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Waitomo Glowworm Cave
Viaduct Harbour, Auckland
Bay of Islands
Ninety Mile Beach, New Zealand
Whangarei, New Zealand
Te Puia Pa Women Performing
Door in Hobbiton
Huka Falls
Wellington

Northern Spotlight

8 day Escorted Tour – from £2499 £2249

With flights from £3499

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 feast and concert

Your Itinerary

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You can customise your holiday by adding extra nights or activities before or after your North Island escorted tour. Just let us know what you would like to do.

Viaduct Harbour, Auckland

Day 1 – Welcome to Auckland

Auckland is known as the ‘City of Sails’. And you’ll discover why when exploring its two…

Auckland is known as the ‘City of Sails’. And you’ll discover why when exploring its two harbours at your leisure. Pick a waterfront precinct and find a perch to while away the afternoon over a Marlborough sauvignon blanc. Meet your fellow travel companions at a Welcome reception tonight.

    Holiday Inn Express, Auckland

Viaduct Harbour, Auckland
Bay of Islands

Day 2 – Auckland – Bay of Islands

Your journey north to New Zealand’s Bay of Islands is not short of drama – discover…

Your journey north to New Zealand’s Bay of Islands is not short of drama – discover 140 droplets of land ringed by turquoise sea at the top of the country. It’s undeniably beautiful, but it also holds a special historical secret: this is where the Treaty of Waitangi was signed in 1840, between Captain William Hobson and Māori chiefs. Your guide, likely an ancestor of one of the original signatories, will explain the significance of the site, while pointing out the world’s largest ceremonial war canoe and a carved meeting house.

    Copthorne Hotel and Resort

    Breakfast, Dinner
Bay of Islands
Ninety Mile Beach, New Zealand

Day 3 – Bay of Islands Free Time

If there’s a travel destination that inspires wanderlust, the Bay of Islands is it. And today,…

If there’s a travel destination that inspires wanderlust, the Bay of Islands is it. And today, you can do just that. At your leisure, venture up to Cape Reinga/Te Rerenga Wairua, the very top of New Zealand, via idyllic Ninety Mile Beach. Or glide around on an historic tall ship, cruise to the famous Hole in the Rock or join a tour of Russell and learn more about the settling of the Bay of Islands. The choice is yours.

    Copthorne Hotel and Resort

    Breakfast
Ninety Mile Beach, New Zealand
Whangarei, New Zealand

Day 4 – Bay of Islands – Auckland

Northern exposure is a thing today, when you journey toward the top of the country to…

Northern exposure is a thing today, when you journey toward the top of the country to visit Whangarei – NZ’s northernmost city, and a place where waterfalls meet beaches, galleries meet museums. It’s like the country in a tantalising snapshot – a union of nature and forward-thinking culture. Explore at your leisure before sinking back into your seat for the mesmerising commute back to Auckland.

    Holiday Inn Express, Auckland

    Breakfast
Whangarei, New Zealand
Te Puia Pa Women Performing

Day 5 – Auckland – Rotorua

There’s no bad day in Auckland – today, yours starts with a city sights tour before…

There’s no bad day in Auckland – today, yours starts with a city sights tour before you set your GPS for the Waikato River and Waitomo Caves. This place is radiant – quite literally. While cruising cavernous waterways, your route is cast in a magical light by thousands of glowworms. It’s a landscape almost as otherworldly as Rotorua, where mud pops and jettisons from bubbling geysers, and steam rushes skywards from cracks in the Earth. This evening, explore Te Puia’s geothermal valley, and learn about Māori history and culture on this guided experience, which includes a dinner of hangi-inspired cuisine and a cultural performance in a finely carved meeting house, Te Aronui a Rua. It ends on a high at the Pohutu Geyser, where, armed with a hot chocolate you’ll view one of New Zealand’s geothermal wonderlands.

