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13 Day Full North Island Auckland to Auckland Winter Tour
Waiotapu, Champagne Pool, Rotorua
© Chris McLennan
from $1211 NZD
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PRICE

Quad Share $1,211
Twin / Double - per person $1,491
Single / Private room - one person $1,771

DEPARTURES

Starts:

Saturdays from May to September, 2017

Travelling in summer? Check out our 9 Day Full North Island Auckland to Auckland Summer Tour

Ends: Auckland

Trip Style

Fitness: Can I do this tour?

It is very important that customers understand that a reasonable level of fitness is required for all tours.

The areas in which we operate vary greatly in  terrain and weather conditions. Travellers may be required to undertake walking experiences up to 4 hours in duration in challenging conditions. Travellers must be aware that depending on which region the tour is visiting  & the southern hemisphere weather season in which you are travelling, you could encounter extremes of heat ( 40C+) or cold (-5C).

By law it is required that customers advise Real Kiwi Adventures or our travel partners in New Zealand of any pre-existing medical conditions &/or Dietary conditions before they join the tour. Customers may also be asked at time of each tour commencement to sign a liability waiver.

Travellers are requested to contact us on: [email protected] in relation to all medical or dietary issues.


Accommodation: Hostel

Ranging from 4 – 8 bed dormitories some with private bathroom facilities in New Zealand's best backpacker hostel accommodation. Twin and double upgrades often available.


Vehicle: Mini Coach - 24 seats

Forward facing seats, air-conditioned vehicle


WHAT’S INCLUDED

  • Professional tour guide
  • Meals and touring as indicated
  • 10 nights accommodation
  • Day trip to Cape Reinga or Hokianga
  • Hole in the Rock Marine Cruise
  • Mourea Maori Cultural Experience – traditional meal, interactive performance, dinner, breakfast
  • Lake Aniwhenua – ground cooked hangi feast, dessert, breakfast, guided tour of Maori rock art, Maori cookery Lesson and flax weaving
  • Eco-Warrior 4WD farm tour, Whakahoro

 

WHAT TO BRING

  • Sturdy walking shoes/boots
  • Bathers/towel
  • Hat & sunscreen
  • Motion sickness tablets
  • Water bottle
  • Towel
  • Toiletries
  • Warm clothing
  • Waterproof jacket
  • Insect repellent
  • Camera

IMPORTANT NOTES

  • 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.

Tour Code

ANI9W

Highlights

  • Wildlife cruise through the Bay Of Islands
  • Ferry across the Hokianga Harbour
  • Cape Reinga day trip
  • Maori cultural overnight including cooking and dance lessons
  • Check out the surf beach of Raglan
  • Explore a stunning conservation farm and station
  • Discover the capital of Wellington and the country's National Museum - Te Papa

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Day 1 - Auckland to Paihia

We start early for our trip north to the beautiful Bay of Islands. During our journey your guide will teach you about the rich European and Maori history of this interesting region. As well as cultural significance, this area is home to some of New Zealand's most beautiful flora, such as the giant Kauri trees which we will stop to give a hug and appreciate. It's then onto the seaside village of Paihia, where you have the afternoon free to explore this charming town.  
Activities included: Hug huge kauri trees at Parry Kauri Forest

Day 2 - Paihia to Cape Reinga and back

The journey north continues today with the top of New Zealand our destination - the spiritually significant Cape Reinga. We give sand dune surfing a try and visit 90 Mile Beach to see the clashing of the Tasman Sea with the Pacific Ocean. You may like to sample some of New Zealand's (if not the world's) best fish and chips (additional expense) before we make our way back to Paihia.
Activities included: Cape Reinga day trip, surf sand dunes

Day 3 - Paihia to Auckland

Today is all about marine wildlife as we venture out amongst the islands on the famous ‘Hole in the Rock’ cruise. Make sure to keep an eye out for the abundance of dolphins in the area as well as a wide variety of bird life. In the afternoon we bid the Bay of Islands farewell and make our way back to Auckland, where we spend the night.
Activities included: Hole in the Rock marine cruise

Day 4 - Auckland to Hahei

We 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). 
Activities included: Hot Water Beach

Day 5 - Explore 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. We stay at our exclusive accommodation by the waterfront. Some great optional activities today include Kayaking or a glass bottom boat tour
Activities included: Walk to Cathedral Cove, sunrise on the beach

Day 6 - Haihei 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.
We stay at nn eco-lodge surrounded by native bush near the beach. As an optional activity today you can learn to surf.
Activities included: Waterfall walk, relax on the beach, spot glowworms in the bush, West Coast sunset, Inspiration Point.

Day 7 - Raglan to Rotorua

You wil this morning head to Waitomo where we can explore caves and see the famous glowworms. This afternoon is a feast for the senses as we journey to Rotorua and discover its distinct smell thanks to its high level of geothermal activity. The morning is yours to discover the small city's cultural and adventure side, beyond its distinctive scent, including whitewater rafting, Hobbiton tours and zorbing (all optional and at additional expense). 
Activities included: Walk around Ruakuri Reserve, Waitomo Valley Caves walk.

Day 8: 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)

Activities included: 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

Day 9 - Lake Aniwhenua to Whakahoro

After breakfast it is onto Taupo to see Huka Falls, the most-visited natural attraction in New Zealand. The 11-metre thundering waterfall really is a magnificent sight. There is enough time for the brave to go skydiving (additional expense) before making our way to the jewel in the North Island's crown and a special Real Kiwi stop - Blue Duck Station. This 5,200 acre high country farm is both a working station and an environmental conservation pioneer, an area which you will learn a lot about during your stay. 

Day 10 - Free day at Whakahoro

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. You have the entire 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.

Included Activities: Eco-Warrior 4WD farm tour
Optional Activities: Horse riding, clay pigeon shooting and goat hunting

Day 11 - Whakahoro to Tongariro National Park

An early start to travel onto the World Heritage Site of Tongariro National Park and its active volcanoes. You will have the chance to embark on what is rated one of the world's best one day walks - the Tongariro Alpine Crossing. The scenery on this hike is absolutely breathtaking and movie buffs will also recognise 'Mt Doom' from the Lord of the Rings films as you walk around the base. (Please note that you may have to pay a local supplement for an alpine guide and hiking equipment)
Activities included: Taranaki Falls walk, visit the Volcanic Centre.

Day 12 - Tongariro National Park to Wellington

After a great few days in the wilderness, we head to the 'big smoke' of Wellington, New Zealand’s capital city. On our way there we will pass through the quirky towns of Ohakune, Taihape and Bulls. The afternoon is yours to explore this pretty city, checking out the shops and cafes along Cuba Street or strolling arlong the waterfront. We also highly recommend visiting the country's national museum - Te Papa

Day 13 - Wellington north (via Taupo) to Auckland
Today is an express journey from Wellington to Auckland. We stop along the way for photos in the township of Taupo. Arriving to Auckland in the evening of day 13 of the tour. 

(B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner)

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