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  • Agrodome Sheep Show

    Agrodome Sheep Show

  • Bay of Islands

    Bay of Islands

  • Te Papa - Wellington

    Te Papa - Wellington

  • Tamaki Maori Village

    Tamaki Maori Village

  • Waitangi Treaty Reserve

    Waitangi Treaty Reserve


Tour code: LABW

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Follow the path of pioneers as you travel across the North Island of New Zealand. From the first European settlements on the shores of the beautiful Bay of Islands, to Rotorua – rich in Maori culture and traditions, down to the modern capital city of Wellington. Explore fertile heartland, lush forests, rugged mountains and steep gorges

Itinerary

1 October 2016 - 30 September 2018 ?
Day 1
Welcome to Auckland

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. After you check-in, you can head out and explore Auckland. Take a walk down Queen Street, to the main shopping precinct or catch a $1.00 bus (leaves from outside the hotel) down to the Viaduct Harbour and the Auckland Waterfront region. This recently developed area of central Auckland has cafes and restaurants galore. Take a seat in the sunshine, enjoy a glass of one of New Zealand’s famous Sauvignon Blancs and watch the maritime activity on Waitemata Harbour. This evening, meet your fellow passengers and your AAT Kings Travel Director at a Welcome Reception back at your hotel.

Hotel: VR Queen Street Hotel & Suites, Auckland

Included Meals: Welcome Reception

Day 2-3
Auckland - Bay of Islands
Day 2: 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. This evening enjoy dinner with your travelling companions at the hotel.

 

Day 3: Bay of Islands Free Time

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 around Kerikeri, or join a jet boat Heritage Cruise and learn a little more about the settling of the Bay of Islands. 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 optional experiences.

Hotel: Copthorne Resort Bay of Islands, Garden Rooms, 2 nights.

Included Meals: Day 2: Full buffet Breakfast and Dinner; Day 3: Full buffet Breakfast

Day 4
Bay of Islands - Auckland

This morning you will have the opportunity to visit the Waitangi Treaty Reserve, where New Zealand’s founding document, the Treaty of Waitangi, was signed. As you stroll through the reserve, you will see highlights such as the Waka - Maori War Canoe and an intricately carved Marae - Meeting House (optional - own expense).  Alternatively, you may want to travel over to historic Russell, New Zealand’s first capital. 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 of Auckland. Tonight dinner is included at your hotel.

Hotel: VR Queen Street Hotel & Suites, Auckland

Included Meals: Full buffet Breakfast and Dinner

Day 5-6
Auckland - Rotorua
Day 5: Auckland - Rotorua

A city sights tour will start your morning in Auckland. Travel around the 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 Harbour. After leaving Auckland you will follow the meandering trail of the Waikato River to Waitomo Caves. Tour the amazing limestone caverns and sail through the still waters of the sparkling Glow Worm Grotto. From Waitomo to Rotorua you will venture through 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.

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 6: Rotorua Sightseeing

Today is your chance to experience the scenic wonders of the geothermal wonderland of Rotorua. This morning you will head to the Agrodome Sheep Show, a hilarious, interactive way to gain an insight into New Zealand’s biggest industry – agriculture. After the Agrodome, you may wish to travel back to Rotorua town ship and relax lakeside, or you may prefer to choose from one of the varied Optional Experiences on offer.  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! Explore Rainbow Springs Kiwi Wildlife Park, and take a ‘behind the scenes’ tour through the working kiwi nursery and hatchery. Visit Te Puia and join a guided tour through the Whakarewarewa Thermal Reserve, home to famous Pohutu Geyser and the bubbling beauty of the mud pools. Later, why not spend a little more time experiencing the thermal wonders, with a soak in the hot mineral waters of the Polynesian Spas? Your AAT Kings Travel Director will assist you in booking all of your chosen optional experiences.

 

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

Rural Homestay Option (Additional Cost)
Rural Homestay Option (Additional Cost)
  • $55 adult

A 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: Ibis Rotorua Hotel, 2 nights.

Included Meals: Day 5: Full buffet Breakfast and Dinner; Day 6: Full buffet Breakfast.

