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 10 Day Auckland to Wellington Comfort Tour
Start your tour in New Zealand’s biggest city and bid farewell to your travelling companions when the tour concludes 10 days later in the capital. Get to know the best and the brightest parts of New Zealand’s North Island with the Haka treatment! You’ll experience the incredible scenery, create magical memories and get to know New Zealand culture from the inside out.
You’ll have the chance to swim, kayak, surf, rock climb, cave tube, white-water raft, bungy jump, skydive, hike, bike, luge, see kiwis, relax in hot pools, play golf, hot air balloon, eat and drink like a local, and more!
But only the things that get you excited! This is your trip, and it’s designed to be flexible. The choice is yours – pick the activities that appeal to you.
All of these are included as part of your tour at no extra cost.
Stay each night in twin-share 3– 4-star accommodation: a mix of hotels, motels, and lodges.
Feast on 5 continental breakfasts and 2 dinners, including a traditional Maori hangi cooked in an underground oven.
Walk a stunning coastal track to Cathedral Cove (as seen in the Chronicles of Narnia movies).
Watch a Maori cultural performance and check out a geothermal valley of bubbling mud pools including the famous Pahutu Geyser in Rotorua.
See endangered kiwi birds up close and personal.
Soak up a sunset cruise in the West Coast surf town of Raglan – the fish and chips are on us!
Brave the Redwoods Treewalk, crossing 23 raised suspension bridges.
Hike through the forested gorge of Ruakuri – bring your camera for this one.
Check out the Te Waihou Springs Walkway, often overlooked by tourists.
Stay in Tongariro National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Area.
Plus, many more surprise stops along the way!
All Haka Plus Tours include:
Passionate and knowledgeable local Kiwi guides
Comfortable and air-conditioned bus transport
Orientation tour of each and every location
Small groups of maximum 16 people
10 Day Auckland to Wellington Comfort Tour Itinerary - 10 days
Kia ora (hello!) and welcome to Aotearoa (New Zealand). Settle into your accommodation and be ready for the 6 pm pre-tour meeting. Here you will get to know your Tour Manager and be introduced to your new road trip friends. Afterwards, the evening is yours to enjoy. We recommend a good night’s sleep to be ready for tomorrow’s early start, but you may want to experience Auckland’s exciting nightlife - the choice is yours! Meal(s) included : None
Auckland to Coromandel
Rise and shine! After a continental breakfast it’s time to board our comfortable air-conditioned vehicle and leave the big city behind. The Coromandel Peninsula is a paradise of beautiful beaches and misty rainforests. The drive here is truly spectacular – the road twists and turns dramatically round the coastline and the ocean gets clearer and more pristine before your eyes. Cameras ready – the views are magnificent. The Coromandel is home to famous Hot Water Beach – thousands visit each year to dig their own personal hot tub. If the tide times allow, we’ll grab our buckets and spades and get busy. We arrive in Whitianga with plenty of time for your guide to show you around. Sample the sandy beaches, take a surf lesson with the locals, or simply enjoy the vibes.
Meal(s) included : Breakfast
Coromandel to Raglan
Today’s road trip to the arty surf mecca of Raglan will give you a first glimpse of the North Island’s rolling tree-lined hills and valleys. Your Haka guide has some great sights to show you en route, including the 55-metre high Bridal Veil Falls. If you have always wanted to try surfing, or if you’re dying to get back on your board, Raglan is the perfect destination both for beginners and experienced surfers. Its world famous surf breaks are unmissable and your Haka guide will take care of everything you need to get in the water – whether it’s your first or fiftieth time. Not keen on surfing? There’s plenty to enjoy in this laid-back township. With an awesome blend of cafes, bars, surf shops and galleries, the streets here ooze character and creativity. Relax on the beach and leave any lingering jet-lag behind, or enjoy a variety of bush and coastal scenery on Raglan’s walking trails. For dinner tonight, tuck into New Zealand’s unofficial dish – fish and chips (or fush and chups, as it tends to sound in a Kiwi accent). And what better way to enjoy a tasty meal than on a sunset cruise of Raglan Harbour?
Meal(s) included : Dinner
Raglan to Rotorua (via Waitomo)
Our first stop of the day is the Waitomo Caves famous for its glow worms. There are a number of ways to enjoy these twinkling cave-dwellers up close – here are some of our favourites: For the ultimate adrenaline rush, join an epic 4-hour caving adventure, beginning with a 100-metre abseil into the caverns. Or how about an cave tubing trip? Also known as black water rafting, this awesome activity will see you grabbing your inflatable tube and float along an underground river as glowworms twinkle above. Alternatively, there are fantastic and informative walking tours of the caves where you can learn more about the history, geology and Māori mythology of this unique area of New Zealand. For those who prefer to stay above ground, we highly recommend exploring the tree-studded gorges and limestone arches of the nearby Ruakuri Forest Walk; definitely a favourite amongst the Haka guides. This afternoon we’ll make our way to Rotorua, famous for its geothermal activity and Māori culture.
