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13 Day Full North Island (12n) (AKL-AKL)

  • Duration: 13 Days
  • Guaranteed Departure: Yes
  • Supplier Tour ID: AKLDFN/168202
  • Your Guide: English speaking
  • Starts: Auckland, New Zealand
  • Finishes: Auckland, New Zealand
  • Age requirement: 18 +
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  • Auckland



Day 1

Auckland to Paihia
Depart 7:30am and head north to the stunning Bay of Islands today. On the way you’ll learn about the rich local European and Maori history of the region. After stopping to see some giant kauri trees en-route, we continue on to Paihia, where you have the afternoon free to explore this charming seaside town.
Accommodation: Hostel along from the beach
Optional Activities: Skydiving


Day 2

Paihia to Cape Reinga and back
Today you travel to the top of NZ, the spiritually significant Cape Reinga. Visit 90 Mile Beach, try dune surfing and see the clashing of 2 oceans! Sample some of the best fish and chips around on your way back to Paihia.
Accommodation: Hostel along from the beach


Day 3

Paihia to Auckland
This morning we will do the famous ‘Hole in the Rock’ cruise and make an island stop in the bay. Keep an eye out for dolphins and other marine life. We depart in the afternoon to head back to Auckland.
Accommodation: Central city hostel


Day 4

Auckland to Hahei
Depart Auckland in the morning and head south to the Coromandel Peninsula via the old colonial town of Thames. We’ll settle into our accommodation in Hahei before heading to Hot Water Beach, where you can dig your own natural spa in the sand (tidal dependent).
Accommodation: Exclusive accommodation by the waterfront


Day 5

FREE day in Hahei
Today you have a full free day to embrace the laid back Coromandel lifestyle. Get up early to catch the sunrise on the beach, then take a scenic coastal walk or opt to kayak to stunning Cathedral Cove. You can also take a glass bottom boat tour through the nearby marine reserve.
Accommodation: Exclusive accommodation by the waterfront
Optional Activities: Kayaking, glass bottom boat tour


Day 6

Hahei to Rotorua
Our drive today will take us through the Waikato region to Rotorua. You will have to option to a guided tour through the world famous Hobbiton Movie Set. Even if you’re not a fan, this truly unique experience which explores a whimsical garden village, home to Frodo and Bilbo in Peter Jackson’s epic trilogies is loved by all. If this is not for you, then you can continue on to Rotorua where there are plenty of other activities on offer. The Hobbiton goers will return early evening.
Accommodation included: Comfortable central city hostel
Optional activities: Hobbiton Movie Set tour, white-water rafting, zorbing, adrenaline fuelled adventure park (big swings, bungees and more)


Day 7

Often labelled the adventure capital of the North Island, you have a full free day in Rotorua to discover an area rich in Maori heritage, adventure activities and bubbling geothermal wonders. There are plenty of exciting local activities to get the adrenaline pumping, such as whitewater rafting, ziplining through native bush, zorbing or a truly unique guided jet boat adventure up to bath in a hot waterfall. You can opt to visit the incredible Waitomo Caves, or head out on the highly regarded White Island tour. The choice is yours!
Accommodation included: Comfortable central city hostel
Optional activities: Waitomo caving trip, White Island tour, river jet tour, zip lining, zorbing, geothermal parks, luging, Maori village & performance experience


Day 8

Rotorua to Lake Aniwhenua
Today we head further off the beaten track to the remote area of Lake Aniwhenua. A local Maori guide will share the area’s history and lead us to visit the area’s sacred archaeological sites. Tonight, your hosts will teach you how to prepare a traditional `Hangi` (a feast cooked underground) and introduce you to a fun stick game to challenge your hand-eye coordination. For those visiting during school term, you will be both touched and inspired as you learn about a local community program in which Stray passengers are participating. (D)
Accommodation included: Scenic lakefront lodge


Day 9

Lake Aniwhenua to Whakahoro
After breakfast we depart and head to Taupo to see Huka Falls, and for the brave, we have time for skydiving! In the afternoon we make our way to Blue Duck Station, an 7200 acre high country farm that is both a working station and an environmental conservation leader. Settle in and learn a little more about what makes this destination so special. Spend the evening listening to tales from this unique region. (B)
Accommodation: Country station lodge
Optional Activities: Skydiving


Day 10

Blue Duck Station.
Today you have a free day to explore this truly amazing and secluded location in depth. There are plenty of farming and conservation-based activities for you to experience around the property.
Accommodation: Country station lodge
Optional Activities: Horse riding, clay pigeon shooting and goat hunting


Day 11

Blue Duck Station (via Tongariro) to Raetihi
We head to the active volcanoes of the nearby dual World Heritage Site of Tongariro National Park. Today you get a chance to do what is rated as one of the world’s best one day walks: the Tongariro Alpine Crossing. Be prepared for some epic scenery as you walk around the base of “Mt Doom” from the Lord of the Rings films.
Accommodation: Historic residence with mountain views
Optional Activities: Tongariro Alpine Crossing


Day 12

Raetihi to Wellington
We head to Wellington, New Zealand’s capital city, via Ohakune, Taihape and Bulls. You have the afternoon to cruise around the shops and cafes along popular Cuba Street, explore the New Zealand wonders found in Te Papa or stroll along the waterfront.
Accommodation: Central city hostel


Day 13

Wellington to Auckland
Today is a very early departure out of Wellington - this is an express day via Raetihi to Auckland, where your trip comes to an end when you arrive in the early evening.

    • Experienced tour guide, 12 nights accommodation, touring as indicated


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