    Ibis Rotorua Hotel

    Breakfast, Dinner
Te Puia Pa Women Performing
Door in Hobbiton

Day 6 – Rotorua Free Time

Explore at your own pace today, but with plenty of tips from your Travel Director. Want…

Explore at your own pace today, but with plenty of tips from your Travel Director. Want a bit of down time? We wouldn’t blame you for simply blissing out at in the steamy thermal springs at Rotorua’s Polynesian Spa. Animal lover? Go behind the scenes on a working kiwi nursery and hatchery. Culture vulture? Hobbit fans will want to take advantage of the opportunity to tour the sights featured in The Lord of the Rings movies at Hobbiton. These beautiful landscapes are not only a bucket list tour for Hobbit fans, but a gorgeous countryside getaway.

    Ibis Rotorua Hotel

    Breakfast
Door in Hobbiton
Huka Falls

Day 7 – Rotorua – Wellington

You’ll hear Huka Falls well before you see it – at this natural wonder, a staggering…

You’ll hear Huka Falls well before you see it – at this natural wonder, a staggering 220,000 litres of water thunder over an 11-metre-high waterfall every second. The road ahead unfolds in a broad panorama of Lake Taupo, its waters so vivid and blue you’ll think someone has taken the glasses off your nose and cleaned them for the first time. Traverse the Kapiti Coast to New Zealand’s cool little capital, Wellington, where there are so many restaurants and bars to choose from. Ask your Travel Director for tips on where to eat.

    Travelodge Wellington

    Breakfast
Huka Falls
Wellington

Day 8 – Farewell from Wellington

The best way to begin a Wellington day? With a coffee. The city is known for…

The best way to begin a Wellington day? With a coffee. The city is known for its uber-cool cafés, designed to fuel you through your city sights tour. You may wish to linger in town, discovering Maori culture at Te Papa, the Museum of New Zealand. Afterwards, it’s time to bid farewell to your NZ crew.

    Breakfast
Wellington

Your Itinerary

You can customise your holiday by adding extra nights or activities before or after your North Island escorted tour. Just let us know what you would like to do.

Day 1

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Welcome to Auckland

Auckland is known as the ‘City of Sails’. And you’ll discover why when exploring its two harbours at your leisure. Pick a waterfront precinct and find a perch to while away the afternoon over a Marlborough sauvignon blanc. Meet your fellow travel companions at a Welcome reception tonight.

    Holiday Inn Express, Auckland

Viaduct Harbour, Auckland

Day 2

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Auckland – Bay of Islands

Your journey north to New Zealand’s Bay of Islands is not short of drama – discover 140 droplets of land ringed by turquoise sea at the top of the country. It’s undeniably beautiful, but it also holds a special historical secret: this is where the Treaty of Waitangi was signed in 1840, between Captain William Hobson and Māori chiefs. Your guide, likely an ancestor of one of the original signatories, will explain the significance of the site, while pointing out the world’s largest ceremonial war canoe and a carved meeting house.

    Copthorne Hotel and Resort

    Breakfast, Dinner
Bay of Islands

Day 3

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Bay of Islands Free Time

If there’s a travel destination that inspires wanderlust, the Bay of Islands is it. And today, you can do just that. At your leisure, venture up to Cape Reinga/Te Rerenga Wairua, the very top of New Zealand, via idyllic Ninety Mile Beach. Or glide around on an historic tall ship, cruise to the famous Hole in the Rock or join a tour of Russell and learn more about the settling of the Bay of Islands. The choice is yours.

    Copthorne Hotel and Resort

    Breakfast
Ninety Mile Beach, New Zealand

Day 4

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Bay of Islands – Auckland

Northern exposure is a thing today, when you journey toward the top of the country to visit Whangarei – NZ’s northernmost city, and a place where waterfalls meet beaches, galleries meet museums. It’s like the country in a tantalising snapshot – a union of nature and forward-thinking culture. Explore at your leisure before sinking back into your seat for the mesmerising commute back to Auckland.

    Holiday Inn Express, Auckland

    Breakfast
Whangarei, New Zealand

Day 5

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Auckland – Rotorua

There’s no bad day in Auckland – today, yours starts with a city sights tour before you set your GPS for the Waikato River and Waitomo Caves. This place is radiant – quite literally. While cruising cavernous waterways, your route is cast in a magical light by thousands of glowworms. It’s a landscape almost as otherworldly as Rotorua, where mud pops and jettisons from bubbling geysers, and steam rushes skywards from cracks in the Earth. This evening, explore Te Puia’s geothermal valley, and learn about Māori history and culture on this guided experience, which includes a dinner of hangi-inspired cuisine and a cultural performance in a finely carved meeting house, Te Aronui a Rua. It ends on a high at the Pohutu Geyser, where, armed with a hot chocolate you’ll view one of New Zealand’s geothermal wonderlands.

