Northern Discovery

8 day Premium Guided Tour - from £1975

Discover the majesty of New Zealand’s North Island on an 8 day premium guided expedition. Take in the beauty of the Bay of Islands, Auckland, Rotorua, Taupo, Mt Ruapehu, Wellington and more.


  • Cruise through the ‘Hole in the Rock’
  • Choose from a selection of activities in Rotorua
  • Immerse yourself in Maori culture at a Hangi feast and concert
  • Explore the Museum of New Zealand, Te Papa
  • Premium accommodation throughout
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Your Itinerary

Day 1: Welcome to Auckland

On arrival in Auckland you’ll have time at leisure for relaxing or exploring. This evening, meet your Travel Director for a Welcome Reception at your hotel.

Hotel: The Cordis

Day 2: Auckland – Bay of Islands

Depart Auckland and then travel through Northland’s lush farmland. Arriving this afternoon in the stunning Bay of Islands, you’ll experience spectacular scenery as you cruise through game fishing waters to the rugged Cape Brett Peninsula.

Meals: Breakfast & Dinner
Hotel: Copthorne Resort Bay of Islands, Garden Rooms, 2 nights

Day 3: Bay of Islands

Today, choose one from a range of Included Choice sightseeing experiences. Go sailing aboard the historic tall ship, the R Tucker Thompson, through sheltered waters while sipping wine as the sun sets. Perhaps take a mini tour of historic Russell. Explore the Waitangi Treaty Grounds or enjoy a relaxing tour of Kerikeri and sample organic wines, and taste delicious chocolates!

Meals: Breakfast

Day 4: Bay of Islands - Auckland

Enjoy time at leisure before returning to Auckland. Your journey takes you to Whangarei and then Parry Kauri Park to walk among New Zealand’s native forest giants. Enjoy a memorable dinner at Eight restaurant at The Cordis.

Meals: Breakfast, Highlight Dinner
Hotel: The Cordis

Day 5: Auckland – Rotorua

See the sights of Auckland and then head to the Waitomo Caves, where you’ll cruise through the twinkling

Glowworm Grotto.

Meals: Breakfast
Hotel: Millennium Hotel Rotorua, 2 nights

Day 6: Rotorua

Embark on one of your Included Choice sightseeing experiences. Unwind at the Polynesian Spa, tour the Whakarewarewa Thermal Reserve, visit the Hobbiton movie set or explore Rotorua and its sparkling lakes in an amphibious WWII-era Duck. Tonight enjoy a Highlight Dinner at the Tamaki Māori Village, where you can wander through the traditional settlement and enjoy an authentic Māori Hangi meal.

Meals: Breakfast & Highlight Dinner

Day 7: Rotorua - Wellington

Say Haere Ra (goodbye) to Rotorua this morning and journey out through pine forests and farmland to a hidden little spot, Huka Falls. From here the road unfolds into a broad panorama of Lake Taupo, New Zealand’s largest lake. Journey south over the Central Plateau and along the Kapiti Coast to New Zealand’s capital city, Wellington. Enjoy an exclusive after-hours guided tour of Te Papa Museum of New Zealand. Before leaving there, top off the night with a Highlight Dinner.

Meals: Breakfast & Farewell Dinner
Hotel: James Cook Hotel Grand Chancellor

Day 8: Farewell from Wellington

Say farewell to your new-found friends when your holiday comes to an end this morning after breakfast.

Meals: Breakfast

8 day Premium Guided Tour - from £1975

With flights from £2925


  • Add extra nights in Auckland from £91 per night
  • Add extra nights in Wellington from £74 per night
  • 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 2019.

Northern Discovery Map

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
  • 7 breakfasts and 4 dinners
  • Expert tour director
  • Airport transfers and extra night options

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