Northern Spotlight

8 day Guided Tour - from £1495

Friendly cities, amazing scenery and extraordinary natural phenomena all in one eventful 8 day escorted tour around New Zealand’s North Island.

Highlights:

  • Cruise through the ‘Hole in the Rock’
  • Marvel at crystal clear Lake Taupo
  • Explore the amazing Waitomo Glowworm caves
  • Immerse yourself in Maori culture at a Hangi and concert
  • Discover New Zealand’s capital Wellington
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Your Itinerary

Day 1 - Welcome to Auckland

The afternoon is at leisure for you to explore before meeting your Travel Director for a Welcome Reception.

Hotel: VR Queen Street Hotel and Suites

Day 2 - Bay of Islands

Depart Auckland for Paihia in the Bay of Islands and experience spectacular scenery as you cruise towards Cape Brett and through the ‘Hole in the Rock’.

Hotel: Copthorne Resort Bay of Islands, Garden Rooms
Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Day 3 - Bay of Islands

You have a free day in the Bay of Islands. Perhaps enjoy a day of sailing on a tall ship. Your Travel Director will assist you in booking your chosen optional experiences.

Hotel: Copthorne Resort Bay of Islands, Garden Rooms
Meals: Breakfast

Day 4 - Auckland

Enjoy a leisurely morning before your return to Auckland. Your journey takes you to Whangarei, the northern-most city in New Zealand, where you can wander around the art galleries and through the marina in the Town Basin. Later, enjoy a stop at Parry Kauri Park and take a walk among New Zealand’s native forest giants, the Kauri trees, before arriving into Auckland.

Hotel: VR Queen Street Hotel and Suites
Meals: Breakfast

Day 5 - Rotorua

After a tour of Auckland’s city sights this morning, journey south through the fertile Waikato agricultural district. Explore the amazing Waitomo Caves, and tour the famous Glowworm Grotto by boat. From here your journey continues to Rotorua. A very entertaining cultural experience awaits you at the Tamaki Māori Village. Experience a powerful Haka challenge, witness a concert showcasing traditional Māori culture, and dine at a traditional Māori Hangi feast Highlight Dinner.

Hotel: Ibis Rotorua
Meals: Breakfast and Highlight Dinner

Day 6 - Rotorua

Relax or explore Rotorua at your own pace. You could visit Rainbow Springs, a native wildlife sanctuary, or perhaps head out to Te Puia for a guided tour through the Geothermal Valley, home to the famous Pohutu Geyser, mud pools and bubbling springs.

Hotel: Ibis Rotorua
Meals: Breakfast

Day 7 - Wellington

Journey through tall pine forests and verdant farmland today to spectacular Huka Falls and serene Lake Taupo. Continue through the rich farming lands of the Manawatu to Wellington, the nation’s capital.

Hotel: Travelodge Wellington
Meals: Breakfast

Day 8 - Farewell from Wellington

Your special packed lunch today won’t only be wholesome, it will also feed a Kiwi child who may otherwise go without, through the charity ‘Eat My Lunch’. This morning enjoy a city tour of Wellington, taking in panoramic views from the summit of Mt. Victoria. There’ll be time to explore the Parliament buildings and the ‘Beehive’, home to New Zealand’s politicians, as well as the many fascinating exhibits at Te Papa Museum of New Zealand. Your holiday ends in the early afternoon.

Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

8 day Guided Tour - from £1495

With flights from £2545

Options

  • Add extra nights in Auckland from £91 per night
  • Add extra nights in Wellington from £74 per night
  • Tour available in both directions
  • Choose to fly economy, premium or business class

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All prices are per person, based on 2 sharing a twin room, and include meals where shown. Call Freedom Destinations for departure dates and availability. Itineraries outlined are for departures from 1 April 2021.

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Your Touring Experience

First class touring with like minded travellers. Our experienced guides will make sure you don’t miss a thing.

Your guided tour includes:

  • Sightseeing, walks and activities
  • Luxury air conditioned coach travel
  • 7 nights hotel accommodation
  • 6 breakfasts, 1 lunch and 2 dinners
  • Expert tour director
  • Airport transfers and extra night options

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Departure Dates

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2020-08-22

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2020-10-10

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2020-10-24

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2020-11-07

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2020-12-12

2020-12-19

2020-12-26

2021-01-02

2021-01-09

2021-01-16

2021-01-23

2021-01-30

2021-02-06

2021-02-13

2021-02-20

2021-02-27

2021-03-06

2021-03-13

2021-03-20

2021-03-27

2021-04-17

2021-04-24

2021-05-29

2021-06-26

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2021-08-21

2021-09-04

2021-09-11

2021-09-25

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2021-10-09

2021-10-16

2021-10-23

2021-10-30

2021-11-13

2021-11-27

2021-12-04

2021-12-11

2021-12-18

2021-12-25

2022-01-08

2022-01-15

2022-01-22

2022-01-29

2022-02-05

2022-02-12

2022-02-19

2022-02-26

2022-03-05

2022-03-12

2022-03-19

2022-03-26

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