8 Day Northern Wonders
Enjoy a 8 day guided Northern Wonders Explorer Tour with AAT Kings, explore Wellington, Lake Taupo, Rotorua, enjoy a Maori concert, the Bay of Islands and much more.
- Visit Te Papa
- Tour the sights of Wellington
- See beautiful Lake Taupo
- View mighty Huka Falls
- Thermal Reserve Rotorua
- Agrodome Sheep Show
- Maori Hangi feast and concert
- Waitomo Glow Worm Grotto
- See the sights of Auckland
- Cape Brett 'Hole in the Rock'
- Day in the Bay of Islands
- Parry Kauri Park
- INCLUDED Maori cultural experience
- OPTIONAL Maori cultural experience
PREMIUM HOLIDAY INCLUSIONS
Day 1: Arrive Wellington
On arrival in Wellington you will be transferred to your hotel for check-in, then you’re free to see Wellington for yourself. Tonight meet your Driver Guide and fellow travellers for a welcome drink.
Hotel: Travelodge, Wellington. D
Day 2: Wellington – Rotorua
Travel North past the Kapiti Coast to the rich dairy farming lands of the Manawatu. Enjoy views of the alpine scenery of Mt. Ruapehu and Tongariro National Park. Later travel along the shore of Lake Taupo, the largest lake in New Zealand. Stop to view mighty Huka Falls then continue to Rotorua for a sightseeing tour. Enjoy an entertaining evening and gain an insight into traditional Maori culture, including a delicious buffet dinner at the Tamaki Family Marae.
Hotel: Ibis Hotel, Rotorua, 2 nights B HD
Day 3: Rotorua Sightseeing
Visit the Agrodome Sheep Show then the afternoon is yours. You have the opportunity to visit Rainbow Springs or Te Puia where you can join a guided tour of the Whakarewarewa Thermal Reserve accompanied by a local Maori guide. Tonight you also have the opportunity to experience a special evening of entertainment presenting The Realm of Tāne, an extraordinary journey through Maori culture, mythology and our story of creation. B
Stay on a FARM with a family
Experience farm life first hand. For an extra $60 per person enjoy genuine New Zealand hospitality when you spend tonight with a local family on a nearby farm.
Day 4: Rotorua – Auckland
This morning travel through lush Waikato farmland to Waitomo Caves. See the amazing underground Glow Worm Grotto by boat and walk the limestone caves. Later you'll follow the Waikato River, New Zealand's longest river, into Auckland.
Hotel: Mercure, Auckland B D
Day 5: Auckland – Bay of Islands
Over the Auckland Harbour Bridge, through Orewa and the gorgeously scenic Hibiscus Coast. Walk amongst Kauri trees at Parry Kauri Park. There's time to explore Whangarei, the northernmost city in New Zealand 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' 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.
Hotel: Copthorne Hotel & Resort (Garden View), Bay of Islands, 2 nights B D
Day 6: Bay of Islands 'Free Time'
You have a free day to experience the beauty of the Bay of Islands. Perhaps go dolphin watching, take a coach trip to Cape Reinga, via idyllic 90 Mile Beach or a day of sailing or even a guided sea-kayaking trip. Ask your Tour Director about optional activities. Tonight is at leisure – why not dine at a local restaurant? B
Day 7: Bay of Islands – Auckland
This morning you have the opportunity to visit the historic Waitangi Treaty Reserve, where New Zealand's founding document was signed. You'll have time on your own to take in highlights such as the magnificent Maori War Canoe (Waka) and Marae (Meeting House). This afternoon enjoy the lush farmland scenery as you return to Auckland.
Hotel: Mercure, Auckland B
Day 8: Depart Auckland
Your tour concludes this morning after breakfast. You will be transferred to Auckland Airport for your onward flight.