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North Island Adventure Tour

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 Trip Length
8 Days
 Trip Starts
Auckland
 Trip Finishes
Wellington
8 Day North Island Adventure Tour Itinerary (Haka Tours)
Countries Explored: New Zealand
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Haka Tours
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16
Trip Style
Adventure
Trip Code
NIA

Overview

Book online and enjoy exclusive savings on Haka Tours 8 Day North Island Adventure Tour. The North Island is filled with surprising contrasts: from the idyllic Coromandel where you can soak in a hot pool dug in the sand, venture through a geothermal wonderland of geysers, take a side-trip to Middle Earth-esque countryside, have underground adventures in caves lit by glow worms, and admire lush rainforests and even a volcanic desert – you’ll be amazed by it all.

This small-group guided New Zealand North Island tour will visit Coromandel, Rotorua, Taupō, and Wellington, with the option...read more to visit Hobbiton, Waitomo Glowworm Caves and the Tongariro Crossing along the way. You can choose to travel from Auckland through to Wellington, or take the reverse itinerary.

As with all our tours, we do include a few 'must-do' events including a Māori cultural night and traditional Māori hāngī dinner cooked in an underground oven.

You’ll see a massive range of optional activities available to add to this New Zealand North Island tour package, from bungy jumping and white water rafting to canopy forest zipline tours and scenic flights. None of these are compulsory; just add the ones you want.

Itinerary

Leaving the big smoke behind, we head to the Coromandel Peninsula, a veritable paradise of beautiful beaches and misty rainforests. The drive here is epic – the road twists and turns dramatically round the coastline and the ocean gets clearer and more pristine before your eyes. Cameras ready – the views are magnificent! is home to the famous Hot Water Beach – thousands visit each year to dig their own personal hot tub. If the tide times allow, we'll definitely grab our buckets and spades and get busy! We arrive in Whitianga with plenty of time for your guide to show you around. Sample the sandy beaches or simply enjoy the vibes.

Included
  • Breakfast
  • Visit Hot Water Beach

This morning walk along the cliffs and down to Cathedral Cove (which you might recognise from the Chronicles of Narnia). With perfect beaches and massive rock arches and columns, it's one of the most popular spots in the Coromandel. Alternatively, take an optional guided Cathedral Cove kayak trip and check out this stunning coastline from a different angle, accompanied by a local dolphin or two if you're lucky! Later this afternoon we head towards Rotorua; en route, we'll visit – best known for being the home of Hobbiton. For Lord of the Rings fans, a visit to Hobbiton Movie Set is an absolute must-do. On a fully guided tour of the 12 acre Middle-earth set you will see Hobbit Holes, the Mill, and even enjoy a drink at the Green Dragon Inn! If hobbits aren't your thing there are plenty of scenic short walks to enjoy Matamata's lush green rolling hills. While the majority of the North Island is volcanic in some way, is exceptional for its geothermal activity. With neon blue and red lakes, steaming rivers, active volcanoes and geysers galore, there are more unique natural wonders to be found in Rotorua than many other places in the world.

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  • Breakfast

Today is a free day to explore Rotorua and its surrounding area. Talk to your guide for the best free things to see and do in the neighbourhood (Kuirau Park's steaming and hissing mud pools are a great option). There are also a number of optional activities you can choose from: If adrenaline is your thing, the highest commercial waterfall drop in the world, on the Kaituna River, is begging to be conquered on an exhilarating rafting trip. Perhaps you'd like to try thundering down grassy hills in a giant air-cushioned inflatable ball (aka ZORB)? A day trip to is another option today. Famous for its glowworms there are a number of ways to experience these twinking creatures up close. Discover the magic of both the world-famous Waitomo Glowworm Caves, as well as the enchanting Ruakuri Cave on a ‘2 cave combo' walking/boat tour. Or you can float along an underground river on a Black Water Rafting trip as the glow worms light your path. However you spend today - be sure to get a good night's sleep as there are more Rotorua adventures tomorrow!

