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6 Day Best of the North Island Auckland To Auckland Summer Tour
Cathedral Cove on the Coromandel Peninsula
from $1065 NZD
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Quad Share $1,065
Twin / Double - per person* $1,205
Single / Private room - one person* $1,360

*Upgrade accommodation is excluded in Hahei



Tuesdays up to and including the October 4, 2016 to April 20 2017  and October 2017 to March 31 2018

Travelling from May to September? Check out our 10 Day Best of the North Island Auckland to Auckland Winter 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


  • Professional tour guide
  • Meals and touring as indicated
  • 5 nights accommodation
  • Walk to Cathedral Cove
  • Hot Water Beach 
  • Maori cultural experience, including traditional hangi meal and interactive performance
  • Huka Falls
  • 4WD eco-wilderness farm adventure
  • Tongariro Alpine Crossing, Tongariro National Park
  • Weta Workshop tour (October 2016 to March 2017 only)


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


  • Itinerary is subject to change due to cultural or seasonal conditions
  • ^Upgrade accommodation is excluded in Hahei
  • *Standard accommodation is 6-share in Whakahoro.
  • Child rate available to one passenger 8-12 years sharing with 2 adults.
  • Tours should be reconfirmed at least 48 hours in advance by calling +64 9 526 2140.
  • Luggage should be restricted to 15kg in a single bag, plus a small day pack.

Tour Code



  • Cathedral Cove walk on the Coromandel Peninsula
  • Get a Taste For Life on a Working Farm
  • Hike The Tongariro Alpine Crossing walk
  • Visit Wellington with time to see the Te Papa Museum

Tour Map

Summer Itinerary Winter Itinerary QUESTIONS &

Day 1 - Auckland to Hahei (Coromandel)   

Our coastal exploration starts today as depart from Auckland and venture south east to famous Cathedral Cove on the Coromandel Peninsula. Only accessible by foot or boat, you'll see some of New Zealand's most heavenly scenery at this stunning spot.

It's then onto Hot Water Beach, a special surf beach where you can dig yourself your own personal warm water bath in the sand (tide dependent). We spend the afternoon in the area, allowing time for a kayaking tour (complete with a unique cappucino machine onboard the lead kayak!) (own expense) before a delicious BBQ dinner. (D)

Activities included: Walk to Cathedral Cove, dig your own hot bath at Hot Water Beach
Optional activities: Cathedral Cove Kayaks

Day 2 - Hahei to Rotorua
Today we learn more about Māori culture as we journey to Rotorua, arriving about midday. The afternoon is free for you to partake in a range of optional activities, including a visit to Hobbiton (at own expense).

In the evening you will be treated to a fantastic cultural experience at Tamaki Māori Village. Discover Māori art, ancient rituals and traditions, an interactive cultural performance and feast on a delicious hangi - a traditional Māori way of cooking food in a pit with heated stones.

We spend the night in our central city accommodation. (B,D)

Activities included: Cultural experience with traditional hangi meal, kapa haka (Maori song and dance) and interactive cultural performance
Optional activities: Visit Hobbiton, white water rafting, Zorbing, the luge

Day 3 - Rotorua to Whakahoro
As well as being a cultural centre, Rotorua is famous for its geothermal attractions such as mud pools, geysers and hot springs. We visit some mud pools before discovering the powerful Huka Falls - rushing rapids squeezing through a narrow gorge and spilling over a 20-metre cliff.

Our next stop is the award-winning Blue Duck Station in Whakahoro. The beauty of this 5,200 acre high country farm is that it is not only a working sheep and cattle station but an environmental conservation leader too. The station's owners have developed a fantastic project to help increase numbers of endangered native New Zealand species including the Blue Duck or (Whio in Māori). Learn about their important efforts on a 4WD bush safari and farm adventure where you'll also get to witness some pretty spectacular scenery and the remains of intriguing local history.

Our dinner tonight is prepared using local produce. (B,D)

Activities included: Visit Huka falls, 4WD eco-wilderness farm adventure

Day 4 - Whakahoro to National Park
Yet another special day awaits us as we venture into the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Tongariro National Park. Here you will get the chance to do what has been voted one of the world's best one-day walks, the Tongariro Alpine Crossing. Trek by volcanic peaks, vast craters and awe-inspiring turquoise lakes on one of the most dramatic and spectacular treks in the country. If the 19.4 kilometre journey isn't for you, then you can opt for a shorter, easier walk in the park or visit the Volcanic Centre Museum (own expense). (B,D) 

Activities included: Tongariro Alpine Crossing and transfers, or Taranaki Falls walk and Tawhai Falls (Gollum’s Pool)

Day 5 - National Park to Wellington
After an energetic yesterday we take things relatively easy as we make our way to the capital of New Zealand, Wellington. To introduce you to 'Wellywood' we embark on an in-depth behind-the-scenes look at the studio responsible for Hollywood blockbusters such as The Hobbit, Lord of The Rings and Avatar, at Weta Workshop.

