotel is one of Auckland's premier accommodation choices with extensive hotel facilities and amenities.


  • Wireless Internet access
  • Executive Desk
  • Safety deposit box (laptop size)
  • Tea & Coffee Facilities
  • In-room Movies (fee applies)
  • Bathrobe and slippers
  • Work Desk
  • Mini Bar
  • Phone
  • Gym facilities
  • Bathtub and shower
 Accommodation Hotel
 Accommodation Hotel

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.


  • 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
 Accommodation Hotel
 Accommodation Hotel

Located in the heart of the city, just a short stroll from the Viaduct harbour and Auckland's best shopping and nightlife. Stamford Plaza Auckland hotel is the ideal spot for a luxury unwinding. Stamford Plaza Auckland hotel is one of Auckland's premier accommodation choices with extensive hotel facilities and amenities.


  • Wireless Internet access
  • Executive Desk
  • Safety deposit box (laptop size)
  • Tea & Coffee Facilities
  • In-room Movies (fee applies)
  • Bathrobe and slippers
  • Work Desk
  • Mini Bar
  • Phone
  • Gym facilities
  • Bathtub and shower
 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.


  • 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.


  • 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. Find out more

  • Quality accommodation
  • Travel by 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.

NZ$160 Adult NZ$80 Child

Cape Reinga via Ninety Mile Beach

A visit to New Zealand is not complete without a journey to the very top of the North Island – Cape Reinga (Te Rerenga Wairua). Drive along the sand on Ninety Mile Beach as the waves crash beside the custom-built coach. Your off-road journey continues up Te Paki Stream, stopping at the massive sand dunes where you can experience the thrills and spills of sand-boarding. Clambering up and surfing down the dunes (if you dare!) is sure to get your heart pumping. Enjoy a lunch of delicious fresh fish and chips at the historic Wagener Museum at Houhora. A vegetarian option is available and can be selected when booking.

NZ$109 Adult NZ$42 Child

Darryl's Dinner Cruise

Relax with a scenic cruise down the Waitangi River while enjoying a drink from the well-stocked bar. Wind through to Haruru Falls, where dinner is prepared and served aboard the boat, the Ratanui. Soak up the ambience of the floodlit falls, and perhaps even come face to face with a Taniwha!

NZ$65 Adult NZ$32.50 Child

Discover Kerikeri

Enjoy a relaxing tour of Kerikeri, showcasing the rich history of the North. This tour takes a look at the importance of wine-growing in the region and visits a small family-run boutique vineyard, Ake Ake to sample some of their organic wine. And then take a step back in time with visits to the Historic Stone Store and Kemp House. And then conclude the tour with a stop-off at the local chocolate factory – Makana – where you can watch the delicious chocolates being made, and of course, taste a few samples!

NZ$45 Adult NZ$22.50 Child

Discover Russell - Mini Tour

This intimate one-hour coach tour visits many of Russell’s iconic locations that make it so significant in New Zealand’s early history. See Christ Church (the oldest church in New Zealand, famed for the bullet-holes in its walls); historic Pompallier House, home to Bishop Pompallier’s Catholic Mission and the oldest industrial building in New Zealand; and even the country's oldest licensed pub! Your tour will be led by an engaging guide whose combination of historical knowledge and local insight will bring the culture and history of the area to life.

NZ$159 Adult NZ$79.50 Child

This is a fantastic opportunity to go sailing on a working tall ship, in one of the most spectacularly beautiful parts of New Zealand, the Bay of Islands. During this full day sail, why not take your turn on the helm, hoist the sails or climb the rigging? And enjoy the included morning tea and delicious BBQ lunch served on board.

20 Min Hole In The Rock Flight - NZ$260 Adult

30 Minutes Coastal Discovery Flight - NZ$350 Adult

Half Day Cape Reinga - NZ$450 Adult

20 Min Hole In The Rock Flight - Take a helicopter scenic flight over the crystal waters of the Bay of Islands out to the “Hole in the Rock”. The return flight will encompass the townships of Russell, Paihia and Waitangi.

30 Minutes Coastal Discovery Flight - Take the opportunity to explore a little more of the stunning coastline of the Bay of Islands region, and fly north over the coastal settlements and beautiful beaches. Return via Kerikeri Inlet and Waitangi.

Half Day Cape Reinga - See some of the most spectacular scenery New Zealand has to offer in a half day tour. Fly 1 hour up the West Coast, spend 2 ½ hours exploring the very top of New Zealand in a mini bus, then 1 hour flying back down the East Coast.

Tandem - NZ$247.50 Adult

Single - NZ$161.25 Adult

Just sit back, relax and enjoy OR hang upside down in our adrenalin option as only FLYING KIWI PARASAIL has purpose, custom built Parasail harnesess that safely allows you to.

