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9-Day North Island Adventure Tour: Bay of Islands - Hahei - Rotorua - Tongariro - Wellington
Product Code: 3850-202105
OVERVIEW

Highlights

  • • Tree hugging at Parry Kauri Forest
  • • Swim at Waipu Cove
  • • Bay of Islands wildlife cruise
  • • Hokianga ferry ride and sand boarding
  • • Visit Waipoua Forest and Tane Mahuta (NZ’s largest Kauri tree)
  • • Swim at Kai Iwi Lakes
  • • Walk to Cathedral Cove
  • • Hot Water Beach
  • • Maori cultural experience, including traditional hangi meal and interactive performance
  • • Huka Falls
  • • 4WD eco-wilderness farm adventure
  • • Tongariro Alpine Crossing, Tongariro National Park
  • • Weta Workshop tour
Tour Code
3850-202105
Duration
9 days
Departure City
Auckland
End City
Auckland
Tour Type:
Adventure/Activities
Language:
English
IS THIS TOUR FOR ME?

Experience: Cultural, UNESCO, Nature, Adventure

Learn about local culture with in-depth tours and activities; Visit locations designated as World Heritage Sites by the United Nations; 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: Small group

Take an intimate and semi-private trip with a small group

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

Itinerary
Day 01
Waitangi Treaty Grounds

Auckland - Paihia

Hotel: Beachfront hostel or similar

Nau mai, haere mai (welcome)!

Your journey kicks off in New Zealand’s largest city Auckland. We'll pick you right up from your accommodation bright and early, before heading north to the seaside town of Paihia.

Along the way we'll stop to hug some of the world’s mightiest trees - the native Kauri - enjoy a hike to a beautiful waterfall, stop for lunch and a swim at scenic Waipu Cove. From here we'll take 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.

Visiting Attractions

Day 02
Opononi

Paihia - Opononi

Hotel: Homely Kiwi lodge or similar

This morning we'll take a wildlife cruise in the beautiful Bay of Islands, a collection of 144 islands bursting with marine life, and there’s no better way to see it than by boat. Keep a watchful eye out for wild dolphins.

In the afternoon it’s off to the Hokianga Harbour, where we will see the huge sand dunes. Tonight you have the option to take part in a Maori-guided twilight encounter, where you’ll visit the Waipoua Forest, learn about Maori legends and the spiritual inhabitants of the forest, and visit the largest Kauri tree in the world, the “God of the Forest” Tane Mahuta (own expense).

We'll finish the day with a Kiwi classic for dinner, traditional fish and chips.

Day 03
Auckland

Opononi - Auckland

Hotel: Central City Hostel or similar

We'll start the morning off with a ferry ride across the Hokianga Harbour to go sand boarding down massive dunes (weather dependent).

then we'll start to make our way south through the mighty Waipoua Forest. Here we will have the opportunity to visit NZ’s largest Kauri trees. We'll 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’ for a late afternoon arrival.

Visiting Attractions

Day 04
Coromandel

Auckland - Hahei (Coromandel)

Hotel: Comfortable beachside accommodation or similar

Say farewell to Auckland again as we head south east and take a stroll to the famous Cathedral Cove. Accessible only by foot or boat, you’ll discover some of New Zealand’s most spectacular scenery and stunning views in this beautiful coastal spot. Cathedral Cove is a ‘must see’ on the Coromandel Peninsula.

Afterwards we’ll drive to Hot Water Beach, a unique surf beach where you dig a hole in the sand and sit in your own personal spa pool (tide dependent). In the afternoon there will be time for a kayaking tour (own expense) before we feast on a delicious BBQ for dinner.

Tips:
Upgrade to twin/single is not available in Hahei.
Day 05
Rotorua

Hahei - Rotorua

Hotel: Central city lodge or similar

Today we'll head for Rotorua, arriving around midday, to discover an area well-known for its Maori heritage, adventure and geothermal activity. Here you will get the chance to do some great optional activities, such as a visit to Hobbiton.

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.

Visiting Attractions

Day 06
Huka Falls

Rotorua - Whakahoro

Hotel: Remote country station lodge or similar

We'll start the day by visiting some bubbling mud pools before stopping at the powerful Huka Falls, NZ’s most photographed natural attraction. Our destination today the most remote parts of the North Island by road. We’re heading for the award winning Blue Duck Station in Whakahoro, a 5,200 acre high country farm that is both a working sheep and beef station and an environmental conservation leader.

This afternoon you'll 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 all cooked using local produce.

Tips:
Standard accommodation in Whakahoro is 6-shared dormitory.

Visiting Attractions

Day 07
Tongariro National Park

Whakahoro - Tongariro National Park

Hotel: Alpine lodge or similar

Prepare to be amazed as we make our way to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of 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 (own expense).

Visiting Attractions

Day 08
Wellington

Tongariro National Park - Wellington

Hotel: Central city hostel or similar

We'll depart early to arrive into Wellington around midday.

Get a taste of ‘Wellywood’ when you head out to the world famous Weta Workshop for an in-depth, behind the scenes look at the studio responsible for blockbuster films such as The Hobbit, Lord of the Rings and Avatar. 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, shopping, craft beer and café culture scenes.

As New Zealand’s capital city, it is home to New Zealand’s parliament and the iconic Beehive government building. We recommend wandering down Oriental Parade, visiting Te Papa National Museum or the botanical gardens.

Visiting Attractions

Day 09
Auckland

Wellington - Auckland

Today is an express day, as we travel via National Park back to Auckland. We'll 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!

Tips:
We will return to the departure point at around 4:30pm.

Visiting Attractions

WHAT'S INCLUDED

Package Includes

  • 8-night accommodations (quad share)
  • 7 breakfasts, 6 dinners
  • Professional tour guide
  • Tree hugging at Parry Kauri Forest
  • Swim at Waipu Cove
  • Bay of Islands wildlife cruise
  • Hokianga ferry ride and sand boarding
  • Visit Waipoua Forest and Tane Mahuta (NZ’s largest Kauri tree)
  • Swim at Kai Iwi Lakes
  • Walk to Cathedral Cove
  • Hot Water Beach
  • Maori cultural experience, including traditional hangi meal and interactive performance
  • Huka Falls
  • 4WD eco-wilderness farm adventure
  • Tongariro Alpine Crossing, Tongariro National Park

Package Excludes

  • Lunch
  • Personal expenses
  • Travel insurance
  • Optional activity (availability is subject to change):
    - Waitangi Treaty Grounds
    - Footprints Waipoua twilight encounter
    - Bone carving
    - Cathedral Cove Kayaks
    - Visit to Hobbiton
    - White water rafting
    - Zorbing
    - The luge
    - Weta Workshop Tour
    - Te Papa National Museum
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.
  • Standard accommodation is 6-share in Whakahoro.
  • 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.
  • 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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