7-Day North Island Adventure Tour From Auckland
Product Code: 3736-157039
OVERVIEW

Highlights

  • • Explore the most stunning spots of North Island
  • • Explore underground cave system lit by glowworms in Waitomo
  • • Explore an extraordinary geyserland with candy colored water and geothermal activity at Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland
  • • Carve your own ‘Tiki’ pendant from bone
  • • Take a stunning cliff top walk to Cathedral Cove, which you might recognize from the Chronicles of Narnia
Tour Code
3736-157039
Duration
7 days
Departure City
Auckland
End City
Wellington
Tour Type:
Bus/Coach
Language:
English
Itinerary
Day 01
Coromandel

Auckland - Coromandel

Hotel: Local Hostel or similar

Kia Ora and welcome to New Zealand.

Today we'll meet at the reception of Haka Lodge Auckland where your guide will have set up continental breakfast. Over breakfast, your guide will introduce everyone to the group and run through everything you need to know to maximize your time in New Zealand!

This should take around an hour, though it can take a bit longer with larger groups.

After breakfast, we'll begin our tour in the country’s largest city: Auckland. It is unsurprising that a quarter of the population reside here when you consider it is a region of stunning beaches, enchanted holiday islands, a sunny climate, with a passion for outstanding food, wine and shopping! Depending on the season and weather for that day, your guide will take you on an orientation tour to let you get acquainted with the city.

After saying goodbye to New Zealand’s own metropolis, we’ll hit the road together on our way south to the North Island’s best-kept secret - the Coromandel.

Beautiful remote beaches, dense wooded forest and clear blue waters make the Coromandel one of New Zealand’s favorite getaways.

Together, at low tide, we’ll make our way to the world-famous Hot Water Beach. When the tide’s out, you can dig a hole in the sand where natural hot springs bubble up to create your own personal hot tub!

You’ll also carve your own tiki pendant from bone here, a very special and unique Kiwi experience. What a better souvenir to take home than one you made yourself in a traditional activity?

Tips:
You will be informed of the accommodation information once your reservation is confirmed.
Day 02
Cathedral Cove

Coromandel - Waitomo

Hotel: Local Hostel or similar

It’s no secret that many blockbuster hits have been filmed in New Zealand due to its incredible landscapes.

We’ll walk together out along the cliffs down to Cathedral Cove (which you might recognize from the Chronicles of Narnia). Beautiful in its own right, with perfect beaches and massive rock arches and columns, it’s one of the most popular spots in the Coromandel and for a good reason: it doesn’t look real.

From the Coromandel, we’ll head west through some beautiful lush green hills dotted with New Zealand’s iconic sheep before making our way to Waitomo, home of the one of a kind glowworm caves.

Day 03
Rotorua

Waitomo - Rotorua

Hotel: Local Hostel or similar

Waitomo has become famous around the world thanks to its magnificent glowworm caves. How many chances do you get to go caving in a place with blue glowworms twinkling on the ceiling? There are many different ways to explore the caves, but if you are open to adventure and getting your feet wet, the best way to experience Waitomo is by black water rafting.

Dressed in a wetsuit, sitting on top of an inner tube, you can float down the caverns and underground maze. With your headlamp off, it seems as if you are looking up at the sky filled with blue stars. If you’re feeling even more adventurous, you can opt on one of the caving tours where you abseil down into the caverns, tube, zipline and climb waterfalls before popping out at the end. But don’t worry, there’s a different way to explore the caves for everyone.

After lunch we’ll hop on over to Rotorua, famous for its geothermal activity and Maori culture. Nicknamed the Vegas of New Zealand, Rotorua has heaps of activities and things to do for everyone.

A favorite activity for many is the Zorb - a Kiwi invention that involves rolling down a hill whilst inside a giant air cushioned ball! Taking in one of the Maori cultural evenings, getting to experience the traditional Maori heritage and welcome, is another tour highlight.

Day 04
Taupo

Rotorua - Taupo

Hotel: Haka Lodge Taupo or similar

While the North Island is predominantly volcanic, 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.

We’ll start out with optional white water rafting or sledging on the Kaituna River which includes a 7 meter waterfall, though if you prefer something more relaxed, there are plenty of other spots to explore around town, including some local hot springs if you want to take it easy.

Here you’ll have to chance to head over to Matamata and tour the Hobbiton film set from The Lord of the Rings, as well the Otorohonga Kiwi House where you can get a glimpse of our national icon. Reenact scenes from the movies with the rest of the group or just pretend to be a Hobbit while sipping some of the pub’s famous ginger beer.

After lunch in town we may take a trip up the Rotorua gondola (cable car) to another stunning panoramic view and the chance to ride down on the Luge (like go-karts with no engine) - heaps of fun!

On the way to Taupo we stop at what makes Rotorua famous, along with giving it its unique smell: Orakei Korako or Waiotapu. These are extraordinary geyserland and thermal parks where you can walk around and check out all the unique geothermal activity in the area.

Day 05
Taupo

Taupo

Hotel: Haka Lodge Taupo or similar

The world’s largest volcanic eruption in 5000 years left the North Island with Lake Taupo a few thousand years ago. The eruption was so dramatic that records indicate the sun became hazy in China. The lake is fresh-water, and measures the size of Singapore.

Feeling adventurous? We challenge you to start off the day with a skydive! Once you fall out of the plane from 12,000 or so feet you will forget your fear! Look down at the lake and on a clear day you can see both the west and east coast of the North Island. Skydiving is the ultimate thrill and a great many travelers choose to do it.