Meal(s) included : None
Rotorua has it all: natural beauty, unique geothermal landscapes, iconic Lord of The Rings destinations, and heaps of adventure activities. We stay here a full day to make the very most of it. This area is world-renowned for its geothermal activity, with neon blue and red lakes, steaming rivers, violent geysers, and bubbling mud pools galore. A visit to the picturesque Hobbiton movie set is a must-do activity for many. Even if you haven’t seen the films, it’s impossible not to be charmed by this gorgeous hobbit village set amongst the lush green hills of Matamata. For a truly epic brush with nature, fly high through through the lush ancient forest canopy on a zipline tour complete with swing bridges crossings and treetop platforms. What better way to get to know the native plants and birds –many of which unique to New Zealand? This evening we are welcomed to a Māori village for an unmissable cultural experience featuring combat demonstrations and – of course – the breathtaking haka. This experience extends beyond the performance – you’ll have the chance to see magnificent geothermal activity and get to spot kiwi birds. Meal(s) included : Breakfast, Dinner
Rotorua to National Park (via Taupō)
Rotorua is a spectacular whitewater rafting destination, and with expert guidance it can be experienced by first-timers and pro-paddlers alike. For the ultimate thrill this morning you can raft the highest commercial waterfall drop in the world – the 7-metre Tutea Falls, on the Kaituna River. If that’s not your cup of tea, spend the morning exploring Rotorua’s many attractions such as the ultra-relaxing Polynesian Spa, or perhaps the naturally-impressive Kuirau Park full of steaming, hissing, and boiling geothermal pools. There are also some fantastic cafes and bakeries in the area. Why not grab a sweet treat for the road – a ginger slice is as Kiwi as it gets! From Rotorua it’s a quick drive to Taupō; a beautiful lakeside town with a stunning mountain backdrop. It’s a short drive but we’ll take our time, checking out bubbling mud pools and thundering waterfalls en route. We finish our day nestled in the Tongariro National Park, where we’ll spend the next 2 nights, home to one of the 10 best one-day walks in the world – the Tongariro Crossing.
Meal(s) included : Breakfast
Decision time – is today the day you brave the Tongariro Crossing? Considered one of the world’s top 10 best one-day walks, this 19.4km mountain trek boasts emerald green lakes, venting steam, lava flows, craters and rich green bush. Not for the faint-hearted – it’s a challenging day! But every step of the way the views are spectacular. Our Haka guides highly recommend this activity, it’s definitely a highlight. If 19.4km is a little too far for you, there are plenty of shorter walks and hikes to enjoy. However you choose to spend today in this UNESCO World Heritage Area, we guarantee you won’t forget it.
Meal(s) included : Breakfast
National Park to Wellington
Today we head to the coolest little capital city in the world, the hip and happening Wellington. Perched on the edge of a spectacular harbour, encircled by green, towering hills, Wellington is a stunning and compact city. Vibrant, exciting and cultured, the nation’s capital combines the stimulation and sophistication of a big city with the quirkiness and personality of a much smaller town. After a quick afternoon orientation from your guide, head up Mount Victoria for some of the best views in town. This evening, the city lights are yours to enjoy. Discover why Wellington is celebrated for its foodie culture – you are truly spoilt for dining choices tonight. Wellington is also widely regarded as the craft beer capital of New Zealand. Want to test this for yourself? Talk to your Haka guide to find the hidden gems.
Meal(s) included : Breakfast
Soak up the atmosphere of vibrant Wellington. Famous for being a bit on the windy side, be prepared to ditch the hairspray and go with the flow. As always, your guide will introduce you to the city with an orientation tour – including a drive around the bays through central Wellington to the Botanic Gardens and Parliament Buildings. You will also stop by Weta Studios, most famous for its creative contribution to all things Lord of the Rings. Take an optional tour to see prop-makers in action and learn about the immersive world of filmmaking. Wellington has a feast of cultural attractions and its crowning glory is Te Papa, the national museum of New Zealand. Situated on Wellington’s magnificent waterfront, this internationally acclaimed museum combines leading-edge technology with traditional exhibits to tell the stories of New Zealand’s land and people. The museum is free for all. If being outdoors is more your thing, head off to Kapiti Island for an optional nature tour. Here you can see endangered birds up close and learn more about New Zealand’s unique flora and fauna.
Meal(s) included : None
Today is the final day of your amazing New Zealand tour – so prepare to bid farewell to all your new friends before you head in your own directions. You’ll all have some incredible shared memories to take with you on your next adventure!
Auckland: Settle into your accommodation and be ready for the 6 pm pre-tour meeting.
Finish 9 am Wellington
Nov 17, 24
Feb 9, 16
Mar 22, 29
Important NotesThings you need to know about this tour
The most popular add-on activities on this tour:
Black Water Rafting – Waitomo
Kayaking – Coromandel
Hobbiton & Rafting – Rotorua
Skydiving – Taupō
Please be aware that your guide will fit your activities in the best way possible depending on what activities are selected – so they may take place on different days or times than those listed on this itinerary.
Around 70% of our guests are solo so you can absolutely join this Auckland to Wellington Tour, there are no single person supplements.
Included in this tour are 5 continental breakfasts and 2 dinners – including a traditional Māori hāngī, cooked in an underground oven. Our guides know the best places in each town and city for different budgets and tastes, and they will point these out on the way into each location. The tour group, along with your a guide, will often head out to a local pub for a beer and a meal. Meals can range from NZ$15 upwards.
We often have vegetarian/vegan guests and all cafes and restaurants in New Zealand will offer meat-free options. If you can’t see anything on the menu just ask, as most places will happily prepare something for you.
We recommend booking as soon as you know you can travel, and have decided on which tour you would like to go on. Some of our tours can be quite popular so it’s best to secure your spot as soon as possible.
We have guests that are in their late teens to their 60s but the average ages are around 35–50. More important than age is attitude – we have found over the years that if you have a thirst for adventure then age is no barrier. Please do keep in mind though that a reasonable level of fitness is required – we can talk you through any specifics. The minimum age of joining a tour is 18 years old. Sometimes the group may head out to a bar where everyone needs to be 18 years old, and New Zealand has strict alcohol laws.
If you would prefer to have your own room while on tour, upgrading is an option.
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