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7-Day North Island Adventure Tour From Auckland

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Highlights

Starting from Auckland, we hit up some great spots and places while we make our way down to New Zealand’s capital, Wellington, through the North’s hottest destinations. (Note: this tour can also be done from Wellington to Auckland) If you are arriving in Auckland with a few days to spare, we have a great 3 day tour taking in the Bay of Islands which shows the Northland. You can also extend the tour by two nights and travel with us to the South Island, ending your trip in Christchurch. Activities can also be purchased on the road – just let your tour guide know! We can’t always guarantee availability when booking on the road, so we suggest pre-booking any activities you especially want to do.To have stress free start of your tour, you can opt to stay the night before the tour starts – only having to walk downstairs on the day the tour begins!The last night of your tour is included, and we can also book a few extra nights for you if you would like to extend your stay.

What You'll Get

Itinerary
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Stop At: Coromandel Forest Park, Coromandel New Zealand

After breakfast, we kick off the tour in New Zealand's largest city, Auckland. Have you noticed that it's pretty hilly? Those aren’t just hills, they are actually 48 volcanic cones! Before we leave town we will walk up one of the most famous ones – Maungawhau, also known as Mount Eden – for 360 degree views of both city and sea.

The Coromandel Peninsula is a paradise of beautiful beaches and misty rainforests. The drive here is epic – the road twists and turns dramatically round the coastline and the ocean gets clearer and more pristine before your eyes. Cameras ready – the views are magnificent!

The Coromandel is home to the famous Hot Water Beach – thousands visit each year to dig their own personal hot tub here. If the tide times allow, we’ll definitely grab our buckets and spades and get busy!

We arrive in Whitianga with plenty of time for your guide to show you around. Sample the sandy beaches, take a surf lesson with the locals, or simply enjoy the vibes.


Duration: 1 day

Stop At: Waitomo Glowworm Caves, 39 Waitomo Village Road, Waitomo Caves 3943 New Zealand

This morning we’ll walk out together along the cliffs and down to Cathedral Cove (which you might recognize from the Chronicles of Narnia). With perfect beaches and massive rock arches and columns, it’s one of the most popular spots in the Coromandel.

Alternatively, take an optional guided Cathedral Cove kayak trip and check out this stunning coastline from a different angle, accompanied by a local dolphin or two if you’re lucky!

Later today we say goodbye to the east coast and hello to the west as we head for the tiny town of Waitomo. If you can’t wait until tomorrow to meet the resident glow worms, tonight’s optional cave- walking tour is a must. Or kick back with a beer and admire the stars – they put on a great show here when the skies are clear.


Duration: 1 day

Stop At: Lake Rotorua, Rotorua New Zealand

Have you been caving in a place with twinkling glow worms on the ceiling? Now’s your chance!

Daredevils can abseil 100 metres into the caverns on an epic 4-hour caving adventure. Or float along on an underground river on an optional Cave Tubing trip as the glow worms light your way. There are also excellent guided walking tours of the caves available if heights or wet feet aren’t your thing.

Later this afternoon we head to Rotorua (or Rotovegas as it is locally known).

While the majority of the North Island is volcanic in some way, Rotorua is exceptional for its geothermal activity. With neon blue and red lakes, steaming rivers, active volcanoes and geysers galore, there are more unique natural wonders to be found in Rotorua than many other places in the world.

Here you will visit Te Puia - a well-known Maori culture centre. At Te Puia you can explore Whakarewarewa geothermal valley, visit New Zealand’s native kiwi birds, and learn about Maori history & culture.


Duration: 1 day

Stop At: Kohutapu Lodge, 3836 Galatea Rd, Whakatane, 3192, New Zealand

here’s heaps of time to get amongst Rotorua’s diverse attractions while you're here.

Lord of the Rings fans, channel your inner hobbit with an optional visit to picturesque Hobbiton – have a ginger beer at the Green Dragon pub for us!

If adrenalin’s your thing, the highest commercial waterfall drop in the world, on the Kaituna River, is begging to be conquered on an exhilarating rafting trip.

Or let your guide coax you into thundering down grassy hills in a giant air-cushioned inflatable ball (or OGO) – you won't regret it!

Later this afternoon we head to Kohutapu Lodge in Murupara - a living Māori village - where you will be taken on a tribal tour by a village elder.

