8 Day Northern Spotlight
8 Day Northern Spotlight
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 highlights
  • Enjoy a full day to explore Rotorua - zipline through native forest, or relax in a hot pool at Polynesian Spa.
  • Experience the glowworms at Waitomo Caves, escorted by your knowledgeable local guide
  • Dine where you wish and explore at your leisure on free nights in Wellington and Auckland
  • Experienced Travel Director and Driver Guide on every tour
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Day 1: Arrive Auckland
The afternoon is at leisure for you to explore before meeting your Travel Director for a Welcome Reception.
  • Hotel: VR Queen Street Hotel & Suites
Day 2: Auckland – Bay of Islands
Depart Auckland for Paihia in the Bay of Islands and experience spectacular scenery as you cruise towards Cape Brett and through the ‘Hole in the Rock’.
  • Hotel: Copthorne Resort Bay of Islands, Garden Rooms, 2 nights
  • Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 3: Bay of Islands Free Time
Explore the Bay of Islands at your own pace.
  • Included Meals: Breakfast
Day 4: Bay of Islands – Auckland
Enjoy a leisurely morning before your return to Auckland. Your journey 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.
  • Hotel: VR Queen Street Hotel & Suites
  • Included Meals: Breakfast
Day 5: Auckland – Rotorua
After a tour of Auckland’s city sights this morning, journey south through the fertile Waikato agricultural district. Explore the amazing Waitomo Caves, and tour the famous Glowworm Grotto by boat. From here your journey continues to Rotorua. A very entertaining cultural experience awaits you at the Tamaki Maori Village. Experience a powerful Haka challenge, witness a concert showcasing traditional Maori culture, and dine at a traditional Maori Hangi feast Highlight Dinner.
  • Hotel: Ibis Rotorua Hotel, 2 nights
  • Included Meals: Breakfast, Highlight dinner
Day 6: Rotorua Free Time
Relax or explore Rotorua at your own pace.
  • Included Meals: Breakfast
Day 7: Rotorua – Wellington
Journey through tall pine forests and verdant farmland today to spectacular Huka Falls and serene Lake Taupo. Continue through the rich farming lands of the Manawatu to Wellington, the nation’s capital.
  • Hotel: Travelodge Wellington
  • Included Meals: Breakfast
Day 8: Depart Wellington
Your special packed lunch today won’t only be wholesome, it will also feed a Kiwi child who may otherwise go without, through the charity ‘Eat My Lunch’. This morning enjoy a city tour of Wellington, taking in panoramic views from the summit of Mt. Victoria. There’ll be time to explore the Parliament buildings and the ‘Beehive’, home to New Zealand’s politicians, as well as the many fascinating exhibits at Te Papa Museum of New Zealand. Your holiday ends in the early afternoon.
  • Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

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