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10 Day NZ Northern Trail Tour

Marvel at cinemagraphic landscapes, spectacular coastal walks & geothermal wonders on this premium 10 Day NZ North Island Tour

Wellington, New Zealand
DurationDuration10 Days 9 Nights
Max Group SizeMax Group Size16
Minimum AgeMinimum Age18+
Fitness LevelFitness LevelModerate
MealsMealsSome Includedi
Start & End TimeStart & End TimeWellington to Aucklandi

What's Included

  • Get up to $360 cash back per person when you book with us

  • 10-day premium tour of New Zealand, visiting the highlights of the North Island 

  • An itinerary designed for small groups of travellers in their mid-thirties & upwards

  • All accommodation: Hotels (9 Nights)

  • Meals: 5 Breakfasts, 2 Dinners

  • Hike through the forested gorge of Ruakuri

  • Brave the Redwoods Treewalk, crossing 23 raised suspension bridge

  • Soak up a sunset boat cruise in the West Coast surf town of Raglan + fish'n'chip dinner

  • Visit a Maori Village & see the mighty Pohutu Geyser & learn more about Maori culture

  • See endangered kiwi birds up close and personal

  • Walk a stunning coastal track to Cathedral Cove 

  • Services of an expert tour manager

  • Transport onboard a comfortable 22-seat Toyota Coaster 

What to Expect

From New Zealand's lively capital to its biggest city, you'll take in a whole host of North Island gems, enjoying cinemagraphic landscapes, spectacular coastal walks and geothermal wonders. So fill your days with highlights of the North Island and also give you a great insight into New Zealand life and culture.


Created for travellers in their mid-thirties and upwards, this North Island tour includes special activities such as walking to the spectacular and photogenic Cathedral Cove, a traditional Māori meal, and a walk amid towering  – and magically lit – treetops.


You can also choose to select some tour add-ons such as hiking the Tongariro Alpine Crossing – otherwise known as Mordor, kayaking to a natural hot pool, visiting an off-shore eco-sanctuary, visiting Hobbiton, or flying above an active volcano! 


You'll have the chance to swim, kayak, skydive, hike, see kiwis, relax in hot pools, roll down a hill in a giant ball, eat and drink like a local, and more! This is your trip, and it's designed to be flexible. The choice is yours – pick the activities that appeal to you.


At the end of the day, you can relax in comfortable 3–4 star accommodation to ensure you have a great night's sleep ready for the following day's activities.


On this tour from Wellington to Auckland, you'll encounter an array of landscapes: lush, green rolling hills; beautiful golden sand beaches, tumbling waterfalls, geothermal valleys filled with bubbling mud and sulphuric lakes, magnificent mountains, cosy, laid-back surf towns and vibrant cities. Prepare your camera and get ready to make some magical memories!


Day 1: Wellington


Kia ora (hello!) and welcome to Aotearoa (New Zealand). Settle into your accommodation and be ready for the 7.30 pm pre-tour meeting. Here you will get to know your Tour Manager and be introduced to your new road trip friends.


Afterwards, the evening is yours to enjoy. Try to get a good night's sleep to be ready for tomorrow's early start, but you may want to experience Wellington's exciting nightlife – the choice is yours!


Transport: Today, travel by 22-seat Toyota Coaster 
Accommodation: Hotel


Day 2: Wellington


Soak up the atmosphere of vibrant Wellington. Famous for being a bit windy, be prepared to ditch the hairspray and go with the flow. 


Your guide will introduce you to the city with an orientation tour – including a drive around the bays through central Wellington to the Botanic Gardens and Parliament Buildings. You'll also get the chance to head up Mount Victoria for some of the best views in town.


You will also stop by Weta Workshop, most famous for its creative contribution to all things Lord of the Rings. Take an optional tour to see prop-makers in action and learn about the immersive world of filmmaking.


