Bay of Islands & Rotorua Unearthed

A 7-Day/6-Night Short Break Tour

Bay of Islands & Rouorua

On this Short Break you'll travel with a different driver guide and group of like-minded travellers each day, for a more diverse experience.


Day-by-Day Itinerary:

Day 1: Welcome to Auckland – Bay of Islands

Depart Auckland by coach for the Bay of Islands. On arrival in Paihia visit the historic Waitangi Treaty Reserve, where New Zealand's founding document, the Treaty of Waitangi, was signed. You'll have time on your own to learn about New Zealand's early Maori and European history and take in highlights such as the Maori War Canoe (Waka) and Meeting House (Marae). Then board the Dolphin Seeker, a purpose-built catamaran, and meet your experienced local skipper for a cruise through the beautiful clear waters. Keep a look out for common and bottlenose dolphins, whales and other marine life as you get up close to the action. Enjoy the views as you cruise past the Cape Brett Lighthouse, before arriving at the majestic 'Hole in the Rock'. You'll be holding your breath as the skipper navigates through the narrow space. Take in the unique sights of Grand Cathedral Cave before heading back into the inner islands of the Bay. (D)

Hotels (2 nights):
Standard Class: Copthorne Resort Bay of Islands, Garden Rooms
First Class: Copthorne Resort Bay of Islands, Water View Rooms

Day 2: Bay of Islands 'Free Time'

The day is at leisure for you to experience the beauty of the Bay of Islands. Perhaps take a coach trip to Cape Reinga, the northern-most point of New Zealand, via idyllic Ninety Mile Beach, a day of sailing on a tall ship or play a round of golf. Tonight, you can choose to dine at one of the local cafés or restaurants on the waterfront. (B)

Day 3: Bay of Islands – Auckland

This morning why not spend time in a local café or perhaps take a ferry to Russell, the first capital of New Zealand. This afternoon enjoy the lush green farmland scenery as you return to Auckland. (B)

Standard Class: Scenic Hotel Auckland
First Class: The Langham Hotel Auckland

Day 4: Auckland – Waitomo – Rotorua

Travel through the lush farmland of the Waikato and King Country regions. Enjoy a morning snack as you drive past Rangiriri, the location of a historic Maori Land Wars site. On arrival in the small town of Waitomo, tour with a local guide through the Waitomo Glow Worm Caves with their amazing stalactites, stalagmites and other limestone formations. Finish with a silent boat ride through the Glow Worm Grotto – a subterranean cavern lit by thousands of tiny glow worms. Later, travel on to Rotorua, the cultural center of New Zealand. (B)

Hotels (2 nights):
Standard Class: Copthorne Hotel, Rotorua
First Class: Millennium Hotel, Rotorua

Day 5: Rotorua

Enjoy a sightseeing tour around three of Rotorua's iconic visitor attractions. Experience Te Puia, a place of Maori culture and a thermal wonderland of impressive geysers and boiling mud pools. Explore Rainbow Springs Nature Park, which showcases native flora and fauna. You may even spot a kiwi! Then enjoy a demonstration of New Zealand's agricultural industry with a sheep shearing display and sheep dog trials at the Agrodome Sheep Show. Tonight, enjoy a unique Maori Hangi dinner and concert on a local Marae. (B, D)

Day 6: Rotorua - Auckland

This morning is at leisure. Later, travel through lush Waikato farmland on your way to Auckland. (B)

Standard Class: Scenic Hotel Auckland
First Class: The Langham Hotel Auckland

Day 7: Farewell from Auckland

Your short break concludes this morning after breakfast. You'll be transferred to Auckland Airport for your onward flight (flights anytime). (B)

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