Northern Discovery New Zealand

Northern NZ Discovery

Northern New Zealand

Auckland Devonport New Zealand

Auckland, New Zealand

Auckland Devonport New Zealand
Wai-O-Tapu Champagne Pool Rotorua New Zealand

Rotorua, New Zealand

Wai-O-Tapu Champagne Pool Rotorua New Zealand
kiwi New Zealand

Kiwi bird, New Zealand

kiwi New Zealand

Waitangi Treaty Grounds

Napier, New Zealand

Wellington Harbour, New Zealand

New Zealand

------------------- Guided Coach Tour -------------------

8 Day Adventure

Accommodations

Amazing Views

Bus Tour

Guided

Some Meals

Airport Transfers

Auckland to Wellington

Northern NZ Discovery

8 Day Guided Coach Tour Adventure - Auckland to Wellington

Be part of this stunning 8-day Coach Tour through the centre of the North Island, New Zealand while experiencing the country’s natural wonders such as the geothermal region of Rotorua, the vineyards of Hawkes Bay and the renowned cafes and shops of Wellington.

During the course of the tour you will also have free time in Rotorua and Paihia (Bay of Islands) to experience some of the unique and regional optional sightseeing activities.

MUST BOOK BY: 30 Jun 2019

Price Per Person
$2,949CAD
Per Person, Based on Double Occupancy
  • Departure dates:
  • September 10, 2019
  • *Subject to availability
  • Note: International airfare is NOT included in the above price.  Contact one of our Destination Specialist to arrange the best airfare for you!
  • MUST BOOK BY: 30 Jun 2019
  • Included: Travel by luxury touring coach, guided by a professional Coach Captain, private airport transfers, 7 nights accommodation in 4-star hotels and 7 fully cooked breakfasts & 5 dinners
  • All taxes & fees included in above price.
Price Per Person
$3,299CAD
per person, based on double occupancy
  • Departure dates:
  • January 14 & 28 2020, February 11 & 18, 2020, March 10 & 24, 2020, May 5, 2020
  • *All are guaranteed departures
  • Note: International airfare is NOT included in the above price.  Contact one of our Destination Specialist to arrange the best airfare for you!
  • MUST BOOK BY: 30 Jun 2019
  • Included: Travel by luxury touring coach, guided by a professional Coach Captain, private airport transfers, 7 nights accommodation in 4-star hotels and 7 fully cooked breakfasts & 5 dinners
  • All taxes & fees included in above price.

Get Ready for a Trip of a Lifetime

Details of Your Downunder Travel Adventure

Included in your Adventure

Bus Tour

Hotel Accommodations

Itinerary

Guide

Some Meals

Taxes & Fees

Airport Transfers

Tour Guide

Excluded in your Adventure

Flights/Airfare

Some Meals

Where will you visit?

Bay of Islands
Rotorua
Thermal Pools
Art Deco Capital
Napier
Wellington
Paihia
natural wonders
vineyards
Hawkes Bay
Cape Brett
Auckland
Waitangi Treaty
Sky Tower
Rainbow Springs Park
Gondola & Luge
Whangarei
Tamaki Village
Lake Taupo
Rimutaka Ranges
Greytown
Victorian colonial architecture
Wairarapa
Maori cultural show

Northern NZ Discovery

Itinerary

Auckland to Wellington

8 Day Adventure

DAY 01 - Arrive Auckland

Kia Ora! Welcome to New Zealand. On arrival, a guided tour representative will greet you at the airport with transport waiting to take you to your downtown city hotel.  Tonight, enjoy a welcome drinks party with your fellow travellers

Meals included: none

DAY 02 - Auckland, Paihia

Leaving the city behind, we travel across the Auckland Harbour Bridge and drive north to Paihia in the Bay of Islands, a seaside town nestled on the foreshore of the National Maritime Park. On arrival, meet your local Maori guide who will provide an insight into the local history before visiting Waitangi, the location of the signing of the treaty between the Maori people and the British. Enjoy a self-guided tour through the Treaty House, the Maori Meeting House and War Canoe. Later this afternoon, board your launch for the scenic cruise to the Cape Brett Lighthouse and the famous ‘Hole in the Rock’.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 03 - Bay of Islands

