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7 Day Coasts & Culture NZ North Island Tour

Travel from Wellington to Auckland, enjoying the North Island's incredible beauty, natural landscapes & Maori culture on this 7 day adventure

Wellington, New Zealand
DurationDuration7 Days & 7 Nightsi
Max Group SizeMax Group Size16
Minimum AgeMinimum Age18+
Fitness LevelFitness LevelModerate
MealsMealsSome includedi
Start & End LocationStart & End LocationWellington to Aucklandi

What's Included

  • Get up to $90 cash back per person when you book with us

  • 7 Day New Zealand North Island adventure 

  • All accommodation: Hostels (6 Nights), Shared Cultural Accommodation (1 Night)

  • Meals: 7 Breakfasts, 1 traditional Māori hāngī dinner 

  • Fall in love with Wellington’s cafe & craft beer culture

  • Check out the views from Matairangi/Mount Victoria, Wellington

  • See the thundering power of Huka Falls

  • Take a scenic drive through Tongariro National Park

  • See kiwi birds up close and personal

  • Visit Te Puia Maori Village & see the might Pohutu Geyser

  • Learn the haka, weave flax, & learn more about Maori culture

  • Walk to the spectacular arched cavern of Coromandel’s Cathedral Cove

  • Services of an expert tour manager

  • Transport onboard a comfortable 22-seat Toyota Coaster 

What's Excluded

  • Optional activities & accommodation upgrades

What to Expect

New Zealand's North Island is filled with surprising contrasts: from the idyllic Coromandel on the coast where you can soak in a hot pool dug in the sand, venture through a geothermal wonderland of geysers, take a side-trip to Middle Earth-esque countryside, have underground adventures in caves lit by glow worms, and admire lush rainforests and even a volcanic desert – you'll be amazed by it all.

 

This small-group guided New Zealand North Island tour will visit WellingtonTaupō, Rotorua, and Coromandel, with the option to visit Hobbiton, Waitomo Glowworm Caves and the Tongariro Crossing along the way. 

 

Day 1: Wellington to Taupō

 

Today you'll meet your guide at 8:00 am at your accommodation in Wellington where they will have set up continental breakfast. Over breakfast your guide will introduce everyone to the group and run through everything you need to know to maximise your time in New Zealand.

 

Tucked away at the bottom of the North Island, New Zealand's capital is anything but boring. A fun young city with tons of green spaces and beaches, it feels more like a small town than an urban capital. Packed with quirky bars, quaint cafes, beautiful street art and heaps of things to do, it's impossible not to love Wellington.

 

After the briefing, your guide will give you a tour of Wellington city and the surrounding bays. This can include an optional trip to Weta Workshop, where films like Lord of the Rings have been made. You might also visit the parliament buildings, cable car and Mount Victoria.

 

Then, on the way to Taupō, drive along the road that divides the Rangipo Desert (an area with poor vegetation because of bad soil conditions and drying winds). The climate is harsh, and it is not unusual to see snow in winter. However, the biggest attractions on this road are that of Mount Ruapehu, Mount Tongariro and Mount Ngauruhoe, the volcano better known as Mount Doom in Lord of the Rings. On the other side of the road is the lesser noticed Kaimanawa Range, home to a breed of wild horses that can be spotted on rare occasions.

 

You'll arrive at the accommodation by evening. With a whole day to explore Taupō tomorrow, feel free to relax at the hostel or go out to experience some of the town's best nightlife!

 

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

 

Day 2: Taupō

 

With a full day in Taupō, are you in the mood for peaceful lakeside tranquillity or unlimited adrenaline and adventure? Either way, Taupō's got you covered.

 

For many, the ultimate adventure on offer here is the hiking (or tramping, as the Kiwis know it). 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.

 

If you'd prefer to relax, jump on a boat for a sailing trip to view Māori rock carvings. Alternatively, head to Spa Park and soak until your fingers are wrinkly. However you choose to spend today, it's guaranteed you won't forget it.

 

Accommodation: Hostel

 

Day 3: Taupō to Murupara 

 

After a morning in Taupō, you'll head to Kohutapu Lodge in Murupara – a living Māori village – where you will be taken on 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 (a type of plant).

