7 Day North Island Adventure Tour
Starting from Auckland, we make our way down to New Zealand's capital, Wellington, through the North's hottest destinations.
(Note that this tour can also be done from South to North - Wellington to Auckland - if you prefer.)
If you are arriving in Auckland with a few days to spare, we have a great three day tour taking in the Bay of Islands which showcases the Northland region of New Zealand. You can also extend the tour by two nights and travel with us to the South Island, ending your trip in Wellington.
Activities can also be purchased on the road - just let your tour guide know. We can't always guarantee availability when booking on the road, so we suggest pre-booking any activities you especially want to do.
As the tour starts early in the morning, you can opt to book accommodation with us the night before the tour - only having to walk downstairs on the day the tour starts makes for a stress free morning.
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What's included :
- Passionate Kiwi guides
- 6 nights in high-end hostel accommodation, 1 night shared cultural experience* – dorm share, upgrades available
- Small groups, maximum 16
- Orientation tour of every location
- Comfortable bus transport
- Continental breakfast every day
- Traditional Māori hāngī dinner cooked in an underground oven
- Experience a Māori cultural performance
- See Huka Falls the most visited natural attraction in NZ
- Visit Rotorua's bubbling mud pools
- Experience Coromandel's stunning Cathedral Cove
- Discover NZ's most spectacular UNESCO World Heritage Areas
- Journey through multiple National Parks
- Plus many surprise stops on the way
What's excluded :
- Optional Activities
- Day 1: Auckland to Coromandel
The Coromandel Peninsula is a paradise of beautiful beaches and misty rainforests. The drive here is epic – the road twists and turns dramatically round the coastline and the ocean gets clearer and more pristine before your eyes. Cameras ready – the views are magnificent! The Coromandel is home to the famous Hot Water Beach.
Day 2: Coromandel to Waitomo
This morning we’ll walk out together along the cliffs and down to Cathedral Cove (which you might recognize from the Chronicles of Narnia). It’s one of the most popular spots in the Coromandel. Later today we say goodbye to the east coast and hello to the west as we head for the tiny town of Waitomo. If you can’t wait until tomorrow to meet the resident glow worms, tonight’s optional cavewalking tour is a must.
Day 3: Waitomo to Murapara
Have you been caving in a place with twinkling glow worms on the ceiling? Now’s your chance! Daredevils can abseil 100 metres into the caverns on an epic 4-hour caving adventure. Or float along on an underground river on an optional Cave Tubing trip as the glow worms light your way.
This evening we are welcomed to a Māori community for an unmissable cultural performance featuring combat demonstrations, beautiful poi performance, and the breathtaking haka. You will also have the privilege of learning a haka or poi dance from local Māori. A traditional hāngī meal, cooked in an earth oven, will fill your puku (belly) right up.
Day 4: Murapara to Rotorua
Rotorua is exceptional for its geothermal activity. With steaming rivers, active volcanoes and geysers galore, there are more unique natural wonders to be found in Rotorua than many other place in the world. Lord of the Rings fans, channel your inner hobbit with an optional visit to picturesque Hobbiton.
Day 5: Rotorua to Taupō
This morning there’s time to explore Rotorua or squeeze in any last-minute add-on activities. It’s only a short drive to our next destination, Taupō, and there’s plenty to discover along the way. From mesmerising mud pools to the thundering rapids of the Huka Falls and Aratiatia Dam.
Day 6: Taupo
A full day in Taupō… are you in the mood for peaceful lakeside tranquility or unlimited adrenalin and adventure? Either way, Taupō’s got you covered.
Day 7: Taupō to Wellington
Lord of the Rings junkies, you’re in for a treat! Our journey takes us through Tongariro National Park via the Rangipo Desert.Some of your favourite Lord of the Rings battle scenes were filmed right here.
We pull into Wellington in the afternoon, with just enough time for film buffs make a trip to Weta Workshop, where the special effects of Lord of the Rings and Avatar were produced.
Departure Point :Haka Hotel Newmarket, 9 Manukau Road, Newmarket, Auckland, New Zealand 1023
Departure Time :8:00 AM
Return Detail :YHA Wellington, 292 Wakefield St, Te Aro, Wellington 6011
Hotel Pickup :
- Confirmation will be received at time of booking
- Not wheelchair accessible
- Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
- Minimum age is 18 years
- Passport name, number, expiry and country is required at time of booking for all participants
- This tour/activity will have a maximum of 16 travelers
- You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.