Day 7
Rotorua - Wellington

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. In a country of contrasts, perhaps nothing is more striking than the three peaks of Tongariro National Park rising starkly from the surrounding plateau of tussock and near-desert. Pass through a number of small towns along the road to Wellington, each with their own personality and quirks. Probably the quirkiest of all would have to be Taihape… the self-proclaimed gumboot capital of the world. Travel along the Kapiti Coast, the traditional summer playground of the inhabitants of Wellington city. And as you follow the state highway, the Kapiti Coast becomes New Zealand’s capital city, Wellington. Tonight dinner is included at your hotel.

Hotel: Travelodge Wellington

Included Meals: Full buffet Breakfast and Dinner

Day 8
Farewell from Wellington

After a city sights tour of Wellington taking in New Zealand’s parliament buildings, and a visit to Maori Cultural Icon Te Papa, the Museum of New Zealand, enjoy some time at leisure. Indulge in Wellington’s renowned coffee culture, take a walk along Lambton Quay or join a tour out to Weta Studio in Miramar, home to the special effects wizards behind Sir Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings and Hobbit movies.  Your AAT Kings New Zealand holiday concludes this afternoon. Your flights will need to depart after 2.00pm, and you will be transferred to Wellington Airport. 

Included Meals: Full buffet Breakfast

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Whole and freshly cut kiwi fruit

Kiwifruit

The Big Apple in New Zealand? On this holiday between the Waitomo Caves and Rotorua, you’ll visit the ‘Big Apple’ to taste-test their delicious kiwifruit. Did you know that it contains 90% more vitamin C than an orange?! Originally known as the Chinese gooseberry, it was native to China but in the early 20th century spread to New Zealand, where the first commercial plantings occurred. It proved popular with American servicemen in New Zealand during World War II and because of this the fruit was exported to California using the names Chinese gooseberry and melonette. But when the California-based importer rejected these names, the fruit was rebranded kiwifruit due to its resemblance to the New Zealand kiwi bird.

Highlights

  • Explore the vibrancy of Maori culture at Te Papa, Museum of New Zealand 
  • Cape Brett ‘Hole in the Rock’
  • Day in the Bay of Islands
  • See the sights of Auckland
  • Waitomo Glow Worm Caves
  • Explore the Limestone Caves
  • Maori Hangi feast & concert at Tamaki Family Marae Maori Cultural Icon
  • Agrodome Sheep Show
  • See Huka Falls and Lake Taupo
  • Sightseeing in Wellington
  • Explore the vibrancy of Maori culture at Te Papa, Museum of New Zealand Maori Cultural Icon

Inclusions

  • Experienced Travel Director and Driver Guide
  • Comfortable accommodation
  • Travel by luxury air-conditioned coach
  • Airport transfers (see flight information below)

Dining

  • Full buffet breakfasts (7)
  • ‘Highlight dinner’ (1) 
  • Dinners (3)

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 4.00pm
into Auckland Airport
Day 8   Flights to depart after 2:00pm from Wellington 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 $190
Pay by 31 Mar 2016     Save up to $95
 
Kings Club early payment discount
Pay by 31 Jan 2016     Save up to $285
Pay by 31 Mar 2016     Save up to $190
 
Triple share     Save up to $95
Kings Club     Save up to $95

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:

  • VR Queen Street Hotel & Suites
    401 Queen St, Auckland, 1010, New Zealand

    Auckland

    • VR Queen Street Hotel & Suites - Exterior
    • VR Queen Street Hotel & Suites - Deluxe King Suite
    • VR Queen Street Hotel & Suites - Deluxe King Suite
    • VR Queen Street Hotel & Suites - Bathroom

    A BRAND New 4.5 Qualmark rated apartment Hotel & Suites with an unbeatable location on Queen Street, contemporary styling and well-appointed modern rooms. For the convenience of travellers and visitors to Auckland, VR Queen Street Hotel & Suites is an ideal location, situated on the prime street of Auckland CBD. This brand new hotel offers excellent convenience of being in the heart of the business, shopping and food district of Auckland.

    • Features
    • Air-conditioning
    • Iron / Ironing Board
    • Wireless Internet access
    • Hair Dryer
    • TV
  • Copthorne Resort Bay of Islands, Garden Rooms
    Tau Henare Dr, Paihia 0200, North Island

    2 nights.

