AAT Kings 8 Day Northern Spotlight
Auckland to Wellington
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AAT Kings

AAT Kings 8 Day Northern Spotlight

Follow the path of pioneer settlers as you travel the North Island of New Zealand, the birthplace of the country's European history. This journey takes you from the shores of the beautiful Bay of Islands to Rotorua, rich in Māori culture and traditions, and onto the spectacular scenery of Tongariro National Park the thriving modern capital, Wellington.

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Escorted coach tour

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

Starts in Auckland, finishes in Wellington

8 days/7 nights

Hotel 3 star

 Pre and post tour options? YES

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Tour Inclusions

Waitangi Treaty Grounds
Waitomo Glow Worm Caves
Huka Falls
Introducing Te Papa museum tour
7 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 2 dinners
Tour at a glance

Day 1: Welcome to Auckland
Accommodation: Holiday Inn Express Auckland City (or similar)

Day 2: Pass though lush Northland farm country to reach the tropical Bay of Islands
Accommodation: Copthorne Hotel & Resort Bay of Islands (or similar)

Day 3: 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 4: Return to Auckland via Whangarei and its quirky galleries
Accommodation: Holiday Inn Express Auckland City (or similar)

Day 5: Travel south through lush king country - stopping at Waitomo Caves - then on to geothermal Rotorua
Accommodation: Ibis Rotorua (or similar)

Day 6: Take a day to experience the thermal delights of Rotorua
Accommodation: Ibis Rotorua (or similar)

Day 7: Stop in Lake Taupo, cross the 'volcanic plateau' then traverse the Kapiti Coast to Wellington
Accommodation: Travelodge Wellington (or similar)

Day 8: Depart Wellington today

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Detailed itinerary: 8 day tour starting in Auckland

Day 1 - Welcome to Auckland
AAT Kings 8 Day Northern Spotlight - Day 1
AAT Kings 8 day Northern Spotlight

Follow the path of pioneer settlers as you travel the North Island of New Zealand, the birthplace of the country's European history. This journey takes you from the shores of the beautiful Bay of Islands to Rotorua, rich in Māori culture and traditions, and on to the spectacular scenery of Tongariro National Park the thriving modern capital, Wellington.

Welcome to Auckland

Auckland is hypnotic, the kind of place you could easily lose yourself in for a couple of days. Or weeks. Arrive at your leisure and explore waterfront precincts filled with yachts, take a cruise out to the wineries of Waiheke Island, or just meet fellow travel companions over a few local tipples tonight.

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.
Day 2 - Pass though lush Northland farm country to reach the tropical Bay of Islands
AAT Kings 8 Day Northern Spotlight - Day 2
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 3 - 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 Spotlight - Day 3
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 4 - Return to Auckland via Whangarei and its quirky galleries
AAT Kings 8 Day Northern Spotlight - Day 4
Paihia to Auckland

Today, New Zealand’s most northerly city is well and truly on your radar. Whangarei is a place where waterfalls meet beaches, galleries meet museums. It’s like the country in a tantalising snapshot – a union of nature and forward-thinking culture. Explore at your leisure before sinking back into your seat for the mesmerising commute back to Auckland.

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 5 - Travel south through lush king country - stopping at Waitomo Caves - then on to geothermal Rotorua
AAT Kings 8 Day Northern Spotlight - Day 5
Auckland to Waitomo Caves onto Rotorua

Another day in Auckland… things could be worse. After a morning Auckland tour, set your GPS for the Waikato River to Waitomo Caves. Here, your cruise route is cast in a magical light by thousands of glowworms. It’s a landscape almost as otherworldly as Rotorua, where mud pops and jettisons from bubbling geysers, and steam rushes skywards from cracks in the Earth. Tonight, delve deep into Maori culture and traditions at Te Puia. Your dinner, a hangi cooked underground, is served while you overlook the spectacular geothermal valley. The highlight is a Maori cultural performance in the beautifully carved meeting house, Te Aronui a Rua.

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, Dinner
Day 6 - Take a day to experience the thermal delights of Rotorua
AAT Kings 8 Day Northern Spotlight - Day 6
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 7 - Stop in Lake Taupo, cross the 'volcanic plateau' then traverse the Kapiti Coast to Wellington
AAT Kings 8 Day Northern Spotlight - Day 7
Rotorua to Taupo and the capital city of Wellington

A staggering 220,000 litres of water thunder over Huka Falls’ 11-metre-high escarpment every second. It creates quite the calamity. From here, the road ahead unfolds in a broad panorama of Lake Taupo, its waters so vivid and blue they resemble an Ice Mint. Traverse the Kapiti Coast to New Zealand’s cool little capital, Wellington, where there are so many restaurants and bars to choose from, you’ll need a guidebook. Wait, you have an in-the-know Travel Director to talk to.

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.
Meals included: Breakfast
Day 8 - Depart Wellington today
AAT Kings 8 Day Northern Spotlight - Day 8
Explore Wellington City and then your tour concludes

After a city sights tour of Wellington taking in New Zealand’s parliament buildings, and a visit to Te Papa, the Museum of New Zealand, enjoy some time at leisure. Indulge in Wellington’s renowned coffee culture or take a walk along Lambton Quay - the heart of the central business district of Wellington. 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. By having lunch today, you are giving a lunch to a child in need. Your AAT Kings New Zealand holiday concludes this afternoon. Your flights will need to depart after 2.00pm.

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