Northern Wonders

8 Day Best Buys Tour from Wellington to Auckland with AAT Kings

Read reviews and enjoy exclusive savings on AAT Kings 8 Day Northern Wonders. Journey through landscapes that blend magnificent beaches, sprawling farmlands and geothermal wonders, as you make your way to the Far North. Explore fertile heartland, showcasing lush forests,...read more

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Best Buys Tour Starts In
Starts In
Wellington
Best Buys Tour Ends In
Ends In
Auckland
Accomodation
Accomodation
3 - 4 Star
50
Max Group Size
50
Guided Tour
Trip Style
Guided Tour
Scenic / Cultural
Trip Style
Scenic / Cultural
Countries Explored:
New Zealand
Trip Operated By:
AAT Kings
AAT Kings
399 Reviews
Trip Reviews:
4.0 out of 5
1 Reviews
Trip Code:
LWBA

Itinerary

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1 Welcome to Wellington
Settle into your hotel and then enjoy a sightseeing tour around the city. Stop at the Parliament buildings, home to New Zealand’s politicians. Visit Te Papa Museum of New Zealand and explore the fascinating exhibits. This evening, join your Travel Director for a Welcome Reception and dinner. (D) Stay: Travelodge Wellington
2 Wellington - Rotorua
From the Kapiti Coast head inland for views of Mt. Ruapehu and the plains of Tongariro National Park. Drive along the shore of Lake Taupo, and stop to view Huka Falls before continuing to Rotorua. (B) Stay: Ibis Rotorua Hotel (2 nights)
3 Rotorua
Enjoy a morning at leisure. Perhaps visit Te Puia and view the geothermal mud pools and geysers. Later, visit the Agrodome Farm Show for a fun, interactive insight into Kiwi farm life. An evening of culture and traditions awaits you at the Tamaki Māori Village. Your Highlight Dinner is an authentic Māori Hangi, steamed underground in the traditional way. (B/D)
4 Rotorua - Auckland
Explore the amazing Waitomo Caves. Tour through the magical caves and then glide silently through the starry Glowworm Grotto. Travel to Auckland for a city sights tour on arrival. (B/D) Stay: VR Queen Street Hotel & Suites
5 Auckland - Bay of Islands
Depart Auckland via its impressive Harbour Bridge, travelling to Orewa and on to the scenic Hibiscus Coast, and then it’s off to Paihia in the Bay of Islands. 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 and past deserted and secluded bays. (B/D) Stay: Copthorne Resort Bay of Islands, Garden Rooms (2 nights)
6 Bay of Islands Free Time
Today you can experience the beauty of the Bay of Islands at your own pace. Take a coach trip to Cape Reinga via idyllic 90 Mile Beach, enjoy a day of sailing on a tall ship, or tour the historic town of Russell. Ask your Travel Director about other optional experiences. (B)
7 Bay of Islands - Auckland
After time at leisure this morning, depart the Bay of Islands. Then, walk among the Kauri trees at Parry Kauri Park. Relax as you make your way down Northland’s lush farmland scenery into Auckland. (B) Stay: VR Queen Street Hotel & Suites
8 Farewell from Auckland
Say farewell to your new-found friends when your holiday comes to an end this morning after breakfast. (B)
1 Welcome to Wellington
Welcome to Wellington, New Zealand's capital city. Flights can arrive any time prior to 2.00pm and you will be transferred to your Wellington hotel. This afternoon you will head out on a city sights tour of Wellington, and a visit to Te Papa, the Museum of New Zealand, then enjoy some time at leisure. This evening, meet your fellow travellers and your AAT Kings Travel Director at a welcome reception. Stay: Travelodge Wellington
2 Wellington - Rotorua
Travel along the Kapiti Coast, a traditional summer playground, then enjoy lunch provided by ‘Eat My Lunch', a charity that provides lunch for school children who otherwise would go without. The road unfolds in a broad panorama of stunning Lake Taupo, New Zealand's largest lake. An orientation tour of Rotorua takes in views of Lake Rotorua. Later, 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 and traditions, followed by a concert and an authentic Maori Hangi meal. (B/L/D) Stay Two Nights: Ibis Rotorua Hotel
3 Rotorua
Today is your chance to experience the geothermal wonderland of Rotorua: perhaps explore Rainbow Springs Kiwi Wildlife Park, and tour ‘behind the scenes' through the kiwi nursery and hatchery; visit Te Puia and join a guided tour through the Whakarewarewa Thermal Reserve, home to famous Pohutu Geyser and bubbling mud pools; and later, perhaps have a soak in the hot mineral waters of the Polynesian Spas. Your Travel Director will assist in booking optional experiences. (B)
4 Rotorua - Auckland
This morning you will travel through King Country to Waitomo Caves, to cruise the amazing underground Glow Worm Grotto and walk through the limestone caverns. This afternoon you will follow the meandering Waikato River past the lush farmlands through to the heart of New Zealand's largest city. You will stop at Bastion Point and the Michael Joseph Savage Memorial for stunning shots of Auckland, the North Shore and the Waitemata Harbour. This evening enjoy dinner at your hotel. (B/D) Stay: VR Queen Street Hotel & Suites
5 Auckland - Bay of Islands
This morning depart Auckland City over the Harbour Bridge and through Northland's lush farmland before arriving into the beautiful Bay of Islands. Cruise through spectacularly scenic 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. This evening, enjoy dinner at your hotel. (B/D) Stay Two Nights: Copthorne Resort Bay of Islands, Garden Rooms
6 Bay of Islands At Leisure
Today is completely free for you to experience the beauty of the Bay of Islands: perhaps take a coach trip up to Cape Reinga, the very top of New Zealand via idyllic Ninety Mile Beach, sail aboard a historic tall ship, enjoy a wine tour of the region, or join a tour of Russell and learn more about the region's history. Tonight, you are free to dine as you wish. Your Travel Director will assist in booking optional experiences. (B)
7 Bay of Islands - Auckland
Enjoy a leisurely morning before you travel back to Auckland. You will journey south to Whangarei, the northernmost city in New Zealand, to wander around the art galleries and through the marina in the Town Basin. Later, enjoy Parry Kauri Park and walk among New Zealand's native giant Kauri trees before arriving into Auckland late afternoon. (B) Stay: VR Queen Street Hotel & Suites
8 Farewell from Auckland
Your holiday concludes this morning after breakfast. Your flights can depart any time today, and you will be transferred to Auckland Airport. (B)

