Iconic North

Iconic North

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$3160

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Iconic North

7 Days Starting in Auckland and ending in Wellington

Visiting: Auckland, Mission Bay, Bastion Point, Waikato, Rotorua, Te Puia, Whakarewarewa Thermal Reserve, Huka Falls, Lake Taupo, Kapiti Coast, Wellington, Te Papa Museum of New Zealand, Wairarapa, Zealandia Te Māra a Tāne

Tour operator:

AAT Kings

Tour code:

ZAAW24

Physical rating:

Low level of fitness required

Trip Styles:

Luxury, Small Group

Activities:

Sightseeing

From: $3160 $2601 Operator discount: -$474 Mid-Year Mayhem Discount: -$85 -18%

NB: Prices correct on 22-Jul-2024 but subject to change.

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Tour Overview

You could spend eons exploring New Zealand’s two islands. If you only have time to do the North, this NZ holiday is for you. Discover cosmopolitan cities on an Auckland tour and Wellington tour. Revel in geothermal wonders on a steamy Rotorua tour. Drop in on Lord of the Rings movie sets. And be moved by Maori culture, whether in galleries or traditional villages. The Indigenous heartbeat is strong, wherever you venture on this epic NZ tour.

Highlights

  • The dairy industry is big business in New Zealand, as you’ll fast find on the O’Sullivan’s Waikato farm. The stories they’ll tell you about life on the land.

  • Discover just how strong Maori culture is at Te Pa Tu Maori Experience, celebrating art, tradition and cuisine.

  • Your visit to Te Puia not only reveals Rotorua’s steamy history, but also supports up-and-coming Maori creatives.

  • If you want to be blown away by nature, Huka Falls is the place to go. This mighty waterfall sees 220,000 litres of water per second thunder over an 11-metre ridge.

Itinerary

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Day 1 : Welcome To Auckland

Location: Auckland

Accommodation Name: Cordis

Meet your fellow travel companions at a Welcome Reception and dinner, and share stories of your day-one wanderings.

Day 2 : Auckland

Location: Auckland, Mission Bay, Bastion Point

Accommodation Name: Cordis

Those sails on the harbour? They come from a long and fascinating history of boat-building and sailing, as you’ll discover on an America’s Cup tour at the New Zealand Maritime Museum. The water is your backdrop as you skirt the harbour toward dreamy Mission Bay and Bastion Point. There’s nothing like an epic view to set your soul soaring.

Day 3 : Auckland - Rotorua

Location: Waikato, Rotorua, Te Puia, Whakarewarewa Thermal Reserve

Accommodation Name: Millennium Hotel, Rotorua

The O’Sullivan’s welcome you to their Waikato estate for a country-style lunch in their Red Barn. Expect country banter and farm-to-table fare prepared with a lot of love. The next hot spot – in every sense of the word – on your NZ holiday is Rotorua. Visit Te Puia to see and support Maori artisans at work, then continue your Rotorua tour at the steamy Whakarewarewa Thermal Reserve, a staggering valley where geysers pop and thermal springs jettison skywards.

Day 4 : Rotorua

Location: Rotorua

Accommodation Name: Millennium Hotel, Rotorua

Today, choose your own adventure. Tonight, dive deep into Indigenous culture at Te Pā Tū Māori Experience. Hear about Māori history, traditions, and future aspirations across an evening of celebration and feasting. Enjoy a forest kai horotai (seasonal canapes) and chef choice aperitif, followed by a seasonal three-course dinner.

Day 5 : Rotorua - Wellington

Location: Huka Falls, Lake Taupo, Kapiti Coast, Wellington

Accommodation Name: Rydges Wellington

You’ll hear Huka Falls well before you see it – 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 then the Kapiti Coast to New Zealand’s cool little capital, Wellington.

Day 6 : Wellington

Location: Wellington, Te Papa Museum of New Zealand, Wairarapa, Zealandia Te Māra a Tāne

Accommodation Name: Rydges Wellington

Your day in Wellington should – must – begin with a coffee. The city is known for its uber-cool cafés and with coffee in hand you will head out on a city sights tour to take in highlights such as its iconic cable car, parliament and Mt. Victoria. This afternoon is yours to discover Wellington. Perhaps visit Te Papa Museum of New Zealand, tour the Wairarapa wine region or the first urban completely fenced ecosanctuary of Zealandia Te Māra a Tāne, where the biodiversity of 225 hectares of forest is being restored.

