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7 Day North Island Adventure Tour

This is the perfect week long North Island adventure

You will see it all in the ultimate week-long North Island holiday; volcanoes, beautiful beaches, glow-worm caves, Lord of the Rings locations, bubbling mud pools and rich forests whilst learning about our proud Maori culture.    

Starting from Auckland, we make our way down to New Zealand's capital, Wellington, through the North's hottest destinations.

Note that this tour can also run from Wellington to Auckland - as you select a departure date, the start location will be displayed.

We start at 8am at Haka Hotel Newmarket and end around 5pm in Wellington. If you have a few spare days, we suggest extending your stay into the South Island by two days to take in Kaikoura and Christchurch; if you are arriving in Auckland with a few days to spare, we have a great 3 day trip taking in the Bay of Islands which showcases the Northland region of New Zealand.

We throw in some special inclusions - carving your very own 'tiki' pendant in Coromandel, entrance to Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, and an evening's entertainment at a traditional 'marae' complete with Haka performance and 'hangi' feast. As you build your tour online, you will see many optional activities available to add - but remember, none of these are compulsory.

As we start early in the morning, you can opt to stay at Haka Hotel Newmarket the night before the tour - only having to walk downstairs on day one makes for a stress free morning. 

**PLEASE NOTE - THERE IS 1 NIGHT ON THIS TOUR WHERE PRIVATE ACCOMMODATION UPGRADES ARE NOT AVAILABLE DUE TO LIMITED AVAILABILITY.  THIS IS DAY 4 IN MURUPARA. IN SPECIAL CIRCUMSTANCES ARRANGEMENTS MAY BE POSSIBLE - PLEASE CONTACT [email protected] FOR MORE INFORMATION**

Inclusions

  • Transport, breakfast and accommodation (max 6 share, upgrades available)
  • Passionate Kiwi Guide
  • Maori Cultural experience in the Coromandel and Rotorua
  • Traditional Maori ‘Hangi’ (food cooked using heated rocks buried in an underground oven)
  • Explore an extraordinary geyserland with candy coloured water and geothermal activity at Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland
  • Carve your own ‘Tiki’ pendant from bone
  • Stunning cliff top walk to Cathedral Cove, which you might recognize from the Chronicles of Narnia
  • Soak in a natural hot pool in the forest
  • Small groups - max 16
  • Guided tour of every location. We show you places you would miss when travelling on a flexible bus pass
  • Be treated to surprise stops only possible with a small group

Activities to try are:

  •      Sea Kayaking, Coromandel
  •      Caving – Waitomo
  •     The Zorb, Rotorua
  •      Sledging or Rafting, Rotorua
  •      Tongariro Crossing, Taupo
  •      Gravity Canyon, Taupo

     

Booking Conditions

Age Restriction: Minimum age of 18

Fitness Requirement: Moderate

What's included

  • Transport, breakfast and accommodation ( max 6 share, upgrades available)
  • Passionate Kiwi Guide
  • Maori Cultural experience in the Coromandel and Rotorua
  • Traditional Maori ‘Hangi’ (food cooked using heated rocks buried in an underground oven)
  • Explore an extraordinary geyserland with candy coloured water and geothermal activity at Wai-O-Tapu
  • Stunning cliff top walk to Cathedral Cove, which you might recognize from the Chronicles of Narnia
  • Soak in a natural hot pool in the forest
  • Small groups - max 16.
  • Guided tour of every location.

