Northern Spotlight - 8 days

8 day Northern Spotlight - from £1425

Friendly cities, amazing scenery and extraordinary natural phenomena all in one eventful 8 day escorted tour around New Zealand's North Island.


  • Rotorua Maori Hangi Feast
  • Bay of Islands cruise
  • Waitomo Glowworm Caves
  • Agrodome Sheep Show
  • Rotorua thermal region
  • Lake Taupo & Huka Falls
  • Wellington city tour
  • Te Papa National Museum


Day 1: Welcome to Auckland

After checking in to your hotel, the rest of your day is at leisure. Enjoy a Welcome Reception with your Travel Director this evening.

Hotel: VR Queen Street Hotel & Suites


Day 2: Auckland – Bay of Islands

Travel along the scenic Hibiscus Coast to the Bay of Islands. See spectacular scenery as you cruise to Cape Brett, and the ‘Hole in the Rock’. As you return to Paihia past through picturesque islands with deserted sandy beaches and secluded bays.

Day 3: Bay of Islands Free Time

You have a free day in the Bay of Islands. Perhaps enjoy a day of sailing on a tall ship. Your Travel Director will assist you in booking your chosen optional experiences.

Hotel: Copthorne Resort Bay of Islands, Garden Rooms, 2 nights
Included Meals: Day 2: Breakfast, Dinner. Day 3: Breakfast


Day 4: Bay of Islands – Auckland

After a morning at leisure, drive through lush farmland scenery as you return to Auckland.

Hotel: VR Queen Street Hotel & Suites
Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner


Day 5: Auckland – Rotorua

After a sightseeing tour of Auckland journey south through the Waikato district. Enjoy a guided tour of the famous Waitomo Caves and cruise through the incredible Glowworm Grotto. This afternoon travel to Rotorua, the cultural centre of New Zealand.

Day 6: Rotorua

Visit the entertaining Agrodome Farm Show for a sample of Kiwi farm life. You then have the option to visit Rainbow Springs, a native wildlife sanctuary. Or perhaps head out to Te Puia for a guided tour through the Geothermal Valley, home to the famous Pohutu Geyser, mud pools and bubbling springs.  Gain an insight into traditional Māori culture with a concert followed by a delicious Hangi Feast Highlight Dinner at the Tamaki Māori Village.

Hotel: Ibis Rotorua Hotel, 2 nights
Included Meals: Day 5: Breakfast, Day 6: Breakfast, Highlight Dinner


Day 7: Rotorua – Wellington

Travel south to Wairakei and on to Taupo, in the heart of the North Island. View mighty Huka Falls and then follow the eastern shore of Lake Taupo. Discover the alpine scenery of Mt. Ruapehu, Tongariro National Park and the farmlands of Manuwatu, before arriving in the capital city of Wellington. Celebrate your holiday at a Farewell Dinner with your Travel Director.

Hotel: Travelodge Wellington
Included Meals: Breakfast, Farewell Dinne


Day 8: Wellington

Enjoy a sightseeing tour of Wellington, including panoramic views from Mt. Victoria. There’s time to explore the Parliament building and the ‘Beehive’. Later visit Te Papa Museum of New Zealand, where you’ll have time to explore fascinating exhibits revealing great insights into New Zealand’s art, history, cultural and natural heritage.

Included Meals: Breakfast


8 day escorted tour from £1425

All prices are per person, based on 2 sharing a double or twin room, and include meals where shown - (B)reakfast, (L)unch (D)inner. Call Freedom New Zealand for departure dates and availability. Itinerary based on travel October 2018 onwards. Itinerary may vary for travel prior to October 2018 - ask your consultant for details.

Escorted Tour

First class touring with like minded travellers. Our experienced guides will make sure you don't miss a thing.

Your escorted tour includes:

  • Sightseeing, walks and activities
  • Luxury air conditioned coach travel
  • En suite hotel accommodation
  • Daily breakfast and meals shown
  • Extra night options
  • Return airport transfers


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