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Travel Deal: North Island Explorer in New Zealand

YVR has partnered with Claire Newell, President and Founder of Travel Best Bets, to help travellers find some great travel packages.

Have your cameras ready as you begin your New Zealand North Island adventure in the beautiful City of Sails. Take a ferry over to Waiheke Island and visit 3 wineries. Enjoy a Maori Hangi feast and see volcanic craters of bubbling mud pools in Rotorua.

Travel Best Bets Package Includes:

  • Round trip non-stop economy airfare to Auckland aboard Air New Zealand
  • 4 nights in Auckland at 4-star Auckland Harbour Oaks in a deluxe queen room
  • 3 nights in Rotorua at 4-star Ibis Rotorua in a double standard room
  • 2 meals: 1 lunch, 1 traditional Maori dinner
  • 5 sightseeing local experience Highlights:
    • Auckland city tour by bike or coach
    • Taste of Waiheke Island Tour
    • Maori Cultural Show and Feast
    • Redwoods Treewalk
    • Hells Gate Geothermal Park Tour
  • Transfer by motor coach from Auckland to Rotorua (Upgrade to car rental if preferred)
  • Transfers from airport to hotel and hotel to airport

 October 27 - November 17

Vancouver from $2699 + $281 tax
Premium Economy Upgrade + $2359 per person

Other dates & flights originating from other departure cities available, please inquire.

Tour Itinerary:

DAY 1: Arrive Auckland
Arrival and transfer to hotel. 4 night stay at the Auckland Harbour Oaks in a deluxe queen room.

DAY 2: Auckland
Auckland city tour by bike or coach you choose! Urban Adventures Electric Bike around Auckland will take you around Auckland on two wheels… and with a little bit of an electric nudge! You’ll ride electric-assisted bikes along the streets and cycle lanes of Auckland, see city sites, learn about Maori culture, and listen to stories from a local guide who can show you just how awesome Auckland really is! Or if you prefer to take in Auckland City Sights by Coach you will get to visit Auckland Domain, Historical Parnell, Auckland Harbour Bridge, Viaduct Harbour, Tamaki Drive.

DAY 3: Auckland - Waiheke Island (L)
Today, take the short walk from your hotel to the ferry terminal and make your way to Waiheke Island for the Tastes of the Island tour. This guided tour stops at 3 vineyards (Stonyridge, Caista Miro, Mudbrick) and includes all tastings, light lunch plus olive oil tasting at Rangihoua Estate. Take the return ferry back to Auckland.

DAY 4: Auckland
Free day to explore.

DAY 5:  Auckland - Rotorua (D)
Bus transfer from Auckland to Rotorua or if you prefer to drive, we can arrange a car rental for $50 additional per person. Stay 3 nights at the Ibis Rotorua in a double standard room (short walk to the iconic Visitor centre which is the bus drop off point and pick up for any guided excursions). This evening, enjoy the Tamaki Maori dinner show with return transfers. Journey to an authentic Maori village nestled in a Rotorua forest and be formally welcomed onto sacred grounds. Amidst crackling village fires, discover Maori art forms, take part in ancient rituals and learn fascinating Maori traditions. Enjoy traditional songs and dances before a feast, cooked beneath the ground on hot stones.
Hotel: Ibis Rotorua or similar (3 nights).

DAY 6: Rotorua
Redwoods Treewalk – This is a one of a kind eco-tourism walk that provides a unique experience for visitors to Rotorua. It offers an accessible, low-level adrenaline experience for all ages that captures the beauty and spirit of this famous forest (no transfers included, but not a far distance from downtown. Public transport or a short cab ride would work best).

DAY 7: Rotorua
Today, tour Hells Gate Geothermal Park. Hells Gate geothermal attraction features boiling hot pools and erupting waters with temperatures in excess of 100 degrees Celsius, steaming fumaroles, hot water lakes, sulphur crystals and deposits. It is home to New Zealand’s largest active mud volcano and the Southern Hemisphere’s largest hot waterfall. See, feel and understand the awe of Irish Playwright, George Bernard Shaw as he gazed upon the land and gave it the English name “Hells Gate” as he believed he had arrived at the gates to Hell.

DAY 8: Rotorua – Auckland
Transfer back to Auckland for your flight home or add on 2 nights in Queenstown or Christchurch (details below).

Optional Add ons: Choose between 2 nights in Queenstown or Christchurch

  • Queenstown: Add $1040 (includes flights, transfers, 2 nights hotels, tours and taxes)

    Day 8: Fly Auckland to Queenstown
    Transfer to hotel – Novotel Queenstown Lakeside 4 star standard room. Make your way to Skyline Gondola & 2 Luge Rides (no transfer included).

    Day 9: Queenstown
    Take a scenic cruise on board the vintage steamship TSS Earnslaw (drinks and food available for purchase on board).

    Day 10: Fly from Queenstown to Vancouver

  • Christchurch: Add $986-$1056 (includes flights, transfers, 2 nights hotels, tours and taxes)

Day 8: Fly Auckland to Christchurch
Transfer to hotel Novotel Christchurch in a superior room.

Day 9: Christchurch
Choose either a half day sightseeing tour of Christchurch or Wine Trail with Lunch.

Day 10: Transfer to Christchurch airport and fly home to Vancouver

For more details and to book, contact Travel Best Bets by phone 1-877-523-7823 or email [email protected].

About Claire Newell

Claire Newell is a travel expert, author and a recognized authority on the international travel industry. She is the founder and owner of Travel Best Bets, one of the largest agencies in Canada and the best-selling author of Travel Best Bets – An Insider’s Guide to Taking Your Best Trips, Ever. She has appeared in top broadcast and print media throughout U.S. and Canada over the last 22 years, including Canada’s Global TV network, NBC’s Today Show, Fox & Friends, CNN, and others. Claire also writes regularly for print and online publications including Readers’ Digest, Today’s Parent and more.

All rates are per person, based on double occupancy in Canadian dollars (unless otherwise stated) New bookings only. Space and price may be limited and subject to availability at the time of booking. Terms and conditions apply. Tax is not included in the above base fare. Above tax amount includes $30 per adult Booking Management Fee.  Not included in the above rates: Xpresspost fee, recommended medical, cancellation or baggage insurance. Price Match Policy: Travel Best Bets makes every effort to remain competitive by offering our ‘Match or Beat Any Price’ offer however due to certain restrictions there will be some product we cannot match or beat. BPCPA #3287

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