You can also walk the Tongariro Crossing today - it’s one of the most beautiful walks in the world and takes roughly 7-8 hours. Transport is included and you are allocated a guide in the winter. For many of our tour members, this is a definite highlight of their tour! We recommend you be reasonably fit.

There are many other activities that your guide can suggest on the day, for example: quad biking, golf, an indoor climbing wall, mountain biking and bungy over New Zealand’s longest river! In the afternoon it may be possible to take a cruise on The Barbary sailing boat to see Maori rock carvings at Mine Bay or you can take yourself for an exploration, indulge in some souvenir shopping or enjoy good food and drink at one of the many restaurants and cafes.

In the evening your guide will treat you to a soak in some naturally-heated thermal rock pools situated in a local park. It will keep you warm for hours!

Visiting Attractions

Day 06
Wellington

Taupo - Wellington

Hotel: Wellington YHA or similar

This is the longest journey of our tour so we leave relatively early - there are going to be a few stops along the way! We drive around the lake and come into view of the majestic Mt Ruapehu, Mt Tongariro and Mt Ngauruhoe (the volcano known as Mt Doom in Lord of the Rings). A photo stop will commence shortly!

From the lake we join the Desert Road. On your right you have the mountain range, and on the left is the lesser noticed Kaimanawas, home to a breed of wild horses that are seen on lucky occasions. This whole area belongs to the Rangipo Desert, an area with poor vegetation because of bad soil conditions and drying winds. In winter it is not unusual to see snow.

Upon request we make a stop at Mokai Gravity Canyon, an extreme adventure park that includes the world’s most extreme flying fox and New Zealand’s second largest bungy. Guests are welcome to do the bungy, flying fox or canyon swing and do not have pre-book.

After this we pass through the towns of Bulls and Levin, before briefly touching upon the west coastline. In the summertime we like to pause along the Kapiti Coast and have a BBQ on one of the beaches in front of the dying sun. Unfortunately, in the winter, the weather is usually too cold or the sun has already set. Either way, we reach Wellington by early evening. This evening you have the option to dine in the funky Courtney District or cook together as a group back at our accommodation.

Visiting Attractions

Day 07
Wellington

Wellington

After breakfast we'll begin our tour of Wellington. Perched on the edge of a spectacular harbor, encircled by green, towering hills, Wellington is a stunning and compact city. Vibrant, exciting and cultured, the nation’s capital combines the stimulation and sophistication of a big city with the quirkiness of a charming village. Extending just two kilometres in diameter, the capital is a truly 'walking city’.

As always, your tour guide will introduce you to the city with an orientation tour - including a drive around the bays, a visit to Weta Studios, up to the lookout point at Mount Victoria and then through central Wellington, up the cable car, through the Botanic Gardens and to the Parliament Buildings.

Wellington has a feast of cultural attractions and its crowning glory is Te Papa, the national museum of New Zealand. Situated on Wellington’s magnificent waterfront, this internationally acclaimed museum combines leading edge technology with traditional exhibits to tell the stories of New Zealand’s land and people. The museum is free for all.

For those of you still seeking an adrenaline kick, during summer there is some great windsurfing here (Wellington is in fact named “Windy Wellington”!), some great mountain bike tracks, “Adrenalin Forest” - an adventure high ropes course which is heaps of fun, plus loads more activities. As per usual, your Tour Guide will advise of the best additional options available.

Our tour officially ends at YHA Wellington this evening around 5:00pm.

Please note that order of day-to-day itinerary is adjustable depending on tour start day.

WHAT'S INCLUDED

Package Includes

  • Passionate kiwi guide
  • Transportation
  • 6-Night Accommodation
  • Daily Breakfast
  • Maori cultural experience in the Coromandel and Rotorua
  • Traditional Maori ‘Hangi’ (food cooked using heated rocks buried in an underground oven)
  • Admission to the Wai-O-Tapu Geothermal Wonderland
  • Guided tour of every location. We show you places you would miss when travelling on a flexible bus pass
  • Be treated to surprise stops only possible with a small group

Package Excludes

  • Tips
  • Lunches and dinners (unless stated)
  • Personal expenses
  • Optional activity (availability subject to change)
    - Sea Kayaking
    - Lost World Caving Experience
    - The Zorb
    - Black Water Rafting
    - Sledging
    - Rafting Kaituna River
    - The Zorb
    - The Shire Set Tour in Rotorua
    - Water Touch Bungy
    - The Tongariro Crossing
    - Skydiving over Lake Taupo
    - Gravity Canyon
    - Lord of the Rings Wellington Tour
    - Extra Night’s Accommodation Wellington
Special Notes
  • While traveling within New Zealand, each passenger is entitled to take one case, the sum of its length, width and depth not to exceed 160 cm (63 inches), weight limit 20 kilos along with a small day pack. Airlines permit only one cabin bag per person, in which personal items such as cameras, make-up etc. should be carried, though you need to check with your airline provider as to their specific requirements. Over-limit luggage cannot be carried.
  • Cancellation Policy:
    - Cancel outside 32 days - 10% of tour cost
    - Within 32 days - 50% of tour cost
    - Within 9 days - 100% of tour cost
  • 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.

* Customers under 18 years old are not permitted on this tour.
* The included accommodation is dorm share with maximum 6 guests.
* Due to limited availability at time of booking, multi-share accommodation for two or more guests may be provided in separate rooms. Every endeavor will be made to ensure this does not occur, but should this be necessary you will be advised at check-in.
* 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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