8 Day Northern Wonders

8 Day Northern Wonders

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

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Tour Info

Tour Type: Low Cost Coach Tour
From: Wellington to Auckland
Departures: Oct 2020 to Mar 2021
Price: From (NZD) $2560 per person
Tour Operator: AAT Kings Tours
Duration: 8 Days
Tour Code: LWBA

Inclusions

7 nights accommodation in comfortable hotels
7 fully cooked breakfasts (B), 1 lunch (L) and 3 dinners (D)
Visit Te Papa, Museum of New Zealand
Explore Wellington, New Zealand's capital city
Discover the arts and traditions of New Zealand's Māori culture
Feast on a hāngī at a unique dinner experience at the Tamaki Māori Village
Agrodome Farm Show
Experience Waitomo's famous Glowworm Grotto
Cruise the stunning Bay of Islands and through the Hole in the Rock

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Day by Day Tour Itinerary

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Day 1
Arrive Wellington

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.

Stay: Travelodge Wellington

Day 2
Wellington - Rotorua

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.

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

Day 3
Rotorua Free Time

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

Day 4
Rotorua - Auckland

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.

Stay: VR Queen Street (B)

Day 5
Auckland - Bay of Islands

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.

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

Day 6
Bay of Islands - Free Time

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. (B)

Day 7
Bay of Islands - Auckland

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.

Stay: VR Queen Street (B, D)

Day 8
Depart Auckland

Your holiday concludes this morning after breakfast. You will be transferred to Auckland Airport for your onward flight. (B)

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There are 16 reviews of this tour from past clients of Relaxing Journeys, averaging 4.6 out of 5.

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13/02/2019
From our first contact with Relaxing Journeys, everything was handled very professionally,every query was answered quickly,and the entire holiday went like clockwork. We would not hesitate to travel with them again,and would highly recommend them. Thanks for a great holiday and a lot of special memories.
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18/04/2018
Enjoyed most of it, especially Rotorua. Fabulous countryside. Vale and Monica were great - love that NZ dry sense of humour! Hotels were mainly great (Travelodge Wellington room was minuscule, but fine for one).
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06/09/2017
We had an awesome tour guide and driver. The guide had excellent local knowledge.
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30/12/2015
Great tour - we saw all the key attractions of the North Island at a comfortable pace. Good balance of included and optional excursions, with enough free time to feel relaxed and able to do our own thing. Only down-side was joining a group of 35 travellers who had been together for 9 days doing the South Island, so it was difficult to become part of the group, and we missed out on some useful information.
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23/12/2015
I had a very good time on the tour overall. I got to see so much during my 8 days, although there were times when I would have liked more free time. For example, on a few occasions we arrived at the hotel after 5.30pm and there was a dinner at 7pm. Personally, I would have preferred to have my evenings free to explore. I feel like I hardly saw Auckland. Another small point, but the hotel in Rotorua (Ibis) doesn't have wifi. A lot of the guests were surprised by this. We were there over Christmas and therefore couldn't easily contact family and friends. In addition, Hobbiton was closed for the holiday, which was a real shame. All in all though, I had a very good time and look forward to visiting the South Island one day. Thanks!
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12/02/2014
A very good tour of the North Island, extremely well organised and lovely variety of sights and adventures. Excellent Tour Manager and driver, good standard of hotels and excursions, all in all very enjoyable.
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16/10/2013
Accommodation was very good apart from the Auckland hotel and its noisy location, service etc at hotel was good however. The continual changeover of persons on the tour was not something we had experienced before but seemed to work OK. One of the days on the tour was devoted to going in caves to look at glow worms and then 4 hours on the coach seemed a waste of a day. The drivers and tour staff were helpful courteous and did a good job. Thank you for your assistance. The Bay of Islands accommodation was exceptional by the way!
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27/03/2013
The tour could not have been better. Everything went perfectly. Ngaire was a fantastic guide & Monica was a fantastic coach driver. We saw so much, but at the same time we were given the opportunity to do our own thing & to relax. We really felt that we did the North Island as thoroughly as was possible in the 7 days. We particularly liked the way we were allocated different seats each day on the coach so that over the course of the week we felt that we had seen something of everything. There was never a problem. We were kept fully informed & fully entertained. The accommodation & food could not have been better & the service was always first class. The friendliness of everyone involved was a real pleasure. The highlight of the week was the Maori evening at Rotorua. Very many thanks.
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28/11/2012
This was a wonderful way to see the North Island from Wellington to Auckland with some optional extra's. I took the Hobbit Village tour,very good value, and the Cape Reinga/Ninety Mile Beach which was good apart from the mist but that was not the tours fault. The driver and tour good were very good. I joined the tour at Wellington (there were six others who joined here) which I thought was the start but this was a continuation of a tour from South Island and it was difficult at first being a single traveler to join in. Also it was a shame that there was no last night meal as this would have been a good time to say gooidbye to the others.
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14/03/2012
The group that I traveled with on the AAT Kings bus were great and able to mix with easily. The Tour Director and the Coach Driver were friendly and helpful. Unfortunately the weather was not kind and unable to do extra activities that were provided. When the weather was fine, New Zealand was just a beautiful place. I even joined in at the Tamaki Village activities and had a wonderful time doing so. Everything was just soo good.
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8 Day Northern Wonders
Low Cost Coach Tour
Tour Code: LWBA
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Departures: Oct 2020 to Mar 2021
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16 reviews (4.6/5)

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