New Zealand - North Island Encompassed
Snorkelling in the beautiful Bay of Islands, surfing world famous waves, kayaking remote coves to discover hidden beaches, learning about the Maori culture in a village homestay, conquering New Zealand's top-rated 1-day trek, dancing the night away in Wellington.
New Zealand’s North Island thoroughly engages the body and the spirit, often at the same time. This 10-day trip promises loads of both. Up here, you’ll learn Maori culture (and try your hand at bone-carving) straight from the source while bunking in villages in the bush and pick up some sustainable living tips on a conservation farm. Elsewhere, you’ll sea kayak in a secluded harbour, get a surfing lesson from an expert and camp out in a retro-style caravan. There’s much more, but we’ve gotta leave some surprises, right?
- Overnight boat excursion in the Bay Islands with included activities while onboard like snorkelling, fishing and kayaking, visit to conservation farm, sea kayaking excursion to remote coves, surf lesson including board and wetsuit, Tongariro Alpine Crossing walk (seasonal), Te Papa Museum.
- 9 breakfasts, 2 lunch, 6 dinners. (Allow NZD250-300 for meals not included.)
- Hostels (4 nts), houseboat (1 nt), lodges (4 nts). Most nights are quad-share.
- Private bus
- Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides.
- Small group experience; Max 18, avg 12
- New Zealand
Please note that most accommodation in New Zealand is multi-share, you can read more in the trip details in our about accommodation section.
Day 1 Auckland
Arrive at any time.
Day 2 Bay of Islands (1B,1L,1D)
Travel north via the backroads, stopping to see giant kauri trees and for an included snorkel at Goat Island Marine Reserve (seasonal). Board a large motor boat for an overnight trip through the beautiful Bay of Islands.
Day 3 Paihia (1B,1D)
Enjoy free time in the morning on the boat. Choose to do a number of included water activities like kayaking, snorkelling, fishing or visiting nearby islands. Disembark with some time to explore Paihia before an evening barbeque.
Day 4 Auckland (1B)
Free morning to relax or opt to swim with dolphins, go skydiving, check out historic Russell or the Waitangi Treaty Grounds.
Day 5-6 Raglan (2B,1L,2D)
Visit a special conservation farm to learn about their methods before sea kayaking to a remote and historic site on the harbour for a picnic lunch. Enjoy an included surf lesson in one of the world's most famous surf areas, then opt to take bone carving lesson with the local Maori.
Day 7 Rotorua/Maori Village Visit (1B,1D)
Opt to go caving before heading to Rotorua, notable for its geothermal activity and culture. Visit a local village to gain insight into Maori culture. Enjoy a traditional 'Hangi' experience.
Day 8 National Park (1B,1D)
Travel around Lake Taupo and explore the volcanic World Heritage-listed national parks in the area. Conquer the Tongariro Alpine Crossing, New Zealand's top-rated 1-day trek (seasonal).
Day 9 Wellington (1B)
Head south to the capital and visit Te Papa—New Zealand's national museum—or stroll along Oriental Parade. Check out some of the area's great bars and cafés.
Day 10 Auckland (1B)
Take an express journey from Wellington to Auckland, stopping in the king country town of Taumarunui for lunch. Tour ends upon arrival in Auckland in the evening. Feel free to book onward travel anytime after 10:30pm.
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