AAT Kings Inclusions

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Journey Highlights
  • Explore Te Papa Museum of New Zealand in Wellington
  • Journey through spectacular scenery of Tongariro National Park
  • Visit the Agrodome Farm Show for an insight into local agriculture
  • Immerse yourself in local culture at a Māori Concert and Hangi
  • Glide silently through the Glowworm Grotto at the Waitomo Caves
  • Cruise through the ‘Hole in the Rock’ in the spectacular Bay of Islands
Trip Inclusions
  • 'Best Buys' Inclusions & Accommodation
  • Travel by luxury coach
  • Airport transfers (see flight information below)
Included Meals
  • 7 Full buffet breakfasts
  • 1 Highlight Dinner
  • 3 Dinners
What To Bring
  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Sunglasses, sunscreen and hat
  • Water bottle
  • Camera
  • Jacket in cooler months
Arrival & Departure
  • Day 1 - Flights to arrive prior to 2.00pm into Wellington Airport
  • Day 8 - Flights to depart anytime from Auckland Airport
Activity Level
  • Low level fitness required
Trip Notes
  • Accommodation, itinerary and inclusions subject to change.
  • Prices are for land/cruise and internal flights as specified only. Flights not specified are not included.
Journey Highlights
  • Enjoy a full day to explore Rotorua - zipline through native forest, or relax in a hot pool at Polynesian Spa
  • Experience the glowworms at Waitomo Caves, escorted by your knowledgeable local guide
  • Dine where you wish and explore at your leisure on free nights in Wellington and Auckland
  • Lunch is supplied through Eat My Lunch, supporting New Zealand children that may have gone to school without lunch
Trip Inclusions
  • 'Best Buys' Inclusions & Accommodation
  • Travel by luxury coach
  • Experienced Travel Director and Driver Guide
  • Airport transfers (see flight information below)
Included Meals
  • 7 Full buffet breakfasts
  • 1 Lunch
  • 1 Highlight dinner
  • 1 Dinner
  • 1 Farewell Dinner
What To Bring
  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Sunglasses, sunscreen and hat
  • Water bottle
  • Camera
  • Jacket in cooler months
Arrival & Departure
  • Day 1 - Flights to arrive prior to 2.00pm into Wellington Airport
  • Day 8 - Flights to depart anytime from Auckland Airport
Activity Level
  • Low level of fitness required
Trip Notes
  • Accommodation, itinerary and inclusions subject to change
  • Prices are for land/cruise and internal flights as specified only. Flights not specified are not included

Reviews (1)

8 Day Northern Wonders reviews from past clients of Global Journeys.

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“Met all my expectations and was good value for money”
- Australia Jan 2011

This was the 2nd tour I have booked for a group of travellers to NZ through Global Journeys. Once again your friendly, professional and efficient service made the process very easy from the very first contact with Georgina. Our tour and was well organised with great accommodation, meals and included sightseeing. Overall it met all my expectations and was good value for money.

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