New Zealand Holidays
|Duration||7 Day Tour|
|Meals||6 Breakfasts, 3 Dinners|
|Group Size||Maximum 36 People|
|Accommodation||5 nights in hotels & lodges, 1 night in a traditional Maori Marae|
Some of the New Zealand highlights:
This amazing tour includes:
Day 1: Auckland to Rotorua
Steal away from 'the maiden with a thousand lovers' (aka Auckland) and become a tree-hugging hippie as you wrap your arms around NZ's botanical elder, the Kauri tree. James Cook named our next stop the 'Bay of Islands'. Well, you know what to expect. Seeing all 144 islands might take a while, so grab the optional 'Rock the Boat' island tour for 24 solid hours cruising and snorkeling the archipelago. Instagram your first Pacific sunset then get your mind blown by the southern night sky. You could get used to this.
**Pre-book your Rock the Boat trip to secure a spot as spaces fill up quickly. All meals, epic company and good times included. Please pack a smaller overnight bag if booking Rock the Boat upgrade.
-Parry Kauri Park
Day 2: Rotorua
The Bay of Islands is big on numbers: 144 islands, 90 miles of beach in one stretch, and 100-metre high Te Paki sand dunes ready for some serious sand boarding action. Get a dose of Kiwi history at the Waitangi Treaty house or in Russell-NZ's first capital then grab a kayak and paddle under the Haruru Falls. We're having fish and chips for dinner so good thing you did all that exercise.
Day 3: Rotorua to Tongariro National Park
Departing Bay of Islands, we'll make two pit stops: first at the gorgeous Whangarei waterfalls and next to pick up some extra travel pals in Auckland. Tonight, Maori legends and mythology come alive as we bunker down at a traditional Marae homestay. After learning the tongue-thrusting Haka dance moves of the All Blacks and the finesse of the ladies' Poi dance, you'll polish off a traditional maori dinner and end the night feeling like a local. You lucky thing, you.
-Maori Marae cultural talks
-Haka & Poi class
Day 4: Tongariro National Park
Mud, Middle Earth and massages are the order of the day in the bubbling, sulphur-soaked town of Rotorua. If you're starting to resemble a muddy prune, flush out the mud rafting over the waterfalls, discover the Disneyland of mountain biking, or jump into the real-life landscapes of Tolkien's dreams on the Hobbiton Shire escape.
Day 5: Tongariro National Park to Wellington
Geothermal activity gets turned up to 11 with bubbling mud pools, and if that's not enough, you can jump off a bridge as we pass by the largest lake in New Zealand. Lake Taupo was formed by an explosion that extended the Ice Age, so yeah, it's pretty big. It's also time to meet the dessert that's caused a battle between NZ and Australia since someone whipped an egg white: the pavlova.
Day 6: Tongariro National Park
With dual cultural and natural heritage status, and often described as the most epic hike in NZ, Tongariro NP is home to two active volcanoes that will hopefully keep a lid on things. The Tongariro Alpine Crossing will quickly top your list of favourites if you don't mind heights and the odd dormant lava chamber (and walks from 20 mins to 8 hours). Hike, raft or mountain bike then hit the spa and warm your feet by the fire in an alpine lodge overlooking Mt Doom.
Day 7: Tongariro National Park to Wellington
From hiking over lava to readjusting to city life, today we hit the nation's capital, Wellington (no, it's not Auckland!). After you conquer the six floors of the Te Papa museum, you'll probably be ready for a big city nightlife hit. With more bars and restaurants per capita than New York and a well-earned spot as the sporting capital of NZ, you can't go wrong with a craft beer and some local rugby action. What better way to bid farewell to your North island trip buddies?
-Te Papa Museum
-Wellington city tour including Mt Victoria
*Please note that this tour also runs in reverse from Wellington to Auckland.
Pick up at 11:30 am from Mecure Hotel, 8 Customs Street East, Auckland
Drop off at 5:30pm at Travelodge Hotel, 2-6 Gilmer Terrace, Wellington
Pick up at 8:30 am from Travelodge Hotel, 2-6 Gilmer Terrace, Wellington
Drop off at 11:30 am from Mecure Hotel, 8 Customs Street East, Auckland
Bay Of Islands
Tongariro National Park: