8 Day Northern Discovery

8 Day Northern Discovery

Enjoy New Zealand's North Island on AAT Kings' premium 8 Day Northern Discovery. Visit the Bay of Islands and cruise to Cape Brett and the Hole in the Rock. Visit Parry Kauri Park on your way back to Auckland, then dine at the top of the tallest structure in the Southern Hemisphere – Auckland's Sky Tower. Experience Māori culture at the Realm of Tane in Rotorua, and enjoy time in Wellington to discover why Kiwis rate the capital as one of their favourite cities.

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Tour Info

Tour Type: Premium Coach Tour
From: Auckland to Wellington
Departures: Jun 2018 to Dec 2019
Price:
From (NZD) $2750 per person
Tour Operator: AAT Kings Tours
Pace: Relaxing
Duration: 8 Days
Tour Code: zabw

Inclusions

7 nights accommodation in superior hotels
7 fully cooked breakfasts (B) and 4 dinners (D)
Feast on a degustation menu of mouth-watering local produce in Auckland
Cruise through the Hole in the Rock in the spectacular Bay of Islands
Discover the famous Waitomo Glowworm Caves
Immerse yourself in rich Māori culture at Tamaki Māori Village
Take your pick of a selection of included experiences in Rotorua and Bay of Islands
Journey through the magnificent scenery of Tongariro National Park
Explore Te Papa, Museum of New Zealand
Travel wallet, comprehensive customised itinerary, bound map book, accommodation and activity vouchers, and local travel guides

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Day by Day Tour Itinerary

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Day 1
Arrive Auckland

On arrival at Auckland Airport you’ll be met and transferred by private car to your hotel. The afternoon is at leisure for you to explore Auckland. You could visit the Sky Tower for amazing views of the city, Viaduct Harbour and surrounding volcanic hills. Perhaps visit the Auckland Museum or go shopping in stylish Parnell. This evening meet your Tour Director for a welcome reception.

Stay: The Cordis Hotel

Day 2
Auckland - Bay of Islands

Travel through Orewa and the scenic Hibiscus Coast. Take a walk among kauri trees at Parry Kauri Park. Explore Whangarei, the northernmost city in New Zealand, and then it’s off to the beautiful Bay of Islands. Experience natural wonders and spectacular scenery as you cruise to Cape Brett and through the Hole in the Rock. This evening enjoy dinner with wine at your hotel.

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

Day 3
Bay of Islands (Included Choice)

This morning relax with your breakfast of choice. Today choose from a range of Included Choice sightseeing experiences. Perhaps go on a dolphin watching cruise, journey around Kerikeri on a wine tasting tour, or take a guided walk through Russell – New Zealand’s first capital. This evening sail aboard a historic tall ship as the sun sets, or glide down the Waitangi River for a sumptuous dinner cruise. Your Travel Director will assist you in booking all of your chosen optional experiences. (B)

Day 4
Bay of Islands - Auckland

You have free time to relax in the Bay of Islands this morning, and this afternoon you’ll return to Auckland. Tonight’s ‘highlight dinner’ with wine is at Eight Resutaurant located at The Cordis. Eight offers the freshest high-quality ingredients, including mouth-watering seafood and desserts.

Stay: The Cordis Hotel (B, D)

Day 5
Auckland - Waitomo Caves - Rotorua

A city sights tour will start your morning in Auckland. Travel around the waterfront to Mission Bay, with a stop at Bastion Point and the Michael Joseph Savage Memorial for stunning photos of Auckland and surrounds. 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. Then cross the rolling hills of King Country to Rotorua, where your orientation tour takes in spectacular views of Lake Rotorua.

