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Northern Highlights with Homestay

8 Days 1 Country 7 Cities

Rediscover your sense of self, awakened by the natural wonders and spectacular scenery of New Zealand.

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8 Days 1 Country 7 Cities

Northern Highlights with Homestay

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    • Departures between 1 Oct 2018-31 Mar 2019 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.
    • This trip is operated in conjunction with our sister company and South Pacific Specialists - AAT Kings.
    • If you would prefer to start your trip in Auckland and end in Wellington, this itinerary is also available in reverse. See Northern Discovery - code ZABW.
    • Stay at your hotel the evening of Day 3 or with a local family in a nearby country home. On the homestay your hosts will provide wonderful Kiwi hospitality that makes you really feel 'at home'. You'll enjoy a wholesome dinner and a cooked breakfast, comfortable accommodation in the home or cottages and a tour to introduce you to the way of life. You can also choose to meet the animals including sheep, cows, deer and other others or simply relax with your hosts and enjoy the scenic surrounds. Please make your choice at time of booking.
    • 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 Discounts are subject to availability and may be withdrawn at any time without notice.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 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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    15 Days 1 Country 9 Cities

    Iconic Rockies With Western Canada

    Departure date

    Wellington (Nz), New Zealand

    Return date

    Auckland, New Zealand

    Book by:

    i Flights available

    Early payment discount

    Was: PP

    Save: PP

    Code: XXXXX

      Extensions available for this trip

      Secure your trip with a deposit today

      Easy Quote View Trip Book Now Please call +65 6922 5965

      Please read our Trip Notes before booking

      iNotes
      • Departures between 1 Oct 2018-31 Mar 2019 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.
      • This trip is operated in conjunction with our sister company and South Pacific Specialists - AAT Kings.
      • If you would prefer to start your trip in Auckland and end in Wellington, this itinerary is also available in reverse. See Northern Discovery - code ZABW.
      • Stay at your hotel the evening of Day 3 or with a local family in a nearby country home. On the homestay your hosts will provide wonderful Kiwi hospitality that makes you really feel 'at home'. You'll enjoy a wholesome dinner and a cooked breakfast, comfortable accommodation in the home or cottages and a tour to introduce you to the way of life. You can also choose to meet the animals including sheep, cows, deer and other others or simply relax with your hosts and enjoy the scenic surrounds. Please make your choice at time of booking.
      • 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 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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      About this trip

      Rediscover your sense of self, awakened by the natural wonders and spectacular scenery of New Zealand's beautiful Bay of Islands, cruising to Cape Brett in the pleasant company of dolphins and through the 'Hole in the Rock' much like the fearless Maori warriors did centuries ago.


      Trip type: Country Explorer i

      Trip code: ZWBA

      7 Nights

      accommodation

      12 Meals
      • 7 hot buffet breakfasts.

      • 1 Be My Guest afternoon tea

      • 4 dinners

      On-trip Transport

      All transport shown.

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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.

        • 1 Be My Guest afternoon tea

        • 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 Wellington

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      Wellington - Rotorua

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      Rotorua Sightseeing

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      Rotorua - Auckland

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      Auckland - Bay of Islands (2 Nights)

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      Bay of Islands Sightseeing

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      Depart Auckland

      Day 1

      Arrive Wellington Day 1 - Arrive Wellington

      Welcome to Wellington. On arrival you will be transferred to your hotel (flights to arrive prior to 2pm). Head out on a city sights tour of Wellington taking in New Zealand's parliament buildings, and a visit to Te Papa, the Museum of New Zealand, for a Cultural Insight. Discover New Zealand's nature, history, art and heritage, and then enjoy some time at leisure. Indulge in Wellington's renowned coffee culture, or take a walk along Lambton Quay. This evening join your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a Welcome Reception and dinner at your hotel.

      Hotel

      James Cook Grand Chancellor

      Meals

      • Welcome Reception
      • Dinner with wine

      Hotel

      James Cook Grand Chancellor

      Meals

      • Welcome Reception
      • Dinner with wine

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      Day 2

      Wellington - Rotorua Day 2 - Wellington - Rotorua

      After departing Wellington, this morning you'll travel north up the Kapiti Coast to the gorgeous historic villa, Shenandoah, for a Be My Guest morning tea. Join Simon and Claudia, who will show you their home, which includes a unique private collection of Harley Davidson motor cycles. Enjoy morning tea in their garden, then take a walk around the property to meet the animal members of the family. Journey north over the tussock plains of the Central Plateau through Tongariro National Park, view Lake Taupo and Huka Falls on your way to Rotorua. Tonight an evening of culture, history and scrumptious food awaits you at the Tamaki Family Marae. Wander through the ancient forest village and learn about Maori art forms and traditions, followed by a concert featuring local performers. Experience an authentic Maori Hangi Regional Meal, steamed underground in the traditional way.

