Project Description

From Only $1695

What’s Included

  • 9 Nights Accommodation

  • Some Daily Activities

  • National Park Fees

  • Knowledgable Guide

  • Transport

Paihia NEW ZEALAND

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We will plant 2 trees to offset your Carbon footprint!

Taking into account 10 days of food and waste and travel by coach your Carbon Emissions reach approximately 0.55 tons.

Based on evidence that a tree can absorb as much as 1 ton of CO2 over a lifetime (of approximately 40 years) we plant 4 trees per ton of CO2 to speed up this process.

This donation will be made on your behalf and is included in the price you pay.

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Why we love this package

This guided tour starts and ends in Auckland and takes in all the highlights of the North Island from Paihia in the far North to Wellington in the far South of the island.

Soak up the sunshine, spot dolphins in the Bay of Islands, dig your own spa bath at Hot Water Beach and learn about Maori culture at the Tamaki Maori Village. To top it all off, you’ll be travelling with a knowledgeable guide and a small group of like-minded people who you’ll be calling friends in no time!

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Itinerary

Nau mai, haere mai (welcome)! Your journey kicks off in New Zealand’s largest city Auckland, known by those who live here as the ‘city of sails’ because of its location between the Waitemata and Manukau harbours, making it a boaters and yachters paradise.

Pick-ups start at your accommodation bright and early, before we head north to the seaside town of Paihia, gateway to the Bay of Islands. We stop en-route to hug some of the world’s mightiest trees, the native Kauri, enjoy a hike to a beautiful waterfall and stop for lunch and a swim at scenic Waipu Cove. This is followed by a trip to the historic Waitangi Treaty Grounds (own expense), before settling into our accommodation where you’ll have a group meal and the evening free to relax.

*Dinner Included

*Accommodation included: Beachfront hostel

*Activities included: Tree hugging huge kauri trees at Parry Kauri Forest, Waipu Cove

*Optional activities: Waitangi Treaty Grounds

This morning we take a wildlife cruise in the beautiful Bay of Islands, a collection of 144 islands

bursting with marine life. There’s no better way to see it than by boat – keep an eye out for wild

dolphins. In the afternoon visit to the Hobbiton Movie Set, white water rafting, ziplining through native bush, mountain biking

and more. A great option to finish the day is to spend the evening soaking in the hot pools at the

luxurious Polynesian Spa.

*Breakfast and Dinner Included

*Accommodation included: Central city lodge

*Optional activities: Visit Hobbiton, white water rafting, Zorbing, the luge, ziplining, mountain biking, Polynesian Spa

We start the morning with a ferry ride across the Hokianga Harbour to go sand boarding down massive dunes (weather dependent) before we start to make our way south through the mighty Waipoua Forest. Here we will have the opportunity to see NZ’s largest Kauri trees. We visit the idyllic Kai Iwi Lakes for a swim in the beautiful crystal clear waters surrounded by a pure white sandy beach, before returning to the ‘Big Smoke’ Auckland for a late afternoon arrival.

*Breakfast Included

*Accommodation included: Central city hostel

*Activities included: Hokianga Ferry ride, sand boarding, visit Waipoua Forest (NZ’s largest Kauri trees), swim in the Kai Iwi Lakes  

We depart Auckland and head south east to the pristine sands of Hahei Beach, from which you can access the famous Cathedral Cove. Accessible only by foot, boat or kayak, you’ll discover some of New Zealand’s most spectacular scenery and stunning sea views in this beautiful coastal spot. Cathedral Cove is a definite ‘must see’ on the Coromandel Peninsula. After an afternoon of seaside exploration, we gather together for a shared dinner.

*Dinner included

*Accommodation included: Comfortable beachside accommodation

*Activities included: Walk to Cathedral Cove

*Optional activities: Cathedral Cove Kayaks

Today we start by driving to Hot Water Beach, a unique surf beach where you can dig a hole in the sand to create in your own personal spa pool (tide dependent). After the beach, we’ll make our way towards adventure capital of the north, Rotorua. This evening you will be welcomed into the authentic Tamaki Maori Village, where you will discover Maori art, ancient rituals and traditions. Tonight, we dine on a delicious hangi (Maori feast), enjoy an interactive cultural performance and the company of our Maori hosts.

