Northern Highlights summer 2018
Tour Type: Country Explorer
Brochure Type: The Australia and New Zealand Book 2018
Rediscover your sense of self, awakened by the natural wonders and spectacular scenery of New Zealand's beautiful Bay of Islands, cruising to Cape Brett in the pleasant company of dolphins and through the 'Hole in the Rock' much like the fearless Maori warriors did centuries ago.Sightseeing Highlights
- City tour in Auckland and Wellington.
- Cruise to Cape Brett and through the Hole in the Rock.
- Orientation of Rotorua.
- View Mt. Ruapehu, farming lands and spectacular coastal scenery along the Kapiti Coast.
- Visit the Bay of Islands, the Waitomo Caves and Te Papa, Museum of New Zealand.
First class travel Highlights
7 hot buffet breakfasts.
1 Be My Guest afternoon tea
- Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi in most regions or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
- Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
- Hand-picked Insider Experiences
- Optional Experiences and free time
- Porterage, local tips and charges
- Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
- An expert Travel Director and separate Driver, Driver Guide only on Mini-Stays
- All hotel charges and local taxes
- Airport transfers on the first and last day of your guided holiday
- VIP entry to many sights
|Call (814) 833-7484 for more information or to book today! Mention code 13704386|
|Offer valid through 3/31/2018|
|Day 1||Wellington||Arrive Wellington: Welcome to Wellington. On arrival you will be transferred to your hotel (flights to arrive prior to 2pm). Head out on a city sights tour of Wellington taking in New Zealand's parliament buildings, and a visit to Te Papa, the Museum of New Zealand, for a Cultural Insight. Discover New Zealand's nature, history, art and heritage, and then enjoy some time at leisure. Indulge in Wellington's renowned coffee culture, or take a walk along Lambton Quay. This evening join your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a Welcome Reception and dinner at your hotel.Welcome Reception, Dinner with wine|
James Cook Grand Chancellor
|Day 2||Rotorua||Wellington - Rotorua: After departing Wellington, this morning you'll travel north up the Kapiti Coast to the gorgeous historic villa, Shenandoah, for a Be My Guest morning tea. Join Simon and Claudia, who will show you their home, which includes a unique private collection of Harley Davidson motor cycles. Enjoy morning tea in their garden, then take a walk around the property to meet the animal members of the family. Journey north over the tussock plains of the Central Plateau through Tongariro National Park, view Lake Taupo and Huka Falls on your way to Rotorua. Tonight an evening of culture, history and scrumptious food awaits you at the Tamaki Family Marae. Wander through the ancient forest village and learn about Maori art forms and traditions, followed by a concert featuring local performers. Experience an authentic Maori Hangi Regional Meal, steamed underground in the traditional way.Buffet Breakfast, Be My Guest Dining, Regional Meal|
|Day 3||Rotorua||Rotorua Sightseeing: Today your choice of sightseeing: discover Maori culture at Te Puia Maori Arts and Crafts Institute; unwind at the Polynesian Spa; ride the amphibious Rotorua Duck or take a guided tour of the Hobbiton movie set.
|Day 4||Auckland||Rotorua - Auckland: This morning you will travel through the King Country region which was at the centre of the New Zealand Wars in the 1860s to Waitomo Caves. See the amazing underground Glow Worm Grotto by boat and walk through the limestone caverns with a Local Specialist. This afternoon you will follow the meandering trail of the Waikato River, New Zealand's longest river, past the lush farmlands of the Waikato Region. As you journey over the Bombay Hills, the landscape changes from green, grassy meadowlands to the edges of suburbia. As you make your way into the heart of New Zealand's largest city, you will stop at Bastion Point and the Michael Joseph Savage Memorial, as you will get stunning shots of Auckland, the North Shore and the Waitemata Harbour. Tonight's Regional Meal is at The Langham. Your personal degustation menu is made from the freshest, quality ingredients, including mouth-watering seafood and desserts.Buffet Breakfast, Regional Meal|
|Day 5||Bay of Islands||Auckland - Bay of Islands (2 Nights): This morning depart Auckland City and travel north over the Harbour Bridge past the sprawling suburbs of the North Shore of Auckland. Your travels then take you through Northland's lush farmland scenery before arriving into the beautiful Bay of Islands. Experience spectacular scenery as you cruise through game fishing waters to Cape Brett and, weather permitting, through the famous 'Hole in the Rock' formation. The return cruise to Paihia meanders through picturesque islands - see deserted sandy beaches and secluded bays and keep your eyes peeled for the marine life. This evening enjoy dinner at your hotel.Buffet Breakfast, Dinner with wine|
Copthorne Resort (Water View)
|Day 6||Bay of Islands||Bay of Islands Sightseeing: Today your choice of sightseeing: discover local wineries in Kerikeri; take a guided walk through historic Russell; sail aboard a tall ship at sunset or go dolphin-watching on the bay. Your Travel Director will assist you in booking the sightseeing of your choice.Buffet Breakfast|
|Day 7||Auckland||Bay of Islands - Auckland: Enjoy a leisurely morning in the Bay of Islands before you travel back to Auckland. Your journey takes you to Whangarei, the northern-most city in New Zealand, where you can wander around the art galleries and through the marina in the Town Basin. Later, enjoy a stop at Parry Kauri Park and take a walk among New Zealand's native forest giants, the Kauri trees before arriving into Auckland late afternoon.Buffet Breakfast|
|Day 8||DEPART AUCKLAND||Depart Auckland: Bid farewell to your fellow travellers when your holiday concludes this morning after breakfast. You will be transferred to Auckland Airport for your onward flight (flights anytime).Buffet Breakfast|
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