Wellington has a feast of cultural attractions, and its crowning glory is Te Papa, the national museum of New Zealand. Situated on Wellington's magnificent waterfront, this internationally acclaimed museum combines leading-edge technology with traditional exhibits to tell the stories of New Zealand's land and people. The museum is free for all.


If being outdoors is more your thing, head off to Kapiti Island for an optional nature tour. Here you can see endangered birds up close and learn more about New Zealand's unique flora and fauna.


Transport: Today, travel by 22-seat Toyota Coaster 
Accommodation: Hotel


Day 3: Wellington to National Park


This morning is your last chance to soak up Wellington – hit Cuba Street for brunch or take a quick stroll around the City Gallery, perhaps? Then it's time to hop on the bus again for the drive up north to Tongariro National Park.


The drive will take you through all kinds of scenery, from rolling hills to the spectacular peaks of the North Island's volcanic plateau – Ruapehu, Ngauruhoe and Tongariro. If some of the mountains look familiar, it's for a good reason – Mount Ngauruhoe gained international fame as the real-life version of Mount Doom in Lord of the Rings.


Finish your day nestled in Tongariro National Park, home to one of the ten best one-day walks in the world – the Tongariro Crossing. Here you'll spend the next two nights.


Transport: Today, travel by 22-seat Toyota Coaster 
Accommodation: Hotel


Day 4: National Park


Decision time – is today the day you brave the Tongariro Crossing? Considered one of the world's top 10 best one-day walks, this 19.4km mountain trek boasts emerald green lakes, venting steam, lava flows, craters and rich green bush. Not for the faint-hearted – it's a challenging day! But every step of the way, the views are spectacular.


If 19.4km is a little too far for you, there are plenty of shorter walks and hikes to enjoy. However you choose to spend today in this UNESCO World Heritage Area, you won't forget it.


Accommodation: Hotel


Day 5: National Park to Rotorua (via Taupō)


Wave goodbye to National Park as you continue northwards – first stop, Taupō. It's a beautiful lakeside town with a stunning mountain backdrop. There are options here to get your Bungy on or to skydive!


Then, head onward to Rotorua. It's a short drive, but your guide will take their time, checking out bubbling mud pools and thundering waterfalls en route. One not-to-be-missed highlight is Huka Falls – the most visited natural attraction in New Zealand! With its roaring rapids and turquoise colour, it's not hard to see why.


To make a fantastic evening even more incredible, tonight, you'll take on the Redwood Forest Canopy Walk – the ultimate way to get amongst these giants of the forest.


Transport: Today, travel by 22-seat Toyota Coaster 
Accommodation: Hotel


Day 6: Rotorua


Rotorua has it all: natural beauty, unique geothermal landscapes, and iconic Lord of The Rings destinations. You'll stay here a whole day to make the most of it.


This area is world-renowned for its geothermal activity, with neon blue and red lakes, steaming rivers, violent geysers, and bubbling mud pools galore.


A visit to the picturesque Hobbiton movie set is a must-do activity for many. Even if you haven't seen the films, it's impossible not to be charmed by this gorgeous hobbit village set amongst the lush green hills of Matamata.


For a truly epic brush with nature, fly high through the lush ancient forest canopy on a zipline tour complete with swing bridges, crossings and treetop platforms. What better way to get to know the native plants and birds, many of which are unique to New Zealand?


This evening you are welcomed to a Māori village for an unmissable cultural experience featuring combat demonstrations and – of course – the breathtaking haka. However, this experience extends beyond the performance – you'll have the chance to see magnificent geothermal activity and get to spot kiwi birds.


Accommodation: Hotel


Day 7: Rotorua to Raglan (via Waitomo)


Once you depart Rotorua, head to Raglan via Waitomo – famous for its glow worms. There are fantastic and informative walking tours of the caves where you can learn more about the history, geology and Māori mythology of this unique area of New Zealand.


