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New Zealand–North Island Encompassed

New Zealands North Island thoroughly engages the body and the spirit, often at the same time. This ten-day trip promises loads of both. Up here, youll pick up some sustainable living tips on a conservation farm and learn Maori culture straight from the source while bunking in villages in the bush. Elsewhere, youll sea kayak in a secluded harbour, get a surfing lesson from an expert, and overnight on a houseboat. Theres much more, but weve gotta leave some surprises, right?

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Duration: 10 Days Guaranteed Departure: Yes
For lovers of: Photography, Beer Tasting Physical rating: 3 - Average
Accommodation standard:   Not Rated% Traveller Tour Rating: 0%  
Your Guide: English speaking Tour code: 133050
Starts: Auckland, New Zealand Finishes: Wellington, New Zealand
You will visit
  • Auckland
  • Wellington

Itinerary

01

Day 1: Auckland

Arrive in Auckland at any time. There are no planned activities during the day, so check into the hotel and explore the city. Visit the Maritime Museum, walk the waterfront, or even take the ferry to Waiheke Island.

Additional Notes:
Jump right into your adventure by adding the 'Auckland Sailing: America's Cup Experience' extra to your tour. Work with a crew to sail around Auckland's Waitemata Harbour on a competitive yacht, and take in the stunning views. PLEASE NOTE: If booking this extra, a pre-night in Auckland is highly recommended as this activity may start early in the morning on Day 1.

This tour departs Auckland early on Day 2. If you are interested in exploring the city and its nearby attractions, like the Hobbiton Movie Set or local wineries, it is recommended you book additional pre-trip accommodation nights.

Included Activities:
Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting

02

Day 2: Auckland/Bay of Islands (1B, 1D)

Depart early and travel to a local reserve with giant kauri trees. Native to New Zealand, these trees are some of the largest in the world. Learn about their importance to European settlement in New Zealand. Head to the Goat Island Marine Reserve for an included activity of snorkelling to see abundant sea life (seasonal).

Continue on to the Bay of Islands and board a houseboat – your home for the night.

Additional Notes:
Please note: during the winter months (late April - early November) Goat Island snorkelling will be cancelled due to an earlier departure time for the houseboat. As a result, there will be more time for activities on board the houseboat.

Included Activities:
Goat Island Marine Reserve Snorkelling
Bay of Islands Overnight Excursion

Transport:
Private Vehicle (4.00 hour(s), 250km)

03

Day 3: Bay of Islands/Paihia (1B, 1L, 1D)

Enjoy a morning of activities from our boat base. Then travel back to the mainland for a walk around the small town of Paihia. An optional visit to the Treaty House in the nearby town of Waitangi is highly recommended.

04

Day 4: Paihia/Auckland (1B)

Take advantage of optional morning activities such as skydiving, dolphin watching, fishing or visiting the historic town of Russell. Travel back to Auckland.

Transport:
Private Vehicle (4.00 hour(s), 250km)

05

Day 5: Auckland/Raglan (1B, 1L)

Travel backroads to a remote conservation farm where they are using natural means to boost the stocks of traditionally farmed marine life. Farmers have created a balanced ecosystem to attract native birds and animals back to the area.

After, kayak to a remote part of the harbour for a boat cruise and lunch, before heading to our lodge a few minutes drive from the famous surf and arts town of Raglan for the night.

Included Activities:
Sea Kayaking

Transport:
Private Vehicle (3.00 hour(s), 160km)

06

Day 6: Raglan (1B, 1D)

Head down to the beach for an included surf lesson. The afternoon is open for optional activities such as bone carving with local Maori, mountain biking or exploring the many trails.

Included Activities:
Surf Lessons

07

Day 7: Raglan/Rotorua (1B, 1D)

Depending on the weather conditions and the desires of the group, opt to visit the Waitomo caves, famous for their glow-worms. For the adventurous, there is the option of ‘black water rafting'.

Continue to Rotorua for an engaging cultural experience on the grounds of a historic Maori village.

Included Activities:
Maori Cultural Experience

Transport:
Private Vehicle (4.00 hour(s), 260km)

08

Day 8: Rotorua/Tongariro National Park (1B, 1D)

Start early to walk the Tongariro Crossing, New Zealand's top-rated 1-day trek. Collect all your supplies before the hike – the transfer will drop the group off at the beginning of the self-guided trek and pick up everyone at the end.

After the trek, travel to a ski lodge on the side of a mountain for the night. An on-site spa and sauna is available to help ease tired muscles.

Additional Notes:
Please note that the Tongariro Alpine Crossing is self-guided and will be without a CEO. The trail is clearly marked. Please note that during winter months (June-October), this is an optional hike. There is an extra cost of approximately $135NZD for winter equipment and guide if you opt to do this activity.

Included Activities:
Tongariro Alpine Crossing Trek

Transport:
Private Vehicle (3.00 hour(s), 180km)

09

Day 9: Tongariro National Park/Wellington (1B)

Travel to Wellington, New Zealand's capital city. Arrive early enough for a visit to the National Museum, Te Papa.

Take a short walk from our accommodation to see the sights of the central business district. Finish the day off with an optional night on the town.

Included Activities:
Te Papa Museum Visit

Transport:
Private Vehicle (5.00 hour(s), 400km)

10

Day 10: Wellington (1B)

Depart at any time. Looking for a lift back to Auckland? Add on the "Auckland Express" and ride with your CEO back north. Ask your sales CEO or agent about this Extra.

What is the Auckland Express Extra? Depart 6am and return to the Nomads Auckland hostel for around 5pm (8-9 hours driving time). If you have booked a transfer that is NOT on the last day of your tour, you must book post-accommodation through G Adventures. All services must be connected.

Included Activities:
Departure Day

Inclusions:
    Activities
    • Overnight houseboat excursion with activities while onboard including snorkelling, fishing, and kayaking (Bay of Islands)
    • Visit to a conservation farm (Raglan)
    • Sea kayaking (Raglan)
    • Surf lesson (Raglan)
    • Maori cultural experience
    • Tongariro Alpine Crossing (seasonal)
    • Te Papa Museum (Wellington)
    • Orientation walk in Wellington
    • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
    Accommodation
    • Hostels (4 nts), houseboat (1 nt), basic lodges (3 nts), basic hotel (1 nt). Most nights are multi-share
    Meals Included
    • 9 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 5 dinners
    Transport
    • Private bus
    Group Leader
    • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides
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Tour Highlights:
  • Snorkel in the beautiful Bay of Islands
  • Surf world famous waves
  • Learn about the Maori culture in a village homestay
  • Conquer New Zealand's top-rated one-day trek
  • Dance the night away in Wellington.