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8 Day Auckland to Wellington Northern Explorer

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Duration 8 Days
Meals 7 breakfasts, 3 dinners
Group Size Maximum 36
Starts Auckland
Ends Wellington
Tour Style Guided
Accommodation 7 nights accommodation

Details

Photos can barely do this place justice. See the stunning New Zealand landscape in super HD as you travel through the Bay of Islands, get close to the geothermal activity in Rotorua and wander through the volcanic landscape of Tongariro National Park. From massages to bungy jumping, you can pick the pace of this trip.  

 

Highlights: 

  • Haka & Poi class
  • Overnight stay in a traditional Maori Marae
  • Visit Huka Falls
  • Visit Parry Kauri Park
  • Visit Te Papa Museum
  • Visit Lake Taupo

What's Included:

  • 7 breakfasts, 3 dinners
  • 6 nights in hotels & lodges, 1 night in a traditional Maori Marae
  • A modern air-conditioned coach with free Wi-Fi
  • Awesome crew

Itinerary

Day 1: Auckland to Bay of Islands 

James Cook named our first 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.

 

Day 2: Bay of Islands 

Ride down 80-100m dunes as many times as your legs can carry you back up (optional). What’s it going to be today? Opt in to grab a kayak and paddle under the Haruru Falls, cruise out to the Hole in the Rock or indulge in an optional spot of dolphin sailing. We’re having fish and chips for dinner so good thing you did all that exercise.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

 

Day 3: Bay of Islands to Auckland 

Departing Bay of Islands, we’ll make two pit stops: first at the gorgeous Whangarei waterfalls, then at Mount Eden for a view of the city from the top of a volcano.

Meals: Breakfast

 

Day 4: Auckland to Rotorua (Marae Stay) 

Pick up some new travel pals, then head to Waitomo Caves before hitting Rotorua. Tonight, Maori legends and mythology come alive as we bunker down at a traditional Marae stay. 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 feel like one of the locals.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 5: Rotorua 

Get muddy in the bubbling, sulphur-soaked town of Rotorua. While you're here, raft over the waterfalls, head to the spa for a massage, or jump into the real-life landscapes of Tolkien's dreams on the Hobbiton Shire escape (all optional).

Meals: Breakfast

 

Day 6: Rotorua to Tongariro National Park 

After enjoying the geothermal activity of Rotorua, the brave can bungy jump off a ledge as we pass by the largest freshwater lake in Australasia.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

 

Day 7: Tongariro National Park 

Opt-in to take on what’s often described as the most epic hike in NZ. The Tongariro Alpine Crossing will quickly top your list of favourites (if you don't mind heights and the odd dormant lava chamber).

Meals: Breakfast

 

Day 8: Tongariro National Park to Wellington 

Wellington (voted ‘best place in the world to live 2017’) has more bars and restaurants per capita than New York and is known for its craft beer. Clink glasses and bid your trip mates goodbye after exploring Te Papa museum’s six levels of awesome.

Meals: Breakfast


Departures

Departing Auckland
Pick up at 8:30am in Auckland
Finish Wellington
Drop off at 5:30pm in Wellington

Departing Wellington
Pick up at 8:30 am in Wellington
Finish Auckland
Drop off at 6:00pm in Auckland


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