NZ$45 Adult, Under 18 years are free of charge

Waitangi Treaty Grounds

Take a wander through the grounds of New Zealand’s most important historic site, the Waitangi Treaty Grounds, rich in history and stories of the momentous events which shaped a nation. The grounds are where Maori chiefs first signed their accord with the British Crown – the Treaty of Waitangi, New Zealand’s founding document. Visit treasures such as the Treaty House, Meeting House, Flagstaff and Ceremonial War Canoe. Roam the grounds on your own, or enhance your visit with a guided tour. Many of the guides descend from signatories to the Treaty which will give your visit a personal connection to Waitangi.

NZ$379 Adult

12,000 ft Skydine

NZ$37 Adult NZ$20 Child

You’ll hear amazing facts and have a few laughs as you’re introduced to 19 breeds of sheep. Then, witness a live sheep shearing demonstration and a fun sheep auction with bidding from the floor and audience participation. But our animal stars are not just sheep. Our remarkable farm dogs will amaze you, as they demonstrate their ability to respond to commands and keep those sheep (and ducks!) in line! If a hands-on experience is what you want, jump up on stage for the opportunity to feed the baby lambs or even hand-milk a cow.

NZ$159 Adult NZ$129 Child

Canopy Tours

Canopy tours zipline adventure activity is an experience of a lifetime. You’ll be transported to a long forgotten ancient forest just like the whole of New Zealand once was. Experience a low impact mode of transport to get you high in the ancient canopy! In total there are 6 ziplines totalling more than 650 metres, the highlight for most being the jawdropping 220 metre tui song zipline that departs from 22 metres up a 1000 year old tree. Beat that for a setting! There are numerous treetop platforms at varying heights above the forest floor where you can observe and take in the magic of the environment around you.

NZ$119 Adult NZ$35 Child

Hobbiton Movie Set Tour

Discover the real Middle-earth on the most picturesque private farmland near Matamata in the North Island of New Zealand, where you can visit the Hobbiton Movie Set from The Lord of the Rings film trilogy in a fascinating two-hour guided tour.

NZ$85 Adult NZ$54 Child

Feel the rush and the power as our V8 engines push through the water at approximately 85km an hour. Visit iconic landmarks such as Kawaha Point, Mokoia Island & Sulphur Bay and learn the history of the area, the people and the events that have shaped this special place into the cultural capital of New Zealand. 30 MINS

NZ$35 Adult/Child

In 1994, Andrew Akers and Dwane van der Sluis invented a big inflatable ball that people could jump inside and roll around in. Initially they thought they could use the ball for walking on water but they soon found they could have more fun rolling down hills in it. Set on a stunning 17 acre property overlooking Lake Rotorua and Mokoia Island you’ll find the home of OGO!

Adult Pools Entry - NZ$32 Adult

Relaxation Massage - NZ$179 Adult

Adult Pools Entry: Relax in the seclusion of your own hot mineral private pool! Millions of visitors to Polynesian Spa over the last 125 years have received relief for tired muscles, aches and pains, arthritis and rheumatism from the therapeutic properties of the geothermic acidic and alkaline waters.

Relaxation massages: set amid native flora, the Lake Spa Retreat is an inviting relaxation haven. Here you can take time out to completely relax and unwind. Hot mineral bathing is an integral part of all therapies at Polynesian Spa, and the water will warm up your muscles, soften your skin and leave you in a relaxed state of mind.

From NZ$45 Adult NZ$25 Child

Rainbow Springs Wildlife Park

Set in 22 acres of beautiful native trees and streams, Rainbow Springs is home to a huge variety of New Zealand’s most precious inhabitants. Experience the adrenalin rush of The Big Splash, explore the many free flight aviaries, come face to face with pre-history in the eyes of the tuatara, and experience the wonder of the bird show featuring some of the funniest feathered performers you will ever see. Includes Kiwi Encounter.

Rotorua City and Lakes Tour - NZ$75 Adult NZ$50 Child

Tarawera and Lakes Tour - NZ$95 Adult NZ$60 Child

Rotorua Duck

Rotorua City and Lakes Tour - Our Rotorua City and Lakes tour is a fantastic sightseeing experience. Combine learning about a historically significant area with the thrill of riding in New Zealand’s only genuine operating WW2 landing crafts. Beginning in the heart of Rotorua, you’ll see historic buildings, hot springs, geothermal wonders and more. Then, head out to Lake Tikitapu (Blue Lake), our most recreational lake, and Lake Okareka – nestled in the heart of a vibrant community – for two fun Splashdowns.

Tarawera and Lakes Tour - Discover Rotorua’s spectacular lakes area from the comfort of a fully restored World War II amphibious vehicle, able to travel on land and water. A 90 minute fun-filled and scenic journey that ventures onto the three Rotorua lakes, and is accompanied by an entertaining and informative commentary.