*Breakfast and Dinner Included

*Accommodation included: Central city lodge

*Activities included: Dig your own spa pool at Hot Water Beach (tide dependent), Tamaki cultural experience with traditional hangi meal, Kapa Haka (Maori song and dance) and interactive cultural performance

You have a full free day in Rotorua to discover an area well-known for its Maori heritage, adventure and geothermal activity. Here you have the chance to do some great optional activities, such as a visit to the Hobbiton Movie Set, white water rafting, ziplining through native bush, mountain biking and more. A great option to finish the day is to spend the evening soaking in the hot pools at the luxurious Polynesian Spa.

*Meal(s) included : Breakfast

*Accommodation included: Central city lodge

*Optional activities: Visit Hobbiton, white water rafting, Zorbing, the luge, ziplining, mountain biking, Polynesian Spa  

It’s a very early start this morning so we can make our way to the UNESCO World Heritage Site

‘Tongariro National Park,’ where you’ll get the chance to do what is rated as one of the world’s best one day walks, the Tongariro Alpine Crossing. Trek through dramatic natural scenery past volcanic peaks, vast craters and stunning turquoise lakes on one of the most spectacular treks in New Zealand. Alternatively you can go on one the shorter walks around this volcanic region or visit the Volcanic Centre Museum.

*Meals : Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

*Accommodation included: Alpine lodge

*Activities included: Tongariro Alpine Crossing and transfers, or Taranaki Falls walk and Tawhai Falls (Gollum’s Pool)

After your big day of hiking, you get a chance to sleep in and we won’t depart until mid-morning.

Our destination today is one of the most remote parts of the North Island by road. We’re heading for the award winning Blue Duck Station in Whakahoro, a 7,200 acre high country farm that is both a working sheep and beef station and an environmental conservation leader. This afternoon you get the opportunity to take part in a 4WD Bush Safari and farm adventure, where you’ll explore this vast land and the New Zealand native bush, discover the remains of an unbelievable local history, and learn about the farm’s conservation efforts. Your dinner is cooked using local produce. (B,D)

* Meals : Breakfast/Dinner

* Accommodation included: Remote country station lodge

* Activities included: 4WD eco-wilderness farm adventure

We depart early to arrive into Wellington around midday. Wellington is known as the ‘coolest little capital in the world’ thanks to Lonely Planet, and it’s a great place to check out the lively arts scene, shopping, craft breweries and café culture. As New Zealand’s capital city, it is home to New Zealand’s parliament and the iconic Beehive government building. This afternoon, you have the option to tour the world famous Weta Workshop, marvel at the wonders of Te Papa National Museum or wander along the Oriental Parade.

*Breakfast Included

*Accommodation included: Central city hostel

*Optional activities: Weta Workshop Tour, Te Papa National Museum, craft beer sampling

Today is an express day via National Park back to New Zealand’s largest city Auckland.  We stop along the way for photo opportunities and have lunch in National Park town, before heading back to Auckland for a late afternoon arrival. We hope you had a blast on your New Zealand journey!  

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Important Information

  • Starts:

    Auckland at 7am on day 1

  • Ends:

    Auckland CBD on evening of day 10

  • Departure Dates:

    Sundays

  • Extra Costs: 

    Optional Activites

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Expect entertaining commentary, insight into local secrets and extra support from your tour guide.

Minimum age of 7 years

This tour runs during the Summer months only (15 September 2019 – 26 April 2020)

Please contact us for the Winter itinerary.

Luggage should be restricted to 15kg in a single bag plus a small day pack.

Expect high quality backpacker accommodation in a variety of hostels, wilderness lodges and cabins.

Please note that at some destinations your private room will include an ensuite bathroom and some it will not.

Please contact us if you have any further questions.

Pricing

Quad Share

NZ$1695

Double/Twin Upgrade (per person)

NZ$2090

Single Upgrade

NZ$2385