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8-Day North Island Adventure Tour: Rotorua - Tongariro - Whanganui
Product Code: 1113-114874
OVERVIEW

Highlights

  • • Cycling through Karangahake Gorge
  • • Traditional Hangi dinner
  • • Tongariro Alpine Crossing walk
  • • Jet boat and canoeing along Wanganui River
  • • Locally sourced/grown dinner
  • • Te Papa Museum
Tour Code
1113-114874
Duration
8 days
Departure City
Auckland
End City
Wellington
Tour Type:
Bus/Coach
Language:
English
IS THIS TOUR FOR ME?

Experience: Cultural, Backpacker, Adventure, Nature

Learn about local culture with in-depth tours and activities; Geared to the "Get up and go!" traveler who want to enjoy independent or semi-guided adventures; Explore the world with an active and adrenaline pumping tour; Get in touch with Mother Earth

Style: Escorted, Guided

Tour director/guided escort is available from the beginning to the end of the vacation; 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, Strenuous

Designed for travelers in good health who are comfortable with light walking or hiking; Activities are geared towards experienced and fit travelers

Quality: Budget

The most affordable tour service and/or accommodation with fast-paced itineraries

Itinerary
Day 01
Auckland

Auckland

Hotel: Kiwi International Hotel or similar

Today, arrive at any time and please make your way to the joining hotel (note that check-in time will be in the afternoon).

There are no activities until an evening welcome meeting (usually between 5:00pm and 7:00pm), so head out and enjoy the city.

Tips:
Joining hotel: Kiwi International Hotel (address: 411 Queen Street Auckland 1025).

Visiting Attractions

Day 02
Hahei

Auckland - Hahei

Hotel: Tatahi Lodge Hahei or similar

Enjoy a morning cycle through Karangahake Gorge, then travel onto Hahei for the afternoon.

In the early morning we'll depart for Waihi, where we'll pick up our bikes and ride through Karangahake Gorge. From here we'll hop on a bus to Hahei and enjoy a walk to Cathedral Cove in the afternoon. If the tide is right, grab a shovel and dig a natural jacuzzi in the sand on Hot Water Beach.

Optional Activity - Sea Kayaking

Head out by kayak to experience the Coromandel from sea level.

Tips:
Breakfast is included.

Visiting Attractions

Day 03
Rotorua

Hahei - Rotorua

This region of New Zealand is renowned for its geothermal qualities and we're going to sock in the best of it. We'll travel to the town of Rotorua, founded on a geothermal area with boiling mud and hotpools. Here we'll have free time to experience the regions' geothermal wonders. Opt to mountain bike in the world famous Redwood Forest, go white water rafting, or indulge in the therapeutic hot springs. After an engaging cultural experience on the grounds of a historic Maori village, enjoy a Hangi dinner cooked in an underground pit.

**Optional Activities**

- Mountain Biking

Head out on an exhilarating cycling adventure. Explore the stunning Redwood Forest on two wheels on what some call the world's best mountain biking trails. Whether you're a beginner or expert mountain bike enthusiast there's sure to be a trail perfect for you.

- Whitewater Rafting

Get your adrenaline fix on on this exhilarating white water rafting trip. Enjoy the amazing scenery along the way, but don't forget to paddle!

- Hot Springs

Soak tired muscles in the area's natural hot springs and let the mineral water work its magic. Rotorua is home to a number of amazing geothermal parks - be sure you don't miss the healing and relaxing benefits of the city's naturally heated waters.

Tips:
Accommodation is in a Maori wharepuni (sleeping house). Groups will often stay together in one sleeping house (multi-share, mixed gender), staying in line with Maori traditions.

Breakfast and dinner are included.

Visiting Attractions

Day 04
Tongariro National Park

Rotorua - Tongariro National Park

Hotel: Skotel Alpine Resort or similar

We'll start early today with a walk across the Tongariro Crossing, New Zealand's top-rated 1-day trek. Enjoy spectacular views and otherworldly landscapes on this challenging and rewarding 19.4km (12 mi) trek across a volcanic range. Get prepared before you head out – go through a safety checklist and be sure to buy supplies, food, and water ahead of time. Dress accordingly – elements change constantly.

The transfer will drop the group off at the beginning of the self-guided trek and collect everyone at the other end.

After the trek, travel to a ski lodge on the side of a mountain for the night. An on-site spa and sauna will help ease those tired muscles.

