All about the 8 Day Northern Wanderer Auckland To Wellington Tour

In just over a week from Auckland down to Wellington you’ll get to experience the best of the North Island, from white sand beaches, hot beaches and bays full of idyllic islands to the inland Tongariro Crossing, and much, much more!

Witness exhilarating mud pools, geysers and sulphur pools and experience beaches and scenery that we promise will WOW you. You will also have the opportunity to kayak, swim with dolphins, surf, fish, horse ride and sail just to name a few fantastic optional activities. Be prepared to let the inner child out with a sandboarding experience and get up close and personal to some of the oldest and most special trees in the world - Giant Kauri’s.

The hikes and biking in the North are epic, with options to visit the Waitangi forest trails, (bordering fantastic beaches and historical villages), a trail around waterfalls or volcanic features as well as peddling around protected Kauri Tree Forests. A highlight for many is the chance to do one of New Zealand’s Great Hikes and the greatest one-day alpine hike - the Tongariro Crossing. This hike takes you through an active volcanic field!

Finish in style in our capital city- affectionately dubbed “the capital of cool”. Wellington is a funky city, with a plethora of quirky cafes, boutique shops and bars, live music and shows. Visit the interactive Te Papa Museum, leisurely stroll the waterfront, or visit the Botanical Gardens. You will find plenty of things to see!

The perfect camping adventure in the North Island.