Crater Lakes Flight - NZ$185 Adult NZ$139 Child

Flight Experience Floatplane - NZ$115 Adult

Mt Tarawera / Waimangi Volcanic Valley Floatplane - NZ$265 Adult NZ$199 Child

Mt Tarawera Volcano Landing - NZ$465 Adult NZ$349 Child

Mt Tarawera/orakei Korako Thermal Explorer Tour - NZ$585 Adult NZ$439 Child

White Island / Mt Tarawera Floatplane Adventure - NZ$665 Adult NZ$499 Child

White Island Active Volcanic Landing & Walking Tour - NZ$1095 Adult NZ$821 Child

Crater Lakes Flight - Join us to view Rotorua beyond the crater rim. Enjoy spectacular views of our hidden lakes district, distant volcanoes and local geothermal activity in this captivating overview of this stunning area. This trip is by float plane.

Flight Experience Floatplane - Experience the romance of landing and taking off in a floatplane with panoramic views of Rotorua from above. Great for a first time experience of flight.

Mt Tarawera / Waimangi Volcanic Valley Floatplane - At 3,680 feet (or 1,111 meters) in elevation, this Mt Tarawera dominates the surrounding landscape. The majestic volcano plays centre piece to the stunning lakes and geothermal reserves that surround it.

Mt Tarawera Volcano Landing - Fly to and land on the site of the largest eruption in New Zealand's living memory. Standing on Mount Tarawera offers a privilged view of spectacular craters and domes formed by the 1886 eruption. Here you will enjoy an intersting commentary based on the region's history, culture and geology. Flights to and from the volcano take in expansive views of our stunning Lakes District and a view of Mount Tarawera from above. This trip is by Helicopter.

Mt Tarawera/orakei Korako Thermal Explorer Tour - Departing our city lakefront pier experience the thrill of a floatplane take off before climbing above Mokoia Island on track to our hidden Lakes District and the Volcanic Peaks of Mount Tarawera. At 3680 feet in elevation this majestic volcano dominates the surrounding landscape and plays centre piece to the lakes which surrounds it. 

White Island / Mt Tarawera Floatplane Adventure - Walk to the edge of an active crater lake, over hot streams, past steaming volcanic vents and colourful sulphur formations, before viewing this privately owned volcano's long abandoned mining ruins. This somewhat lunar experience on New Zealand's only permantely active offshore volcano is breathtaking and when combined with helicopter flights above our lakes district and the Bay of Plenty is a unique and surreal lifetime expereince. This trip is by Helicopter

White Island Active Volcanic Landing & Walking Tour - Join us for the experience of a lifetime walking on the active crater floor of New Zealand’s only permanently active marine volcano “White Island”. Departing from the Rotorua City Lakefront your flight takes in stunning aerial views of lakes, forests, farms and orchards before crossing the Bay of Plenty coastline on track to White Island. Landing here you will explore active volcanic vents, hot streams, abandoned mining ruins and the active crater lake all at a leisurely pace while being hosted by your knowledgeable pilot / guide. 

NZ$155 Adult NZ$115 Adult

Enjoy a guided Bay Of Islands Tour. The Bay of Islands is a popular tourist destination in New Zealand. With an abundance of breathtaking, picturesque views, there are plenty of fantastic photo opportunities. Create lasting memories with a Bay Of Islands Highlights Tour.

NZ$125 Adult

Embark upon our Bay Of Islands wine tours and take the opportunity to explore both the beautiful Bay Of Islands and sample some of the locally produced wines. The tour departs from Pahia (also known as The Jewel of the Bay Of Islands), a bustling seaside location that is frequented by thousands of vistors each summer. You will be visiting three wineries on this tour, these include: Marsden Estate, Ake Ake and the Fat Pig Winery (tour price includes all tastings) The final stop before the return journey to Pahia township will be a visit to the stunning Haruru Waterfalls, nature at its very best.

NZ$230 Adult NZ$115 Child

The enchanting Waitomo Caves have been attracting visitors for more than 120 years, thanks to their incredible limestone formations and luminescent glowworms. The subterranean cave system is located beneath the rolling green countryside of the Waikato, one of New Zealand’s prime farming regions. Your guided Waitomo Caves tour will be an unforgettable sightseeing experience as you walk through majestic caverns, explore limestone shafts, marvel at the stalactites and stalagmites and enjoy a boat ride through a grotto lit by thousands of tiny native glowworms. Rotorua Return.

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
  • Jacket in cooler months
  • Camera

Fitness Requirements

  • Low level of fitness required


  • 7 Full buffet breakfasts
  • 1 Highlight Dinner
  • 2 Dinners with wine
  • 1 Farewell Dinner

Flight Information

  • Day 1 - Flights to arrive prior to 4.00pm into Auckland Airport
  • Day 8 - Flights to depart after 2.00pm from Wellington Airport


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