8 Day Northern Spotlight

8 Day Northern Spotlight

Eight day low-cost escorted Northern Spotlight with AAT Kings. Enjoy the highlights of the North Island including the Bay of Islands, Auckland, Waitomo Caves, Rotorua, Wellington and more.

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Tour Info

Tour Type: Low Cost Coach Tour
From: Auckland to Wellington
Departures: Sep 2020 to Mar 2021
Price: From (NZD) $2420 per person
Tour Operator: AAT Kings Tours
Duration: 8 Days
Tour Code: LABW

Inclusions

7 nights accommodation in comfortable hotels
7 fully cooked breakfasts (B), 1 lunch (L) and 2 dinners (D)
Visit the beautiful Bay of Islands
See the sights of Auckland
Cruise through the famous Hole in the Rock
Tour the Glowworm Grotto at Waitomo Caves
Feast on a traditional hāngī at a unique dinner experience at the Tamaki Māori Village
Discover the arts and traditions of New Zealand's Māori culture
View the mighty Huka Falls
Visit Te Papa, Museum of New Zealand

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Day by Day Tour Itinerary

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Day 1
Arrive Auckland

The afternoon is at leisure for you to explore before meeting your Travel Director for a Welcome Reception.

Stay: VR Queen Street, Auckland

Day 2
Auckland - Bay of Islands

Travel along the scenic Hibiscus Coast to the Bay of Islands. See spectacular scenery as you cruise to Cape Brett and the Hole in the Rock. As you return to Paihia you will pass picturesque islands with deserted sandy beaches and secluded bays.

Stay: Copthorne Hotel and Resort (Garden View) (2 nights) (B, D)

Day 3
Bay of Islands at Leisure

You have a free day in the Bay of Islands. Perhaps enjoy a day of sailing on a tall ship. Your Travel Director will assist you in booking your chosen optional experiences. (B)

Day 4
Bay of Islands - Auckland

Enjoy a leisurely morning before your return to Auckland. Your journey takes you to Whangarei, the northern-most city in New Zealand, where you can wander around the art galleries and through the marina in the Town Basin. Later, enjoy a stop at Parry Kauri Park and take a walk among New Zealand’s native forest giants, the Kauri trees, before arriving into Auckland.

Stay: VR Queen Street, Auckland (B)

Day 5
Auckland - Waitomo Caves - Rotorua

After a tour of Auckland’s city sights this morning, journey south through the fertile Waikato agricultural district. Explore the amazing Waitomo Caves, and tour the famous Glowworm Grotto by boat. From here your journey continues to Rotorua. A very entertaining cultural experience awaits you at the Tamaki Māori Village. Experience a powerful Haka challenge, witness a concert showcasing traditional Māori culture, and dine at a traditional Māori Hangi feast Highlight Dinner.

Stay: Hotel Ibis Rotorua (2 nights) (B, D)

Day 6
Rotorua Free Time

Relax or explore Rotorua at your own pace. (B)

Day 7
Rotorua - Wellington

Journey through tall pine forests and verdant farmland today to spectacular Huka Falls and serene Lake Taupo. Continue through the rich farming lands of the Manawatu to Wellington, the nation’s capital.

Stay: Travelodge (B)

Day 8
Depart 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’. This morning enjoy a city tour of Wellington, taking in panoramic views from the summit of Mt. Victoria. There’ll be time to explore the Parliament buildings and the ‘Beehive’, home to New Zealand’s politicians, as well as the many fascinating exhibits at Te Papa Museum of New Zealand.
Your holiday ends in the early afternoon. (B, L)

4.2/5.0

There are 18 reviews of this tour from past clients of Relaxing Journeys, averaging 4.2 out of 5.

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14/10/2017
The tour guide and driver were incredible. They both were very knowledgeable about the locations and just general information about New Zealand. And of course they were both also very helpful and friendly and good sense of humor. I really enjoyed meeting all the new people in our tour. I enjoyed the majority of the tour options especially the Maori dinner. It would've been nice to have a little more prior information about the towns we were visiting in case we wanted to do a different activity than those that were shared with us. I know providing too much of information can be overwhelming but maybe just a website to the town's visitor center or chamber of commerce would be nice for those who want to look through it and get other ideas to plan ahead. I could've skipped the sheep ranch included activity and would've preferred to spend that time at the Maori center in Rotorua. The bus was great transportation, plenty of legroom, great views out the window, I appreciated the free Wi-Fi, comfortable ride. All the hotel rooms were very nice. The food is what I expected for both the dinner and breakfast.
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09/09/2017
The tour offered a wonderful introduction to New Zealand with the perfect balance of organized and optional activities.
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13/02/2016
Good tour but very tiring with all the pacing and unpacking. Our guide, Marty and driver, Craig were excellent.
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06/02/2016
This was a great basic tour with add on excursions that offered a lot of variety. The tour director, Clarke went out of his way to make it a pleasant trip for everyone. He was very informed on the culture and history of New Zealand. Our driver, Alan was great and kept us on time and safe.
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01/01/2016
Hello. I thought the tour guide and bus driver from AAT were great. This tour provides just the right amount of tour and free time. I thought the hotels were ideally located, the attractions were perfect, food quality great, shuttle service excellent. It really was a wonderful trip. I have had extremely high customer service from Toni Harris at Relaxing Journeys. The whole booking and touring was very pleasant and I would recommend Relaxing Journeys and the tour. Thank you.
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26/12/2015
Outstanding tour guide and driver. Some of the hotels did not have air conditioning. It was too hot and could not sleep at night. Very good hotels locations.
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17/10/2015
The tour was very well organised from the beginning (with Marie at Relaxing Journeys) and during (with AAT Kings). The only disappointment was with one of the hotels on the tour, but the other 3 hotels were perfect.
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19/09/2015
Thank you it was the best holiday I ever had. I can't complain excellent driver (Mon) I felt so safe and the tour guides Ted & Vale were absolutely the best! They kept us awake ha ha. Thank Vale & Mon for me see them soon! AAT Kings will definitely refer to my friends. Will be back.
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28/03/2015
Tour was well organized with plenty of information. Sometimes for older persons the days could have a bit to long before hotel check in. The tour guide Marc spoke clearly and had plenty of information but sometime he spoke on for to long. Sometimes it would have been nice to sit back and relax and watch the scenery go by. Overall very pleased and would recommend to others. Thank you.
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14/02/2015
Very good tour. Excellent tour guide, Cam, who was exceptionally helpful and extremely well organised in a very calm manner. The only slight negative would be that perhaps a little longer could be allocated for lunch on long driving days as it was impossible to have time for a proper sit down meal. This was only a very minor drawback and overall we were delighted with the tour and would certainly recommend it.
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8 Day Northern Spotlight
Low Cost Coach Tour
Tour Code: LABW
From (NZD) $2420 per person
Save (NZD) $130 per person
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Departures: Sep 2020 to Mar 2021
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18 reviews (4.2/5)

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