For those who prefer to stay above ground, why not explore the tree-studded gorges and limestone arches of the nearby Ruakuri Forest Walk? It's a favourite amongst the guides.


For dinner tonight, you'll have a chance to tuck into New Zealand's unofficial dish – fish and chips (or fush and chups, as it tends to sound in a Kiwi accent). And what better way to enjoy a tasty meal than on a sunset cruise of Raglan Harbour?


Transport: Today, travel by 22-seat Toyota Coaster 
Accommodation: Hotel


Day 8: Raglan to Coromandel


Welcome to the arty surf mecca of Raglan! If you have always wanted to try surfing, or if you're dying to get back on your board, Raglan is the perfect destination both for beginners and experienced surfers.


Not keen on surfing? There's plenty to enjoy in this laid-back township. The streets here ooze character and creativity with an excellent blend of cafes, bars, surf shops and galleries. Relax on the beach, or enjoy a variety of bush and coastal scenery on Raglan's walking trails.


Then, as you make the trip across the North Island to the Coromandel Peninsula, your guide has some incredible sights to show you en route, including the 55-metre-high Bridal Veil Falls.


The Coromandel Peninsula is a paradise of beautiful beaches and misty rainforests. The drive here takes in plenty of quintessential North Island rolling farmland. It's also home to the famous Hot Water Beach – thousands visit each year to dig their own personal hot tub. If the tide times allow, grab your buckets and spades and get busy.


Transport: Today, travel by 22-seat Toyota Coaster 
Accommodation: Hotel


Day 9: Coromandel to Auckland


In beautiful Whitianga, you'll have 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. There are all sorts of ways to enjoy the Coromandel, whether you want one last adrenaline kick or some wind-down time on this, the last full day of your tour!


Then, hit the road for the final stretch of the journey. The drive to Auckland is truly spectacular – the road twists and turns dramatically around the coastline as the skyline of New Zealand's largest city gradually comes into view.


Transport: Today, travel by 22-seat Toyota Coaster 
Accommodation: Hotel


Day 10: Auckland


Today is the final day of the tour, where you can exchange photos and stories with your fellow travellers over breakfast before saying goodbye and parting ways.


Transport: Today, travel by 22-seat Toyota Coaster 

Departure Info

Tour departs from Mercure Wellington Abel Tasman, 169 Willis Street, Te Aro, Wellington (meeting location may change, please check your final documents for the confirmed location).

Frequently Asked Questions

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

  • Black Water Rafting – Waitomo
  • Kayaking – Coromandel
  • Hobbiton & Rafting – Rotorua
  • Skydiving – Taupo

Yes! The wonderful thing about a small group tour is that even if you join the tour as a solo traveller, by the end of the tour, you will have met new friends from around the world!


Accommodation is a twin-share room, and if you are travelling alone, the crew will arrange for you to share a room with a fellow guest (of the same gender), or you have the choice to upgrade to a private room.


Please also note that there are no single-person supplements unless you want your own private room - in this case, upgrades are available.

This tour includes five continental breakfasts and two dinners – including a traditional Maori hangi, cooked in an underground oven.


The guides know the best places in each town and city for different budgets and tastes, and they will point these out on the way to each location.


The tour group, along with your guide, will often head out to a local pub for a beer and a meal. Evening meals can range from NZ$25 upwards.

Yes – they often have vegetarian/vegan guests, and all cafes and restaurants in New Zealand will offer meat-free options. If you can’t see anything on the menu, just ask, as most places will happily prepare something for you.

This tour was designed for travellers in their mid-thirties and upwards; however, anyone over the age of 18 is welcome to join. More important than age is an attitude – the guides have found over the years that if you have a thirst for adventure, then age is no barrier. Please keep in mind, though, that a reasonable fitness level is required for any optional activities.


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 60 days – Loss of 99NZD

    • 30–59 days – 50% of tour cost

    • 15–29 days – 75% of tour cost

    • Within 14 days – 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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