7-Day North Island Adventure Tour - Auckland to Wellington Return

Duration: 6 days
Destination: New Zealand, Auckland, Auckland
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  • 6 days
  • Auckland
  • E-Voucher
  • Lowest Price
  • Cancellable

Overview

This 7-day small-group adventure tour is guaranteed to take you further off the beaten track around the wonders of New Zealand's North Island. Departing from Auckland, you will visit Haihei and its famously beautiful beaches, Rotorua for cultural insights into the ways of the native Maori people and hike the volcanic plateaus of Tongariro National Park, to marvel at the dormant volcanoes and emerald crater lakes. You’ll get the chance to overnight on a high country station, where you will join a 4WD eco-wilderness farm tour, before paying a visit the capital city of Wellington where you have some free time to explore Te Papa (National Museum) before returning back up to Auckland.

Highlights

  • Multi-Day Trip
  • Small-group tour
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide
  • Comprehensive tour by bus/coach
  • Perfect introduction for first-time visitors

Day 1: Auckland to Hahei

Meet the group and head south east stopping at the famous Cathedral Cove. Accessible only by foot or by boat, this beautiful coastal spot is one of the ‘must see’ sites on the Coromandel Peninsula. Drive to the unique Hot Water Beach and dig up your own personal spa pool in the sand (tide dependent). Overnight in beach side cabins and enjoy a BBQ dinner.

Accommodation: Comfortable cabins, near the beach

Meals: Dinner

Day 2: Hahei to Rotorua

Arrive into Rotorua around lunchtime, an area known for its Maori heritage and thermal activity. Take the opportunity to do some great optional activities like a visit to Hobbiton, white water rafting, zorbing or the luge. In the evening, you'll be welcomed into the authentic Tamaki Maori Village, where you can discover and learn more about Maori art forms, ancient rituals and traditions. Enjoy a traditional Maori hangi (feast) with your hosts. 

Accommodation: Central City Lodge

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 3: Rotorua

You have a full free day in Rotorua. Here you have plenty of great optional activities to choose from, such as a visit to the Hobbiton Movie Set, white water rafting, ziplining through native bush, mountain biking and much more.

Accommodation Central City Lodge

Meals: Breakfast

Day 4: Rotorua to Tongaririo 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 to complete 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. 

Accommodation: Alpine Lodge

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Tongaririo National Park to Blue Duck Station

Today we head 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. 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.

Accommodation: Rustic country lodge

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 6: Blue Duck Station to Wellington

Today we head to Wellington - New Zealand’s capital city, it is home to New Zealand’s parliament and the iconic Beehive government building. Check out the famous Weta Workshop or marvel at the natural and cultural wonders of Te Papa National Museum.

Accommodation: Central city hostel

Meals: Breakfast

Day 7: Wellington to Auckland

Today is an express journey from Wellington to Auckland. We stop along the way for photos and to have lunch in National Park.

Meals: Breakfast

Inclusions
  • Experienced tour guide
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • 6-Night accommodation and transfers
  • Some meals including: Breakfast (5), Dinner (4), Lunch (1)
  • Walk to the iconic and very beautiful Cathedral Cove beach
  • Maori cultural live performance including a traditional hangi meal and story telling
  • 4WD bush safari / eco-wilderness farm tour on high country station
  • Overnight at Tongariro National Park (+ opportunity to hike Tongariro Crossing)
  • Free time in Wellington to visit the impressive National Museum - Te Papa
  • Goods and Services Tax included

Exclusions
  • Food and drinks, other than the meals specified under inclusions
  • Extra optional activities
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Minimum age is 18 years
  • Tour pricing is based on quad share (except at Whakahoro which is 6 share). Twin or Single tour packages are available, however these upgrades do not apply to Hahei where accommodation is quad share.
  • Vegetarian option is available, please advise at time of booking if required
  • A moderate amount of walking is involved. Not recommended for participants with heart complaints or other serious medical conditions.
  • Travel Insurance: Not included with this tour. It is strongly recommend that passengers have their own insurance to cover against illness, injury, loss/damage to personal belongings and inability to travel on the confirmed departure date
  • Luggage is limited to one bag or suitcase per person (maximum weight of 15kgs), plus one day pack to carry onboard with your valuables. The carriage of any excess of oversized luggage is at Stray's discretion and must be approved prior to travel.
  • Itinerary Disclaimer: Itineraries are correct at the time of printing, however the operator retains the right to alter the route or itinerary if required. On occasion changes are made to improve the product or due to changes made by partners / suppliers. If a product, service or activity detailed in our itinerary is changed, a suitable alternative will be offered where possible. Components of our trip are weather dependent and the Operator cannot be held liable if some components are not available on the day of travel.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers
Departure Point

70 Queen Street, Auckland CBD, Auckland 1010, New Zealand


Return Details

Returns to original departure point

Voucher info

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

Duration

6 days

If you cancel at least 7 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.
If you cancel between 3 and 6 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 50 percent cancellation fee.
If you cancel within 2 day(s) of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.

User's Reviews

scott

25 Oct, 2019

Oh my goodness, this trip was so fun. The tour was through Stray and my guide was Lego. Lego was an absolute blast as a guide, and the entire tour was everything I hoped it would be and more.

Marion K

21 Feb, 2017

This tour offered a great variety of activities and sightseeing. Despite having 2 days of rain and not being able to hike the Tongariro Crossing because of high winds and generally poor weather, our tour guide kept us busy with alternative activities. This tour was full with 24 people on board, a cross-section of ages, and everyone got on very well. This doesn't always happen..

For some of us, having 2 or 3 options of what to do on arriving in Wellington would have been preferable. We only had the choice of the WETA tour which, while interesting, was perhaps of most interest to Lord of the Rings fans. I'd like to suggest that, in addition to WETA, the Te Papa museum, a guided walk around Wellington, or hitting the waterfront with all its bars and restaurants could be other options offered. We'd also spent most of the day sitting on the bus so the chance to stretch one's legs would have been greatly welcomed.

The 6 days closely matched what I expected and experienced.

Ilya B

13 Jan, 2020

Trip was great, Lego(the driver) was super nice, told huge amount of interesting funny stories about places we were passing by that made bus time not so boring.

But there are always some details that can spoil all the impression and I got 3:
Detail 1 - if you paid for tween room be prepared that some places don't have tween rooms at all and on check-in you'd notice that you're gonna sleep in one room with these two guys
Detail 2 - In Rotorua most of the activities optional and payable, if you decide to book them via Stray a woman will wait for you near your hotel and if you try to pay by card she will take your card, call someone and literally dictate your card number, expiration date and CVV code to I don't know who (I don't know, maybe that's how New Zealand PCI compliance service looks like) and I'm still waiting for some random purchases from my card from some place on the other side of the Earth
Detail 3 - if you want to visit Hobbiton you'd better book tickets in advance by yourself, even though we were told that Stray had special places bla-bla-bla for it's tourist, actually it was like this - bus took us to Hobbiton, after that driver went and bought tickets for us, we came there about 2pm and because there were a lot of people our tickets were for 6pm and we had to sit on the lawn in the middle of the nowhere for 3+ hours just waiting for our tour. Part of the group asked for refund and went away immediately but we stayed. The good part was that driver bought us sandwiches :)

Except these details everything else were awesome. New Zealand is extremely beautiful, tour were very intensive but super interesting. I completely flooded my Instagram )))

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