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New Zealand / ROTORUA FEATURED PARTNERS AND LOCAL TOURING AUCKLAND FEATURED PARTNERS AND LOCAL TOURING / New Zealand 3 Day Auckland City Stay Copthorne Hotel Auckland City Auckland is New Zealand’s largest city, it is also the largest Polynesian city in the world. Auckland’s diverse landscape, including 48 volcanoes and panoramic views, provides countless opportunities to get immersed in nature. In the west, lush native rainforest plunges down the hills to meet the sea on dramatic black sand beaches, while the east coast offers golden sand beaches. To the north, the rolling hills of wine country meet stunning coastlines, and in the south you will find picturesque country gardens, unspoiled forest and tranquil bays. Day 1: Arrive Auckand and harbour sailing trip Day 2: Auckland west coast touring Day 3: Depart Auckland Package includes: 2 nights of accommodation, airport transfers, sightseeing and attractions as listed above. Pricing from. Grand Millenium Auckland The hotel has 106 guest rooms and 4 luxury suites. All the accommodation is uniquely equipped with soundproof ‘hush windows’ – designed to ensure utmost privacy and comfort. Best of all, enjoy the beautiful seascape or city view from the in-room balconies. Visit Jimmy Cook's Kiwi Kitchen, a casual spot serving up some of the most delicious local fare with an extensive wine, beer, and cocktail menu. $740 Pricing is per person, double occupancy _ • Admission to Te Puia • Rainbow Springs and Kiwi Encounter • Hobbiton movie set tour Simple, sophisticated, and designed for comfort, Copthorne Hotel Auckland City is centrally located, making it the perfect base to explore the city. Nearby you will find Queen Street shopping, the Central Business District, and University of Auckland. This comfortable hotel is just a 10 minute walk away from the Viaduct Basin and Spark Arena. • Auckland city and west coast tour • Auckland harbour sailing trip Millennium Hotel Rotorua Highlights (included): Sitting on the Hauraki Gulf, Auckland is home to a multitude of remarkable islands. Walk to the summit of Rangitoto, the black lava volcanic island or enjoy world-class wine tasting and fine cuisine on Waiheke Island. Highlights (included): 3 Day Rotorua City Stay The heartland of New Zealand’s Rich Māori Culture, Rotorua is also known for its bubbling geothermal activity. Volcanic action over millions of years has created a hauntingly beautiful landscape of mountains, lakes and steaming earth in the surrounding area. Learn carving or weaving from master Māori artists, or participate in Māori singing and dancing shows. Day 1: Day 2: Day 3: Day 4: Rotorua Arrival Explore Te Puia, Rainbow Springs, Kiwi Encounter Hobbiton tour Depart Rotorua Package includes: 3 nights of accommodation, sightseeing and attractions as listed above. Pricing from. Hotel $649 Pricing is per person, double occupancy Next to mystical Lake Rotorua and just a brief stroll from the city centre, Millennium Hotel Rotorua is an eco-friendly destination. Experience Rotorua’s rich history, explore the thermal hot pools or the native bush, and even a round of golf at one of Rotorua’s international golf courses. The 227 rooms and suites feature residen- tial-style décor with views of Lake Rotorua or the native garden. Millennium Hotel Rotorua also has accessible rooms for guests with special requirements. Perhaps the most unique feature here is its heating, provided by harnessing the hotel's natural geothermal resource. Take a dip in the heated pool or relax under the expert hands of their therapists in The Spa Rotorua. There's free off-street parking and child-friendly facilities including a toddler pool. The hotel is also one of the Rotorua luxury hotels members of the Rotorua Sustainable Tourism Charter. Bay of Islands Day Tour Grand Hotel Mitai Māori Village Mitai Māori Village will give you an authentic introduction to Māori culture leaving you amazed and in awe. The Mitai family is proud to have created a sacred and spiritual place that offers you an authentic indigenous cultural experience like no other. The evening is guaranteed to leave you enthralled by the fascinating Māori Culture. Millennium Auckland is superbly located in the city centre close to Queen Street and Viaduct Harbour. You will appreciate being situated in the very heart of cosmopolitan Auckland with some of the city’s finest dining, shopping and entertainment venues at your doorstep. Also nearby are landmark venues: The Civic, Auckland Town Hall and Aotea Square, the city's largest outdoor civic space where you can relax and often attend local events. All of the 452 stylish rooms and suites at the hotel combine smart design, chic decor, floor to ceiling windows for natural light and modern amenities to ensure you have a comfortable stay. Take advantage of quality facilities during your stay, whether it’s enjoying a swim in the heated indoor pool or savouring a delicious teppanyaki meal at Katsura Japanese Restaurant. GreatSights Bay of Islands day tour with Hole in the Rock Dolphin Cruise allows you to sit back, relax and enjoy the informative commentary as you cross the iconic Harbour Bridge. Soak up New Zealand's spectacular scenery of rural countryside and sub-tropical bush en route to the beautiful Bay of Islands. Hotel Day Touring Upon arrival at Mitai Māori Village you will learn the basic