What To Bring

  • Hat & Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses
  • Rain Jacket
  • Beach Towel
  • Togs - Swimwear
  • Padlock - for luggage storage compartments

Itinerary

Day 1 : Day 1: Auckland to Coromandel
After breakfast, we begin our tour in the country’s largest city: Auckland. It is unsurprising that a quarter of the population reside here when you consider it is a region of stunning beaches, enchanted holiday islands, a sunny climate, with a passion for outstanding food, wine and shopping. Depending on the season and weather for that day, your guide will take you on an orientation tour to let you get acquainted with the city. After saying goodbye to New Zealand’s own metropolis, we’ll hit the road together on our way south to the North Island’s best-kept secret - the Coromandel. Beautiful remote beaches, dense wooded forest and clear blue waters make the Coromandel one of New Zealand’s favorite getaways. Together, at low tide, we’ll make our way to the world-famous Hot Water Beach. When the tide’s out, you can dig a hole in the sand where natural hot springs bubble up to create your own personal hot tub! You’ll also carve your own tiki pendant from bone here, a very special and unique Kiwi experience. What a better souvenir to take home than one you made yourself in a traditional activity?
Meals :Breakfast

Day 2 : Day 2: Coromandel to Waitomo
It’s no secret that many blockbuster hits have been filmed in New Zealand due to its incredible landscapes. We’ll walk together out along the cliffs down to Cathedral Cove (which you might recognize from the Chronicles of Narnia). Beautiful in its own right, with perfect beaches and massive rock arches and columns, it’s one of the most popular spots in the Coromandel and for a good reason: it doesn’t look real. From the Coromandel, we’ll head west through some beautiful lush green hills dotted with New Zealand’s iconic sheep before making our way to Waitomo, home of the one of a kind glowworm caves.
Meals :Breakfast

Day 3 : Day 3: Waitomo to Rotorua
Waitomo has become famous around the world thanks to its magnificent glowworm caves. How many chances do you get to go caving in a place with blue glowworms twinkling on the ceiling? There are many different ways to explore the caves, but if you are open to adventure and getting your feet wet, the best way to experience Waitomo is by black water rafting. After lunch we’ll hop on over to Rotorua, famous for its geothermal activity and Maori culture. Nicknamed the Vegas of New Zealand, Rotorua has heaps of activities and things to do for everyone. A favourite activity for many is the Zorb – a Kiwi invention that involves rolling down a hill whilst inside a giant air cushioned ball! Taking in one of the Maori cultural evenings, getting to experience the traditional Maori heritage and welcome, is another tour highlight.
Meals :Breakfast

Day 4 : DAY 4 – Rotorua to Murupara
While the majority of the North Island is volcanic in some way, Rotorua is exceptional for its geothermal activity. With neon blue and red lakes, steaming rivers, active volcanoes and geysers galore, there are more unique natural wonders to be found in Rotorua than many other places in the world. There’s heaps of time to get amongst Rotorua’s diverse attractions while you're here. We’ll get you started with an orientation tour, including a stroll through the flower- filled Government Gardens by the lakefront. If adrenalin’s your thing, the highest commercial waterfall drop in the world, on the Kaituna River, is begging to be conquered on an exhilarating rafting trip. Later this afternoon we head to Kohutapu Lodge in Murupara - a living Māori village - where you will be taken on a tribal tour by a village elder. Here you’ll also have a chance to learn the world-famous haka dance, and weave your own dinner plate using flax (a type of plant). Tonight’s dinner is a traditional hāngi meal. Cooked in an underground earth oven you can expect tender meat and delicious vegetables infused with a smoky, earthy fragrance – it will fill your puku (belly) right up! The best part about spending the evening at Kohutapu Lodge. The majority of proceeds from this activity go back to the local community.
Meals :Breakfast, Dinner

Day 5 : Day 5: Murupara to Taupo
This morning you will visit Te Puia - a well-known Maori culture centre. At Te Puia you can explore Whakarewarewa geothermal valley, visit New Zealand’s native kiwi birds, and learn about Maori history & culture.. It’s only a short drive to our next destination, Taupō, and there’s plenty to discover along the way. From mesmerising mud pools to the thundering rapids of the Huka Falls and Aratiatia Dam, your trusty Haka Guide will make sure you don’t miss a thing. This place is all about the thrills and spills, and there are plenty of options in store this afternoon. Get your hair wet with a water touch bungy jump, take an unforgettable skydive or a sunset lake cruise for amazing lake and mountain views.
Meals :Breakfast

