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AAT KingsAAT Kings 8 Day Northern Discovery

Spend an exciting 8 days discovering New Zealand's North Island on the AAT Kings Northern Discovery Tour. From Auckland to Wellington, you will experience a range of must-do activities including a visit to the Tamaki Maori Village for a traditional show and feast, a tour through the magical Waitomo glow worm caves, time to explore Te Papa, New Zealand's national museum, city sights tours through Rotorua, Auckland and Wellington and a visit to the Parry Kauri Park to see the mighty Kauri trees. Relax in the evenings in an excellent range of 4 star hotels and enjoy the opportunity to try sample delicious local cuisine.


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 New Zealand escorted tour
 Starts in Auckland, finishes in Wellington
 8 days/ 7 nights
 Hotel 4 star
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At a glance - AAT Kings 8 Day Northern Discovery

Day 1: Arrive Auckland City. Accommodation: Cordis Auckland Hotel

Day 2: Pass though lush Northland farm country to reach the tropical Bay of Islands. Accommodation: Copthorne Hotel & Resort Bay of Islands

Day 3: Enjoy the beauty of this idyllic tropical area with a dolphin cruise, a sailing trip or relaxing on the beach. Accommodation: Copthorne Hotel & Resort Bay of Islands

Day 4: Return to Auckland via Whangarei and its quirky galleries. Accommodation: Cordis Auckland Hotel

Day 5: Travel south through lush king country - stopping at Waitomo Caves - before continuing on to geothermal Rotorua. Accommodation: Millennium Hotel Rotorua

Day 6: Take a day to experience the thermal delights of Rotorua. Accommodation: Millennium Hotel Rotorua

Day 7: Stop at Huka Falls before crossing the 'volcanic plateau,' then traverse the Kapiti Coast to Wellington. Accommodation: James Cook Hotel Grand Chancellor

Day 8: Depart Wellington.

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AAT Kings 8 Day Northern Discovery - Detailed Itinerary  

Day 1: Arrive Auckland City

AAT Kings 8 Day Northern Discovery - Day 1

On arrival into Auckland airport you will be transferred to your hotel

Welcome to Auckland, New Zealand’s City of Sails. Flights can arrive any time prior to 4.00pm and you will be transferred from the airport to your Auckland hotel in a private car. After you check-in, you can head out and explore Auckland. Take a walk down Queen Street, to the main shopping precinct by the Viaduct Harbour and the Auckland Waterfront region. This recently developed area of central Auckland has cafes and restaurants galore. Take a seat in the sunshine, enjoy a glass of one of New Zealand's famous Sauvignon Blancs and watch the maritime activity on Waitemata Harbour.

Your Accommodation: Cordis Auckland Hotel

This luxury Auckland city hotel's popularity is based largely on its elegant and luxurious environment combined with its central location in the heart of the vibrant city.

Cordis Auckland Hotel

Day 2: Pass though lush Northland farm country to reach the tropical Bay of Islands

AAT Kings 8 Day Northern Discovery - Day 2

Auckland to the Bay of Islands

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 Nothland'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.

Your Accommodation: Copthorne Hotel & Resort Bay of Islands

Copthorne Hotel & Resort Bay of Islands is located within the Waitangi Treaty grounds, surrounded by native bush and the beautiful Bay of Islands Harbour.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Copthorne Hotel & Resort Bay of Islands

Day 3: Enjoy the beauty of this idyllic tropical area with a dolphin cruise, a sailing trip or relaxing on the beach

AAT Kings 8 Day Northern Discovery - Day 3

Bay of Islands

Today is a completely free day for you to experience the beauty of the Bay of Islands. Perhaps head back out on to the water and go on a dolphin watching cruise, and maybe even jump in the water for a swim with these magnificent creatures. Experience a day of sailing aboard a historic tall ship, enjoy wine tasting in Kerikeri, or join a Russell Mini Tour and learn a little more about the settling of the Bay of Islands. Your AAT Kings Travel Director will assist you in booking all of your chosen Included Choice and optional experiences. Tonight, you are free to dine as you wish.

Your Accommodation: Copthorne Hotel & Resort Bay of Islands

Copthorne Hotel & Resort Bay of Islands is located within the Waitangi Treaty grounds, surrounded by native bush and the beautiful Bay of Islands Harbour.

