9 Day Great Northerner

9 Day Great Northerner

Join this 9 day exploration of the North Island with APT, where the geothermal activity of Rotorua and the beaches of the Bay of Islands await you. Experience Māori hospitality at a special hāngī feast and cultural show.

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Tour Info

Tour Type: Premium Coach Tour
From: Auckland to Wellington
Departures: Sep 2018 to Sep 2019
Price:
From (NZD) $4020 per person
Tour Operator: APT Tours
Duration: 9 Days
Tour Code: ncw09

Inclusions

8 nights in premium accommodation
13 meals – 8 breakfasts (B), 5 dinners (D)
Cruise the Bay of Islands, dotted with picturesque coves fringed with white sand beaches
Immerse yourself in the Māori way of life as you indulge in a traditional hāngī feast in Rotorua
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 - Freedom of Choice Touring

On arrival into Auckland you will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel. You may then choose from our range of sightseeing inclusions. Perhaps take a cruise on Waitemata Harbour, head off on a Waiheke Island wine tour and sample some of the region’s delightful flavours, or explore the Auckland Museum. Other options include getting up close to marine life at Kelly Tarlton’s Sea Life Aquarium, exploring the quaint suburb of Devonport, or setting off on a wilderness adventure into the Waitakere Ranges. There are options to suit every type of traveller.

Stay: Grand Millennium Auckland (D)

Day 2
Auckland - Bay of Islands

Journey to the stunning Bay of Islands and visit the Waitangi Treaty Grounds, where the original treaty between Māori and the British was signed. Here you’ll also visit the Meeting House and war canoe. Continue to your hotel, overlooking the Waitangi Treaty Grounds.

Stay: Copthorne Hotel and Resort Bay of Islands (2 nights) (B, D)

Day 3
Bay of Islands - Freedom of Choice Dining

The Bay of Islands is home to 144 islands, providing a stunning aquatic playground off the north coast of the North Island. Today, discover this spectacular region with a range of sightseeing options. Take a day tour to Cape Reinga, perhaps experience life aboard a tall ship, or embark on a dolphin watching adventure. Play a round of golf at Waitangi, take a mini-tour of Russell, or enjoy a sightseeing tour to Kerikeri. (B)

Day 4
Bay of Islands - Auckland

Cruise the Bay of Islands, dotted with picturesque coves fringed with white sand beaches. Sail to the beautiful Cape Brett and the Hole in the Rock. Returning to Paihia, journey down the coast to Auckland and enjoy a sumptuous Pacific-themed dinner tonight.

Stay: Grand Millennium Auckland (B, D)

Day 5
Auckland - Waitomo - Rotorua - Hāngī Feast

Enjoy a guided tour of the Waitomo Caves, exploring this amazing underground world of limestone caverns filled with thousands of tiny glowworms. Continue to Rotorua. Tonight, Tamaki Māori Village welcomes you to experience the local culture at a traditional hāngī feast, as well as performances of song and dance.

Stay: Holiday Inn Rotorua (2 nights) (B, D)

Day 6
Rotorua - Freedom of Choice Touring

Following breakfast this morning, enjoy your chosen activity in Rotorua. Perhaps experience the icons of Rotorua at the Agrodome Farm Show and Te Puia, make your way to Rainbow Springs Nature Park to see a working kiwi nursery and hatchery, or unwind during a round of golf. You could also take a Hobbiton Movie Set tour for an enthralling insight into the making of the Lord of the Rings trilogy, embark on a thrilling 4WD bush safari through native rainforest, take a drive through forest and farmland to visit New Zealand’s largest boiling mud pool and colourful hot springs, or discover the local art, history and culture at Rotorua Museum. (B)

Day 7
Rotorua - Wellington - Freedom of Choice Dining

Travel through beautiful Tongariro National Park en route to Wellington. This evening, choose from three equally tempting restaurants in which to dine.

Stay: InterContinental Wellington (2 nights) (B, D)

Day 8
Wellington

Discover the delights of the New Zealand capital with an extended stay. After breakfast set off on a sightseeing tour taking you to the city’s best-loved landmarks and sights, including New Zealand’s national museum – Te Papa Tongarewa. Afterwards ride Wellington’s iconic Cable Car, gaining a fresh perspective on this coastal city. (B)

Day 9
Depart Wellington

This morning after breakfast, transfer to the airport. (B)

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There are 4 reviews of this tour from past clients of Relaxing Journeys, averaging 4.5 out of 5.

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22/04/2017
Tour was great for us. We had no idea of what were the best places to visit, places to stay, or how to get around. APT made it very easy for us. Every day was either structured with great sights to see or we had flexibility on choosing some optional events. We had only enough time to visit the North Island but plan in the future to visit the South with APT. Only recommendation is to make sure you are there the day before to be able to have all options for the first day.
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16/06/2009
It was a very nice tour. I got to meet people of differing backgrounds and I was well-treated. I liked the optional offers and most importantly for a lone traveller, I never felt alone once. So, overall, it was well worthwhile, especially, when you do not know where to cover on your own in New Zealand.
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19/05/2009
Words cannot do justice to this fabulous tour. From the moment of my booking, I've had personalised service with Relaxing Journeys. The actual tour was just brilliant. Every detail was taken care of, the tour guide and the driver were exceptional. And the scenery was just breathtaking. I would not hesitate to recommend it to anyone who wants a hassle-free, fully escorted tour.
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19/03/2009
I liked my tour very much and your country is very beautiful. I think that my enjoyment was enhanced greatly by the two lovely people in your employment - Glenys Shum and Peter (I forgot his last name). They were very professional and always making sure that everything run smoothly. They were also very courteous and very pleasant - I couldn't ask for better guide and driver. I would not hesitate in recommending your company to other people and will definitely consider using your company again should the opportunity arises.
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9 Day Great Northerner
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Tour Code: ncw09
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Departures: Sep 2018 to Sep 2019
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