Northern Wonders (2016/17)
DestinationAustralia/NZ/South Pacific
Duration 8 days
Was: $1975pp
Save $150^ per couple
Member price $1900^ pp

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Explore the wonders of New Zealand's North Island on this 8 day Best Buy Guided Holiday. In the capital city of Wellington you will discover the incredible Te Papa Museum of New Zealand and get to know your fellow travellers.

Explore the wonders of New Zealand's North Island on this 8 day Best Buy Guided Holiday. In the capital city of Wellington you will discover the incredible Te Papa Museum of New Zealand and get to know your fellow travellers. Travel north through dairy farmland and alpine scenery along the shores of lake Taupo. A Maori experience and dinner awaits as do the many geothermal sites in Rotorua.

Auckland and its beautiful harbour will captivate and you will experience a piece of paradise when the tour reaches the Bay of Islands. The North Island of New Zealand has much to see and do with Maori culture, history and natural sights and is a very different experience to the South Island.


Highlights

  •     Explore the vibrancy of Maori culture at Te Papa, Museum of New Zealand 
  •     Sightseeing in Wellington
  •     See Huka Falls and Lake Taupo
  •     Agrodome Sheep Show
  •     Maori Hangi feast & concert at Tamaki Family Marae
  •     Explore the Limestone Caves
  •     Waitomo Glow Worm Caves
  •     See the sights of Auckland
  •     Day in the Bay of Islands
  •     Cape Brett ‘Hole in the Rock’


Inclusions

  •     Experienced Travel Director and Driver Guide
  •     Comfortable accommodation
  •     Travel by luxury coach


Dining

  •     Full buffet breakfasts (7)
  •     ‘Highlight dinner’ (1)
  •     Dinners (3)


Flight Information

Any flights referred to in the itinerary are at the client’s expense and are not included in the land content price.
Day 1           flights to arrive prior to 2.00pm into Wellington Airport
Day 8           flights to depart anytime from Auckland Airport

What to bring

  •     Comfortable walking shoes
  •     Sunglasses, sunscreen and hat
  •     Water bottle
  •     Camera
  •     Jacket in cooler months

 

Highlights

Itinerary

1 October 2015 - 30 September 2016


Day 1 Welcome to Wellington

On arrival in Wellington you’ll be transferred to your hotel. Enjoy a sightseeing tour around Wellington.  Visit Te Papa, the Museum of New Zealand. Join your Tour Director and fellow travellers for a welcome reception and dinner.

Hotel: Travelodge Wellington

Included Meals: Dinner

Day 2-3 Wellington – Rotorua

Day 2: Wellington – Rotorua

Travel along the Kapiti Coast through the rich dairy farming lands of Manawatu. Enjoy views of the alpine scenery of Mt. Ruapehu and Tongariro National Park. Visit Taupo and drive 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 followed by a ‘highlight dinner’ at the Tamaki Family Marae.

Day 3: Rotorua Sights

Visit the Agrodome Sheep Show for a sample of farm life then the afternoon is yours. Consider a visit to Rainbow Springs Nature Park or Te Puia and its thermal reserve.
Farm Stay Option (Additional cost) $75 adult

Enjoy genuine New Zealand hospitality this evening and spend the night on a nearby farm. You’ll enjoy dinner and breakfast, comfortable accommodation and a farm tour to introduce you to the way of life.

Hotel: Ibis Rotorua Hotel, 2 nights

Included Meals: Day 2: Ful buffet breakfast and highlight dinner. Day 3: Full buffet breakfastDay 4 Rotorua – Auckland

This morning travel through lush Waikato farmland to Waitomo Caves. See the amazing underground Glow Worm Grotto by boat with a local guide. Later you’ll follow the Waikato River into Auckland.

Hotel: VR Queen Street Hotel & Suites

Included Meals: Full buffet breakfast and dinner

Day 5-6 Auckland – Bay of Islands

Day 5: Auckland – Bay of Islands

Over the Auckland Harbour Bridge, through Orewa and the scenic Hibiscus Coast. Walk amongst Kauri trees at Parry Kauri Park. There’s time to explore Whangarei, the northern-most 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.

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, a day of sailing on a tall ship or take a tour to historic Russell. Ask your Tour Director about Optional Experiences.

Hotel: Copthorne Resort Bay of Islands, Garden Rooms, 2 nights

Included Meals: Full buffet breakfast and dinner

Day 7 Bay of Islands – Auckland

You have the opportunity to visit the historic Waitangi Treaty Reserve, where New Zealand’s founding document, the Treaty of Waitangi, was signed (own expense). This afternoon enjoy the lush farmland scenery as you return to Auckland.

Hotel: VR Queen Street Hotel & Suites

Included Meals: Full buffet breakfast

Day 8 Farewell from Auckland

Your holiday concludes this morning after breakfast. You’ll be transferred to Auckland Airport for your onward flight.

Included Meals: Full buffet breakfast

Please Note: Itinerary, departure dates & prices may be subject to change.Prices based From 1 June 2017 - 20 September 2017

Northern Wonders (2016/17)
*Pricing is per person double occupancy/twin share and based on the deposit of a resort week or equivalent points/credits per booking. All savings depicted are based off of Full Brochure Fare. Government Fees, fuel surcharges and Taxes are additional and subject to change unless otherwise specified. Special rates may not be applicable with other offers. Other restrictions may apply. Pricing is subject to availability and may change at any time and without notice. These offers cannot be used for group bookings. Cancellation, amendment and credit cards fees apply. Rates require a qualified two-bed room resort week deposit or equivalent points/credits. Price includes $199 exchange fee per couple/booking