Meals included: Breakfast

Copthorne Hotel & Resort Bay of Islands

Day 4: Return to Auckland via Whangarei and its quirky galleries

AAT Kings 8 Day Northern Discovery - Day 4

Bay of Islands to Auckland

Enjoy a leisurely morning in the Bay of Islands before you travel back to Auckland. Your journey south 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. Tonight's highlight dinner is at The Cordis. Your personal degustation menu is made from the freshest, quality ingredients, including mouth-watering seafood and desserts.

Your Accommodation: Cordis Auckland Hotel

This luxury Auckland city hotel's popularity is based largely on its elegant and luxurious environment combined with its central location in the heart of the vibrant city.

Meals included: Breakfast, Speciality Dinner

Cordis Auckland Hotel

Day 5: Travel south through lush king country - stopping at Waitomo Caves - before continuing on to geothermal Rotorua

AAT Kings 8 Day Northern Discovery - Day 5

Auckland to Waitomo Caves onto Rotorua

A city sights tour will start your morning in Auckland. Travel around the waterfront from central city out to Mission Bay. Prepare your camera for the 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. After leaving Auckland you will follow the meandering trail of the Waikato River to Waitomo Caves. Tour the amazing limestone caverns and sail through the still waters of the sparkling Glow Worm Grotto. From Waitomo to Rotorua you will venture through the King Country region which was at the centre of the New Zealand Wars in the 1860s. On arrival in Rotorua an orientation tour takes in views of Lake Rotorua.

Your Accommodation: Millennium Hotel Rotorua

Rotorua's largest 4 star deluxe hotel is perfectly situated in the heart of the city overlooking Lake Rotorua. Five levels of accommodation offer guests a wide variety of scenic views.

Meals included: Breakfast

Millennium Hotel Rotorua

Day 6: Take a day to experience the thermal delights of Rotorua

AAT Kings 8 Day Northern Discovery - Day 6

Rotorua

Today choose from a range of Included Choice sightseeing experiences. Perhaps unwind at the Polynesian Spa. Visit Te Puia and tour through the Whakawerawera Thermal Reserve. Or you could take a fascinating tour of the Hobbiton movie set. Or explore Rotorua and its three lakes in an amphibious WWII era Duck. Your Travel Director will assist you in booking all of your chosen Included Choice experiences. 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 meal, steamed underground in the traditional way.

Your Accommodation: Millennium Hotel Rotorua

Rotorua's largest 4 star deluxe hotel is perfectly situated in the heart of the city overlooking Lake Rotorua. Five levels of accommodation offer guests a wide variety of scenic views.

Meals included: Breakfast, Speciality Dinner

Millennium Hotel Rotorua

Day 7: Stop at Huka Falls before crossing the 'volcanic plateau,' then traverse the Kapiti Coast to Wellington

AAT Kings 8 Day Northern Discovery - Day 7

Rotorua to Wellington

Say Haere Ra (goodbye) to Rotorua this morning and journey out through pine forests and farmland to a little hidden spot, the turquoise torrent of rapids known as Huka Falls. The road ahead unfolds in a broad panorama of Lake Taupo, New Zealand's largest lake. The stunningly blue fresh water of Lake Taupo is home to some of the best Trout fishing in the world. You will then journey south over the Central Plateau, New Zealand's main volcanic area, and along the Kapiti Coast to New Zealand's capital city, Wellington. Enjoy an exclusive after-hours guided tour of Te Papa Museum of New Zealand. Before leaving there, top off the night with a Highlight Dinner.

Your Accommodation: James Cook Hotel Grand Chancellor

At the heart of Wellingtons commercial and retail districts the James Cook Hotel Grand Chancellor has 260 well appointed rooms and suites.

Meals included: Breakfast, Speciality Dinner

James Cook Hotel Grand Chancellor

Day 8: Depart Wellington

AAT Kings 8 Day Northern Discovery - Day 8

Explore Wellington City and then your tour concludes

Why not discover more of Wellington this morning. There's time to visit the Parliament buildings and the Beehive, home to New Zealand's politicians before you will be transferred by private car to Wellington Airport for your onward flight.

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