April Tours - School Holidays
North Island Experience Tour
13 - 18 April 2024
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 Experience Tour!
We will spend the first day on tour in New Zealand’s biggest city. If you'd like, you can experience some fun adventure activities in NZ's biggest city or just go on a tour of the city and explore the famous Auckland waterfront. In the evening our guide will take you for a visit up the Skytower, a truly breathtaking experience with awesome views over Auckland at night.
Skyjump, Skywalk, Auckland Bridge Bungy, Auckland Bridge Climb, Americas Cup Sailing Experience
Today we head to the Coromandel Peninsula. The area called Coromandel is one of quite stunning beaches and bays and very popular as a holiday spot for New Zealanders. It is home to Hot Water Beach, so named because of the hot springs which surface on the sand for two hours either side of low tide. If the tides allow we will take a spade and dig our own hot pool.
Today we will spend another day in beautiful Hahei. You will have the opportunity to spend more time on the beach, go for a guided kayak trip or book surf lessons. There’s lots to do and see.
Guided Sea Kayaking Trip, Surf Lessons
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. Go shopping in the Rotorua Central Mall and then relax, visit the Polynesian Spa to enjoy a good soak! 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 earthcooked Maori feast) will turn this evening into an unforgettable experience.
Mitai Maori Village incl. Hangi dinner
Hobbiton Movie Set Tour
Today we leave Rotorua in the central North Island to make our way to Wellington, the coolest little capital in the world. You’ll have the chance to find out firsthand why it is called “windy Welly” and can enjoy the city-vibe in this colorful and unique city. It’s very much a travel day, we will stop along the way for some lunch, gum-book throwing and at the famous Huka Falls in Taupo.
After an amazing time together it is time to say goodbye, unfortunately. We will spend the morning together as a group exploring the city before heading to the airport from where you catch a flight back to your NZ-home. For those of you who live in Nelson we offer a Ferry Add-on option at additional cost from Wellington to Picton on the South Island and bus transfer from Picton to Nelson. Please contact us for more information. We hope you had heaps of fun!
- Experienced Guides/Assistants
- Comfortable accommodation at hostels/backpackers
- All transport during the tour
- Skytower Experience Auckland (Main observation deck & Sky deck)
- Visit Hot Water Beach
- Unique Mitai Maori Culture evening, incl. Hangi
- Visit Huka Falls, Taupo
- Transport (flights, ferry, transfers) to/from tour start/end
- Extra Activities
- Food Kitty for breakfast and dinner (mandatory): NZ$210
- Pocket money
- Pre-Tour transport option Nelson - Wellington:
Transport from Nelson - Wellington for NZ$105: If you live in Nelson, you can book our guided pre-tour transport option from Nelson to Wellington. This includes a bus ride to Picton and a scenic ferry ride from Picton to Wellington.
- 15 students minimum required for tour to proceed
- Booking conditions apply
- All inclusions are weather and time depending