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 7 Day Best of the North Island Auckland To Auckland Summer Tour
The perfect whistle-stop tour of the North Island. 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.
Head south through the North Island of New Zealand on this tour taking in all the hot spots of the 'Land of the Long White Cloud'. 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! Then head to our capital Wellington for some coffee and culture in this bustling funky city. Then we express bus you back to your starting point - Auckland to end the week-long adventure.
Travel with other like-minded adventurers to off the beaten track locations on the North Island and the hot spots to tick off your New Zealand bucket list. We include heaps of activities and meals so you have no worries when on tour.
See the best bits of the North Island.
7 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 New Zealand’s largest city Auckland, heading southeast to the pristine sands of Hahei Beach, from which you can access the famous Cathedral Cove. Accessible only by foot, boat or kayak, you’ll discover some of New Zealand’s most spectacular scenery and stunning sea views in this beautiful coastal spot. Cathedral Cove is a ‘must see’ on the Coromandel Peninsula.
Afterward an afternoon of seaside exploration, we gather for an entertaining hands-on ‘Kaimoana’ (seafood) cooking class to prepare a delicious feast of fresh local seafood for dinner (non-seafood option available). (D)
Accommodation included: Comfortable beachside accommodation
Activities included: Walk to Cathedral Cove, Kaimoana cooking class
Optional activities: Cathedral Cove Kayaks
Hahei to Rotorua
Today we start by driving to Hot Water Beach, a unique surf beach where you can dig a hole in the sand to create in your own personal spa pool (tide dependent). After the beach, we’ll make our way towards Rotorua, stopping before we get to town to stretch our legs with an easy walk to watch white water rafters navigate the waterfalls of the Kaituna River.
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: Dig your own spa pool at Hot Water Beach, Kaituna waterfall walk, cultural experience with traditional hangi meal, kapa haka (Maori song and dance) and interactive performance
You have a full free day in Rotorua to discover an area well-known for its Maori heritage, adventure and geothermal activity. Here you have the chance to do some great optional activities, such as a visit to the Hobbiton Movie Set, white water rafting, ziplining through native bush, mountain biking and more. A great option to finish the day is to spend the evening soaking in the hot pools at the luxurious Polynesian Spa. (B)
Accommodation included: Central city lodge
Optional activities: Visit Hobbiton, white water rafting, Zorbing, the luge, ziplining, mountain biking, Polynesian Spa
Rotorua to National Park
It’s a very early start this morning so we can 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. (B,L,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 Blue Duck Station
After your big day of hiking, you get a chance to sleep in and we won’t depart until mid-morning. Our destination today is one of the most remote parts of the North Island by road. We’re heading for the award winning Blue Duck Station in Whakahoro, a 7,200 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 cooked using local produce. (B,D)
Accommodation included: Remote country station lodge
Activities included: 4WD eco-wilderness farm adventure
Blue Duck Station to Wellington
We depart early to arrive into Wellington around midday. 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 scene, shopping, craft breweries and café culture. As New Zealand’s capital city, it is home to New Zealand’s parliament and the iconic Beehive government building. This afternoon, you have the option to tour the world famous Weta Workshop, marvel at the wonders of Te Papa National Museum or wander along the Oriental Parade. (B)
Accommodation included: Central city hostel
Optional activities: Weta Workshop Tour, Te Papa National Museum, craft beer sampling
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)
Wednesdays October 10, 2018, to May 1, 2019
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
The 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.
Luggage should be restricted to 15kg in a single bag, plus a small daypack.
Meals are indicated with B, L and D- for Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner. We can cater for vegetarians, vegans, gluten-free and lactose intolerant passengers.
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