7 Day Iconic North

7 Day Iconic North

Discover the best of New Zealand's North Island on AAT Kings' 7 dayIconic North. Highlights include touring a unique Māori culture experience with the Realm of Tane in Rotorua and the beautiful scenery of Tauranga, before finishing in the capital Wellington.

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Tour Info

Tour Type: Premium Coach Tour
From: Auckland to Wellington
Departures: Apr 2020 to Mar 2021
Price: From (NZD) $2715 per person
Tour Operator: AAT Kings Tours
Duration: 7 Days
Tour Code: zaaw

Inclusions

6 nights accommodation in superior hotels
6 fully cooked breakfasts (B), 1 lunch (L), and 3 dinners (D)
Join Bridgette and Lance O'Sullivan on their lush ; Waikato dairy farm for lunch.
Learn about the delicious, fascinating kiwifruit when you visit a kiwifruit orchard in Te Puke.
A first hand encounter with Maori culture and cuisine, where guests get to experience the centuries-old traditions of New Zealand's Indigenous people.
When you visit amazing Te Puia Thermal Reserve, you help contribute to the Reserve's Maori Arts and Crafts institute.
Enjoy relaxed starts and two leisurely two-night stops
Experience New Zealand's best beach at Mount Maunganui
Take in local farm life over lunch in Waikato
Visit fascinating Tamaki Maori Village and Te Puia

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Day by Day Tour Itinerary

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Day 1
Arrive Auckland

On arrival in Auckland you’ll have time at leisure to explore or relax. Tonight, enjoy a Welcome Reception and dinner with your Travel Director.

Stay: Stamford Plaza, Auckland (2 nights) (D)

Day 2
Auckland

After a city sights tour enjoy time at leisure. B

Day 3
Auckland - Tauranga

You’re invited to a Be My Guest lunch at the Red Barn on the Waikato farm of Lance and Bridgette O’Sullivan, New Zealand horse racing royalty. Later, travel to Tauranga, in the Bay of Plenty.

Stay: Trinity Wharf, Tauranga (B,L,D)

Day 4
Tauranga - Rotorua

Travel through Te Puke to visit Kiwifruit Country, then on to Rotorua for an orientation tour. This afternoon explore Te Puia Thermal Reserve. Then an evening of culture, history and a Hangi feast Highlight Dinner awaits you at the Tamaki Maori Village.

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

Day 5
Rotorua (Included Choice)

Embark on one of your Included Choice sightseeing experiences. Glide through the Waitomo Glowworm Grotto, take an ancient forest zipline adventure with Canopy Tours, visit the Hobbiton Movie Set, or explore Rotorua and its lakes in an amphibious WWll-era Duck. (B)

Day 6
Rotorua - Wellington

Journey through forests and farmland to the turquoise torrent known as Huka Falls. The road unfolds in a broad panorama of stunning Lake Taupo. Continue south and along the Kapiti Coast to the capital city, Wellington.

Stay: James Cook Hotel Grand Chancellor, Wellington (B)

Day 7
Wellington - Blenheim

Explore Te Papa Museum of New Zealand. This afternoon cruise the Cook Strait into tranquil Queen Charlotte Sound. The village of Picton is next, then it’s on to Blenheim for a city sightseeing tour. Tonight, enjoy a 3-course Highlight Dinner celebrating local produce and the wines of the Marlborough region.

Stay: Chateau Marlborough, Blenheim. (B, D)

Day 8
Blenheim - Christchurch

Travel to Kaikoura, where sperm whales can often be seen not far from shore. Travel along the Pacific coast and across the Canterbury Plains to Christchurch.

Stay: Distinction Hotel, Christchurch (B)

Day 9
Christchurch - Twizel

This morning, join our Sustainable Tourism Commitment by planting a native tree in the Port Hills of Christchurch, an area recovering from wildfire. Next, visit the home of Angie and Stan Taylor at Lake Tekapo, for a Be My Guest afternoon tea and to learn about a lifetime spent farming. Later, view the little stone-hewn Church of the Good Shepherd on your way to Twizel.

Stay: Mackenzie Country Inn, Twizel (B, L, D)

Day 10
Twizel - Dunedin (Included Choice)

Journey along the Waitaki River, with a photo stop at the Waitaki Hydro Power Scheme and Benmore Dam. Travel through to Oamaru and on to Dunedin. Choose an Included Choice sightseeing experience. Take a wildlife cruise out to Otago Peninsula, visit the famous Speight’s Brewery or ride the historic Taieri Gorge Railway.

Stay: Scenic Hotel Southern Cross, Dunedin (B, D)

Day 11
Dunedin - Te Anau

After free time, travel through lush sheepfarming land. Then the rolling, grassy hills turn back into forested, rugged mountains, as you meander your way up into Fiordland National

Stay: Distinction Te Anau Hotel and Villas (B, D)

Day 12
Te Anau - Milford Sound - Queenstown

You will be awestruck by the magnificence of the World Heritage-listed Fiordland National Park. Amazing photo opportunities await you today as you see rainforest, ancient glaciers, mountain ranges and the handmade Homer Tunnel. Pass the Mirror Lake, Pop’s Lookout, Cleddau Valley and the Chasm. Your cruise on Milford Sound will take you past Bowen Falls and Mitre Peak. Afterwards, travel along the shores of Lake Wakatipu on your way to Queenstown, where an orientation tour finishes this highlight day.

Stay: Millennium Hotel, Queenstown (2 nights) (B)

Day 13
Queenstown (Included Choice)

Choose an Included Choice sightseeing experience. Ride the Shotover Jet, take a gondola to Bob’s Peak and visit Kiwi Birdlife Park or a minibus tour through Skippers Canyon. This evening, cruise across Lake Wakatipu aboard TSS Earnslaw to Walter Peak High Country Farm for a gourmet barbecue Highlight Dinner. (B, D)

Day 14
Queenstown - Franz Josef Glacier

Visit the gold mining settlement of Arrowtown. From here you will travel to Cromwell to taste delicious stone fruit at a local orchard. It is a day of gorgeous lakes, as you travel further into Central Otago. Cross over the Haast Pass as the landscape changes from alpine scenery to the rainforest marvels of the wild West Coast. Your destination is the extraordinary Franz Josef Glacier.

Stay: Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier, (Douglas Wing) (B, D)

Day 15
Franz Josef - Punakaiki

Visit Hokitika, home of the native greenstone for a factory visit and jewellery demonstration. Later, travel to Punakaiki to view the Pancake Rocks and Blowholes. You’ll spend the night in an eco-friendly resort right on the waterfront.

Stay: Punakaiki Resort (B, D)

Day 16
Punakaiki - TranzAlpine - Christchurch

Travel to Greymouth to visit the iconic Monteith’s Brewery and taste some of their innovative brews before a pub-style lunch. Later you will journey aboard the TranzAlpine train to Christchurch. This evening, join your Travel Director and new-found friends for a Farewell Dinner.

Stay: Distinction Hotel, Christchurch (B,L,D)

Day 17
Depart Christchurch

Say farewell to your fellow travellers when your holiday concludes after breakfast. (B)

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Departures: Apr 2020 to Mar 2021

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