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North Island Explorer

Immerse yourself in the history and natural wonder of the North Island of New Zealand as we discover the very best the island has to offer. 

8 Days
3 Experiences
1 Country
10 Inclusions
1 Room options

About This Trip

The North Island of New Zealand is a stunning combination of extreme natural beauty and rich Maori history. Your knowledgeable, friendly guide will help uncover every aspect of the North Island so you get to truly know what makes it tick. You will catch all of the highlights, but also get off the beaten track to see some very special parts of the island.  

 

There are so many natural highlights in the North Island, but we have managed to fit them all in to give you an unforgettable experience. Driving past the snow-covered peaks of Mt Ruapehu and Mt Tongariro you might expect an alpine adventure, but nothing could be further from the truth. You will head along the Thermal Explorer Highway to spend time at the geothermal wonderland of Rotorua. With trips in gondolas to view the area from above and in-depth guided tours around the site, you will enjoy every second of your time here.  

 

From Rotorua, you head towards the paradise that is the Bay of Islands. Here you will take to the azure seas to explore tiny islands, fringed with white sands and calm bays. The seas are teeming with glorious wildlife and you are invited to jump right in and join the turtles, rays and dolphins that inhabit this region of intense natural beauty.  

 

Add to this some time to explore Wellington and Auckland and you have a North Island adventure that will live long in the memory.

 


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What To Expect

Trip Itinerary

Where You'll Stay
Included
3.5 Star Accommodation

3.5-star accommodation is provided throughout your tour.

Single supplementNo
Max occupancy2 adult people
ShareableNot available
Bedding arrangementDouble/Twin Room
highlights

The North Island is rich in natural beauty and this is what we really wanted to tap into in this tour, to make sure that you experienced all sides of this wonderful island. The Bay of Islands is truly stunning, a real paradise that you just don’t see coming after driving through snow-capped peaks at the start of your trip.  

 

Rotorua is world-famous and really needs no introduction, but we wanted to make sure that you got to explore it properly. So, we added in the gondola trip to give you an aerial view of the power of this natural wonder and then added a speedy luge trip to bring you back down to earth.  

 

To get a broad range of the cultural aspects of the North Island we not only immerse you in Maori culture everywhere you visit but take you to the remarkable Te Papa, New Zealand’s national museum, which will stun you with its cutting edge technology. A trip that covers all aspects of North Island life.


location

The tour starts in Wellington where you will be collected from the airport and taken to your hotel. From there, you never need to lift a finger and every transfer is covered until you arrive in Auckland, where at the end of the tour we will transport you to meet your onward flight.


accommodation

Hotel Ibis - Wellington

Ibis Wellington is in the heart of the city near the bustle of Lambton Quay and walking distance to Parliament and Te Papa. Visit Vivant Restaurant and Bar for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

  • Deal occupancy - 2 people
  • Room size - 24 sqm
  • Bedding configuration - king or twin beds
  • Max occupancy - 2 people

 

Sudima Hotel - Rotorua

Expansive sub-tropical gardens and extensive guest facilities enhance the welcoming atmosphere of this resort-style hotel. With modern rooms overlooking the beautiful grounds, this is the perfect base to explore the Bay of Islands.

  • Deal occupancy - 2 people
  • Room size - 27 sqm
  • Bedding configuration - king or twin beds
  • Max occupancy - 2 people

Hotel Kingsgate - Bay of Islands

Perfectly positioned on the waterfront with stunning views of the brilliant blue-green sea, Kingsgate Hotel Autolodge Paihia is the ideal base from which you can explore the 144 islands in Bay of Islands.

  • Deal occupancy - 2 people
  • Room size - 25 sqm
  • Bedding configuration - king or twin beds
  • Max occupancy - 2 people

Hotel Rydges - Auckland

Relax and recharge in the luxurious king-size Dream bed with layered triple sheeting, feather and down duvets and sublime slumber pillows, plus an all tiled chic designed ensuite which includes a complimentary range of personal amenities.

  • Deal occupancy - 2 people
  • Bedding configuration - king or twin beds
  • Max occupancy - 2 people

facilities

Hotel Ibis - Wellington

  • Bar
  • Restaurant
  • Currency exchange
  • 24-hour front desk

 

Sudima Hotel - Rotorua

  • Heated swimming pool 
  • Private spa
  • Massage therapist on-site
  • High-speed internet access
  • Currency exchange
  • On-site restaurant & bar

 

Hotel Kingsgate - Bay of Islands

  • Air Conditioning 
  • Free Wi-Fi 
  • Games Room 
  • Restaurant and bar 
  • Pool 
  • Gym 

 

Hotel Rydges - Auckland

  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Rooftop terrace
  • The CUT Restaurant & Bar
  • Fully equipped gym
  • Room service
  • Money exchange

important info

Exclusions

  • Return international flights
  • Visas
  • Optional activities/tours, personal expenses/transfers not mentioned
  • Travel insurance
  • Tips & gratuities

Age restrictions

  • This tour is restricted to guests aged 18 years or older

Group size

  • Minimum number for this tour to operate is two people

Passport & visa requirements

  • All visitors require a passport to enter New Zealand. For Australian citizens travelling on an Australian passport, you do not need a visa or permit to visit New Zealand
  • Any visitor that is not an Australian citizen may require a visa to enter
  • It is the visitors responsibility to ensure they are holding the correct and current visa for the countries they are visiting
  • If the visitor is a non-Australian passport holder, a valid re-entry visa may be required
  • Important: Please start arranging your visa at least 6-8 weeks prior to departure to account for any delays due to consulate operating hours and processing times
  • A valid passport with a minimum validity of 6 months beyond your return travel date is required for all passengers (including children and infants)