    Ibis Rotorua Hotel

    Breakfast, Dinner
Te Puia Pa Women Performing

Day 6

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Rotorua Free Time

Explore at your own pace today, but with plenty of tips from your Travel Director. Want a bit of down time? We wouldn’t blame you for simply blissing out at in the steamy thermal springs at Rotorua’s Polynesian Spa. Animal lover? Go behind the scenes on a working kiwi nursery and hatchery. Culture vulture? Hobbit fans will want to take advantage of the opportunity to tour the sights featured in The Lord of the Rings movies at Hobbiton. These beautiful landscapes are not only a bucket list tour for Hobbit fans, but a gorgeous countryside getaway.

    Ibis Rotorua Hotel

    Breakfast
Door in Hobbiton

Day 7

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Rotorua – Wellington

You’ll hear Huka Falls well before you see it – at this natural wonder, a staggering 220,000 litres of water thunder over an 11-metre-high waterfall every second. The road ahead unfolds in a broad panorama of Lake Taupo, its waters so vivid and blue you’ll think someone has taken the glasses off your nose and cleaned them for the first time. Traverse the Kapiti Coast to New Zealand’s cool little capital, Wellington, where there are so many restaurants and bars to choose from. Ask your Travel Director for tips on where to eat.

    Travelodge Wellington

    Breakfast
Huka Falls

Day 8

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Farewell from Wellington

The best way to begin a Wellington day? With a coffee. The city is known for its uber-cool cafés, designed to fuel you through your city sights tour. You may wish to linger in town, discovering Maori culture at Te Papa, the Museum of New Zealand. Afterwards, it’s time to bid farewell to your NZ crew.

    Breakfast
Wellington

This Tour Includes

7 nights hotel accommodation
7 breakfasts and 2 dinners
Expert tour director
Activities and experiences as detailed in the itinerary
Professional and experienced driver
Travel by luxury, air conditioned coach

Departure Dates

Check for departure dates that suit you:

2024-08-31

2024-09-07

2024-09-21

2024-09-28

2024-10-05

2024-10-12

2024-10-19

2024-10-26

2024-11-02

2024-11-09

2024-11-23

2024-11-30

2024-12-07

2024-12-14

2024-12-21

2025-01-04

2025-01-11

2025-01-18

2025-01-25

2025-02-01

2025-02-08

2025-02-15

2025-02-22

2025-03-01

2025-03-08

2025-03-15

2025-03-22

2025-04-12

2025-04-19

2025-05-24

2025-06-21

2025-07-19

2025-08-02

2025-08-30

2025-09-06

2025-09-20

2025-09-27

2025-10-04

2025-10-11

2025-10-18

2025-10-25

2025-11-01

2025-11-08

2025-11-22

2025-11-29

2025-12-06

2025-12-13

2025-12-20

2026-01-03

2026-01-10

2026-01-17

2026-01-24

2026-01-31

2026-02-07

2026-02-14

2026-02-21

2026-02-28

2026-03-07

2026-03-14

2026-03-21

To confirm availability please call 0333 234 3209.

This tour is a also available in reverse from Wellington to Auckland – call your consultant for departure dates

Flights & More

With FREEDOM, you can book your Northern Spotlight escorted tour and flights together, as an ATOL protected package. Our Travel Experts can find the best priced Economy, Premium or Business Class flights for you.

You can also personalise your holiday. Why not add:

  • Extra nights in Auckland or Wellington, before or after your tour
  • A stopover in Singapore, Dubai or other destination

Next Step

Please get in touch with our New Zealand Experts to start planning your holiday. You’ll have a single point of contact from your first enquiry through booking.

Northern Spotlight

8 day Escorted Tour – from £2499 £2249

With flights from £3499

All prices are per person, based on two people sharing a double or twin room and include meals shown. Seasonal supplements may apply. Please call Freedom Destinations to confirm departure dates and availability.

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