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TravelmarvelTravelmarvel 8 Day Northern Explorer

Starting in Auckland and venturing north this 8-day tour of New Zealand's north island, highlights Maori culture, geothermal activity and the countries most cosmopolitan areas.

 New Zealand escorted tour
 Starts in Auckland, finishes in Wellington
 8 days/ 7 nights
 Hotel 4 star
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Included in this tour package

  • Accommodation: 7 nights, Hotel 4 star
  • Includes: All breakfasts
  • Includes: 3 dinners
  • Includes: Matakohe Kauri Museum
  • Includes: Waitomo Glow Worm Caves
  • Includes: Cruise to Cape Brett & Hole in the Rock
  • Includes: Huka Falls Taupo
  • Includes: Traditional Maori Hangi & Cultural Evening
Tour map
City at night, Auckland
Rotorua cultural show

At a glance - Travelmarvel 8 Day Northern Explorer

Day 1: Arrive into Auckland. Accommodation: Rydges Hotel Auckland

Day 2: Travel Auckland to the Bay of Islands. Accommodation: Kingsgate Hotel Autolodge, Paihia

Day 3: Explore the Bay of Islands. Accommodation: Kingsgate Hotel Autolodge, Paihia

Day 4: Head back south to Auckland. Accommodation: Rydges Hotel Auckland

Day 5: Travel from Auckland to Rotorua via Waitomo. Accommodation: Sudima Lake Rotorua

Day 6: Spend a day adventuring in Rotorua. Accommodation: Sudima Lake Rotorua

Day 7: Travel from Rotorua to Wellington via Taupo. Accommodation: Travelodge Hotel Wellington

Day 8: Depart Wellington after a fantastic week.

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Travelmarvel 8 Day Northern Explorer - Detailed Itinerary  

Day 1: Arrive into Auckland

Travelmarvel 8 Day Northern Explorer - Day 1

Arrive into Auckland

Your spectacular New Zealand journey begins today upon arrival in Auckland. Here, you will be met by a Travelmarvel representative and be transferred to a premium hotel to spend the evening before your coach tour begins in the morning.

SUGGESTED ACTIVITY - Trip Documentation

You will receive all the information about your tour when you arrive at your first New Zealand hotel.

Your Accommodation: Rydges Hotel Auckland

Nestled in the heart of Auckland's CBD, Rydges Auckland offers an ideal location. The hotel is a short stroll from business and retail districts, the Casino, the America's Cup Viaduct Village and superb waterfront restaurants.

Rydges Hotel Auckland

Day 2: Travel Auckland to the Bay of Islands

Travelmarvel 8 Day Northern Explorer - Day 2

Auckland to the Bay of Islands

Journey north to visit the Matakohe Kauri Museum and see a mighty Kauri tree - marvel at its size.  After this stop, you continue to the stunning Bay of Islands, where you'll enjoy a special welcome dinner.

Your Accommodation: Kingsgate Hotel Autolodge, Paihia

The Kingsgate Hotel Autolodge, Paihia is located on the waterfront only 100 metres from Paihia wharf and township. All rooms are air-conditioned and hotel facilities include restaurant, swimming pool, spa pool and sauna.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Kingsgate Hotel Autolodge, Paihia

Day 3: Explore the Bay of Islands

Travelmarvel 8 Day Northern Explorer - Day 3

A day of leisure in the Bay of Islands

The Bay of Islands is home to 144 islands providing a stunning aquatic playground off the north coast of the north island.  Enjoy a full day at leisure to explore the subtropical surrounds. 

Your Accommodation: Kingsgate Hotel Autolodge, Paihia

The Kingsgate Hotel Autolodge, Paihia is located on the waterfront only 100 metres from Paihia wharf and township. All rooms are air-conditioned and hotel facilities include restaurant, swimming pool, spa pool and sauna.