Day 7 : Farewell From Wellington

Location: Wellington

It's been a week of epic sights and adventures in the North Island. All good things must come to an end, but there's time to enjoy one last breakfast with your travel companions.

What's Included

  • What's included

    Specialist team of two highly experienced Travel Director and Driver
    Centrally located premium 4- & 5-star hotels
    National Park entrance fees
    Private arrival and departure transfers

  • Dining

    2 Dinners with Wine
    6 Full Breakfasts
    1 Be My Guest Lunch
    1 Highlight Dinner

  • Flight Information

    Day 1 – flights to arrive by 4.00pm into Auckland Airport
    Day 7 – flights to depart anytime from Wellington Airport
    Flights are not included in the holiday price
    Return airport to hotel transfers are included in the holiday price

  • What to Bring

    Water bottle
    Warm layers in cooler months
    Camera
    Comfortable walking shoes
    Sunglasses, sunscreen and hat

Mode of Transport

Day 1 – flights to arrive by 4.00pm into Auckland Airport
Day 7 – flights to depart anytime from Wellington Airport
Flights are not included in the holiday price
Return airport to hotel transfers are included in the holiday price

Accommodation

Your Guided Holiday includes a range of quality accommodation for your comfort. The accommodation you will enjoy on this tour includes:
Day 1 - Cordis, Auckland
Day 3 - Millennium Hotel, Rotorua
Day 5 - Rydges Wellington

Check out our Q&As

  • Who will be my travelling companions on the tour?

    The beauty of taking a holiday with us is you’ll have the opportunity to meet and travel with people from all over the globe.

  • Can I join the tour once it has departed?

    It is important to adhere to departure times while on tour for the comfort of everyone on-board, and to make sure no one misses out on the planned experiences. The coach will not be able to wait for you, and in some instances, if you miss a departure time you will need to make your own way to the next destination to re-join the tour.

  • Do you operate a “single share” option and how does it work?

    AAT Kings operated Guided Holidays have competitive single supplement rates available if you prefer to confirm your own room. Or we can match you to share with a guest of the same gender at no extra cost. If we fail to match you, we will accommodate you in a single room at no extra cost.

  • How long has the tour company been trading?

    Over 100 years

  • What documents will I receive before I travel?

    We will email your documents to you approximately four weeks before your departure date provided you have completed your pre trip registration using the My Travel Portal. If you’ve booked through a travel agent, your documents will be emailed directly to your agent.

Reviews of this operator

Ann Purcell  

Well worth the money

24-Feb-2023

Absolutely wonderful trip. Tastes of southern Australia. Hotels were good quality. Sightseeing was amazing. Manuela our travel director was lovely. A great trip all round

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Lynda Whittingham  

Particularly loved QUEENSTOWN (jet boat) and plane ride over Mt Cook

18-Feb-2023

Great guide “Dexter” who was pleasant and knowledgeable, skilled and pleasant driver, Aaron, interesting activities, and comfortable hotels in good locations. I have been on organized bus trips in different countries and this company stands out. I would travel with them again. Read less

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Trusted Customer  

Milford Sound , West Coast , Queenstown, Christchurch

22-Feb-2023

The most professional tour group i have ever travelled with. Both tour director (Hope) & driver (Dave) had extensive knowledge of NZ. Highly recommended.

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Keith Jones  

Christchurch, Milford Sound and the Franz Joseph Railway journey

02-Mar-2023

Very professional service throughout. Friendly experienced tour guide imparting excellent knowledge and local anecdotes. Friendly professional driver enhanced the overall pleasure. Excellent hotels throughout the holiday.

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Allison Cooper  

Wonderful experience, highlight had to be Uluru so spiritual and beautiful

22-Feb-2023

Very professional. Excellent travel director very knowledgeable and a lovely guy. Amazing experience seeing do many great places.

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    Up to 60 days before tour starts: Forfeit 100% of deposit.

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    At 7 days before tour starts: Forfeit 90% of booking price.

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