Iconic North
Iconic North
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Destination: Australia/NZ/South Pacific
Tour Provider: Trafalgar
Duration: 7 days
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BUBBLING MUD POOLS AND MĀORI CULTURE DEFINE THIS MEMORABLE ENCOUNTER WITH NEW ZEALAND'S NORTH. EXPLORE AUCKLAND, ROTORUA AND WELLINGTON, WITH A STOP FOR LUNCH WITH A RETIRED CHAMPION JOCKEY.

Bubbling mud pools and Māori culture define this memorable encounter with New Zealand's north. Explore Auckland, Rotorua and Wellington, with a stop for lunch with a retired champion jockey.


Your Guided Holiday Includes:

  • 6 nights accommodation in tried & trusted, cherry-picked hotels
  • 10 meals; 6 breakfasts, 1 lunch & 3 dinners
  • Touring via luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi 
  • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing
  • An expert Travel Director and separate Driver
  • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
  • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras

**Advertised price is valid for departures on 13 OR 27 April 2021 - please call us for pricing on alternate dates

Are you a SOLO traveller? Please allow a surcharge from $1120 for a single room 


The Trafalgar Difference:

CONNECT WITH LOCALS

  • Retired champion jockey Lance O'Sullivan and his wife Bridgette are your hosts for lunch on their dairy farm in the North Island. (Day 3)

DIVE INTO CULTURE

  • Immerse yourself in Māori culture and enjoy a traditional Māori feast at Tamaki Maori Village (Day 4). Visit Te Papa Museum of New Zealand and gain a deeper understanding of the traditions of the Māori (Day 7).

Sightseeing Highlights:

CITY TOUR in Auckland and Wellington

VISIT a kiwifruit orchard in Te Puke, a geothermal valley in Rotorua and Te Papa Museum of New Zealand

ORIENTATION of Rotorua

VIEW Huka Falls, Mt. Ruapehu, farming lands and spectacular coastal scenery along the Kapiti Coast

 


Itinerary:

Day 1. Arrive Auckland (2 Nights)

Auckland is your gateway to New Zealand's north. On arrival, transfer to your hotel by private car (flights to arrive prior to 4pm) and spend the rest of the day recovering or exploring the City of Sails on your own. Tonight, enjoy a Welcome Reception and dinner at your hotel.

Day 2. Auckland Sightseeing

Let the adventure begin! Kickstart your holiday with an exhilarating city sightseeing tour from its heart, Auckland Waterfront to Mission Bay. Keep your camera at the ready to capture spectacular panoramic views of the skyline, sprawling North Shore and Waitemata Harbour from Bastion Point and Michael Joseph Savage Memorial. Your free afternoon could see you take a walk down Queen Street to Viaduct Harbour for a tasty meal in the sunshine paired with a glass of New Zealand's crisp Sauvignon Blanc as you overlook the busy waterways of Waitemata Harbour.

Day 3. Auckland - Tauranga

Your Trafalgar Highlight today is a visit to Lance and Bridgette O'Sullivan's dairy farm, where you'll 'Connect with Locals' and discover New Zealand's horse racing traditions over a country-style 'Be My Guest' lunch at the Red Barn on their Waikato farm. Continue to the harbourside city of Tauranga, located in the Bay of Plenty region. A bridge over the harbour connects Tauranga to Mount Maunganui, where you'll have an afternoon at leisure. Why not walk up the extinct namesake volcano via the winding paths or relax on the main beach, whose glorious stretch of golden sand has been voted the best in the country.

Day 4. Tauranga - Rotorua (2 Nights)

Travel to Te Puke, the kiwifruit capital of New Zealand. Here you'll visit Kiwifruit Country, a family-owned business set within a 60-hectare working kiwifruit orchard. Continue to Rotorua for an orientation tour with views of Lake Rotorua, then visit Te Puia and see the steaming hot springs and geysers of Whakawerawera Thermal Reserve. Tonight, an evening of culture, history and a traditional Māori meal awaits you at the Tamaki Māori Village. 'Dive Into Culture' as you stroll through the ancient forest village and learn about Māori art forms and traditions. Watch a concert featuring local performers and experience an authentic Māori Hangi Regional Dinner, steamed underground in the traditional way.

Day 5. Rotorua Sightseeing

Your choice of sightseeing could see you tour the movie set of Hobbiton and step into the lush pastures of the Shire, or enjoy a guided tour through the long galleries and lofty chambers of the world-famous Waitomo Glowworm Grotto instead. There's a third option to explore Rotorua and its lakes in an amphibious WWII-era Duck. It's a day of legends, lakes and mythical creatures for you to discover on your terms.

Day 6. Rotorua - 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 the lake 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. Tonight, you are free to dine as you wish.

Day 7. Depart Wellington

Discover the treasures of New Zealand's capital city this morning. Then 'Dive Into Culture' as you gain insights into Māori heritage and culture at Te Papa Museum of New Zealand. Your exploration of the iconic north at its end, say a fond farewell to your fellow travellers and transfer to Wellington Airport for your onward flight (flights to depart after 2pm).

 


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Terms & Conditions:

Prices listed are per person in Australian Dollars, based on twin occupancy, including all discounts unless otherwise stated. The offer is subject to availability at time of booking and shown on the lowest inside category available at the time. Fares are capacity controlled and are subject to change at any time without notice. Prices/Offers are correct as at 18 December 2020 and can be withdrawn without notice. Hotels may charge resort fees not included in this package, payable direct upon check in. Visas are not included. Payments made by credit card will incur a surcharge.