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8 Day Northern Spotlight Guided Tour

From Auckland’s sparkling harbour, to Rotorua’s geothermal wonderland, across to the rugged beauty of the West Coast and the untouched serenity of Milford Sound, another snapshot of New Zealand’s natural splendour reveals itself around every corner.

8 Day Northern Spotlight Guided Tour

Follow the path of pioneers as you travel across the North Island of New Zealand. From the first European settlements on the shores of the beautiful Bay of Islands, to Rotorua – rich in Maori culture and traditions, through spectacular scenery of Tongariro National Park and down to the modern capital city of Wellington.

Tour Type: Group Tours
From: Auckland to Wellington
Departs: Selected dates
Duration: 8 Days
Tour Code: LABW

Regions Visited

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Auckland, Bay of Islands, Rotorua, Wellington

Tour Inclusions

  • Comfortable accommodation
  • Travel by luxury coach
  • Airport transfers (flights to arrive by 4:00pm on day 1, flights to depart after 2.00pm on day 8)
  • Full buffet breakfasts (7)
  • Highlight dinner (1)
  • Dinners (2)
  • Farewell dinner (1)
  • Cruise through ‘Hole in the Rock’ to Cape Brett
  • Relax in the Bay of Islands
  • Explore Auckland’s city sights
  • Discover the fascinating Glowworm Grotto at Waitomo Caves
  • Immerse yourself in Maori culture at a Hangi & concert
  • Experience farm life at the Agrodome Farm Show
  • View mighty Huka Falls
  • Marvel at crystal clear Lake Taupo
  • Journey through spectacular scenery of Tongariro National Park
  • Discover New Zealand’s capital Wellington on a city tour
  • Explore Te Papa, Museum of New Zealand

Day By Day Itinerary

DAY 1: WELCOME TO AUCKLAND

On arrival in Auckland you will be transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure for you to explore Auckland. Tonight enjoy a welcome reception with your Travel Director and fellow travellers.

Accommodation: VR Queen Street Hotel & Suites

DAY 2: AUCKLAND - BAY OF ISLANDS

Travel along the scenic Hibiscus Coast. Take a walk among the Kauri trees a Parry Kauri Park. Explore Whangarei, the northern-most city in New Zealand, and then it’s off to the beautiful Bay of Islands. Take a scenic cruise through game fishing waters to Cape Brett and, weather permitting, through the famous ‘Hole in the Rock’. The return cruise to Paihia meanders through picturesque islands – see deserted sandy beaches and secluded bays, and keep your eyes peeled for marine life.

Accommodation: Copthorne Resort Bay of Islands

DAY 3: BAY OF ISLANDS

Enjoy a free day to explore the Bay of Islands. Go dolphin watching or take a coach trip to Cape Reinga via idyllic 90 Mile Beach. You could enjoy a day of sailing on a tall ship or discover the historic township of Russell. Or you may want to sample local wine and chocolate on a tour around Kerikeri. This evening, there is the option to take a dinner cruise down the Waitangi River. Ask your Travel Director about optional activities (all own expense).

Accommodation: Copthorne Resort Bay of Islands

DAY 4: BAY OF ISLANDS - AUCKLAND

This morning, there is time for an optional visit to the Waitangi Treaty Reserve which is of great historical importance. You’ll see highlights such as the Maori War Canoe and Meeting House (Marae). This afternoon enjoy the lush farmland scenery as you return to Auckland.

Accommodation: VR Queen Street Hotel & Suites

DAY 5: AUCKLAND - ROTORUA

Enjoy a sightseeing tour of Auckland then journey south through the Waikato district. Experience a guided tour of the famous Waitomo Caves and cruise the incredible Glowworm Grotto. This afternoon travel to Rotorua.  Enjoy an evening of fun and laughter and gain an insight into traditional Maori culture, followed by a delicious buffet dinner at the Tamaki Maori Village.

Accommodation: Hotel Ibis

DAY 6: ROTORUA

Visit the Agrodome Farm Show for a sample of Kiwi farm life. See the art of sheep shearing, sheepdog trials, cow milking, bottle feeding lambs and an exciting sheep auction. Later you then have the option to visit Rainbow Springs, a native wildlife sanctuary. Or head out to Te Puia, for a guided tour through the Geothermal Valley, home of the famous Pohutu Geyser, mud pools and carvers at work in the Maori Arts and Crafts Institute.

Accommodation: Hotel Ibis

DAY 7: ROTORUA - WELLINGTON

Travel south to Wairakei and on to Taupo, in the heart of the North Island. View mighty Huka Falls then follow the eastern shore of Lake Taupo. Discover the alpine scenery of Mt. Ruapehu, Tongariro National park and the farmlands of the Manuwatu, into the capital city, Wellington. This evening celebrate your holiday at a farewell dinner with your Travel Director.

Accommodation: Travelodge

DAY 8: FAREWELL FROM WELLINGTON

This morning enjoy a sightseeing tour of Wellington, with panoramic views from Mt. Victoria. There’s time to explore Parliament and the Beehive. Visit Te Papa, the Museum of New Zealand, including the unique Marae or Maori Meeting House. Later you will be transferred to Wellington Airport to connect with your onward flight.

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