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  • Lake Taupo

    Lake Taupo

  • Agrodome Sheep Show

    Agrodome Sheep Show

  • Bay of Islands

    Bay of Islands

  • Cape Brett - Hole in the Wall

    Cape Brett - Hole in the Wall

  • Parry Kauri Park

    Parry Kauri Park

  • Te Papa

    Te Papa

Tour code: LWBA

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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.


1 October 2017 - 30 September 2018 ?
Day 1
Welcome to Wellington

On arrival in Wellington you’ll be transferred to your hotel. Enjoy a sightseeing tour around the city. Stop at the Parliament buildings, home to New Zealand’s politicians.“Maori Visit Te Papa, the Museum of New Zealand and explore the fascinating exhibits. Join your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a welcome reception and dinner.

Hotel: Travelodge Wellington

Included Meals: Dinner

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

Travel along the Kapiti Coast and head inland for views of the stunning of Mt. Ruapehu and the tussock plains of Tongariro National Park. Drive along the shoreline of Lake Taupo, and stop to view the mighty Huka Falls before continuing on to Rotorua. “Maori Tonight an evening of culture, history and scrumptious food awaits you at the Tamaki Maori Village. Learn about Maori art forms and traditions, followed by a concert featuring local performers. Then experience an authentic Maori Hangi meal, steamed underground in the traditional way.

Day 3: Rotorua

First up today is a visit to the Agrodome Farm Show, a hilarious, interactive slice of Kiwi farm life. The rest of the day is at leisure. You may want to visit Rainbow Springs - roam through native parklands then take a ‘behind the scenes’ tour through the working kiwi nursery and hatchery. Visit Te Puia and view the amazing geothermal mud pools and geysers. Or tour around Rotorua in an amphibious WW2 era Duck. This evening you have the option of staying with a nearby Kiwi family.

Hotel: Ibis Rotorua Hotel, 2 nights

Included Meals: Day 2: Breakfast, Highlight dinner. Day 3: Breakfast

Day 4
Rotorua – Auckland

This morning travel to the amazing limestone caverns that make up the Waitomo Caves. Tour through the caves, then board your little boat and glide silently through the starry wonderland of the Glowworm Grotto. Journey up to Auckland, following the path of the Waikato River. A city sights tour on arrival takes in Bastion Point, Viaduct Harbour and the Auckland Harbour Bridge.

Hotel: VR Queen Street Hotel & Suites

Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

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

Depart Auckland and travel through Orewa and along the scenic Hibiscus Coast. Walk amongst Kauri trees at Parry Kauri Park. Then it’s off to the beautiful Bay of Islands. Take a scenic 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, and past deserted secluded bays.

Day 6: Bay of Islands ‘Free Time’

You have a free day to experience the beauty of the Bay of Islands. Perhaps go dolphin watching, take a coach trip to Cape Reinga or discover the historic township of Russell. You could enjoy a day of sailing on a tall ship, sample local wine and chocolate on a tour around Kerikeri, or dine on an evening cruise down the Waitangi River. Your 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 5: Breakfast, Dinner. Day 6: Breakfast

Day 7
Bay of Islands – Auckland

Before departing the Bay of Islands, 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 back into Auckland.

Hotel: VR Queen Street Hotel & Suites

Included Meals: Breakfast

Day 8
Farewell from Auckland

Your holiday concludes this morning after breakfast. You’ll be transferred to Auckland Airport for your onward flight.

Included Meals: Breakfast

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Whole and freshly cut kiwi fruit


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.


  • Explore Te Papa, Museum of New Zealand“Maori
  • Breathtaking views over Wellington from Mt. Victoria
  • Discover New Zealand’s capital Wellington on a city tour
  • Journey through spectacular scenery of Tongariro National Park
  • Marvel at crystal clear Lake Taupo
  • View mighty Huka Falls
  • Experience farm life at the Agrodome Farm Show
  • Immerse yourself in Maori culture at a Hangi & concert“Maori
  • Explore ancient limestone caves
  • Discover the fascinating Glowworm Grotto at Waitomo Caves
  • Explore Auckland’s city sights
  • Relax in the Bay of Islands
  • Cruise through ‘Hole in the Rock’ to Cape Brett
  • Experienced Travel Director and Driver Guide


  • Comfortable accommodation
  • Travel by luxury coach
  • Airport transfers (see flight information below)


  • 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 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 before 31 March 2018
Triple share    Save up to 5%
Kings Club    Save up to 5%

All savings are per person.


Departures from 1 April 2018
Early Payment Discount – 7.5% saving

when you pay in full by 27 April 2018

Pay by 27 Apr 2018   7.5% saving
Pay by 29 Jun 2018   5% saving
Kings Club   5% saving
2nd vacation discount   2.5% saving
Groups (5 people or more)   5% saving
Triple share   5% saving

* All savings are per person, apply only to the land component. Conditions apply.


Find your applicable discounts as many discounts are combinable. More Information

Quality accommodation

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

The accommodation you will enjoy on this tour includes:

  • Travelodge Wellington
    2-6 Gilmer Terrace, Wellington, 6011, New Zealand

    • 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
  • Ibis Rotorua Hotel
    Lake End Rangiruru Street, Rotorua 3010 New Zealand

    2 nights

    • Ibis Rotorua Hotel - Room

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

    • VR Queen Street Hotel & Suites - Deluxe King Suite

    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

    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

    • VR Queen Street Hotel & Suites - Deluxe King Suite

    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

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 2017 - 30 September 2018

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

NZ$150 Adult NZ$75 Child

Dune Rider - Cape Reinga via Ninety Mile Beach

This is a full day to explore the magnificent natural wonders of the North. Visit the ancient Kauri Kingdom workshop, Cape Reinga lighthouse and the magnificent 90 Mile Beach. Experience the rush of speed as you sandboard down white sand dunes at Te Paki stream on a boogie board. Includes a lunch.

Discover Kerikeri (Bay of Islands)

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!

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!

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$40 Adult NZ$20 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!

Tarawera and Lakes Tour on the Rotorua Duck (Rotorua)

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.

Hobbiton Movie Set Tour (Rotorua)

NZ$114 Adult NZ$74.50 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.


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 indicated are Australian or New Zealand dollars

Prices are valid from 1 October 2017. 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.