Tips:
Note: if the weather is too bad to trek, there will be alternative options such as smaller walks in the area or a visit to remote hot springs. If you do not wish to do the Tongariro Crossing, other activities can be arranged.

Breakfast and dinner are included.

Visiting Attractions

Day 05
Whanganui National Park

Tongariro National Park - Whanganui National Park

The third longest river in New Zealand, the Whanganui River begins at Mt Tongariro and flows all the way out to the west coast of the North Island. Grab a paddle and life jacket and journey on a 12-25km canoe journey downriver to an overnight stay in the heart of Whanganui National Park.

We'll paddle to the lodge, enjoying amazing scenery along the way. Get up close to the area's natural beauty, and see sights that you may miss on shore. It's a great way to unwind and pack in some more New Zealand adventure.

Enjoy a dinner of locally sourced food.

Tips:
Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are included.

Visiting Attractions

Day 06
Whanganui National Park

Whanganui National Park - Raetihi

In the morning, trade the canoe for a jet boat and continue downriver, visiting old Maori and European settlements. After a short walk to the Bridge to Nowhere, board the jet boat again and return to the bus, travelling on to Snowy Waters Lodge for the night. Here, enjoy a delicious dinner.

Tips:
Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are included.

Visiting Attractions

Day 07
Wellington

Raetihi - Wellington

Hotel: Downtown Backpackers - Waterloo Hotel or similar

In the morning, we'll transfer to Wellington, and visit the Te Papa museum and its galleries dedicated to the history and culture of New Zealand.

Tips:
Breakfast is included.

Visiting Attractions

Day 08

Wellington

Depart at any time.

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

WHAT'S INCLUDED

Package Includes

  • Professional Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides
  • Transportation by private bus, jet boat, canoe, cycle
  • 2 nights hotel, 1 night Maori village, 3 night lodge, 1 night hostel
  • 6 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 4 dinners
  • Cycling through Karangahake Gorge
  • Traditional Hangi dinner
  • Tongariro Alpine Crossing walk
  • Jet boat and canoeing along Wanganui River
  • Locally sourced/grown dinner
  • Te Papa Museum Admission

Package Excludes

  • All personal expenses
  • Service fee to tour guide/driver
  • Optional activities (price and availability subject to change):
    - Zorb: NZD 45.00
    - Mountain Bike Hire: NZD 35.00-90.00 (2-4 hour hire)
    - Luge: NZD 46.00
    - White Water Rafting: NZD 95.00
    - Wellington Cable Car: NZD 7.00
    - Zealandia: NZD 17.50-85.00
Special Notes
  • Service Level: Basic. Simple and clean hotels and hostels; affordable public and private transport; lots of optional activities.
  • Physical Grading: Demanding. Some high-altitude hikes or more strenuous activities, but accessible to most healthy travellers.
  • Travel Style: Active. Hiking, trekking, biking, rafting, and kayaking adventures all over the world, made for outdoor types.
  • Please be aware that wifi and internet access is not as readily available in New Zealand as in other parts of the world. There are often additional charges to connect to the internet, and speeds may be slower than what you are used to.
  • Included breakfasts will be continental style, consisting of coffee or tea, juice, a selection of breads with spreads and a variety of cereals.
  • The vans are mini-coaches. Occasionally with smaller group sizes we will use smaller, equally comfortable 13-seater vehicles. All mini-coaches tow a trailer for luggage and camping equipment (when needed). All groups have one CEO/Driver. The vehicles are factory built with comfortable seats and air-conditioning. It is mandatory to wear a seatbelt while riding in our vehicles.
  • Most nights are multi-share. Multi-share accommodation, on a single-sex basis (typically 4-6 people per room), is very common in New Zealand and is the way you will be spending most of your nights. We have specifically chosen unique accommodations to give local flavor to your trip.
  • Please note that due to the types of accommodation used in New Zealand, couples will likely be split into separate rooms where we use multi-share hostels. Pending availability, couples may be able to pay extra while on tour to have their own room in some destinations.
  • Accommodation will be varied throughout your adventure. Towels and soap are not always provided at overnight stops, so it's best to bring your own for bathing. Bathroom and showering facilities are shared and are very rarely en-suite.
  • While it is our intention to adhere to the route described, there is a certain amount of flexibility built into the itinerary and on occasion it may be necessary, or desirable to make alterations. Also, any travel times listed are approximations only and subject to vary due to local circumstances.
  • 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.

* Price is per pax based on multi-share.
* Age requirement: 12+. All travelers under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
* Trip type: small group with max 16, avg 12.

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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