Northern Spotlight

8 day Guided Tour - from £1425

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


  • Cruise through the ‘Hole in the Rock’
  • Marvel at crystal clear Lake Taupo
  • Spectacular scenery of Tongariro National Park
  • 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

After checking in to your hotel, the rest of your day is at leisure. Enjoy a Welcome Reception with your Travel Director this evening.

Hotel: VR Queen Street Hotel & Suites

Day 2: Auckland – Bay of Islands

Travel 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 past through picturesque islands with deserted sandy beaches and secluded bays.

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

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.

Meals: Breakfast

Day 4: Bay of Islands - Auckland

After a morning at leisure, drive through lush farmland scenery as you return to Auckland.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Hotel: VR Queen Street Hotel & Suites

Day 5: Auckland – 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.

Meals: Breakfast
Hotel: Ibis Rotorua, 2 nights

Day 6: Rotorua

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.

Meals: Breakfast & Highlight Dinner

Day 7: Rotorua - 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. Celebrate your holiday at a Farewell Dinner with your Travel Director.

Meals: Breakfast & Farewell Dinner
Hotel: Travelodge Wellington

Day 8: Farewell from Wellington

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.

Meals: Breakfast

8 day Guided Tour - from £1425

With flights from £2375

Optional Upgrade

Experience New Zealand in luxury by upgrading to the 8-day Premium Northern Discovery tour from Auckland to Wellington– from £2075 with premium hotels, more meals & sightseeing inclusions.

Tour operates in both directions.

Complimentary pre or post night for bookings made before 31st August 2019

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**Book this tour by 31st August 2019 and receive a FREE extra day to explore or relax at the start or end of your tour – call 0333 234 2889 now for dates and availability. Subject to availability, seasonal variations may apply.

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.

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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
  • En suite hotel accommodation
  • Daily breakfast and meals shown
  • Extra night options
  • Return airport transfers

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