    • Copthorne Resort Bay of Islands - Exterior
    • Copthorne Resort Bay of Islands - Exterior
    • Copthorne Resort Bay of Islands - Garden View 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
    • Hair Dryer
    • Iron / Ironing Board
    • In-room safe
    • Coffee/tea making facilities
    • Phone
  • VR Queen Street Hotel & Suites
    401 Queen St, Auckland, 1010, New Zealand

    Auckland

    • VR Queen Street Hotel & Suites - Exterior
    • VR Queen Street Hotel & Suites - Deluxe King Suite
    • VR Queen Street Hotel & Suites - Deluxe King Suite
    • VR Queen Street Hotel & Suites - Bathroom

    A BRAND New 4.5 Qualmark rated apartment Hotel & Suites with an unbeatable location on Queen Street, contemporary styling and well-appointed modern rooms. For the convenience of travellers and visitors to Auckland, VR Queen Street Hotel & Suites is an ideal location, situated on the prime street of Auckland CBD. This brand new hotel offers excellent convenience of being in the heart of the business, shopping and food district of Auckland.

    • Features
    • Air-conditioning
    • Iron / Ironing Board
    • Wireless Internet access
    • Hair Dryer
    • TV
  • Ibis Rotorua Hotel
    Lake End Rangiruru Street, Rotorua 3010 New Zealand

    2 nights.

    • Ibis Rotorua Hotel - Room
    • Ibis Rotorua Hotel - Exterior
    • Ibis Rotorua Hotel - Exterior

    Situated on the picturesque shores of Lake Rotorua, this hotel offers tranquil surroundings with sensational views. Our central location is easily accessible to cafés, restaurants and the Energy Events Convention Centre. Stunning natural scenery and geothermal wonders makes this the ultimate destination.

    • Features
    • Ensuite
    • Air-conditioning
    • Telephone - Voice Mail
    • Soundproofed Windows
    • TV
    • In-house movies
    • Pay TV
    • 220/240 V AC
    • Data port in room
    • High speed transmission line (pay)
    • Work Desk
    • Manual temperature control
    • Iron
    • Coffee/tea making facilities
    • Hairdryer
    • Automatic wake up call
  • Travelodge Wellington
    2-6 Gilmer Terrace, Wellington, 6011, New Zealand

    • Travelodge Wellington - Exterior
    • Travelodge Wellington - Restaurant
    • Travelodge Wellington - Guest Room

    With close proximity to the city’s financial hub as well as many Wellington attractions, such as Wellington Zoo, the Wellington Cable Car, the Te Papa Museum of New Zealand, and the Wellington Botanic Gardens, Travelodge Hotel Wellington is perfectly located for both business and leisure travel.

    • Features
    • Hair Dryer
    • Pay TV
    • Iron / Ironing Board
    • Tea & Coffee Facilities
    • Individual heater control
    • LCD TV
    • Refrigerator
    • Internet Access
    • Microwave

Experience more on your holiday

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. We understand that everyone is an individual, and have therefore allowed some free time for you to experience different types of touring. These have not been included in the tour fare as we realise they may not appeal to all people. Our selection of optional excursions include scenic flights, helicopter rides, cruises, dinners, ballooning, fishing trips, four wheel drive tours, cultural experiences, and even camel riding.


Experiences available between 1 October 2016 - 30 September 2018

Dune Rider - Cape Reinga via Ninety Mile Beach (Bay of Islands)

NZ$150 Adult NZ$110 Child

Dune Rider - Cape Reinga via Ninety Mile Beach

This is a full day to explore the magnificent natural wonders of the North. See ancient buried kauri trees at the Gumdigger's Park, visit Cape Reinga lighthouse, climb the magnificent sand dunes of 90 Mile Beach and then boogie board back down! Includes a picnic lunch.

Dolphin Eco Encounter (Bay of Islands)

NZ$110 Adult NZ$55 Child

Dolphin Eco Encounter

Your swim with the dolphins cruise includes: cruising the picturesque islands while searching for the dolphins, a mask, snorkel, fins & a wetsuit for those that choose to swim and a complimentary hot drink after your swim. Please Note: A NZD$15.00 per person swim fee is payable onboard.

Discover Kerikeri (Bay of Islands)

NZ$61 Adult NZ$30.50 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!

Darryl's Dinner Cruise (Bay of Islands)

NZ$98 Adult NZ$35 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!

