On this Short Break you’ll travel with a different Driver Guide and group of like-minded travelers each day, for a more diverse experience.
Day 1:-Auckland – Rotorua – Bay of Islands
Hotel: Copthorne Hotel (R) or Millennium Hotel (F), Rotorua, 2 nights
Your first stop is Te Puia, one of New Zealand’s foremost cultural venues. Immerse yourself Maori tradition, see master carvers and weavers at work, then enter the neighbouring Whakarewarewa Thermal Valley, an extraordinary landscape of geysers, steam and bubbling pools of boiling mud. At Rainbow Springs Nature Park see kiwi in the nocturnal viewing house and learn about conservation efforts to protect these endangered birds. You can also get up close to a wide range of native and exotic birds, fish, reptiles and other animals. Then get a taste of New Zealand’s agricultural industry at the Agrodome, a working farm where you can see all kinds of rural action! Your tour concludes with a one hour lunch cruise around Lake Rotorua on board the historic paddle boat, the Lakeland Queen. Take in the sights of Sulphur Bay, Hinemoa’s Point, Mokoia Island and Kawaha Point. Tonight enjoy a unique Maori Hangi feast and concert on a local Marae.