North Island

North Island Tour
Date: 11-18 October 2011 (8 days)
Start: Auckland Finish: Wellington
Price: NZ$1100 per person plus food kitty (NZ$110)
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Additional Costs: Included in tour cost Additional Cost Notes
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Day 1: Arrive in Auckland
Kia Ora! Good to have you aboard the North Island Tour!
Participants make their own way to our meeting place. All participants will meet the guide & tour assistants at the hostel at around 4pm.
In the evening our guide will take you for a visit up the Skytower at 328 metres high, a truly breathtaking experience with awesome views over Auckland at night.
In the evening, we will gather in the hostel, get to know each other and tell you about the highlights of the upcoming days.

Day 2: Auckland
Now it’s time for some serious sightseeing in New Zealand’s largest city – Auckland. Known as the City of Sails Auckland is a melting pot of South Pacific and Asian cultures and a strong Maori heritage – the diversity bringing with it an abundance of unique dining and shopping experiences.
Indulge in Auckland’s shopping and delicious cuisine and experience some of the many attractions and adventure activities on offer. Whatever your interests, you’ll never be short of things to do in the City of Sails.

Extra Activity Options:
Skytower Jump: NZ$175.00 (up to 15yrs), NZ$195.00 (16+yrs)
Skytower Jump & Walk Combo: NZ$290.00
America’s Cup Sailing: NZ$115.00 (up to 15yrs), NZ$160.00 (16+yrs)
Bridge Climb: NZ$80 (up to 15yrs), NZ$120.00 (16+yrs)
Bridge Bungy Jump: NZ$120 (up to 15yrs), NZ$150.00 (16+yrs)
Bridge Combo (Bungy Jump & Climb): NZ$180 (up to 15yrs), NZ$230.00 (16+yrs)
Kelly Tarlton’s Entry: NZ$10.90 (up to 15yrs), NZ$25.90 (16+yrs)
Kelly Tarlton’s Shark Cage: NZ$72.90 (15+yrs)

Day 3: Auckland to Whitianga
Our journey continues to Whitianga, the main settlement of Mercury Bay, a great little sea side town with a deepwater harbour. The area, called The Coromandel, is one of quite stunning beaches and bays and home to Hot Water Beach, so named because of the hot springs which surface on the sand two hours either side of low tide. If the tides allow we will take a spade and dig our own hot pool. In the late afternoon everyone gets the unique opportunity to participate in a bone carving workshop. You will produce your very own high quality personal souvenir of your visit to Whitianga and take it home with you.

Day 4: Whitianga to Rotorua
In the morning you have the opportunity to book either horse riding or a kayak trip in Whitianga. In the afternoon our journey continues to Rotorua, famous for its thermal mud pools and Maori history and culture.

Extra Activity Option:
Horseriding: NZ$60.00
Half Day Kayaking: NZ$65.00 (up to 14yrs), NZ$95.00 (15+yrs)

Day 5: Rotorua
We will spend the whole day in Rotorua, known as the thermal wonderland of New Zealand. Its hot springs and geysers have attracted people for over a hundred years. Rotorua sits on the shores of Lake Rotorua, and is built over a geothermal hot spot. There are numerous natural vents, hot pools and other geothermal features in and around the city. From relaxing in hot pools to jumping out of planes – Rotorua offers something for every taste.
In the evening you will have the opportunity to find out more about New Zealand’s indigenous people, the Maori, when we visit a traditional Pa (Maori village). You will hear about their history and learn about their culture. Traditions such as the Powhiri (formal welcome), the Haka (war dance) and a delicious Hangi (traditionally earth-cooked Maori feast) will turn this evening into an unforgettable experience.

Extra Activity Options:
Skydiving: NZ$269.00 for 9,000ft, NZ$329.00 for 12,000ft, NZ$429.00 for 15,000ft
White Water River Rafting: NZ$95.00
Wai-O-Tapu Valley: NZ$31.05 (up to 14yrs), NZ$62.10 (15+yrs)

Day 6: Rotorua to Waitomo
No tour is complete without Waitomo and the Waitomo Caves, which you will be able to explore in the afternoon. Think adventure, caving, blackwater rafting, glow worms, fabulous landscapes – they’re all there in and around Waitomo! There’s dramatic limestone outcrops, majestic native forests, rich green farmland, and glow worms en masse in primeval native forest settings. It’s a region rich in Maori and New Zealand history and culture with a mystique all of its own.

Extra Activity Option:
Blackwater Rafting: NZ$115.00
Walking Tour Ruakuri Cave: NZ$26.00 (up to 14yrs), NZ$67.00 (15+yrs)

Day 7: Waitomo to Wellington
Leave Waitomo to head down south to visit the Tongariro National Park, New Zealand’s first national park. The Tongariro volcano still smokes, the ancestral fires still burn and the land lives on for all. Tongariro, Ngauruhoe and Ruapehu have all erupted in recent times. In 1990 the park was recognised as a World Heritage site for its outstanding natural value. The area boasts some amazing walks and nature. We stop at the National Park village for lunch and photo stop before we continue to Wellington.
Having arrived in the coolest little capital in the world – rated as such by Lonely Planet Travel Guides – you have time to explore the city. Visit some of Wellington’s shops – after all the town is very popular among Kiwis for its shopping – or take a stroll along the harbour and stop in one of Wellington’s many excellent cafes.

Day 8: Wellington to Home
In the morning, we will explore the New Zealand Parliament situated in the heart of Wellington. After that there is time to check out Te Papa, New Zealand’s fantastic National Museum.
Sadly today is our last day as you head back to your home destination in the afternoon. The departure time for return flights needs to be after 5.30pm.

Book the North Island Combo Tour to extend your holiday.

Included in tour cost

  • Experienced Guides/Assistants
  • Comfortable accommodation at hostels/backpackers
  • All transport during the tour
  • Skytower Experience Auckland (Main observation deck & Sky deck)
  • Bone Carving Workshop in Whitianga
  • Visit Hot Water Beach
  • Unique Tamaki Maori Culture evening
  • Visit Te Papa National Museum
  • Visit New Zealand Parliament
  • Tour t-shirt, special group photo and postcards

Additional Cost

  • Transport (flights, ferry, transfers) to/from tour start
  • Extra Activities
  • Food Kitty for breakfast, and dinner (compulsory): NZ$110
  • Pocket money

Notes

  • Guaranteed departure
  • Maximum 30 students
  • Booking conditions apply.
  • All inclusions are weather and time depending.
  • All prices are subject to availability and correct at date of publication (aug-11).
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