Stay: Millennium Hotel (2 nights) (B)

Day 6
Rotorua (Included Choice)

Today choose from a range of Included Choice sightseeing experiences. You have the option to join the Kiwi Encounter at Rainbow Springs Nature Park, discover Māori culture at Wai-O-Tapu Geothermal Wonderland, see the Agrodome Farm Show, relax in the seclusion of your own hot mineral pool or unwind with a facial treatment in the Lake Spa Retreat at the Polynesian Spa. Maybe ride the amphibious Rotorua Duck, or the luge at Rotorua Skyline. 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)

Day 7
Rotorua - Wellington

Say “haere ra!” (goodbye) to Rotorua this morning and journey out through pine forests and farmland to a little hidden spot – Huka Falls. From here the road unfolds to a broad panorama of Lake Taupō, New Zealand’s largest lake. You wll then journey south over the Central Plateau, New Zealand’s main volcanic area. Travel along the Kapiti Coast to New Zealand’s capital city, Wellington. Enjoy an exclusive after-hours guided tour of Te Papa Museum of New Zealand. Before leaving there, top off the night with a Highlight Dinner.

Stay: James Cook Grand Chancellor (B, D)

Day 8
Depart Wellington

Say farewell to your newfound friends when your holiday comes to an end this morning after breakfast. (B)

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There are 9 reviews of this tour from past clients of Relaxing Journeys, averaging 4.6 out of 5.

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18/11/2017
Every thing went well, the tour was well planned and accommodation very good. Some small issues with the after tour accommodation with having to change rooms or pay upgrade and some minor errors with names on the hotel doc's. Other than that all good, met interesting people and enjoyed ourselves.
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09/01/2016
We had the pleasure of being accompanied by a highly motivated and knowledgeable guide as well as a group of pleasant people. We had a great time and enjoyed every minute of our well organized AAT Kings 8-day trip through the North Island. We highly recommend this tour for a first visit to New Zealand and hope to get the chance to visit the South Island on an similar tour. Our tour consultant Marie from Relaxing Journeys proved to be of great help. We owe her the opportunity of an overnight farmstay. Other participants were less lucky as their travel agent forgot to mention the necessity of an early booking of this option. Thank you Marie! As we travelled from Switzerland, we arrived a few days early in Auckland in order to adapt and get rid of the jetlag. We also stayed a few days in Wellington at the end of the tour. I believe it would be helpful if Relaxing Journeys were to recommend a few complementary activities for such travel agendas, particularly for rainy days, and encourage visitors to make early bookings at this time of the year.
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05/12/2015
AAT Kings tour leader Tania was extremely helpful and we are also very pleased that both Paul and Nathan were steady drivers. It has been a wonderful holiday for my family!
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07/02/2015
The tour went very well - comfortable and well organised. However it was a surprise and slight disadvantage that members of the group changed - some came and some left as the journey went on. We especially appreciated Mani's assistance and rapid responses during the time we were arranging to join that tour.
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06/12/2014
The whole NZ tour experience was tremendous and just so enjoyable. The hotels, food, itinerary, tour inclusions, staff (especially the tour director Ted and driver Monica) were excellent and of the highest professional standard. Many thanks.
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12/04/2014
Tour was great, the guide was very informative and the driver was the best. I would recommend this tour to anyone.
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02/05/2012
Hello Kirby, Henry and I had a wonderful holiday. The itinerary was a little hectic at times but very enjoyable. Our tour guild Mel from Christchurch and Paul our coach driver were great. They were approachable, informative, fun and just really nice people as were the staff at the motels we stayed at. I will be contacting you when Henry and I want to visit the South Island. Kia Ora
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21/01/2012
It was a terrific tour, all aspects very good apart from the Millennium hotel in Rotorua which I and others thought was below a 4 star hotel in many areas and a couple of communication issues between hotels and the Tour Director.
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17/10/2009
All areas that the tour went to were excellent. Very interesting from a cultural & natural perspective. Accomodation was above satisfactory. Special mention to Ted our Tour Director. His sense of humour and personality really made the tour I think. Linda was also a very careful driver. All in all, a fantastic trip with no complaints. Would definately recommend to others. Cheers.
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Departures: Jun 2018 to Dec 2019
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