Island Dinner on Otehei Bay (Bay of Islands)

NZ$75 Adult NZ$62.50 Child

Island Dinner on Otehei Bay

Escape out to Otehei Bay for a dining experience like no other in New Zealand. Enjoy a cruise out to Urupukapuka Island, then sit back and watch the sunset over the Bay, while indulging in a delicious meal incorporating local produce. After dinner, you may wish to take a walk to explore some of the historic sites, or wander down to the waters’ edge for stunning photo opportunities – Operated by Explore.

Salt Air 20 Minute Hole in the Rock Flight (Bay of Islands)

NZ$250 Adult/Child

Salt Air 20 Minute Hole in the Rock Flight

Take a helicopter scenic flight over the crystal clear 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.

Salt Air 30 Minute Bay of Islands Coastal Discovery Flight (Bay of Islands)

NZ$335 Adult/Child

Salt Air 30 Minute Bay of Islands 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 of Takou Bay, Tapuaetahi, Mahineapua, Matauri Bay & the Cavilli Islands. Return via the Kerikeri Inlet and the townships of Kerikeri and Waitangi.

Tall Ship Sailing - R Tucker Thompson (Bay of Islands)

NZ$149 Adult NZ$74.50 Child

Tall Ship Sailing - R Tucker Thompson

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.

Waitangi Treaty Grounds (Bay of Islands)

NZ$40 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.

Rainbow Springs Wildlife Park (Rotorua)

From NZ$42 Adult NZ$22 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.

Te Puia (Rotorua)

NZ$52 Adult NZ$26 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!

Kawarau Jet Boat (Rotorua)

NZ$85 Adult NZ$54 Child

Kawarau Jet Boat

Enjoy a 30 minute Speed, Spins and Adrenalin jetboat ride across Lake Rotorua to the sanctuary Island of Mokoia.  Along the way listen to stories and legends of the local Maori people of the area.

Rotorua Trout Fishing (Rotorua)

NZ$145 Adult/Child

Rotorua Trout Fishing

Includes up to 4 hours of fishing, guide & tackle, light refreshments, Polaroid photos of your catch and courtesy transport.

Rotorua Duck - City and Lakes Tour (Rotorua)

NZ$68 Adult NZ$38 Child

Rotorua Duck - City 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.

Volcanic Air Floatplane Flights (Rotorua)

From NZ$95 Adult/Child

Volcanic Air Floatplane Flights

Choose from five different floatplane flights that showcase Rotorua with spectacular views, departing from Lake Rotorua itself. Take a short journey over Rotorua City, Sulphur Bay, and the geysers of Whakarewarewa Thermal Reserve, or journey further afield, landing at the Hidden Valley of Orakei Korako, or venture out to White Island – New Zealand’s only permanently active volcano. Helicopter flights are also available.

Hobbiton Movie Set Tour (Rotorua)

NZ$110 Adult NZ$72.50 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.

Ogo Rotorua (Rotorua)

From NZ$35 Adult/Child

Ogo Rotorua

In 1994, Andrew Akers and Dwane van der Sluis invented a big inflatable ball that people could jump inside and roll around in. Now you can experience the fun of OGO! Visitors are offered multiple OGO ride options where we add 40 litres of water; (cool in summer, warm in winter). Choose from either the 250m long Straight Track or the wiggly windy 350m long Sidewinder Track.

Polynesian Spa (Rotorua)

From NZ$29 Adult NZ$9 Child

Polynesian Spa

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.

Weta Wellington There and Back Tour (Wellington)

NZ$65 Adult NZ$40 Child

Weta Wellington There and Back Tour

This movie-based experience provides a unique behind-the-scenes glimpse of Weta Workshop, the home of the special effects wizards whose work features in The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings trilogies. The tour invites you to view the creative processes of a Weta technician and to touch, feel, and hold real props, weapons and models from the films the creative Weta team have worked on. Return transfers from the Wellington i-Site are included.

Bookings

The excursions can be booked through your Travel Director. You will be asked during the early part of your tour to name those that you may wish to join, as advance reservations are often necessary. 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.

Prices

Prices indicated are Australian or New Zealand dollars

Prices are valid from 1 October 2016. Optional experience pricing is indicated in Australian dollars or New Zealand dollars depending on the country of operation and may be subject to change. Please note that reduced rates for pensioners or children may apply on some tours. Prices are inclusive of GST.