North Island Beaches & Surfing Tour
01 December - 07 December
Tour starts in Auckland - Tour ends in Auckland
Big city life in Auckland, Beach vibes in Raglan and the Coromandel as well as a good portion of cultural insight in Rotorua – this tour gives you the chance to experience what our North Island has on offer. The itinerary combines city activities with awesome beach fun. Additionally to an exciting included activities, students can book extra activities.
Itinerary and Extra Activities
* INFO: Please note that the below itinerary is subject to change. NZdirect reserves the right to make any alterations to the itinerary in the interest of safety, comfort or unforeseen circumstances, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Kia Ora! Good to have you aboard the North Island Beaches & Surfing Tour! Today you can experience many attractions and adventure activities on offer. Those who do not book any of the additional activities will 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.
Auckland Bridge Walk or Bungy, Skywalk, Skyjump, Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium, America's Cup Sailing
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 enjoy a full day in Coromandel. You can join the tour guide for a walk to Cathedral Cove. You can also improve your surf skills and join a surf lesson. Or would you like to go kayaking? There is something to enjoy for everyone!
Cathedral Cove Kakak Trip, Surf lesson
Today we drive to Rotorua. If you are a fan of Lord of the Rings, you may like to 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 earthcooked Maori feast) will turn this evening into an unforgettable experience.
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,… 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!
Te Puia, Canopy Tours
Today our journey leads us to the coastal town, Raglan. This place is known New Zealand-wide for its many surf beaches and awesome waves and it attracts a lot of surfers from all over the world. The conditions are perfect for beginners and for more experienced alike. In the afternoon we will join a surf lesson as a group activity, we will learn some “basics” and try to catch some waves. The surf equipment (wet suit and surf board) will be provided. There is also an option to hire a surfboard and go out in to the water on your own, if you feel already confident in surfing. You will have instructors helping you, if needed. In the evening we have a “Surfer’s Dinner” together.
If you liked the surf lesson yesterday, you get another great opportunity this morning to join a supervised surf board rental and go into the water once again. Alternatively you can use the morning to go for a swim or walk around Raglan. After an exciting eleven days we drive back to the airport in Auckland, where you fly back home.
Surf board rental
- Experienced Guides/Assistants
- Comfortable accommodation at hostels/backpackers
- All transport during the tours
- Skytower visit
- Visit a Maori Village incl. traditional Hangi Dinner
- Surf lesson
- Hot Water Beach
- Lots of fun game evenings and group activities
- Transport (flights, ferry, transfers) to/from tour start
- Extra Activities
- Pocket money
- Minimum 15 students
- Booking conditions apply
- All inclusions are weather and time depending