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  • Tamaki Family Marae

    Tamaki Family Marae

  • Thermal Reserve Rotorua

    Thermal Reserve Rotorua

  • Waitomo Glow Worm Grotto

    Waitomo Glow Worm Grotto

  • Cape Brett 'Hole in the Rock'

    Cape Brett 'Hole in the Rock'

  • Bay of Islands

    Bay of Islands

  • Auckland

    Auckland


Tour code: ZWBA

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Unearth cultural treasures and heartfelt moments as you travel the length of the North Island of New Zealand. Experience the wonder of a meal cooked underground in a traditional Maori hangi, uncover a part of New Zealand’s war history and find new friends, both human and animal, on your visit to Shenandoah.

Itinerary

1 October 2016 - 20 September 2017 ?
Day 1
Welcome to Wellington

On arrival at Wellington Airport you will be transferred to your hotel enjoy a city sights tour of Wellington taking in New Zealand’s parliament buildings, and a visit to Maori Cultural IconTe Papa, the Museum of New Zealand. Discover New Zealand’s nature, history, art and heritage, and then enjoy some time at leisure. Indulge in Wellington’s renowned coffee culture, or take a walk along Lambton Quay. Tonight, enjoy dinner at your hotel.

Hotel: James Cook Hotel Grand Chancellor

Included Meals: Dinner with wine

Day 2-3
Wellington – Rotorua
Day 2: Wellington – Rotorua

After departing Wellington, this morning You’ll travel north up the Kapiti Coast to the gorgeous historic villa, Shenandoah. You're Invited Dining Icon ‘You’re invited’ to join Simon and Claudia, who will show you their home, which includes a unique private collection of Harley Davidson motor cycles. Enjoy morning tea in their garden, then take a walk around the property to meet the animal members of the family. Journey north over the tussock plains of the Central Plateau through Tongariro National Park, view Lake Taupo and Huka Falls on your way to Rotorua

Maori Cultural IconTonight an evening of culture, history and scrumptious food awaits you at the Tamaki Family Marae. 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.

 

Day 3: Rotorua ‘Included Choice’

Included Choice IconToday choose one from a range of Included Choice sightseeing experiences. You have the option to join the Kiwi Encounter at Rainbow Springs Nature Park, discover Maori culture at Te Puia Maori Arts and Crafts Institute, see the Agrodome Farm Show, relax in the seclusion of your own hot mineral pool or unwind with a facial treatment in the Lake Spa Retreat at the Polynesian Spa. Maybe ride the amphibious Rotorua Duck or take a scenic flight out over Lake Rotorua for a bird’s eye view of the region. You may even want to stop at the top of Mt Tarawera, the site of the largest eruption in New Zealand’s living memory! Your Travel Director will assist you in booking all of your chosen Included Choice experiences.

 

Tonight you have the option of staying at your hotel or on a nearby farm – see the panel below.

Included Choice Rural Homestay
Included Choice Rural Homestay

Included Choice IconA warm welcome awaits you on your New Zealand rural homestay and your hosts will provide you with the wonderful Kiwi hospitality that really makes you feel ‘at home’. Enjoy dinner and breakfast, a tour to introduce you to their way of life and comfortable accommodation in their home or cottages. You may choose to meet the animals, which may include sheep, cows, deer and many others, or simply relax and enjoy the company of your hosts and the scenic surroundings.

Hotel: Millennium Hotel, Rotorua, 2 nights

Included Meals: Day 2: Full buffet breakfast, highlight dinner. Day 3: Breakfast of choice

Day 4
Rotorua – Auckland

This morning you will travel through the King Country region which was at the centre of the New Zealand Wars in the 1860s to Waitomo Caves. See the amazing underground Glow Worm Grotto by boat and walk through the limestone caverns. This afternoon you will follow the meandering trail of the Waikato River, New Zealand’s longest river, past the lush farmlands of the Waikato Region. As you journey over the Bombay Hills, the landscape changes from green, grassy meadowlands to the edges of suburbia. As you make your way into the heart of New Zealand’s largest city, you will stop at Bastion Point and the Michael Joseph Savage Memorial, as you will get stunning shots of Auckland, the North Shore and the Waitemata Harbour. Tonight’s ‘highlight dinner’ is at The Langham. Your personal degustation menu is made from the freshest, quality ingredients, including mouth-watering seafood and desserts.

Hotel: The Langham Hotel Auckland

Included Meals: Breakfast of choice, highlight dinner

Day 5-6
Auckland - Bay of Islands
Day 5: Auckland - Bay of Islands

This morning depart Auckland City and travel north over the Harbour Bridge. Journey through Orewa and along the scenic Hibiscus Coast, the birthplace of Sir Edmund Hillary. Enjoy a stop at Parry Kauri Park and take a walk among New Zealand’s native forest giants, the Kauri trees. Your travels then take you into Whangarei, the northern-most city in New Zealand, where you can wander around the art galleries and through the marina in the Town Basin. This afternoon you will travel into the beautiful Bay of Islands. Experience spectacular scenery as you cruise through game fishing waters to Cape Brett and, weather permitting, through the famous ‘Hole in the Rock’ formation. The return cruise to Paihia meanders through picturesque islands – see deserted sandy beaches and secluded bays and keep your eyes peeled for the marine life.

