7-Day North Island Adventure Tour
Product Code: 1113-114655
OVERVIEW

Highlights

  • • Visit to a conservation farm
  • • Sea kayaking
  • • Surf lesson
  • • Maori cultural experience
  • • Tongariro Alpine Crossing
  • • Te Papa Museum
  • • Orientation walk in Wellington
Tour Code
1113-114655
Duration
7 days
Departure City
Auckland
End City
Wellington
Tour Type:
Bus/Coach
Language:
English
IS THIS TOUR FOR ME?

Experience: Cultural, Nature, Adventure, Backpacker

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; Geared to the "Get up and go!" traveler who wants to enjoy independent or semi-guided adventures

Style: Guided, Escorted

Multiple local tour guides/drivers available throughout your tour/activity; Tour director/guided escort is available from the beginning to the end of the vacation

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: Nomads Auckland or similar

Today, Auckland at any time and self-transfer to the hotel. There are no planned activities during the day, so check into the hotel and explore the city. If you arrive early enough, opt to visit the Maritime Museum, walk the waterfront, or even take the ferry to Waiheke Island.

**Optional Activities**

- Maritime Museum Visit

Tour the museum’s seven galleries to learn more about New Zealand’s relationship with the sea. Be inspired by the country's most celebrated mariner, Sir Peter Blake, and his many accomplishments, and see maritime art that speaks to the sentiment of a nautical nation.

- Waiheke Island Excursion

Take a ferry ride to Waiheke Island for a quick, fun getaway. Swim or kayak at white-sand beaches in the Hauraki Gulf. Tour the island's tracks and bush reserves, or sample your way through some of the island’s 19 boutique wineries (the island produces some of New Zealand’s finest reds).

Tips:
Joining hostel: Nomads Auckland (address: 16-20 Fort Street Auckland 1010).

Visiting Attractions

Day 02
Raglan

Auckland - Raglan

Hotel: Raglan Surfing School or similar

Travel backroads to a remote conservation farm where they are using natural means to boost the stocks of traditionally farmed marine life. Farmers have created a balanced ecosystem to attract native birds and animals back to the area.

Afterwards, kayak to a remote part of the harbor for a boat cruise and lunch, before heading to our lodge a few minutes drive from the famous surf and arts town of Raglan for the night.

Tips:
Breakfast and lunch included.

Visiting Attractions

Day 03
Raglan

Raglan

Hotel: Lava Lounge or similar

Today, head down to the beach for an included surf lesson. The afternoon is open for optional activities such as bone carving with local Maori, mountain biking or exploring the many trails.

**Optional Activities**

- Bone Carving

Make your very own pendant (and souvenir) at this bone carving class. Learn the cultural significance of this craft and follow expert instruction to make a traditional Maori carving using a grinder and template.

- Stand Up Paddle Lesson

Enjoy fantastic scenery and a great workout while stand up paddle boarding in the Raglan harbour.

- Mountain Biking

Explore solo or take a tour with a knowledgeable guide and learn more about this town that has won so many hearts. Find a track that suits your level in the trails surrounding the town and local beaches.

- Hiking

Lace up your hiking boots and head out on local tracks for scenic views. Try walks around Mt Karioi, Te Toto Gorge, or Wainui Reserve.

- Yoga

Nurture your mind, body, and soul in a yoga class. Want an extra challenge? Try a SUP (stand up paddleboard) yoga class for a unique on-the-water experience.

- Karioi Loop Walk

Enjoy a pleasant forest walk on the flanks of extinct volcano Mt Karioi. Start and finish at our location in Whale Bay. Be ready to get a little muddy if it’s been raining - it’s all part of the adventure.

Tips:
Breakfast and dinner included.

Visiting Attractions

Day 04
Rotorua

Raglan - Rotorua

Hotel: Four Canoes or similar

Depending on the weather conditions and the desires of the group, opt to visit the Waitomo caves, famous for their glow-worms. For the adventurous, there is the option of ‘black water rafting’.

Then we'll continue to Rotorua for an engaging cultural experience on the grounds of a historic Maori village.

**Optional Activities**

- Waitomo Caving Excursion

Enjoy a peaceful boat ride through caverns covered with magical glowworms that are unique to New Zealand. Hundreds of thousands of these tiny creatures radiate luminescent light in underground caves calved by rivers and time. Take in more than 120 years of cultural and natural history on this unique excursion.

- Waitomo TumuTumu Toobing (Black Water Rafting)

Float down a river on this subterranean inner tube adventure.

