Visit the mesmerising Waitomo caves and see thousands of tiny glowworms illuminate the limestone walls
With a two-night stay in the New Zealand capital, you have plenty of opportunities to explore its best-loved landmarks
Cruise the Bay of Islands, home to 144 islands and take in the sights of small coves and sandy white beaches
Enjoy a range of included special or unique excursions and events
Upon arrival in Auckland, you will be met and transferred to your hotel.
Stay: Rydges Auckland Hotel
After breakfast this morning, travel north to the Waipoua Kauri Forest Reserve - one of New Zealand’s most famous kauri forests. Here, you will take a short walk to the base of a giant kauri tree, called Tane Mahuta or ‘Lord of the Forest’, the largest and most celebrated kauri tree known to stand today. Unique to New Zealand, local Maori people considered these giant trees to be the kings of New Zealand’s forests, while European’s used the wood to construct sturdy spars for their ships, resulting in a rapid decline of the native forests. Today, this forest is heavily protected and new saplings are continuously planted. Later, continue further north to the stunning Bay of Islands, an area that symbolises the birthplace of the nation as the site of the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840. After settling in to your hotel, enjoy a Welcome Dinner tonight.
Stay: Two Nights: Copthorne Hotel and Resort Bay of Islands, in a room with garden viewsDaily :
The Bay of Islands is home to 144 islands providing a beautiful aquatic playground off the north coast of the North Island. Today, after breakfast, you will enjoy a full day at leisure to explore the idyllic subtropical surrounds, said to have some of the bluest skies in the world. You might like to spend some of the day relaxing on one of the pristine beaches or exploring the lush wilderness areas via one of the many walking tracks. In the main town of Paihia, weatherboard shops line the peaceful waterfront promenade and a smattering of white boats bob up and down on the harbour. Known as the ‘Jewel of the Bay of Islands’, this is the gateway to the region’s beaches and islets, and the perfect base from which to explore.Daily :
Explore New Zealand’s finest maritime park on a cruise to Cape Brett. This captivating coastline provides sheltered waters for dolphins, whales, seals, penguins and other marine life, so keep a look out while enjoying the remarkable scenery. Onwards lies pristine Motukokako Island, home of the fabled Hole in the Rock. The area is not only spectacular but also a place of significant cultural importance, entwined with early Maori history. When the tide is right, boats can sail right through the narrow 18-metre-high hole, just as local warriors would once do before heading into battle.
Enjoy your Insider Experience. Afterwards, return to Auckland by coach and enjoy dinner.
Stay: Rydges Auckland HotelDaily :
Enjoy a Maori Hangi Feast with performances of song and dance. Delight in the opportunity to dine and interact with locals who will enchant you with their customs and cheerful hospitality.
Discover the magical natural spectacle of Waitomo Caves with a local guide.
Travel to Waitomo, home to the famous glow worm caves where thousands of tiny luminescent creatures radiate an unmistakable glow. At Te Puia - New Zealand’s premier cultural centre - enjoy a guided tour of the Maori Arts and Crafts Institute, during which you will see the incredible Whakarewarewa Thermal Valley and witness geysers erupt and mud pools bubble.
Stay: Two Nights: Rydges RotoruaDaily :
Rotorua captures the essence of New Zealand with its geothermal geysers, fascinating Maori culture and rich heritage. The city is positioned on the Pacific Rim of Fire, and is therefore one of the world’s most active geothermal areas. Your sightseeing continues with a visit to one of New Zealand’s best-loved attractions, the Agrodome, with its entertaining sheep shearing demonstration, dog trials and animal nursery. Later, perhaps enjoy an optional helicopter flight for views over the active White Island volcano (own expense).Daily :
Departing Rotorua, travel along the Thermal Explorer Highway through a region abundant with geothermal activity, crystal-clear lakes, natural spas and rich Maori culture. Stop on the shores of Lake Taupo - the largest freshwater lake in Australasia - and marvel at thundering Huka Falls with its striking blue water. Continue south across the vast volcanic plateau of World Heritage-listed Tongariro National Park and on to Wellington for an overnight stay.
Stay: Travelodge WellingtonDaily :
Your journey comes to an end today as you are transferred to the airport.Daily :
Savour regional flavours on a range of included meals.
Stay in Premium hotels perfectly positioned for you to relax in comfort and explore the local treasures
Keep watch for dolphins as you cruise to the famous Hole in the Rock formation in the Bay of Islands
It has been a privilege to welcome so many guests aboard APT’s award-winning journeys, and a joy to see those guests fall in love with each new experience the world presents.