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Northern Discovery

8 Days 1 Country 6 Cities

Journey into New Zealand's North Islands, cruise through the famous 'Hole in the Rock' and more.

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Northern Discovery

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    • *Air: Please note that airfares are not included in the prices above. Trafalgar guarantees to quote you the lowest possible airfare available to us on the day that you book.
    • If you choose Te Puia as part of your sightseeing, you'll discover Māori culture and traditions at the Arts and Crafts Institute, and hear how your visit helps fund the education of young Māori people. (Day 6)
    • This trip is operated in conjunction with our sister company and South Pacific Specialists - AAT Kings.
    • Explore the laneways of Wellington for locally-made treats. Delicious hand-crafted chocolates at the Chocolate Factory, natural peanut butter at Fix and Fogg and try a famous salted caramel cookie at Leed Street Bakery.Travel Director - Katie Hunter
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    • Twin-share option not available for trips to South America, Costa Rica, Mexico, Alaska, Hawaii, South Africa, Kenya & Tanzania, Botswana, Zambia or for any holiday & cruise combination, or in Asia and Eastern Mediterranean except Highlights of Turkey (without cruise) & Best of Turkey. It's also not available on Small Group trips.  Guided Vacations included in this restriction are Newfoundland and Labrador (DNLA) as well as Panama, the Canal & Beyond (LPAN).  
    • For trips that are part of our Guaranteed Room Share, please note that there is a no smoking policy in all shared rooms. Solo travel is not accepted on guided Family Experiences holidays unless travelling as part of a family group. 

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    Auckland, New Zealand

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      • *Air: Please note that airfares are not included in the prices above. Trafalgar guarantees to quote you the lowest possible airfare available to us on the day that you book.
      • If you choose Te Puia as part of your sightseeing, you'll discover Māori culture and traditions at the Arts and Crafts Institute, and hear how your visit helps fund the education of young Māori people. (Day 6)
      • This trip is operated in conjunction with our sister company and South Pacific Specialists - AAT Kings.
      • Explore the laneways of Wellington for locally-made treats. Delicious hand-crafted chocolates at the Chocolate Factory, natural peanut butter at Fix and Fogg and try a famous salted caramel cookie at Leed Street Bakery.Travel Director - Katie Hunter
      • Trip prices are per person, land only, based on double occupancy and reflect applicable discount. Discounts are subject to availability and may be withdrawn at any time without notice.
      • Trip prices are correct at the time of the products going live, however are subject to confirmation at the time of booking. All trip information is correct at time of trips going live, however are subject to change - please confirm all details at time of booking.
      • For full terms and conditions, please refer to our Website Terms of Use page.
      • Twin-share option not available for trips to South America, Costa Rica, Mexico, Alaska, Hawaii, South Africa, Kenya & Tanzania, Botswana, Zambia or for any holiday & cruise combination, or in Asia and Eastern Mediterranean except Highlights of Turkey (without cruise) & Best of Turkey. It's also not available on Small Group trips.  Guided Vacations included in this restriction are Newfoundland and Labrador (DNLA) as well as Panama, the Canal & Beyond (LPAN).  
      • For trips that are part of our Guaranteed Room Share, please note that there is a no smoking policy in all shared rooms. Solo travel is not accepted on guided Family Experiences holidays unless travelling as part of a family group. 

      About this trip

      A soul-stirring encounter with spectacular scenery, from the City of Sails to the Capital of Cool, with visits to the Bay of Islands and legendary 'Hole in the Rock'.


      Trip type: Country Explorer i

      Trip code: ZABW

      7 Nights

      accommodation

      11 Meals
      • 7 hot buffet breakfasts.

      • 4 dinners.

      On-trip Transport

      Internal flights not included.

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      Highlights

      What's Included

      Sightseeing Highlights

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        • City tour in Auckland and Wellington.

        • Cruise to Cape Brett and through the Hole in the Rock.

        • Orientation of Rotorua.

        • View Mt. Ruapehu, farming lands and spectacular coastal scenery along the Kapiti Coast.

        • Visit the Bay of Islands, the Waitomo Caves and Te Papa Museum of New Zealand.


      What's Included

      Dining

        • 7 hot buffet breakfasts.

        • 4 dinners.