Travel insurance

  • We recommend you purchase travel insurance as soon as possible after purchasing this package

Health & vaccination

  • Travellers are advised to check with their local health professional at least 45 days prior to departure, as some vaccinations require 30 days or more to be effective
  • New Zealand’s public and private medical/hospital facilities provide a high standard of treatment and service. It is advised that you ensure you have adequate health insurance cover as part of your travel insurance

Porterage

  • Porterage is included throughout the trip

Tipping

  • Tipping and gratuities are not included in the package and are at your own discretion

Fitness Requirements

  • Travellers should have a good level of physical fitness and mobility. They must be able to negotiate uneven surfaces and in some cases climb stairs
  • Please note that some tours can include a lot of walking so please be sure to check if a comfortable pair of hiking boots is necessary

Dietary Requirements

  • Any dietary requirements must be received by DealsAway at least 30 days prior to your scheduled departure date. Failure to provide these details by this date may result in an inability to cater for your requirements
  • In most cases DealsAway can cater for special dietary requirements but please note that on occasion, this may not be possible due to location, lack of availability of ingredients, and other extenuating circumstances. It is always advised to carry supplies with you

Transfers

  • All transfers are included on this trip

Documentation

  • For travellers residing in Australia, your documentation pack will be sent to you prior to travelling. For travellers residing outside of Australia, your personalised itinerary will be emailed to you. Your documentation pack will be ready for collection at your first tour hotel in New Zealand

Luggage limits

  • All travellers are supplied with a travel bag for personal and small items which can be carried on the coach when travelling. The travel bag is designed to carry a maximum of 6kg (13lbs). Due to limited space on board the coach, please ensure carry-on bags do not exceed this limit. Each traveller is entitled to travel with ONE suitcase on tour measuring (length + width + depth) no more than 150cm (59”)
  • Weight limits also apply to luggage due to Occupational Health and Safety issues. Approximately, the maximum suitcase weight allowed is 23kg (50lbs). If a traveller brings more than the allocated limit of luggage, any additional arrangements made to get their luggage to the final destination will be at their own expense
  • Please be aware that oversized or overweight luggage may be refused to be carried by coach companies. All luggage is entirely at the ‘owners risk’ whilst on tour and we strongly recommend that travel insurance be taken out by each traveller to cover accidental damage or loss

 

Luggage tags

  • Located in your ticket wallet. For proper identification, please ensure you attach your luggage tag to the top handle of your main suitcase and not your hand luggage. This will assist the Coach Captain to identify your luggage when loading the coach throughout your tour

 

Money matters

  • New Zealand’s unit of currency is the New Zealand Dollar (NZD). All major international credit cards are accepted and provided they are encoded with a PIN, may be used to obtain cash from Automatic Teller Machines throughout New Zealand. Check with your bank whether this facility is available to you. It is highly recommended you obtain a small amount of New Zealand currency prior to your arrival in New Zealand
  • Cash Passports or Travel Money Cards are popular and are a safe and convenient way to allow you to access cash at Automatic Teller Machines throughout New Zealand

 

Name badge

  • For travellers receiving their documentation pack prior to arrival in New Zealand, please ensure you are wearing your personalised name badge upon arrival at the airport for easy identification
  • For all other travellers, your name badge will be included as part of your documentation pack made available at your first tour hotel in NZ. Please ensure you wear your name badge at all times whilst on tour

 

Tipping

  • New Zealanders do not depend on tips for their income, however tipping in appreciation for extra-special service is at the discretion of the individual traveller
  • Some tours may organise an envelope to be circulated for a group presentation to the Coach Captain and/or Tour Guide but any contribution is based on individual appreciation and is not mandatory

 

Smoking laws

  • Smoking is not permitted in all indoor spaces in New Zealand hospitality venues. This means you can no longer smoke inside places such as bars, gaming venues, clubs, hotel rooms, and restaurants

 

Incidentals

  • We suggest you allow a minimum of NZ $40 - $50 per day per person for incidental cash expenses such as lunch, morning and afternoon tea

 

Role of your Coach Captain & Tour Guide

  • Your Coach Captain is responsible for driving and maintaining the coach and for providing commentary throughout the tour. Your Tour Guide is responsible for your wellbeing and for co-ordinating all the accommodation and activities. It is important whilst travelling on tour that you follow all crew instructions

Coach seat rotation

  • For the enjoyment of all travellers a daily seat rotation operates which all travellers must participate in as a condition of booking. The coach seat plan is displayed on the coach for your reference

DealsAway savings

  • The value and comparative savings have been determined based on published rack rates and the value of inclusions. Please be advised that rack rates may not be reflective of actual rates being charged, dependent on the timing and manner of your booking and therefore are only indicative of the level of saving

Itinerary amendments & changes

  • Occasionally our itineraries are updated prior to departure to incorporate improvements stemming from past travellers’ feedback as well as updates from our ground operators. Please note that while we operate successful tours in this region throughout the year, some changes may be necessary due to inclement weather, public holidays, common seasonal changes to timetables and transport routes, and unforeseen circumstances. This can happen with little notice so please be prepared for modifications to the route. The order and timing of included activities may also vary from time to time

Surcharges

  • Any prices quoted exclude specific costs/measures which may be introduced at a later stage as a result of Government changes due to COVID-19 health and safety restrictions. DealsAway will inform its guests of these changes as soon as possible, these additional charges will be passed on by DealsAway to the guest

AMENDMENTS & CHANGES

Name change or corrections

  • Name corrections may incur a fee
  • Name changes are not permitted

Date changes

  • Date changes are not permitted

Refunds

  • Please refer to our booking conditions for all information on refunds

DealsAway reserves the right to modify prices for marketing and commercial reasons. Please note that full terms and conditions apply. Refer to the website's terms and conditions.

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