Here you’ll also have a chance to learn the world-famous haka dance, and weave your own dinner plate using flax (a type of plant).

Tonight’s dinner is a traditional hāngi meal. Cooked in an underground earth oven you can expect tender meat and delicious vegetables infused with a smoky, earthy fragrance – it will fill your puku (belly) right up!

The best part about spending the evening at Kohutapu Lodge? The majority of proceeds from this activity go back to the local community.


Duration: 1 day

Stop At: Lake Taupo, Taupo Marina New Zealand

It’s only a short drive to our next destination, Taupō, and there’s plenty to discover along the way. From mesmerising mud pools to the thundering rapids of the Huka Falls and Aratiatia Dam, your trusty Haka Guide will make sure you don’t miss a thing.

Taupō is a beautiful lakeside town with a stunning mountain backdrop. Lake Taupō is New Zealand’s largest lake – believe it or not, it’s roughly the same size as Singapore!

This place is all about the thrills and spills, and there are plenty of options in store this afternoon. Get your hair wet with a water touch bungy jump, take an unforgettable skydive or a sunset lake cruise for amazing lake and mountain views.

Psst – bring your swimwear today, one of our favourite secret stops is on the cards!


Duration: 1 day

Stop At: Lake Taupo, Taupo Marina New Zealand

A full day in Taupō... are you in the mood for peaceful lakeside tranquillity or unlimited adrenalin and adventure? Either way, Taupō’s got you covered. For many, the ultimate adventure on offer here is the hiking (or tramping, as we Kiwis know it). The

Tongariro Crossing is among the top 10 full-day walks in the world. This 19.4-kilometre mountain trek boasts emerald green lakes, venting steam, lava flows and craters. You’ll come back grinning from ear to ear before falling into bed and sleeping like a baby.

If you’d prefer to relax, jump on a boat for a sailing trip to view Māori rock carvings. Or head to Spa Park and soak until your fingers are wrinkly. However you choose to spend today we guarantee you won’t forget it.


Duration: 1 day

Stop At: YHA Wellington Backpacker Hostel, 292 Wakefield St, Te Aro, Wellington 6011, New Zealand

It’s a big drive from Taupō to Wellington, but there’s some unmissable scenery on offer. Lord of the Rings junkies, you’re in for a treat!

Our journey takes us through Tongariro National Park via the Rangipo Desert (bet you didn’t know New Zealand had one of those!). Some of your favourite Lord of the Rings battle scenes were filmed right here.

The Desert Road boasts incredible views of three active volcanic peaks – Mount Tongariro, Mount Ngauruhoe, and Mount Ruapehu. You may know Mount Ngauruhoe as Mount Doom, so be sure to snap a Mordor selfie!

We pass through two of the North Island’s quirkier towns – as ever, your Haka Guide has a couple of surprises up their sleeve...

We pull into Wellington in the afternoon, with just enough time for film buffs make a trip to Weta Workshop, where the special effects of Lord of the Rings and Avatar were produced.

New Zealand’s capital is famous for its bars and eateries, and is a paradise for lovers of craft beer – you’ll be spoiled for choice tonight!


Duration: 1 day

Stop At: YHA Wellington Backpacker Hostel, 292 Wakefield St, Te Aro, Wellington 6011, New Zealand

Your tour ends after breakfast on Day 8.

We're sure you'll have a whole lot of incredible memories to take home with you.

We've shown you our New Zealand – we hope we will see you again.

Haere tū atu, hoki tū mai.


Duration: 8 hours

Additional Information

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
Inclusions
  • Breakfast - Daily continental breakfast
  • Traditional Māori hāngī dinner cooked in an underground oven
  • Small groups - maximum 16 people
  • Comfortable bus transport
  • Experienced Kiwi Guide
  • Cultural Experience Night in Murupara
  • Experience Coromandel's stunning Cathedral Cove
  • Visit Te Puia - to learn more about traditional Māori culture and Rotorua’s geothermal wonders


Exclusions
  • Lunch and dinner (unless specified) are at own expenses
  • Additional Activities ie - Hobbiton or bungy jump


Duration
7 days 12 hours

Return Details
292 Wakefield St, Te Aro, Wellington 6011, New Zealand


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