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      Travel Highlights

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        • Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi in most regions or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)

        • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted

        • Hand-picked Insider Experiences

        • Optional Experiences and free time

        • Porterage, local tips and charges

        • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras

        • An expert Travel Director and separate Driver, Driver Guide only on Mini-Stays

        • All hotel charges and local taxes

        • Airport transfers on the first and last day of your guided holiday

        • VIP entry to many sights


        Airport Transfers

      • Specific transfer information can be found on the airport transfers page


       

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      Your Itinerary

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      Arrive Auckland

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      Auckland - Bay of Islands (2 Nights)

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      Bay of Islands Sightseeing

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      Bay of Islands - Auckland

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      Auckland - Rotorua (2 Nights)

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      Rotorua - Wellington

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      Depart Wellington

      Day 1

      Arrive Auckland Day 1 - Arrive Auckland

      Your launchpad to North Island is the vibrant urban hub of Auckland. On arrival, transfer to your hotel (flights to arrive prior to 4pm) and spend the rest of the day at leisure. Later this evening, join your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a Welcome Reception.

      Hotel

      The Cordis

      Meals

      • Welcome Reception

      Hotel

      The Cordis

      Meals

      • Welcome Reception

      Day 1

      Day 2

      Auckland - Bay of Islands (2 Nights) Day 2 - Auckland - Bay of Islands (2 Nights)

      We leave the City of Sails behind, continuing north through lush farmland to the Bay of Islands. Here, we'll set forth across the sea, cruising to the Māori's legendary Hole in the Rock (weather permitting) and Cape Brett with its historic lighthouse. We sail past deserted beaches and secluded coves dotting the bay, returning to the mainland via Paihia, where we can shop for local crafts.

      Hotel

      Copthorne Resort (Water View Room)

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Dinner with wine

      Hotel

      Copthorne Resort (Water View Room)

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Dinner with wine

      Day 2

      Day 3

      Bay of Islands Sightseeing Day 3 - Bay of Islands Sightseeing

      Spend the day indulging in your choice of sightseeing: tour Kerikeri and sample delicious chocolates and organic wines; take a mini tour through historic Russell; explore the Waitangi Treaty Reserve Grounds or sail aboard a historic tall ship at sunset.

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

      Optional Experiences

      Dune Rider Cape Reinga Via 90 Mile Beach

      This is a full day to explore the magnificent natural wonders of the North. Visit the ancient Kauri Kingdom workshop, Cape Reinga lighthouse and the magnificent 90 Mile Beach. Experience the rush of speed as you sandboard down white sand dunes at Te Paki stream on a boogie board. Includes a lunch.

      Adult Price: $155.00
      (Price is subject to change)

      Discover Kerikeri

      Enjoy a relaxing tour of Kerikeri, showcasing the rich history of the North. This tour takes a look at the importance of wine-growing in the region and visits a small family-run boutique vineyard, Ake Ake to sample some of their organic wine. And then take a step back in time with visits to the Historic Stone Store and Kemp House. And then conclude the tour with a stop-off at the local chocolate factory – Makana – where you can watch the delicious chocolates being made, and of course, taste a few samples!

      Adult Price: $60.00
      (Price is subject to change)

      Waitangi Treaty Grounds

      Take a wander through the grounds of New Zealand’s most important historic site, the Waitangi Treaty Grounds, rich in history and stories of the momentous events which shaped a nation. The grounds are where Maori chiefs first signed their accord with the British Crown – the Treaty of Waitangi, New Zealand’s founding document. Visit treasures such as the Treaty House, Meeting House, Flagstaff and Ceremonial War Canoe. Roam the grounds on your own, or enhance your visit with a guided tour. Many of the guides descend from signatories to the Treaty which will give your visit a personal connection to Waitangi.

      Adult Price: $45.00
      (Price is subject to change)

      Day 3

      Day 4

      Bay of Islands - Auckland Day 4 - Bay of Islands - Auckland

      Indulge in some me-time this morning before returning to Auckland. But first, visit Whangarei, New Zealand's northernmost city, to view some of its fine art galleries and take a stroll through the marina in the Town Basin. Continue to Parry Kauri Park, where you'll have an opportunity to walk amongst the Kauri giants that have towered over the forest floor for millennia. This evening, join your Travel Director for a Regional Meal at The Cordis, showcasing a personalised dégustation menu that incorporates seafood dishes and desserts made from the freshest local ingredients.

      Hotel

      The Cordis

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Regional Meal

      Hotel

      The Cordis

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Regional Meal

      Day 4

      Day 5

      Auckland - Rotorua (2 Nights) Day 5 - Auckland - Rotorua (2 Nights)

      Begin your day with a city sightseeing tour of Auckland before following the Waikato River, New Zealand's longest river, to the Waitomo Caves. Join your 'Local Specialist' for an encounter with the iridescent occupants of Glow Worm Grotto, navigating its luminous limestone depths on board a boat and on a leisurely walk to admire its natural formations. Your journey continues to Rotorua, with an orientation tour on arrival.

