Northern Discovery with Rural Homestay

8 Days 2 Countries 6 Cities

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

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About this trip

North Island unfolds on land and water, as you travel from Auckland to Wellington via the Bay of Islands, Glow Worm Grotto, Rotorua and Te Papa Museum of New Zealand.

You'll enjoy Insider moments like… floating on an underground river beneath a glittering ceiling of glow worms - famous residents in the grotto at Waitomo Caves, along with albino cave ants, giant crickets and an endless forest of stalactites.

Trip type: Country Explorer i

Trip code: ZABWF

7 Nights


12 Meals
  • 7 hot buffet breakfasts.

  • 4 dinners.

  • 1 Be My Guest afternoon tea.

On-trip Transport

All transport shown.

Northern Discovery with Rural Homestay

Your Itinerary

1. Arrive Auckland

Welcome to Auckland! On arrival you will be transferred to your hotel (flights to arrive prior to 4pm). Relax and unwind after your journey or spend time exploring the city. In the evening join your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a Welcome Reception.

Welcome Reception
The Langham

2. Auckland - Bay of Islands (2 Nights)

Depart Auckland over the Harbour Bridge then through Orewa and the scenic Hibiscus Coast. Walk among the Kauri trees at Parry Kauri Park. Explore Whangarei, the northern-most city in New Zealand, and then it's off to Paihia in the beautiful Bay of Islands. Experience natural wonders and spectacular scenery as you cruise to Cape Brett and through the 'Hole in the Rock'.

Buffet Breakfast
Dinner with wine
Copthorne Resort (Water View Room)

3. 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; go dolphin-watching on the bay or enjoy a scenic dinner cruise on the Waitangi River.

Buffet Breakfast

4. Bay of Islands - Auckland

You'll have time on your own to relax or explore this morning before you return to Auckland. This evening join your Travel Director for a Regional Meal at 'Eight' at The Langham. Your personal degustation is prepared for you from the freshest quality ingredients, including mouth-watering seafood and delicious desserts.

Buffet Breakfast
Regional Meal
The Langham

5. Auckland - Rotorua (2 Nights)

After a sightseeing tour of Auckland, head south to trace New Zealand's longest river, the Waikato, to the Waitomo Caves to visit the amazing Glow Worm Grotto. A Local Specialist will lead you through the grotto by boat and you'll walk in the limestone caves. Your journey continues to Rotorua with an orientation tour on arrival. Tonight experience a Maori Hangi feast Regional Meal and concert at the Tamaki Family Marae.

Buffet Breakfast
Regional Meal

6. Rotorua Sightseeing - Rural Homestay

Today your choice of sightseeing: join the Kiwi Encounter at Rainbow Springs Nature Park; discover Maori culture at Te Puia Maori Arts and Crafts Institute; see the Agrodome Farm Show; ride the amphibious Rotorua Duck or the luge at Rotorua Skyline.This evening you'll stay with a local family in a 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! Or you simply relax with your hosts and enjoy the scenic surrounds. Please make your choice at time of booking.

Buffet Breakfast
Rural Homestay

7. Rotorua - Wellington

View Huka Falls and drive along the shores of Lake Taupo. Discover the alpine scenery of Mt. Ruapehu, Tongariro National Park and the dairy farms of Manawatu. Visit Shenandoah for a Be My Guest experience. The historic villa's owners, Simon and Claudia, will show you around their property, which includes a unique private collection of Harley Davidson motor cycles. Enjoy afternoon tea in their garden then take a short tour to see the local wildlife including friendly Highland cows. Continue to Wellington for a sightseeing tour. Join your Travel Director and new-found friends this evening for a Farewell Dinner.

Buffet Breakfast
Be My Guest Dining
Farewell Dinner
James Cook Grand Chancellor

8. Depart Wellington

Visit Te Papa, the Museum of New Zealand, for your Cultural Insight into Maori life. Explore the fascinating exhibits including their Marae (meeting house). Later, say goodbye to New Zealand as you are transferred to Wellington Airport for your onward flight (flights to depart after 2pm).

Buffet Breakfast

The Trafalgar Difference

  • Be My Guest
    at the historic estate of Shenandoah near Wellington with your hosts Simon and Claudia.

  • Cultural Insights
    Visit Te Papa, the Museum of New Zealand, and learn about the traditions of the Maori.

  • Hidden Treasures
    Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure.

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

  • #TrafalgarCares
    Rainbow Springs Nature Park and Kiwi Encounter - Rotorua You'll explore the park, learn about the kiwi breeding programme and see new hatchling, Sam. You'll also discover how your trip supports their vital work.  Te Puia - Rotorua 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. 

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What's Included

Sightseeing Highlights

    • 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


    • 7 hot buffet breakfasts.

    • 4 dinners.

    • 1 Be My Guest afternoon tea.

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

    • 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

Why Trafalgar?

The Trafalgar Experience


Enjoy the wonder of travel, crisscrossing the globe through the seasons. On effortless adventures in breathtaking new horizons, forge lifelong friendships and memories. Our lovingly crafted itineraries are a fascinating mosaic of cultures, flavours, festivals and local stories. We’re with you all the way, guiding you and ensuring you experience the real thing: the sheer love of travel, entirely hassle-free.

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Meet warm-hearted locals and like-minded travellers. Along your journey of discovery, stop to share stories and flavours with local farmers, chefs and winemakers. Pause to admire the handicrafts and rich traditions of amazing artisans. Explore the essence of Europe through captivating accounts shared by expert historians and savvy local guides.


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    Service rating : AATKings Tour director Kevin and driver Mark were wonderful. Very knowledgeable, experienced, helpful and considerate. They were great fun and very professional. The best!! What I did not appreciate was that prior to paying for the tour u was unable to get any details regarding

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    Service rating : The tour was wonderful. Tania, our youth guide did a remarkable job!Product : It was truly memorable!

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8 Days, 2 Countries, 6 Cities

Northern Discovery with Rural Homestay

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