April Tours - School Holidays
North Island Explorer
11 - 16 April 2020
Tour starts in Auckland - Tour ends in Wellington
Absolute fun, cities, sun, Maori culture and hot pools– this tour offers the best of what the main part of the North Island has to offer. It combines city activities, with awesome adventures in more rural places and great inclusive and optional activities. This tour can be booked on its own or together with the South Island Experience Tour for a comprehensive and fun exploration of both of New Zealand’s islands.
Itinerary and Extra Activities
Kia Ora! Good to have you aboard the North Island Tour! Known as the City of Sails, Auckland is a melting pot of South Pacific and Asian cultures and a strong Maori heritage. This diversity brings with it an abundance of unique dining and shopping experiences. Today you can experience many attractions and adventure activities on offer. Today is truly action-packed. Those who do not book any of the additional activities will go on a tour of the city, explore the famous Auckland waterfront and may go to the outlet stores and the inner city shopping area. 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.
Skyjump, Skytower Jump & Walk Combo, America’s Cup Sailing, Auckland Bridge Climb, Auckland Bridge Bungy, Auckland Bridge Combo (Bungy Jump & Climb) , Kelly Tarlton’s
Our journey continues to Whitianga, the main settlement of Mercury Bay, a great little seaside town with a deepwater harbour. The area, called 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.
In the morning you have the opportunity to book a kayak trip in Whitianga. In the afternoon our journey continues to Rotorua, famous for its thermal mud pools and Maori history and culture.
Cathedral Cove Sea Kayaking
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. But Rotorua is also known as the adventure capital of the North Island: White Water Rafting, Skydiving, ZORBING,… Rotorua offers something for every taste. If you a fan of Lord of the Rings, use the day to discover “Hobbiton”, the film set where parts of the movies where made. 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.
White Water River Rafting, Wai-O-Tapu Valley, Hobbiton Movie Set & Farm Tour, Skydive Taupo
Leave Rotorua to head south to visit Lake Taupo, New Zealand’s largest lake. We will stop to see the famous Huka Falls before the journey continues to Wellington. On our way, we might even be able to catch a glimpse of some of the volcanoes located in the central North Island. 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. 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. In the evening, we will have a farewell dinner.
In the morning, we will explore Te Papa, New Zealand’s fantastic National Museum and then will have some free time to go souvenir shopping. Sadly today is our last day as you head back the airport to fly to your home destination in the afternoon.
Deals and Specials
Early Bird Special: Save $50 if you book this tour before 29 February 2020
Bring a Friend Deal: Receive an activity voucher for $50 if you get a friend to book the tour
- 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, incl. Hangi
- Visit Huka Falls, Taupo
- Visit Te Papa Museum Wellington
- Tour t-shirt and group photo
Transport (flights, ferry, transfers) to/from tour start
- Extra Activities
- Food Kitty for breakfast and dinner (compulsory): NZ$115
- Pocket money
- Guided add-on option to Nelson:
Transport from Wellington – Nelson for NZ$145: If you live in Nelson, you can book our guided add-on transport option from Wellington to Nelson. This includes a scenic ferry ride from Wellington to Picton over the Cook Strait and through the beautiful Marlborough Sounds. Having arrived back on the South Island, a bus from Picton to Nelson will be arranged.
- 15 students minimum required for tour to proceed
- Booking conditions apply
- All inclusions are weather and time depending