      Hotel

      Millennium

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

      Hotel

      Millennium

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

      Day 5

      Day 6

      Rotorua Sightseeing Day 6 - Rotorua Sightseeing

      Embark on your choice of sightseeing: discover Māori culture at Te Puia Māori Arts and Crafts Institute; relax in healing waters of a private hot mineral pool at the Polynesian Spa; explore Rotorua and its lakes in an amphibious WWII-era Duck or take a guided tour of the Hobbiton movie set to delve into its Big Screen wizardry. Tonight, an evening of culture, history and succulent traditional flavours awaits you at Tamaki Family Marae. 'Dive into Culture' as you wander through the ancient forest village and learn about Māori art forms and traditions, followed by a concert featuring local performers. Later, you'll indulge in an authentic Māori Hangi Regional Meal, steamed underground in the traditional way.

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Regional Meal

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Regional Meal

      Optional Experiences

      Rainbow Springs Wildlife Park

      Set in 22 acres of beautiful native trees and streams, Rainbow Springs is home to a huge variety of New Zealand’s most precious inhabitants. Experience the adrenalin rush of The Big Splash, explore the many free flight aviaries, come face to face with pre-history in the eyes of the tuatara, and experience the wonder of the bird show featuring some of the funniest feathered performers you will ever see.

      Adult Price: $50.00
      (Price is subject to change)

      Te Puia

      Take a wander through Te Puia, New Zealand’s Maori Culture Centre, where you will have the opportunity to view the awesome power of the Whakarewarewa Thermal Valley… and much more!

      Adult Price: $56.00
      (Price is subject to change)

      Hobbiton Movie Set Tour

      Discover the real Middle-earth on the most picturesque private farmland near Matamata in the North Island of New Zealand, where you can visit the Hobbiton Movie Set from The Lord of the Rings film trilogy in a fascinating two-hour guided tour.

      Adult Price: $119.00
      (Price is subject to change)

      Day 6

      Day 7

      Rotorua - Wellington Day 7 - Rotorua - Wellington

      Say Haere Ra (goodbye) to Rotorua this morning and journey to the raging waters of Huka Falls, which feeds Lake Taupo, New Zealand's largest lake. Continue south over the volcanic landscapes of the Central Plateau and along the scenic Kapiti Coast to New Zealand's capital, Wellington. 'Dive into Culture' this evening during an exclusive guided tour of Te Papa Museum of New Zealand, followed by a Regional Meal at the museum, revealing the city's culinary reputation.

      Hotel

      James Cook Grand Chancellor

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Regional Meal

      Hotel

      James Cook Grand Chancellor

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Regional Meal

      Day 7

      Day 8

      Depart Wellington Day 8 - Depart Wellington

      Enjoy a sightseeing tour of Wellington, including panoramic views from Mt. Victoria. There's time to explore the Parliament building and the 'Beehive'. Later, you will be transferred to Wellington Airport for your onward flight (flights to depart after 2pm).

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

      Day 8

      Available Departures

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      The Trafalgar Difference

      • Dive into Culture
        Immerse yourself in Māori culture and enjoy a traditional Māori feast at the Tamaki Māori Village. (Day 6) Visit Te Papa Museum of New Zealand and gain a deeper understanding of the traditions of the Māori. (Day 7)

      • Local Specialist
        Enter the world of the glow worm with an expert guide at Waitomo Caves. (Day 5)

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      Sightseeing Highlights

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        • City tour in Auckland and Wellington.

        • Cruise to Cape Brett and through the Hole in the Rock.

        • Orientation of Rotorua.

        • View Mt. Ruapehu, farming lands and spectacular coastal scenery along the Kapiti Coast.

        • Visit the Bay of Islands, the Waitomo Caves and Te Papa Museum of New Zealand.


      What's Included

      Dining

        • 7 hot buffet breakfasts.

        • 4 dinners.


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      Travel Highlights

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        • Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi in most regions or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)

        • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted

        • Hand-picked Insider Experiences

        • Optional Experiences and free time

        • Porterage, local tips and charges

        • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras

        • An expert Travel Director and separate Driver, Driver Guide only on Mini-Stays

        • All hotel charges and local taxes

        • Airport transfers on the first and last day of your guided holiday

        • VIP entry to many sights


        Airport Transfers

      • Specific transfer information can be found on the airport transfers page


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