Experience New Zealand's famous Bay of Islands and stay overnight in a traditional Maori Marae. See thundering Huka Falls as well as paying a visit and unwinding at Lake Taupo, Rotorua, Tongariro National Park and Whangarei Falls. Sleep in shared dorm accommodation as we travel southbound on a coach. We'll also head to Tongariro Alpine Crossing, known as NZ's best one day walk.
Max Passengers: 36
AUD $895.00EUR €765.00GBP £590.00
|Tour Style||Unleashed 18-39|
|Route||Auckland to Wellington|
|Price (adult)||AUD $895.00EUR €765.00GBP £590.00|
|Valid||31 March 2013 - 30 March 2014|
Itinerary: day by day
Day 1 – Auckland to Paihia, Bay of Islands
Start your New Zealand adventure in Auckland. Head out across the scenic harbour and travel north to Parry Kauri Park, home to the magnificent and ancient Kauri tree. Next, we head to the seaside town of Paihia in the beautiful Bay of Islands. The bay is made up of 144 islands, secluded bays and incredible marine life — the picture perfect New Zealand you’ve been dreaming of. Settle in at your hotel and take the evening at your own pace. You can relax by the pool, or head into town for a meal and a glass of the best New Zealand wine. (B)
*Upgrade to overnight ‘Rock the Boat’ option
If you’re keen to experience some more of the bay, you can take an optional overnight cruise. This cruise includes a cosy bar and a night full of laughs, music and good company. Sign up for the pool competition, or head out on to the deck to spot satellites and shooting stars. Whilst on board, you can expect amazing views, golden sunsets and an open log fire.
*Please enquire with your travel agent or contact Adventure Tours if you are interested in this upgrade option.
Day 2 – Bay of Islands
Today is yours to explore the stunning Bay of Islands and there are stacks of awesome optional activities available. Adventure lovers can take a catamaran along the inner bay and search for dolphins, or kayak through mangrove forests to Haruru Falls. If you’d prefer to stay on dry land, you can take a scenic ride along 90 Mile Beach and board down the Te Paki sand dunes. Want to learn more about the fascinating history of the region? You can visit Waitangi Treaty House, or head out to Russell, the oldest settlement in New Zealand. All activities are optional and at own expense. (BD)
Day 3 – Bay of Islands to Rotorua
Today, we begin the journey south from the Bay of Islands. Stop along the way and take a scenic walk to view Whangarei Falls before heading back to Auckland for a bite to eat. Next, it’s on to the heart of Maori culture in New Zealand, Rotorua. This steamy thermal hotspot is renowned for its natural and cultural beauty and for its unique aroma. Breathe in the sulphuric goodness! Tonight you’ll have the chance to stay in a Maori Marae, where you’ll be welcomed by community elders in the traditional style of the region. There’s plenty of time to relax and hear all about the stories of Maori history and folklore. (BD)
Day 4 – Rotorua
The day is yours to chill out and enjoy some free time in Rotorua. You can relax in the famous thermal hot springs or indulge in a relaxing massage. If you’re feeling adventurous then why not try out some mountain biking or white water rafting? The list is endless! All activities are optional and at own expense. Tonight we’ll meet up after dinner and check out some of Rotorua’s best night spots. (B)
Day 5 – Rotorua to Tongariro National Park
This morning we head to Te Whakarewarewa Village and Geo-Thermal Reserve, where you’ll get a real insight into Maori lifestyle, history and traditions with a guided tour and a vibrant performance from local indigenous residents. We travel south and visit the raging waters of Huka Falls before reaching Lake Taupo, New Zealand’s largest lake. You also have the option to tackle the Taupo bungy if you’re feeling truly game (own expense). Tonight you’ll breathe in the fresh mountain air of Tongariro National Park from our alpine retreat, nestled on the edge of Whakapapa Village. (BD)
Day 6 – Tongariro National Park
Tongariro was the first national park in New Zealand and the fourth in the world. The park is a dual World Heritage area, a status which recognises the park’s important Maori cultural associations as well as its outstanding volcanic features. There are loads of incredible walks available for active travellers, from short hikes to longer treks, notably the Tongariro Northern Circuit and the Tongariro Alpine Crossing. But it’s not just walking on offer, you can also try mountain biking, relaxing in the hotel sauna or unwinding at the Terrace Bar by the fire. During the winter months the park is transformed into a winter wonderland, so grab some ski’s and hit the slopes. All activities are optional and at own expense. (B)
Day 7 – Tongariro National Park to Wellington
We leave Tongariro behind and head towards New Zealand’s capital city, Wellington. Visit Te Papa, the New Zealand National Museum, with six levels of brilliant interactive history and art. You can jump on the scenic cable car and travel from Lambton Quay to the Botanic Gardens (own expense) or check out the funky designer shops, contemporary art galleries, stylish cocktail bars and award-winning restaurants. (B)
B = Breakfast | L = Lunch | D = Dinner
Travel Insurance is compulsory for all travellers on all tours and details must be presented to tour guide before departure. Please refer to terms and conditions for more details.
Departure location : Mercure Auckland Hotel at 11:30am
Arrival location : Travelodge Wellington early evening day 7.
Apr: 05 14
May: 05 14
Jun: 04 13
Jul: 04 13
Aug: 03 12
Sep: 02 11 18
Oct: 02 11 18
Nov: 01 10 17
Dec: 01 10 17 31
Jan: 09 16 30
Feb: 08 15
Mar: 01 10 17 31
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- Experienced guide
- Meals as indicated
- 3 nights hotel/motel dorm accommodation with shared facilities, 2 nights lodge/cabin accommodation with shared facilities, 1 night in a traditional Maori Marae.
- Auckland and Wellington city tours.
Accommodation Upgrade: includes 5 nights budget ensuite accommodation and 1 night multi-share with shared facilities
Twin/Dbl: AUD$1090 / €930 / ₤715
Single: AUD$1220 / €1045 / ₤805
What to bring
- Sturdy walking shoes
- Hat and sunscreen
- Towel and toiletries
- Swimming gear
- Warm clothing in winter
- Water bottles
- Insect repellent
- Itineraries may vary and/or attractions be substituted for any cause including seasonal conditions and weather extremes. See terms and conditions for full details.
- Tour is strictly for 18-39 year old travellers only.
- Tour is operated by tour partner Topdeck Travel.
- Travel Insurance is compulsory for all travellers on all tours and details must be presented to tour guide before departure.
- Adventure Tours reserve the right to assess the fitness capability of passengers prior to tour departure.
- A STRICT luggage limit of 20kg applies.
- B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner.