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Great Northerner

Auckland to Wellington
9 Days Request Quote
Trip Code: NCW09
  • Trip Highlights
  • Map & Itinerary
  • Travel & Accommodation

Trip Highlights

A Place of Peace

See where the original treaty between the British and New Zealand's Maori people was signed at Waitangi Treaty Grounds.

Islands for Every Occasion

Cruise the Bay of Islands, home to 144 islands and take in the sights of small coves and sandy white beaches.

Wonderful Wellington

With a two-night stay in the New Zealand capital, you have plenty of opportunities to explore its best-loved landmarks.

Your Vacation Includes

  • Enriching Signature Experiences and Freedom of Choice Inclusions
  • 8 Breakfasts and 5 Dinners
  • APT Tour Director, plus expert local guides
  • Overseas transfers, luggage porterage & tipping

Map & Itinerary

New Zealand Map NCW09 2018/19
Auckland to Wellington

Designed Exclusively for APT guests

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

These once-in-a-lifetime moments allow you to experience an unforgettable world of exclusive moments, incredible cultures and charming surprises

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Sightseeing

Personalise your holiday with a choice of included sightseeing options sure to leave you with lifelong memories

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Dining

Choose from a variety of included dining options sure to tantalise the tastebuds of every guest

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Sightseeing

Perhaps you’ll dive into an Auckland city tour, a Bush and Beach Wilderness Adventure, a cruise on Waitemata Harbour, or a visit to a sea aquarium.


On arrival into Auckland on New Zealand’s beautiful North Island, be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel. Enjoy the opportunity to discover the city as you choose from a range of exciting sightseeing inclusions.

Stay: Auckland, Grand Millennium Hotel

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  • Dinner

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Visit the Waitangi Treaty Grounds, where the original treaty between the British and Maori people was signed. Here, you will also enjoy a visit to the Maori Meeting House and War Canoe.


Cross Auckland’s Harbour Bridge this morning and travel along the Hibiscus Coast. Stop at Matakohe’s Kauri Museum for an insight into the pioneering history of the country’s Northland region.

Stay: Two Nights, Bay of Islands, Copthorne Hotel & Resort

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  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Sightseeing

The Bay of Islands teems with an exciting and rich history. Enjoy your selected sightseeing activity, such as embarking on a tall ship sailing adventure aboard the R. Tucker Thomson, enjoying a dolphin watching eco-cruise, or joining a guided tour of Waitangi. Perhaps you might even cruise to the romantic town of Russell, or visit Cape Reinga where you’ll drive along the sands of Ninety Mile Beach.


Enjoy a full day at leisure to explore the aquatic wonderland of the Bay of Islands during your selected sightseeing activity.

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  • Breakfast

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Explore the spectacular Bay of Islands on a cruise to Cape Brett and the famous Hole in the Rock. You’ll meander through the inner islands, admiring the sandy beaches and rocky outcrops.


After your sightseeing, back at your hotel in Auckland, you will be treated to a Pacific-themed dinner that features some of the tastiest regional New Zealand produce. Relax and enjoy the company of your fellow travellers as you savour local flavours.

Stay: Auckland, Grand Millennium Hotel

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  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Experience the unique dance, music and culture of the Māori people at a fascinating traditional Hāngī Feast and village experience.


Travel to Waitomo, home to the famous glow worm caves where thousands of tiny luminescent creatures radiate an eerie glow. Discover this natural wonder on a silent boat ride through a mystical grotto, lit by thousands of glow worms. Afterwards, travel to Rotorua, a centre of Maori culture and famous for its incredible geothermal activity.

Stay: Two Nights, Holiday Inn Rotorua

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  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Sightseeing

Perhaps enjoy a sheep show at the Agrodome followed by a visit to Te Puia Thermal Reserve. Alternatively, gain access to Redwood Treewalk with a knowledgable Maori guide, or visit Wai-O-Tapu. Otherwise, you might choose to see some of the sets from The Lord of the Rings, or visit Rotorua Museum.


Spend this morning on your Freedom of Choice activity.

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  • Breakfast

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Dining

Discover the tantalising flavours of New Zealand with a choice from two tempting restaurants in which to dine.


Today you will follow the Thermal Explorer Highway through the North Island. View the Wairakei Steam Valley, then, visit Huka Falls and Lake Taupo, before travelling across Tongariro National Park to Wellington.

Stay: Two Nights, InterContinental Wellington

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  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

With two nights in the New Zealand capital, you will have plenty of time to discover the city’s highlights. After breakfast, set off on a tour taking you to the city’s best-loved landmarks and sights, including New Zealand’s national museum - Te Papa Tongarewa. The afternoon and evening have been left free for you to enjoy discovering Wellington at your own pace. You may like to head to the Central Business District to experience its vibrant mix of Victorian architecture, theatres, boutiques and galleries. Or, why not grab a bite to eat at one of the waterfront restaurants for a true taste of North Island eating.

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  • Breakfast

Your journey comes to an end today as you are transferred to the airport.

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  • Breakfast

Travel & Accommodation

Flavours of New Zealand

Savour a range of tantalising cuisine including a traditional Hangi feast in Rotorua at Tamaki Maori Village.

Choose Where to Dine

With a choice of restaurants available in Wellington, you're guaranteed to be satisfied.

Stylish Hotels and Resorts

Stay at handpicked hotels including two nights at the Copthorne Hotel & Resort Bay of Islands.

I had never been to New Zealand before and experiencing the areas I have and with the knowledge of our driver Malcolm I have learnt a great deal. Malcolm was excellent!