Included
  • Breakfast

This morning we visit Te Puia Maori Village. Here you'll learn more about Māori history and culture, come face to face with the Pohutu Geyser, see jumping mud pools and get up close and personal with kiwi birds. Later this afternoon we head to Kohutapu Lodge in Murupara – a living Māori village - where you will experience a tribal tour by a village elder. Here you'll also have a chance to learn the world-famous haka dance, and weave your own dinner plate using flax (a type of plant). Tonight's dinner is a traditional hāngi meal. Cooked in an underground earth oven you can expect tender meat and delicious vegetables infused with a smoky, earthy fragrance – it will fill your puku (belly) right up! The best part about spending the evening at Kohutapu Lodge? The majority of proceeds from this activity go back to the local community.

Included
  • Breakfast
  • Visit Te Puia Maori Village
  • See kiwi birds
  • See the Pohutu Geyser
  • Learn the haka
  • Learn to weave flax
  • Dinner (a hangi cooked in an underground oven)

Please Note: Private accommodation upgrades are not available for this night of the tour due to the limited availability of accommodation. In special circumstances other arrangements may be possible

It's only a short drive to our next destination, Taupō, and there's plenty to discover along the way. From mesmerising mud pools to the thundering rapids of the Huka Falls and Aratiatia Dam, your trusty Haka guide will make sure you don't miss a thing. is a beautiful lakeside town with a stunning mountain backdrop. Lake Taupō is New Zealand's largest lake – believe it or not, it's roughly the same size as Singapore! This place is all about the thrills and spills, and there are plenty of options in store this afternoon. Get your hair wet with a water touch bungy jump, take an unforgettable skydive or a sunset lake cruise for amazing lake and mountain views.

Included
  • Breakfast
  • Find natural hot springs

A full day in Taupō... are you in the mood for peaceful lakeside tranquility or unlimited adrenaline and adventure? Either way, Taupō's got you covered. For many, the ultimate adventure on offer here is the hiking (or tramping, as we Kiwis know it). The Tongariro Crossing is among the top 10 full-day walks in the world. This 19.4-kilometre mountain trek in Tongariro National Park boasts emerald green lakes, venting steam, lava flows and craters. You'll come back grinning from ear to ear before falling into bed and sleeping like a baby. If you'd prefer to relax, jump on a boat for a sailing trip to view Māori rock carvings. Or head to Spa Park and soak until your fingers are wrinkly. However you choose to spend today we guarantee you won't forget it.

Included
  • Breakfast

It's a big drive from Taupō to Wellington, but there's some unmissable scenery on offer. Lord of the Rings junkies, you're in for a treat! Our journey takes us through via the Rangipo Desert (bet you didn't know New Zealand had one of those!). Some of your favourite Lord of the Rings battle scenes were filmed right here. The Desert Road boasts incredible views of three active volcanic peaks – Mount Tongariro, Mount Ngauruhoe, and Mount Ruapehu. You may know Mount Ngauruhoe as Mount Doom, so be sure to snap a Mordor selfie! We pass through two of the North Island's quirkier towns – as ever, your Haka Guide has a couple of surprises up their sleeve... We pull into in the afternoon, with just enough time for film buffs make a trip to Weta Workshop, where the special effects of Lord of the Rings and Avatar were produced. New Zealand's capital is famous for its bars and eateries, and is a paradise for lovers of craft beer – you'll be spoilt for choice tonight! The tour officially finishes at 8pm today in Wellington, but your accommodation tonight is included.

