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Bay of Islands and Rotorua Unearthed

7 Days 1 Country 3 Cities

Visit the incredible Glow Worm Grotto and impressive thermal wonderland in Rotorua on this Mini Stays trip.

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About this trip

Escape to the glorious Bay of Islands, visit the incredible Glow Worm Grotto and marvel at the impressive thermal wonderland in Rotorua.

Trip type: Mini-Stays

Trip code: ZBR5

6 Nights


0 Meals
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Bay of Islands and Rotorua Unearthed

Your Itinerary

1. Auckland - Bay of Islands (2 Nights)

(Flights to arrive day prior.) Depart Auckland by coach for the Bay of Islands. On arrival visit the historic Waitangi Treaty Reserve, where New Zealand's founding document the Treaty of Waitangi was signed. You'll have time on your own to learn about New Zealand's early Maori and European history and take in highlights such as the Maori War Canoe (Waka) and Meeting House (Marae). In Paihia board the Dolphin Seeker, a purpose-built catamaran, and meet your experienced local skipper for a cruise through the beautiful clear waters. Keep a look out for common and bottlenose dolphins, whales and other marine life as you get up close to the action. Enjoy the views as you cruise past the Cape Brett Lighthouse, before arriving at the majestic ‘Hole in the Rock'. You'll be holding your breath as the skipper navigates through the narrow space. Take in the unique sights of Grand Cathedral Cave before heading back into the inner islands of the bay.

Copthorne Resort, Water View

2. Bay of Islands Free Time

The day is free for you to experience the beauty of the Bay of Islands. Perhaps take a coach trip to Cape Reinga, the northern-most point of New Zealand, via idyllic Ninety Mile Beach or a day of sailing or even a round of golf.

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3. Bay of Islands - Auckland

After a leisurely morning, where you can perhaps spend time in a local café or even take a ferry to Russell, the first capital of New Zealand, you'll enjoy the lush green farmland scenery as you return to Auckland.

Buffet Breakfast
The Langham

4. Auckland - Waitomo - Rotorua (2 Nights)

Travel through the lush farmland of the Waikato and King Country regions. Enjoy a morning snack as you drive past Rangiriri, the location of an historic Maori Land Wars site. On arrival in the small town of Waitomo, tour with a local guide through the Waitomo Glow Worm Caves with their amazing stalactites, stalagmites and other limestone formations. Finish with a silent boat ride through the Glow Worm Grotto - a subterranean cavern lit by thousands of tiny glow worms. Later, travel on to Rotorua, the cultural centre of New Zealand.

Buffet Breakfast

5. Rotorua Sightseeing

First up discover three of Rotorua's iconic visitor attractions. Experience Te Puia, a place of Maori culture and a thermal wonderland of impressive geysers and boiling mud pools. Explore Rainbow Springs Nature Park, which showcases native flora and fauna. You may even spot a kiwi! Then enjoy a demonstration of New Zealand's agricultural industry with a sheep shearing display and sheep dog trials at the Agrodome Sheep Show. Top off the day with a unique Maori Hangi dinner and concert on a local Marae.

Buffet Breakfast

6. Rotorua - Auckland

Spend the morning as you wish. Later travel through forests and lush Waikato farmland on your way to Auckland.

Buffet Breakfast
The Langham

7. Depart Auckland

You will be transferred to Auckland Airport for your onward flight (flights anytime).

Buffet Breakfast

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

    • Hand-picked 4 and 5 star accommodation

    • Hand-picked Insider Experiences

    • Optional Experiences and free time

    • All porterage and restaurant gratuities

    • 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

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      With our Insider knowledge, we've handpicked quality hotels to complement this trip. Check the daily itinerary for hotel details and for reviews.

    • Hotel accommodation at Copthorne Resort Bay of Islands, The Langham Auckland and Millennium Rotorua

    • Airport transfers in Auckland

    • 7 days including sightseeing, Bay of Islands cruise, Waitomo Caves, Maori culture, native flora and fauna

    • Buffet breakfast daily and dinner on Day 1 & 5

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    Service rating : On Sunday, May 22nd 2016, as per the itinerary, we flew from Sydney,Australia to Aukland, New Zealand. Upon arrival we did expect a shuttle fromthe airport to the Langham Hotel. Although there was a booth with a varietyof signs and drivers for pickup there was no sign bearing our

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    Service rating : We were disappointed. On the first morning the coach company Great Sights failed to pick us up at the Scenic Hotel in Auckland as.per our instructions.. We had to ring the emergency number then take a taxi to the bus depot at Sky City. It was chaotic there and when we did find

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    Mini-Stays start daily 1 November 2015 to 31 March 2017This trip is operated in conjunction with our sister company and South Pacific Specialists - AAT Kings.Room Share: Guaranteed Room Share is not available on this trip.Departures between 1 Oct 2016-31 Mar 2017 are subject to price, itinerary and hotel modification.*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.
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