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Bay of Islands and Rotorua Unearthed

7 Days 1 Country 4 Cities

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

"The best holiday we have ever taken"

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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 Stay

Trip code: ZBR5

6 Nights

accommodation

0 Meals
On-trip Transport

Internal flights not included.

What's Included

Travel Highlights

    • 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

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

    • 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

    • Airport transfers in Auckland

    • VIP entry to many sights


    Airport Transfers

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


Bay of Islands and Rotorua Unearthed

Your Itinerary

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Day 1

Auckland - Bay of Islands (2 Nights)

Day 2

Bay of Islands Free Time

Day 3

Bay of Islands - Auckland

Day 4

Auckland - Waitomo - Rotorua (2 Nights)

Day 5

Rotorua Sightseeing

Day 6

Rotorua - Auckland

Day 7

Depart Auckland

Day 1

Auckland - Bay of Islands (2 Nights) Day 1 - Auckland - Bay of Islands (2 Nights)

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.

Hotel

Copthorne Resort, Water View

Meals

  • Dinner

Hotel

Copthorne Resort, Water View

Meals

  • Dinner

Day 1

Day 2

Bay of Islands Free Time Day 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, a day of sailing on a tall ship or play a round of golf. Tonight, you can choose to dine at one of the local cafés on the waterfront.

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast

Day 2

Day 3

Bay of Islands - Auckland Day 3 - Bay of Islands - Auckland

After a leisurely morning, where you can relax 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.

Hotel

The Langham

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast

Hotel

The Langham

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast

Day 3

Day 4

Auckland - Waitomo - Rotorua (2 Nights) Day 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.

Hotel

Millennium

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast

Hotel

Millennium

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast

Day 4

Day 5

Rotorua Sightseeing Day 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 Farm Show. Top off the day with a unique Maori Hangi dinner and concert on a local Marae.

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Dinner

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Dinner

Day 5

Day 6

Rotorua - Auckland Day 6 - Rotorua - Auckland

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

Hotel

The Langham

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast

Hotel

The Langham

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast

Day 6

Day 7

Depart Auckland Day 7 - Depart Auckland

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

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast

Day 7

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Travel Highlights

    • 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

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

    • 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

    • Airport transfers in Auckland

    • VIP entry to many sights


    Airport Transfers

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


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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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    • Room Share: Guaranteed Room Share is not available on this trip.
    • This trip is operated in conjunction with our sister company and South Pacific Specialists - AAT Kings and Great Sights.
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