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Northern Explorer Escorted Coach Tour

Auckland * Bay of Islands * Rotorua * Wellington

This 11-day tour explores the North Island, from the beaches of the Bay of Islands to the geothermal activity of Rotorua. Enjoy the relaxed pace with plenty of time to experience the beauty, history and culture of this country. Inclusive of meals.

11 days from £3,292 per person twin share + flights


Day 1 - UK - Auckland

Your New Zealand holiday starts with a departure from the UK o­n a scheduled Air New Zealand flight to Auckland via Los Angeles.

Day 2 - In flight

Day 3 - Arrive Auckland

Kia Ora, Welcome to New Zealand, the "Land of the Long White Cloud". On arrival, you will be met by our driver and transferred to your hotel.

Overnight (1): Auckland - Rydges Auckland Hotel

Day 4 - Auckland, Bay of Islands

Your journey takes us north to the Waipoua Kauri Forest Reserve where you'll view the giant Kauri tree Tane Mahuta, "Lord of the Forest". Continue to the Bay of Islands, the birthplace of the nation. Breakfast & Dinner Included.

Overnights (2): Bay of Islands - Copthorne Hotel and Resort Bay of Islands

Day 5 - Bay of Islands, Day at Leisure

The Bay of Islands is home to 144 islands and known as a playground for lovers of anything aquatic. Today, enjoy a full day at leisure in this subtropical location. Breakfast Included.

Day 6 - Bay of Islands, Auckland

Explore New Zealand's finest national maritime park o­n a dolphin watching cruise to Cape Brett and cruise through the Hole in the Rock. Journey through game fishing waters to the Cape Brett lighthouse. Return this afternoon to Auckland. Breakfast & Dinner Included.

Overnight (1): Auckland - Rydges Auckland Hotel

Day 7 - Waitomo, Rotorua

The Waitomo region is home to the famous glow worm caves, where thousands of these tiny creatures radiate an unmistakable glow. Discover this natural wonder, before continuing to the geothermal capital of New Zealand - Rotorua. Immerse yourself in traditional Maori culture tonight as you enjoy a Maori Hangi feast. Breakfast & Dinner Included.

Overnights (2): Rotorua- Rydges Rotorua

Day 8 - Rotorua

Rotorua captures the essence of New Zealand with its geothermal geysers and rich Maori culture. Visit o­ne of New Zealand's most loved attractions, the Agrodome, with its entertaining and informative sheep shearing demonstrations. Later, continue to Te Puia Thermal Reserve where you'll enjoy a guided tour through the Maori Arts and Crafts Institute, as well as learn about the world-famous geysers. This afternoon, you may like to enjoy some optional excursions such as a helicopter flight over the active White Island volcano or experience life o­n the land with a Country Homestay. Breakfast Included. Optional extra - Country Homestay not included in tour, must be pre-booked.

Day 9 - Rotorua, Taupo, Wellington

Departing Rotorua, you travel through a region abundant with geothermal activity, crystal clear lakes and streams, natural spas and rich Maori culture. Visit the township of Taupo, nestled o­n the shores of pristine Lake Taupo, see the thundering Huka Falls with its striking blue water, before travelling south across the vast plateau of World Heritage-listed Tongariro National Park. Then it's o­n to Wellington, the national capital. Breakfast Included.

Overnight (1): Wellington - Ibis Hotel

Day 10 - Wellington - UK

Following breakfast this morning, transfer to the airport for your flight home via Auckland Los Angeles or alternatively contact Holidays2 for options to continue your holiday.

Day 11 - Arrive UK


Why not extend your holiday with a stopover in Los Angeles? This can be included as part of your outward or return journey (or both) and for many the journey thus becomes part of the holiday. Please don't hesitate to contact us to discuss accommodation options, as well as transfers and sightseeing possibilities - we are very happy to tailor make your holiday to your own requirements.


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*Available daily to New Zealand via Los Angeles

British Airways Economy Class Domestic Add-on's

Available in conjunction with your Trans-Atlantic and Trans-Pacific Flights with Air New Zealand between London and to/from Aberdeen, Belfast, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds Bradford, Manchester and Newcastle. Details on request.

Departure Dates

2017 - 2018

 Twin Share   Single Traveller 
September to April  £POA £POA
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  • Scheduled Air New Zealand flights in Economy Class from London Heathrow
  • All pre-payable airport taxes, security charges and the UK Air Passenger Duty
  • 7 nights’ accommodation
  • 11 quality meals including 7 breakfasts, 3 Dinners
  • Sightseeing Tours as stated in Itinerary
  • New Zealand specialist Tour Director
  • Tour by air-conditioned coach equipped with restroom, reclining seats, large panoramic windows and radio system
  • Airport Transfers
  • Baggage Handling (one piece per person)

Not Included

  • Meals unless stated

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