Auckland - Paihia (211 km)
Nau mai, haere mai! Welcome to New Zealand! Our journey begins in Auckland, the country's largest city. After guests have been picked up, we will drive north to the seaside town of Paihia. On the way, we will stop to see some might trees, native kauri, hike to a beautiful waterfall, enjoy lunch and stop for a swim at scenic Waipu Cove. After that, we will visit the historic Waitangi Treaty Grounds at our own expense before settling in our lodging and enjoying the rest of the night.
A small town in Bream Bay, in the Northland Region of New Zealand, with a Scottish heritage. The population was 1,491 in the 2006 Census, an increase of 222 from 2001.
At Waipu Caves explore 300 metres of sacred underground passageways. The main cave is 175 metres long and encloses one of the longest stalagmites in New Zealand (eight feet high and six feet in diameter!). Impressive limestone formations and a galaxy of glow worms are also present.
A locality in the Bay of Islands on the North Island of New Zealand.
Waitangi Treaty Grounds
The Waitangi Treaty Grounds is where Māori chiefs first signed the New Zealand's founding documents. Take a guided tour to guided tour to learn about the historic importance of the site and enjoy scenic views, cultural performances and more.
Standard Hotel: Beachfront hostel
Opononi - Auckland (225 km)
We will begin the day with a ferry ride across Hokianga Harbour to go sand boarding down massive dunes (dependent on weather). Then, we will make our way south through the mighty Waipoua Forest before visiting the idyllic Kai Iwi Lakes to swim in the region's crystal-clear waters.
Waipoua Kauri Forest, NZD
Waipoua Forest is best known for its enormous and beautiful kauri trees. Declared as a sanctuary in 1952, the forest is known to harbor the two largest living kauri trees: Tane Mahuta and Te Matua Ngahere.
Kai Iwi Lakes, NZD
These three trout-filled freshwater lakes nestle together near the coast. The largest, Taharoa, has blue water fringed with sandy patches. Lake Waikere is popular with water-skiers, while Lake Kai Iwi is relatively untouched.
Standard Hotel: Central city hostel
Rotorua - Tongariro National Park (107 km)
Today we will make our way to Tongariro National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, where we will have the chance to walk along the Tongariro Alpine Crossing, trekking through dramatic natural scenery and past volcanic peaks, vast craters and stunning turquoise lakes. Alternatively, we can go to the Volcanic Centre Museum at our own expense.
Tongariro National Park, NZD
An UNESCO World Heritage Site, Tongariro National Park is the 4th oldest national park in the world. In addition to traditional outdoor recreational activities, visitors can visit sacred Maori religious sites and bird watch while surrounded by three active, volcanic mountains.
Tongariro Alpine Crossing
The Tongariro Alpine Crossing is heralded as the best one-day trek available in New Zealand, while others say it's among the top ten single-day treks in the world. Lava flows, an active crater, steam vents, emerald-coloured lakes and magnificent views combine to make this an unforgettable 19.4-kilometer walking journey.
Standard Hotel: Alpine lodge
Breakfast: IncludedLunch: IncludedDinner: Included
Tongariro National Park - Whakahoro (88 km)
After your big day of hiking, you get a chance to sleep in and we won't depart until mid-morning. TOur destination today is one of the most remote parts of the North Island by road - Blue Duck Station in Whakahoro, a 7,200 acre country farm that is both a working sheep and beef station as well as a leading site in environmental conservation leader. This afternoon, we will get the opportunity to take part in a 4WD Bush Safari adventure to explore the vast land, learning about the local history and the farm's conservation efforts. We will enjoy a dinner cooked with all local produce.
A small (now mostly empty) settlement located on the junction of the Retaruke and Whanganui rivers.
Blue Duck Station
Tours stop here for the night and it's a great opportunity to enjoy some of the optional activities (horse riding, clay pigeon shooting and bush safaris to name but a few). You'll get to experience a unique slice of Kiwi farming culture and hospitality wrapped up within dramatic natural landscapes.
Standard Hotel: Remote country station lodge
Breakfast: IncludedDinner: Included
Whakahoro - Wellington (243 km)
We depart early to arrive into Wellington by early afternoon. This modest city is known as the "coolest little capital in the world," according to Lonely Planet. It's a great place to check out the lively arts scene, go shopping, sip coffee in a local café or try some craft beers. The city is also home to the New Zealand Parliament and the iconic Beehive Government Building. This afternoon, we will have the options of touring the world famous Weta Workshop, marvel at the wonders of the Te Papa National Museum or wander along the Oriental Parade.
As the capital of New Zealand, Wellington is a populous urban center that offers tourists an array of activities and attractions. Visitors can enjoy museums, architecture, theatre, and the arts, as well as music festivals, world class cuisine, and more.
Weta Workshop is a multi-award winning design studio and physical manufacturing facility servicing the world's entertainment and creative industries.
Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
Established in 1992, the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa is the national museum and art gallery in the country. The museum exhibitions emphasize both New Zealand's cultural history as well as its innovation for the future.
Standard Hotel: Central city hostel
Wellington - Auckland (493 km)
Today, we will return to Auckland, stopping along the way to take photos and enjoy lunch in the National Park Village. When we reach Auckland in the late afternoon, the tour will come to an end. We hope you had an unforgettable time!