Meals included: Breakfast

Kingsgate Hotel Autolodge, Paihia

Day 4: Head back south to Auckland

Travelmarvel 8 Day Northern Explorer - Day 4

Bay of Islands to Auckland

Today head out on a dolphin-watching cruise to Cape Brett in the Bay of Islands and the famous Hole in the Rock.  After your adventure, you will board your coach and travel south back to cosmopolitan Auckland.

Your Accommodation: Rydges Hotel Auckland

Nestled in the heart of Auckland's CBD, Rydges Auckland offers an ideal location. The hotel is a short stroll from business and retail districts, the Casino, the America's Cup Viaduct Village and superb waterfront restaurants.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Rydges Hotel Auckland

Day 5: Travel from Auckland to Rotorua via Waitomo

Travelmarvel 8 Day Northern Explorer - Day 5

Auckland to Rotorua including adventures in Waitomo

Depart from Auckland today and make your way to Rotorua.  A stop will be made along the way and take you to explore Waitomo.  It is here you will have the opportunity to discover the famous glow worm caves.  Continue to Rotorua with time to visit Te Puia, New Zealand's premier cultural centre, and tour the Maori Arts and Crafts Institute.  While here you'll see the Whakarewarewa Thermal Valley and enjoy a Maori Hangi feast.

Your Accommodation: Sudima Lake Rotorua

The Sudima Hotel Lake Rotorua enjoys a location that is second-to-none on the very shores of beautiful Lake Rotorua, adjacent to the world famous Polynesian Spa complex and just a short stroll to all the attractions in Rotorua.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Sudima Lake Rotorua

Day 6: Spend a day adventuring in Rotorua

Travelmarvel 8 Day Northern Explorer - Day 6

A full day in Rotorua including a visit to the Agrodome

Rotorua captures the essence of New Zealand, with its geothermal geysers, fascinating Maori culture and rich heritage.  Enjoy some exploration time and continue your sightseeing with the group as you attend the famous Agrodome. Later on, the time is again yours perhaps you will choose to enjoy an optional helicopter flight over White Island volcano. 

SUGGESTED ACTIVITY - Hobbiton Movie Set tour from Shires Rest

Become immersed in the The Lord of the Rings and Hobbit films when you visit the actual Hobbiton movie set. Located just outside of Matamata - in the heart the lush Waikato farming region, your tour will begin with a drive through a picturesque sheep farm. You'll then be taken through Hobbit Holes, the Green Dragon Inn, the Mill and the Party Tree while your guide shares behind-the-scenes tales and insight into the making of the films.

Your Accommodation: Sudima Lake Rotorua

The Sudima Hotel Lake Rotorua enjoys a location that is second-to-none on the very shores of beautiful Lake Rotorua, adjacent to the world famous Polynesian Spa complex and just a short stroll to all the attractions in Rotorua.

Meals included: Breakfast

Sudima Lake Rotorua

Day 7: Travel from Rotorua to Wellington via Taupo

Travelmarvel 8 Day Northern Explorer - Day 7

Rotorua to Wellington including a stop at Lake Taupo

Today you travel all the way from Rotorua to Wellington. The drive is broken down to provide the most comfortable journey and ensure that you do not miss anything along the way.  First travel part of the Thermal Explorer highway, then stop at Lake Taupo to stretch the legs and admire this volcanic caldera.  On your way from Taupo to Wellington, there is another must see, the Huka Falls.  Finally, board your coach and head to the compact capital city of Wellington.

Your Accommodation: Travelodge Hotel Wellington

Located right in the city centre the Travelodge Wellington offers great value accommodation and facilities all within easy walking of the city attractions.

Meals included: Breakfast

Travelodge Hotel Wellington

Day 8: Depart Wellington after a fantastic week

Wellington departure

This morning will provide you with the opportunity to say one last goodbye to all your new travel friends.  Enjoy breakfast together whilst you swap photos and memories before being taken to Wellington airport from where you can make your onward journey.

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