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Coasts & Culture New Zealand North Island Tour

Take in the highlights of the North Island on this 7-day tour to beautiful beaches, Maori culture, awe-inspiring caves & so much more that awaits you.
Auckland, New Zealand
Duration
Duration
7 Days, 7 Nights
Max Group Size
Max Group Size
16
Minimum Age
Minimum Age
18 years
Fitness Level
Fitness Level
Moderate
Meals
Meals
Partially included
Start & End Location
Start & End Location
Auckland
What's Included

  • Get up to $90 cash back per person when you book with us
  • A 7-day New Zealand North Island adventure discovering geothermal wonderlands, Maori culture, & incredible natural landscapes
  • 6 nights high-end hostel accommodation, in shared dorm rooms with shared facilities
  • 1-night accommodation at a shared cultural experience, with shared facilities
  • 7 breakfasts, & 1 traditional Māori hāngī dinner cooked in an underground oven
  • Dig yourself a hot tub at Hot Water Beach
  • Visit Te Puia Maori Village & see the might Pohutu Geyser, learn the haka, weave flax, & learn more about Maori culture
  • See the thundering power of Huka Falls
  • Take a scenic drive through Tongariro National Park
  • Check out the views from Matairangi/Mount Victoria, Wellington
  • Services of an expert tour manager
  • Transport onboard a comfortable 22-seat Toyota Coaster 
  • Departs from the meeting point at Haka Lodge Auckland, 373 Karangahape Road, Auckland (meeting location may change, please check your final documents for the confirmed location
What's excluded

  • Optional activities & accommodation upgrades
What to Expect

 

You'll see it all in this fantastic week-long New Zealand North Island holiday. Volcanoes, beautiful beaches, bubbling mud pools, Lord of the Rings locations, and rich forests are just the start! Join this captivating tour and learn all about the Maori culture and legends. 

 

Day 1 – Auckland to Coromandel

 

Leaving the big smoke behind, the start of your adventure takes you to the Coromandel Peninsula, a veritable 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. So get your camera ready because the views are magnificent!

 

The Coromandel is home to the famous Hot Water Beach – thousands visit each year to dig their own personal hot tub here. If the tide times allow, you'll definitely grab your buckets and spades and get busy! 

 

Later, travel on to Whitianga, where you'll arrive in plenty of time for your guide to show you around. Sample the sandy beaches, take a surf lesson with the locals, or simply enjoy the vibes.

 

Day 2 – Coromandel to Rotorua

 

Start your morning with a leisurely walk along the cliffs and down to Cathedral Cove (which you might recognise from the Chronicles of Narnia). With perfect beaches and massive rock arches and columns, it's one of the most popular spots in the Coromandel.

 

Alternatively, take an optional guided Cathedral Cove kayak trip and check out this stunning coastline from a different angle, accompanied by a local dolphin or two, if you're lucky!

 

Later this afternoon, you'll head towards Rotorua; en route, visit Matamata – best known for being the home of Hobbiton. For Lord of the Rings fans, an optional visit to Hobbiton Movie Set is an absolute must-do. On a fully guided tour of the 12-acre Middle-earth set, you will see Hobbit Holes, the Mill, and even enjoy a drink at the Green Dragon Inn!

 

If hobbits aren't your thing, there are plenty of scenic short walks to enjoy Matamata's lush green rolling hills.

 

While most of the North Island is volcanic in some way, Rotorua is exceptional for its geothermal activity. With neon blue and red lakes, steaming rivers, active volcanoes and geysers galore, there are more unique natural wonders in Rotorua than in many other places in the world.

 

Day 3 – Rotorua

 

Today is a free day to explore Rotorua and its surrounding area however you like. Talk to your guide for the best free things to see and do in the neighbourhood (Kuirau Park's steaming and hissing mud pools are a great option).

 

However, if you want, there are also several optional activities you can choose from that you can book with your guide. For example, if adrenaline is your thing, the highest commercial waterfall drop in the world, on the Kaituna River, is begging to be conquered on an exhilarating rafting trip. Or perhaps you'd like to try thundering down grassy hills in a giant air-cushioned inflatable ball (a.k.a ZORB)?

 

Alternatively, head deep into one of New Zealand's most ancient forests and let the fun begin on a 3-hr eco canopy adventure. Experience over 600 meters of ziplines and swing bridges, plus learn about the native wildlife and ecology as you fly from tree to tree.

 

Another option is a guided kayak trip across scenic Lake Rotoiti to the spectacular Manupirua Springs Hot Pools, which are only accessible by boat. Have a leisurely soak while your guide cooks a delicious Kiwi BBQ Dinner. After dinner, enjoy a sunset paddle across the lake and visit the glow worm caves.

 

However you choose to spend the day, you're sure to tick a few things off your bucket list!

 

Day 4 – Rotorua to Murapara

 

This morning, you'll visit Te Puia Maori Village. Here, you'll learn more about Maori history and culture, come face to face with the Pohutu Geyser, see jumping mud pools and get up close and personal with kiwi birds.

 

Later this afternoon, you'll head to Kohutapu Lodge in Murupara – a living Maori village where you will experience a tribal tour by a village elder. Here, you'll also have a chance to learn the world-famous haka and weave your own dinner plate using flax.