 

Tonight's dinner is a traditional hāngi 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.

 

Transport: Today, travel by 22-seat Toyota Coaster 
Accommodation: Cultural village lodge

 

Day 4: Murupara to Rotorua

 

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 to be found in Rotorua than in many other places in the world.

 

On the way to Rotorua, stop at what really makes the town famous, along with giving it its unique smell: one of several extraordinary geyserlands and thermal parks. There's heaps of time to get amongst Rotorua's diverse attractions while you're here. Your guide will get you started with an orientation tour, including a stroll through the flower-filled Government Gardens by the lakefront.

 

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

 

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

 

Day 5: Rotorua

 

Today is a free day to explore Rotorua and its surrounding area. 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). There are also a number of optional activities you can choose.

 

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 (aka ZORB)?

 

A day trip to Waitomo is another option today. Famous for its glowworms, there are several ways to experience these twinking creatures up close. Discover the magic of both the world-famous Waitomo Glowworm Caves as well as the enchanting Ruakuri Cave on a '2 cave combo' walking/boat tour. Alternatively, you can float along an underground river on a Black Water Rafting trip as the glow worms light your path.

 

However you choose to spend today, be sure to get a good night's sleep as there are more Rotorua adventures tomorrow!

 

Accommodation: Hostel

 

Day 6: Rotorua to Coromandel

 

It's no secret that many blockbuster hits have been filmed in New Zealand due to the incredible landscapes. Around lunchtime, you'll head off to the Coromandel to discover them first-hand.

 

Walk together along the cliffs down to Cathedral Cove (which you might recognise from the Chronicles of Narnia films). Beautiful in its own right, with perfect beaches and massive rock arches and columns, it's one of the most popular spots in the Coromandel and for good reason!

 

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

 

Day 7: Coromandel to Auckland

 

Beautiful remote beaches, densely wooded forests and clear blue waters make the Coromandel one of New Zealand's favourite getaways. At low tide, make your way out to the world-famous Hot Water Beach. When the tide's out, you can dig a hole in the sand where natural hot springs bubble up to create your own personal hot tub!

 

Finally, you'll head to Auckland, New Zealand's biggest city. Auckland sits on the narrow sliver of land where the Northland peninsula tapers south to meet the rest of the North Island. So the sea is always nearby, and it isn't difficult to guess the origin of its nickname, 'City of Sails'.

 

You'll arrive around 5:00 pm and say your farewells before a final night of accommodation – you don't want to pass up the chance to sleep in! 

 

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

 

Departure Info

The tour departs from the meeting point at  The Dwellington, 8 Halswell Street, Thorndon, Wellington (meeting location may change, please check your final documents for the confirmed location).

Frequently Asked Questions

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

Everyone has their 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

The Operator would suggest no more than one activity per location. If there is time, you can always book more activities whilst on tour.

Your guide will supply a continental breakfast each morning of your tour. This will consist of cereal, toast, tea, coffee and juice.

 

Lunches and dinners are at your own expense. The guides know the best places in each town and city, depending on your budget and what you are after, and they will point these out on the way into each location. Some nights the tour group may choose to cook a meal together. You will head to a supermarket to get everything and then cook as a group at the hostel. Whoever joins in splits the cost, and it usually costs about NZD 10 per person. It's a fun, social and cheap dinner.

 

Likewise, the tour group and guide often head out to a local pub for a beer and a meal. Meals can range from $15 upwards. In summer, it's not uncommon to have a BBQ washed down with a few drinks.

Yes – the Operator often hosts vegetarian/vegan guests, and all cafes and restaurants in New Zealand offer these options. If you can’t see any on the menu, just ask, as most places will happily prepare something for you.

The Operator has guests in their late teens to their mid 60’s, but the average age is between 25–45. More important than age is an attitude, and they 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. The minimum age for joining a tour is 18 years old. Sometimes the group may head out to a bar where everyone needs to be 18 years old, and New Zealand has strict alcohol policies.

Policies

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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