September & October Tours
North Island Cities & Surfing Tour
26 September - 02 October 2020
Tour starts in Auckland - Tour ends in Wellington
This tour can be booked on its own or together with the South Island Explorer for a comprehensive and fun exploration of New Zealand’s “main island”.
Itinerary and Extra Activities
Kia Ora! Good to have you aboard the Cities & Surfing International Student 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.
Skytower Jump, Skytower Jump & Walk Combo, America’s Cup Sailing Experience, Auckland Bridge Climb, Auckland Bridge Bungy, Auckland Bridge Combo, Kelly Tarlton’s Sea Life Aquarium
After an exciting first day in Auckland we drive 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. 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 guided surf hiring and go into the water once again. Alternatively, you can use the day to go for a swim or walk around Raglan.
Supervised Surfboard Rental Raglan
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.
Hobbiton Movie Set & Farm Tour
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.
White Water River Rafting, Wai-O-Tapu Valley, Hobbiton Movie Set & Farm Tour, Skydive Taupo
We 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 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 15 August 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
- Surf Lesson in Raglan
- Tamaki Maori Village & Evening Experience incl. Hangi
- Tour T-Shirt
- All activities during the tour as described in the tour programme
Please come back soon for more information on all the extra activities we offer on tour.
- Transport (flights, ferry, transfers) to/from tour start
- Extra Activities
- Food – a contribution of $120 towards a food kitty is mandatory (breakfast and dinner only!)
- Pocket money
- Minimum 10 students
- Booking conditions apply
- All inclusions are weather and time depending