Included
  • Breakfast
  • Scenic drive through Tongariro National Park
  • Mt Victoria Lookout

Trip Inclusions

  • 6 nights in high-end hostel accommodation (dorm share as standard) and 1 night shared cultural experience
  • Journey through multiple National Parks
  • Stunning walk to the spectacular arched cavern of Coromandel's Cathedral Cove
  • Learn a haka and learn to weave flax with a local iwi (tribe)
  • Visit Te Puia – a local arts and culture centre – to learn more about traditional Māori culture and discover Rotorua's geothermal wonders.
  • See kiwi birds up close and personal
  • Eat a traditional Māori hāngī meal cooked in an underground oven
  • Follow your nose to Rotorua's bubbling mud pools
  • Discover what makes Huka Falls the most visited natural attraction in NZ
  • Check out the views from Matairangi/Mount Victoria, Wellington
  • Fall in love with Wellington's cafe and craft beer culture
  • Plus many surprise stops along the way

  • Small groups, up to 16 people
  • Passionate Kiwi guides
  • Comfortable bus transport
  • High-end hostel accommodation
  • Tasty continental breakfasts every day and a Traditional Māori dinner hāngi
  • Experiences to teach you about our unique Māori culture

  • Shared dorms in hostels & lodges. Private room upgrades available!
  • Accommodation is included on the last night of your New Zealand North Island trip, but we can also book a few extra nights for you if you would like to extend your stay.
  • As the tour starts early in the morning, you can opt to book accommodation in Auckland with us the night before the tour – only having to walk downstairs on the day the tour starts makes for a stress-free morning
  • The tour price includes dorm share accommodation (4–6 share) but if you would prefer your own space you have the option to upgrade to a private room for the duration of your tour. You can select this upgrade when you start building your tour online. Please note: private room upgrades are not available for the one-night shared cultural experience (Murupara)

  • Itinerary and inclusions are subject to change
  • Price is for land, cruise and internal flights as specified. Flights not specified are not included
  • Activities can also be purchased on the road – just let your tour guide know. We can't always guarantee availability when booking on the road, so we suggest pre-booking any activities you especially want to do

Trip Optionals These optional activities can be pre-booked & included in your trip price.

  • Location: Coromandel.
  • Renowned as one of the best kayaking trips in the NZ - explore amazing sea caves, discover the thrill of kayak sailing, and interact with the local marine life in the pristine Te Whanganui-A-Hei Marine Reserve. Read more.

  • Location: Rotorua.
  • Head deep into one of New Zealand’s most ancient forests and let the fun begin on this 3 hour eco canopy adventure. You will experience over 600 meters of ziplines and swing bridges as your expert Kiwi guide leads your small group through the forest. Duration: 3 hrs. Read more.

  • Location: Rotorua.
  • Take a guided Kayak trip across scenic Lake Rotoiti to the spectacular Manupirua Springs Hot Pools, which are only accessible by boat. Duration: 6.5 hours. Read more.

  • Location: Rotorua.
  • Add on a visit to The Shire at the Hobbiton Movie Set and see the Hobbit holes and Green Dragon Pub on your tour of the North Island, New Zealand. Duration: Half a day . Read more.

  • Location: Taupo.
  • What better way to experience the true beauty of Lake Taupo than onboard the tall ship ‘Fearless’. On this 150 minute guided sailing experience you’ll see the famous Maori Rock Carvings. Read more.

  • Location: Rotorua.
  • Experience unrivaled panoramic views on this 4.5 hour guided walk of Mt Tarawera with Kaitiaki Adventures. Duration: 4.5 hours. Read more.

  • Location: Rotorua.
  • White Water River Sledging (also known as River Boarding) involves navigating down river rapids on a specially designed body board. Duration: half day. Read more.

  • Location: Taupo.
  • Alongside expert Tandem Instructors you’ll jump out of a plane from 12,000ft into an incredible freefall over one of the world’s most beautiful dropzones. Read more.

  • Location: Taupo.
  • The Tongariro Crossing is celebrated as one of the best one day walks in the world. Emerald green lakes sit atop volcanic mountain peaks on this 19.4km track taking you through some of the world’s most geographically diverse terrain. Duration: full day. Read more.

  • Location: Taupo.
  • Located in the stunning Waikato River Valley, Taupo Bungy is considered one of the world’s most spectacular jumps and New Zealand’s highest water-touch bungy (at 47 metres) Duration: allow 1 hour. Read more.
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