AAT Kings 8 Day Northern Wonders
Wellington to Auckland
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AAT Kings

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, rugged mountains and steep gorges. Experience Maori culture through fascinating legends and prepare yourself for the energy of the haka.

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Escorted coach tour

This suggested tour costs from NZD$3,271 per person (twin share, low season)

Starts in Wellington, finishes in Auckland

8 days/7 nights

Hotel 3 star

 Pre and post tour options? YES

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Tour Inclusions

Waitomo Glow Worm Caves
Waitangi Treaty Grounds
7 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 3 dinners
Tour at a glance

Day 1: Arrive into Wellington
Accommodation: Travelodge Wellington (or similar)

Day 2: Take in the majestic Kapiti coast and Volcanic Plateau before arriving in geo-thermal Rotorua
Accommodation: Ibis Rotorua (or similar)

Day 3: Take a day to experience the thermal delights of Rotorua
Accommodation: Ibis Rotorua (or similar)

Day 4: Head north through lush King Country - stopping at Waitomo Caves - before continuing on to Auckland
Accommodation: Holiday Inn Express Auckland City (or similar)

Day 5: Pass though lush Northland farm country to reach the tropical Bay of Islands
Accommodation: Copthorne Hotel & Resort Bay of Islands (or similar)

Day 6: Enjoy the beauty of this idyllic tropical area with a dolphin cruise, a sailing trip or relaxing on the beach
Accommodation: Copthorne Hotel & Resort Bay of Islands (or similar)

Day 7: Return to Auckland via Whangarei and its quirky galleries
Accommodation: Holiday Inn Express Auckland City (or similar)

Day 8: Depart Auckland today

Tour full itinerary

Detailed itinerary: 8 day tour starting in Wellington

Day 1 - Arrive into Wellington
AAT Kings 8 Day Northern Wonders - Day 1
Welcome to Wellington

This afternoon, explore Wellington at your leisure before meeting your travel director for a welcome reception back at your hotel.

Your accommodation: Travelodge Wellington (or similar)

Located right in the city centre the Travelodge Wellington offers great accommodation and facilities all within easy walking of the city attractions.
Day 2 - Take in the majestic Kapiti coast and Volcanic Plateau before arriving in geo-thermal Rotorua
AAT Kings 8 Day Northern Wonders - Day 2
Wellington – Rotorua

Follow the state highway out of New Zealand’s capital city this morning and along the Kapiti Coast, the traditional summer playground of the inhabitants of Wellington city. You’ll have lunch included today provided by ‘Eat My Lunch’. ‘Eat My Lunch’ is a charity organisation that provides lunch for New Zealand school children who otherwise would be going to school without. The road ahead unfolds in a broad panorama of Lake Taupo, New Zealand’s largest lake. The stunningly blue fresh water of Lake Taupo is home to some of the best trout fishing in the world. On arrival in Rotorua, an orientation tour takes in views of Lake Rotorua. Later, an evening of culture, history and scrumptious food awaits you at the Tamaki Maori Village. Wander through the ancient forest village and learn about Maori art forms and traditions, followed by a cultural performance. Experience an authentic Maori Hangi meal, steamed underground in the traditional way.

Your accommodation: Ibis Rotorua (or similar)

Hotel Ibis Rotorua is located on the shores of Lake Rotorua and a short walk to city centre shops and restaurants. The government gardens and museum are also close by.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 3 - Take a day to experience the thermal delights of Rotorua
AAT Kings 8 Day Northern Wonders - Day 3
Explore Rotorua

We’re leaving you up to your own devices today. But have plenty of North Island tour travel tips, depending on your mood. Want a bit of down time? Bliss out in the steamy thermal springs at Rotorua’s Polynesian Spa. Animal lover? Go behind the scenes on a working kiwi nursery and hatchery. Hobbit fans will want to take advantage of the opportunity to tour the sights featured in The Lord of the Rings movies at Hobbiton. These beautiful landscapes are not only a bucket list tour for Hobbit fans, but a gorgeous countryside getaway. The choice is yours.