Enjoy a free day to explore and experience the beauty of the Bay of Islands. Your Guide will happily assist with arranging optional activities for you. Why not try a full day tour to Cape Reinga, New Zealand’s northern most point. Alternatively, explore the township of Russell, New Zealand’s first settlement and visit its historic Church, Mission House and Museum

Meals included: Breakfast

DAY 04 - Auckland, Rotorua

Leaving Paihia, travel south through Whangarei to Warkworth and on to Auckland. Cross the Bombay Hills to the lush farmlands of the Waikato then on to the geothermal wonderland of Rotorua, the centre of Maori culture and famous for its geysers, boiling mud pools and steaming craters.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 05 - Rotorua

Today begins with a visit to the Agrodome to see a unique New Zealand farm show. Visit Rainbow Springs to learn about native flora and fauna, including the famous Kiwi bird. This is followed by the spectacular Skyline Gondola which offers superb views over the city, lake and mountains and for those wanting a little excitement, why not try a Luge ride with our compliments.

Enjoy some free time this afternoon before visiting Tamaki Village for an evening of fun and culture. You will experience a traditionally prepared Maori Hangi (feast) followed by a cultural performance featuring Maori songs, chants and dance including the stirring haka.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 06 - Taupo, Napier

View the mighty Huka Falls and the Wairakei Geothermal project before stopping at Lake Taupo, the largest in New Zealand. Continue on to Napier, often regarded as the world’s Art Deco capital. On arrival, enjoy a locally guided walking tour of the city.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 07 - Wairarapa, Wellington

Orchards and vineyards give way to farmland as you travel into the rural heartland of the Wairarapa region. Stop at historic Greytown to view excellent examples of Victorian colonial architecture before travelling over the Rimutaka Ranges to Wellington, the nation’s capital, where you enjoy a city tour on arrival.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 08 - Depart Wellington

It’s time to bid farewell to your fellow travellers today. You will be transferred to the airport to join your onward flight... why not stay longer in New Zealand?  Ask us about adding on the South Island of New Zealand or perhaps add Australia?

Northern NZ Discovery

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What you need to know

Information and Facts

New Zealand: Facts & Information

Weather

New Zealand’s climate is the opposite of our climate and altogether a lovely destination to visit year-round. Summer is between December and February, autumn is between March and May, winter is between June and August and spring is September to November. Snow can appear throughout June to October, yet most of the snow calls in mountainous regions.

Safety

New Zealand is generally a very safe destination. We recommend that all our travellers purchase travel insurance to cover theft, loss, cancellations/travel interruptions, accidents and non-pre-existing medical problems. Take necessary travel precautions; bring sun block and sun glasses with you, have copies on-hand of your important documents.

Vaccinations

WHO recommends travellers be up to date with Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, meningitis, polio, measles,  mumps and rubella (MMR), Tdap(tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis), chickenpox, shingles, pneumonia and influenza.

Currency & Customs

The currency in New Zealand is the New Zealand Dollar, which more or less at-par to the Canadian Dollar. Tipping is not customary in the country; however, hotels, tour guides/ground operators and restaurants do not add service charges to your bill and if you feel your service provider went above and beyond, it is recommended to tip about 10%.

Electricity

The electrical current for New Zealand (and Australia) is 220-240 volts; it is recommended for certain appliances such as hair dryers and straighteners to bring both a plug adapter and converter. For newer electronics such as tablets or smartphones, a plug adapter may only be needed as the voltage could automatically adjust.

Language

The main spoken language in New Zealand is English. As well, the Māori language of the indigenous residents of New Zealand is also recognized as a national language.

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