 

Day 6: Bay of Islands ‘Included Choice’

Included Choice Icon Today is a completely free day, for you to experience the beauty of the Bay of Islands. Perhaps head back out on to the water and go on a dolphin watching cruise, and maybe even jump in the water for a swim with these magnificent creatures. Or take a coach trip up to Cape Reinga - the very top of New Zealand, via idyllic Ninety Mile Beach. Experience a day of sailing aboard a historic tall ship, enjoy wine tasting in Kerikeri, or join a jet boat Heritage Cruise and learn a little more about the settling of the Bay of Islands. We offer a wide range of Included Choice activities for you to choose from. Tonight you are free to dine as you wish. You may want to experience a ‘Kiwi tradition’ – fish and chips on the beach, or glide down the Waitangi River on board the Ratanui for a sumptuous dinner cruise. Your AAT Kings Travel Director will assist you in booking all of your chosen Included Choice and optional experiences.

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

Included Meals: Day 5: Full buffet breakfast, dinner with wine. Day 6: Breakfast of choice

Day 7
Bay of Islands – Auckland

Day 17: Bay of Islands – Auckland Before departing the Bay of Islands today, you’ll have the opportunity to visit the Waitangi Treaty Reserve, where New Zealand’s founding document, the Treaty of Waitangi, was signed (own expense). This afternoon sit back and relax as you make your way down through Northland’s lush farmland scenery and past the sprawling suburbs of the North Shore back into Auckland.

Hotel: The Langham Hotel Auckland

Included Meals: Breakfast of choice

Day 8
Farewell from Auckland

Your AAT Kings New Zealand holiday concludes this morning after breakfast. Your flights can depart any time today, and you will be transferred to Auckland Airport.

Included Meals: Full buffet breakfast

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Tour departs from Wellington and returns to Auckland

Don't Miss

Glass of Lemon & Paeroa with slice of lemon

Lemon & Paeroa

On this holiday you can quench your thirst with an L&P or Lemon & Paeroa. It’s a sweet soft drink that has been manufactured in New Zealand since 1907. Traditionally made by combining lemon juice with carbonated mineral water from the town of Paeroa, it is now manufactured by multi-national Coca-Cola. The comically pretentious advertising slogan ‘World famous in New Zealand’ has become a popular New Zealand saying; it is used to describe items that though famous within New Zealand are unknown in the rest of the world, whereas similar items and people in larger countries would have a far higher media profile and would therefore be famous worldwide.

Highlights

  • Wellington Sightseeing Tour
  • Discover Maori culture at Te Papa, Museum of New Zealand Maori Cultural Icon
  • ‘You’re invited’ experience at the historic Shenandoah villa You're Invited Dining Icon
  • See Mt. Ruapehu & Lake Taupo
  • Thermal Reserve Rotorua
  • Maori Hangi feast & concert at Tamaki Family Marae Maori Cultural Icon
  • Waitomo Glow Worm Grotto
  • Auckland, the ‘City of Sails’
  • Stay in magical Bay of Islands
  • Cape Brett ‘Hole in the Rock’

 

Premium Inclusions

  • Private car airport transfers on arrival and departure (see flight information below)
  • Airport meet & greet on arrival
  • Enjoy selected New Zealand wines with all hotel dinners

Inclusions

  • Experienced Travel Director and Driver Guide
  • Quality accommodation
  • Travel by luxury coach
  • Included Choice experiences Included Choice Icon

Dining

  • Breakfast of Choice (4)
  • Full buffet breakfasts (3)
  • ‘You’re' invited' morning tea (1)
  • ‘Highlight dinners’ (2)
  • Dinners with wine (2)

Flight Information

Any flights referred to in the itinerary are at the client’s expense and are not included in the land content price.

Day 1   Flights to arrive prior to 2.00pm
into Wellington Airport
Day 8   Flights to depart anytime from Auckland Airport

What to bring

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

Ways to Save

Departures between 1 Oct 2016 - 30 Sep 2017
Early payment discount
Pay by 31 Jan 2016     Save up to $270
Pay by 31 Mar 2016     Save up to $135
 
Kings Club early payment discount
Pay by 31 Jan 2016     Save up to $405
Pay by 31 Mar 2016     Save up to $270
 
Triple share     Save up to $135
Kings Club     Save up to $135

All savings are per person.

Quality accommodation

Your Guided Holiday includes a range of quality accommodation for your comfort.

The accommodation you will enjoy on this tour includes:

  • James Cook Hotel Grand Chancellor
    147 The Terrace, Wellington 6011, New Zealand

    • James Cook Hotel Grand Chancellor
    • James Cook Hotel - Terrace Room
    • James Cook Hotel - Buffet
    • James Cook Hotel - Restaurant
    • James Cook Hotel - Cafe

    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
  • Millennium Hotel, Rotorua
    Corner Eruera & Hinemaru St, Rotorua 3010, North Island

    2 nights

    • Zazu Bar at Millennium Hotel Rotorua
    • Lobby at Millennium Hotel Rotorua
    • Nikau Restaurant at Millennium Hotel Rotorua
    • Superior Room at Millennium Hotel Rotorua
    • Front Exterior at Millennium Hotel Rotorua

    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
  • The Langham Hotel Auckland
    83 Symonds St Grafton, Auckland 1010 New Zealand

    • The Langham Hotel Auckland Executive Room
    • The Langham Hotel Auckland Lobby
    • The Langham Hotel Auckland exterior

    The Langham Hotel 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
  • Copthorne Resort Bay of Islands, Water View Rooms
    Tau Henare Dr, Paihia 0200, North Island

    2 nights

    • Copthorne Resort Bay of Islands - Exterior
    • Copthorne Resort Bay of Islands - Exterior
    • Copthorne Bay of Islands - Waterview Room
    • Copthorne Resort Bay of Islands - Pool
    • Copthorne Resort Bay of Islands - Restaurant

    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
  • The Langham Hotel Auckland
    83 Symonds St Grafton, Auckland 1010 New Zealand

    • The Langham Hotel Auckland Executive Room
    • The Langham Hotel Auckland Lobby
    • The Langham Hotel Auckland exterior

    The Langham Hotel 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