10 Day Great Northerner

10 Day Great Northerner

Join this 10 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: Oct 2019 to Sep2020
Price: From (NZD) $3955 per person
Tour Operator: APT Tours
Duration: 10 Days
Tour Code: ncw10


9 nights in premium accommodation
13 meals – 9 breakfasts (B), 4 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

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Day by Day Tour Itinerary

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Day 1
Arrive Auckland

On arrival into Auckland you will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel.

Stay: Grand Millennium Auckland (2 nights)

Day 2
Auckland - Freedom of Choice Touring

While in Auckland, you may then choose from our range of sightseeing inclusions. Perhaps take a cruise on Waitemata Harbour, head off on a Waiheke Island wine and olive tasting tour, or explore the Auckland Museum. Alternatively, get up close to the fascinating marine life at Kelly Tarlton’s Sea Life Aquarium, or set off on a Wilderness Adventure into the Waitakere Rainforest.

Auckland Enjoy the opportunity to discover the ‘City of Sails’ as you choose from a range of exciting Freedom of Choice sightseeing inclusions. This evening, get to know your fellow travellers and Tour Director as you enjoy a delicious Welcome Dinner. (B, D)

Day 3
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 4
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 5
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. In the deep-sea fishing grounds of the Bay of Islands, dolphins are frequently seen. Meander through the inner islands, admiring the sandy beaches and rocky outcrops, then spend some time in a secluded bay.

Back at your hotel in Auckland, you will be treated to a Pacific-themed dinner that features some of the tastiest regional New Zealand produce. Relax and enjoy the company of your fellow travellers as you savour local flavours.

Stay: Grand Millennium Auckland (B, D)

Day 6
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 7
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 8
Rotorua - Wellington

Today you will follow the Thermal Explorer Highway through the North Island. View the Wairakei Steam Valley, then, visit Huka Falls and Lake Taupo, before travelling across Tongariro National Park to Wellington.

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

Day 9

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 10
Depart Wellington

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

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10 Day Great Northerner
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Tour Code: ncw10
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Departures: Oct 2019 to Sep2020

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