Northern Discovery

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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 2018 – 30 Sep 2019

Northern Discovery

8 Day Guided Vacation

Auckland to Wellington

Unearth cultural treasures and heartfelt moments as you travel across the North Island of New Zealand. Reveal the wonders of a meal cooked underground in a traditional Māori hangi, uncover a part of New Zealand’s war history, visit cosmopolitan Wellington, New Zealand’s capital, and take a cruise in the spectacular Bay of Islands.

  • Cruise through ‘Hole in the Rock’ in Bay of Islands
  • Enjoy an indulgent degustation meat in Auckland
  • Cruise Waitomo’s Glowworm Grotto
  • Immerse yourself in Māori culture at the Tamaki Māori Village “Maori
  • Journey through beautiful Tongariro National Park
  • Tour New Zealand’s capital Wellington
  • Explore Te Papa Museum of New Zealand “Maori
  • Included Choice experiences in Bay of Islands & Rotorua Included Choice
  • New Zealand wines with all hotel dinners
  • Experienced Travel Director and Driver Guide

On arrival in Auckland you’ll have time at leisure for relaxing or exploring. This evening, meet your Travel Director for a Welcome Reception at your hotel.

Hotel: The Cordis

Depart Auckland and then travel through Northland’s lush farmland. Arriving this afternoon in the stunning Bay of Islands, you’ll experience spectacular scenery as you cruise through gamefishing waters to the rugged Cape Brett Peninsula.

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

Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner with wine

Included ChoiceToday, choose one from a range of Included Choice sightseeing experiences. Go sailing aboard the historic tall ship, the R Tucker Thompson, through sheltered waters while sipping wine as the sun sets. Perhaps take a mini tour of historic Russell. Explore the Waitangi Treaty Grounds or enjoy a relaxing tour of Kerikeri and sample organic wines, and taste delicious chocolates!

Included Meals: Breakfast

Enjoy time at leisure before returning to Auckland. Your journey takes you to Whangarei and then Parry Kauri Park to walk among New Zealand’s native forest giants. Enjoy a memorable dinner at Eight restaurant at The Cordis.

Hotel: The Cordis

Included Meals: Breakfast, Highlight Dinner

See the sights of Auckland and then head to the Waitomo Caves, where you’ll cruise through the twinkling Glowworm Grotto.

Hotel: Millennium Hotel, Rotorua, 2 nights

Included Meals: Breakfast

Included Choice Embark on one of your Included Choice sightseeing experiences. Unwind at the Polynesian Spa, tour the Whakarewarewa Thermal Reserve, visit the Hobbiton movie set, explore Rotorua and its sparkling lakes in an amphibious WWII-era Duck or take an ancient forest zipline adventure with Canopy Tours. “Maori Tonight enjoy a Highlight Dinner at the Tamaki Māori Village, where you can wander through the traditional settlement and enjoy an authentic Māori Hangi meal.

Included Meals: Breakfast, Highlight dinner

Say Haere Ra (goodbye) to Rotorua this morning and journey out through pine forests and farmland to a hidden little spot, Huka Falls. From here the road unfolds into a broad panorama of Lake Taupo, New Zealand’s largest lake. Journey south over the Central Plateau and along the Kapiti Coast to New Zealand’s capital city, Wellington. “Maori Enjoy an exclusive after-hours guided tour of Te Papa Museum of New Zealand. Before leaving there, top off the night with a Highlight Dinner.

Hotel: James Cook Hotel Grand Chancellor

Included Meals: Breakfast, Highlight Dinner

Say farewell to your new-found friends when your holiday comes to an end this morning after breakfast.

Included Meals: 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

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

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
 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. Find out more

  • Quality accommodation
  • Travel by luxury coach
  • 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$60 Adult NZ$30 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$30 Adult / NZ$15 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$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$155 Adult / NZ$110 Child

Fullers Cape Reinga Via 90 Mile Beach

Drive along the shores of Ninety Mile Beach as the waves crash beside the custom-built coach. Visit Cape Reinga and hear the stories of this significant site. Enjoy spectacular panoramic views, visit the iconic lighthouse, and see the point where the Tasman Sea and the mighty Pacific Ocean come crashing together. This trip includes lunch.

NZ$149 Adult / NZ$119 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$77 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.

From NZ$50 Adult NZ$30 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

NZ$89 Adult NZ$55 Child

Tarawera and Lakes Tour on the Rotorua Duck

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.

NZ$56 Adult NZ$28 Child

Te Puia

Take a wander through Te Puia, New Zealand’s Maori Culture Centre, where you will have the opportunity to view the awesome power of the Whakarewarewa Thermal Valley… and much more!


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
  • Camera
  • Jacket in cooler months

Fitness Requirements

  • Low level of fitness required

Dining

  • 7 Full buffet breakfasts
  • 1 Dinners with wine
  • 3 Highlight Dinners

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

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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  • Cruise through the Bay of Islands and through the ‘Hole in the Rock’
  • Immerse yourself in local culture at the Tamaki Māori Village
  • Explore Te Papa Museum of New Zealand in Wellington
  • Journey through spectacular scenery of Tongariro National Park
  • Visit Te Puia to view bubbling mud pools and stunning geysers
  • Choose from a range of included activities in the Bay of Islands and Rotorua

Meet your fellow travellers and Travel Director at a Welcome Reception at your hotel.

Hotel: Stamford Plaza Auckland

This morning, drive through Northland’s lush farmlands before arriving into the beautiful Bay of Islands. You’ll 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 one from a range of Included Choice sightseeing experiences. Go sailing aboard a historic tall ship, take a guided tour of Russell with lunch at the local pub, explore both the Bay of Islands and visit three wineries for tastings, or see the sights on the Bay of Islands Highlights Tour.

Hotel: Copthorne Resort Bay of Islands, Water View Rooms

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, the Māori cultural heartland. 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 a concert.

Hotel: Millennium Hotel, Rotorua, 2 nights

Included Meals: Full buffet breakfast, Highlight Dinner

This morning, choose one from a range of Included Choice sightseeing experiences. 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.

Hotel: Millennium Hotel, Rotorua

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.

    Features

  • 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.

    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
 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.

    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
 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.

    Features

  • 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.

    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

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. Find out more

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

What to Bring

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

Fitness Requirements

  • Low level of fitness required
  • Low level fitness required

Dining

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

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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