Rotorua and Taupo

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The seething power of inner earth comes to the surface in Rotorua. Explore Rotorua's geothermal areas and discover the unique culture of New Zealand's Maori people. Rotorua highlights include White Island, one of New Zealand's most active volcanoes. The White Island volcano is estimated to be between 150,000 to 200,000 years old. Explore Whakarewarewa Thermal Reserve where thermal activity produces geysers, boiling mud and silica terraces.

Embark on a spiritual journey across the Rotorua lake divide, to the island of Mokoia. Here you will feast on stories of the people who lived here, their triumphs and their tragedies, their loves and their losses. Then you will feast the heart of the ancient kumara fields on delicious damper and modern day foods, infused with New Zealand indigenous herbs and spices, in a meal that will delight and never be repeated.

A region offering a myriad of outdoor activities in an unforgettable volcanic landscape of lakes, barren plains and mountains that featured in The Lord of the Rings; Taupo is an ideal base for exploring. Discover sights that will fix themselves in your memory; visit Lake Taupo Australasia's largest freshwater lake, offering a myriad of water activities such as swimming, boating and fishing, stay alongside Huka Falls, New Zealand's largest lake drains into its longest river - the Waikato, and explore the Tongariro National Park, New Zealand's oldest national park.


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Best time to be there

Summer on the north island (December to February) is ideal for outdoor pursuits with mild temperatures and hours of sunshine. Venture to the numerous ski slopes and warm up close to a crackling fire during the winter months in June to August.

Fly to

Auckland (Air New Zealand, Air Tahiti Nui, daily)

flying time

26 hours, one stop

time difference

GMT +12 hours

Visas

Not required for UK passport holders

Health Requirements

Yellow Fever certificate if arriving from an endemic area

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Our experts can tailor-make the perfect holiday to suit your individual requirements, however, if you need inspiration or a starting point, below are some of our suggested trips and experiences:

Classic New Zealand

Nights: 19 | from £7,220pp

Hit the open road in New Zealand, a country of spectacular highways, perfect for self-drives. A three-week trip from Auckland to Queenstown crams in geothermal... Find out more

Holiday type: Tailor-made

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Luxury Small Group Journeys –Australia & New Zealand: The Lands Down Under 2017

Nights: 19 | from £11,885pp

Journey through a diverse range of landscapes from the outback of Australia to the glaciers of New Zealand Find out more

Holiday type: Group departure

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Follow the Spirit of the Maori

Nights: 15 | from £4,995pp

Adventure into the Maori heart of New Zealand where you'll discover giant forests and intriguing tales while exploring Auckland, Rotorua and Wellington... Find out more

Holiday type: Tailor-made

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Ultimate New Zealand and Fiji

Nights: 14 | from £14,995pp

Combine the kaleidoscope of soaring peaks, mirror-like lakes, craggy glaciers, spouting geysers and majestic fjords of New Zealand, with arguably the... Find out more

Holiday type: Tailor-made

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Glacier, Lakes & Wilderness

Nights: 20 | from £4,960pp

This 21 day journey is ideal for those seeking remote wilderness landscapes and for repeat visitors to the country who want to delve a little deeper. Find out more

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Below are some of our suggested places to stay:

Black Swan Lakeside Boutique Hotel

Located amid the feisty volcanic landscapes of Rotorua, Black Swan Lakeside Boutique Hotel is a beautifully appointed luxury lodge housing just eight... Find out more

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Huka Lodge

A member of the select Small Leading Hotels of the World group, this internationally acclaimed retreat was the dream of a young Irish angler who was captivated... Find out more

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Solitaire Lodge

Solitaire Lodge is one of the most beautiful lakeside retreats in New Zealand. The lodge nestles on an elevated promontory that provides breathtaking... Find out more

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Auckland to Sydney Ft. Azamara Club Cruises

Nights: 19 | from £9,980pp

The scenic magnificence of New Zealand’s natural attractions and enduring appeal of some of its most famous cities, promise to make this cruise from Auckland... Find out more

Holiday type: Group departure

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Annie, Brandon, Debbie, Margaret, Vicky Hamlin, Vicky Smith and Rachel - are experts in designing travel experiences across the region to suit your personal needs, interests and budget. Their intimate knowledge of every hotel and resort featured in our Orient, India, Australasia and Indian Ocean portfolio, together with our own network of offices throughout these areas, allows us to offer unique in-depth knowledge, unparalleled insider access and the VIP service for which Abercrombie & Kent is renowned.

Read about our lastest experiences in our Travel Blog pages.

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