Wellington has been nicknamed the "coolest capital in the world" by Lonely Planet due to its lively arts scene, great shopping, craft beer breweries and vibrant café culture.

The afternoon is yours to check out any of these great features or some other attractions we recommend including the Te Papa National Museum, botanical gardens or going for a wander down Oriental Parade. (B)

Activities included: Weta Workshop tour

Day 6 - Wellington to Auckland
Today is an express journey from Wellington to Auckland. We arrive in Auckland in the late afternoon where your guide will drop you at central accommodation. (We don't recommend any onward travel on this day in case of unforeseen delay). We hope you have had the time of your life in the wonderful Aotearoa. (B)

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

Winter departures:  May - September 2017 10 day tour of the North Island

Day 1 - Auckland to Hahei (Winter Journey) 
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 pool in the sand (tidal dependent). Exclusive accommodation by the waterfront. Highlight of today is the Hot Water Beach visit.

Day 2 - Free day in Hahei (Winter Journey)
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. Exclusive accommodation by the waterfront. Optional today is Kayaking or glass bottom boat tour. Walk to Cathedral Cove, sunrise on the beach 

Day 3 - Hahei to Raglan (Winter Journey)
We leave Hahei early to travel towards the mighty Waikato River. Our destination is 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. An eco-lodge surrounded by native bush near the beach. Optional Learn to surf. Highlights of today are Waterfall walk, relaxing on the beach, spotting glowworms in the bush, West Coast sunset, Inspiration Point.

Day 4 - Raglan (Via Waitomo) to Rotorua (Winter Journey)

Head to the rural town of Waitomo this morning for the chance to explore its famous cave systems and see the twinkling glowworms. We then carry on towards our overnight stop Rotorua, where you can spend the afternoon touring the Hobbiton Movie Set or checking out this popular tourist town. Comfortable central city lodge in Rotorua. Your optional activity today is Waitomo ‘must do’ caving options or the world famous Hobbiton Movie Set tour. For free you can take a walk around Ruakuri Reserve and do the Waitomo Valley Caves walk. 

Day 5 - Rototua to Lake Aniwhenua (Winter Journey)
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 ground cooked hangi dinner at our lakeside accommodation. Scenic lakefront lodge at Lake Aniwhenua is where we sleep tonight. Included on tour is the Kohutapu Experience – guided tour of sacred Maori rock carvings, Marae experience, afternoon tea, delicious ground cooked hangi feast and buffet breakfast. Optional activities today are White water rafting, zorbing, ziplining

Day 6 - Lake Aniwhenua to Whakahoro (Winter Journey)
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 award-winning 7,200 acre high country farm that is both a working station and an environmental conservation leader. Settle in and spend the evening learning a little more about what makes this unique destination one of Stray’s top rated stops. Country station lodge and breakfast. Optional today is Skydiving! Explore Huka Falls, enjoy your hosts’ hospitality and stories on the local wildlife and history. 

Day 7 - Free Day in Whakahoro (Winter Journey)
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 immerse yourself in an authentic New Zealand station experience. Country station lodge. We take you on the Eco-Warrior 4WD farm tour. Optional activities are Horse riding, clay pigeon shooting and goat hunting. Highlights today are a walk around the property, taking in the lush scenery and walking to the Kaiwhakauka waterfall.

Day 8 - Whakahoro to Tongariro (Winter Journey)

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 tonight is at the Alpine lodge. Explore the Taranaki Falls and visit the Volcanic Centre. Optional activity is the Tongariro crossing.

Day 9 - Tongariro National Park to Wellington (Winter Journey)
Today 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. Stay in Wellington at Central city hostel. Walk Oriental Parade, head up Mt Victoria for fantastic views, visit Te Papa National Museum.

Day 10 - Wellington to Auckland (Winter Journey)
Today is a very early departure out of Wellington - this is an express day via Taupo to Auckland, where your trip comes to an end when you arrive in the early evening. We hope you had a blast on your Real Kiwi Adventure tour.

For departures and more information on our North Island winter tour see here: 10 day Best of the North Island Winter Tour.

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