13-Day North Island Adventure Tour: Winter Departures
Product Code: 3850-257395


  • • Guided tour of sacred Maori rock carvings
  • • Marae experience
  • • Eco-warrior 4WD farm tour in Whakahoro
  • • Cape Reinga day trip
  • • Hole in the Rock marine cruise
  • • Hot Water Beach visit
Tour Code
13 days
Departure City
End City
Tour Type:

Experience: Cultural, Nature, Adventure

Learn about local culture with in-depth tours and activities; Get in touch with Mother Earth; Explore the world with an active and adrenaline pumping tour

Style: Guided

Multiple local tour guides/drivers available throughout your tour/activity

Group Type: Standard group

Tour with fellow travelers from all over the world

Activity Level: Moderate

Designed for travelers in good health who are comfortable with light walking or hiking

Quality: Standard

Travel with professional guides, enjoy more time at attractions and/or stay at comfortable accommodations

Accessibility: Not accessible

Tour does not have wheelchair accessible vehicles/attractions or allow service dogs

Day 01

Auckland - Paihia

Hotel: Local lodge or similar

Start your trip with an early departure from Auckland to head north to the stunning Bay of Islands. On the way you’ll learn about the rich early European and Maori history of the region. After stopping to see giant kauri trees en-route, we continue on to Paihia, where you have the afternoon free to explore this charming seaside town.

Day 02

Paihia - Cape Reinga - Paihia

Hotel: Local lodge or similar

Today you travel to the northernmost point of the country, the spiritually significant Cape Reinga. Highlights of this day trip include a visit to 90 Mile Beach, dune surfing and seeing the clashing of two oceans! Sample some of the best fish and chips available on your way back to Paihia (own expense).

Day 03

Paihia - Auckland

Hotel: Local lodge or similar

This morning you will do the famous ‘Hole in the Rock’ cruise and make an island stop in the bay. Keep a watchful eye out for dolphins and other marine life. We depart in the afternoon to head back to Auckland, where you have the evening free in the city.

Visiting Attractions

Day 04

Auckland - Hahei

Hotel: Local lodge or similar

Depart Auckland in the morning and head south to the Coromandel Peninsula via the old colonial town of Thames. We’ll settle into our accommodation in Hahei before heading to Hot Water Beach, where you can dig your own natural spa pool in the sand (tidal dependent).

Upgrade to twin/single is not available in Hahei.

Visiting Attractions

Day 05


Hotel: Local lodge or similar

Today you have a full free day to embrace the laid back Coromandel lifestyle. Get up early to catch the sunrise on the beach, then take a scenic coastal walk or opt to kayak to stunning Cathedral Cove. You can also take a glass bottom boat tour through the nearby marine reserve.

Visiting Attractions

Day 06

Hahei - Raglan

Hotel: Local lodge or similar

We leave Hahei early to travel towards the mighty Waikato River. Our destination is the world-renowned Raglan surf beach, with cow spotting and a walk to Bridal Veil Falls on the way. Chill out on the beach or go hard surfing the waves in this funky surf and arts town.

Visiting Attractions

Day 07

Raglan - Waitomo - Rotorua

Hotel: Local lodge or similar

Head to the rural town of Waitomo this morning for the chance to explore its famous cave systems and see the twinkling glowworms. We then carry on towards our overnight stop Rotorua, where you can spend the afternoon touring the Hobbiton Movie Set or checking out this popular tourist town.

Day 08

Rotorua - Lake Aniwhenua

Hotel: Local lodge or similar

The morning is free to try one of the many adventure activities on offer in Rotorua. We depart Rotorua at midday and drive into the remote area of Lake Aniwhenua. We will meet a local Maori guide who will take us to visit the area’s sacred sites and a local Marae for a traditional welcome and afternoon tea. Tonight, we feast on a ground cooked hangi dinner at our lakeside accommodation.

Visiting Attractions

Day 09

Lake Aniwhenua - Whakahoro

Hotel: Local lodge or similar

After breakfast we depart and head to Taupo to see Huka Falls, and for the brave we have time for skydiving! In the afternoon, we make our way to Blue Duck Station, an award-winning 7,200 acre high country farm that is both a working station and an environmental conservation leader. Settle in and spend the evening learning a little more about what makes this unique destination one of Stray’s top rated stops.

Standard accommodation in Whakahoro is 6-shared dormitory.
Day 10


Hotel: Local lodge or similar

Today you have a free day to explore this truly amazing and secluded location in depth. There are plenty of farming and conservation-based activities for you to immerse yourself in an authentic New Zealand station experience.

Day 11
Tongariro National Park

Whakahoro - Tongariro National Park

Hotel: Local lodge or similar

We depart at 6:00am and head to the active volcanoes of the nearby dual World Heritage Site of Tongariro National Park. Today you get a chance to do what is rated as one of the world’s best one day walks: the Tongariro Alpine Crossing. Be prepared for some epic scenery as you walk around the base of “Mt Doom” from the Lord of the Rings films.

Visiting Attractions

Day 12

Tongariro National Park - Wellington

Hotel: Local lodge or similar

Today we head to Wellington, New Zealand’s capital city, via Ohakune, Taihape and Bulls. You have the afternoon to cruise around the shops and cafes along popular Cuba Street, explore the New Zealand wonders found in Te Papa or stroll along the waterfront.

