A perfect way to get a taste of New Zealand by exploring the beautiful Bay of Islands in three days and two nights. These sub-tropical islands, 140 in total are a taste of New Zealand nature and culture for those who only have a short time to travel in New Zealand.
All about the 10 Day Best of The North Island New Zealand Auckland to Auckland Winter Tour
Spend 10 days and 9 nights exploring the North Island including the famous surf beach of Raglan, Maori cultural sites, Tongariro National Park, a stunning conservation farm and the nation's capital of Wellington. On this New Zealand tour spend eight days and seven nights exploring the North Island including famous surf beach of Raglan, Maori cultural sites, a stunning conservation farm, hike volcanic craters, discover the emerald and blue crater lakes of Tongariro and traverse Mount Doom (Mount Ngauruhoe). You'll travel along the Thermal Explorer Highway and experience hot water beach, the bubbling mud pools of Rotorua, Lake Taupo: a crater lake caused by the biggest eruption New Zealand has ever seen and the nation's capital of Wellington
10 Day Best of The North Island New Zealand Auckland to Auckland Winter Tour Itinerary - 10 days
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
Included Activities: Hot Water Beach visit
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
Free Activities: Walk to Cathedral Cove, sunrise on the beach
Hahei to Raglan
We leave Hahei early to travel towards the mighty Waikato River. Head on to the world-renowned Raglan surf beach, with cow spotting and a walk to Bridal Veil Falls on the way. Chill out on the beach or go hard surfing the waves in this funky surf and arts town.
Accommodation: An eco-lodge surrounded by native bush near the beach
Optional Activities: Learn to surf
Free Activities: Waterfall walk, relax on the beach, spot glowworms in the bush, West Coast sunset, Inspiration Point.
Raglan (via Waitomo) to Rotorua
Depart 8am. Head to the rural town of Waitomo with time to explore its famous caves and see glowworms. We then carry on towards our overnight destination Rotorua, where you can spend the afternoon touring the Hobbiton Movie Set or checking out this popular tourist town.
Accommodation: Comfortable central city lodge
Optional Activities: Waitomo must-do caving options, Hobbiton Movie Set tour.
Free Activities: Walk around Ruakuri Reserve, Waitomo Valley Caves walk.
Rotorua to Lake Aniwhenua
The morning is free to try one of the many adventure activities on offer in Rotorua. We depart Rotorua at midday and drive into the remote area of Lake Aniwhenua. We will meet a local Maori guide who will take us to visit the area’s sacred sites and a local Marae for a traditional welcome and afternoon tea. Tonight, we feast on a traditional Hangi dinner at our lakeside accommodation. (D)
Accommodation: Scenic lakefront lodge
Included Activities: Kohutapu Experience – guided tour of sacred Maori rock carvings, Marae experience, afternoon tea, delicious ground cooked hangi feast and buffet breakfast.
Optional Activities: White water rafting, zorbing
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! At 10am we make our way to Blue Duck Station, a 5,200 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
Free activities: Walk around the truly amazing property at Whakahoro and take in the lush scenery, walk to the Kaiwhakauka waterfall, enjoy your hosts’ hospitality and stories on the local wildlife and history.
Day in Whakahoro
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
Included Activities: Eco-Warrior 4WD farm tour
Optional Activities: Horse riding, clay pigeon shooting and goat hunting
Whakahoro to National Park
We depart at 6am and 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: Alpine lodge
Optional Activities: Tongariro Alpine Crossing
Free activities: Taranaki Falls walk, visit the Volcanic Centre.
National Park to Wellington
Depart 8:30am. 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
Free Activities: Walk Oriental Parade, head up Mt Victoria for fantastic views, visit Te Papa National Museum.
Wellington north (via Taupo) to Auckland
Depart 6.40am. This is an express day via Taupo to Auckland, arriving in the early evening.
Tuesdays and Thursdays from Auckland from May 3 to September 30, 2018
Travelling in the summer? Check out our 9 Day Full North Island Auckland to Auckland Summer Tour
Important NotesThings you need to know about this tour
Itinerary is subject to change due to cultural or seasonal conditions
*Twin / Double upgrades based on two people sharing.
Tours should be reconfirmed at least 48 hours in advance by calling +64 9 526 2140.
Winter tours will operate in conjunction with the Stray Travel Network allowing all Real Kiwi winter departures to be 100% guaranteed. Clients will still have a set itinerary with included accommodation and activities however less meals are included and the guide and group may change during the tour.
Luggage should be restricted to 15kg in a single bag, plus a small day pack.
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