December & January Tours

North Island Explorer

28 December - 03 January

Tour starts in Auckland or Rotorua - Tour ends in Wellington

This tour can be booked on its own or together with the South Island Adventure Tour for a comprehensive and fun exploration of New Zealand’s “main island”.

from $1,388*

*plus Food Kitty

Itinerary and Extra Activities

Itinerary

DAY 1: Auckland

Today we start our tour in Auckland, the biggest city of New Zealand. We explore the city centre and waterfront and you can already get an idea how you can spend the next few days. In the evening you’ll have the chance to go up the Skytower, a truly breathtaking experience with awesome views over Auckland at night.

Extra Activities:

Skyjump or Skywalk, Auckland Bridge Climb or Bungy, Kelly Tarlton’s Sealife Aquarium

DAY 2: Auckland

Explore the famous Auckland waterfront and use part of the day for some shopping – may it be along Queen Street, The Westfield Mall, Royal Oak Mall or the Strand Arcade – there are so many options to choose from! Or, if shopping is not oyur cup of tea, visit Kelly Tartlon’s Sea life Aquarium, with all the penguins, sharks, turtles and many more species to discover!

Extra Activities:

Skyjump or Skywalk, Auckland Bridge Climb or Bungy, Kelly Tarlton’s Sealife Aquarium, America’s Cup Sailing

DAY 3: Auckland

Enjoy another leisurely day to explore Auckland. Continue your shopping spree or have a wander to Auckland’s very own Silo park. A fun waterfront location with heaps of food carts, often live entertainment as well as their very own exhibition space – Silo 6.

Extra Activities:

Skyjump or Skywalk, Auckland Bridge Climb or Bungy, Kelly Tarlton’s Sealife Aquarium

DAY 4: Auckland - Coromandel

Our journey continues to Whitianga, the main settlement of Mercury Bay, a great little seaside town with a deep-water 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.

Extra Activities:

Cathedral Cove Kayak Trip

DAY 5: Coromandel - Rotorua

Today our journey continues to Rotorua, famous for its thermal mud pools and Maori history and culture. 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.

Extra Activities:

Hobbiton, Te Puia, Skydive, White Water Rafting

DAY 6: Rotorua

We will spend the whole day in Rotorua, known as the thermal wonderland of New Zealand. 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. Rotorua is also known as the adventure capital of the North Island: White Water Rafting, Skydiving, ZORBING, Luge… Rotorua offers something for every taste. Or if you want to take it a bit slower, go shopping in the Rotorua Central Mall and then relax, visit the Polynesian Spa to enjoy a good soak!

Extra Activities:

Hobbiton, Te Puia, Skydive, White Water Rafting

DAY 7: Rotorua - Wellington

We leave Rotorua to head south. 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 another 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” we conclude our tour and hope you enjoyed your journey.

Extras

  • Experienced Guides/Assistants
  • Comfortable accommodation at hostels/backpackers
  • All transport during the tour
  • Visit to the Auckland Skytower
  • Tamaki Maori Village & Evening Experience incl. Hangi
  • Gondola + Luge rides in Rotorua
  • All activities during the tour as described in the tour programme

A list of all extra activities, that we offer on tour will follow soon.

  • Transport (flights, ferry, transfers) to/from tour start
  • Extra Activities
  • Food – a contribution of $170 towards a food kitty is mandatory (breakfast and dinner only!)
  • Pocket money

  • 15 students minimum required for tour to proceed
  • Booking conditions apply
  • All inclusions are weather and time depending