Great Northerner

10 Day Guided Tour from Auckland to Wellington with APT

Book online and enjoy exclusive savings on APT's 10 Day Great Northerner. Join this 10 day exploration of the North Island where the geothermal activity of Rotorua and the beaches of the Bay of Islands awaits you. Experience Maori hospitality at a special Hangi feast and cultural show.

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Scenic / Cultural
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New Zealand
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1 Arrive Auckland
On arrival into Auckland, be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel. Stay Two Nights: Grand Millennium Auckland
2 Auckland
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)

Freedom of Choice:
  • 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.
3 Auckland, Bay of Islands
Cross Auckland's busy Harbour Bridge this morning and travel along the Hibiscus Coast. Stop at Matakohe's Kauri Museum for an insight into the rich pioneering history of New Zealand's Northland region. Continue to the stunning Bay of Islands and onwards to the Waitangi Treaty Grounds. Here, you will also enjoy a culturally-rich visit to the Māori Meeting House and War Canoe. Stay Two Nights: Copthorne Hotel and Resort Bay of Islands, in a room with harbour views (B/D)

Signature Experiences:
  • Visit the Waitangi Treaty Grounds, where the original treaty between the British and Māori people was signed.
4 Bay of Islands
Today, decide how you would like to discover this scenic region with our range of Freedom of Choice activities on offer to you. (B)

Freedom of Choice:
  • Perhaps take a day tour to Cape Reinga, New Zealand's northernmost point or experience life on the high seas aboard a resplendent tall ship. Alternatively, embark on a dolphin-watching adventure or take a mini-tour of Russell.
5 Bay of Islands, Auckland
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)

Signature Experiences:
  • Explore the spectacular Bay of Islands on a dolphin-watching cruise to Cape Brett and the famous Hole in the Rock.
6 Auckland, Waitomo Caves, Rotorua
Travel to Waitomo, home to the famous glow worm caves where thousands of tiny luminescent creatures radiate an eerie glow. Discover this natural wonder on a silent boat ride through a mystical grotto, lit by thousands of glow worms. Afterwards, travel to Rotorua, a centre of Māori culture and famous for its incredible geothermal activity. Stay Two Nights: Holiday Inn Rotorua, overlooking Whakarewarewa Thermal Reserve (B/D)

Signature Experiences:
  • Immerse yourself in Māori culture as you enjoy a traditional Hāngī feast and a powerful performance of song and dance.
7 Rotorua
Spend this morning on your Freedom of Choice activity. (B)

Freedom of Choice:
  • Perhaps discover the icons of Rotorua at the Agrodome Farm Show, then make your way to Rainbow Springs Nature Park to see a kiwi nursery and visit the Te Puia Thermal Reserve. Or, choose to experience Middle-earth during a tour of the Hobbiton Movie Set. Otherwise, perhaps head to New Zealand's largest boiling mud pool and hot springs, or explore Redwood Treewalk with a Māori guide.
8 Rotorua, Taupo, 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 Two Nights: InterContinental Wellington (B/D)
9 Wellington
With two nights in the New Zealand capital, you will have plenty of time to discover the city's highlights. After breakfast, set off on a tour taking you to the city's best-loved landmarks and sights, including New Zealand's national museum - Te Papa Tongarewa. The afternoon and evening have been left free for you to enjoy discovering Wellington at your own pace. You may like to head to the Central Business District to experience its vibrant mix of Victorian architecture, theatres, boutiques and galleries. Or, why not grab a bite to eat at one of the waterfront restaurants for a true taste of North Island eating. (B)
10 Depart Wellington
Your journey comes to an end today as you are transferred to the airport. (B)

APT Inclusions

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Journey Highlights
  • See where the original treaty between the British and New Zealand's Maori people was signed at Waitangi Treaty Grounds
  • With a two-night stay in the New Zealand capital, you have plenty of opportunities to explore its best-loved landmarks
  • Cruise the Bay of Islands, home to 144 islands and take in the sights of small coves and sandy white beaches
Trip Inclusions
  • Enriching Signature Experiences
  • APT's Freedom of Choice Inclusions in three locations
  • APT Tour Director, plus expert local guides
  • Arrival and departure airport transfers in Australia
Included Meals
  • 9 Breakfasts and 4 Dinners are included throughout this tour
  • Stay at iconic hotels including two nights at the Copthorne Hotel and Resort Bay of Islands
  • Discover an authentic and memorable experience that captures the essence of Wellington at this first-class hotel
Trip Notes
  • Itinerary and inclusions are subject to change
  • International/domestic flights not included in tour price
  • Ask us about pre and post accommodation
  • Prices are for land only. Flights not included

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