Day 1 to 2 – Auckland
On arrival into Auckland you will be transferred to your hotel and after checking in, enjoy the rest of your day at leisure to explore this gateway city.
We have included a day at leisure to allow time to wander through the shops of Queens Street, take in the views at the top of the Sky Tower or maybe an excursion to the local beauty spot of Waiheke Island. (All additional cost)
The following evening meet the rest of your fellow travellers at an welcome reception with your Travel Director.
Day 3 - Bay of Islands
Your Northern Spotlight guided tour begins with a scenic coach journey along the scenic Hibiscus Coast to the Bay of Islands. See spectacular scenery as you cruise to Cape Brett, and the ‘Hole in the Rock’. As you return to Paihia sail past through picturesque islands with deserted sandy beaches and secluded bays. The following day is yours to explore this stunning region. Take a tour of the Waitangi Treaty Grounds or relax on Paihia’s bays and beaches.
Day 5 - Auckland
After a morning at leisure, your guide will drive through lush farmland scenery as you return to Auckland for an overnight stay.
Day 6 to 7 - Rotorua
After a sightseeing tour of Auckland journey south through the Waikato district. Enjoy a guided tour of the famous Waitomo Caves and cruise through the incredible Glowworm Grotto. This afternoon travel to Rotorua, the cultural centre of New Zealand. The following day visit the entertaining Agrodome Farm Show for a sample of Kiwi farm life.
You then have the option to 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. Gain an insight into traditional Māori culture with a concert followed by a delicious Hangi Feast Highlight Dinner at the Tamaki Māori Village.
Day 8 to 9 - Wellington
Travel south to Wairakei and on to Taupo, in the heart of the North Island. View mighty Huka Falls and then follow the eastern shore of Lake Taupo. Discover the alpine scenery of Mt. Ruapehu, Tongariro National Park and the farmlands of Manuwatu, before arriving in the capital city of Wellington. Tonight will play host to a farewell dinner with your tour group and guide.
Day 10 to 13 - Queenstown
Enjoy a sightseeing tour of Wellington, including panoramic views from Mt. Victoria. There’s time to explore the Parliament building and the ‘Beehive’. Later visit Te Papa Museum of New Zealand, where you’ll have time to explore fascinating exhibits revealing great insights into New Zealand’s art, history, cultural and natural heritage. Spend an additional night in this cultural capital to explore the city at your own pace.
Your New Zealand holiday continues as you are transferred to the airport for your domestic flight to the South Island’s adventure capital, Queenstown. Your four night stay here will allow time for you to explore the stunning South Lakes region with its dramatic mountain ranges and expansive glistening lakes. A full day tour to the Fiordland National Park and the iconic Milford Sound is included.
Day 14 - Farewell from Queenstown
Depart Queenstown as you fly over the Remarkable Mountains towards Auckland and your onward flight home.
14 day Holiday Idea - from £2099
With flights from £3199