Visiting Attractions

Day 13

Wellington - Taupo - Auckland

Today is a very early departure out of Wellington - this is an express day via Taupo to Auckland, where your trip comes to an end when you arrive in the early evening. We hope you had a blast on your journey!

Visiting Attractions


Package Includes

  • 12-night accommodations (quad share)
  • 1 breakfast, 1 dinner
  • 1 afternoon tea
  • Professional tour guide
  • Guided tour of sacred Maori rock carvings
  • Marae experience
  • Eco-warrior 4WD farm tour in Whakahoro
  • Cape Reinga day trip
  • Hole in the Rock marine cruise
  • Hot Water Beach visit
  • Surf massive sand dunes

Package Excludes

  • Lunch
  • Personal expenses
  • Travel insurance
  • Optional activity (availability is subject to change):
    - Skydiving in Paihia
    - Sample frech fish and chips in Cape Reinga
    - Kayaking in Hahei
    - Glass bottom boat tour in Hahei
    - Learn to surf in Raglan
    - Waitomo 'must-do' caving options
    - Hobbiton Movie Set tour
    - White water rafting, zorbing, ziplining
    - Skydiving in Huka Falls
    - Horse riding in Whakahoro
    - Clay pigeon shooting and goat hunting
    - Tongariro Alpine Crossing
Special Notes
  • Luggage should be restricted to 15kg in a single bag, plus a small day pack.
  • We recommend that you bring:
    - Sturdy walking shoes/boots
    - Bathers/towel
    - Hat & sunscreen
    - Water bottle
    - Toiletries
    - Warm clothing
    - Waterproof jacket
    - Insect repellent
    - Camera
    - Motion sickness tablets
  • Cancellation Policy:
    - 7 days prior to departure date: non-refundable
    - 8-14 days prior to departure date: 50% of payment is refunded
    - 15 days or more prior to departure date: 65% of payment is refunded
  • You can upgrade your accommodation to a single or twin/double private room (select this option when booking) however upgrades are subject to availability. Please note that at some destinations your private room will include an ensuite bathroom and some it won't.
    Twin/Double upgrades are based on two people sharing and can only be booked if you are travelling with a companion.
    The standard accommodation on the Hahei is quad-share and upgrades are limited. If available you can upgrade on arrival and pay direct to the operator.
  • Tipping is not expected in New Zealand and is completely up to the guest's discretion. You are not expected to tip guides, drivers, waiters, hotel staff, etc.
  • During Winter our these toursare operated on our hop-on hop-off bus network. This means some passengers on your trip who are travelling on flexible passes will be hopping on and off the bus. Tour passengers will follow a fixed itinerary with specified inclusions. You can expect to travel on a modern comfortable bus (mid-coach) and to be led by a knowledgeable Driver Guide.
  • The winter rate includes a discount off the full retail Summer 2016-17 rates and applies to Journeys travelled 1 May - 30 September 2017.
  • Tour departs Sundays and Tuesdays from May - September 2017
  • This tour/activity is overseen by a select local operator in the region. Upon booking your tour or activity and after receiving confirmation, you will be issued an e-ticket detailing the local operator's name and contact information. If you require assistance finding a specific tour, please contact us for more information.

Pricing Info

Your reservation is always subject to confirmation by email, normally within one to two business days.

* Adult: 13 and older
* Child: 7-12 years of age
* Children younger than 7 are not permitted on the tour.
* Children aged 7 years are required to travel in an approved car seat. It is their legal guardian's responsibility to provide this.
* The standard accommodation is for a shared dormitory.
* Customers may upgrade to a twin shared room or private room.
* Tour prices are based on NZD and are converted into USD. Prices will change day to day, due to the currency exchange rates. Tours booked and paid for will be charged at the current rate at which the tour price is shown. We will not refund any price differences, should prices drop for the tour. Tours will be subject to Cancellation Fees, should any changes be made for a reservation.

Reservation Info

    1.Immediately after submitting your reservation you will receive a Receipt of Reservation via email.
    2. Within one to two business days of submitting your reservation you will receive a confirmation email from us. If you need to book an airline ticket, we recommend that you do so after you receive a confirmation of your tour reservation from us.
    3. An E-Ticket will be sent to you via email as soon as details of your reservation are confirmed or your supporting information is received by us. We will provide you with all detailed information about your tour on the E-Ticket. Contact information for local tour provider will be included on E-Ticket for your convenience or re-confirmation purpose if re-confirmation is required.
    4. Simply print your E-Ticket and present it with your valid photo ID on the day of your activity to your tour guide. Please remember E-Ticket is your proof of purchase.

Terms and Conditions

    - Your purchase does not guarantee confirmation. Your purchase will initiate a reservation process. We will confirm with you via email within one to two business days.
    - Prices may vary due to availability. We reserve the right to make price adjustment without prior notice.
    - Please refer to our Standard Amendment, Cancellation and Refund Policy before you make reservation.
    - Please refer to Customer Agreement before you make reservation.
    - Local tour provider reserves the right to make modifications to tour arrangements including order of tour activities, hotel and its location if deemed necessary.

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Departure Date:jul-01, 2017
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