Day 6 : Day 6: Taupo
A full day in Taupō... are you in the mood for peaceful lakeside tranquillity or unlimited adrenalin and adventure? Either way, Taupō’s got you covered. For many, the ultimate adventure on offer here is the hiking (or tramping, as we Kiwis know it). The Tongariro Crossing is among the top 10 full-day walks in the world. This 19.4-kilometre mountain trek boasts emerald green lakes, venting steam, lava flows and craters. You’ll come back grinning from ear to ear before falling into bed and sleeping like a baby. If you’d prefer to relax, jump on a boat for a sailing trip to view Māori rock carvings. Or head to Spa Park and soak until your fingers are wrinkly. However you choose to spend today we guarantee you won’t forget it.
Meals :Breakfast

Day 7 : Day 7: Taupo to Wellington
t’s a big drive from Taupō to Wellington, but there’s some unmissable scenery on offer. Lord of the Rings junkies, you’re in for a treat! Our journey takes us through Tongariro National Park via the Rangipo Desert (bet you didn’t know New Zealand had one of those!). Some of your favourite Lord of the Rings battle scenes were filmed right here. The Desert Road boasts incredible views of three active volcanic peaks – Mount Tongariro, Mount Ngauruhoe, and Mount Ruapehu. You may know Mount Ngauruhoe as Mount Doom, so be sure to snap a Mordor selfie! We pass through two of the North Island’s quirkier towns – as ever, your Haka Guide has a couple of surprises up their sleeve... We pull into Wellington in the afternoon, with just enough time for film buffs make a trip to Weta Workshop, where the special effects of Lord of the Rings and Avatar were produced. New Zealand’s capital is famous for its bars and eateries, and is a paradise for lovers of craft beer – you’ll be spoilt for choice tonight!
Meals :Breakfast

Day 8 : Day 8: Wellington
our tour ends after breakfast on Day 8. We're sure you'll have a whole lot of incredible memories to take home with you. We've shown you our New Zealand – we hope we will see you again. Haere tū atu, hoki tū mai.
Meals :Breakfast

Pickups

AUCKLAND TO WELLINGTON
Departs: 8am Haka Hotel Newmarket, 9 Manukau Road, Newmarket, Auckland 1023.
Ends: 5pm YHA Wellington City

Please note, that we need a minimum of 4 people to guarantee departures and take no more than 16 people 

 

Optional Excursions

Optional Activities (Available to sign up on tour with your guide)

  • Indigenous & Cultural
  • Bungy Jumping
  • Adventure

Available Extras

Please view dates that are available on https://hakatours.com/departures 

Please note, that we need a minimum of 4 people to guarantee departures and take no more than 16 people 

Need more information - www.hakatours.com 

 

Accommodation Options - Upgrade your Accommodation from dorm to private room for $499.  If you will share the room with someone else you only need to book one upgrade and split the price between you both. You can also extend your accommodation before or after your tour

**PLEASE NOTE - THERE IS 1 NIGHT ON THIS TOUR WHERE PRIVATE ACCOMMODATION UPGRADES ARE NOT AVAILABLE DUE TO LIMITED AVAILABILITY.  THIS IS DAY 4 IN MURUPARA. IN SPECIAL CIRCUMSTANCES ARRANGEMENTS MAY BE POSSIBLE - PLEASE CONTACT [email protected] FOR MORE INFORMATION**

Bolt on your actives before your tour on well you are on the road!

Itinerary availiable in reverse Wellington - Auckland 

Most popular Add-ons

  •      Sea Kayaking, Coromandel
  •      Caving – Waitomo
  •     The Zorb, Rotorua
  •      Sledging or Rafting, Rotorua
  •      Tongariro Crossing, Taupo
  •      Gravity Canyon, Taupo

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