guidelines of entering such a sacred place. Enter the world of Mitai and be enthralled by the natural bush setting. Learn the history of this significant area which once was occupied and flourished in villages. See warriors in traditional dress, paddle an ancient warrior canoe (waka) down the Wai-o-whiro stream and see glow worms in their natural habitat. Marvel at the crystal clear water full of eels and trout flowing directly from the earth at the sacred “Fairy Spring”. Be captivated by songs, dances and games in a powerfully entertaining cultural concert, complete with the spine tingling “Haka” Māori war dance. View the uplifting of the hangi from the earth cooked oven and learn the preparation of the traditional hangi. Learn the art of Ta Moko (tattoo), Māori customs, musical instruments, Poi dance, carving, flora and fauna and its medicinal uses, and of glow worms and the sacred freshwater spring. After arriving in Paihia, you will board the Dolphin Seeker as our experienced local skippers keep a look out for amazing wildlife such as dolphins and whales. Cruise past the Cape Brett Lighthouse, before arriving at the majestic Hole in the Rock. Admire the rock walls towering above you as the skipper navigates right through the narrow space (conditions permitting) before heading back into the inner islands of the Bay. Day tours from Auckland - Bush and Beach Dine on an authentic hangi feast which includes a hot selection of succulent New Zealand meats and poultry, delicious vegetables and fresh salads, topped with tempting dessert buffet style. 5 Day Bay of Islands Explorer Millennium Hotel & Resort Taupo Manuels __ Cultural Experience Skyline Rotorua _________________ Only 3 hours north of Auckland, the Bay of Islands subtropical micro-region is know for its stunning beauty and history. On your day at leisure, the Twin Coast trail bicycle tour or guided eco-kayak tour is highly recommended. Take part in a popular dolphin watching cruise and out to Hole in the Rock where, according to Māori Legend, local warriors used to paddle through the Hole in the Rock in their Canoes. You will also visit Cape Reinga which marks where the Tasman Sea meets the Pacific Ocean and is the end of the most Northernly point for visitors of New Zealand. Complete with a tour of Ninety Mile Beach, which is also an official highway, however it is better suited to 4WD vehicles. Highlights (included): Bush and Beach, operating tours for over 34 years, offer enjoyable and innovative fully guided tours in small groups in and around Auckland. They operate a fleet of late-model vehicles and have been certified carboNZero making them one of the leaders in sustainable tourism. Discover Auckland on the "Best of Both Worlds" tour including both a city tour and a nature tour where you will see Auckland's wild black sand beaches and lush rainforest. The "Explore Cormandel" a mountainous forest-covered backbone, sheltered bays and stunning coastlines make is a top place for New Zealand holiday makers. You may also choose to visit the Hobbiton™ Movie Set as seen in Lord of the Rings™ and The Hobbit™ trilogies, choose from a round-trip or one way tour to Rotorua. 82 Day Touring • Auckland to Paihaia guided tour • Dolphin Cruise and hole in the Rock • Cape Reinga and Ninety Mile Beach tour Day 1: Day 2: Day 3: Day 4: Day 5: Auckland – Paihia Dolphin Cruise and Hole in the Rock Cape Reinga and Ninety Mile Beach tour Day at leisure Paihia – Auckland Package includes: 4 nights of accommodation, coach between Paihia and Auckland, sightseeing and attractions as listed above. Pricing from. Set on the shores of the country’s largest lake, this is one of Taupo's luxury hotels with uninterrupted views of the magnificent lake and mountains. Many of Taupo’s famous attractions are just minutes away, including Huka Falls, water and snow skiing, hot mineral pools, golf courses, and lake cruises. This charming location is a superb choice for savouring award-winning cuisine as swans gracefully swim by. This Mediterranean style resort has also been artfully decorated to create an air of glamorous elegance, and its heated swimming pool, private grotto plunge pool, sauna, and gym provide guests with leisure options right at their doorstep. With three stylishly appointed event venues, 12 luxurious suites, and 39 boutique guest rooms, Millennium Hotel and Resort Manuels Taupo is undoubtedly the town’s most desirable location for events and vacations. Famous for a reason, Skyline Rotorua is your ticket to an unforgettable holiday. Home to the ultimate gondola and luge experiences, there’s a plethora of activities to keep you entertained. From the thrilling Zoom Zipline, Sky Swing and Skyline Rotorua MTB Park, to out-of-this world star-gazing, tranquil nature trails, wine tasting and shopping experiences. Head to the Food Market Kitchen or the Stratosfare Restaurant & Bar to fuel up again. While you’re there, why not also pop into the Volcanic Hills wine tasting room and winery while the kids explore the Jelly Belly gallery and store. The Skyline Rotorua complex is just minutes from central Rotorua, sitting atop Mt. Ngongotaha providing unsurpassed views of New Zealand’s coolest hot spot. This is an all-weather must do attraction suitable for all ages year round. Open from 9am to late. $849 Pricing is per person, double occupancy ANDERSON VACATIONS www.andersonvacations.ca Hotel Attraction 83