Northern Wonders

8 Day Guided Vacation | Wellington to Auckland

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Northern Wonders

8 Day Guided Vacation | Wellington to Auckland

Northern Wonders

8 Day Guided Vacation | Wellington to Auckland | Travel Period: 1 Apr 2020 – 31 Mar 2021

Northern Wonders

8 Day Guided Vacation

Wellington to Auckland

Journey through landscapes that blend magnificent beaches, sprawling farmlands and geothermal wonders, as you make your way to the Far North. Explore fertile heartland, showcasing lush forests, rugged mountains and steep gorges. Experience Maori culture through fascinating legends and prepare yourself for the energy of the haka.

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Flexible Vacations

Enjoy a full day to explore Rotorua - zipline through native forest, or relax in a hot pool at Polynesian Spa.

Iconic Sites

Experience the glowworms at Waitomo Caves, escorted by your knowledgeable local guide.

Time For You

Dine where you wish and explore at your leisure on free nights in Wellington and Auckland.

Sustainable Travel

Lunch is supplied through Eat My Lunch, supporting New Zealand children that may have gone to school without lunch.

Settle into your hotel and then enjoy a city tour. Stop at the Parliament buildings, home to New Zealand’s politicians. Visit Te Papa Museum of New Zealand and explore the fascinating exhibits. This evening, join your Travel Director for a Welcome Reception.

Hotel: Travelodge Wellington

Your special packed lunch today won’t only be wholesome, it will also feed a Kiwi child who may otherwise go without, through the charity ‘Eat My Lunch’. From the Kapiti Coast head inland for views of Mt. Ruapehu and the plains of Tongariro National Park. Drive along the shore of Lake Taupo, and stop to view Huka Falls before continuing to Rotorua. A very entertaining cultural experience awaits you at the Tamaki Māori Village. Experience a powerful Haka challenge, witness a concert showcasing Māori culture, and dine at a traditional Māori Hangi feast Highlight Dinner.

Hotel: Ibis Rotorua Hotel, 2 nights

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Highlight dinner

Enjoy a day at leisure. Perhaps visit Te Puia and view the geothermal mud pools and geysers.

Included Meals: Breakfast

Explore the amazing Waitomo Caves. Tour through the magical caves and then glide silently through the starry Glowworm Grotto. Travel to Auckland for a city sights tour on arrival.

Hotel: VR Queen Street Hotel & Suites

Included Meals: Breakfast

Depart Auckland via its impressive Harbour Bridge, travelling to Orewa and on to the scenic Hibiscus Coast, and then it’s off to Paihia in the Bay of Islands. Cruise through game fishing waters to Cape Brett and, weather permitting, through the famous ‘Hole in the Rock’ formation.

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

Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Today you can experience the beauty of the Bay of Islands at your own pace. Take a coach trip to Cape Reinga via idyllic 90 Mile Beach, enjoy a day of sailing on a tall ship, or tour the historic town of Russell.

Included Meals: Breakfast

After time at leisure this morning, depart the Bay of Islands. Then, walk among the Kauri trees at Parry Kauri Park. Relax as you make your way down Northland’s lush farmland scenery into Auckland. Take an orientation tour of the city before joining your Travel Director for a Farewell Dinner.

Hotel: VR Queen Street Hotel & Suites

Included Meals: Breakfast, Farewell Dinner

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

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
 Accommodation Hotel
 Accommodation Hotel

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
 Accommodation Hotel
 Accommodation Hotel

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
 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
  • Hair Dryer
  • Iron / Ironing Board
  • In-room safe
  • Coffee/tea making facilities
  • Phone
 Accommodation Hotel
 Accommodation Hotel

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
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

  • Comfortable 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$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$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$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.

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.

NZ$60 Adult NZ$30 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!

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.

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.


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 Lunch
  • 1 Highlight dinner
  • 1 Dinner
  • 1 Farewell Dinner

Flight Information

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

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