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TravelGlo

New Zealand’s North Island

Auckland Return

Trip Code: KLNZAA8
8 Days
9 Meals

Trip Inclusions

  • Services of a TravelGlo driver/guide
  • Seven nights' accommodation
  • All travel by coach
  • 9 meals – 7 continental breakfasts and 2 dinners
  • Welcome reception and farewell dinner with beverage
  • Sightseeing tours of Auckland and Rotorua
  • Sunset Tall Ship cruise at the Bay of Islands
  • Maori cultural performance and hangi experience in Rotorua
  • Highlights
  • Map & Itinerary
  • Pricing & Availability
  • Similar Trips

Map & Itinerary

Trip Notes

  • Itinerary subject to change
  • Tipping, airport transfers and porterage not included
  • Recommended tip for driver/guide: $5 per person, per day. Enquire for tipping amounts for local guides, as well as terms and conditions
TravelGlo New Zealand Map 2021 KLNZAA8
Auckland Return

Thoroughly researched with our guests’ interests in mind, TravelGlo’s Hot Tips! are a collection of unique experiences you’ve never considered. Often not mentioned in travel guides, take advantage of our insider knowledge and discover fantastic things to do, places to go, food to try and much more.

Welcome to the sparkling City of Sails. Vibrant Auckland is blessed with one of the world’s finest natural harbours, and makes the most of its access to the water. Tonight, enjoy a welcome reception hosted by your driver/guide, and meet your fellow travellers.

Stay: Two Nights, President Hotel Auckland

HOT TIP!

Yes, you’re heading to the Bay of Islands tomorrow, but Auckland has its own islands nearby with their own fascinating histories. Waiheke Island, only 40 minutes away by ferry, has galleries, gourmet food, great beaches, even a winery and a brewery. Jump on a bike and explore the countryside, or just take it easy away from the city bustle.


The morning is filled with the best of Auckland as you explore the city, its stunning harbour, and charming inner suburbs such as historic Parnell. The afternoon is yours to roam.

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Head north to the lovely Bay of Islands, a sub-tropical paradise comprised of turquoise waters, secluded coves and beaches, a lush hinterland, and, of course, 144 islands. There’s important history here, too. The treaty between Maori chiefs and representatives of the British Crown was signed at Waitangi in 1840. In the late afternoon, get your sea legs ready for a sunset cruise on a Tall Ship through this magnificent coastal region.

Stay: Two Nights, Kingsgate Bay of Islands

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Today is your chance to explore the Bay of Islands at your own pace. Optional trips include visiting Cape Reinga, the furthest north you can go by land in New Zealand. Its whitewashed lighthouse is a Kiwi icon. Another option is a cruise to the Hole in the Rock, a natural archway beneath the tall cliffs of Piercy Island off Cape Brett. If conditions allow, you can sail through it. And keep an eye out for dolphins and whales as you cruise.

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Swap the tang of the sea for the unmistakable aroma of Rotorua, New Zealand’s thermal wonderland. That’s the smell of hydrogen sulphide from the masses of geothermal activity that makes Rotorua a place apart. Think erupting geysers, bubbling mud pools and steaming sulphur terraces. The town is also the centre of Maori culture in New Zealand, which is ever-present in Rotorua.

Stay: Two Nights, Lake Rotorua Hotel

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Kuirau Thermal Park Museum Rotorua, New Zealand

HOT TIP!

Make like a real Kiwi – grab a bottle or can of Lemon & Paeroa, buy a chocolate fish and a Pinky, and have yourself an instant afternoon pick-me-up (for sweet tooths only).


A full day to explore Rotorua’s distinctive character, or to discover a little more of the North Island’s appeal. Famously, New Zealand was the setting for the monumental Lord of the Rings movie trilogy, and its follow up The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, so why not visit the Hobbiton movie set? Just an hour from Rotorua you can be in Middle-earth, with its Hobbit holes (all 44 of them), mill, and the famous Green Dragon Inn. Tonight you’ll celebrate all things Maori with a concert and hangi – a traditional Polynesian feast cooked in underground pits.

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  • Dinner

Today, you’ll return to beautiful Auckland. And tonight, enjoy a farewell dinner with your fellow passengers, and new-found friends.

Stay: President Hotel Auckland

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It’s goodbye for now. Transfer to the airport for your flight home.

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