Your accommodation: Ibis Rotorua (or similar)

Hotel Ibis Rotorua is located on the shores of Lake Rotorua and a short walk to city centre shops and restaurants. The government gardens and museum are also close by.
Meals included: Breakfast
Day 4 - Head north through lush King Country - stopping at Waitomo Caves - before continuing on to Auckland
AAT Kings 8 Day Northern Wonders - Day 4
Rotorua to Waitomo Caves and onto Auckland City

This morning you will travel through the King Country region which was at the centre of the New Zealand Wars in the 1860s to Waitomo Caves. See the amazing underground Glow Worm Grotto by boat and walk through the limestone caverns. This afternoon you will follow the meandering trail of the Waikato River, New Zealand’s longest river, past the lush farmlands of the Waikato Region. As you journey over the Bombay Hills, the landscape changes from green, grassy meadowlands to the edges of suburbia. As you make your way into the heart of New Zealand’s largest city, you will stop at Bastion Point and the Michael Joseph Savage Memorial, as you will get stunning shots of Auckland, the North Shore and the Waitemata Harbour. This evening celebrate your holiday, and enjoy dinner at your hotel with your Travel Director and fellow travellers.

Your accommodation: Holiday Inn Express Auckland City (or similar)

A new hotel in Auckland's CBD with all the modern requirements for the discerning traveller.
Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 5 - Pass though lush Northland farm country to reach the tropical Bay of Islands
AAT Kings 8 Day Northern Wonders - Day 5
Auckland to the Bay of Islands

Say goodbye to the ‘City of Sails’ as you journey north to New Zealand’s dramatic Bay of Islands from Auckland – 140 droplets of land ringed by turquoise sea. It’s undeniably beautiful, but it also holds a special historical secret: this is where the Treaty of Waitangi was signed in 1840, between Captain William Hobson and Māori chiefs. Your guide, likely an ancestor of one of the original signatories, will explain the significance of the site, while pointing out the world’s largest ceremonial war canoe and a carved meeting house.

Your accommodation: Copthorne Hotel & Resort Bay of Islands (or similar)

Copthorne Hotel & Resort Bay of Islands is located within the Waitangi Treaty grounds, surrounded by native bush and the beautiful Bay of Islands Harbour.
Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 6 - Enjoy the beauty of this idyllic tropical area with a dolphin cruise, a sailing trip or relaxing on the beach
AAT Kings 8 Day Northern Wonders - Day 6
Free time to explore and enjoy the Bay of Islands

If there’s a travel destination that inspires wanderlust, the Bay of Islands is it. Today, trip the light fantastic and head off in whatever direction you please. Perhaps travel up to Cape Reinga/Te Rerenga Wairua, the very top of New Zealand, via idyllic Ninety Mile Beach. Or glide around on an historic tall ship, enjoy local drops on a wine tour of the region, or join a tour of Russell and learn more about the settling of the Bay of Islands.

Your accommodation: Copthorne Hotel & Resort Bay of Islands (or similar)

Copthorne Hotel & Resort Bay of Islands is located within the Waitangi Treaty grounds, surrounded by native bush and the beautiful Bay of Islands Harbour.
Meals included: Breakfast
Day 7 - Return to Auckland via Whangarei and its quirky galleries
AAT Kings 8 Day Northern Wonders - Day 7
Paihia to Auckland

Enjoy a leisurely morning in the Bay of Islands before you travel back to Auckland. Your journey south takes you to Whangarei, the northern-most city in New Zealand, where you can wander around the art galleries and through the marina in the Town Basin. Later, enjoy a stop at Parry Kauri Park and take a walk among New Zealand's native forest giants, the Kauri trees before arriving into Auckland late afternoon.

Your accommodation: Holiday Inn Express Auckland City (or similar)

A new hotel in Auckland's CBD with all the modern requirements for the discerning traveller.
Meals included: Breakfast
Day 8 - Depart Auckland today
Auckland final day and transfer to Airport

We hope you’ve packed your address book with the names of new friends and your camera with photos of New Zealand’s most inspiring attractions. But at the end of the day, it’s the memories that will fuel your flight home.

 

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