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 6 Day Best of the North Island Auckland To Auckland Summer Tour
If you are short on time and want to get a taste of the North Island of New Zealand then this tour will allow you to see the northern highlights of the island. This tour starts and finishes in Auckland.
Highlights include a stay at Hahei beach and walk to the world famous Cathedral Cove. Visiting Hot Water Beach - dig your own spa pool in the sand! Seeing bubbling hot mud pools in Rotorua. Experiencing Maori culture with a traditional Hangi meal, Kapa Haka (Maori song and dance) and interactive cultural performance. Exploring the Whanganui National Park and learn about conservation on a 4WD bush safari / eco-wilderness farm tour. Traversing volcanic plateaus and complete the most famous day walk in New Zealand - the Tongariro Crossing! Also, get a taste of ‘Wellywood’ on a behind the scenes tour of the world famous Weta Workshop.
See the best bits of the North Island.
6 Day Best of the North Island Auckland To Auckland Summer Tour Itinerary - 6 days
Auckland to Hahei (Coromandel)
Nau mai, haere mai (welcome)! Your journey kicks off from Auckland heading southeast, stopping for a walk to the famous Cathedral Cove. Accessible only by foot or boat, you’ll discover some of New Zealand’s most spectacular scenery and stunning views in this beautiful coastal spot. Cathedral Cove is a ‘must see’ on the Coromandel Peninsula.
Afterwards we’ll drive to Hot Water Beach, a unique surf beach where you dig a hole in the sand and sit in your own personal spa pool (tide dependent). In the afternoon there will be time for a kayaking tour (own expense) before we feast on a delicious BBQ for dinner. (D)
Accommodation included: Comfortable beachside accommodation
Activities included: Walk to Cathedral Cove, dig a hole at Hot Water Beach
Optional activities: Cathedral Cove Kayaks
Hahei to Rotorua
Today we head for Rotorua, arriving around midday, to discover an area well-known for its Maori heritage, adventure and geothermal activity. Here you will get the chance to do some great optional activities, such as a visit to Hobbiton.
This evening you will be welcomed into the authentic Tamaki Maori Village, where you will discover Maori art, ancient rituals and traditions. Tonight we dine on a delicious hangi (Maori feast), enjoy an interactive cultural performance and the company of our Maori hosts. (B,D)
Accommodation included: Central city lodge
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
Rotorua to Whakahoro
We start the day by visiting some bubbling mud pools before travelling to the powerful Huka Falls. Huka mean’s ‘foam’ in Maori and describes the gushing rapids that squeeze through the narrow gorge and burst over this impressive 20 metre drop. Our destination today the most remote parts of the North Island by road. We’re heading for the award winning Blue Duck Station in Whakahoro, a 5,200 acre high country farm that is both a working sheep and beef station and an environmental conservation leader. This afternoon you get the opportunity to take part in a 4WD Bush Safari and farm adventure, where you’ll explore this vast land and the New Zealand native bush, discover the remains of an unbelievable local history, and learn about the farm’s conservation efforts. Your dinner is all cooked using local produce. (B,D)
Accommodation included: Remote country station lodge
Activities included: Visit Huka falls, 4WD eco-wilderness farm adventure
Whakahoro to National Park
Today we make our way to the UNESCO World Heritage Site ‘Tongariro National Park,’ where you’ll get the chance to do what is rated as one of the world’s best one day walks, the Tongariro Alpine Crossing. Trek through dramatic natural scenery, past volcanic peaks, vast craters and stunning turquoise lakes on one of the most spectacular treks in New Zealand. Alternatively you can go on one the shorter walks around this volcanic region or visit the Volcanic Centre Museum (own expense). (B,D)
Accommodation included: Alpine lodge
Activities included: Tongariro Alpine Crossing and transfers, or Taranaki Falls walk and Tawhai Falls (Gollum’s Pool)
National Park to Wellington
We depart early to arrive into Wellington around midday. Get a taste of ‘Wellywood’ when you head out to the world famous Weta Workshop for an in-depth, behind the scenes look at the studio responsible for blockbuster films such as The Hobbit, Lord of the Rings and Avatar. Wellington is known as the ‘coolest little capital in the world’ thanks to Lonely Planet, and it’s a great place to check out the lively arts, shopping, and craft beer and café culture scenes. As New Zealand’s capital city, it is home to New Zealand’s parliament and the iconic Beehive government building. We recommend wandering down Oriental Parade, visiting Te Papa National Museum or the botanical gardens. (B)
Accommodation included: Central city hostel
Activities included: Weta Workshop tour
Wellington to Auckland
Today is an express day, via National Park back to New Zealand’s largest city Auckland. We stop along the way for photo opportunities and have lunch in National Park town, before heading back to Auckland for a late afternoon arrival. We hope you had a blast on your New Zealand journey! (B)
Tuesdays up to and including October 4, 2016, to April 20, 2017, and October 2017 to March 31, 2018
Traveling from May to September? Check out our 10 Day Best of the North Island Auckland to Auckland Winter Tour
Important NotesThings you need to know about this tour
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.
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