- Waitomo Lost World Cave Abseil

Feel like the hero of your own action movie on this tour that involves a 100m (328 ft) abseil (rappel) into the Lost World with a guide at your side. Be awed by the beauty of an iconic cavern that’s covered in glittering glow-worms. After a 30-min descent, embark on a journey back to the surface through a spectacular dry cavern. Relish in your accomplishments (and added confidence) afterwards with some good food and drink.

- Waitomo Haggas Honking Holes

Get your fix of adrenaline and fun on this underground action adventure. Do a series of abseils, rock climbs, crawls, and cruises as you explore the fabulous Waitomo caves in an action-packed 4 hrs. See stalactites, stalagmites, and glow-worms up close.

- Waitomo Valley Walk

Explore Waitomo Valley’s amazing rugged landscape by foot on this one-way walk - the CEO will see you off at the start. Check out a small cave on your way, and then follow the trail through the forest back to Waitomo Village. Be sure to wear comfortable shoes, and take a rain jacket and water.

Tips:
Breakfast and dinner included.

From Jan 1, 2017, only breakfast is included.

Visiting Attractions

Day 05
Tongariro National Park

Rotorua - Tongariro National Park

Hotel: Skotel Alpine Resort or similar

Today we'll around Lake Taupo and explore the volcanic World Heritage-listed national parks in the area. Here we'll conquer the Tongariro Crossing, New Zealand's top-rated 1-day trek. Collect all your supplies before the hike - the transfer will drop the group off at the beginning of the self-guided trek and pick up everyone at the end.

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

**Optional Activities**

- Scenic Flight

Bypass the Tongariro Crossing if you’re not up for it. Take to the skies and experience a scenic flight over the mountains - if it’s a clear day. Magic!

- Taranaki Falls

Opt to do the Taranaki Falls walk if the Tongariro Crossing is cancelled, or if you are not feeling up to the challenge. Take in great views of this 20m (66ft) waterfall and surrounding water-worn gorges on this low alpine loop trail. Start and finish at our accommodation.

Tips:
Breakfast and dinner included.

Please note that the Tongariro Alpine Crossing is self-guided and will be without a CEO. The trail is clearly marked. Please note that during winter months (June-October), this is an optional hike. There is an extra cost of approximately 135.00 NZD for winter equipment and guide if you opt to do this activity.

Visiting Attractions

Day 06
Wellington

Tongariro National Park - Wellington

Hotel: Nomads Wellington / or similar

In the morning we'll travel to Wellington, New Zealand's capital city. Arrive early enough for a visit to the National Museum, Te Papa.

Then we'll take a short walk from our accommodation to see the sights of the central business district.

Finish the day off with an optional night on the town.

Tips:
Breakfast included.

Visiting Attractions

Day 07

Wellington

Today depart at anytime.

Tips:
Breakfast included.
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) and local guides
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
  • 2 night hostels, 1 night simple hotel, 3 night basic lodges
  • 6 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 2 dinners
  • Visit to a conservation farm (Raglan)
  • Sea kayaking (Raglan)
  • Surf lesson (Raglan)
  • Maori cultural experience
  • Tongariro Alpine Crossing (seasonal)
  • Te Papa Museum (Wellington)
  • Orientation walk in Wellington

Package Excludes

  • All personal expenses
  • Service fee to tour guide/driver
  • Optional activities (price and availability subject to change):
    - Bone Carving: NZD 89.00
    - Mountain Bike Tour: NZD 49.00
    - Stand Up Paddle Boarding: NZD 79.00
    - Tumu Tumu Tubing (blackwater rafting with walking, climbing, swimming and tubing through the Tumu Tumu cave): NZD 152.00
    - Lost World 4 hour (abseil 100m to embark on a journey through a spectacular dry cavern): NZD 288.00
    - St Benedicts Caverns (two abseils and a flying fox experience): NZD 138.40
Special Notes
  • Travel style: Yolo. Fast, fresh, and fun adventures that never slow down, made for young, budget-minded travelers.
  • Physical rating: Average. Some tours may include light hiking, biking, rafting, or kayaking in addition to walking.
  • Service level: Basic. Simple and clean hotels and hostels; affordable public and private transport; lots of optional activities.
  • This tour combines with other tours. As such, the staff and some travel companions on your tour may have previously been traveling together with the local operator prior to Day 1 of your tour. Likewise, some staff and travel companions may be continuing together on another tour after your trip concludes.
  • 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.
  • Please note that most included breakfasts will consist of cereal, milk, bread and spreads, juice, tea and instant coffee. Having a simple breakfast together most days allows us the flexibility to get on the road early and get from point A to B all that much faster.
  • 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: 18-39 years of age.
* Trip type: small group with max 20, avg 16.
* Please note that availability and prices of optional services including pre and post accommodations are subject to final confirmation.

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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