Coasts & Culture Tour

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 Trip Length
8 Days
 Trip Starts
Wellington
 Trip Finishes
Auckland
8 Day Coasts & Culture Tour Itinerary (Haka Tours)
Countries Explored: New Zealand
Trip Style
Adventure
Departures
Accommodation
Hostels
Max. Group Size
16
Guide Level
Fully Guided
Trip Code
NIAR

Overview

Book online and enjoy exclusive savings on Haka Tours 8 Day Coasts & Culture Tour. The North Island is filled with surprising contrasts: from the idyllic Coromandel on the coast 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...read more option 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.

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.

Itinerary

Kia Ora and welcome to New Zealand! Today we meet at 8am at your accommodation in Wellington where your guide will have set up continental breakfast. Over breakfast your guide will introduce everyone to the group and run through everything you need to know to maximise your time in New Zealand. Breakfast and the welcome meeting should take around an hour though can take a bit longer with larger groups. Tucked away at the bottom of the North Island, New Zealand's capital is anything but boring. A fun young city with tons of green spaces and beaches, it feels more like a small town than an urban capital. Packed with quirky bars, quaint cafes, beautiful street art and heaps of things to do, it's impossible not to love Wellington.

In the morning your tour guide will give you a tour of Wellington city and the surrounding bays. This can include a trip to Weta Workshop, where films like Lord of the Rings have been made. We also may visit the parliament buildings, cable car and Mount Victoria. On the way to Taupō we drive along the Desert Road that divides the Rangipo Desert (an area with poor vegetation because of bad soil conditions and drying winds). The climate is harsh and in winter it is not unusual to see snow.

However, the biggest attractions on this road are that of Mount Ruapehu, Mount Tongariro and Mount Ngauruhoe, the volcano better known as Mount Doom in Lord of the Rings. On the other side of the road is the lesser noticed Kaimanawa Range, home to a breed of wild horses that can be spotted on rare occasions. We arrive at the accommodation by evening. With a whole day to explore Taupō tomorrow, feel free to relax at the hostel or go out to experience some of the town's best nightlife!

Included

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

Lake Taupō is actually a giant volcanic crater created 70,000 years ago in one of the biggest eruptions in history. Nowadays, it's one of NZ's best spots for a holiday escape. And being New Zealand, there are plenty of adventure sports to be found there too! If you're looking for a thrill, we suggest skydiving over the lake or bungy jumping over New Zealand's longest river (and, for the really brave, getting dunked in). There are heaps of other activities on offer such as quad biking, cruising the lake to see Māori rock carvings, hiking along the shores, mountain biking and even the chance to soak in some of the local geothermal pools.

New Zealand's most famous day hike is also in the area. The 19.4 km Tongariro Crossing is an alpine crossing around Tongariro, one of the country's most famous and most beautiful volcanoes. It's a serious leg workout, but it's worth every minute for the incredible views and landscape. Turquoise and green lakes greet you at the top, along with vistas that stretch all the way to the coast.

Included

  • Breakfast

After our morning in Taupō we head to Kohutapu Lodge in Murupara - a living Māori village - where you will be taken on 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
  • Find natural hot springs
  • Learn the haka
  • Learn to weave flax
  • Dinner (a hāngi cooked in an underground oven)

While the majority of the North Island is volcanic in some way, Rotorua 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. On the way to Rotorua, we stop at what really makes the town famous, along with giving it its unique smell: one of several extraordinary geyserlands and thermal parks. This evening we include a visit to Te Puia - a well-known Māori culture centre. At Te Puia you can explore Whakarewarewa geothermal valley, visit New Zealand's native kiwi birds, and learn about Māori history & culture.

Included
  • Breakfast
  • Visit Te Puia Māori Village
  • See kiwi birds
  • See the Pohutu Geyser

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)? Alternatively head deep into one of New Zealand's most ancient forests and let the fun begin on a 3- hour eco canopy adventure.

Experience over 600 meters of ziplines and swing bridges, plus about the native wildlife and ecology as you zipline from tree to tree. Or take a guided kayak trip across scenic Lake Rotoiti to the spectacular Manupirua Springs Hot Pools, which are only accessible by boat. Have a leisurely soak while your guide cooks an appetising Kiwi BBQ Dinner. After dinner enjoy a sunset paddle across the lake and a visit to the glow worm caves. However you spend today - be sure to get a good night's sleep as there are more Rotorua adventures tomorrow!

Included

  • Breakfast

Today we leave Rotorua behind to continue our adventures. Much to the delight of Lord of the Rings fans, we start today with a visit to Hobbiton Movie Set which is an absolute must-do on the way through Matamata. On this 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! It's no secret that many blockbuster hits have been filmed in New Zealand due to our incredible landscapes.

Around lunchtime, we head off of to the Coromandel to discover them first-hand. We'll walk together out along the cliffs down to Cathedral Cove (which you might recognise from the Chronicles of Narnia films). Beautiful in its own right, with perfect beaches and massive rock arches and columns it's one of the most popular spots in the Coromandel and for good reason!

Included

  • Breakfast
  • Hobbiton Movie Set Tour

Beautiful remote beaches, dense wooded forest and clear blue waters make the Coromandel one of New Zealand's favourite getaways. At low tide, we'll make our way out to the world-famous Hot Water Beach. When the tide's out, you can dig a hole in the sand where natural hot springs bubble up to create your own personal hot tub! Finally, we head to Auckland, New Zealand's biggest city. Auckland sits on the narrow sliver of land where the Northland peninsula tapers south to meet the rest of the North Island. So the sea is always nearby, and it isn't difficult to guess the origin of its nickname ‘City of Sails'. We arrive around 5pm, where we'll say our final farewells and your tour officially ends. But remember your final night of accommodation is included.

Included
  • Breakfast
  • Visit Hot Water Beach
Note: Breakfast is not included on the final morning

Trip Inclusions

  • Journey through multiple National Parks
  • Stunning walk to the spectacular arched cavern of Coromandel's Cathedral Cove
  • A guided visit to the filming location of the Hobbit and Lord of the Rings trilogy, Hobbiton (available on tours starting from 1 September 2023).
  • 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
  • Experiences to teach you about our unique Māori culture

  • 6 nights in high-end hostel accommodation (dorm share as standard) and 1 night shared cultural experience

  • Daily breakfasts and a Traditional Māori dinner hāngi

  • Itinerary and inclusions are subject to change
  • Price is for land, cruise and internal flights as specified. Flights not specified are not included
  • Breakfast is not included on the final morning
  • 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: 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: 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 guided eco canopy adventure. 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: 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.
  • 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.

  • Location: Rotorua.
  • On this 3 hour white water rafting experience along the Kaituna River you will journey through 14 rapids and 3 waterfalls - including the Highest Commercially Rafted Waterfall in the World (the 7 metre high Tutea Falls)! Duration: half day. Read more.
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