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9 Day Full North Island Auckland To Auckland Summer Tour
Hokianga Harbour with sand dunes
from $1425 NZD
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Quad Share $1,425
Twin / Double - per person* $1,705
Single / Private room - one person $1,985

*Upgrade accommodation is excluded in Hahei



Saturdays October 1, 2016 to April 29, 2017 and October 2017 to March 31 2018 

Travelling from May to September? Check out our 11 Day Full North Island New Zealand 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
  • 8 nights accommodation
  • Tree hugging at Parry Kauri Forest
  • Swim at Waipu Cove
  • Bay of Island’s wildlife cruise
  • Hokianga ferry ride and sand boarding
  • Visit Waipoua Forest and Tane Mahuta (NZ’s largest Kauri tree)
  • Swim at Kai Iwi Lakes
  • 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



  • Bay Of Islands Wildlife Cruise
  • Cathedral Cove walk on the Coromandel Peninsula
  • Get a Taste For Life on a Working Farm
  • Hike The Tongariro Alpine Crossing walk

Tour Map


Day 1 - Auckland to Paihia
Nau mai, haere mai (welcome) to your exciting adventure of the beautiful Aotearoa! (New Zealand) Our journey starts in Auckland, the country's largest city. Also known as the 'City of Sails' due to its geographical location between Waitemata and Manukau harbours, it is a boaters and yachters paradise.

Your day will start early in the morning with pick up from select CBD accommodation and then we begin to head north towards the town of Paihia, the gateway to the Bay of Islands. On the way we get in touch with nature and visit some of the world's biggest trees, the native Kauri, and take a hike to a beautiful waterfall before lunch and a swim at scenic Waipu Cove.

You can then take a trip to the historic Waitangi Treaty Grounds, where the the most significant document in New Zealand's modern history was signed in 1840 between Māori Chiefs and the British Crown (visit at own expense).

We sit down for our first group dinner before you have the evening to explore the small seaside town of Paihia (D).

Activities included: Share the love and hug the giant trees at the Parry Kauri Forest. Swim at Waipu Cove
Optional activities: Waitangi Treaty Grounds

Day 2 - Paihia to Opononi
There are not many mornings you can start with a cruise around the 144 islands of a beautiful archipelago looking for marine life. As you cruise around the gorgeous Bay of Islands, keep an eye out for bottlenose and common dolphins as well as baleen whales, orca, penguins, seals and plenty of other sea and bird life.

In the afternoon we journey west to another part of the Northland region, Hokianga Harbour, to view the enormous sand dunes. Tonight you have the choice to relax at our hotel or take a Māori-guided twilight encounter through the Waipoua Forest, learning about Māori tales and legends. You will also get to visit the 'God of the Forest' or Tane Mahuta - the largest Kauri tree on the planet. (Activity at own expense). We complete the day with a traditional Kiwi dinner, fish and chips! (B,D)

Activities included: Bay of Island’s wildlife boat trip
Optional activities: Footprints Waipoua twilight encounter, bone carving

Day 3 - Opononi to Auckland
We make the most of the outdoors again today with a ferry ride across Hokianga Harbour to go sandboarding down the dunes (weather dependent). We then head south through the lush Waipoua Forest to visit New Zealand's largest Kauri trees before dropping by the Kai Iwi Lakes for a swim in beautiful clear waters surrounded by white sand. It's then back to Auckland for the night, before our journey south continues tomorrow. (B)

Activities included: Hokianga Ferry ride, sand boarding, visit Waipoua Forest (NZ’s largest Kauri trees), swim in the Kai Iwi Lakes

Day 4 - Auckland to Hahei (Coromandel)   
Our coastal exploration continues today as we 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 cappuccino 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 5 - 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 6 - 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 7 - 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 8 - 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 9 - 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)

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