 

Tonight's dinner is a traditional hangi meal. Cooked in an underground earth oven, you can expect tender meat and delicious vegetables infused with a smoky, earthy fragrance – it will fill your puku (belly) right up!

 

The best part about spending the evening at Kohutapu Lodge? The majority of proceeds from this activity go back to the local community.

 

Day 5 – Murupara to Taupo 

 

It's only a short drive to your next destination, Taupo, and there's plenty to discover along the way. From mesmerising mud pools to the thundering rapids of the Huka Falls and Aratiatia Dam, your trusty guide will ensure you don't miss a thing.

 

Taupo is a beautiful lakeside town with a stunning mountain backdrop. Lake Taupo is New Zealand's largest lake – believe it or not, it's roughly the same size as Singapore! This place is all about the thrills and spills, and there are plenty of optional activities available for the afternoon.

 

Get your hair wet with a water touch Bungy jump, take an unforgettable skydive or a sunset lake cruise for amazing lake and mountain views. Bring your swimwear today as one of the best secret stops is on the cards!

 

Day 6 – Taupo

 

Today you'll spend a whole day in Taupo exploring at your own pace. Are you in the mood for peaceful lakeside tranquillity or unlimited adrenaline and adventure? Either way, this lake town has got you covered.

 

For many, the ultimate adventure on offer here is hiking. The Tongariro Crossing is among the top 10 full-day walks in the world. This 19.4-kilometre mountain trek boasts emerald green lakes, venting steam, lava flows and craters. You'll come back grinning from ear to ear before falling into bed and sleeping like a baby.

 

However, if you'd prefer to relax, jump on a boat for a sailing trip to view Maori rock carvings. Or head to Spa Park and soak until your fingers are wrinkly.

 

Day 7 – Taupo to Wellington 

 

It's a big drive from Taupo to Wellington, but there's some unmissable scenery on offer, and Lord of the Rings junkies are in for a treat!

 

This journey takes you through Tongariro National Park via the Rangipo Desert. Some of your favourite Lord of the Rings battle scenes were filmed here. The Desert Road boasts incredible views of three active volcanic peaksMount Tongariro, Mount Ngauruhoe, and Mount Ruapehu. You may know Mount Ngauruhoe as Mount Doom, so be sure to snap a Mordor selfie!

 

You'll also pass through two of the North Island's quirkier towns, where your guide has a couple of surprises up their sleeve.

 

Finally, you'll pull into Wellington in the afternoon, with just enough time for film buffs to make a trip to Weta Workshop, where a talented team of artists and designers produced the special effects of Lord of the Rings and Avatar.

 

New Zealand's capital is famous for its bars and eateries and is a paradise for craft beer lovers – you'll be spoilt for choice tonight! The tour officially finishes at 8:00 pm today in Wellington, but your accommodation tonight is included.

 

Where We Visit

  • Auckland
  • Coromandel Peninsula
  • Hot Water Bach
  • Whitianga 
  • Cathedral Cove
  • Matamata
  • Rotorua
  • Murapara
  • Te Puia Maori Village
  • Pohutu Geyser
  • Taupo 
  • Huka Falls
  • Tongariro National Park
  • Rangipo Desert
  • Wellington
Frequently Asked Questions

For Auckland departures: Haka Lodge, 373 Karangahape Road. 

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Yes! Around 70% of guests are solo so you can absolutely join this, or any other tours.

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Everyone has their own favourites, but in general, these are the most popular:

  • Adrenalin lovers will jump for Skydiving in Taupō
  • Everyone will enjoy Kayaking Cathedral Cove in the Coromandel White Water Rafting down the world’s highest commercially rafted waterfall in Rotorua!
  • Take on the world’s best one day hike: the unforgettable Tongariro Crossing
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The Operator would suggest no more than one activity per location. If there is time, you can always book more activities whilst on tour.

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Terms & Conditions:

  • The minimum age is 18 years.
  • The Operator requires a minimum number of bookings in order for a tour to be financially viable & to have a pleasant group atmosphere.
  • Itineraries are subject to alteration without notice & are intended as a guide only. The Operator reserves the right to change the itinerary without any notice.
  • Some activities are strenuous in nature. Passengers should be of reasonable health and fitness and carry all required medication and accept that degrees of risk are involved. The Operator must be advised of any prior medical conditions at the time of booking.

Cancellation Policy:

  • If for any reason you do need to cancel your tour there are a few things to be aware of. Your $99 is a non-refundable deposit, however, in the event that you need to cancel outside of the cancellation period The Operator will hold your deposit on file for life & this can be used towards a future departure
  • Upon cancellation, you will be liable to pay a fee to cover the cost of expenses incurred by The Operator at the time of booking in the below schedule. Tour Cost is inclusive of any additional activities and pre/post accommodation
    • Outside 45 days Notice – Loss of $99NZD
    • 8–44 days Notice – 50% of tour cost
    • Within 7 Days Notice – 100% of tour cost
  • Changes to activities & additional accommodation are not permitted within 45 days of departure to tour
  • If you need to change to an alternative departure date you may do so in accordance with the below fees:
    • Outside 45 days Notice – No fee
    • 8–44 days Notice – $500 Admin Fee
    • Within 7 Days Notice – 100% of tour cost

 


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