      Hotel

      Millennium

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Be My Guest Dining
      • Regional Meal

      Hotel

      Millennium

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Be My Guest Dining
      • Regional Meal

      Day 2

      Day 3

      Rotorua Sightseeing Day 3 - Rotorua Sightseeing

      Today your choice of sightseeing: discover Maori culture at Te Puia Maori Arts and Crafts Institute; unwind at the Polynesian Spa; ride the amphibious Rotorua Duck or take a guided tour of the Hobbiton movie set. This evening you'll stay with a local family in a nearby country home. Your hosts will provide wonderful Kiwi hospitality that makes you really feel 'at home'. You'll enjoy a wholesome dinner and a cooked breakfast, comfortable accommodation and a tour to introduce you to the way of life.

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

      Day 3

      Day 4

      Rotorua - Auckland Day 4 - Rotorua - Auckland

      This morning you will travel through the King Country region which was at the centre of the New Zealand Wars in the 1860s to Waitomo Caves. See the amazing underground Glow Worm Grotto by boat and walk through the limestone caverns with a Local Specialist. This afternoon you will follow the meandering trail of the Waikato River, New Zealand's longest river, past the lush farmlands of the Waikato Region. As you journey over the Bombay Hills, the landscape changes from green, grassy meadowlands to the edges of suburbia. As you make your way into the heart of New Zealand's largest city, you will stop at Bastion Point and the Michael Joseph Savage Memorial, as you will get stunning shots of Auckland, the North Shore and the Waitemata Harbour. Tonight's Regional Meal is at The Langham. Your personal degustation menu is made from the freshest, quality ingredients, including mouth-watering seafood and desserts.

      Hotel

      The Langham

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Regional Meal

      Hotel

      The Langham

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Regional Meal

      Day 4

      Day 5

      Auckland - Bay of Islands (2 Nights) Day 5 - Auckland - Bay of Islands (2 Nights)

      This morning depart Auckland City and travel north over the Harbour Bridge past the sprawling suburbs of the North Shore of Auckland. Your travels then take you through Northland's lush farmland scenery before arriving into the beautiful Bay of Islands. Experience spectacular scenery as you 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. This evening enjoy dinner at your hotel.

      Hotel

      Copthorne Resort (Water View)

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Dinner with wine

      Hotel

      Copthorne Resort (Water View)

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Dinner with wine

      Day 5

      Day 6

      Bay of Islands Sightseeing Day 6 - Bay of Islands Sightseeing

      Today your choice of sightseeing: discover local wineries in Kerikeri; take a guided walk through historic Russell; sail aboard a tall ship at sunset or go dolphin-watching on the bay. Your Travel Director will assist you in booking the sightseeing of your choice.

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

      Day 6

      Day 7

      Bay of Islands - Auckland Day 7 - Bay of Islands - Auckland

      Enjoy a leisurely morning in the Bay of Islands before you travel back 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 late afternoon.

      Hotel

      The Langham

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

      Hotel

      The Langham

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

      Day 7

      Day 8

      Depart Auckland Day 8 - Depart Auckland

      Bid farewell to your fellow travellers when your holiday concludes this morning after breakfast. You will be transferred to Auckland Airport for your onward flight (flights anytime).

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

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      The Trafalgar Difference

      • Be My Guest
        Meet the Nottinghams at their historic villa, Shenandoah, for afternoon tea with a Kiwi twist

      • Cultural Insight
        Gain insight into the traditions of the Maori at Te Papa, the Museum of New Zealand

      • Hidden Treasures
        Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure

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

      • Join Trafalgar
        Travel Today, Sustain Tomorrow - In Rotorua you'll explore Rainbow Springs Nature Park and Kiwi Encounter and learn about the kiwi breeding programme. You'll also discover how your trip supports their vital work. At Te Puia you'll discover Maori culture and traditions at the Arts and Crafts Institute and learn how your visit helps fund the education of young Maori people.

      Find out what makes Trafalgar different.

      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.

        • 1 Be My Guest afternoon tea

        • 4 dinners


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      What's Included

      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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      The Trafalgar Experience

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