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"New Zealand Wonders Tour" in 10 days
new zealand wonders tour

Tour highlights: Auckland - Waipoua Forest - Cape Reinga - Bay of Islands - Waitomo Caves - Rotorua - Taupo
1 National Park 1 city
1 island (North Island)
This suggested New Zealand tour itinerary starts and ends in Auckland.

Day 1: Auckland

watching tree fernEarly arrival at Auckland International Airport. Transfer to your accommodation (available from 12:00). Time for rest and sightseeing including Mount Eden, Kelly Tarlton aquarium, America's Cup village, Ponsonby. Early dinner and overnight in Auckland.

Day 2: Auckland - Dargaville

smallWaitakere jungle (native plants and birds) and Muriwai gannet colony. Matakohe kauri museum. Overnight in Dargaville area.

Day 3: Dargaville - Kaitaia

escorted birdwatching tourWaipoua Forest National Park with world's second largest trees. Opononi and the sad story of dolphin Opo. Rawene ferry. Overnight in Kaitaia area.

Day 4: Kaitaia - Bay of Islands

escorted nature tourNinety Mile beach drive. Sand dunes. Cape Reinga ("top" of New Zealand). Tapotupotu Bay. Wagener Museum. Kauri World. Mangonui. 2 nights in Paihia (Bay of Islands).

Day 5: Bay of Islands

bay of islandsScenic flight over the Bay of Islands. Kerikeri (oldest New Zealand house). Maori village replica. Haruru Falls. Mangrove Forest.

Day 6: Bay of Islands - Auckland

kiwi smallWaiomio Caves (glowworms). Clapham's Clock Museum. Whangarei Museum (kiwi birds). Back to Auckland for one night. Dinner at Sky Tower's panoramic restaurant (52nd floor). Overnight in Auckland.

Day 7: Auckland - Waitomo Caves

self-driving tourScenic coastal road. Winery tour. Waikato plains. Farm tour. Overnight in a very comfortable farm in Otorohanga / Waitomo Caves.

Day 8: Waitomo Caves - Rotorua

waimangus smallWaitomo glowworm caves. Wairakei geothermal power station. Huka Falls. Taupo and its lake. Waimangu geothermal valley (world's largest hot spring). 2 nights in Rotorua.

Day 9: Rotorua

escorted nz tourOhinemutu Maori village and church. Agrodome farm show. Whakarewarewa geysers. Maori concert. Maori arts & crafts institute. Second night in Rotorua.

Day 10: Rotorua - Auckland

departureFree time in Rotorua. Mid-afternoon drop-off at Auckland International Airport for your outbound flight.

This New Zealand tour can be enjoyed at any time of the year:
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Auckland Tower Auckland is New Zealand's most populated city and is bustling with excitement. Kelly Tarltons aquarium is an amazing feature of the city. It offers an Antarctic encounter with King Penguins and Gentoo penguins, an adrenalin option where you can dive with sharks and an underwater world where you can watch a myriad of sea creatures in action. Adventure Jet is an action packed jet boat ride on Auckland Harbor and is very popular with tourists. The amazing sky tower is a highlight of the city with its dominance over the skyline. Cafes and restaurants abound this metropolis, where there really is, something for everyone.