7-Day Bay of Islands & Rotorua Tour by AAT Kings

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Duration: 7d
Location: Bay of Islands, Paihia, New Zealand | Paihia, New Zealand

Category: Day Trips & Excursions

Natural beauty in New Zealand's idyllic North Island
Catamaran cruise around the scenic Bay of Islands
Sheepdog trials at the Agrodome Sheep Show
Authentic hāngi dinner & Maori cultural concert
Spectacular natural lights in Waitomo Glowworm Grotto

Guided tour of New Zealand's North Island
Hotel accommodation for 6 nights
Daily breakfast
Dinner on days 1 and 5
Pickup from your Auckland hotel on Day 1
Drop-off at Auckland Airport on Day 7
Live tour commentary provided in English


Take a week to explore the sights of northeastern New Zealand on a tour through the country's diverse culture and scenery. Admire the Bay of Islands and Cape Brett Lighthouse, learn about Maori culture, and venture into the Waitomo Glowworm Caves.

Day 1:
Travel to the Bay of Islands and visit the Waitangi Treaty Reserve to learn about New Zealand's early Maori and European history. Next, hop on a catamaran to cruise past Cape Brett Lighthouse and the famous Hole in the Rock. Watch for dolphins, whales, and other marine life before you turn in for a take a breaking night on the bay.

Day 2:
Spend the day at leisure. If you like, you can visit the Ninety Mile Beach or Cape Reinga, the North Island's northernmost point, or enjoy a day of sailing or sea kayaking on the bay.

Day 3:
If you haven't already, head across the bay to see Russell, New Zealand's first capital. In the afternoon, a drive through pastoral farmland takes you back to the modern capital, where you spend the night in an Auckland hotel.

Day 4:
Travel to the Waitomo Glowworm Caves, explore its amazing limestone formations, and take a boat through the Glowworm Grotto to see the light from thousands of glowworms illuminate the cavern. In the afternoon, visit the Maori heartland of Rotorua and settle in for the night.

Day 5:
Pay a visit to Te Puia, a Maori cultural center amid a wonderland of geysers and mud pools. Discover native flora and fauna at Rainbow Springs Nature Park and see sheepdog trials and a sheep-shearing display at the Agrodome Sheep Show. In the evening, enjoy a dinner of authentic hāngi cuisine and a concert at a traditional communal site.

Day 6:
Spend a day at leisure before you return to Auckland through the lush Waikoto farmlands.

Day 7:
Have breakfast in the morning before your transfer takes you to Auckland Airport.

Cancellation Policy: 47 days
Know before you book: Children 1 and younger are complimentary provided they do not occupy their own seat., Children 17 and younger must be accompanied by a paying adult., At least 2 people are required for this activity to take place., On each day, you will travel with a different driver and guide and a different group of fellow travelers., Standard accommodations are at the Copthorne Resort Bay of Islands (Garden rooms), the Scenic Hotel Auckland, and the Copthorne Hotel Rotorua or similar., First-class accomodations are at the Copthorne Resort Bay of Islands (Water View rooms), the Langham Hotel Auckland, and the Millennium Hotel Rotorua or similar., Travel dates may be subject to change due to availability. Should the trip be fully booked on the requested date, you will be provided with an alternative date., Please arrange pickup from your hotel or a nearby location when you call to confirm your reservation.

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