Iconic North

The North Island is known for its buzzy cities, from cool Wellington to harbourside Auckland. You’ll visit both on this North Island Tour, plus reveal country secrets like: how kiwi fruit are farmed, why NZ dairy is the world’s best, what a Maori hangi is, and the identity of the most popular beach – you get an insider glimpse, backdropped by glacial lakes and steamy thermals.

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7 Days From $3,683* per person, twin share

Guided Holidays - First Choice | Auckland - Wellington


  • Specialist team of two highly experienced Travel Director and Driver
  • Centrally located premium 4- & 5-star hotels
  • National Park entrance fees
  • Meals:
    • 6 Full Breakfasts
    • 1 Be My Guest Lunch
    • 2 Dinners with Wine
    • 1 Highlight Dinner


  • Enjoy an exclusive Be My guest lunch with a retired champion jockey and his wife at Waikato’s working dairy farm, the Red Barn.
  • Boating fanatics, rejoice! Go behind the scenes of the America’s Cup at Auckland’s Maritime Museum with an in-the-know guide.
  • The Tamaki Maori Village Experience reveals Indigenous history through hangi meals and a cultural performance.
  • Travel soundly knowing your visit to Te Puia Thermal Reserve ensures the future of its culturally significant Maori Arts and Crafts institute.

Travel Period: 01 April 2022 - 31 Mar 2023


Day 1: Welcome to Auckland

This evening, meet your fellow travellers and your Travel Director at a Welcome Reception and dinner.

Hotel: The Cordis

Meals: Dinner with Wine

Day 2: Auckland

Your day starts with a visit to the New Zealand Maritime Museum for an exclusive America’s Cup guided tour. It speaks to New Zealand’s vast boatbuilding history, right through to modern-day technology. Witness the teamwork, innovation and technical skill behind competitive yacht racing. Afterwards travel around the waterfront from central city out to Mission Bay. Prepare your camera for the stop at Bastion Point and the Michael Joseph Savage Memorial, as you will get stunning shots of Auckland, the North Shore and the Waitemata.

Hotel: The Cordis

Meals: Breakfast

Day 3: Auckland - Rotorua

You’re invited to a Be My Guest lunch at the home of Lance and Bridgette O’Sullivan, New Zealand horse racing royalty. Enjoy a sumptuous country-style lunch at the Red Barn on their beautiful Waikato farm. This afternoon, it’s on to Rotorua for an orientation tour that takes in views of Lake Rotorua followed by a visit to Te Puia for a tour through the Whakarewarewa Thermal Reserve.

Hotel: Millennium Hotel, Rotorua

Meals: Breakfast, Be My Guest Lunch, Dinner with Wine

Day 4: Rotorua & Mt. Maunganui

Travel through Te Puke, the kiwifruit capital of New Zealand, which grows around 80% of the country’s kiwifruit. You’ll stop at Kiwifruit Country, a family owned business that is set amongst a 60-hectare orchard. We then travel to Mt. Maunganui, where you’ll have time at leisure. Why not walk up the winding paths of the extinct namesake volcano or relax on the main beach; this glorious stretch of golden sand has been voted the best in the country. Then an evening of culture, history and a Hangi feast Highlight Dinner awaits you at the Tamaki Maori Village.

Hotel: Millennium Hotel, Rotorua

Meals: Breakfast, Highlight Dinner

Day 5: Rotorua Free Time

Relax or explore Rotorua at your own pace.

Hotel: Millennium Hotel, Rotorua

Meals: Breakfast

Day 6: Rotorua - Wellington

Journey out through pine forests and farmland to a little hidden spot, the turquoise torrent of rapids known as Huka Falls. The road ahead unfolds in a broad panorama of Lake Taupo, New Zealand’s largest lake. You will then journey south over the Central Plateau, and along the Kapiti Coast to Wellington.

Hotel: James Cook Hotel Grand Chancellor

Meals: Breakfast

Day 7: Farewell from Wellington

There’s time to explore the Parliament buildings and the Beehive, home to New Zealand’s politicians, as well as the many fascinating exhibits at Te Papa Museum of New Zealand. Say farewell to your fellow travellers before you are transferred by private car to Wellington Airport for your onward flight.

Meals: Breakfast

*Terms and Conditions: Price and itinerary correct as of 18 May 2022. Prices are per person based on twin share accommodation. Prices, itineraries and inclusions are subject to availability and can change at any time without notice. Booking, payment and cancellation conditions apply. Contact your travel agent for full details. SUPPLIER: AAT Kings