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Northern Trail

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 Trip Length
10 Days
 Trip Starts
Wellington
 Trip Finishes
Auckland
10 Day Northern Trail Itinerary (Haka Tours)
Countries Explored: New Zealand
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Affordable
Max. Group Size
16
Trip Style
Haka Plus
Trip Code
NTR

Overview

Book online and enjoy exclusive savings on Haka Tours 10 Day Northern Trail. Join us on tour and spend 10 days in New Zealand’s North Island. From New Zealand’s biggest city to the nation’s lively capital, you’ll take in a whole host of North Island gems, enjoying cinemagraphic landscapes, spectacular coastal walks and geothermal wonders. We'll fill your days with highlights of the North Island and also give you a great insight into New Zealand life and culture.

Created for travellers in their mid-thirties and upwards, this North Island tour includes special activities such as walking...read more to the spectacular and photogenic Cathedral Cove, a traditional Māori meal, and a walk amidst towering – and magically lit – treetops. You can also choose to select some tour add-ons such as hiking the Tongariro Alpine Crossing – otherwise known as Mordor, kayaking to a natural hot pool, visiting an off-shore eco-sanctuary, visiting Hobbiton, or flying above an active volcano!

You’ll have the chance to swim, kayak, skydive, hike, see kiwis, relax in hot pools, roll down a hill in a giant ball, eat and drink like a local, and more! This is your trip, and it’s designed to be flexible. The choice is yours – pick the activities that appeal to you.

At the end of the day, you can relax in comfortable 3–4 star accommodation to ensure you have a great night’s sleep ready for the following day’s activities.

Across 10 days in New Zealand’s North Island between Wellington and Auckland, you’ll encounter an array of landscapes: lush, green rolling hills; beautiful golden sand beaches, tumbling waterfalls, geothermal valleys filled with bubbling mud and sulphuric lakes, magnificent mountains, cosy laid-back surf towns and vibrant cities. Prepare your camera and get ready to make some magical memories!

Itinerary

Kia ora (hello!) and welcome to Aotearoa (New Zealand). Settle into your accommodation and be ready for the7.30pmpm pre-tour meeting. Here you will get to know your Tour Manager and be introduced to your new roadtrip friends. Afterwards, the evening is yours to enjoy. We recommend a good night's sleep to be ready for tomorrow's early start, but you may want to experience Wellington's exciting nightlife - the choice is yours!

Soak up the atmosphere of vibrant Wellington. Famous for being a bit on the windy side, be prepared to ditch the hairspray and go with the flow. Your guide will introduce you to the city with an orientation tour – including a drive around the bays through central Wellington to the Botanic Gardens and Parliament Buildings. You'll also get the chance to head up Mount Victoria for some of the best views in town. You will also stop by Weta Workshop, most famous for its creative contribution to all things Lord of the Rings. Take an optional tour to see prop-makers in action and learn about the immersive world of filmmaking. Wellington has a feast of cultural attractions and its crowning glory is Te Papa, the national museum of New Zealand. Situated on Wellington's magnificent waterfront, this internationally acclaimed museum combines leading edge technology with traditional exhibits to tell the stories of New Zealand's land and people. The museum is free for all. If being outdoors is more your thing, head off to Kapiti Island for an optional nature tour. Here you can see endangered birds up close and learn more about New Zealand's unique flora and fauna.

This morning is your last chance to soak up Wellington – hit Cuba Street for brunch or take a quick stroll around the City Gallery, perhaps? Then it's time to hop on the bus again, for the drive up north to Tongariro National Park. Our drive will take us through all kinds of scenery, from rolling hills to the spectacular peaks of the North Island's volcanic plateau – Ruapehu, Ngauruhoe and Tongariro. If some of the mountains look familiar, it's for good reason – Mount Ngauruhoe gained international fame as the real life version of Mount Doom in Lord of the Rings. We finish our day nestled in Tongariro National Park, where we'll spend the next 2 nights, home to one of the 10 best one-day walks in the world – the Tongariro Crossing.

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  • Mount Victoria Lookout

Decision time – is today the day you brave the Tongariro Crossing? Considered one of the world's top 10 best one-day walks, this 19.4km mountain trek boasts emerald green lakes, venting steam, lava flows, craters and rich green bush. Not for the faint-hearted – it's a challenging day! But every step of the way the views are spectacular. Our Haka guides highly recommend this activity, it's definitely a highlight. If 19.4km is a little too far for you, there are plenty of shorter walks and hikes to enjoy. However you choose to spend today in this UNESCO World Heritage Area, we guarantee you won't forget it.

We wave goodbye to National Park as we continue northwards – first stop, Taupō. It's a beautiful lakeside town with a stunning mountain backdrop. There are options here to get your bungy on, or to skydive! Then, we head onward to Rotorua. It's a short drive but we'll take our time, checking out bubbling mud pools and thundering waterfalls en route. One not-to-be-missed highlight is Huka Falls – the most visited natural attraction in New Zealand! With its roaring rapids and turquoise colour, it's not hard to see why. To make an awesome evening even more incredible, tonight we take on the Redwood Forest Canopy Walk – the ultimate way to get amongst these giants of the forest.

