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8 Day Northern Discovery

8 Days (7 Nights) | $2875
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Discover the majesty of New Zealand's North Island on an 8 day First Choice guided expedition. Take in the beauty of the Bay of Islands, Auckland, Rotorua, Taupo, Mt Ruapehu, Wellington and more!

Day 1: Arrive Auckland

Auckland

On arrival in Auckland you will be transferred to your hotel for check-in. You're free to explore Auckland before an evening Welcome Reception with your Tour Director and fellow travellers.


Day 2: Auckland - Bay of Islands (BD)

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Depart Auckland over the Harbour Bridge then through Orewa and the scenic Hibiscus Coast, birthplace of Sir Edmund Hillary. Walk among the Kauri trees at Parry Kauri Park. Explore Whangarei, the northern-most city in New Zealand, and then it's off to Paihia in the Bay of Islands. Experience natural wonders and spectacular scenery as you cruise to Cape Brett and through the -Hole in the Rock'.


Day 3: Bay of Islands (B)

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Choose one from a range of Included choice sightseeing experiences. You have the option to discover Kerikeri's local arts and crafts or take a tour to historic Russell. Go sailing on a tall ship or dolphin-watching on the bay. Play a round of golf or enjoy a dinner cruise on the Waitangi River.


Day 4: Bay of Islands - Auckland (BD)

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After a morning of free time, enjoy the lush farmland scenery as you return to Auckland. Tonight's -highlight dinner' is at The Langham. Your personal degustation menu is prepared for you from the freshest quality ingredients, including mouth-watering seafood and desserts.


Day 5: Auckland - Rotorua (BD)

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After a sightseeing tour of Auckland, head south to the Waitomo Caves and Glow Worm Grotto where a local guide will lead you through the grotto by boat. Your journey continues to Rotorua. Tonight enjoy a traditional Maori Hangi feast and concert for an insight into Maori culture at the Tamaki Family Marae.


Day 6: Rotorua (B)

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Today choose one from a range of Included Choice sightseeing experiences. You have the option to join the Kiwi Encounter at Rainbow Springs Nature Park, discover Maori culture at Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, see the Agrodome Sheep Show, relax in the seclusion of your own hot mineral pool or unwind with a facial treatment in the Lake Spa Retreat at the Polynesian Spa. Perhaps ride the amphibious Rotorua Duck or the luge at Rotorua Skyline.

Farm Stay Option - you have the option of staying at your hotel or being welcomed with a small group of fellow travellers to an authentic local farm. Enjoy wholesome meals, comfortable accommodation in the farm home or cottages and a farm tour to introduce you to the way of life.


Day 7: Rotorua - Wellington (BD)

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Travelling from the mountains to the sea, you'll view Huka Falls and drive along the shores of Lake Taupo. Discover the alpine scenery of Mt. Ruapehu, Tongariro National Park and the dairy farms of Manawatu.

-You're invited' to Shenandoah for a unique experience. The historic villa's owners, Simon and Claudia, will show you around their property, which includes a unique private collection of Harley Davidson motor cycles. Enjoy afternoon tea in their garden then take a short tour to see the local wildlife including friendly Highland cows. Continue along the Kapiti Coast to Wellington. See the city from Mt. Victoria on your sightseeing tour. Join your Tour Director and new-found friends this evening for a farewell dinner.


Day 8: Depart Wellington (B)

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This morning visit Te Papa, the Museum of New Zealand and explore the fascinating exhibits at your leisure, including their unique Marae or Maori Meeting House

Later you will be transferred to Wellington Airport for your onward flight.


Tour Includes:

  • 7 nights of accommodation
  • 11 meals: 7 breakfasts, 4 dinners
  • 1 afternoon tea
  • Enjoy selected New Zealand wines with hotel dinners
  • Luxury Coach Transportation
  • Professional Tour Director and Driver Guide
  • Airport Meet & Greet on arrival
  • Airport Transfers
  • Welcome Reception
  • Explore Auckland, the ‘City of Sails’
  • Bay of Islands Cruise through ‘Hole in the Rock’
  • Waitomo’s Glow Worm Grotto
  • Explore ancient limestone caves
  • Maori Culture
  • Rotorua
  • Shenandoah private afternoon tea experience
  • Harley Davidson collection at Shenandoah
  • Tongariro National Park
  • Discover New Zealand’s capital Wellington
  • Explore the Museum of New Zealand, Te Papa 
Departure Dates:
Double Single Tour code
Jan 30, 2016  $3250  $4110  ZABW 
Feb 6, 13, 20, 27, 2016  $3250  $4110  ZABW 
Mar 5, 12, 19, 26, 2016  $3250  $4110  ZABW 
Apr 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, 2016  $3095  $3935  ZABW 
Jun 4, 2016  $2875   $3665  ZABW 
Jul 2, 30, 2016 $2875 $3665 ZABW
Aug 13, 27, 2016 $2875 $3665 ZABW
Sep 3, 10, 17, 24, 2016 $2875 $3665 ZABW

**Tour dates are not guaranteed until minimum number of passengers is reached, you will be advised that the time of booking if your date is a guaranteed departure.

Pricing is based on per person in Canadian Dollars plus GST


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