8 Day Northern Wanderer Auckland To Wellington Tour Itinerary - 8 days

  • Day 1 Auckland to Paihia
    Leaving Auckland at 10am we head to the "winterless north" and the pristine beaches of the Bay of Islands. We stop at the incredible Uretiti beach for a swim and a walk along the sand. Grab a rugby ball and frisbee off the bus and brush up on your passing skills at this picturesque beach spot. On arrival into Paihia, the gateway town to the Bay of Islands, choose from the Mangrove walk or a beautiful cycle to the thundering Haruru waterfall. walks: mangrove walk to Haruru Falls - highly recommended
    Bike rides: Twin Coast Trail – 16km trail ride
    Activities (own cost): Waitangi Treaty House (Maori culture), twilight kayak
    Cabin upgrades: basic single from $45, basic double from $20pp - (limited rooms available!)
    Meals: dinner
  • Day 2 Paihia
    Experience a full day exploring the Bay of Islands and its turquoise waters. This subtropical region is the perfect playground for water lovers and a great place to soak up the sunshine. With a staggering 144 islands, the Bay of Islands offers diving, sailing, swimming and fishing along with some excellent walks in the native forests leading to quiet beaches and special views. This region is also home to some of the oldest European settlement in New Zealand and many historic buildings.
    Walks: scenic viewpoint or coastal walkway
    Bike rides: road cycling or Waitangi forest trail of varying lengths
    Activities (own cost): sailing, fishing, diving, dolphin swimming, kayaking, parasailing, Maori Culture
    Cabin upgrades: basic single from $50, basic double from $20pp - (limited rooms available!)
    Meals: breakfast and dinner
  • Day 3 Paihia to Orewa
    There is a day full of adventure ahead as we travel to the rugged and soulful West Coast. Our first stop comes with a chance to try your skills sand boarding or if you don’t fancy heading down the sandy slopes there’s a nice coastal walk. Then it’s back on board as we head south towards the Waipoua Forest, travelling through the largest remaining tract of native kauri forests in northland. We leave the West Coast and cross back over to the
    East towards our final destination and camp for tonight, Orewa. Home to one of the Auckland regions longest and safest beaches it’s a great place for a stroll and a swim, or relax at the local hot pools. Hikes: coastal walk to Omapere, walk amongst the Kauri trees of the Waipoua forest. Bike rides: 32km road cycling, Twin Coast Cycle Way, Te Ara Tahuna Estuary Cycleway. Activities (own cost): sand boarding, hot pools & slides
    Cabin upgrades: basic single from $50, basic double from $25pp - (limited rooms available!)
    Meals: breakfast & dinner
  • Day 4 Orewa to Auckland to Hot Water Beach
    Orewa is often blessed with a beautiful sunrise over the sea which is well worth the early start to check it out. We then travel the short distance to Auckland where we farewell those finishing their tour and welcome new travellers joining us there. Leaving Auckland at 10am we continue onwards to the Coromandel, renowned for its natural beauty, misty rainforests and pristine white, sandy beaches. Marvel at the views on a beautiful coastal walk or take in the coastline from the water by kayak. Visit the unique and famous Hot Water Beach to dig, then relax, in your own thermal pool! Soak up the breath-taking scenery and cameras ready for spectacular sunsets at our beachside camp. walks: stunning coastal walk with views over the Pacific
    Bike rides: 8km – Te Ara Tahuna Estuary Cycleway, scenic road cycling options
    Activities (own cost): sea kayaking around hidden bays
    Cabin upgrades: basic single from $72, basic double from $27pp
    Meals: breakfast, dinner
  • Day 5 Hot Water Beach to Rotorua
    The morning is filled with activity as we make our way south into the thermal wonderland of Rotorua. On the way, those visiting Hobbiton leave us in Matamata as we continue to the cultural and geological heart of the North Island and the perfect place to experience and
    learn about Maori culture and the dramatic natural thermals, Rotorua. There is plenty of action to choose from such as Zip Lining, OGO and the Luge or go biking in the Whakarewarewa forest. We recommend finishing your day with a Maori cultural experience at the Tamaki Maori Village, there really is something for everyone!
    Walks: stroll through towering, ancient forests & unique thermal landscapes
    Bike rides: great off-road trail rides
    Activities (own cost): Hobbiton, Tamaki Maori Village, OGO, Luge, hot pools, Zipline canopy tour
    Cabin upgrades: basic single from $50, basic double from $18pp
    Meals: breakfast & lunch
  • Day 6 Rotorua to Turangi
    Enjoy a relaxed start to the day before we check out the geysers & mud pools at Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland. First, we visit the Lady Knox Geyser before exploring one of New Zealand’s most extensive geothermal networks, a unique landscape with colourful
    sulphur lakes and diverse volcanic vistas. We then take time to explore the impressive Huka Falls before arriving into Taupo, considered the North Island's adrenalin capital. Test your fear of heights on the giant swing, bungy or go skydiving, the scenery is well worth it! We
    finish the day with a beautiful drive around the edge of Lake Taupo on our way into camp at Turangi.
    Walks: walks of various distances past dramatic waterfalls and around Lake Taupo
    Bike rides: ride through the Redwood Forest, take the Lion’s Track cycle path around the lake
    Activities (own cost): skydive, bungy, giant swing, Wai-O-Tapu (free – this one is on us )
    Cabin upgrades: basic single from $38, basic double from $11pp
    Meals: breakfast & dinner
  • Day 7 Turangi to Paekakariki
    Today you have the chance to experience the Tongariro Alpine Crossing - considered NZ's best day hike, offering a remarkable journey across volcanic landscapes. Lava flows, emerald-coloured lakes, magnificent views and steaming vents combine to make this an
    unforgettable hike. For those who aren't keen on hiking you can enjoy short local walks or cycle the Tongariro river track. After the hike, we make our way south and stay on the Kapiti coast in a quiet little place called Paekakariki. walks: Tongariro Alpine Crossing, Tongariro river track
    Bike rides: Tongariro river track
    Activities (own cost): Tongariro Alpine Crossing, white water rafting (grade 3 rapids), fly fishing
    Cabin upgrades: basic single from $60, basic double from $25pp
    Meals: breakfast, lunch & dinner
  • Day 8 Paekakariki to Wellington
    Your tour ends in Wellington with our early arrival at New Zealand’s beautiful capital city by 9am. Our nation’s capital offers great cafes and bars, along with plenty to see and do including the celebrated Te Papa Museum & the botanical gardens.
    Meals: breakfast
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Real Kiwi Says:
The Northern Wanderer trip is an intensely fun immersion in the best cultural and scenic experiences that the North Island has to offer in a single week. A great camping adventure for those who like to get up close and personal with nature. Rent a bike to make the most out of this tour!

8 Day Northern Wanderer Auckland To Wellington Tour Price information
AUD per person



Tour code: NW8
Camping (Two-Share)
Local fees payable
Supplement for Single Tent

Departure information


Auckland at 10am from 172 Quay Street (opposite ferry building)

Oct 16, 25.
Nov 3, 12, 21, 30.
Dec 9, 18, 27.

Jan 5, 14, 23.
Feb 1, 10, 19, 28.
Mar 9, 18, 27


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Important Notes

Things you need to know about this tour

^ Single travellers will be paired in a tent with a person of the same sex or can upgrade to their own tent for $50
Cabin upgrades are available most nights for a small fee, payable on the day. When staying in our more remote and picturesque campsites upgrades are not available but alternatives will be found in the event of inclement weather.
Optional bicycle hire for the duration of the tour is $175 (subject to change)
Customers may bring their own bicycle and will be charged a handling fee of $65
Sleeping bag hire is $40
This tour is recommended for persons 18 years and older however requests for younger participants will be considered on a case by case basis.

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