Included
  • Breakfast
  • See Huka Falls
  • Redwood Forest Canopy Walk

Rotorua has it all: natural beauty, unique geothermal landscapes, and iconic Lord of The Rings destinations. We stay here a full day to make the very most of it. This area is world-renowned for its geothermal activity, with neon blue and red lakes, steaming rivers, violent geysers, and bubbling mud pools galore. A visit to the picturesque Hobbiton movie set is a must-do activity for many. Even if you haven't seen the films, it's impossible not to be charmed by this gorgeous hobbit village set amongst the lush green hills of Matamata. For a truly epic brush with nature, fly high through the lush ancient forest canopy on a zipline tour complete with swing bridges crossings and treetop platforms. What better way to get to know the native plants and birds –many of which unique to New Zealand. This evening we are welcomed to a Māori village for an unmissable cultural experience featuring combat demonstrations and – of course – the breathtaking haka. This experience extends beyond the performance – you'll have the chance to see magnificent geothermal activity and get to spot kiwi birds.

Included
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner (a hangi cooked in an underground oven)
  • See the world famous haka dance
  • See the Pohutu Geyser
  • See kiwi birds

Once we've departed Rotorua, we head to Raglan, via Waitomo – famous for its glow worms. There are fantastic and informative walking tours of the caves where you can learn more about the history, geology and Māori mythology of this unique area of New Zealand. For those who prefer to stay above ground, we highly recommend exploring the tree-studded gorges and limestone arches of the nearby Ruakuri Forest Walk; definitely a favourite amongst the Haka guides. For dinner tonight, once we've arrived in Raglan you'll have a chance to tuck into New Zealand's unofficial dish – fish and chips (or fush and chups, as it tends to sound in a Kiwi accent). And what better way to enjoy a tasty meal than on a sunset cruise of Raglan Harbour?

Included
  • Breakfast
  • Ruakuri Bush Walk
  • Raglan Sunset Boat Cruise
  • Fish & Chips Dinner

Welcome to the arty surf mecca of Raglan! If you have always wanted to try surfing, or if you're dying to get back on your board, Raglan is the perfect destination both for beginners and experienced surfers. Not keen on surfing? There's plenty to enjoy in this laid-back township. With an awesome blend of cafes, bars, surf shops and galleries, the streets here ooze character and creativity. Relax on the beach, or enjoy a variety of bush and coastal scenery on Raglan's walking trails. As you make the trip across the North Island to the Coromandel Peninsula, your Haka guide has some great sights to show you en route, including the 55-metre high Bridal Veil Falls. The Coromandel Peninsula is a paradise of beautiful beaches and misty rainforests. The drive here takes in plenty of quintessential North Island rolling farmland. It's also home to famous Hot Water Beach – thousands visit each year to dig their own personal hot tub. If the tide times allow, we'll grab our buckets and spades and get busy.

In beautiful Whitianga, you'll have plenty of time for your guide to show you around. Sample the sandy beaches, take a surf lesson with the locals, or simply enjoy the vibes. There are all sorts of ways to enjoy the Coromandel, whether you want one last adrenaline kick or some wind-down time on this, the last full day of your tour! Then, we hit the road for the final stretch of our journey together. The drive to Auckland is truly spectacular – the road twists and turns dramatically round the coastline as the skyline of New Zealand's largest city gradually comes into view.

Included
  • Visit Hot Water Beach
  • Visit Cathedral Cove

Today is the final day of the tour, where we exchange photos and stories over breakfast before saying our goodbyes and parting ways.

Included
  • Breakfast

Trip Inclusions

  • Walk a stunning coastal track to Cathedral Cove (as seen in the Chronicles of Narnia movies).
  • Watch a Māori cultural performance and check out a geothermal valley of bubbling mud pools including the famous Pōhutu Geyser in Rotorua.
  • See endangered kiwi birds up close and personal.
  • Soak up a sunset boat cruise in the West Coast surf town of Raglan – the fish and chips are on us!
  • Brave the Redwoods Treewalk, crossing 23 raised suspension bridges.
  • Hike through the forested gorge of Ruakuri (45 minutes) – bring your camera for this one.
  • Stay in Tongariro National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Area.
  • Plus, many more surprise stops along the way!

  • What's included on every Haka Plus tour:
  • Passionate and knowledgeable local Kiwi guide
  • Comfortable and air-conditioned bus transport
  • Orientation tour of each and every location
  • Small groups of maximum 16 people
  • Experiences to teach you about our unique Māori culture
  • Feast on 5 continental breakfasts and 2 dinners, including a traditional Māori hāngī cooked in an underground oven.

  • Stay each night in twin-share 3–4 star accommodation: a mix of hotels, motels, lodges, and rainforest retreats.

  • Itinerary and inclusions are subject to change
  • Price is for land, cruise and internal flights as specified. Flights not specified are not included

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: Waitomo.
  • Enjoy the beauty of Footwhistle Cave (known locally as Te Anaroa Cave) where you will see the magnificent glowworms and cave formations up close and learn about the rich history of Waitomo and its caves. Duration: 1.5 hours. 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: Wellington.
  • See rare and endangered birds, native flora and fauna, and learn about New Zealand’s sustainability initiatives on this stunning Kapiti Island experience. Duration: 5 hours. Read more.

  • Location: Raglan.
  • Hire a paddleboard or kayak and discover the best of Raglan’s Harbour including the famous pancake rock formations. Duration: 2 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: 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.
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