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 Type:||Low Cost Coach Tour|
|From:||Auckland to Wellington|
|Departures:||Mar 2019 to Mar 2020|
|Price:||From (NZD) $2250 per person|
|Tour Operator:||AAT Kings Tours|
|7 nights accommodation in comfortable hotels|
|7 fully cooked breakfasts (B) and 4 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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On arrival at the hotel the remainder of your day is at leisure to explore Auckland. Perhaps you would like to visit the Sky Tower for extensive views of greater Auckland, including visual and audio displays detailing the history of New Zealand’s largest city. Tonight enjoy a welcome drink with your Tour Director and fellow travellers.
Stay: VR Queen Street (D)
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)
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)
This morning you will have the opportunity to visit the Waitangi Treaty Grounds where New Zealand’s founding document was signed. As you stroll through the grounds you will see highlights such as the ceremonial war canoe and the intricately carved 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 Auckland’s North Shore. Tonight, dinner is included at your hotel.
Stay: VR Queen Street (B, D)
A city sights tour will start your morning in Auckland. Travel around the waterfront from the 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 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 Glowworm 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.
Stay: Hotel Ibis Rotorua (2 nights) (B)
Today is your chance to experience the scenic wonders of geothermal Rotorua. This morning you will head to the Agrodome Farm 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 the Rotorua township 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 Mount Tarawera, the site of the largest eruption in New Zealand’s living memory!
Tonight an evening of culture, history and scrumptious food awaits you at the Tamaki Māori Village. Wander through the ancient forest village and learn about Māori art forms and traditions, followed by a concert featuring local performers. Experience an authentic hāngī meal, steamed underground in the traditional way. (B, D)
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 to a broad panorama of Lake Taupō, New Zealand’s largest lake. The stunningly blue fresh water 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. As you follow the state highway the coast becomes New Zealand’s capital city – Wellington. Tonight dinner is included at your hotel.
Stay: Travelodge (B, D)
This morning enjoy a sightseeing tour of Wellington. Take in the panoramic views from the top of Mount Victoria. There will be time to explore the Parliament buildings and the Beehive, home to New Zealand’s government. Visit Te Papa, Museum of New Zealand, and explore the fascinating exhibits at your leisure, including the unique marae and wharenui (meeting house). Later you will be transferred to Wellington Airport to connect with your onward flight. (B)
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